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Ep. 39 – New this (now last) semester (part 2) – Jan. 6th, 2009

Here’s a few more album i got during the tail end of 2008 that i am just now getting on here… I know, i know… i have no excuse…

“Save me from Myself” – Brian “Head” Welch

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I heard about this guy awhile back and downloaded some free tracks from his myspace.  They were ok, but I didn’t really get into them.  A few years later now, he’s come out with an entire album, and I have to say it’s better than his earlier stuff.    Now, you may not know who this guy is, but you have probably heard of his former band: Korn.  Yes, that Korn.  He was there guitarist and he accepted Christ and left the band.  His band-mates were really cool about it.  From the lyrical content of his music I can tell that he has really taken his faith serious and matured greatly.  It’s really encouraging to see.  The album, though not the best I’ve ever heard, is not bad at all.  It still reflects that eerie quality that Korn was famous for, but the album features a great addition: HOPE.  Not a bad venture from mister Head.  Not bad at all.

Genre: Metal / Rap Rock / Industrial
Christian or Secular?: Christian

Track-listing:
1. L.O.V.E.
2. Flush
3. Loyalty
4. Re-Bel
5. Home
6. Save Me From Myself
7. Die Religion Die
8. Adonai
9. Money
10. Shake
11. Washed By Blood

Price Paid: $14.30


“Doubt becomes the new addiction” – Flee the Seen

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I got this when I came home for thanksgiving weekend.  I went in record time and found this in the clearance section.  I listened to it in the store and decided to go for it.  I really like it now that I’ve had a chance to listen to it for a while.  I’m am usually skeptical of female fronted rock bands, but I have to say these guys (and girl 😉 ) are one of the best I’ve heard so far; and the best I’ve heard in their genre I think.  It’s very scene hardcore / emo-core but not annoying.  I like the album a lot.  Lyrically they tackle some pretty good issues; the one that sticks out in my mind is the fact that our culture is so obsessed with the self, and so consumer focused. (Track: “Right before you Disappear”)  Some pretty good writing lyrically as well, sighting the same song as an example, check out some of the lyrics:

“Prioritize the purchases
Fist clench the receipts that
Keep you accountable
That make your life make sense, to make cents
I have this so I am this”

I have to say, I picked a pretty good one for never having heard these guys before.  Well worth it.

Genre: Scene / Hardcore / Emo-core
Christian or Secular?: Christian
Track-listing:
1. Celebrate the Static
2. Wardrobe Full of Fiction
3. Do You Think Dallas Is Still in the Slammer
4. I’ll Be Back on Sunday
5. November 5th
6. Wire Tap Out
7. Broken Thoughts of Praise
8. Interlude
9. Right Before You Disappear
10. Start the End Again
11. 300 Voices at Liberty Hall

Price Paid: $2

“45 Days” – Demon Hunter

This is a new 2 DVD 1 CD box-set from one of my favorite metal bands; Demon Hunter.  The first DVD is a film about Demon Hunter; it’s an artistic documentary about them touring and their fans and such.  It’s really cool.  The second DVD is a live concert and the CD is the original music from the film.  A good set all in all, recommended for the serious Demon Hunter fan.

Genre: Metal
Christian or Secular?: Christian
CD Track-listing:

  1. “Closing In” – 2:21
  2. “Turn Loose the Hounds” – 4:08
  3. “Ours Alone” – 6:35
  4. “The Deep” – 2:00
  5. “Dust and Smoke” – 3:21
  6. “Purified In The Storm” – 7:03
  7. “The Scars We Don’t See” 2:48
  8. “Perseverance” 7:23
  9. “Fading Away (Acoustic Version)” – 4:18
  10. “Carry Me Down (Piano Version)” – 4:35

Price Paid: $28.99

“Dial M” – Starflyer 59

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Jason Martin never dissapoints.  Seriously, I know i’ve said it before but it’s true.  His newest release, “Dial M,” has been well worth the wait since “My Island” which I got a couple years ago.  There is not a single song on Dial M that is bad.  Jason’s sound continues to evolve and it seems that everything he puts his hand to turns to gold.  This album takes a somewhat new direction but still delivers a great sound.  It’s a very hard to describe sound, but trust me, it’s good…  If you’ve never given Starflyer 59 a listen before, this would not be a bad album to start with as long as you understand that no two sf59 albums are alike.  Give it a try, seriously.  You can get a taste of the sound over at his myspace.  Then buy the album.

Genre: Indie Rock
Christian or Secular?: Christian
Track-listing:

  1. “Minor Keys”
  2. “The Brightest Of The Head”
  3. “Concentrate”
  4. “Who Said It’s Easy?”
  5. “M23”
  6. “Taxi”
  7. “Automatic”
  8. “Altercation”
  9. “Mr. Martin”
  10. “I Love You Like The Little Bird”

Price Paid: $10 (I think, I can’t quite remember, I bought it new at Record Time thankgiving weekend.)

So their you have it, a few more of my final aquisitions of 2008, if i think of anymore i’ll be sure to post them…

Ep. 6 – A Couple Good Finds… – June 20th, 2008

I went back to “Blast in the Past” today.  I cashed a check and had some extra money and some time.  I went back to BitP because i realized that i had only looked through half of their used CDs, there was another whole rack i had completely missed.  I walked in and again, the owner was chatting away nice and loud with his other old coworker… this man really amuses me, i think he was quite the party-er back in his day because there isn’t much of him left if you get what i mean…  so again, chuckling to myself i peruse the racks, this is what i found:


“[Untitled]” – The Benjamin Gate

This album actually wasn’t on the list and before i got it today i had never heard it before.  I love “Contact”, the other album released by the Benjamin Gate so i decided this album was worth checking out.  So far i like it, very good lyrics – they aren’t cryptic, they come right out and talk about Jesus, and that’s really cool.

Price Paid: $5

“The Tick Tock Treasury”  – Joy Electric

I downloaded most of Joy Electric’s discography a few years ago and was into him for a while.  Joy Electric is an interesting project, its synth-pop music that is often reminiscent of early video game music.  (Another interesting fact is that Joy Electric is the brain-child of Ronnie Martin, brother of Jason Martin of Starflyer 59.  What amazes me is that both brother make very different music, but are both really good at what they do… anyway, i digress… )  This is either my favorite album of his, it’s between this one and “Hello Mannequin.”  Found this one today and was excited to pick it up.  Price Paid: $5

“Stereo Motion” – Stereo Motion

First heard these guys when i bought a flicker records compilation called “Flicker Rocks Harder” a few years ago.  I liked their songs so i downloaded there album.  They are comparable to the band “Jet” kind of a classic rock sound with some new influence as well.  Very solid record.  I was actually pretty surprised to find this one today.  Price Paid: $5

Again, succes… next time i will probably go back to Blast in the Past, atleast once more, but pretty sound i’m going to have to look for other record stores… i’ve found one more, but it is pretty far away, but hopefully i’ll make the trip one of these days… you never know, it might be worth it.

EP. 1 – First trip – June 3rd, 2008

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