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These Cold And Rusted Lungs by Amy Courts

Amy Courts

These Cold And Rusted Lungs

These Cold And Rusted Lungs is the debut full-length record release by artist and musician Amy Courts

Amy Courts is preparing to release the follow up to her successful self-titled EP. These Cold And Rusted Lungs is scheduled for a July 29th release. Honestly, I didn’t know who Amy Courts was one week ago, and I never before listened to any of her music. But after a few listens of an advanced copy of the disc (sent for review on Tribe), I became an instant fan. Music connoisseurs rejoice! These Cold And Rusted Lungs is not only radio friendly, but also artistically poignant and rich! That’s a rare feat for any contemporary artist, but especially so for one whose career is built upon an independently released EP.

My rating: 5.0 stars

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Restoration by Nathan Horst

Restoration by Nathan Horst

Restoration is a brand new album written and recorded by Nathan Horst.

Restoration is personable and raw and spiritually accessible. In other words, I can push play and actually worship along with the artist because his musical craft is his own personal offering to God, first and foremost; he just happens to be benevolently sharing the experience with the rest of us. Incidentally, there is a huge difference between shared craft and musical formulas built upon premeditated aims at commercial success. The former is an experience; the later is predictable pop. Restoration is a soulful and artistic compilation of an obvious and shared musical craft born deep within the artist’s personal spiritual pilgrimage. It is musical expression that spans the gamut of all that is passionate, celebratory, praiseful, melodic, melancholic, moody, electronic and artful. Restoration is always artful. Nathan Horst is a quality song writer and musician.

My rating: 4.0 stars

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How to Put Your Music on iTunes

Are you searching for a way to digitally distribute your music via leading digital music retailers like iTunes, Rhapsody, and/or AmazonMP3? I know of a few local worship artists who have been looking for ways to digitally distribute their music via iTunes, but aren’t sure how to actually get started doing it. So far, I’ve found TuneCore, which looks like a really solid solution. I’m sure there are others too. Alternative suggestions are welcome!

TuneCore works like this, according to their website statement:

TuneCore has arrangements with leading digital music retailers that let us place your music in their online stores and subscription services. You get 100% of the money that your music earns from digital distribution. Sign up now for digital distribution.

Again, Tunecore offers a solid solution for those who want to distribute their music digitally. If you are wondering how to put your music on iTunes, wonder no more!

A Rainy Day Saturday is Therapy

I’m spending this rainy Saturday on sermon preparation, wrestling with the laptop/LCD projector combo, and listening to Santo Domingo De Silos Coro De Los Monjes Benedictinos: Requiem Aeternam. Between all of that wonderful activity, I’m entertaining my children and being entertained by them. There is not much to report, but there is a lot going on! Carry on, good readers.

Ampersand EP by Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken

Ampersand EP

An EP by Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken

I nonchalantly clicked over to the, and listened to the song samples. I wasn’t really expecting too much. To my pleasant surprise, the listen changed my entire evening! I love the EP. I am a big, big fan of Caedmon’s Call, Webb, etc., but I already dig Ampersand more than anything either has previously produced. It’s really beautiful, melodic music. It made for a wonderful, peaceful, and relaxing background soundtrack for my late evening of prayerful work and contemplation. I love great music.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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Jake Bouma’s Dying Stars EP

Dying Stars

Dying Stars is an EP released by Jake Bouma

Now I have something to add to my short list of music for those rare times when I’m not listening to classical or various film scores and/or soundtracks. I was planning on including snippets of each track in this post, but I think iTunes does a much better job of providing snippets. So, check out Dying Stars over at iTunes.

My rating: 4.0 stars

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Overdressed by Caedmon’s Call

Awesome. I just downloaded the new Caedmon’s Call album. It’s called Overdressed. Seriously, if you are searching for some really great music craft, check out Overdressed. It’ll be playing in the background during our Sunday morning’s gathering time. I’ve been a fan since my undergraduate days, when I stumbled upon an album titled 40 Acres.

Listening to Theology by Sinead O’Connor

Will Conservative American Christian retail outlets stock their shelves with Sinead O’Connor’s Theology? Probably, not. Read More »

Axl Rose: The Blues, Chinese Democracy, and IRS

Speaking of really great music (see my Blind Melon post below): I just received copies of studio leak versions of Axl Rose’s The Blues, Chinese Democracy, and IRS. These are three songs from the long-delayed and now mythical album “Chinese Democracy.” I’ll say this: there is nothing - nothing - out there right now that comes close to what Axl Rose is doing on this album. Too, I think Internet leaks have become really great marketing ploys, by smart bands.

You Can’t Go Home, but there is Always the Soundtrack

I jumped on a Greyhound and moved to Hollywood, California when I was nineteen years old. I had all the usual reasons shoved deep into my front pocket (i.e., Fortune, Fame, and Rock n’ Roll), and enough youthful unction to actually give it a go too. The year was 1992. My time spent there was enlightening, to say the least. I learned more than I ever could have in a college classroom. It was, however, a short-lived experience. A very familiar lookin’ Greyhound took me home in 1994. I wasn’t the same. You can’t go home again, it’s true. Home may or may not have changed, but you definitely do! No, you can’t literally go home again. I changed, and drastically so. Too, I began my full-time study of Christianity in 1996. Read More »