August 22, 2014 – San Diego, California

Weekend Links: August 22, 2014

  • I've shared this before, but going into this weekend, I hope this is a good encouragement:

"God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves." -A.W. Tozer

  • The end of the Tree Ring is near, but I am glad they're not leaving us without a peace offering of a new record. And I am stoked on the new song, "Beside A River."
  • Looking for some great information on the background of what is happening in Ferguson? Check out Vox's coverage of it all.

  • I am really glad to have seen Glass Optical in Dallas earlier this week. If you want literally the best experience buying frames, lenses, and anything optical-related, wait until you are in Dallas and do it then.

  • Seen some ice bucket challenge videos? Interesting piece about how it started.

  • Ryan Adams really nailed it with "Gimme Something Good" on Jimmy Fallon and love this BTS of "Wrecking Ball":

  • Pretty excited about Baylor's new McLane Stadium (shown below). Hope to make it out there this year.

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  • T. Swift is sure making news with her new video. What do you think?
June 9, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Links: June 9, 2014

  • This rules, and is so heavy:
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!)

August 16, 2013 – San Diego, California

Let There Be Streams!

I noticed this week an unusual amount of streaming unreleased records from some great artists. Here are few that stuck out to me which I've really enjoyed:

August 25, 2012 – San Diego, CA

Weekend Links: August 25, 2012

These weeks are flying by! Lacey is starting classes at her new school on Monday and I am so proud of how she is throwing every effort she has at this new job. (Super proud husband here.) I am helping her in the classroom today and I am excited to lead worship at Clairemont Emmanuel this weekend. Always fun to team up with my dad. Now, some links:

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  • Have I already mentioned how pumped I am for the new Lakers roster? Dwight Howard on top of Kobe, Steve Nash, Ron Artest & Pao Gasol?! That photo is just ridiculous.

  • Keiran said it best: "Samsung owes Apple one Instagram." I'll probably never try to get in any legal battle with Apple.

  • Here is a great story FastCompany featured from my friend Bob's new book, Love Does. Check it out here.

  • The blood, sweat, and tears we have put into ZenCash are starting to pay off. Fun to have this feature released.

  • Everyone has been watching Charity: Water since they set the bar so high in conveying what they do as an organization with their media. They released a new home page this week and they definitely met the level of clarity and simplicity they've done so well with.

  • Holiday Matinee is not only a great blog, but they have the best mixes. Their August Mixtape is fantastic.

  • It is inspiring to get a glimpse into lives of people who craft things with their hands: thosewhomake.com

  • This week, two of my favorite companies (Evernote & Moleskine) announced they are combining forces. I carry both of them with me essentially everywhere I go to record notes, ideas, quotes, thoughts, etc. I am interested to see how this notebook turns out.

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