Living in a World of “Little Boys With Their Porno”

Earlier this year, Arcade Fire released their highly anticipated double album Reflektor to considerable fanfare. While much of the subsequent attention has been focused on songs like the title track, "Here Comes The Night Time," and "Afterlife" -- and understandably so -- there's one song on Reflektor that has stuck with me since my earliest listening sessions, but that seems to have flown under most critics' radars: the bluntly titled "Porno.""Porno" begins with slinky synths and disco-lite … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Cheap Music from Amazon (July 2012 Edition)

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.This time around, I'm going to do something different and highlight some exceptional, perhaps even necessary, albums that are currently on sale via Amazon's … [Read more...]

Our Ten Favorite Albums of 2010

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 … [Read more...]

I Need The Darkness

John Donne, "A Hymn To Christ, At The Author's Last Going Into Germany" Churches are best for prayer, that have least light; To see God only, I go out of sight; And to escape stormy days, I choose An everlasting night. C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces Holy places are dark places. Thomas Merton, Dialogues With Silence Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of you and, by myself, I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing you. If I imagine you, I am mistaken. If I understand you, … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Albums from the Decade of Musical Discovery

I love music.  I have for some time, probably spent more money on music than any other form of media.  This has resulted in a pretty massive collection--one that with the rise of the mp3 has caused me to invest in an external hard drive and eventually sell my 80 GB iPod because it could no longer hold my entire library.  The 2000's were tremendous years of musical discovery for me.  I suppose many people could relate to my experience of discovering music in college, but if I could summarize it in … [Read more...]