Friday, December 28, 2007

"acoustic AND more electronic"... Switchfoot interviewed on MTV Asia

Switchfoot was interviewed on MTV Asia, and look what was said:

The band is also working on the next album to be released on Lowercase People Records. What can we expect from the album?

We have over a hundred songs to choose from right now, it really could go in a lot of directions. Right now, it's shaping up to be more acoustic AND more electronic.


Read the whole article (thanks Anthony)

I don't know... electronica sounds cool, but is that Switchfoot? I hope they don't abandon the rock sound completely... that's my opinion. Whatever it is, it'll be sweet.

peace!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

"If you’ve done it before, you can’t do it on this project."

Happy Thursday folks!

Today, we have a nice little article, from Christian radio station Air1's website. Switchfoot is the Featured Artist of the Month, and they have a nice blurb about the band. It has the standard "indie/Sony Split/Appetite For Construction" bit, but the Q&A section was a bit of an eye-opener for me. Jon said something interesting that caught my eye:

So the rule for this record is, "If you’ve done it before, you can’t do it on this project." So that’s forcing us to choose different songs to pursue, different ideas, different ways. At this point, we’re ultimately trying to challenge ourselves more than anything else.
Source

Jon also talked about his solo Ep's, as well as the challenges he and Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek had with the Real SeanJon record. Read it!

Also, Air1 has added "Head Over Heels (In This Life)" to the playlist...finally...

Make sure you continue to request that single at your local Christian radio station.

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Local News

This is probably not relevant to anyone of you, unless you live in Southern California (L.A., O.C. area). But Star 98.7, the Hot AC radio station based in Los Angeles has inexplicably begun to play "Meant to Live" quite frequently. It has played at least once everyday for the past three days. (I saw this while browsing http://www.yes.com/#Switchfoot).

This occurrence was quite the surprise for me, considering that station NEVER plays Switchfoot, not even occassionally. They played "Awakening" once back in January or so, but never again, and never any of the "old" hits. This is quite exciting news, considering mainstream Southern California hasn't seen/heard Switchfoot since the "glory days" of 2004-2005. Maybe all those requests that we put in for "Awakening" back in the summer are making them check out Switchfoot after all... ^^

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Personal News

I just received my late Christmas present from myself--the Live at Ventura Theatre DVD. My initial thoughts on it are:

The Good:

-The visuals are very engaging and pretty. The lighting is much more sophisticated than it was in "Live in San Diego."

-The crowd was loud and noisy, but not very excited-looking. At least you could hear them though, thats an improvement.


The Not-So-Good:
-It seems very rushed... there are several major and noticeable audio errors, and the "Behind the Scenes" feature is just under two minutes long.

-Why are "Company Car", "We Are One Tonight," and "Burn Out Bright" all in the bonus songs section? Doesn't really make sense, since its pretty much the same show...

-No "Dirty Second Hands" or "Ammunition"...

-The guys seemed a little tired.

I will probably watch it again from start to finish before the day's over...

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Site News

The polls are closed, and it seems the naysayers for the auto-playing widget thingy barely won out. So, as you requested, the mini-ipod player thing on the sidebar will be removed, after today. So long, little friend.



This may very well be the last post of 2007. Unless we do a little year-in-review sorta post. Hmm... that random thought = interesting... stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Videos from Tom Morello's Jam (Hotel Cafe Videos)

Happy Birthday Oh! Gravity.!!! Our baby's growing up... ~sniff sniff~

Anyways,

Someone posted videos from that incredible night a while back. Watch and be amazed! Merry late Christmas everyone!

Learning How to Die



Southbound Train


Girl (Beatles Cover) (Jon singes backup vocals for Serj Tankian)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Year End

Hey guys, it is Chris! This is my fave time of year—the time when the year-end album and radio charts come out. Here is how Switchfoot did this chart year:

Billboard Top Christian Albums of 2007:
#13 “Oh! Gravity”

Radio And Records Top Christian CHR Artists:
#6 Switchfoot

Radio And Records Top Christian CHR Songs:
#9 Awakening

Yes 2007 was a good year for the band. Three hit singles, two hit videos, and aprox 150,000+ albums sold--not to mention a successful tour.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pacific Rim/Parachute Festival Tour dates up!

Dates

Have fun "across-the-pond" friends!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Real SeanJon's performance in London

here are videos of the two songs that Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins played a while back a day before Jon watched Led Zeppelin in London. Thanks angel4madevil!

