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24
Aug
09

Sunday Setlist Aug. 23rd – 3rd Guitarist!

It’s been like FOR-EV-VER since I did a Sunday Setlist but I only try to do them when I’m leading (which will be this weekend!) or in this case a special scenario where I get to play with one of my heroes! But first, the songs:

  • Prelude – Amazing Grace (My chains are gone) instrumental
  • Starter – Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Come Ye Sinners
  • Your Grace is Enough
  • Mighty to Save
  • Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)
  • Offering – Offering – Paul Baloche
  • Communion – noodling
  • Closing – My Hope is You

The second service an audible was called swapping the order:

  • Come Ye Sinners
  • Your Grace is Enough
  • My Hope is You
  • Mighty to Save
  • Offering
  • Communion
  • Closing – Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)

Interestingly enough they both worked. The second though did close the service more in line with the message that morning.

So I might be using the term “hero” a bit loosely but Kevin Smith is a phenomenal musician (and you can buy his music here on iTunes) and who used to play in bands that I looked up to when I was wet behind the ears trying to do it in college. I end up finding a church that has his brother on drums (really a hero of mine! I ❤ Bubba Fong!) and I’ve gotten the tremendous opportunity to play with his other brother on percussion and now finally with Kevin. So it was a fun morning simply with that happening, but also because I got to play 3rd guitarist and sing back up! I mean 3rd guitarist! That’s the best place to sit! Adding ambiance and thickness, there isn’t a whole lot of pressure b/c you could quite possibly not do anything and it not really be noticed but if you do play just right then it sets the place over the top with that added little bit of: hey what was that? I LOVE getting a third guitarist! When I lead it makes all the difference in the world for me and this time I got to be that guy for Kevin and our team.

So not a whole lot of special happening with the songs, all familiar ones but some cool stuff happened. Open the Eyes, I got to use the Phaser (set to stun of course.) We played a funky fresh version of Come Ye Sinners, I think it might have been in Dm? Your Grace was awesome b/c I again used the Phaser in the choruses for the “woh woh woh” thing happening and I got the lil lick in the prechorus breakdown. Mighty to Save just cries out for 3 guitars! Acoustic, the lil chimey thing, and the wah. I got the wah.

So thick weekend especially because we also had drums and percussion! Besides the fact that they were brothers and the percussionist knew how to be a percussionist with a drummer! Oh man, nothing worse than a percussionist who doesn’t know how to percussion with a drummer 😦

AND worship happened! Kevin does a great job of leading people to worship and even getting off the mic to let them sing. It was a good morning. Thank you Lord for letting me be a part of it.

This coming week, I’m in the driver’s seat! So, Sunday Setlist will be back again! Make sure you check out everyone’s mornings with Fred‘s incredible carnival at Sunday Setlists each and every week though!

11
Jun
09

MUTEMATH Armistice available Aug 18!

Mutemath Armistice

This is the kind of email I LOVE opening!

Recorded in New Orleans and Oxford, MS and produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, The Hives), the record is scheduled for release on Aug 18th.

Nearly 50 minutes in total, MUTEMATH does not play it safe on their sophomore effort. With a stunning range of dynamics, ARMISTICE boasts the kind of masterful production and songwriting that ensure it to be one of the year’s standout albums.Expect to hear this album very soon. More details to be revealed shortly. Keep an eye on mutemath.com for future announcements, tour dates, merch, special offers and much more.

Oh Happy Day! August cannot get here fast enough! The Nerve is up on MySpace and their site so go get it and get giddy!! GIDDY! I’M GIDDY!! GIDDY UP!

Now if they’ll just announce tour dates!

29
Apr
09

500 Songs for Kids

500 Songs for Kids

I’m Atlanta-bound with my band, Lindsay Rae Spurlock on Thursday to participate in this incredible event called 500 Songs for Kids. Starting April 30th to May 9th, bands will come together each night to play some of the most passionate songs of our time!

We were given Heart‘s What About Love and are totally stoked about it! We figured you either:

  • nail it just as the original artist to pay homage to that great song or
  • flip it upside down and put your fingerprint on an ‘oldie but a goodie’

Either way is a terrifying path that leads to either shamefully falling short of the original or desecrating everyone’s favorite song. HOWEVER, either way also could lead to rounds of deafening applause for reminding everyone why they loved that song or heralded as creative geniuses of musical talent.

