Our Favorite Music of 2012

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The Christ and Pop Culture writers got together and hashed out our list of the best music we heard this year. Here's what we came up with. Update: check out these and more of our favorite albums on Spotify here.  1) Mumford & Sons - BabelThe second album by the most recent Brits-to-do-American-music-better-than-Americans was one of 2012's most anticipated albums in many different circles: the radio crowd, country music fans, rockabilly kids, and Americana-heads all bought Babel (or l … [Read more...]

Recording & Recovering Childhood in Sam Billen’s ‘Places’

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Jason Morehead explores the recollections of childhood memories found in the music of Sam Billen. Last month, Sam Billen released his latest album, Places, a collection of heartfelt, softly atmospheric pop songs. Billen wears his heart on his sleeve throughout the album: Its songs are semi-autobiographical, the lyrics culled from various childhood memories ranging from the mundane (staying home sick from school) to melancholy (the death of his mother). Whereas his previous album, 2009's He … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: M83, Sam Billen

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.M83There's nothing subtle or understated whatsoever about M83's music. One gets the sense that Anthony Gonzalez has no sense of self-restraint: he can't he … [Read more...]

Grace Notes: Sam Billen, Talik

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.Sam BillenSam Billen's Headphones & Cellphones came out in 2009, but I only discovered it recently thanks to the kind folks at The Record Machine. I h … [Read more...]


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