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Arcade Fire gives a new gospel

Posted in Arcade Fire, inspirational music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by jason elijah

It is undeniably true that Arcade Fire is one of the most amazing bands living, performing and making intense, inspirational and thought-provoking music in this modern age that we are experiencing. Their latest album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010, and while listening to it I realized I’ve never seen them perform live. So, I looked around a bit and found some great webcasts and TV broadcasts of concerts from 2005-2011. If you’re not familiar with this band (or if you are), then watch every one of these concert videos. They’re all great. You can even read all the lyrics here. Very nice. I will definitely be seeing Arcade Fire next time they come around. And probably every time after that, too.

[mp3] [mp4] 2005-01-17 KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-03-10 Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-03-11 Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-05-11 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-08-20 Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, Holland
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-08-25 Rock en Seine – Paris, France
[mp3] [avi] 2007-03-20 L’Olympia – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-19 BBC Radio 2 Session – London, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-22 Glastonbury Festival – Pilton, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-27 Hovefestivalen – Arendal, Norway
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-07-01 Les Eurockéennes – Belfort, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-07-07 T in the Park – Kinross, Scotland
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-08-24 Rock en Seine – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-08-25 Reading Festival – Berkshire, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-09-14 Austin City Limits
[mp3] [mp4] 2008-01-25 Big Day Out – Sydney, Australia
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-07-09 Oxegen Festival – Ireland
[mp3] 2010-08-05 Unstaged – NYC
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-08-28 Reading Festival – Berkshire, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-09-05 MTV Galicia – Spain
[mp3] [mp4] 2011-02-10 KROQ, Los Angeles – Studio R
[mp3] [mp4] 2011-04-16 Coachella Festival – USA
[mp3] 2011-04-24 Chicago – WXRT Broadcast





The Future of Christianity

Posted in John Shelby Spong, The Spirit, The World with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by jason elijah

Bishop John Shelby Spong talks about the Future of Christianity at Unity Institute in November 2008.






Cyndi Lauper’s tribute to John Lennon

Posted in inspirational music with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by jason elijah

One of my favorite artists, Cyndi Lauper, has performed at several John Lennon tribute concerts through the years, and she always does such amazing interpretations of his songs. Very good stuff. Nobody has a voice like this lady.

Working Class Hero, 1990

Hey Bulldog, 1990

Strawberry Fields Forever, 2001

A Day in the Life, 2010

Arcade Fire performs for KROQ

Posted in Arcade Fire, inspirational music with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by jason elijah

Arcade Fire is in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb 13). Yesterday, they were interviewed and performed two songs from their latest album, The Suburbs (“Month of May” and “Ready to Start”), in KROQ radio’s Studio R.


And in case you missed it, the complete Madison Square Garden “Unstaged” show from August 5, 2010, is now available on youtube. The concert was filmed by director Terry Gilliam, and is one of the best live videos I’ve seen in awhile.

PJ Harvey says “Let England Shake”

Posted in inspirational music, PJ Harvey with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by jason elijah

One of the “greatest female musicians of all time” (according to the UK music press), PJ Harvey, is now promoting her eighth solo album, Let England Shake. Polly Jean says she didn’t feel like she had the skills as a writer to address social and political issues in the past, but she has evolved and now here she goes. Let England Shake will be released on February 15, 2011. In the meantime, you can watch a video interview from New Musical Express.


Joanna Newsom performs on Letterman

Posted in inspirational music, Joanna Newsom with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2010 by jason elijah

The lovely and unique harp-playing Joanna Newsom is still out and about promoting her latest album, Have One on Me. While in New York City a few nights ago (December 14), she performed “On a Good Day” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch below or save it (mp4 & mp3) for archival purposes. In case you missed it, watch Joanna’s performance of “Soft as Chalk” from Jimmy Fallon’s show back on March 5, 2010, here.

“On a Good Day” lyrics by Joanna Newsom

Hey hey hey, the end is near!
On a good day,
you can see the end from here.
But I won’t turn back, now,
though the way is clear;
I will stay for the remainder.

I saw a life, and I called it mine.
I saw it, drawn so sweet and fine,
and I had begun to fill in all the lines,
right down to what we’d name her.

Our nature does not change by will.
In the winter, ’round the ruined mill,
the creek is lying, flat and still;
it is water,
though it’s frozen.

So, ‘cross the years,
and miles, and through,
on a good day,
you can feel my love for you.
Will you leave me be,
so that we can stay true
to the path that you have chosen?

more Decemberists for December…

Posted in inspirational music, The Decemberists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by jason elijah

I’ve been into The Decemberists since posting Colin Meloy’s solo performance the other day, so I put together a collection of 11 live TV performances from 2005-2010 (highlights below) in mp4 (video) and mp3 format (the mp3 version includes a cover of Bjork’s “Human Behaviour” and “Crazy on You” by Heart). There’s also a brief but awesome 5-song set from Austin City Limits that I found on youtube (mp3 & mp4). This is all good to hold us over until their new album, The King is Dead, is released on January 18, 2011.

We Both Go Down Together (Conan O’Brien 2005)

The Crane Wife #3 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Perfect Crime #2 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Mariner’s Revenge Song (2007)

The Wanting Comes in Waves (Jools Holland 2009)

The Hazards of Love (Rock the Garden 2009)

The Rake’s Song (Rock the Garden 2009)

Crazy on You [Heart cover] (Rock the Garden 2009)

Colin Meloy previews new Decemberists songs

Posted in inspirational music, The Decemberists with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by jason elijah

On October 22, 2010, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) performed a great solo acoustic set in New York City for KEXP radio. Included in the set were 2 songs from the upcoming Decemberists album, The King is Dead. Watch below or download the mp4 (video) and mp3 versions.

Down by the Water

June Hymn (new song!)

Rise to Me (another new song!)

The Crane Wife (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Rise to Me (with the full band)

“Hold On” (a sonic poem)

Posted in jason elijah's songs with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by jason elijah

I recorded this “sonic poem” a few minutes ago. I haven’t been singing much lately, so it’s a rarity.

[download mp3] (Right-click to save)

“Hold On” lyrics by jason elijah

hold on
to what you’ve got
don’t hold on
to what you’ve got
you just let it go
just tell me no
just hold on
just hold on
let it go

hold on
no, no, no, no…

just hang out for
a little while
just hang out
and nod and smile
just hang around
and take what you want
and just go, go away

just hang on
to nothing at all
just tell me
oh, nothing about it
I don’t want to know
just hang around and
take what you need
and then let go
let go of me
just let me be
here alone

Florence & the Machine

Posted in inspirational music with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by jason elijah

Her voice is unique and passionate, and the songs are good, too. If you haven’t heard Florence & the Machine yet, here are two great live performances. They also recorded two really great covers, Beyonce’s “Halo” and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”. I can’t wait to hear more stuff from this band…

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Dog Days Are Over

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