5 Albums I’m Loving Right Now


I’m a huge fan of music and every year I post my favorite albums of the year. You can see my honorable mentions and favorite albums of 2013.

Since we’re halfway through the year, I thought I’d share 5 albums that I am digging right now (in no particular order). You can see all the albums I’m digging for the year on my spotify list here.

  1. Broken Bells – After the Disco
  2. Houses – A Quiet Darkness
  3. Lost in the Trees – Past Life
  4. Passenger – Whispers
  5. William Fitzsimmons – Lions

The list is definitely more melancholy and serious than my normal tastes. Part of that is getting older and the main part is I’ve been doing a ton of writing this year on my book, so I need the quieter stuff.

What are your favorite albums of the year so far?

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New Song for Sunday: Pursuit

I am so excited for Paul to teach this song on Sunday. I have been digging this song for over a year. Listen to it and come ready to sing.

If you like this song and are looking for some great worship music, check out Daniel Bashta’s albums (the guy who wrote this song): The Invisible and The Sounds Of Daniel Bashta. So, so good.

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We Are Voices | Loneliness

My brother-in-law is in a killer band called We Are Voices. This is their latest song “Loneliness.” Be sure to check them out.

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Mighty Warrior

On Sunday, Paul taught a new song, “Mighty Warrior” that is kind of a theme song for our series FightIf it’s new to you, give it a listen and come ready to kick this week’s service off with it!

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History of Break-Up Songs

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here is the history of break-up songs (yes, they bleep out some words, but it’s still funny):

(HT: 22 Words)

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The Best Albums of 2013


It’s that time of year again, the time to share my “best of” lists of the year.

It started with the top sermon downloads from Revolution Church, then my almost best books & almost best albums of the year. Then I shared my favorite books of 2013. Today is the last list: my favorite albums of 2013.


13. The Civil Wars The Civil Wars

This band is just incredible. It’s too bad they can’t stand each other. Still an incredible album.

12. Sleeping at Last Atlas: DarknessAtlas: LightAtlas: Space 1

3 incredible EP’s from this Ryan O’Neal. So good.

11. The Head and the Heart Let’s Be Still

This album took some time to grow on me, but now I love it. Definitely a good step from their last album.

10. The Lonely Wild The Sun as It Comes

I could’ve paid $8 to see this band in Tucson over the summer, but didn’t. Still kicking myself for that because of how great this album is. So much heart in it.

9. Kodaline In A Perfect World

Just discovered this band. Wow.

8. Andrew Belle Black Bear

I’ve been a fan of Andrew Belle for a few years. This is his best and most ambitious album yet.

7. Hey Marseilles Lines We Trace

According to the Seattle Times, “Hey Marseilles is a contender for a local rock band to break out in a significant way in 2013.” This album is that good.

6. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City

This album is higher on a lot of other year end lists. I think because of my high expectations, it hurt this album. Still good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

5. Gregory Alan Isakov | The Weatherman


4. Sigur Ros Kveikur

Katie and I saw Sigur Ros in April. If you can ever get to their show, you need to. Wow. This album is off the charts.

3. Marble Sounds Dear Me, Look Up

This is such a good album. It would be #1 if not for how good the next two are.

2. The National Trouble Will Find Me

Not quite as good as High Violet, but such a good album. In fact, until I heard the next album, this one was #1.

1. Bastille Bad Blood

I can’t believe this is the debut album for this band. So, so, so good.

How’s my list? What albums did I miss? What albums did I rate too high?


The Almost Best Albums of 2013


In case you are new to my blog, I love music. My life is rarely silent, whether at home, working on a sermon, in the car, or working out. Music is on. Our family loves music because of this.

So, every year I like to look through my music library and share the albums that have been getting the most play in my life. And as it is the end of the year, it is year end list time. If you’re curious which albums I liked last year you can look at the honorable mention list and the top albums of the year.

On Monday I shared the top sermon downloads from Revolution Church. Yesterday, I shared the almost best books of 2013. Tomorrow I’ll share my favorite 13 books of the year and Friday I’ll share my top 13 albums of the year.

But today. We’re listing the albums that were good, but not good enough to be in the top 13 list of the year. Here they are in no particular order:

Youth Lagoon | Wondrous Bughouse

A great follow up to The Year of Hibernation. A really good, introspective album.

She & Him | Volume 3

“She” is so talented. End of story. All of their albums are worth owning, and this one is no different.

Denison Witmer | Denison Witmer

I went to high school with Denison and have loved his music ever since then. This album is easily his best. I wanted to put this in the top 13 for sentimental reasons, but couldn’t.

Matt Redman | Your Grace Finds Me (Live)

Normally Matt Redman songs are only good when other people sing them, not this album. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe since he’s hanging around Chris Tomlin more he’s gotten better. Either way, this worship album is incredible.

Local Natives | Hummingbird

Hard to believe this is only their second album, but it is good.

Ra Ra Riot | Beta Love

Best way to sum this album up: fun. Good, upbeat fun.

Pickering Pick | Tropic

Make a good cup of coffee on a cold day, grab a blanket, a book and this album. You’ll thank me.

Olafur Arnalds | For Now I Am Winter

His albums are perfect background music to working, reading or hanging with friends. So good.

City and Colour | The Hurry And The Harm

As one review said, “If you’re looking for heartbreak, purpose, and tears, then step on board City & Colour’s The Hurry and the Harm.”

Pacific Air | Stop Talking

A great dreamy pop album.

Washed Out | Paracosm

I never get tired of this band. Perfect for blasting in the car when you just want to rock out.

The Avett Brothers | Magpie And The Dandelion 

Every year The Avett Brothers release an album, they make this list. They are that good.

Courrier | Cathedrals of Color

Great indie pop record. You will not be disappointed with this one.

Hillsong United | Zion

The second best worship album of the year. Matt Redman was third, this one is second.

The Digital Age | Evening:Morning

This is the best worship album of the year.


Your Input Please | Best Albums of 2013


It’s almost the end of the year. If you are new to my blogyou may not know that at the end of the year I share my favorite albums and books of the year. You can see pasts lists here.

Before giving you my list of favorite albums of 2013, I’d love to hear what were your favorite albums of the year. Unlike the book list, to make my favorite albums of the year list, it must be an album released in that year (ie. 2013).

So, in the comment section, fire away and share with us your favorite albums of the past year. I’ll share my list next week.


Christmas Music You Should Own


I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, but thankfully, there is some really good Christmas music out there. Here are some of the ones our family is loving this year: