July 2009


Bookshelf12 Jul 2009 03:02 pm

back again with some more books… today, i’ve got two books that are carry-over from my Spring list as well as one that innaugurates the Summer of o9 list… i’m gonna dive right in, but first i have to mention that we went to see Up! yesterday and you can expect that i’ll be writing about that soon enough… now… off we go…

PLUGGED IN AND TUNED OUT

now playing: Big Deal – Carolyn Arends

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture
by Shane Hipps


It took me a lot longer to begin this book than i had anticipated and then, it took me longer than i expected to finish… it’s broken into two parts and, though i raced through the first part, the second left me struggling to stay engaged… the basic premise of the book is that it’s a modern retelling of Marshall McLuhan’s principles and thoughts on media… you may not recognize the name – i sure didn’t – but you’re probably familiar with some of his quotes, termonology and concepts…

anyway, the first half of the book is devoted strictly to explaining an appropriate and unconventional perspective through which we should view and understand the media of our day… though perhaps a little dense at times, i found the front half of the book absolutely fascinating and eye-opening… having never read McLuhan, it was the first time i had been presented directly with his concepts and they are certainly revelatory (especially, given the timing of the original statements)…

unfortunately, the remainder of the book – that dealing with the practical application of this perspective – really left a lot to be desired… i kind of got the impression that Hipps was far too concerned about stepping on toes to really allow himself to present a clear and focused message… as a result, it seemed like the back half of the book was more about waffling than offering any definitive advice, even to the point of driving home contradictory points…

overall, i’m glad that i read the book as it did provide concepts that were both helpful and rather interesting… i would have enjoyed a better job of summation and application, but based on the concepts, i feel adequately equipped to draw my own conclusions…

FROM ADAM, WITH LOVE

Original Sin
by Brandt Dodson


On to some fiction… i’ve had this book for a long, long time now and finally dug into it… and it was a really cool story… the first in the Colton Parker mystery series, Original Sin introduces us to all the characters that will comprise the rest of the tales… Colton Parker, an ex-FBI agent and widower, tries to establish a business as a private investigator while still picking up the pieces of his wife’s tragic accident a mere six months ago… one of the main concerns is providing for his thirteen year-old daughter, emotionally and financially, as she deals with the loss of her mother…

The thrust of the story is the case of and elderly lady who has been murdered violently… the main suspect, her nephew has been a trouble-maker in the past, but Colton doesn’t quite believe that the case is as open and shut as it has been presented to him… As the case unfolds, we get plenty of details and clues as well as many opportunities to predict the ending – an ending that suits the story well…

Also, we experience the drama of raising a pre-teen girl searching for identity and a father who’s searching for the same… we feel the tension grow between a man who feels completely scorned by God and a minister who continues to interject spiritual guidance… it’s well-written and, despite a few things i would’ve changed, it was a very enjoyable read… the downside is that there’s more books for me to buy now to continue the series…

ELEVEN YEAR OLD OCEAN

Swindle
by Gordon Korman


this is the first official book from my summer list… i know, i cheated by picking off the “kid” book first, but hey, i do love reading Gordon Korman books… makes me feel young again… anyway, this was a first-read for me as i believe it was written after i had temporarily moved on from Korman’s writing… the premise: Griffin Bing – the man (boy) with the plan – happens upon a rare baseball card worth as much as a million dollars… the problem? he just sold it to a scamming card collector for a mere $120…

the book details the struggle and scheming involved as Griffin vows to have revenge… it’ll take a zany and elaborate plan, but Griffin’s the right guy for the job… or is he?… this was a relatively quick read and it was one that i enjoyed a lot… as you can tell by the heading of this section, it felt like i was reading through an Ocean’s movie, but with kids casting the caper…

OFF THE SHELF

Currently, i’m reading Showdown and Lunatic by Ted Dekker as well as Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff… as always, you can keep up with my reading list and progress here or at the Amazon.com mini-store that i set up for just that purpose…

’til next time…

peace… love… bdg…

general12 Jul 2009 03:01 pm

back again with some more books… today, i’ve got two books that are carry-over from my Spring list as well as one that innaugurates the Summer of o9 list… i’m gonna dive right in, but first i have to mention that we went to see Up! yesterday and you can expect that i’ll be writing about that soon enough… now… off we go…

