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JFH Staff Blog | June 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Featured Fan - Aimee

Aimee and KJ-52

Favorite Band/Artist: KJ-52
Featured Fan: Aimee
Location: PA
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  Bryce Jordan Center, State College, PA
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: I love KJ's songs because they always encourage me. I especially love his song "Daddy's Girl" because I can relate to that song because of my dad and then also "Gonna be Alright" because it encourages me that no matter what is happening in my life that everything is gonna be alright with God.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Five-Two Television
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Daddy's Girl"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Live Show Experience:  Winter Jam at Bryce Jordan Center
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: my KJ CDs
Website: N/A

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Featured Fan - Jeffrey Thomas

Michael W Smith, Jim Daneker and Jeffrey Thomas

Favorite Band/Artist: Michael W. Smith
Featured Fan: Jeffrey Thomas
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  During "Smitty-oake" on the Michael W Smith and Friends Alaskan Cruise. I got to sing my favourite Smitty song while he sang background vocals!
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: I was twelve when I first saw Michael W Smith. I loved how he would play a bunch of upbeat songs with a band and then sit down at the piano and just sing. His music is very diverse and, while not always explicitly Christian, often deals with important aspects of life. As a teenager in the late 90's I was encouraged by his music and now he has helped me see the Wonder of God with his latest release!
Favorite Album by This Artist: Live The Life
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Missing Person"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: I think 12 times counting the entire cruise as one concert even though there were three or four Michael W Smith concerts on the cruise.
Favorite Live Show Experience:  The entire Alaskan Cruise
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: I used to own a life sized cardboard cutout from a bookstore, but then I thought it was kind of creepy!
Website: http://www.myspace.com/jeffreydavidthomas

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Relient K's Covers EP - Ranked!

Relient K is releasing a brand new EP of cover songs next Tuesday, June 28th, titled K is for Karaoke. The EP serves as a precursor for a full album with the same title releasing October 4th. With the new EP almost here, I'm ranking the songs as a countdown from the least standout covering to my favorite...

7. "Surf Wax America" by Weezer

It's a faithful rendition, and that's all it is. It works better during their live sets. Weezer have their own feel and charm that just doesn't really translate when others try to cover it, at least in a studio setting without the roar of a crowd.
 
6. "Baby" by Justin Bieber
 
Though Thiessen sings it like a champ, it can't beat the fact that they completely scraped Ludacris' rap during the bridge. They could have had a ton of fun with this, but instead the four-fifths of the song they do sing is very faithful to the source material, and that's about it. Regardless, it'll be the biggest seller on iTunes. We all know this is true.
 
5. "Doctor Worm" by They Might Be Giants
 
I hadn't heard this They Might Be Giants song until after I had heard Relient K's cover. I was struck by just how much the two sound identical. Thiessen definitely borrows some of his vocal chops from TMBG. This song is kinda weird, but it works as a goofy Relient K track. It kind of sounds like an actual Relient K song. And it's a lot of fun.
 
4. "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
 
Thiessen's vocals shine here, because he does a good job of nailing it, while not really taking it too seriously. It's a fun song with a funky beat, that Relient K somehow works out without sounding too weird. Job well done.

3. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
 
Relient K did little to take this one out of the 1980s, and that's exactly how it should be. It sounds a little wild as a Relient K song, but, man, I can't get it out of my head. I love it. I can't even really explain it, you just have to hear it.
 
2. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cindi Lauper
 
Definitely the most energetic song on the EP. I've always said that Matt Thiessen likes to state his intentions for each record he does somewhere on the album. We get the point of this EP right from the get-go- it's all about having fun. Don't hit me, but I think this version if superior to the original.
 
1. "Here Comes My Girl" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
 
When looking at the track listing, I probably scratched my head the hardest at this choice. Tom Petty? Really? I mean, I love Tom Petty. But...Tom Petty? Really? But it works. So well. They have a ton of fun with it, and it works as a (slightly wild) Relient K track. It's got fun verses, rousing chorus lead ins, and a well-earned, melodic chorus that will have you singing along by the end of the second verse even if you've never heard the song before. This I promise you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Featured Fan - Alina

Alina & the guys from Tenth Avneue North. Mike, Jeff, Jason, Ruben, and Brendon

Favorite Band/Artist: Tenth Avenue North
Featured Fan: Alina
Location: California
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  Six Flags Vallejo,CA & Spirit West Coast Monterey 2010
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: They have songs for just about every season of your life: when you just need to lean on God, when you don't feel like He's close to you, when you can't seem to give Him full control, when you're struggling with your identity, when you have extreme faith in God, or when your faith is hanging by a thread. Their music is totally relatable and that's something we truly need these days. Tenth Avenue North is truly a blessing in the music industry!!
Favorite Album by This Artist: Over and Underneath
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Too many great ones! "Hold My Heart", "By Your Side" "All The Pretty Things"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 2
Favorite Live Show Experience:  When Mike does his amazing & funny impersonations (especially his Rocky one)!!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: My Tenth Avenue North Buttons!!!!!
Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/11Six4Eva?feature=mhee

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Featured Fan - Daniel Valencia

Daniel Valencia Jared Rigsby, Eric Newcomer, Ian Valencia, Tim Skipper, Sam Valencia

Favorite Band/Artist: House of Heroes
Featured Fan: Daniel Valencia
Location: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  May 15th, Tulsa, OK 2011
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: House of Heroes is special to me for several reasons. They are obviously on a totally different musical level that most artists these days as their music is authentic and original. They are a flawless blend of popular music's best and the greatness of underground/indie genres, making them a true gem. They are passionate about their faith and their music and this is very apparent in their live show, which ranks among one of the best I've seen... and I've seen a lot. A truly underrated group of artists.
Favorite Album by This Artist: The End is Not the End
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Sooner or Later" / "Mercedes Baby"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 2
Favorite Live Show Experience:  Hanging with Jared Rigsby at the merch table. This has actually happened twice on two seperate occasions!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Rare What You Want Is Now album.
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/As-Told-By-Clide/109850465716175

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