New Music Tuesday

New albums of significance coming out today:
• The Juliana Theory – Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat
• Switchfoot – Nothing is Sound

I don’t know of any others off the top of my head. I just got the new Juliana Theory album, limited edition CD, and strangely underwhelming T-shirt in the mail today. Gotta love preorder. I’m rather impressed with the music for only having listened to once. The DVD should be good, too, but I haven’t had time to throw it in yet. The t-shirt is kinda weird… black lettering of the band name on a black t-shirt. I think it’s supposed to be subliminal, but I’m already not looking forward to the questions people will ask me about it.

“So what’s your shirt say? I can’t read it. Why is it in black? Is it that way on purpose? What’s the point of having black on black? I don’t get it.”

That and it’s just… too minimalistic. I like minimalism, but this shirt… doesn’t make me happy or excite my artistic sensibilities or anything of that nature.

So Jake, Sean, have you guys listened to the new Switchfoot (iTunes) yet? I’ve only heard the song “Stars” as they’ve been playing it on the local alternative rock station and the Christian rock station. It’s a good song. If you’ve got the album, throw down a brief review in the comments. Jesus Freak Hideout gave the album a good review as it received 4.5/5.0 stars.

“I pledge alegiance to a country without borders, without politicians…” — Switchfoot – Politicians

Update: Listen to the entirety of the new Switchfoot CD — “Nothing is Sound” — at AOL Music.

Your Hair, It’s Everywhere

Hey everybody, it’s the daily posting for July 6, 2005! It’s time for some good, old-fashioned blogging!


Okay. A couple user survey questions. Please leave your reply in the comments.

1) Can you see all the foreign-language characters properly? For example, the title of the site, the category names, and the greek title for the “Comments” section on the sidebar.

2) Have you had any difficulty accessing the comments? (They should be fairly straightforward w/ no logon required.)

3) Is the sidebar content useful for you? Too much/too little/just right?

That’s it for now. Thank you.

Sidenote: Switchfoot’s newest single is up for sale on iTunes. Right here, baby. It’s called “Stars” and is off of their upcoming album “Nothing is Sound.” (Jake, I expect nicer comments this time.)

Update: I’ll be changing the names of a couple of the categories so it should be visible by anybody. If anyone knows a fool-proof way to include non-Latin characters in a universal manner, let me know. (Though I suppose I could make a graphic, I’d prefer to just have a name for it.) In addition, if you know the Spanish word for “entertainment,” let me know. Babelfish hasn’t been much help in finding a fitting translation.


I made it home safely. The drive passed with an assortment of CDs ranging from the new Something Corporate (sorry Luebbe, I stopped by your room and you weren’t there so I left with it) to Switchfoot to some mixes.

No snow or bad weather. A tiny bit of wind, but not until I made it into my hometown.

All in all, satisfactory. Got to spend a bit of time with my family tonight. Tomorrow I’ll get to see my grandparents and one of my cousins. Yeehaw! G’night.

Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown

Earlier tonight, I bought Switchfoot‘s (fixed link) new album, “The Beautiful Letdown”. This is a great album and lives up to everything I expected. I heard good things, and it brings good things. The lyrics remain inspirational and something any person can relate to, while many of the songs also offer a critique of the social and cultural climate in this country and much of the world. The music itself remains true to Switchfoot’s original sound, but it also tries new things. Songs like “Ammunition” lets Jon Foreman’s vocals grip listeners with his near yell “We’re ammunition.”

I would offer further musical critique, but at the moment I believe I’ve said enough. If a more in depth review would be beneficial for you, drop a comment and let me know.

Some of the lyrics were lost in a crash between 3/13/03 and 3/27/03 and will be restored at a later date.