> The Year in Review 2009 – New Artists

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Owl City – Ocean Eyes & Lights – The Listening
I know they really aren’t new artists…just new to me and a whole lot of other listeners. With Owl City & Lights you have a couple of kids making music in their bedrooms with keyboards and computers. Fireflies was the surprise hit single of the year and Saviour may just be just as catchy.

owl city ocean eyes
lights the listening


And Then There Were None – Who Speaks For Planet Earth
When 2009 opened we thought And Then There Were None would be the electronic band everyone would be talking about. (but then along came Owl City & Lights) None the less this was a strong debut featuring some stellar songs.


Abandon -Searchlights
If Delirious had come from Texas instead of the UK and been influenced by The Killers instead of U2 or Radiohead then they might have been Abandon. With a successful slot opening for This Beautiful Republic they impressed with their live show and CHR made  Hold On a breakout song.
abandon searchlights


Molly Jensen – Maybe Tomorrow
There was something about this album that set it apart from most acoustic pop albums. Give it Time should have been a hit single and the video for Wait For You Here saw her director Barak Hardley playfully antagonizing her.
molly jenson

Fiction Family – S/T
Jon Foreman
(Switchfoot) and Sean Watkins (Nickle Creek ) collaborate on this project that is closer musically to Sean’s band than Jon’s band. Standout tracks were When She’s Near (also a video) and Look For Me Baby.
fiction family


Cotton Jones – Paranoid Cocoon
Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw (Page France & The Broadway Hush) released an album under the name Cotton Jone basket Ride in late 2008. Now trimming the name to Cotton Jones for 2009’s Paranoid Cocoon. Blood Red Sentimental Blues and Gotta Cheer Up offer up some off-kilter alternative folk to tap your foot to.
paranoid cocoon


Jonathan Steingard – NineteenEightyThree EP
Hawk Nelson guitartist Jonathan Steingard released The Atlantis EP and Under the Canopy in late 2008. 2009’s NineteenEightyThree EP (was available free on his website) featured remixes and a killer song Kamikaze (Subharmonic Economic) that features an extended jam that you have to hear to believe.


> jon foreman – “fall winter spring summer” on vinyl

Can you say SWEET!  Jon Foreman’s soon to be classic ep’s now on 4  vinyl records.
jon foreman

The vinyl box set contains:

* four 12″ high quality vinyl records

o fall

o winter

o spring

o summer

* A beautiful four page book-style cover featuring a few of Andy Barron’s best shots of jon over the years

* all 24 songs on high quality vinyl.

* in addition, we will provide high quality MP3’s of 26 Jon Foreman tunes:

o 24 songs on the seasonal EP’s

o plus 2 extras: “Broken From the Start” and “Over the River”

From Jon:

hey record players,

Vinyl has been a dream of mine ever since I stole my parents record player back in the day. Andy Baron did the artwork, using photos he took from some of the late night shows from around the world. If you’re trying to keep one foot in the digital age all the songs from all four seasons (plus two new songs) are included as MP3s for your Ipod. So I hope you dig it! If you like to drop the needle down from time to time this is a collection that I think you’ll enjoy for a long time.



via Jon Foreman :: Seasonal Box Set.

> fiction family @ the ladies literary club

The year starts off on the right foot courtesy of Calvin College who are bringing in Fiction Family to the Ladies Literary Club on January 14, 2009. The band made up of Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins is noth9ing like either of the the duo’s other bands (Switchfoot and Nickle Creek) What they do bring is there ability to write  and perform great music. Here is the Grand Rapids Press coverage of the band.

As an added bonus Seabird has been added to the bill (no pun intended).

Fiction Family