WE decided to go for broke and chance being creative geniuses 🙂 I mean where’s the fun in playing it safe. Haha. I don’t know, maybe we’re showing our newbie ignorance but I do think we’ve created something insane! I hope to get up a recorded clip for you to see but maybe you’ll catch us on one of these media outlets:

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If you’re in the ATL area Thursday night and not at Orange then hit me up. We’ll be there all night and playing at 10:15.

27
Apr
09

Sunday Setlist April 26th – Strides & Video 2

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I think we might have hit a stride in what our worship is becoming at our church this past week.

  1. OpenerYour Grace is Enough – E – Matt Maher
  2. Creation’s King – E – Paul Baloche
  3. All Creature’s of Our God and King – A
  4. Bless the Lord – E – Laura Story
  5. OfferingI Will Lift Your Name – E
  6. Your Love oh Lord – G – Third Day

So we had some familiar oldie goodies (Your Grace is Enough & Your Love oh Lord) mixed with some newbies (Creation’s King, Bless the Lord, & I Will Lift Your Name) mixed with an oldie revamped newbie gone oldie again (All Creatures.) Overall, we had a good blend of rock with the folk with the mandolin and electric guitar mix that we had going on this week. It’s still just silly to me to have a mandolin take a solo on songs like Your Grace is Enough and Your Love oh Lord. It doesn’t actually provide any lift to the section of the song and it’s just squashed in a song that moving. With some attention to arrangement we could have a really cool sounding folk/acoustic worship team that could be really flexible! I’m excited about the possibilities!

This week also featured the 2nd video in our volunteer campaign and our 1st Real Woman of Jesus, Mrs. Warm and Friendly Sunday Morning Greeter:

As always, it’s an incredible honor and pleasure to be a part of Fred’s blog carnival of Sunday Setlists! Are you?

01
Apr
09

Finally a Reason to Watch MTV!

I know none of “us” watch MTV anymore, much less the Real World. I mean is there anything more ironic than the Real World being called “real” anymore?!?

Anyway, please check it out tonight and when they feature “Lindsay Rae Spurlock” make sure you holler out loud for me…for us! We’re having a house party viewing party in Austin so if you’re near the “Mopac?!?” and hear screaming…no worries, it’s just me 🙂

31
Mar
09

Calling Texas!

In 8 hours I’ll venture on my first ever “tour!” It’ll be a mini tour at that, but if you’re in Texas then head’s up! On the side I play lead guitar for a fine musician by the name of Lindsay Rae Spurlock. Here’s the shindig:

  • Wednesday night – House Party “We made it celebration” to play and watch the big debut of Lindsay’s music on MTV’s Real World Brooklyn! Tune in and check it out! Screams and hollers will be coming from Austin!
  • Thursday night – Shak-a-Ton Event on Texas A&M’s campus in College Station
  • Friday night – Fort Worth at Lola’s Saloon
  • Saturday night – Dallas at The Cavern

So if you’re close by drop in and say Hello! I’ll be blogging frequently of the tour and hopefully doing some video journaling! We’re going to be big I tell you!!! Isn’t everything bigger in Texas? That’s what they tell me.

05
Mar
09

The Joint debuts with The Czar

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Welcome to the Joint friends. It’s our desire that a joint review between 3 bloggers will help you identify with a particular artist or CD that you might be interested in. Please give some love to a review that you find particularly helpful by clicking through to that reviewer’s blog and make sure you don’t just take our word for it but check out the music for yourself!

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The Joint 1.1 is Hip Hop artist The Czar and his first EP Life Support. Get your own copy here: DiscRevolt

Conner ByrdWorshipCity
Synopsis: Czar does what I believe is truly difficult for the genre to accomplish, especially overt Christian musicians trying to release a creation of their art form that’s true to the style yet also not…a big block of cheese! Hip Hop and Rap must deliver on the attitude and toughness that most songs call for and doesn’t lend itself very well typically to songs about God and hope and sharing the Gospel and prayer and humbleness. I’m so glad that Czar is able to pull this off! With only 5 songs he covers a good basis of beats from the in your face attitude with Masses and You Already Know, he swings in low with a chilling sample of Lifehouse’s Broken in After the Pain, he throws in a bit of spoken “floetry” with My Prayer, and attempts an actual peppy Hope!