PLUGGED IN AND TUNED OUT

now playing: Big Deal – Carolyn Arends

The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture
by Shane Hipps

It took me a lot longer to begin this book than i had anticipated and then, it took me longer than i expected to finish… it’s broken into two parts and, though i raced through the first part, the second left me struggling to stay engaged… the basic premise of the book is that it’s a modern retelling of Marshall McLuhan’s principles and thoughts on media… you may not recognize the name – i sure didn’t – but you’re probably familiar with some of his quotes, termonology and concepts…

anyway, the first half of the book is devoted strictly to explaining an appropriate and unconventional perspective through which we should view and understand the media of our day… though perhaps a little dense at times, i found the front half of the book absolutely fascinating and eye-opening… having never read McLuhan, it was the first time i had been presented directly with his concepts and they are certainly revelatory (especially, given the timing of the original statements)…

unfortunately, the remainder of the book – that dealing with the practical application of this perspective – really left a lot to be desired… i kind of got the impression that Hipps was far too concerned about stepping on toes to really allow himself to present a clear and focused message… as a result, it seemed like the back half of the book was more about waffling than offering any definitive advice, even to the point of driving home contradictory points…

overall, i’m glad that i read the book as it did provide concepts that were both helpful and rather interesting… i would have enjoyed a better job of summation and application, but based on the concepts, i feel adequately equipped to draw my own conclusions…

FROM ADAM, WITH LOVE

Original Sin
by Brandt Dodson

On to some fiction… i’ve had this book for a long, long time now and finally dug into it… and it was a really cool story… the first in the Colton Parker mystery series, Original Sin introduces us to all the characters that will comprise the rest of the tales… Colton Parker, an ex-FBI agent and widower, tries to establish a business as a private investigator while still picking up the pieces of his wife’s tragic accident a mere six months ago… one of the main concerns is providing for his thirteen year-old daughter, emotionally and financially, as she deals with the loss of her mother…

The thrust of the story is the case of and elderly lady who has been murdered violently… the main suspect, her nephew has been a trouble-maker in the past, but Colton doesn’t quite believe that the case is as open and shut as it has been presented to him… As the case unfolds, we get plenty of details and clues as well as many opportunities to predict the ending – an ending that suits the story well…

Also, we experience the drama of raising a pre-teen girl searching for identity and a father who’s searching for the same… we feel the tension grow between a man who feels completely scorned by God and a minister who continues to interject spiritual guidance… it’s well-written and, despite a few things i would’ve changed, it was a very enjoyable read… the downside is that there’s more books for me to buy now to continue the series…

ELEVEN YEAR OLD OCEAN

Swindle
by Gordon Korman

this is the first official book from my summer list… i know, i cheated by picking off the “kid” book first, but hey, i do love reading Gordon Korman books… makes me feel young again… anyway, this was a first-read for me as i believe it was written after i had temporarily moved on from Korman’s writing… the premise: Griffin Bing – the man (boy) with the plan – happens upon a rare baseball card worth as much as a million dollars… the problem? he just sold it to a scamming card collector for a mere $120…

the book details the struggle and scheming involved as Griffin vows to have revenge… it’ll take a zany and elaborate plan, but Griffin’s the right guy for the job… or is he?… this was a relatively quick read and it was one that i enjoyed a lot… as you can tell by the heading of this section, it felt like i was reading through an Ocean’s movie, but with kids casting the caper…

OFF THE SHELF

Currently, i’m reading Showdown and Lunatic by Ted Dekker as well as Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff… as always, you can keep up with my reading list and progress here or at the Amazon.com mini-store that i set up for just that purpose…

’til next time…

peace… love… bdg…

pop culture&television08 Jul 2009 02:17 pm

i hope you all had a spectacular 4th of July weekend… we kind of played things low-key, hung out and watched some fireworks… i’ve managed to have a lot of conversations with little boy about memorials and sacrifice and things of that nature, so that’s been pretty interesting…

well, i’m still in limbo so to speak, but i’m choosing to make the most of things… in fact, we just took the littles into DC for some sight-seeing earlier today… man, is that tiring… but they both were very excited about riding the metro train and seeing all the monuments and museums and castles and what-not…

anyway, today, i’m introducing something that i call, big deal or “big deal”… which is an idea that i was tossing around long ago, when i was contemplating a podcast and many other things with a few other parties involved… it probably works better in an audio format because you can hear the tone of my voice, but i still want to give it a shot and hopefully, the quotes will be sufficient…

Basically, i introduce some topics and decide if they are a big deal – if so, i’ll tell you why i think so, if not i’ll just say “big deal” and move on (with perhaps a quick parting shot)… i think all of the topics today will be related to television, but i may throw something in off the top of my head… let’s get started…

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

now playing: Big Deal – Carolyn Arends

The Sci-Fi Channel becomes “Sy-Fy”: the pronunciation stays the same… i’m a little torn on this one, but i don’t think it’s really the spelling of the words that has kept the network from expanding its marketshare… “big deal”

Sy-Fy introduces Warehouse 13 this, on the other hand, is a big deal since it’s the first original show on the network that i’ve been interested in checking out… well, maybe i was interested in Eureka, but i never did watch any of those… anyway, this looks like it may be a pretty fun show…

“The Superstars” return to television this was initially a big deal, but coupled with “T.O. returns to The Superstars after losing in the first episode” has really caused the show to fizzle out… i remember watching these shows growing up when lots of the big names in sports competed… this iteration, however, is more “Big Brother” than a sports spectacle and that detracts from it greatly… i have no real interest in who comes out on top…

10 Things I Hate About You becomes a weekly series… this is actually a pretty big deal… i mean, my wife is more excited about this than i am, but it is an adaptation of Shakespeare which is always good and the movie wasn’t really that bad – Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles – but it also continues to prove that apparently there are relatively no new ideas out there for television shows… every show is a remake of something else…

Great American Road Trip debuts this week… “big deal”… no interest whatsoever…

Keyshawn Johnson Tackles Design… really? A&E will be airing a new series of interior decorating shows featuring the former wideout designing rooms and houses that look good from a man’s perspective… sorry, but that’s not too hard… comfortable place to sit, lots of electronics, food & drinks, and that’s about it… “big deal”…

History Channel introduces “That’s Impossible”… i’m pretty sure this is a series debut… looks interesting enough, but i guess the rub is that it’s more of a science show than a history show… i don’t know, i suppose we’ll just see how much of an impact it makes… for now, though, “big deal”…

THAT’S A WRAP

well that’s that for now… let me know what you thought, think, etc… i’m sure i’ll be able to find plenty more to talk about in the near future… coming soon: the final spring reading wrap-up and the first summer reading update… some talk about music… and i’m going to be working on some more stuff for theTRu soon, promise…

peace… love… bdg…

general08 Jul 2009 02:17 pm

i hope you all had a spectacular 4th of July weekend… we kind of played things low-key, hung out and watched some fireworks… i’ve managed to have a lot of conversations with little boy about memorials and sacrifice and things of that nature, so that’s been pretty interesting…

well, i’m still in limbo so to speak, but i’m choosing to make the most of things… in fact, we just took the littles into DC for some sight-seeing earlier today… man, is that tiring… but they both were very excited about riding the metro train and seeing all the monuments and museums and castles and what-not…

anyway, today, i’m introducing something that i call, big deal or “big deal”… which is an idea that i was tossing around long ago, when i was contemplating a podcast and many other things with a few other parties involved… it probably works better in an audio format because you can hear the tone of my voice, but i still want to give it a shot and hopefully, the quotes will be sufficient…

Basically, i introduce some topics and decide if they are a big deal – if so, i’ll tell you why i think so, if not i’ll just say “big deal” and move on (with perhaps a quick parting shot)… i think all of the topics today will be related to television, but i may throw something in off the top of my head… let’s get started…

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

now playing: Big Deal – Carolyn Arends

The Sci-Fi Channel becomes “Sy-Fy”: the pronunciation stays the same… i’m a little torn on this one, but i don’t think it’s really the spelling of the words that has kept the network from expanding its marketshare… “big deal”

Sy-Fy introduces Warehouse 13 this, on the other hand, is a big deal since it’s the first original show on the network that i’ve been interested in checking out… well, maybe i was interested in Eureka, but i never did watch any of those… anyway, this looks like it may be a pretty fun show…

“The Superstars” return to television this was initially a big deal, but coupled with “T.O. returns to The Superstars after losing in the first episode” has really caused the show to fizzle out… i remember watching these shows growing up when lots of the big names in sports competed… this iteration, however, is more “Big Brother” than a sports spectacle and that detracts from it greatly… i have no real interest in who comes out on top…

10 Things I Hate About You becomes a weekly series… this is actually a pretty big deal… i mean, my wife is more excited about this than i am, but it is an adaptation of Shakespeare which is always good and the movie wasn’t really that bad – Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles – but it also continues to prove that apparently there are relatively no new ideas out there for television shows… every show is a remake of something else…

