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Festival of Faith, Music announces headliners

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The biennial Festival of Faith and Music has announced headliners Caedmon’s Call (with Derek Webb … and Andy Osenga) and Iron and Wine for 2009. The festival will run April 2-4, 2009—and if you think that’s way too much advance notice, you may be dismayed to learn that tickets are on sale now.

The Festival of Faith and Music is presented by Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a goal to “forward a comprehensive interrogation of the ways grace, love, compassion, and the Christian faith are expressed in the world of popular music.”

Jesus speaks out on Heath’s death … and new life

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Thanks to Jesus’ blog, we have new insight on the death of Heath Ledger and a warning to those who would judge the already-judged and the broken-backed:

Heath did this last night.

19 years ago, He and I had a conversation while he was lying in bed. We became friends. We really didn’t talk much after that. I wish we talked more, but most people think they are fine on their own. I love him though, and although we rarely talked, that night I put his name in My book.

Do not let anyone tell you whose names are written in My Book Of Life. That is between Me and that person alone. They have not seen My book. Lot’s of people read My biography and have trouble with it. There seems to be a lot of information in there that can confuse some of My followers. So, I will simplify it again for some of My followers who might be a little confused.

Love Me. Love others. My Father will judge and condemn.

Colour Revolt finds label, anticipates album release

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

California Mississippi rockers Colour Revolt announced they will be releasing a new album in April on the Fat Possum label:

So we thought we’d start the new year off right.

We are thrilled to announce that our new full length album, “Plunder, Beg, and Curse,” will be released April 1 via Fat Possum Records. ( )

It’s extremely exciting and we could not be happier with our new home.

“Plunder, Beg, and Curse” was recorded in Oxford, MS at Sweet Tea Studios. It was Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by our good friend and creative genius Clay Jones.

The first song on the album, Naked and Red, is available for listen and download. Have at it my friends.

Christmas Recording Blues

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Hey kids! Sorry for the lack of a Christmas episode of the BAC as of today. We are having a bummer of a recording breakdown in the Bored-Again studios, and I’m not sure we’ll make it up by Christmas. In the meantime, check these great Christmas downloads from The Blah Blah, a few of which were going to air on the BAC.

Merry Christmas to all. Easy on the nog.
the Pete

T.James does T.Waits

Friday, December 14th, 2007

 From Paste:

The recently Grammy-nominated “folk” artist Tom Waits has been covered by countless artists. Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Linda Thompson, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Mugison, the list goes on and on. That being said, none of those jerks covered Waits exclusively for This is why Tyler James gets the big, gold star of the day.

Back in late September, we asked you, dear readers, what song you’d like to hear James cover live at Paste HQ. The response was overwhelming, but James chose Waits’ “Shiver Me Timbers.” You can view the video here.

Related links:
Vote for TJ in Christian Music Superbowl I
Tyler James on MySpace
Tom Waits on MySpace

The Myriad Make the Cut in Dew Challenge

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Myriad have advanced to the final 3 in the MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout.

This weekend, The Myriad will be heading to New York to perform live on M2. Chosen out of over 4000 bands, the contest has allowed the band to quickly gain public attention and a widened audience, first by placing them in the top 12, followed by their entry into the top 6 and now top 3 thanks to fan votes.

The winner of this week’s contest will have a video put in rotation on MTV and M2, and will be a possible MTV Artist of the Week, as well gaining airtime on other shows.

Past winners of the M2 Dew Circuit Breakout include Taking Back Sunday, Halifax, Yellowcard, and Hellogoodbye

Voting continues until 6pm EST Dec 15. The Dew Circuit Breakout Finale will show live on M2 at 6pm EST, and then replay for the West.

‘Who do you say I am?’

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Christianity Today has a great editorial on the importance of hearing what non-Christians are saying:

“While we think we’re standing for righteousness, we often come across as judgmental. While we think we’re trying to apply Christian ethics to the social scene, it comes across as mere politics. While we think we’re paragons of virtue, others see deep moral flaws in us. These are not merely image problems, but character issues that get to the core of what the church is and should be.”

BAC outpaces MTV News podcast

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Because there are no better benchmarks for podcast performance, The Bored-Again Christian podcast has passed the MTV News podcast to become (currently) the 25th most popular music podcast on iTunes. Why is this important? So my wife knows what I’ve been doing late at night.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed in iTunes and signed up their friends, foes and grandparents! Soon, the world will have to reckon with a new voice in Christian music. Besides Hannah Montana.

SoundScan Christian Music Scam?

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Colossians 316 (the blog, not the verse) reports on a disturbing trend in popular Christian music reporting:

It seems that the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA), along with the Gospel Music Association (GMA) have often reported questionable figures at best detailing growth trends in “Christian” music. For example, Mark Joseph reports in his book Faith, God and Rock n’ Roll: How People of Faith Are Transforming American Popular Music, that in 2001, Newsweek reported on the tremendous growth of the only genre that is determined by content rather than musical style: “Christian Music.” Joseph says that that the piece relied heavily on reports provided by the CMTA that showed unprecedented growth in “Christian music.” But, Jospeh warns that:

a closer look at the top-sellers of 2001 showed that the strongest “Christian music” draws were actually the instrumental favorites Mannheim Steamroller; the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and P.O.D. All had become “Christian” records courtesy of SoundScan, the company originally created to clear up confusing and misleading statistics in the music industry.

Joseph goes on to explain how it works:

Once the industry decided to distribute an album such as Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Extraordinaire, representatives of the CMTA and Billboard magazine then declared it a “Christian record and announced its findings to “Christian SoundScan.” Then every Christmas Extraordinaire sale, no matter where it occurred, was credited as another sale of “Christian music.”

Anathallo helps clear your sinuses

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

New Vick’s commercial features music by Anathallo:

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