Not to make excuses but I’ve been really busy this semester… in fact it’s been the busiest one of my college career to date. That being said, i still should have been able to update this thing once or twice in the last few months… man I’m a slacker! OK, well, on to the good news… during the past few months i got somewhere around ten albums… i am going to start updating this blog again with reviews and such soon so look for those. I’ll even do one now real quick to keep you guys interested… hopefully i can remember how much i paid for all those albums… OK, here goes… I’m back baby!
“The Sleeping House” – Cool Hand Luke
So a few months ago i was surfing the firestream.net forums and i saw a post about Cool Hand Luke. I just about flipped out when i saw that it was talking about a brand new CHL album! As far as anyone knew, CHL was dead for good and then all of a sudden they come out with a new album. Even cooler was that it was made available before it’s actual street release date… all you had to do was order it off the Lujo Records website. I did it as soon as i could spare the cash and i got the album about mid October. Oh man! Not only is CHL back, but they are back in force! This is such a solid album! Every song displays their mastery of songwriting combining floating piano melodies with biting bass-lines and guitar riffs that pull it all together into a sea of audial revelry. Lyrically this band is almost unmatched. They are not ashamed of Jesus Christ and the subject matter is deep and penetrating. The way some people write songs you can really tell that they have a grasp on the scriptures. CHL’s sleeping house offers messages that aren’t the cookie-cutter of the Christian pop scene, but something of real substance! I hope that this revival is not short lived and that we are graced with at least one more record from this great collection of christian men.
1. Fast Asleep
2. Cast Your Bread
3. Failing in Love
4. Buy the Truth
5. The Mirror
6. Eye of the Storm
7. The City Prevails
8. Spirit Sing
9. Wonder Tour
10. The House
11. The Incomprehensible Sleep
12. Wide Awake
Price Paid: $10 + tax
Happy to be back folks, hopefully i’ll have some more reviews for you soon! (some of those links are a joke, so don’t be offended 😉 )
I walk in the store and am just immediately overwhelmed. It’s like a dream come true. Now those of you who’ve been there might just be like, “geez Jake, it’s only record store” but you must understand the enormity of my obsession with music. I glance over a few of the vinyls even though i don’t even own a record player. I wish i did, i like vinyl. I move on, look through some of the new racks before finding the used section. Jack-pot, used indie, used metal… the sections most likely to hold the albums I’d been stealing for years. I found a couple rare albums that blew me away right then and there:
“Neon Horse” – Neon Horse
ok so this album is a masterpiece. The band consists of a bunch of people from old Tooth and Nail (record label) bands that are either not doing anything anymore or are starting to do less with the bands they’ve been with for years. Most notably is Mark Salomon, the lead singer of Stavesacre, my all time favorite band. Mark is the only member of the band that has appear in public, he has chosen to be the face of neon horse using the alias “Norman Horse” and appearing always in come sort of disguise. The others members of the band remain a mystery officially but i have a pretty good idea about a few of them. I am 98% certain that Jason Martin is the guitarist… or at least on of them… he is the guitarist of Starflyer 59, another band i love to death, and on some songs you can hear that influence come through. Also, the copywrites on ASCAP list Jason Martins name alongside Mark’s as the writer of all the songs. Other members i suspect are Ronnie Martin (of Joy Electric) on synth and Steven Dail (of Project 86) on bass.
The sound of this record is very very original, 80’s influenced rock that you just need to listen to to appreciate. These guys are pretty underground so i was shocked to stumble upon their album in a record store Roseville Michigan. Price Paid: $6
“The Balancing Act” – Cool Hand Luke
This record i got really into this last semester of sophomore year of college, so about two months ago. This is a compilation of Cool Hand Luke’s career as a band but it includes other unreleased songs as well. I had all of cool hand luke’s cd’s downloaded and was listening to them a lot last semester so when i stumbled upon their cd,. i snatched it up right away. Great band, mellow stuff infused with passionate vocals, a really good record.
Price Paid: $6
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Tagged Cool Hand Luke, Jason Martin, Joy Electric, Mark Salomon, Neon Horse, Project 86, Ronnie Martin, Starflyer 59, Stavesacre, Steven Dail, Tooth and Nail Records