Ch. 79: I’m Not Over It

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

79 Intro: “Burn and Shine” by The Elms 1“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire 2“Dear God, I Hate Myself” by Xiu Xiu. 3“Parentheses” by The Blow. 4“I’m Not Over It” by Steven Wesley Guiles. 5“Triplets” by Bodies of Water. 6“Furr” by Blitzen Trapper. 7“Dear God 2.0” by The Roots f/ Monsters of Folk. 8“Corazon” by Bishop Allen. 9“Building a Religion” by Cake. 10“House of God (50 Mix)” by DHS. 11“God Told Me” by Sebadoh. 12“Youth is Wasted on the Young” by Hand Drawn Mountains. 13“All Delighted People” by Sufjan Stevens.

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Ch. 62: Pushing the Shine

Friday, February 1st, 2008

62 1 Intro: “Burn and Shine” by The Elms 2 “Pushing the Shine” by Lovedrug. 3 “Had not a Body” by The Cotton Jones Basket Ride. 4 “Break” by Son Lux. 5 “Sewn in My Skin” by Agents of Future. 6 “I Guess We’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess” by Bodies of Water. 7 “Silence and Photographs” by Ely Falls. 8 “The Jesus Song” by The Beeps. 9 “Million” by Number One Gun. 10 “Finding New Ways” by The Mint. 11 “No Cars Go” by Arcade Fire. 12 “If You Were Born Today” by Low. 13 “Dayspring from on High” by Soul-Junk. 14 “The Sweet Release” by The Lassie Foundation.

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Ch. 60: Happy Days Are Here Again

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

60 1 Intro: “Burn and Shine” by The Elms 2 “Polarized” by Apollo. 3 “Mouring in the Morning” by Listener. 4 “Empires” by The Snake The Cross The Crown. 5 “B is for Bethlehem” by The Promise Ring. 6 “Chant Down Babylon” by John Davis. 7 “Breaker” by Low. 8 “Quarks” by The Southern Sea. 9 “Happy Days Are Here Again” by Danielson. 10 “Jesus Saves, I Spend” by St. Vincent. 11 “Antichrist Television Blues” by Arcade Fire. 12 “Born Again Christian” by Cats On Fire. 13 “The Meaning Of…” by Spoken. 14 “Shoreline” by Deas Vail. 15 “Amazing Grace” by The A-Sides.

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Ch. 59: Keep the Car Running

Friday, October 12th, 2007

59 1 Intro: “Burn and Shine” by The Elms 2 “Better People” by Xavier Rudd. 3 “Don’t Stand Up” by This Holiday Life. 4 “Gazebo Tree” by Kristin Hersh. 5 “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright. 6 “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine. 7 “Heretics” by Andrew Bird. 8 “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire. 9 “Rotten Hell” by Menomena. 10 “With Every Light” by The Smashing Pumpkins. 11 “Doves Circle the Sky” by Bodies of Water. 12 “Jesus Christ” by Brand New. 13 “Shine On Sweet Jesus (Jesus Song No. 5)” by The Flaming Lips. 14 “Jesus” by Velvet Underground. 15 “Amazing Grace” by Tori Amos and Maynard James Keenan.

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Christianity Today opens up Neon Bible

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Christianity Today reviews the new album from the Arcade Fire, Neon Bible:

In an interview with Paste magazine, front man Win Butler offered a telling statement about the nature of the album: “There are two kinds of fear,” he said. “The Bible talks a lot about fear of God???fear in the face of something awesome. That kind of fear is the type of fear that makes someone want to change. But a fear of other people makes you want to stay the same, to protect what you have. It’s a stagnant fear; and it’s paralyzing.”

Quite a declaration, one that runs vis-??-vis the topical scope of Neon Bible. Far from a gospel album, Bible never really endorses God, or any other thing for that matter. It won’t tell you how or what to believe; it’ll simply cast a reflection???you decide if change is needed. Bible does this through a series of reprimands???against organized religion, popular culture, the government, and opportunists in general. Let the chips fall where they may.

The cynicism doesn’t mean Arcade Fire is necessarily out to down religion, though. In the same Paste interview, Butler said Neon Bible is ultimately about “addressing religion in a way that only someone who actually cares about it can. It’s really harsh at times, but from the perspective of someone who thinks it has value.”

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[Aside: I love this disclaimer that CT has started using for their music reviews and think I might have to start adopting the same: Unless specified clearly, we are not implying whether this artist is or is not a Christian.]