August 4, 2014 – San Diego, California

Links: August 4, 2014

We made it back after a fantastic month in Brooklyn. So much good there: good people, good food, good culture. We loved it.

  • Congrats to Nick for the amazing film and the Vimeo Staff Pick:
May 27, 2014 – San Diego, California

Links: May 27, 2014

"Christians don't tell lies, they just go to church and sing them." -A.W. Tozer

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December 31, 2013

Records of the Year: 2013

Here are my top 5 in reverse order, followed by another dozen or so.

FIVE. HAIM: Days Are Gone. If you follow me anywhere, it's no secret I think this song is one of the best musical moments of the year:

FOUR. Sleeping At Last: Atlas. Ryan is always pushing the envelope. I never get tired of hearing the creative string arrangements, or extremely thoughtful melodies. But what I mostly appreciate about Ryan's music is that it just makes me feel.

THREE. Local Natives: Hummingbird. These guys are just good musicians and good songwriters.

TWO. The National: Trouble Will Find Me. I wasn't sure if "High Violet" could be topped, but these are great songs.

ONE. Volcano Choir: Repave. These songs pull on my heart strings really heavily. The line "Can't believe your father left his land" from "Alaskans" gets me choked up almost every time.

And in no particular order:

  • Phoenix: Bankrupt. Although it's not nearly as strong as Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, it's a really strong effort. And their Blogotheque videos were pretty special. Buy it here.

  • Gregory Alan Isakov: The Weatherman. When this record released, I wore it out. Wore it out! It has a calming effect. Buy it here. (And I am excited to show you our SerialBox session coming with him soon.)

  • Phil Wickham: The Ascension. Phil and Pete put so much thought into these songs and how they are presented to you. It's really a work of art. Buy it here.

  • Washed Out: Paracosm. In the early fall, this record was a productivity go-to. I love the ethereal nature of it. Buy it here.

  • The Lone Bellow: The Lone Bellow. "Brooklyn Country" is a fitting genre description for The Lone Bellow. For me, they also fall in the genre of people that you simply want to win. And the lyric, "A tree I'll grow to let you know my love is older than my soul" ... are you kidding me?! GOLD! Buy it here. And check out the SerialBox session here.

  • Gungor: I Am Mountain. I listened to this record for a month straight. A totally fresh batch of songs. Totally eclectic and totally perfect. Buy it here.

  • Active Child: Rapor EP. Consistent. This EP he released this year is a staple in our home. Buy it here.

  • Hillsong United: Zion. Seeing the live version of these songs in April was special. Buy it here.

  • Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City. Hard not to give props to these guys for a great collection. Buy it here.

  • Junip: Junip. Subtle tension & melancholy. Crossed off the list of bands I wanted to see live. José did not disappoint. Buy it here.

  • Daughter: If You Leave. One of the clearest and most hauntingly beautiful female voices in music. Buy it here.

  • Trent Dabbs: The Way We Look at Horses. One of Nashville's finest. Just enough twang. Just enough folk. Love it. Buy it here.

  • CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe. I was a latecomer to the CHVRCHES party, but their show sealed the deal as a fan. Buy it here.

  • Night Beds: Country Sleep. A certain "wallowing" sound that strikes a chord in me. Excited to release our SerialBox session with them too. Buy it here.

For a Spotify playlist / compilation of my favorites from records throughout this list, go here.

Some great EPs from the year:

(If you're interested in last year's list, go here. Additionally, this is my public apology to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for not including The Heist last year. Buy it here!)

December 20, 2013 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: December 20, 2013

  • Thanks for all the kind words about the Abroad EP. (If you didn't hear it yet, you can just click on "Music" up to the right at the top of the page.) I figured while I am putting music out there, here are some fun Christmas songs from the past few years. 'Tis the season...

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  • I had a blast in Brooklyn / New York City earlier this week for the Charity: Ball. Any time a group of people raises over $4million in one night to help people on the other side of the globe drink clean water is a success.

  • Came across this quote a few days ago, and it struck me because it is so true. I wonder how often I miss thoughts and ideas directed at me: "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

  • As a wimp in cold weather and a new lover of UBER, I definitely used the service a lot. Check out this article on why it is becoming one of the most valuable companies in the world. Also, sign up for UBER and try it out! You'll be glad you did.

  • While you're in the giving spirit, please take a look at the Light The World campaign for JOYN India which just went live this week! Austin, Esther, Jordan, and several others have put a lot of heart into it. These stories are amazing.

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November 8, 2013 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: November 8, 2013

  • Asgeir's new video is just getting me excited for his record to come out in the U.S. on January 27.
  • It is really fun to have known someone, not see them for a long time, and then discover and love a song they put a video out for. Tapajenga / Paul Mitchell, well done.

  • I have continued to enjoy my Nixon "Stylus" headphones since just before our trip this summer. The sound, low end, portability, and overall experience is really solid. Thanks Steff & Nixon!

  • I caught a little bit of The Resurgence Conference online this week and was struck by Rick Warren's comment: "You'll be tempted to use the gifts God has given you for your own purpose."

  • Tonight is the Lone Flag launch party! This is good news for San Diego. If you're around, see you there!

  • Totally digging Monarch. Sounds great Joel!

  • A beautiful look into Fatherhood.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis, the movie about Brooklyn's early '60s folk scene, looks great to begin with, but when you gather Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, Chris Thile, and a couple unreleased Bob Dylan recordings, you're sure to have an awesome soundtrack.

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