> Family Force 5 – Dance Or Die Video

I declare a dance war
Dance or die

With July 4th fresh in our minds here is the video for Family Force 5’s Dance Or Die’ at The Daily Rock.  I think it is seriously cool.

family force 5 @ the intersection

(For those who don’t get the connection with July 4th I had in  mind  The Revolutionary War and declaring a Dance War)


> family force 5 – “dance or die with vengeance” cover art

If any band was made for a re-mix album it’s this one.  Now if only they’d release this sucker as 12″ vinyl singles…

In any case here is the cover art

> 2008 the year in review – best albums

Here is my list of the best albums for 2008*

Jon Foreman – Fall,Winter, Spring, Summer; Limbs & Branches
Love, loss, faith, despair; the realities of life under the gaze of God are all covered on these 4 ambitious ep’s that culminated in the collection Limbs and Branches.
spring and summer

Thrice – The Alchemy Index Vols III & IV; Air & Earth
The completion of the 4 ep series started with 2007’s Fire & Water. Two of the best songs on the year were found here (Moving Mountains & Come All You Weary)
air and earth

House of Heroes – The End is Not the End
Long overdue,  the band with this album want to revitalize the genre if you give them the chance.
the end is not the end

Anberlin – New Surrender
Anberlin successfully make the jump to a major label and take advantage of the resources of the label with out sacrificing their artistic vision, musically or lyrically
New Surrender_Anberlin

Cool Hand Luke – The Sleeping House
Excelling musically and artistically while also maintaining a thoroughly biblical base for their lyrics.
the sleeping house

Seabird – Til We See the Shore
Perhaps the best debut album this year. This piano driven rock band was aided by the song Rescue being featured on the TV Show Pushing Daisies promos.
seabird til we see shore

Family Force 5 – Dance or Die
While not straying far from the vision of their debut album, the 70’s and 80’s are looming in the background. Strong enough to land them a slot on the 2009 Alternative Press tour look for more of them in the coming year
Family Force Five- Dance or Die

Copeland – You Are My Sunshine
After being dropped from their label Copeland lands with Tooth & Nail and deliver their best album since Beneath Medicine Tree.
copleand_you are my sunshine

Denison Witmer – Carry the Weight
The songs were born out of time spent caring for a sick friend and asking if we really could find hope in this crazy world. Also his most accessible and poppy album’ to date.

The Myriad – With Arrows With Poise
Vastly different from their under-rated debut album, a change in musical direction only served to deepen the quality of this artistic gem. In addition to the high of winning the Mt Dew band contest, The band also experienced the low of having their drummer diagnosed with cancer.
with arrows

Bon Voyage – Lies
bon voyage lies
Starflyer 59 – Dial M
starflyer59 dial m
It’s fitting that husband & wife team (Jason & Julie Martin) released two of the best albums of the year.

The Seventy Sevens – Holy Ghost Building
Easily their best album since 1989’s Sticks and Stones, Mike Roe & company put their own unique stamp on these mostly blues and gospel standards.

We Shot The Moon – Fear & Love
I thought the band would have a big hit with this album and breakout in a big way. They are already at work on some new material for next year so maybe in 2009….


*I am being a little bolder this year, last year I called this list my favorite albums

> 2008 the year in review – singles

Here are some of the singles/songs I liked from 2008

Anberlin – Feel Good Drag (Tiger Cover)
A remake from Never Take Friendship Personal, this version is already a top ten modern rock hit.
anberlin 7"

Jon McLaughlin – Beating My Heart
The follow up album featured this song with a decidedly dance/pop direction not seen in his previous work.

Switchfoot – This Is Home From The Prince Caspian Soundtrack and the new song on their greatest hit collection. Switchfoot managed to weather the storm of being dropped from their label, and Jon Foreman found time for 4 solo ep’s and a side band called Fiction Family. Look forward to new music in 2009.

Bob Dylan – Dreamin of You
The first single from what was my favorite Dylan album since 1989’s Oh Mercy

Brandon Heath – Give Me Your Eyes
Just a great song

Cool Hand Luke – Buy The Truth
Cool Hand Luke returned with this single from their “The Sleeping House” album and with lyrics like “If I had a dime for every dollar I’ve wasted trying to be happy …” you know you will be challenged and enlightened.

Falling Up – Good Night Planetarium
From 2007’s Captiva and also on their Best of collection released in 2008. Another fine song from this under-rated band.

Family Force 5 – Dance or Die
Fever was the first single but I liked the 70’s vibe to this one better

The Myriad – A Thousand Winters Melting
Great imagery and over a great drum track.

Fireflight – Unbreakable
This got some added exposure from NBC TV

House of Heroes – In the Vally of the Dying Sun
House of Heroes were back to rescue the pop/punk/emo genre mixing in some “classsic and prog rock sensibilities”

Jars of Clay – Closer
The boys from Jars of Clay are always able to surprise and this song is a pleasant one

Krystal Meyers – Shine and Make Some Noise
I didn’t expect to like this album but these two singles were irrisistable. The change to dance/pop suits her fine now if only I could dance.

We Shot the Moon – Sway Your Head
I expected this album to be bigger than it was but it wasn’t for of a lack of great pop songs like this one.

Seabird – Rescue
I predicted that this band would break out this year. The band made several top ten lists and this song got to exposure on the TV show Pushing Daisies promos.

Onerepublic – Apologize
With a live appearance last New years eve this song spent alot of time topping the charts.

Bon Voyage – Monster
A welcome return after a long absence

The Afters – Myspace Girl
A humorous, but true story in this clever little song


> family force 5 – photos from the intersection

Here are some photos from Family Force 5’s concert @ the Intersection (October 22, 2008) . Yes they played all your favorite’s and a good time was had by all. There was a lot of motion so some of the pictures are not so crisp. See more at flickr
family force 5 @ the intersection
family force 5 @ the intersection
family force 5 @ the intersection
family force 5 @ the intersection