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features&front page&MUSIC22 Sep 2016 03:06 pm

As I looked at the music releases of the past couple months, I noticed a trend: Most of these groups/artists had popular releases ten years ago. That either speaks to enduring artistry or a lack of creativity within the industry. Either way, this inspired me to take a closer look at this situation, since, ten years ago, I was much more a part of the music scene.

theTRu_presentsI’m going to pit these albums (the old vs. the new) against each other, track-by-track, reminisce, and see how these groups are holding up through the years. This will probably end up being a little longer than most blog readers can hold their attention for, so if you REALLY NEED to, you can skip down below and peek at the bottom line. I will try to entertain you the entire time, though.

The first group I’ll take a gander at is THE AFTERS and we’ll compare their label debut album, I WISH WE ALL COULD WIN (10 Tracks, 41 minutes), to their latest release, LIVE ON FOREVER (10 tracks, 36 minutes). I know, technically speaking, WISH came out in 2005, but it was really thriving in 2006 so I’m counting it. As you can see from the stats, they both have 10 tracks, though FOREVER weighs in at 5 minutes lighter. Let’s go ahead and dig into the tracks…
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MUSIC&walkTRu29 Aug 2015 12:51 pm

Someone, somewhere, for some reason upset the apple cart and changed the music release schedule so that new music comes out on Fridays now. I can’t get used to that, but as I was poking around Spotify yesterday, I saw a familiar name and felt compelled to give it a listen and took the opportunity to force myself to write again. I need to do that more often anyway. So, below is that result. Enjoy.

K-OS – Can’t Fly Without Gravity

A long time ago, I heard a song called “Sunday Morning” by k-os (knowledge of self) that caught my ear and seemed like the next song of the summer, following on the heals of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Turns out, it didn’t gain that much traction, but I had discovered a new artist and really enjoyed his albums, ATLANTIS and JOYFUL REBELLION. Hadn’t heard from him in a while, but here he is again, this time with capital letters. Let’s check it out:
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features&front page&Left to Write19 Dec 2012 11:41 am

I don’t pretend to have any answers a lot of the time, unless you’re one of my sons. That’s my premise. That aside, I didn’t write any book reviews yesterday as I had planned, because I was processing a Left to Write feature. In case you don’t know, Left to Write is a series I began years ago as an outlet for deeper discussions than whether or not the latest album release was any good or which artist signed on for a worldwide tour. I used to do these once a month and I’m trying to get back into that habit, but we start with one foot and follow with the other as time allows.

This one’s about asking the question of “Why?” as a response to tragedy or anything we disagree with. Obviously, it is something of a response to the recent school shooting, which has weighed heavily on our hearts. I’ve got two boys in elementary school and a wife teaching Kindergarten, so it hits home. Of course, there are questions. And some of my thoughts are captured in this issue of Left to Write. (I plan to have a Music of the Day ready for later today and maybe those book reviews as well.)

peace… love… bdg…

features&front page&MUSIC10 Oct 2012 02:58 pm

WOAH! 2013 album coverOkay, I’ve had this up for a while now, waiting for a few more items to come together for an official “sneak peek” update, but I want to go ahead and post it now.

Recently, WOW Hits released the 2013 edition of the endless series of radio hits and notable songs from the year prior to the date on the album cover. It always ends up leading to endless discussions and debates over which songs were slighted, which songs should have been included, and whether or not any of it matters.

This year, I took a different route and made up my own compilation – including a cheesy album cover to match the pattern of the WOW collections. So, I present to you, WOAH! 2013. Read. React. Discuss.

peace… love… bdg…

features&front page&reviews&walkTRu07 Sep 2012 01:27 pm

I know I promised this earlier in the week, but things have a way of cropping up. We do now have another sneak peek with some fresh content for you over on the front page. Head over to http://trudatmusic.com/sneak.htm to catch a glimpse of the new layout in action, as showcased by a WalkTRu of Lecrae’s Gravity, an album review of The Upside of Down by Chris August, and a brand new feature we’re trying out called “The Headline TRus.” I think it’s pretty good stuff and hope you do, too.

Let me know what you think, if you notice any formatting oddities, or anything like that. Expect more such updates, sneak peeks, and progress in the coming weeks.

Peep theTRu and tell your friends, too!

