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 on: Today at 12:56:05 AM 
Started by oneafroboy - Last post by plvarona
Propaganda: Crooked

 on: July 21, 2017, 04:24:36 AM 
Started by enemy anemone - Last post by Vlad!
Went to the New Zealand International Film Festival and saw Born in China, a docudrama about native Chinese animals.

I have to confess, I chose it because of the cute pandas on the poster. But it turned out to be a solid movie. There was a bit of anthropomorphizing, which was a bit suspect, but the camera work was good and the film told a solid story that was well put together cinematographically. John Krazinski did a solid job with the narration. High marks overall.

 on: July 18, 2017, 09:44:05 PM 
Started by plvarona - Last post by murlough23
Wow, I didn't even realize Reubonic had been released already. I'll have to go check that out. Thanks for the setlists!

 on: July 18, 2017, 04:46:38 AM 
Started by murlough23 - Last post by murlough23
John Mayer - The Search for Everything

 on: July 17, 2017, 10:59:47 AM 
Started by plvarona - Last post by plvarona
I actually didn't know Derek was making music again either until he mentioned his upcoming album on Noisetrade.

Here are your requested set lists:

Derek Webb
I Want a Broken Heart
A New Law
The Spirit Bears the Curse (new song)
Chasing Empty Mangers (new song - Christmas song)
The End
The Very End
I Hate Everything (But You)
The Braver One (new song - about a friend's wife who had died)
Nobody Loves Me
Freddie, Please
Easter Eggs (new song)
Wedding Dress
A Savior on Capitol Hill
Goodbye For Now (new song)

John Reuben (about 1/3 of this set was from Reubonic)
Candy Coated Razor Blades
Jamboree verses with "Time to Start the Show" inserted into the chorus
Word of Mouth
Future Nostalgia
Do Not
Curious Pt. 1
Curious Pt. 2
No Be Nah
I John Reu (1 verse)
Him Her He She (1 verse)
Divine Inspiration (1 verse)
Move (1 verse)
(song I didn't recognize)
Doin' (1 verse)
Gather In

The Gray Havens
Music From a Garden
Shadows of the Dawn
Gray Flowers
Ghost of a King
Band of Gold
("incomplete" song they've been playing for the last 10 years)
Take This Slowly
Diamonds and Gold
This My Soul
Stole My Fame

 on: July 17, 2017, 04:09:58 AM 
Started by plvarona - Last post by murlough23
I'd be interested in setlists from Derek Webb, John Reuben, and The Gray Havens. I didn't realize Webb was making music again. (I'm still trying to figure out what the heck happened to Caedmon's Call, but that's another story.) I'd imagine a lot of the subject matter from his last two albums is kind of "too soon" right now, so maybe that's why he's skipping it in his recent setlists. Just a guess.

 on: July 16, 2017, 08:02:19 PM 
Started by plvarona - Last post by plvarona
Here's my brief rundown of whom I saw at AudioFeed Festival this year.  As usual, if anyone wants a set list for any particular artist, just let me know.  This post would be way too long if I included all the set lists in it.

Earthholder: This was a local instrumental rock band, and if nothing else they had a lot of energy (especially the drummer).

Euriah: This was another local band, and they performed a pretty solid rock set.  Their music tends to be a bit moody on CD, but live they were straight-up rock.

Sam Arias: He's an R&B singer who brought a pretty tight rhythm section with him.  All of the songs in his set were unrecorded, so I probably didn't get into the set as much as I could have.

Steven Dunn: He's a pop-rock singer/songwriter who has some R&B leanings.  Some of his songs even had a bit of a Jason Mraz-type feel to them.

Adjy: This was one of my favorite early sets of the festival.  Music was very creative as it featured differing time signatures and many diverse instruments, including xylophones, accordions, a trumpet and even a brief appearance from a banjo.  Some band members even switched instruments within the same song.  Combine that with the band members' natural energy and there was a lot of action here.

Insomniac Folklore: Basically, this set was quirky fun.  The band played one of their older EP's called EP straight through and they had a lot of fun doing it.  Lead singer Tyler Hentschel plays to the crowd very well between his actions on stage and his comments between and during songs.  There's also something to be said about having a stuffed sheep blowing bubbles throughout the set.  As a side note, one guy actually found a way to propose to his girlfriend during the last song of the set, which the band did not know in advance would happen.  (She said "yes.")

The Mailboxes: This was catchy female-fronted pop done well.  I thought they sounded a lot more crisp this year than they did last year.