War In My Blood


I'm Not Sure (New song)


The Real SeanJon

Monday, December 17, 2007

Jon Foreman on Tom Morello's "Monster Jam"



Rolling Stone Article

The Nighwatchman's mypace blog:

"Jon Foreman from the San Diego band, Switchfoot, and Keith back with
his cello, next treated the crowd to the mellow grooves of "Learning
How To Die" and "Southbound Train". I don't know much about
these guys, but have been duly inspired to investigate – as should
you. It was some real California beach bonfire stuff."



Here's Jon's Blog about it:


Friday, December 14, 2007

Notes from a crazy, wonderful night

Last night was ridiculous! Thanks to all who came out to the show- even my friends who couldn't get in... I had so much fun singing along with all you fine folks. for the record Tom M. is an incredible human.

I hope some of you were able to see the meteor shower last night as well, it was remarkable...

peace,
jon

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for a credible source on what actually happened I stole this from rolling stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/12/14/tom-morellos-monster-jam-slash-serj-tankian-wayne-kramer-mick-mars-and-more-join-nightwatchman-at-tiny-la-gig/more-4715

Tom Morello gave an early Christmas present to the 100-plus fans packed into Hollywood's Hotel Café last night. As a send-off for his final gig of the year as the Nightwatchman, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist assembled an eclectic group of music legends that jammed on inspired covers and collaborations for more than four hours.

Morello's weekly appearances at the cozy venue serve as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for his social-action foundation Axis of Justice, which provides aid to the homeless and hungry. The evening began in the normal fashion with Morello playing a handful of acoustic songs. His small set complete, Morello recounted a story about a man with a great voice at a Woody Guthrie tribute. The man turned out to be Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, who then climbed onstage and proved he was worthy of Morello's praise with a solid, albeit lyrically altered rendition of Phil Ochs' classic protest tune "State of Mississippi" and the Christmas staple "Silent Night."

Serj Tankian, who along with Morello co-founded Axis of Justice, next appeared at the piano for two songs, then Switchfoot's Jon Foreman, rising songwriter Elijah Forrest and Richard Patrick of Filter. It didn't seem realistic when Morello took the microphone at this point and joked that the evening was just getting started, but two and half hours later it was clear he had been dead serious. Moments later Perry Farrell brought his Satellite Party onstage with Morello accompanying on electric guitar to play two songs before closing with a spot-on version of "Jane Says." The evening then slipped into high gear when Morello introduced Alice in Chains which entailed Jerry Cantrell and new singer Will DuVall. The two played a brilliant version of "Nutshell" that was a deft replication of their MTV Unplugged performance and followed with a cover of the Who's "Squeeze Box."

Most of the crowd, already stoked about the incredible lineup, had assumed the Alice in Chains duo was the finale, until Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe slowly emerged to join Morello and the assembled house band for "Dr. Feelgood" and "Girls, Girls, Girls." It was borderline excessive when Slash appeared onstage to help Morello and Cantrell rip through the Thin Lizzy classic "Jailbreak." The evening pressed on with more jamming and a late appearance by Wayne Kramer of MC5 who led the now-supersized group in a spirited version of "Kick Out the Jams."

Almost an hour past midnight Morello called the entire night's lineup back to the stage and introduced Woody Guthrie's definitive American anthem "This Land Is Your Land." Morello, ever articulate and thoughtful, implored the audience to heed Guthrie's poignant lyrics and "grab the wheel of history to reclaim your land." Each verse was sung by a different star with Tim Robbins and Farrell leading and Slash providing intermittent hillbilly-inspired solos. The ensemble rocked out to the revised ballad for more than ten minutes before Morello thanked his gracious guests and the adoring audience for providing an unforgettable night of music.

Richard L. Dewey



That's a crazy lineup... wowwww... Slash and Jon are standing next to each other in the picture for crying out loud! That must've been amazing...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lonely Nation Video on Youtube



This isn't the official one, but its pretty darn good. Enjoy that.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Rave Reviews continue to pour in...

Our very own Jon Foreman is drawing in rave reviews from all around for his Fall EP.

Here are some of them:

*Absolutepunk (Thanks Switchfeed for the heads up)

*Infuze

*The Album Project

*Patrol Magazine

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And to help spread "The Cure For Pain" copy and paste this code into your myspace bulletins, blogs, xangas, or facebooks!

<a href="http://www.mediapromoter.net/GetInteraction.action?x=b5b49d9c1a"
target="_blank"><img src="http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u100/joberooni/Myspace_Zune_Foreman.jpg"
border="0" alt="download cure for pain"></a>


It'll end up looking like this:
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Let's spread "The Cure." Sounds heroic, doesn't it?

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Looks like there's another spur-of-the music stop for Jon too!

