Vol 1 No. 2, Week of February 28, 2011
In this issue: Gladys Knight, The Aquabats!, bands and people with rather more tenuous connections to Mormonism, a story about a ward talent show that you’ll not soon forget, Porter Rockwell, Spencer W. Kimball, and much more.
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My name is Troy Allan; I am an LDS Clinical Chaplain residing in Texas. It is an honor to write a guest article for Linescratchers. Over the past few years, I have been involved with the study of popular music and theology. Currently, I am evaluating a project for my Doctorate of Ministry degree that has to do with popular music, theological themes, spiritual struggle and risk, and psychological health. I am also a doctoral student at Argosy University studying pastoral community counseling and again using more research than project evaluations on the same subjects. For me, popular/rock music is an essential part of spiritual life. I have a passion for music, theology and psychological health and believe there are plenty of virtues, lovely and praiseworthy things in popular music. Continue reading “Pop Music and Theology? What is this… ?”
Back when I was on my mission in New Mexico, 2005, I received a CD in the mail of very interesting home recordings. Bending the mission rules just a bit, I gave it a listen and was floored by how unique the songs were. Off the record, I put that CD into heavy rotation throughout my mission. Now I admit, when you’re separated from most art forms for two years, your standards for enjoying music drop dramatically (one time I heard “The Reason” by Hoobastank at a supermarket and actually thought it was okay), but I was relieved that these tunes still hold up after six years. This year I got another link of this musician’s music. His name is Benjamin Zabriskie, and his latest album, b. Report an Emergency, got a fair number of votes in the 2010 Linescratchers Awards. Benjamin is now at BYU, and has agreed to speak with us about his latest album, his recording process, and his take on faith and music in Utah. Continue reading “Benjamin Zabriskie”
It’s good to start off a new feature with the three staples: Sister Missionaries, Drugs, and Rock n roll.
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Young Sim sent this to me two days ago and put it up on YouTube yesterday. Within a day it’s gotten tens of thousands of views. I give you “Teach Me How To Jimmer” by the Feel Good Music Coalition, featuring Quinn, Kai, Kalin, Definit and Young Sim, and edited by Nic Goodfellow.
The Archivist returneth, with an account of another band with Providential provenance, to wit: Strawberry Hill. Herein ye may peruse an abridgment (the Archivist beggeth your patience, for it is six pages long) of the convoluted history of this visionary ensemble which, during its Twenty-First Century Schizoid Career, mingled with diverse sections of BYU’s populace, providing soundtracks to art exhibits and sci-fi author conventions alike. Though brought together by miraculous means, it is sad to relate that this musical partnership all too soon followed the course of most college bands.
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In 2004, a 19-year-old Mormon singer from Vista, California, sent in an acoustic demo tape to a band that was, in his mind, already legendary. Saosin had only released one EP, Translating the Name, but it became so popular through touring and careful use of online social networking that the EP sold tens of thousands of copies. Not long into 2004, however, vocalist Anthony Green, who was feeling homesick and dissatisfied with the direction of the band, left to form Circa Survive, and a nation-wide audition then took place to find a new singer.
When Beau Burchell, guitarist of Saosin, first heard Cove Reber’s audition tape, he thought Anthony was playing a trick on them, because Cove’s vocals sounded so much like Anthony’s. It was no joke. Cove, though young, already had experience playing in local bands Mormon in the Middle and Stamp Out Detroit, and his vocal similarity to the Saosin’s founding singer got him hired. For Cove, it was a dream come true to be hired by a band he looked up to so much. Fan reaction was mixed. Continue reading “It’s not easy being Cove Reber.”
With her strong & soulful voice, Brianna Nicole is making a splash both in and out of the LDS music scene. She was involved with the 2010 EFY CD, is featured on an upcoming album from Young Sim, and is also working on a solo album project being produced by Young Sim. I took a few minutes to get to know this talented young singer/songwriter.
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Low is going on tour to support their newest album entitled C’Mon! Which is awesome for me because they’re COMING TO KENTUCKY! I’m hoping for some autographs, though I don’t know how hard that is to get. Any suggestions from people who have seen Low before?
You can check out the tour dates on their website HERE!