Grace Notes: Dead Can Dance, The Mary Onettes, Saint Etienne

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Dead Can DanceThe duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry has often been lumped in with the "goth" scene, but their music transcends such easy c … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Lana Del Rey, Rebecca Black, and Ethics

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Lana Del Rey, aka Lizzy Grant, may have been the most talked-about music story in 2011. That is, outside another infamous young singer who fired up debate over ethics and music earlier in the year. And yes, I'm talking about Rebecca Black.The two don't often get put in the same sentence, but in my mind there is a real and serious connection going … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Most "Original" Score?

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Although I haven't the knowledge or viewing experience to comment on the films up for consideration this year at the Oscars, after Trent Reznor's surprise victory last year, I had high expectations going into the award season this when it came to the music. Even though Best Original Score isn't exactly the most talked-about category, film scores … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Albums of 2011

Far from an objective declaration of the best music out there, the following is a list that we have compiled of our favorite albums of the past year. We like them because they make us feel good, because we relate to them in some strong personal way, or because, yes, we can’t ignore their pure objective beauty. In some cases, as with our number one album, it may be all of the above. In any case, we like these albums, and we present them to you as humble examples of God’s common grace in the form o … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Minecraft

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.MinecraftI've never played Minecraft the video game, so I can't personally confirm whether or not it deserves to be CAPC's favorite game of 2011 or not ( … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Last week, I looked toward the new year by jotting down some New Year's Music Resolutions for 2012. This week, I thought it would be fitting to list some of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I have more details for some of these and less for others, but all been officially announced. There are a ton of great releases on the horizon, but these … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: New Year's Music Resolutions for 2012

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.Christmas is over, and it's that time of the year when we start looking forward to another year and the dreadful idea of considering New Year's resolutions once again. This is what's on my mind heading into another year of music-listening . . . feel free to add some of these to your own resolution list.Don't let genres or stereotypes hold you … [Read more...]

Music Made Physical: In Defense of the Humble Cassette

If you were born after the mid-1980s, chances are the word "cassette" will evoke a blank stare. And if you're older than that, your first thought might be, "Thank goodness they're gone." But as we learned with vinyl, a musical format never truly dies: it just acquires a cult following. For example, the Wall Street Journal reveals that a surprising amount of love is still being shown for the humble cassette: [C]assette devotees say that tapes are underappreciated. They see cassettes following in … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Talk Talk, HTRK, A Light Goes On

Grace Notes is a weekly exploration by Jason Morehead of signs of common grace in the music world. We hope to alert you to wonderful music, some of which will be spiritual in nature but all of which will be unique and worthy of your attention. Each week we will share brief reviews of albums worthy of your attention and maybe a video or two.Talk TalkThough they originally rose to fame as a Duran Duran-esque synthpop band in the '80s, Talk Talk had evolved into something very different by the d … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Roots and the Suffering of the Innocent

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.The Roots have always had a thinking man's rap group, and their new concept album, undun, is certainly no exception. The album tells the story of a man named Redford Stephens (based off the Sufjan Stevens song "Redford") who makes some bad decisions based on his harsh urban surroundings. The album, which officially was released yesterday, tells the … [Read more...]


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