Colby Miller

Colby Miller is an enigmatic new face here at Linescratchers. He composes and records quiet, yet textured acoustic music around his home in San Bernadino, California, yet, despite the seemingly humble context of his origins, his music is startlingly ambitious, and will most definitely tickle the ears of music lovers who think they’ve heard it all. He has released one EP called When I Should Be Sleeping earlier this year, but readers will most likely be especially intrigued by his most recent project. He has released a pair of albums in the last day or two: an EP called Epimetheus, and a full-length album called Prometheus, based on the ancient Greek mythology surrounding the two sons of Iapetus. Like I said, it’s ambitious stuff. Colby has agreed to do an interview with us about his two albums, about the role of mythology and storytelling in our lives and faith, and his unique approach to songwriting. Continue reading “Colby Miller”

Colby Miller

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part II

What’s going on? Click HERE for an explanation and part I, here for part 3, and here for part 4. I should mention that the title of this series come from this delightful sketch on Conan. ❤ Conan. Continue reading “Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part II”

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part II

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS music, Part I

Click here for part 2, here for part 3, and here for part 4.

Mormonism doesn’t show up in pop music lyrics all that often. Now that Sufjan Steven’s 50 states project is probably not happening and Kolob Records hasn’t had a hit since 1976 (more on them in a future entry),  we don’t have much reason to hope for a serious uptick in LDS references on our radios in the near future (though there is reason to believe that Sufjan’s Utah entry would have been a doozy.)

If you’re tired of not hearing about Mormons in your music, and you’re also not listening to strictly devotional pop, you’ve been pretty much out of luck. Until now. Presenting: Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue aka Your guide to LDS references in Non-LDS Music, Part I. Continue reading “Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS music, Part I”

Mormons Mormons Mormons, We Haven’t Got a Clue: Guide to LDS references in Non-LDS music, Part I

Nominations for 2010 Popular Award

Welcome to the nominations for the 2010 Linescratchers Popular Award.  This is where you can nominate your favorite musician who released an album sometime in 2010.  The nominations will be open till the beginning of January. Popular voting to determine the winner will occur in January.  Use the comments section to make your nominations (I’ll man the spam filter to make sure everyone’s nominations get through).

Rules (PLEASE READ):

1. Artists must currently (as of this year) self-identify as LDS.  If it is not well-known that your artist is LDS, please provide a link showing that your artist is indeed LDS.  This contest isn’t for closeted Mormons.  If artists contact me and ask to be taken off the list for any reason, they will quietly disappear from the list.
2. If it is a band, at least one member of the band must self-identify as LDS. Again, please provide a link.
3. Artists must have released a full-length album (EPs or singles are not sufficient) between Jan. 1st, 2010, and Dec. 31st, 2010. Please provide the name of the album and if possible a link.
4. There is no worthiness or activity requirement for nominations.
5. Linescratchers is for “LDS musicians who don’t write LDS music.” Keep that in mind when you make your nominations. Deseret Book and other faith-based organizations can and do have their own awards.
6. You may nominate as many artists as you wish, as long as they satisfy the conditions of the award.
7. You may nominate both Linescratchers featured artists, and non-featured artists.

If you have any questions or want clarification about any artist, please email me at linescratchers(at)gmail.com.

Nominations for 2010 Popular Award

Brandon Flowers – Flamingo review

I first heard “Only The Young” from Brandon Flowers’ new solo album last week, and I was completely entranced.  It had such a relaxing, Annie Lennox-ish rolling pop vibe and the video was beautiful and flowing.  In the following days I have seen several conversations arise in some Mormon circles (including our new friends at This Week in Mormons) over whether or not the video contained “Mormon imagery.”

I bought the album on my way to class (despite being late) at a local CD shop near campus, and gave it a listen that afternoon.  I was floored.  The music was indeed good, but the most striking thing to me was the fact that the album is a long tale of redemptive explicit spirituality, and it was obviously intended to be interpreted so.  Leave it to Mormons to overlook an entirely and intentionally spiritual album, straining over whether an image of Brandon Flowers in a pool of light has something to do with Joseph Smith.