1983 Midwesterners: This was just a solo instrumental electric guitarist using an adder to build a song up.  It was interesting watching him construct a song before us.

Derek Webb: This was just Derek on an acoustic guitar and it's something he does very well.  This set primarily covered Derek's early albums with several new songs included from his upcoming album Fingers Crossed.  Just about all the songs Derek did went over well with just him on an acoustic.  The most interesting selection was "Freddie, Please", which Derek converted to a '50's-style do-wop song.  Derek also had a lot of funny comments throughout the set, with my favorite one referring to how he's not the same guy who wrote his older songs.  He went on to say, "I'll cover that guy the best I can."  As for Derek's new songs, it sounds like he's going to be talking a lot about either personal struggles or struggles with his family.  Finally, I did find it odd that Derek played a guitar with "Ctrl" on it, yet he didn't play any songs from that album.  (There were also no songs from I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry and I Love You.)

Analecta: I only caught the first half of their set due to a schedule conflict.  However, from what I saw they had plenty of energy, and their songs went over well in a live setting.

My Epic: These guys continue to rock hard and I especially thought the songs form their newest EP went over particularly well.

Lowercase Noises: This was a very mellow electric instrumental set.  The music was a little sparse for my taste, but there were some pretty moments.

Jeff Elbel & Ping: Their set is usually pretty fun and this one was no exception.  Most of the set was from their upcoming album, and those songs sounded especially fun.

Farewell to Juliet: This was basically Ping with Brant Hansen replacing Maron Gaffron and taking over lead vocals.  (It certainly helped that 3 members of Ping were also members of Farewell to Juliet.)  This was a pretty solid '90's pop/rock set, and it was a discovery for me since they broke up at around the time I started following Christian music.

The Still, Small Voice: This Christiana Benton-led project has been a personal favorite of mine since year 1 of AudioFeed, and this was another solid set.  Christiana had an all-new band this time, and they backed her up well, especially with her drummer adding some nice harmonies.  The set primarily consisted of her latest EP, which I think is her strongest material to date.

Max Simmons: Max typically plays singer-songwriter style music on CD, but in a live setting he and his band can flat-out rock.  I also think Max's voice is better suited for rock than it is for acoustic music.

Von Strantz: This was a stripped-down set with just acoustic guitar/cello/keyboard, and it was performed quite well.  Harmonies between Jess Strantz and Kelsey Horton highlighted this set.  This set was also all new songs, and a lot of the songs were pretty heavy emotionally.  I suspect Jess must have recently gone through a nasty divorce or separation, since multiple songs seemed to point to that.

Zach Winters: This was just a stripped down acoustic set with primarily Zach on acoustic guitar with Jason Barrows joining him for a few songs.  Zach's songs didn't stand out as well as others nor does he have the best stage presence, but it was still a solid set.

Tow'rs: They were one of my favorite new discoveries last year and they turned in one of my favorite sets this year.  I like their highly-textured acoustic sound a lot.  Harmonies between Kyle and Gretta Miller particularly stood out this time, and cellist Emma Crislip had a more prominent role this time.  Gretta was 31 weeks pregnant at the time of the performance, so I especially gave her props for going out there and performing.

The Gray Havens: If I had to pick a favorite performance, I would most likely pick this one.  This was just Dave and Licia doing an intimate acoustic set, and they came across as very personable.  Even though they were playing on the festival's biggest stage, they had such a warm presence I felt like they were playing in my living room.  Musically, the two brought a lot of energy and they sound very crisp.  Their songs also went over very well in a live setting, and I was certainly happy they worked in most of my favorites into their set.

John Reuben: This was John's first performance in five years, and he certainly still knows how to have fun.  There were a few occasional hiccups, especially when John forgot the bridge to "Do Not", but for the most part John was still able to get his raps down pat.  John also showed his sense of humor throughout the whole set, with the most amusing moment coming when John noticed somebody was filming him, and he started pointing at the camera/cell phone and making angry faces at it.  My favorite comment from the set was when John saw a teenage girl in the front row and said, "You're too young to be knowing all my songs."  I was particularly impressed that John was able to jam-pack all or parts of 18 songs into a 50-minute set.  Overall, I would say this was one of the most fun sets I saw this year.

John Mark McMillan: This was a pretty solid rock set for John and his band.  He did preview a few songs from his upcoming album, and they all went over well in a live setting.  It was also amazing getting to hear the crowd sing along to some of his better-known songs, especially "Future/Past".

