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JFH Staff Blog | January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Manafest Testimony Devotional Vlog

BEC Recordings' Manafest recently shared a little from his heart, inspired by Jeremiah 29:11 and his own personal lifestory in this short Vlog just for JFH readers. Check it out below!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Featured Fan - Courtney

Courtney with Trevor McNevan (left) and Steve Augustine (right) of Thousand Foot Krutch

Favorite Band/Artist: Thousand Foot Krutch
Featured Fan: Courtney
Location:  Michigan
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  Lifest 2012
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: The thing that I love the most about TFK's music is that it always seems to connect with me and helps me realize that I'm not the only one that struggles with my faith. Their music has helped me through some of the most difficult times in my life when I was wrestling with God, and also through the times of triumph and celebration! Their songs reminds me that I'm not alone, and inspire me to go beyond what others think is possible.
Favorite Album by This Artist: The End Is Where We Begin
Favorite Song by This Artist: Tough question! Probably "Down", "This Is A Call", "Rawkfist", "Be Somebody" or "Bring Me To Life."
Favorite Live Show Experience: Rock The Island 2012
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live:  5 or 6
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Custom TFK Shoes!
Website: http://thechristianmusicjunkie.blogspot.com/

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Friday, January 11, 2013

AutoRip -- YES! Thank you, Amazon!

In completely coincidental fashion, I just blogged recently about my struggles with being a "music collector" and one problem I've had in recent years--with everything moving the way of the exclusively digital--is that I often miss having the CD and artwork when I buy an album on iTunes or some similar digital music outlet. In fact, I often will want to buy a CD but wish I could have the music immediately like you can with a purchase via iTunes or AmazonMP3. Thanks to digital retailers, we don't have to wait in line at a music store or try to hunt down a CD the day it comes out. Now we can just purchase and download it at midnight on release day! All is right with the world.

I love how some indie artists will allow you to order a CD or vinyl album from their website and then email you the album digitally right away too. That, my friends, is the way to do it. Heck -- I've seen some artists send full digital albums weeks in advance if you just simply preorder it (This method threatens albums to be "leaked" by insensitive and irresponsible music listeners--ruining it for the artist and the fans alike--but I digress...)

Just today I was perusing Amazon.com, like I tend to daily--I'm kind of addicted to their store, sales, and selections (I admit it. haha)--but, in all honesty, I was grabbing a link for our reader review page of Sanctus Real's Pieces Of Our Past: The Sanctus Real Anthology when I saw this interesting little graphic:

Uhhh... AutoRip? Could that be what I think it is? Sure enough -- and I swear I'm writing this as nothing more than an elated fan and don't mean to sound like a commercial -- AutoRip is just what it sounds like. If you buy select CD's (like, actual physical compact discs) that display that "AutoRip" logo on the page, they'll give you the mp3 download IMMEDIATELY... for FREE! According to the instructional video on their website, if you've bought any music on Amazon since 1998 that is eligible for this program, they're including it in your Amazon Cloud player too.

Again, I can't help but geek out about this. I've always wished you could just instantly get a digital copy of your music when you order the physical disc online and I'm stoked to see a big online retailer like Amazon.com has debuted this option.

Now... if we could only just get free Kindle books with a paperback purchase (...hey! how about applying that "any purchase since 1998" gig to books too!) and maybe even digital movies (OK, I'm getting greedy here)... ;)

Does this AutoRip feature excite anyone else?

Monday, January 07, 2013

Music Collector Role Call

I was organizing some CD's on my shelf this afternoon, making room for new stuff, and a thought came to mind... It's awfully hard to NOT be a music collector sometimes. It's no secret that we get sent a lot of our music for review purposes, and these days it's almost always a stream or mp3s and not physical CD's, but I come from a generation where we bought our music in a physical form of some kind -- we got artwork on a disc and cover artwork, lyrics to pour over, etc. So even now, even if I have the music already in digital form, I often like to still collect the CD's and even vinyls from my favorite artists. This requires the "music collector" to buy music once, twice, sometimes more to "collect" everything available. (Like those artists with special editions exclusive to different retailers? That's just MEAN to the collector!)

I'll find myself at the merch table of a favorite artist or on their website, staring at that "limited edition EP" or "limited edition vinyl" release that contains music I already own and something nags inside:

"You gotta get this. You gotta get it now or never."

The rational mind shoots back, "But I have this already. Is there a better way to spend this $10.00?"

You find yourself looking up at the t-shirts at the merch table -- there's something you don't already have. But your music collector instinct pushes your gaze downward towards that special EP that's not available anywhere but at this artist's live show.

"I don't even really like that song," you tell yourself.

"But it's a collector's item! If you don't get it now, it'll be $75.00 on eBay in a couple months."

"...or 75 cents."

"FOCUS!"

I realize this is an exaggerated (even silly) example, but I know there are others like me out there -- others who don't need that dang physical EP CD or limited edition vinyl but for some reason have GOT to have it.

Let me hear you, music collectors! Any other fans out there who can relate?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Featured Fan - Jim Lisle

Jim and Steven Cobucci of Wolves at the Gate

Favorite Band/Artist: Wolves at the Gate
Featured Fan: Jim Lisle
Location:  Springfield, OH
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  9/12 at Sonfest in Mt Vernon, Ohio
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: Their lyrics are the best by far in the industry. "Man of Sorrows" is one if the greatest and most powerful songs ever written. Plus they preach and live as strong as they preform.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Captors
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Man of Sorrows"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Album release show at Newport in Columbus
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live:  5
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: My "dead man" shirt
Website: Twitter

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