Great American Road Trip debuts this week… “big deal”… no interest whatsoever…

Keyshawn Johnson Tackles Design… really? A&E will be airing a new series of interior decorating shows featuring the former wideout designing rooms and houses that look good from a man’s perspective… sorry, but that’s not too hard… comfortable place to sit, lots of electronics, food & drinks, and that’s about it… “big deal”…

History Channel introduces “That’s Impossible”… i’m pretty sure this is a series debut… looks interesting enough, but i guess the rub is that it’s more of a science show than a history show… i don’t know, i suppose we’ll just see how much of an impact it makes… for now, though, “big deal”…

THAT’S A WRAP

well that’s that for now… let me know what you thought, think, etc… i’m sure i’ll be able to find plenty more to talk about in the near future… coming soon: the final spring reading wrap-up and the first summer reading update… some talk about music… and i’m going to be working on some more stuff for theTRu soon, promise…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&reviews02 Jul 2009 09:48 am

in this entry, i’m going to talk about Bibles… but more specifically, i’m going to talk about the supplemental materials found sharing the same binding as the text of the Bible… it’s not going to be a discussion of the merits of one translation / version over another, because that’s for perhaps another time, place, and perhaps author…

in the interest of full disclosure (if you care to know), i have a small copy of The Student Bible (NIV) that i use periodically for quick reading, a MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV) that i use for deeper understanding of what I read, the littles each have a copy of the CEV Children’s Bible, and when i’m online, i gravitate towards the ESV… i have many other versions of the Bible as well, but those are the ones i use most often… and now, off we go…

A LAMP UNTO MY FEET

now playing: Flags Theme – Flags of Our Fathers (Motion Picture Soundtrack)


The American Patriot’s Bible

This is an interesting concept, though, i’m not quite certain whether the material really should be inserted into a Bible or whether it belongs as its own volume with portions of Scripture embedded within it… needless to say, people who get aggravated easily by the concept of the separation of Church and State will find plenty of items with which to be irritated within this edition…

what i find particularly interesting is the emphasis on how the Bible was viewed throughout the history of America – whether it’s the role that the Bible played in forming laws of the society, specific passages of Scripture that served to comfort or inspire prominent figures in the nation’s history, or simply the specific passages chosen by each president (well, many of the presidents) as they were sworn into the highest role of leadership, it’s all very interesting from an historical perpective…

Within these pages, you’ll find the standard “study Bible” features such as a nice concordance, pretty maps and interesting introductions to each book… Beyond that, you’ll learn about the Bible from the perspective of an American historian which, of course, carries the blessing and curse of being from a limited viewpoint and provides interesting tidbits of extra-Biblical information… if nothing else, it’s appropriate for this time of the year… oh, and it’s the NKJV Bible…

now playing: Shuffle Your Feet – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club


The Chronological Study Bible

Also in the NKJV, this edition of the Bible also provides an historical perspective for the reader, but it’s more of an “as-it-happened” perspective… the introductory material includes a much better description of how it came to be than i can share here, but the gist of it is that scholars and researchers restructured the books of the Bible to more accurately reflect the order in which the overlapping events took place…

this allows for a broader picture of everything as it happens… this also allows for the Bible to be read as more of an continuous story as it unfolds… it’s a rather interesting way to look at the Scripture which is pretty much the point… along with the rearranged text, there are several insets that explain the culture of the time period, an overarching timeline that keeps track of where in history you are reading an account from and many other pieces of information that make the reading offer a better grasp of what life was actually like when this was written…

Also included are, naturally, a concordance, glossary, and maps as well as a topical guide as it relates to cultural interests… all in all very interesting, but i’ll admit that the pages stick together for me, perhaps because it’s still too new to be broken in…

now playing: Break It Out – The Rocket Summer


The Expanded Bible

i’m a bit less familiar with this one, but i feel that it’s worth mentioning here because it’s intriguing… it hasn’t released yet and when it does, i’m pretty sure it’s just going to be the New Testament that’s available for a while, but here’s the thing… all the footnotes and alternate word meanings and such have been tucked in directly to the text, making it all read inline… it takes a bit of getting used to, but it seems kind of cool to have all the possibilities [translations; word choices] laid out [L expanded] for you as you read [L while you are reading] it… get the idea?

as interesting as it is, however, i’m concerned that it will simply add to the distractions that already surround the practice of reading the Bible and help accelerate our waning attention… it will definitely change the expectations we have when we approach books…

anyway, it’s not out yet, but you can check it out in PDF format on Thomas Nelson’s website if you so desire…

