Sorry the recording got cut short again, it’s unfortunate but I’ll try to find any songs that got cut off and post them somehow.
1. Violent Femmes- Hallowed Ground (Hallowed Ground)
- This is a great album that I’ve played a little of before on the show. The whole album goes back and forth from dark strange imagery about death and derangement to uncharacteristically uplifting spiritual songs. Like I said in the recording, the contrast is so sharp between the two themes that a lot of people including myself assumed the religious songs were sarcastic, but the lead singer was apparently very serious. I highly recommend looking into the album and just the band in general. You’ve most likely heard of at least one of their songs before, namely “Blister in the Sun.” Here’s a cool music video for it that a fan made for it:
2. David Byrne- One Fine Day (Everything That Happens Will Happen Today)
- Here’s the album I talked about earlier this semester. David Byrne and Brian Eno worked on a gospel inspired album together and came up with this, it’s really great. I don’t actually own the album but was able to listen to the whole album here: http://www.davidbyrne.com/music/cds/everything_that_happens/index.php
3. Half-Handed Cloud- A Suit of Clouds to Ride The Skies (Halos & Lassos)
- Not much to say here, just more simple and enjoyable songs from Half-Handed Cloud, a very straightforward christian twee pop musician who’s actual name is John Ringhofer.
4. The Welcome Wagon- Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Welcome to the Welcome Wagon)
- Again, I’ve talked about this band before, but still recommend them just as highly. They just seem like some very happy brooklyn folks who record old folk gospel songs in their living room and get Sufjan Steven’s help to put a moden indie twist on them.
5. The Mighty Clouds of Joy- Saved
- Try not to love this band after you look at a picture of them. I don’t believe you can, and neither does the guy second from the right:
6. Devendra Banhart- Saved (Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon)
- I don’t really know anything about Devenra Banhart’s personal views (see the “about” section of this blog), but this is a great song that clearly has some awesome gospel funk influences. The album as a whole is incredible, this is really the only song that resembles a gospel song on the album, but thats part of what’s great about the album is how seamlessly it flows between completely different genres. How different are they? Well here’s one of the other songs from the album along with its music video featuring Natalie Portman:
7. mewithoutYou- Son of a Widow (Catch for Us the Foxes)
- No surprise here, another mewitoutYou song, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Here’s the song, sorry it got cut off:
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