The Hollands!: This acoustic folk family band brought a bunch of friends on stage with them and it was fun to hear all of the different instruments in action.  The one down side was that lead singer Jana Holland rambled on a bit much and that really cut into their time as they only got to play four songs in 30 minutes.

Least of These: This was a pretty solid rock set.  One thing I appreciated about this band was their versatility, as their lead singer and lead guitarist kept alternating vocals and guitar leads.  The drummer also added some vocal harmonies.

RavenHill: These guys have seem to be transitioning from a blues-rock sound to more of a straight-up rock sound, and they can certainly pull off the latter.  This set was very energetic and Josh Clifton worked the crowd quite well.  This band just gets better every year.

Jason Barrows: This was just Jason with an acoustic guitar and some tracks, and his songs still went over well in a stripped-down setting.  Jason's amusing comments in between songs were also a plus.

Harry Gore: This is probably the best I've seen Harry and his band.  Harry's band rocked pretty hard and Harry can still play his guitar quite well at his advanced age.  Harry also had some of the boldest messages of the festival, particularly with his statement on the transgender movement with "You'll Never Be a Girl."  Harry especially went all-out during the outro to his last song, "I Ain't Gonna Live a Godless Life" where he played his guitar with his tongue, kicked over his music stand and ended the song by saying, "I ain't taking it back either!"

DeNS: These guys remind me a little bit of Cool Hand Luke before Mark Nicks went primarily to the piano.  A lot of their songs tend to build up gradually, and the songs sounded good in a live setting.  Their bassist is also very animated, and sometimes I wondered if his limbs were made of elastic with the way he was swinging around.

Liz Vice: I was very impressed with her voice.  Even though Gospel music isn't my forte, Liz and her band were so tight even I could get into the set.  Liz also had some of the most interesting cover songs as she did R&B-style renditions of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" while closing her set with a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity", complete with a "We out" at the end.

Sean Michel: This was a rocking roots Gospel set that effectively combined the spiritual sound of Sean's early years with the rock sound to which Sean has gravitated as of late.  Sean's energy and passion certainly helped carry the performance.  He also had an all-star band consisting of Jimmy Abegg, The Choir's Steve Hindalong and two former members of Rich Mullins' band, plus a Gospel choir consisting of The Wayside's John and Michelle Thompson, and country singer Katie Bell.  This was another one of my favorite performances of the festival.

Abram Shook: This was another new discovery for me as I found Abram's unique sound incorporating elements of pop, electronic music and jazz to be quite interesting.  Abram's songs went over well in a live setting.

Sho Baraka: I caught his last three songs.  While I'm not the biggest hip-hop fan, I was particularly impressed when Sho went into his freestyle rhymes after the music stopped.

Flatfoot 56: This was just all-out chaos.  This year's show had an '80's/'90's video game theme so there were some nostalgic elements for me as references were made to classic video games like Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers and Pong.  Musically, the band had a lot of energy and that likely helped to incite the chaos.

 on: July 16, 2017, 07:11:21 PM 
Started by oneafroboy - Last post by plvarona
If it doesn't, and if your opinion of it remains that high, I might just bite the bullet and buy a digital copy, as I eventually broke down and did with Out of the Grey's latest. (I still buy either digital or physical copies of the albums I enjoy after listening to them on Spotify; it's just nice to hear something and know it's worth owning first.)
I do agree Spotify is very useful as tool for previewing albums.  It has brought my attention to albums that weren't initially on my radar that I ended up liking, such as Acceptance's Colliding by Design, which is slowly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year.  On the flip side, it has also prompted me to hold back on some artists I've liked in the past but the new one just hasn't done much for me, like the new ones from The Classic Crime or Aaron Sprinkle.

 on: July 16, 2017, 03:46:59 PM 
Started by murlough23 - Last post by murlough23
Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

 on: July 15, 2017, 08:22:00 PM 
Started by oneafroboy - Last post by murlough23
It would be nice if the album eventually shows up on Spotify.  I'm liking it a lot.  Don't be surprised if it takes over the #1 spot on my "Album of the Year" list pretty soon.

If it doesn't, and if your opinion of it remains that high, I might just bite the bullet and buy a digital copy, as I eventually broke down and did with Out of the Grey's latest. (I still buy either digital or physical copies of the albums I enjoy after listening to them on Spotify; it's just nice to hear something and know it's worth owning first.)

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