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&features&front page&MUSIC&reviews&reviews&walkTRu24 Aug 2012 12:04 pm

If you’re not a “fan”— Wait, I mean, if you don’t “like” theTRu. on facebook or follow me on twitter (*hint, hint*), then you may not realize what’s going on with the front page here at theTRu. (Yes, Virginia – and other states – there IS a front page.)

Well, to make a long story short, I had the best intentions when I pulled the site down for a redesign a year and a half ago, but life got in the way. Recently, I’ve picked up the plow again and the work is underway. In the meantime, as a show of good faith and to tease your palate, I posted a sneak peek at the new design and content earlier this week. This preview includes a WalkTRu of the new TobyMac album (due out on the 28th), a review of the Rhett Walker Band debut album, and a brand new Left to Write editorial.

I mention this now, because by Monday, there will be more new content, including a brand new feature. And in the coming days, you can expect more from theTRu. I’m committed to finishing the design sooner rather than later, getting the full site running again, and pumping out new content tirelessly. I hope you’ll join me.

Question: What feature do you most want to see come back?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&reviews11 Sep 2010 12:29 pm

i have a lot of books to talk about, but i’m only going to talk about one right now… and i have a lot of music to talk about, but that’s going to wait… and i have the first week of football to talk about, but i’ll get to that later today (i hope)… i do think i’ll pick the Saints to beat the Viking this week though (har har)… anyway, first things first… a quick take on a new book from a familiar name…

now playing: Live Like We’re Dying by Kris Allen

Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado

i think it was Maximus Something-or-Other who, in the movie Gladiator, said something to this effect: “Our actions on earth, echo in eternity”… as you can probably tell, i’m not the biggest fan of the movie, but the quote stuck with me… and it came back to me over and over again as i read through the latest book from Max Lucado… (and not because of the Max-Maximus similarity)… Outlive Your Life suggests that we can life our lives in such a way as to have impact on generations to come, long after we’ve passed on to eternity… the book opens with a short tale of one man’s lasting impact on a thriving, but uncharted island and unfolds to reveal simple actions to help mold our lives into an influential legacy…

As with all Lucado books – he is pretty much a brand name at this point – the book is inspiring, easy to read, and filled with nuggets of wisdom, insights from everyday encounters (like coming home from the grocery store with bags full of food), but not the needed bread that inspired the trip… it’s all very practical and attainable goals, such as coming out of your shell, treating others with equal respect, and stand up for those in need… and, with a conversational tone, it reads quickly and enjoyably… one thing i found odd though… the opening “fable” described a thriving island near to an island full of despair, poverty, and hopelessness (i suppose similar to Haiti and the Dominican Republic)… it would’ve made sense to wrap that around at the end of the book to explain the responsibility of wealth and the compassion the prosperous should show to those in need as that was the point of the book…

anyway, it’s another good piece of advice from an author who clearly sees things from a unique perspective… a fun read…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&front page&MP&pop culture&web31 Mar 2010 12:22 pm

i’ve still got a rundown of LOST coming, as well as, some more thoughts and theories on the way, but i’m taking this brief respit to continue on with the mashed potatoes…

before i grab a spoon and dig in, though, i’m sure you’re wondering about the main site… i mean, it’s been “under construction” for a while now, right?… well, here’s the thing… i started out with a plan… i had a new design sketched out in my head, on a pad of paper and was pretty sure that it was ready to build out… then i got a new idea… so, i sketched that out… then… a newer new idea… and so it goes… the good news is, i’m set on a design now, and i’ve begun the actual process of making it work… (fans of theTRu on facebook can actually catch a glimpse of the new look)… there’s still a bit of heavy lifting to be done, and then some fine-tuning, but it’s motion… progress even…

and now back to the mash… so far, we’ve already talked about books and movies and music and television, which leaves us with… “more”… yeah, it’s a broad topic and it pretty much encompasses absolutely anything that crosses my mind and/or holds my attention… it’s kind of a wildcard category, so you never know what you’ll get, but it rounds out the full experience of entertainment onslaught… this week, it’s all about podcasts…

i think i’ve made it pretty clear in the past that i enjoy listening to the Steelehouse Podcast each week and the Tony Kornheiser Show each weekday, but below are three more that i have been listening to a lot as well and the time has come to speak openly about them…