MOVING ON

and that’s that… i know i had promised this entry a while back, but i’m glad to have finally gotten to it… i wonder if there have been any studies about the effects that all the extra-Biblical content has actually had on the reading of Scripture… i wonder if it distracts more than it enhances… anyway… off to face the day…

peace… love… bdg…

general02 Jul 2009 09:44 am

in this entry, i’m going to talk about Bibles… but more specifically, i’m going to talk about the supplemental materials found sharing the same binding as the text of the Bible… it’s not going to be a discussion of the merits of one translation / version over another, because that’s for perhaps another time, place, and perhaps author…

in the interest of full disclosure (if you care to know), i have a small copy of The Student Bible (NIV) that i use periodically for quick reading, a MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV) that i use for deeper understanding of what I read, the littles each have a copy of the CEV Children’s Bible, and when i’m online, i gravitate towards the ESV… i have many other versions of the Bible as well, but those are the ones i use most often… and now, off we go…

A LAMP UNTO MY FEET

now playing: Flags Theme – Flags of Our Fathers (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The American Patriot’s Bible
This is an interesting concept, though, i’m not quite certain whether the material really should be inserted into a Bible or whether it belongs as its own volume with portions of Scripture embedded within it… needless to say, people who get aggravated easily by the concept of the separation of Church and State will find plenty of items with which to be irritated within this edition…

what i find particularly interesting is the emphasis on how the Bible was viewed throughout the history of America – whether it’s the role that the Bible played in forming laws of the society, specific passages of Scripture that served to comfort or inspire prominent figures in the nation’s history, or simply the specific passages chosen by each president (well, many of the presidents) as they were sworn into the highest role of leadership, it’s all very interesting from an historical perpective…

Within these pages, you’ll find the standard “study Bible” features such as a nice concordance, pretty maps and interesting introductions to each book… Beyond that, you’ll learn about the Bible from the perspective of an American historian which, of course, carries the blessing and curse of being from a limited viewpoint and provides interesting tidbits of extra-Biblical information… if nothing else, it’s appropriate for this time of the year… oh, and it’s the NKJV Bible…

now playing: Shuffle Your Feet – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Chronological Study Bible
Also in the NKJV, this edition of the Bible also provides an historical perspective for the reader, but it’s more of an “as-it-happened” perspective… the introductory material includes a much better description of how it came to be than i can share here, but the gist of it is that scholars and researchers restructured the books of the Bible to more accurately reflect the order in which the overlapping events took place…

this allows for a broader picture of everything as it happens… this also allows for the Bible to be read as more of an continuous story as it unfolds… it’s a rather interesting way to look at the Scripture which is pretty much the point… along with the rearranged text, there are several insets that explain the culture of the time period, an overarching timeline that keeps track of where in history you are reading an account from and many other pieces of information that make the reading offer a better grasp of what life was actually like when this was written…

Also included are, naturally, a concordance, glossary, and maps as well as a topical guide as it relates to cultural interests… all in all very interesting, but i’ll admit that the pages stick together for me, perhaps because it’s still too new to be broken in…

now playing: Break It Out – The Rocket Summer

The Expanded Bible
i’m a bit less familiar with this one, but i feel that it’s worth mentioning here because it’s intriguing… it hasn’t released yet and when it does, i’m pretty sure it’s just going to be the New Testament that’s available for a while, but here’s the thing… all the footnotes and alternate word meanings and such have been tucked in directly to the text, making it all read inline… it takes a bit of getting used to, but it seems kind of cool to have all the possibilities [translations; word choices] laid out [L expanded] for you as you read [L while you are reading] it… get the idea?

as interesting as it is, however, i’m concerned that it will simply add to the distractions that already surround the practice of reading the Bible and help accelerate our waning attention… it will definitely change the expectations we have when we approach books…

anyway, it’s not out yet, but you can check it out in PDF format on Thomas Nelson’s website if you so desire…

MOVING ON

and that’s that… i know i had promised this entry a while back, but i’m glad to have finally gotten to it… i wonder if there have been any studies about the effects that all the extra-Biblical content has actually had on the reading of Scripture… i wonder if it distracts more than it enhances… anyway… off to face the day…

peace… love… bdg…

Free Music&MUSIC&web01 Jul 2009 04:25 pm

so, it’s free Friday and it seems like there are just a ton of great stuff to download (legitimately) for free… what’s that? it’s not Friday? well it’s still free so get on it and don’t wait until Friday…