I get a Jay-Z feel from the You Already Know loop and organ/brass from My Prayer. I even feel a little of the mainstream Eminem on the chorus of Masses!

You will not find any auto-tone dragging on here and most of the mixes are pretty straightforward loop mixing. I’m actually the most disappointed in the mix if I must complain about something. I’m not sure if that’s a result of the copy I have or what but it needs some better mastering to be truly taken seriously by those outside the Christian circuit.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars
I think there’s a super low cheese meter here and some incredible subject matter lyrically and some tight beats.

Must Have Songs: You Already Know and After the Pain

Songs to do in Church: None of these are approp

riate for a typical church worship service but all can and could be done in a youth setting. Great stuff probably for video accompaniment as well!

Alastair VanceLive to Worship
Synopsis: Let me start off by saying I am no hip hop expert. I once bought a Destiny’s Child album and that’s no longer in my iTunes. When I started listening to Czar’s “Life Support” I loved it immediately. The lyrics of these songs are superb and Czar’s passion for God really shines through. It makes me want to go drive my car around the neighborhood with the windows down and Czar blasting through the speakers. Word up. Yo.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars

Must Have Songs: Standout tracks for me are Hope, Masses and My Prayer. The lyrics on My Prayer are soooo good.

Songs to do in Church: I would not attempt to any of these songs in church. But that’s a good thing, believe me.

Joel KlampertKlampert.com
Synopsis: I had the privilege recently to work with “The Czar” for our Christmas youth service. It was so great to see rap actually work in the church. Live the man brings energy to the stage and a honesty that is rarely seen these days. This heart comes across in this EP. It is easy to see a man that went through some tough stuff in his life, found God and did a 180.
I love listening to this Ep because it has variety. Im going to use a scary word here and don’t let it put you off, but this CD has a real old-school vibe for me. That isn’t to say it isn’t modern sounding. I grew up listening to rap like tribe called quest, arrested development, and digable planets. Rap that had style and class and wasn’t the same old garbage we hear every day in hip-hop. So while this EP has a new style it also brings in the flavors of old.

This is a refreshing presentation of the Gospel and truth through some great music.
My only issues are with the production. I think the mix could have been much better, but with a first in house EP this is a fantastic work.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars
Custom beats and a better mix would have pushed this over the top for me

Must Have Songs: After the Pain and Masses

Songs to do in Church: I personally would not be able to pull these off without looking really odd, but I do believe after working with him that rap has a place in corporate worship within the right setting.

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We hope you enjoyed the Joint’s debut and would love to hear your comments.

22
Jan
09

Find Me in Texas this Weekend!

NGT with Lindsay

Tweets, bloggers, friends, PHOTOGRAPHERS of Dallas, Ft. Worth, Arlington area I am coming your way tomorrow! We’re rolling out of Baton Rouge first thing in the morning to get to Dallas, TX and playing a show, crashing and then playing a show Saturday night in Ft. Worth. Then when we wake up from our coma we’ll huff it back here on Sunday. 

If you’re in town come check us out:

FridayThe Prophet Bar – with Vladamir, The Istics, The Effinays, and THE JUSTIN KIPKER SHOW. Doors open at 8 and we go on first. $8 if you’re over 21 and $10 if you’re under.

Saturday @ Lola’s Saloon – with Tim Halperin and APRIL GEESBREGHT. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 and we’re in the middle. $6 if you’re over 21 and $8 if you’re under. 

Yes these are all ages shows. Click on the links above to get more info. I’m playing with Lindsay Rae Spurlock and we’re going to have a blasty! 

If you’re a photographer or a budding photographer or happen to have a camera and take really cool pics and live in that area, please hit me up.

06
Jan
09

My Top 10 CDs of 2008

I find this a fun way to look back at the year of music that I’ve collected. (For kicks and giggles compare this list to last year’s!) Here’s my favorite CDs that were released in 2008: 

10. Soundtracks! – Officially, shouldn’t be on the list here but soundtracks these days have become so much more than what they used to be! So I listed them last. These 3 are in steady rotation! 

Twilight SoundtrackJuno SoundtrackOnce Soundtrack
Twilight
– Hate all you want. Crime upon crimes, I still haven’t seen the movie and I LOVE this compilation! 
Juno – Quirky, absurd, bizarre, unpolished, just like the movie! 
Once – Seriously, you already have this one right? I don’t need to say anything more. 

