Another Switchfoot Concert

Last night, as you might know, I went to see Switchfoot for the second time on their Beautiful Letdown tour. I wrote some thoughts about their Toronto show here. Last night they played in Hamilton, a city about half an hour from home. While the tickets said the show began at 8 PM we found out when we arrived (a bit before 7) that it actually didn’t begin until 9, so we had lots of waiting to do. And of …

Album Review – The House Show

A man and his guitar. On the surface, that is all you are going to get with Derek Webb’s album The House Show. There is no production, no percussion, no backing vocals. Dig deeper and you will find an outstanding album featuring one of Christian music’s most honest and outspoken voices. The album seamlessly weaves segments of speaking with singing – sharing in music with spoken teaching. Webb decided that in support of his acclaimed album She Must And Shall …

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Album Review – Revenge of the Supertones

I think the Supertones may be gunning for the record for the greatest amount of turnover of any band in Christian music. * Of the seven originals I believe only two are left. Several replacements have also come and gone. However, with singer/songwriter Mojo (Matt Morginsky) still firmly at the helm, their sound and general feel has not changed a whole lot. Their newest album, Revenge of the Supertones, (released June 15, 2004) reaches into the band’s past. With a …

Antediluvian

I bought a CD the other day that uses the word “antediluvian” in one of the songs. I think I have now, officially, seen everything. Care to hazard a guess what album it was and who the artist is? If you are not familiar with the word antediluvian it means “of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood.”

Petra Interview

Michael Janke at CMCentral has just posted an excellent interview he did with Petra during GMA week. At first he speaks just with Bob Hartman but about halfway through John Schlitt comes in and it’s just great to read the banter between the two of them. Are they really talking about looking forward to Petra’s 40th anniversary!? You can read the interview here.

Review – Pivitplex: Under Museum Quality Glass

With so many new artists vying for a place in the Christian industry it is becoming increasingly difficult for new acts to set themselves apart from the crowd. When every week seems to deliver at least one or two new rocks bands it is refreshing to find one that features a truly unique sound. Adding 60’s and 70’s sensibilities to a modern rock sound Pivitplex manages to offer something original to the genre with their debut album Under Museum Quality …

Preaching U2?

This morning I came across a book entitled Get Up Off Your Knees which is subtitled Preaching the U2 Catalog. It is a collection of sermons based on the songs of U2 that was compiled by authors Raewynne J. Whiteley and Beth Maynard. Eugene Peterson wrote the foreward. Here is a description of the book: A thoughtful and provocative collection of sermons by a group of preachers from across the international church spectrum who have been moved to theological reflection …

Review – Third Day: Wire

Seven albums into their careers, the members of Third Day do not have a lot left to prove. They have four gold albums and one platinum and have established themselves as one of Christian music’s premier bands. Perhaps all that was left for them to prove was that they had not forgotten what made them so popular in the first place. Since the release of Offerings: A Worship Album in 2000, Third Day has concentrated on mid-tempo and praise and …

My (Mostly) Christian Music Collection

I have a large collection of Christian music. I received my introduction to Christian music in 1990 when my friend had me listen to a Petra tape. Just for historical purposes, that album was Beyond Belief. I was intrigued by the music and shortly after purchased Beyond Belief and Petrafied (a Petra compilation). That was the beginning of something of an obsession with Christian music. Though I cannot afford to buy as much as I might like, I have managed …