Derek Webb – Stockholm Syndrome
Definitely the most lyrically and musically aggressive album to date from Derek Webb, who has long been one of my favorite songwriters. A much more electronic album than any of his efforts so far, well, I guess not more electronic than the remix record. But just about. And it gives a very different backdrop to the intense songwriting we expect from him. You listen to the Opening Credits, and if you’re anything like me, you think Derek is doing an electronica intro to his new record. But he’s not. That’s really what the record sounds like. It’s really a brave record, both musically and lyrically. I probably should have guessed that from the title, which is named after a psychological response in hostages, when they develop an attachment to those who have abducted them. Kind of like our relationship with our sin. I’m not sure if that is where Derek is going. I’ll have to listen more. I just downloaded the record, but I plan to listen to it a lot in the days and weeks to come.
Aaron Ivey – Between the Beauty & Chaos
Formerly known as the singer at the head of worship leaders Spur58, Aaron has moved to Austin TX and has now released a new solo record. Aaron is still a great worship leader. I know. He is one of the worship leaders at my church in Austin. We sing many of these songs in our Sunday worship services. The record starts with Found, a powerful worship song I’m planning on learning myself. Didn’t have time this summer, but it’s on the list. The Name is another favorite from church along with Let Your Kingdom Come. How Great Thou Art adds a simple but powerful chorus to the amazing hymn. It’s just a great piano-driven worship record from an awesome worship leader.
Toad the Wet Sprocket – Dulcinea
I introduced Sam to this record on our drive back from Colorado. Listening to it again reminds me just how incredible a record it is. The songwriting is amazing. The whole record holds together sonically, yet each song is just a little different. The band’s approach to instrumentation on this record is fairly simple. But they are great versions of great songs. And you know what, that’s really the idea. I still love the transition from intro to full band in Something’s Always Wrong. I have always adored Fly From Heaven and still wonder if it’s about Paul the apostle. They’re not a Christian band but the song applies so closely. Anyway, the whole record is incredible. Still.
Charlie Peacock – West Coast Diaries, vol. 2
Anyone who has seen us lately may remember a song everyone seems to be asking about. It’s called Down In the Lowlands. And no, it’s not on the new record. It is on this record by Charlie Peacock. He is one of my musical heroes, and this record is incredible. It’s an acoustic project with Charlie joined by an amazing singer Vince Ebo and Jimmy A on acoustic guitar. From the acoustic groove of Nobody’s Gonna Bring Me Down to the funk of Big Man’s Hat, it’s all incredible. And of course, it goes into some great piano stuff on Don’t Have The Power. But Unchain My Soul might be even better. Check it out. He’s got a cool Twitter as well where he talks about what he’s working on in the studio, usually as a producer and songwriter, along with some interesting commentary on good music you may or may not have heard of.
It’s hard to pick the last one. I’ve been listening to Andrew Peterson’s Appendix C a lot. And Kari Jobe’s self-titled record. But probably my favorite is:
Brooke Fraser – Albertine
If you think you recognize the voice, it’s because she’s one of the worship leaders with Hillsong United. So your recording of Hosanna, yeah that’s her. And Lead Me To The Cross. And other great worship songs. But this record features her as a songwriter and she really shines. It’s hard to explain it to you. Let’s just say I wish I could write like this. This whole record is incredible.
Okay, there’s mine. Comment back and let me know what you’re listening to.
9 thoughts on “What’s on the Playlist? (7/18/09)”
I really want to know your thoughts on Derek Webb’s song What Matters More (uncut of course).
And, on the playlist right now
Red: “End of Silence” and “Innocence and Instinct”
Really like their sound, and I’m just now starting to get into them.
Thousand Foot Crutch: Songs – ‘Rawkfist’ and ‘Move’
Always enjoyed TFK and these are good songs to listen to during a run.
House of Heroes: “The End is Not the End”
They are probably one of my new favorite bands. Their music is not really like anything else that I’ve listened to. Songs ‘In the Valley of the Dying Sun’, ‘Code Name: Raven’, and ‘Voices’ have a really good story line and message.
Caedmon’s Call: “Share the well”
Been a Caedmon’s fan since college, and that’s one of the things that brought my comment. This CD is on there right now because we used the lyrics to ‘Jesus is All I Need’ during our last Sunday School lesson. I would highly recommend this CD. Very moving
Sorry Todd, I have your songs on the iPod too, but these are what I’m listening to right now.
In my opinion Derek’s new record is the best thing he’s ever done. I’ve had it on repeat for about 2 weeks now and am not even close to tired of it.
Also, have you heard Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) solo stuff? By far one of my favorite singer/songwriter-ish artists. I saw him live one time opening for Counting Crows. Amazing writing and also very “spiritual” if you want to call it that.
Kari Jobe – Kari Jobe: “Singing Over Me”, “Revelation Song” and “At the Foot of the Cross”
Matt Maher – Unwavering: Love it All
Hillsong – Across the Earth: “Desert Song” is amazing to me
Jeremy Riddle – The Now and the Not Yet: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”
Rich Mullins” “Boy like Me”
There’s a group called Press Play that is made up of people who were ministered to by the Dream Center organization in LA. They’ve put out a cd called “Life is Beautiful”, and all the proceeds are going back into the Dream Center. I think my favorite song is “Angels Sing”, and I also really like “I Love Who You Are” and “Praise the Lord”.
A group called This Hope did a concert at my church, and I chose their cd “There Is a Reason” specifically for the song “Break My Plans”.
Favorites right now are:
Mat Kearney’s City of Black and White
Hillsong United’s This is Our God
And I’ve also gotten Needtobreathe’s The Heat back out again.
I always enjoy the Dave Matthews band and Lifehouse!
I saw this seven years late, Todd, but yes, “Fly from Heaven” is supposed to be Jesus’s brother James lamenting Paul the apostle’s gospel about Jesus. In Phillips’ beautifully poetic but unorthodox lyrics (Phillips has jokingly called the song “apocryphal” — see a 2003 performance of the song on YouTube), James is an unbeliever, a skeptic who believes Paul is telling lies about his brother. Naturally, it tells us more about Phillips’ atheism than anything else, but it’s still a poignant, well-crafted song.
looking for a song I heard when I got saved listened to it over and over lyrics had by your grace by your blood that has set me free your love came down and kissed me?? I’m so sorry if this is not. I know it was Todd Agnew. I hope I am not wrong? looked all over for it and can’t find it?
Elisa, that song is called Beautiful. It was on a live worship recording from the Metro Bible Study in Memphis, TN. However, Todd recorded it for one of his records but then it didn’t end up getting released (long story). The good news is that From Grace to Glory is Todd’s new record coming out next month and they put Beautiful on the record. You should be able to pre-order it on iTunes or buy it from your local Christian bookstore or here at the store at toddagnew.com when it releases.