> Anberlin Breaks Alternative Chart Record 53 Weeks on Chart

Anberlin’s Feel Good Drag has set a record for 53 weeks on the Alternative Charts

UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS has set the MEDIABASE Alternative chart record for the most consecutive weeks on the chart with ANBERLIN – Feel Good Drag. The smash hit song has logged 53 consecutive weeks on the Alternative chart as of October 3rd. The previous Alternative chart record was held by VIRGIN RECORDS with THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – The Kill.

Via: Allaccess.com  News


> 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


Anberlin – New Surrender (Album Review)

I love music. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. But if there’s one thing I never got when it comes to  music, it’s bands who write lyrics that are almost impossible to decipher. But somehow, a lot of my favorite bands have been like that. Such is the case with Anberlin, back with their fifth album, New Surrender.

New Surrender_Anberlin

Nothing’s changed with the band. They still have the same sound they did when they started out. They’ve also stuck with their you-have-to-have-a-special-decoder-ring-to-understand-what-this-song-is-about lyrics. They also remade an old song of theirs, from their sophmore album, Never Take Friendship Personal. The song, “Feel Good Drag,” definitely needed the remake.

They also have some pop/rock songs on here, most notable “Retrace” and “Breathe.”

But, of course, those kind of songs aren’t the majority of the album. There are a handful of good Alt. Rock songs here, such as “Haight Street,” “Disappear,” “Blame Me! Blame Me!” and “The Resistance.”

I don’t know how they do it. They go to make an album, and they never disappoint. Hopefully, their latest effort will get the attention it deserves.


Feel Good Drag

With Feel Good Drag climbing the charts it looks like New Surrender may just get that attention. Along with making top ten lists around the web, look for it to be in my top of the year list as well.



> anberlin – “feel good drag” #11 on billboard

Anberlin’s Feel Good Drag is #11 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart.



> 2008 the year in review – vinyl

Vinyl came back in a big way in 2008 and with the addition of colored vinyl and mp3 downloads it makes it an attractive option for fans who want something more collectible from their favorite artist.

Still having a working turntable we got several items on vinyl in 2008.

Paramore’s Riot on white vinyl

Anbelin’s New Surrender on 2 lp’s one green, one gold/orange
New Surrender_Anberlin

Denison Witmer’s Carry the Weight on yellow vinyl

Anbelin’s Feel Good Drag (Tiger Cover) b/w A Perfect Touniquet
anberlin 7"

The Afters Never Going Back To OK b/w Ocean Wide