November 29, 2005Discover New Music)
It must be Christmas in Nashville as the Christian Music crowd is cranking out Christmas singles:
- "Feliz Navidad" - David Crowder Band
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" - Bethany Dillon
- "What Child Is This" - ZOEgirl
It's all from the requisite Wow Christmas 2-CD set. For a little more edge to your Christmas dance party you can turn to Tooth & Nail's Happy Christmas Vol. 4, which includes Switchfoot (again), Relient K, Eisley, Mae, Hawk Nelson and more.Interviews)
U2 frontman and social activist Bono told 60 Minutes that he wants to be remembered for his music more than his activism.
"I think my work--the activism--will be forgotten. And I hope it will. Because I hope those problems will have gone away."
He went on to predict that his music will still be around in 100 years, "explaining that his songs occupy 'an emotional terrain that didn't exist before our group did.'"
Is this rock 'n roll hubris, ego maniac lead singer, exaggeration in hopes of a sound byte--or is [insert favorite U2 song here] that good?
November 25, 2005Video)
Check out the video "Mexico" from Minneapolis band Romantica (go to Sonicbids and click video). There's nothing incredibly amazing about the video, but it is weird to see a few guys you know in a professional music video. I went to college with the lead singer, Ben Kyle, and the bass player, Luke Jacobs.
While the music video may not be incredibly amazing (not many videos are), Romantica's music itself might be. Check out their 2004 debut It's Your Weakness That I Want.
November 2, 2005Free Music)
A couple of worthy free songs on iTunes this week:Interviews)
Religion columnist Terry Mattingly covers the bluegrass band Nickel Creek and their mix of faith and doubt. It includes a great line from guitarist Sean Watkins:
"I'm so sick of sugar-coated songs from the Christian perspective," he said, in his online journal. "One of the most comforting and inspiring lines to me is from the last chorus of 'Come Thou Fount' where it says, 'Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.' Not many un-watered-down songs make it through the filter of the Christian music industry mafia these days."