Friday, May 30, 2008

Free Hip-Hop Sampler- Lamp Mode Recordings

Though I'm no hip-hop connoisseur, I've really been enjoying this free sampler download from Lamp Mode Records.

From Lamp Mode's website:

We are committed to providing Christ-centered, excellent music that stays true to the authentic, rugged hip-hop aesthetic that we love while bringing glory to God -and at an affordable price. And when we can, we will give it away for free. And that’s the case with “The Grassroots” CD. You are important to us. We are convinced that a loyal few is better than a fickle multitude. Our hope is that you will enjoy our music, pass it along to others, and allow us to serve you again in the future.

Track List
1-Grassroots Inchrow
2-Christ Crucified
3-Let’s Kill Sin
5-A Letter To My Friends
6-From Beginning To End
7-Holiness of God

I've been listening to this sampler this morning and I have really been enjoying it. I'm pretty much the nerdiest white guy ever, but I'm still bouncing in my chair. So far I really like Holiness of God and A Letter To My Friends.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Various Musical Tidbits

Bon Iver interview with Pitchfork. You gotta check this guy out.

Damien Jurado's new album "Caught In The Trees" is coming out September 9th. He's started a blog, which I am assuming will have demos, cool pictures, and the occasional story. Get excited. You can hear a new demo of his song "Vivian Kane" over on the ol' Myspace page.


Sigur Ros- med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust

And what the heck does that mean?
  • One, it means that Sigur Ros is putting out a new album on June 23rd, which is less than a month away.
  • Two, it means you will be buying an album with naked people running across the freeway (those risky Icelanders! I hope they looked both ways.) on the cover. I'm not sure what's on the back, but I'm hoping it's not a view from the other side of the freeway.
  • Three, it means "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly".
  • Four, it means you will should visit this site for more enticing info about the new album, including things like "the album will be available to pre-order on on june 2nd and a live stream of the album will be available on june 9th for those who have pre-ordered.' and "the record also contains some of the most joyous music the band has ever recorded."
THIS JUST IN!!! You can now download the first single Gobbledigook.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Film and Theology- No Country For Old Men

Pastor James Harleman of Mars Hill Church in Seattle did a great job in his Film and Theology review of the excellent movie No Country For Old Men.

This review is posted over on the Cinemagogue blog, which is a valuable place to spend some time, especially if you love movies. Here's a blurb from the "cinemAbout" page:

Cinemagogue believes that we are image-bearers of our Creator. a master storyteller, whose narrative spans all of creation, a story in which we all play a part. Made in the image of our Creator, we have a yearning to both create, and be entertained, by narrative. People immerse themselves in story much like Christians treasure the story of Jesus. It is our hope that people would enjoy and engage cinema and storytelling mediums not just as “diversion” but with discernment, engaging the culture around us and reflecting on how it distorts and reflects the larger narrative of our lives. We place all stories against the controversial gospel of Jesus Christ who claimed not only to be truth incarnate, but in fact the master storyteller who spoke the universe into existence, as well as embodying the central figure and hero of our shared story that is life.

Cinema, meet truth.

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The Shack- A Few Critiques