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The Best Yet - not a beautiful letdown

I am always skeptical about "Best of" albums these days.  Years ago, I loved these compilations because it would save me from making one of my own.  But with the advent of the mp3 player, anyone has the ability to make a playlist of favorite songs.  So when I first heard of the November 4, 2008 release of Switchfoot's The Best Yet, I rolled my eyes.  "Here we go again.  Another record label squeezing out the most of a band just after said band departs from said record label."  Tim Foreman, bassist for the band, posted this comment on the Switchfoot message boards upon

Limbs and Branches released today

Just under a week after his birthday, Jon Foreman’s Limbs and Branches released today to digital and retail outlets.  The compilation of the most popular songs of his four solo EP’s (as voted on his website with input from Jon) contains twelve songs, with two new songs not released on the EP’s.

Music Builds Comparison - Day 2

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ (September 13, 2008)

[img_assist|nid=801|title=Jars of Clay|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=233|height=175]When I arrived at the venue, I could hear the sound of Red wafting over the hill.  They had just hit the stage.  Yet the parking lot was still quite empty.  And the folks outside did not seem to want to rush inside to catch the short set.  In fact, many folks were having a tailgate party.  I felt like screaming out, “Hey everyone!  Go inside and see Red!  It’s worth it!” 

Music Builds - A comparison of Three Shows

Though I often look for new distant places to see Switchfoot play live, the cost of fuel (and concert tickets) kept me closer to home this year for the Music Builds tour.  Wanting to add another state to my list, I choose the show near Cleveland, OH on a Thursday as part of a long weekend.  Skipping the Friday VA Beach show in order to be a tourist in Ohio, I almost drove straight to the Holmdel, NJ show from Ohio, with only a short pit-stop at my house.  Then, in an unplanned “you only live once” move, I drove down to the show in Northern, VA near Washington, DC on Sunday.

How to build a Music Builds tour

[img_assist|nid=793|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=132|height=201]The Music Builds tour with Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Jars of Clay is well underway.  In two weeks, I’ll be hitting my local tour stop.  It seems like yesterday I first heard of the tour.  But it was late March/early April when I caught initial information about the tour.  Then, the morning after the Music Builds launch party at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville this past April, I attended a workshop titled, “A New P

Whittling away at the pile of new music

I picked up three new and upcoming releases the other day for a first-time listen.  One is the first national release from a band, the second from a perhaps lesser known artist with a few previous releases, and the third from a more well known musician.  All three are being distributed by the same music company and represent two record labels.

Two August Sophomore Releases - Part 2 (Family Force 5)

Family Force 5 burst into the scene in 2005 with a name change (they were formerly called The Phamily) and brought a huge buzz to GMA week.  Unfortunately, I missed their showcase.  So my first exposure to the crunk rock sound was of the recorded version.  The music took a while for me to pay attention.  But once I saw them live for the first time, I was hooked.

Two August Sophomore Releases - Part 1 (DecembeRadio)

The words “sophomore release” can be a scary term in the music world.  Often the songs included in a debut album were written and refined over a long period of time which is frequently not the case for CD number two.  An act finally gets a record label deal and turns heads with the first release.  Will the second release have the same reaction?

A Revelation? Ponderings on the upcoming Third Day release

[img_assist|nid=761|title="Dr." Mark Lee at the Music Builds tour launch party|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=143|height=211]I am a Third Day fan.  I am Gomer number 1920.  (I would be a lower number if it were not for the fact that I am not a joiner.)  I have traveled on a plane on more than one occasion to see the Atlanta rockers in concert, including a Great Gomer Gathering.  I have purchased each CD on the day of release since Conspiracy No. 5.