Saturday, March 29, 2014

For What It’s Worth (TOTR 212)

 ** the history of my fandom continues with a hippy dippy trippy flippy mix fix**

The Fugs – No More Slavery
Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
The Stooges – 1969
MC5 – Ramblin’ Rose
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
The Staple Singers – We The People
The Byrds – Eight Miles High
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Jefferson Airplane – Embryonic Journey
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Third Stone From The Sun
The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning
Nick Drake – Northern Sky
Van Morrison – Ballerina
Crosby, Stills, & Nash – Helplessly Hoping
Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee
Joni Mitchell – Woodstock
Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
Allman Brothers Band – Revival
The Band – The Weight
Arlo Guthrie – Coming into Los Angeles
Eagles – Doolin-Dalton
The Holy Modal Rounders – Hot Corn, Cold Corn
Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band
Gram Parsons – Love Hurts

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Like A Song (TOTR 211)

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
U2 – Like a Song
Big Country – Fields Of Fire
Mike Peters – The Stand
The Waterboys – Spirit
Simple Minds – Sanctify Yourself
Lone Justice – Soap, Soup And Salvation
R.E.M. – Harborcoat
Guadalcanal Diary – Fire From Heaven
Echo & the Bunnymen – Seven Seas
the The – This is the Day
The Cure – In Between Days
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
Billy Bragg – The World Turned Upside Down
The Clash – Clampdown
Peter Gabriel – Biko
Violent Femmes – No Killing
Minutemen – The Price Of Paradise
The Replacements – Here Comes a Regular
The Layabouts – Seven Minutes
Suzanne Vega – Undertow
10,000 Maniacs – Back O’ The Moon
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Let The Sun Shine In (TOTR 210)

Part One: The Unofficial & Incomplete History of My Music Fandom

Bill Haley – Rock Around The Clock
Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
Tom Lehrer – National Brotherhood Week
Pete Seeger – The Draft Dodger Rag
Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
Harry Belafonte – Jamaica Farewell
Odetta – House Of The Rising Sun
Peter, Paul & Mary – 500 Miles
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby
The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack – Superstar
Godspell Soundtrack – Day by Day
Hair Soundtrack – Flesh Failures (Let The Sun Shine In)
John Denver – Sunshine On My Shoulders
Don McLean – American Pie
Dan Fogelberg – Leader Of The Band/Washington Post March
Rose Royce – Car Wash
Commodores – Brick House
Village People – YMCA
KISS – Rock And Roll All Nite
Rush – Limelight
Santana – Winning
Journey – Wheel In The Sky
John Mellencamp – Jack And Diane
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Roll Me Away

Friday, March 7, 2014

Visionary Vapor: Starting Lent with Michael Gungor and The Liturgists

It was a busy weekend on the eve of Lent for fans of spirited singer and spiritually-minded musician-bandleader Michael Gungor. If you were not on the Gungor or Michael Gungor Twitter feed over the first two days of March, you might have missed the news about a new band, a new record, and a new mini-tour.

As the band called Gungor takes a short break from touring in support of its sonically and lyrically adventurous album I Am Mountain, the family business has reinvented itself with the proverbial “side project” so common with musical visionaries who cannot contain their creative output to just one brand name or band name.

But The Liturgists—a collective that includes Michael’s wife Lisa, brother David, and a host of other supporting musicians and collaborators—are not just another band, and the brand is “the work of the people. The band’s Vapor EP is a warm and experimental worship text that includes a song, a spoken-word invocation and incantation, and a guided centering prayer meditation. On the group’s Ash Wednesday-week mini-tour, all the shows are free by RSVP and are not really shows as at all, not as indie-consumers even in the contemporary Christian scene have come to expect.

The Liturgists are bringing something entirely different, defying expectations and redefining everything along the way. While we could say that they are just instigating an interactive praise and worship experience on the road, what the Liturgists are up to is all that but so much more. The work of the people is reinventing or rediscovering how we interact inside the arts and culture angle of the Body of Christ. The Liturgists intentionally break through artificial walls and artfully involve all of us, creating a performance and preaching Happening, inviting us into a participatory Eucharistic epiphany. 

Since the speaker-on-tour is the self-defined evangelical and science nerd Mike McHargue and since the spirit of what The Liturgists are doing seems shockingly out-of-this-world cosmic, fans expecting either a Gungor concert or a pre-approved doctrinal message may feel denied, while the adventurous among us will be absolutely delighted.

At the core of The Liturgists’ traveling revival and recent EP we discover hope in our interconnectedness and humility in our infinite smallness, in our fleeting and vaporous vanity. The singalong scenario of the events hits the perfect valleys and crescendos to evoke an emotional and spiritual response.

To fully enjoy this new experiment requires something of us, shedding any assumptions of religion or rock n roll in order to get a joyful jolt of both. I know I have been to concerts where I have felt the spirit of communion, but here, I was offered the actual elements of bread and wine, shared sacramentally amid what only resembled a concert and clearly affirmed our resurrection.

Photos from Nashville event on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Let It Be So (TOTR 209)

Zac Brown Band – Free/Into The Mystic
Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Travelin’ Light
Hard Working Americans – I Don’t Have a Gun
Mike Gordon – Long Black Line
John Butler Trio – Cold Wind
Temples – A Question Isn’t Answered
U2 – Invisible
Big Country – Winter Sky
Cry Of Love – Too Cold In The Winter
St. Paul – Like a Mighty River
St. Paul – Let It Be So
Lake Street Dive – Use Me Up
Lake Street Dive – What About Me
Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten
Beck – Unforgiven
Beck – Waking Light
Robert Ellis – Steady As The Rising Sun
Robert Ellis – Still Crazy After All These Years
Hurray for the Riff Raff – The New SF Bay Blues
Band Of Horses – Slow Cruel Hands of Time (Live Acoustic)
Band Of Horses –Detlef Schrempf (Live Acoustic)
Run River North – Growing Up
Rosanne Cash – When The Master Calls The Roll.

Jennifer Nettles – Like A Rock