Yet it’s a pretty well-accepted fact that, once you explain a joke, it completely destroys the chance that joke had at ever being funny.  Likewise, I think that the spiritual tale contained in Flamingo really works best without extracting and exposing it, because I’m not sure it would stand as well on its own.  However, being that I’m the creator and owner of the only website online devoted to promoting Mormons in the world of music, I guess that means I should at least share my thoughts.  I’m happy to oblige. Rather than destructively over-analyzing his lyrics, I’ll just post excerpts (as well as I can hear them) and let you figure it out.

Flamingo is a loose tribute to Western Americana, a cautionary tale of the wonders and pitfalls of Las Vegas, and a curious insight into the spiritual battles happening there and in Brandon Flowers’ mind. It’s an ambitious conglomerate of ideas, for sure, and Flowers may not have quite reached his lofty goal, but he actually said more in trying than I really would have expected.  I never did listen to The Killers too much (they really peaked when I was on my mission and I never got caught up), so I can’t provide a meaningful comparison to that, but Brandon Flowers has proven himself to be a far more spiritual being than I knowingly gave him credit for. Continue reading “Brandon Flowers – Flamingo review”

Brandon Flowers – Flamingo review

Preston Pugmire

Linescratchers welcomes Joseph Mecham, web designer, guitarist, singer and songwriter to the fold. Joseph has been working on graphic design behind the scenes at Linescratchers but this is his first published interview. – Syphax

I can’t express in words how excited I was to interview Preston Pugmire, so I’ll just do some hardcore punch-dancing while watching Footloose, that should suffice. Bring it on Kevin Bacon… Anyway, I’ve known Preston Pugmire for a number of years now. We used to be comrades in the Rexburg Idaho music scene. (Which was jaw-dropping incredible for a town of 30,000). Preston actually sang guest vocals on a past recording of mine. He’s an incredibly outgoing guy and his music career is only going to escalate until he has claimed title of Grand Emperor of Pop (since King of Pop and Prince of Pop have been claimed by Micheal Jackson and Justin Timberlake, respectively). Bottom line… make sure to keep an eye on Preston Pugmire.

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Preston Pugmire

The 2010 Linescratchers Awards

I’m pleased to announce the first annual Linescratchers Awards: a yearly contest wherein we vote on the best albums from LDS artists of the whole year. This will be a great opportunity for musicians to get prizes, recognition, and exposure for their work, and if it goes well, it will happen every year. We are giving out three awards this year:

The Linescratchers Award
This award is given out to featured artists on Linescratchers who have released a full-length album anytime in 2010. The nomination pool, taken from the list of Our Artists, will be given in an upcoming post, and the decision will be made with a popular vote.

Popular Award
This award is available to any LDS musician who released a full-length album in 2010, regardless of whether we have featured them or not. Nominations will be done by you, our readers, in an upcoming post. Then, the decision will be made by popular vote.

Staff Pick
This award is given by the staff of Linescratchers to one musician or band who we think really embodies the mission of Linescratchers.  Decision is made by secret combination.

The nominations for the Popular Award will begin very soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, start thinking about your favorite LDS artists who have released albums this year. You’ll have a chance to nominate them for a Linescratchers award!

The 2010 Linescratchers Awards

Australis releases third album, Sentient Genus

Long-time fans of Linescratchers will recognize our resident New Age/World/Ambient composer Australis right away.  We’ve featured Australis on our podcast and in an interview, and we’re pleased to announce that Australis has just released a much-anticipated third album:  Sentient Genus.  Click to check it out on iTunes or CDBaby.

Here is the track listing:
1. Fatum fugit
2. Passage
3. Vanishing point
4. Smile of a woman
5. Somewhen
6. Outposts of certainty
7. Man must explore
8. Sentient
9. Windborne touch
10. Human nature
11. The lunatic – part one
12. Little blue planet

Australis releases third album, Sentient Genus