Last month, Eric posted about the great 8-Bit Hymnal – some traditional hymns remixed to 8-bit video game style music. With Christmas coming along, you can now get some more great 8-bit Christmas goodness!
Tyler Larson has put together 15 different carols (there are 16 tracks – two version of Away in a Manger!) that you can download for FREE from Noisetrade.
Did you see Bob Dylan’s interactive music video?
If not, you have to!
Promoting Bob Dylan’s The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1, an interactive video of Like a Rolling Stone has been put together in a TV like fashion. Using Interlude‘s Treehouse technology, this music video presents itself like a regular television that can be surfed channel to channel.
The results are pretty EPIC.
Five Iron Frenzy—”FIF”, to their friends—was one of my favorite bands in high school and college. I saw them play live three times, including their 2003 final show in Denver, Colorado. I still play their old albums a lot. They’re fun, inspiring, and very singable. I’ve missed FIF these past ten years. Then, without warning, a Kickstarter campaign was launched, with the goal being met three times over within the first two days. All of a sudden, FIF had been resurrected. All of my dreams were coming true: more concerts, more albums, less “Combat Chuck.”
So, here I am, nearing thirty, listening to the newest albums from one of my favorite bands from a decade ago. It’s a weird moment, but I like it.
Hip-hop and rap have long been one my favorite styles of music, but it’s a love-hate relationship since some of my favorite rappers have a penchant for being the most profane rappers. Of course, that was until I found Lecrae and the rappers Reach Records and the 116 Clique. It was like I finally had some quality hip-hop that glorified God and elevated my spirit.
Last May, Lecrae released a mix tape hosted by Don Cannon called Church Clothes. I don’t think I’ve listened to a single rap album more in my life than I listened to that album in the eighteen months since it was released. It is still, without a doubt, one of my favorite albums ever.
That being said, I’d always wondered about how the DJ kept calling the album “Church Clothes Volume 1,” asking myself, “Will there be a ‘Volume 2′?” Questions asked, and today, the question was answered:
One of my favorite artists is Andrew Peterson.
He is not only one of my favorite music artists—my wife and I have all of his albums, including Appendix C—he has also become on of our family’s favorite authors. Andrew Peterson is an amazing singer, songwriter, musician, author and he even draws!
Andrew recently had one of those over-the-top successful Kickstarter campaigns he launched for the fourth and final book in his incredible Wingfeather Saga book series. I had the honor of interviewing him a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to share with you his heart, passion and creative insight.
Here’s my interview with Andrew…
This isn’t a hymnal in 8-bit (I’m not sure how you would do that, anyway), but actual 8-bit video game style music set to your favorite hymns.
Tyler Larson has put together 15 different hymns that are currently available to download—for free—from Noisetrade.
Here’s a list of the songs as well as the motivation behind this 8-bit project:
I will warn you right away, you will smile and probably cry while you watch this movie, so if you are about to take a family photo or go in to talk to your boss about something important, do not watch it!
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is dedicated to searching children who need the most help with their medical needs. As an uplifting project, the children decided to do a lip-sync music video from the hospital to Katy Perry’s song ROAR and it truly is inspirational. I love when entire organizations get behind their mission, no matter how goofy or silly it might seem and sell it for all its worth. The result is an amazing video that I personally have watched three times now.
Ever since She Must and Shall Go Free, my wife and I have been huge fans of Derek Webb (technically since Caedmon’s Call :P).
I reviewed his last album on ChurchMag and I couldn’t help doing the same, again!
That being said, you may consider my review bias as I am a fan, but considering we’re offering a free copy, I’m sure you’ll forgive me.
Gangai Victor’s new book, The Worship Kenbook, is a down-to-earth look and approach to praise and worship.
The Worship Kenbook crosses denominational lines and is a helpful and insightful read for worship leaders, choir members, drummers—everyone participating in leading corporate worship.
In fact, some worship leaders might want to consider using this as required reading (all or parts) for their worship team!
“Relevant” and “authentic” are two phrases that I am honestly growing weary of hearing. Not because I don’t find value in these ideas as they relate to the Church, but more so because in their over-use, it seems their meanings are losing their original intent. Making the church “relevant” has become an excuse for catering to a specific demographic. The desire to be “authentic” has become an incentive to join in with and adopt the characteristics of the “relevant” Church, potentially losing one’s individuality.
This humble opinion is based on real-life events I have witnessed and experienced.
Making things more palatable does make them easier to understand, but it can also diminish the strength of the original meaning. Hymns have been on my mind a lot lately. I feasted on them as a youngster, but I do see how a generation not exposed to the King James Bible would find them irrelevant: