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”
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”
Underground college radio fans all over the United States and Europe have been buzzing about the trippy, sparse “post-doo-wop” of Idiot Glee. Here in Lexington, Kentucky, the creative force behind Idiot Glee, James Friley, can often be seen poking his head into local shows and playing Al’s Bar, but he will soon be embarking on a tour of England and New York City in support of Idiot Glee. James grew up in the Church along with his brother, Ian Friley, who has graced our pages and podcast before as Good Morning Passenger, and found a measure of success with his previous band, bedtime. James admits he doesn’t obsess about God as much as he obsesses about music, and hasn’t been to Church in while (we’re working on that), but James still has to defend the Church in interviews and explain to people why he doesn’t drink. In this interview, James talks about his upcoming tour, his varied influences, and his relationship with the Church. Highly recommended. Continue reading “Idiot Glee”
Over the last two decades, the centerpiece and poster children of faithful Latter-day Saints in the world of Rock music have arguably been Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Minnesota Indie band Low. It’s hard to overestimate their influence on our culture and musicians. Living proof that the Church and a career in music aren’t mutually exclusive, Alan and Mimi have had their share of critical and fan acclaim, inspiring many Latter-day Saints, non-members, and even our very own Linescratchers itself.
Alan has more recently explored new sonic territory with The Black-Eyed Snakes and Retribution Gospel Choir. Alan was gracious enough to take time out of his schedule to be interviewed in this Linescratchers Exclusive, answering certain questions about being LDS in the music world for the first time.
Gregg Hale has been treated well by the music industry, having a chance to play with the British band Spiritualized and go on tour. Instead of resting on his laurels and forgetting about everyone else, he’s decided to help give back to the music community. He can be seen judging music shows in Salt Lake City and recording promising new upcoming bands. He’s a valuable resource for many musicians in Salt Lake. PS – he’s nice. And approachable. You heard me.