GET FREAKY WITH IT

now playing: Super Freak – Rick James

I haven’t read Freakonomics or Super Freakonomics… i’m not an economist… and i’m not generally the type of guy who gets excited about – or even sits down to watch documentaries… but, i saw Steven Levitt on the Colbert Report some time ago, and i’ve wanted to read the aforementioned books… unfortunately, i’ve never gotten around to it… BUT… i feel a little better about myself now that i’ve discovered the Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Though tragically infrequent, the Freakonomics podcast always hits you with a little less than a half hour of compelling and thoughtfully provocative content from a perspective that’s most likely significantly different than your own… the tagline, “exploring the hidden side of everything,” is quite fitting as they tackle topics that are familiar, but provide opinions that are steeped in economic theory with no regard for popular beliefs… generally a fascinating discussion that’s not at all as nerdy as it may seem…

So far, there have been three full episodes (and three short teasers) and the third one introduced a handful of commercials, but it was still a fun listen…

TASTE THE RAINBOW

now playing: Rainbow – Colbie Caillat

this one’s not as new, but it is also an infrequent podcast – especially now that one of the three voices moved several states away… of course, i’m talking about Skittle Sandwich – two DJs and a musician chewing the fat for about an hour each… month?… i’ve been listening to this podcast since its inception which was about a year and a half ago and by now, i feel somewhat invested in it…

the trio of Dice, Matt, and Sara sit down and talk about life, music, and pop culture – three things i can hardly get enough of – and, perhaps the highlights are the many, many times when the conversation is derailed and rabbit-trailed… just like life… aparently it’s not always safe for the younger ears, but i’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and look forward to hearing it each month (or so)…

DON’T SHAVE EVER… DUDE

now playing: Dharma Lady – Geronimo Jackson

the last podcast is frequent, but fleeting… and it’s all about LOST… specifically an episode by episode look at the show, through the eyes of Jorge (a.k.a. “Hurley”) and “Sidekick22″… this is, Geronimo Jack’s Beard… the cool thing about this podcast is that most of the episodes were recorded over the summer as they recieved the script and their thoughts are based on what’s written in the script… And a good bit of that changes by the time the episode is filmed and edited… So, its
an insider look at each episode and the more recent episodes have bookended the original conversation with emails and comments from the current week… the downside is that when LOST is over… this is probably over as well… but while it’s here, it’s definitely worth checking out…

AND WITH THAT…

and speaking of checking out… i must bid you all adieu… Do you listen to these podcasts? other podcasts? what did i miss?… back later with LOST and more…

peace… love… bdg…

announcements&general&Movies&television06 Sep 2009 11:24 pm

i’m interrupting this regularly unscheduled laziness to bring you this update… finally… it’s been quite a while since i last wrote something for the old blog… i can’t explain it entirely, but i’ve just been pulled in a number of directions and unfortunately can’t seem to motivate myself to the point of updating… anyway, i’m here to put an end to that… today, i’m going to have some fun, chatting up the latest installment from Veggietales available everywhere…

IT’S RAINING…

now playing: Flood – Jars of Clay



Well, it’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here… the sequel to Minnesota Cuke’s search for Samson’s hairbrush… and perhaps a tip of the fedora to a new branch of the Veggietales franchise?… (I’m thinking that a 2D series of Minnesota Cuke episodes wouldn’t be a bad idea)… this episode also marks the official debut of the new Veggietales logo… both are hits…

Minnesota learns about persistence, patience and most of all, the importance of following directions in this zany tale of Larry’s alter-ego and his quest to find the powerful umbrella used by none other than Noah… of course, there’s plenty of mischief, mayhem, and missteps (not to mention the numerous nods to Indy) that make the show fun for kids and parents alike…

…RUN FOR COVER

And with that, i’ll grab my sippy cup and head on out… i’ve got another new Veggietale movie queued up in the near future… but it’s about Christmas and i’m not sure when i’ll get to that… also, watch for a “political” blog entry, a “Triple-DeKker” entry, and more… many more books and many more other stuff… also, i’m completely redesigning the site… and much, much more is spinning around in my head…

peace… love… bdg…

front page&walkTRu30 May 2009 06:32 pm

just a quick heads up… i posted a Walk TRu for the remix album of Dance or Die by Family Force 5… below is a widget full of 30-second previews of all the tracks…

peace… love… bdg…

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