9. Live Music! – Again, officially shouldn’t be here so they’re last as well.

SingalongWhere the light is
Phil WickhamSingalong –  I knew this guy was special when he captivated my attention sandwiched between The Myriad and The David Crowder Band at the House of Blues! His studio work is full and rich and textured and yet here stripped down to nothing more than his guitar, his voice, and the voices of those gathered for an incredible night of worship, this captures the talent and heart of Phil Wickham. It’s disgusting that you get it for free from his website! 
John Mayer Where the light is  I KNOW, not officially a CD of 2008 because they’re all previously recorded songs from past CDs but you tell me an artist out there that can showcase his talent at 1 live show in 3 different settings like this and bring so much passion and energy and raw talent and I’ll take it off. Nab the DVD with it and sweet Jesus. It just doesn’t stop! It probably should be #1 on here!

8. Local Music! – More than shameless plugs, two bands on the bubble!  
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A Soup Named StewNumber 2 – David and Company have perfected the art of Comedic Rock and packaged it in a top notch way that trumps the kind of attention “local bands” are giving to the good old CD packaging. If anything, Number 2 gives you more than you need sink your teeth into ASNS. 
Lindsay Rae SpurlockHeart On A simple EP that packs a mean punch, well honestly there’s nothing mean at all to Lindsay but this EP sweeps from poppy finger-snapping to soft tenderness. 6 songs barely scratches the surface to well of music coming from this girl!

7. Pocketful of sunshineNatasha BedingfieldPocket Full of Sunshine I mean seriously, you’d think the girl had 2, maybe 3 CDs drop this year but nope, it’s all been on the same one. And for somebody that’s seen her live, the girl’s legit! Pipes, moves, charisma. Bring it on, I don’t care, probably my secret favorite of the year.
6. Day and AgeThe Killers – Day and Age – I’ll preface this by saying, ‘Yes, I loved Sam’s Town too!’ Day and Age finds The Killers doing what they do best again. Creating something different. Boisterous, over the top, metaphorical, danceable, rockin’, tribal, jazz, Gloria Estefanish, spacey…BRING IT ON! 

5. Your Kingdom ComeMatt PapaYour Kingdom Come Hands down the best worship and/or rock CD you don’t own! This follow up to You Are Good boasts a fluid 18 track monument mixed with the writings of Derek Webb/Charlie Hall and a variety of mad skills on the piano and guitar and vocals that breeds a breadth of variety in his music that’s absolutely stellar!

4. RedWeezerRed – I’m laughing with the thought of this even being on this list but that’s how good it was. Superbly tongue-and-cheek as is Weezer but done amazingly well. Guitar tones thick and rich. And in the midst of themselves a quant, beautiful little diddy called Heart Songs gets me misty every time! 

3. The Bright SadnessCharlie Hall – The Bright Sadness – What a project! What a worship experience! What a musical delivery! I’ve always loved Charlie’s heart and his style of writing. I never thought he got enough props for his earlier releases. Flying into Daybreak got them some attention and The Bright Sadness is a masterpiece of a followup combining the new sound they’re embracing with authentic Charlie Hall!

2. Narrow StairsDeath Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs I’ve been an on the fence fan of Death Cab and Postal Service and Nada Surf and such for years now but for some reason this one pushed me over the edge! It’s on my iPhone and on CD in my truck! 

1. Viva La VidaColdplay – Viva la Vida (Prospekt’s March Edition) – Love ’em or hate ’em I don’t know if there was a harder working band in the business this year than Coldplay and their assault with Death and all his friends! Viva la Vida just doesn’t get old for me. Eno did enough to make it sparkle and shine from X&Y and the fluid nature of this project was a nice touch. The wait was worth it!

 

So there you have it. I might have got it wrong so I made sure to give you more than 10 🙂 
I initially thought this year was a poor year for music but after looking at this list, I’m not so sure anymore. This was much harder to compile and sort out than last years!

While you’re at it, check out what my blogging brother had to say about 2008!

03
Jan
09

Feast your eyes on 7 hours of fun!

RSSers VIDEO EMBED! 

(Someone want to tell me why it didn’t load in the widescreen I saved it as?)

I meant to mention the killer soundtrack is from A Soup Named Stew! Catch them at fine venues all across Baton Rouge! Get them for your birthday, wedding, Sweet 16, company picnic, and more! 

Love you Dave!




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