FREE FREE FREE!

now playing: I Am Free – Newsboys

there’s no clear place to start, so i’ll simply start with the album that i knew about first… and that is from one of LA Symphony’s finest, Cook Book, who chimes in with his latest solo effort, a tribute to a decade that clearly was inspiring and hard to forget… check out I Love the 80’s and you’ll be bumping in style, in no time…

next up, sticking with the hip-hop, it’s a cat called Change who’s offering up a Stimulus Plan of his own… it’s a little heavier than Cook Book, but the production is really tight on this little seven-track ditty that is sure to please… a little bit of the boom-bap with a slight hint of gangsta flow… (and, oh, did i mention there are guest drops from ManChild and Sintax.the.Terrific?

Tooth & Nail records doesn’t want to be left out and they’re knocking out a double-decker download for the summer time… just last week they came with a follow-up to last year’s Fuel Sampler featuring a whopping 31 songs from the likes of Jonezetta, Children 18:3, Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson, Underoath and on and on and on… but that is not all… oh, no, that is not all…

also from Tooth & Nail is their 12-song summer sampler… featuring KJ-52, August Burns Red, Thousand Foot Krutch and more… in all, it’ll be about 37 tracks after you factor in the overlap between the two samplers… and it’s all frickity-free…

Next on the list is a new project from one Joy Williams, who has recently rejoined the music community with a solo EP and now with a live album that she’s offering for free as one-half of the duo, The Civil Wars… Live at Eddie’s Attic features 10 songs with a folkish bent to them that show a different side of the poppy Joy Williams from back in the day…

Finally, as if that’s not enough… i’ve got a free audiobook for you slackers who don’t want to read this summer but still want to act the part… (just kidding)… Francis Chan’s book, Crazy | Love is the Free Audiobook download of the month at ChristianAudio.com… just add it to the cart and enter “JUL2009” into the fancy little coupon code box during the checkout process…

okay, i’m tired, but if you’re somehow still feenin’ for more free stuff, you can always check out that sweet little site called Noise Trade and there’s plenty to discover there… until next time…

peace… love… bdg…

general01 Jul 2009 04:22 pm

so, it’s free Friday and it seems like there are just a ton of great stuff to download (legitimately) for free… what’s that? it’s not Friday? well it’s still free so get on it and don’t wait until Friday…

FREE FREE FREE!

now playing: I Am Free – Newsboys

there’s no clear place to start, so i’ll simply start with the album that i knew about first… and that is from one of LA Symphony’s finest, Cook Book, who chimes in with his latest solo effort, a tribute to a decade that clearly was inspiring and hard to forget… check out I Love the 80’s and you’ll be bumping in style, in no time…

next up, sticking with the hip-hop, it’s a cat called Change who’s offering up a Stimulus Plan of his own… it’s a little heavier than Cook Book, but the production is really tight on this little seven-track ditty that is sure to please… a little bit of the boom-bap with a slight hint of gangsta flow… (and, oh, did i mention there are guest drops from ManChild and Sintax.the.Terrific?

Tooth & Nail records doesn’t want to be left out and they’re knocking out a double-decker download for the summer time… just last week they came with a follow-up to last year’s Fuel Sampler featuring a whopping 31 songs from the likes of Jonezetta, Children 18:3, Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson, Underoath and on and on and on… but that is not all… oh, no, that is not all…

also from Tooth & Nail is their 12-song summer sampler… featuring KJ-52, August Burns Red, Thousand Foot Krutch and more… in all, it’ll be about 37 tracks after you factor in the overlap between the two samplers… and it’s all frickity-free…

Next on the list is a new project from one Joy Williams, who has recently rejoined the music community with a solo EP and now with a live album that she’s offering for free as one-half of the duo, The Civil Wars… Live at Eddie’s Attic features 10 songs with a folkish bent to them that show a different side of the poppy Joy Williams from back in the day…

Finally, as if that’s not enough… i’ve got a free audiobook for you slackers who don’t want to read this summer but still want to act the part… (just kidding)… Francis Chan’s book, Crazy | Love is the Free Audiobook download of the month at ChristianAudio.com… just add it to the cart and enter “JUL2009” into the fancy little coupon code box during the checkout process…

okay, i’m tired, but if you’re somehow still feenin’ for more free stuff, you can always check out that sweet little site called Noise Trade and there’s plenty to discover there… until next time…

peace… love… bdg…