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Tuesday Tunes – “Belle Epoque” by Lieutenant

Today’s second tune comes from Lieutenant – or as you may know him – Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel. Recently, Mendel announced that he will release a solo album in Spring 2015 under the name Lieutenant. “Belle Epoque” is Lieutenant’s first single. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous and I look forward to hearing more songs from the forthcoming album. I wonder if Mendel will do a solo tour…

Edit: He is going on tour!

You can download “Belle Epoque” here as part of the Dine Alone Records 2014 winter sampler.

For more on Lieutenant: Twitter | Facebook

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Tuesday Tunes – “Lonely Man” by Alpha Rev

Today’s first tune comes from Alpha Rev, an alternative rock band based in Austin, Texas. “Lonely Man” is featured on the band’s third album, Bloom, released in 2013. This song has a country feel, making it a little different than most Alpha Rev songs and the rest of the album, but it works well here. “Lonely Man” is a simple, yet painful story – a man describes his choices to put work ahead of his family, how those choices lead to the dissolution of his marriage, and how he’s living the life of a lonely man as a result. It’s almost a cautionary tale; it feels as though the man is sitting beside you at the bar and warning you, “Don’t make these mistakes unless you want to end up alone like me.”

Musically, what stands out the most to me are McPherson’s vocals. His emotions are so raw and present in this song, especially toward the end. He doesn’t simply tell the story, he feels every word of it. It sent a chill or two down my spine.

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Tuesday Tunes – “King Street” by Stu Larsen

I’m pretty new to Stu Larsen’s music and I’ve really enjoyed listening to his EPs and his debut album, Vagabond. Released in July, Vagabond is a beautiful collection of songs about traveling, love, and loneliness, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite albums of 2014.

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Tuesday Tunes – “Go Malachi” by J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Heavy Bells” was almost featured this week as it’s been stuck in my head for the past three days, but instead, I opted for a song that I consider one of J. Roddy Walston and the Business’s most underrated gems. “Go Malachi” is the final track on the band’s first full-length album, Hail Mega Boys, released in 2007. Through some of the most poignant lyrics I’ve ever heard, the song describes the dissolution of a marriage resulting from the wife’s unfaithfulness. Interestingly enough, in the Bible, Malachi 2:10-16 deals with divorce. I can’t help but wonder if that’s what inspired the song title.

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Tuesday Tunes – “SMS [Shine]” by David Crowder Band

This week, I’m busy with writing assignments, getting over a cold (fun!), and rehearsing for a vocal recital so today’s post will be a little shorter. SMS [Shine] is an inspirational song from the David Crowder Band with an amazing music video made with a Lite Brite. I wasn’t one of the cool kids who got to own a Lite Brite so I used to watch the commercials with wonder and amazement. Even as an adult, I watch this music video with that same sense of wonder. It’s so amazing to see how the band turned a children’s toy into a brilliant storytelling tool. Fair warning, the video might will make you cry.

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Tuesday Tunes – “Congregation” by Foo Fighters

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Foo Fighters fans around the world (myself included) rejoiced with the release of Sonic Highways, the band’s eighth studio album. In honor of its release, this edition of Tuesday Tunes is dedicated to one of my favorite tracks, “Congregation.”

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Tuesday Tunes – “Dirty Second Hands” by Switchfoot

Choosing just one song to feature from Switchfoot was pretty tough. I’ve listened to their music for most of my life and I enjoy their entire catalog. I’ve always admired the transparency of their lyrics, as well as their willingness to tackle spiritual and social themes.

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Tuesday Tunes – “License to Kill” by Jason Barrows

You know that awesome feeling you get when you discover new music and love it as soon as the first song starts? That’s exactly how I felt listening to Jason Barrrows’ new album, Islands of My Soul. Through poignant lyrics and 1980s-influenced melodies, the seven-track album explores life, faith, and salvation. “License to Kill” uses metaphors and vivid imagery to illustrate Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, making it a standout track. The lyrics are both simple and thought-provoking, and they gave me a much-needed reminder of God’s love. Islands of My Soul is available on NoiseTrade and I highly recommend giving the full album a listen. It takes you on quite a memorable journey.

The fight / Oh, it is over and won / So hold your head up high / Into the setting sun

For more on Jason Barrows: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Interview with Lullwater

From left: Brett Strickland, Joe Wilson, John Strickland, and Roy Beatty

From left: Brett Strickland, Joe Wilson, John Strickland, and Roy Beatty

Gene Simmons may have said that rock music is dead, but Lullwater, an alternative rock band from Athens, GA, is intent on keeping the genre very much alive. Lullwater formed in 2007 and has performed with their current lineup since 2012, consisting of John Strickland (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Brett Strickland (lead guitar/vocals), Roy “Ray” Beatty (bass guitar/backing vocals), and Joe Wilson (drums). Lullwater’s self-titled album, released on September 17, 2013, pays homage to the grunge bands of the early 1990s who influenced their sound. Recorded on tape at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA and produced by Jonathan Plum, the album contains thirteen raw, energetic tracks that showcase Lullwater as a definite act to watch.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lullwater before their October 11, 2014 show at The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC while on tour with Flyleaf and Ryan White.

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