Jon Foreman w/ The Nightwatchmen
Thursday, Dec 13
Hotel Café (LA)
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 461-2040
21+
$10 donation to enter
Doors at 8pm (get there early, because it
sells out and reaches capacity quickly)

(again, thanks Switchfeed)

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And, to wrap up this lengthy post, here's the latest email from Switchfoot. Tim, it's great to hear from ya again!

Merry December amigos,

Here's my 2007 Christmas letter, AKA the ramblings of a bass player:


1. Appetite for Construction Tour comes to a close

Well, our first tour as an independent band was quite possibly our favorite tour ever, and we are sad to see it end. Thanks to all of you who came out to say hi, this was also the biggest tour we've ever done, and it gives us great pride to feel like, together with all of you, we're creating something completely new without record labels or anyone else standing in the middle. Also, thanks to you, together we've raised over $100K for Habit For Humanity. And a large number of you even took the leap to volunteer on future Habitat builds. So great... I just feel like the community that we have together with you guys is something really special, and we're so honored to be your band. If you'd still like to get involved with Habitat, please check out their website.


2. What I did on my winter vacation...

We've been home from tour for a week now, and it's nice to be home for the holidays. The first 2 days we were home, we were greeted by what will likely be the best waves all year, so I'd say our December has begun rather nicely. Jon wasted no time at home, however, and flew to London to play an acoustic solo gig... oh yeah, and see some band from the UK called Led Zeppelin. What?? I know, amazing. Well, being an independent band has created some exciting changes, and one of those changes has been leaving the Sony message boards to launch our own separate community site. So if you haven't yet checked out the new boards, you probably should because, well, we think they rule.


3. Why our arms are numb

In other news, we all have our right arms on ice at the moment, after hand-signing 3000 Christmas cards for our annual Holiday Package, and so far we haven't lost them or had to search for them in large dumpsters like last year (although Chad did manage to spill water on a rather large stack at the very end). So I'd say we're off to a very good start, in that sense. We received the new live DVD back from the manufacturer last week, and our very own Andy Barron did a stellar job with the artwork on it. Go Andy! So the elves are busy packing orders which are now ready for shipping. If you haven't ordered your Holiday Package yet, click here... we think it's our best ever.




4. What else?

Well, that's all I can think of at the moment, hope everyone is doing well. We'll be home for the rest of the year, before visiting the Pacific Rim on January (Indonesia, Bali, New Zealand, Singapore, you know, mostly places with really good waves). Then we'll be in the studio Feb-March recording our new record (due out Fall 2008), and probably head back out for a few US dates in April. As always, check switchfoot.com for the latest tour dates and info.

Peace out amigos, and thanks for being a part of our family,

-tim

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Download Jon's First Single, "The Cure For Pain"


Jon Foreman has officially released his first single from his debut solo EP, Fall. "The Cure For Pain" is available for free download on myspace's music homepage.

Click Here to get Jon's first single for free!

Confirmation from jonforeman.com:

12-10-07 Check out Jon Foreman on MYSPACE. His single “The Cure for Pain” is the featured FREE MP3 this week.
click here


So there ya have it. Jon Foreman has released his first single for free.

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On the official Switchfoot message boards, jmeyer3131 has suggested a campaign to help spread the news about Jon here.

We can make use of this free Cure For Pain download while it lasts to blast emails, myspace messages, bulletins, etc. to all of our friends to give Jon exposure. So lets do it footsoldiers! Spread the word!

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Singapore friends! You have a special treat coming your way!

According to this article, Switchfoot will be in town January 31, 2008 for a show! I'm so excited for yallz!

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And, a trip down memory lane... I came across this rather old interview with Jon and Tim at the 02 Purpledoor festival. This was when "The Beautiful Letdown" was just about to be released. It's always good to look back...

So here 'tis. Enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2007

More Jon Foreman news bits

Hello peeps, good morning!

First off, Jon talked to antimusic about "The Cure For Pain," and described the thinking behind this great song.

The Cure For Pain: I wrote this one in Texas on a day off. I was reflecting on the passing of time. I have been playing music in Switchfoot for about ten years. During that period, I have been fighting pain or running away from it in a myriad of ways. And yet the pain is a constant. I have had some amazing moments singing gravity away but the water keeps on falling.

I began to think the suffering I see around me, I think of the pain of a grandmother dying of cancer. Of a friend killed by a train. I think of the pain of death, of failure, of rejection, the pain of a father losing his only son. And I came to the conclusion that I cannot run from pain any longer.


Source

Also, Jon played an acoustic set in London yesterday (Sunday December 9, 2007)

Malherbe Pelser posted photos from the set

Photos

thanks Malherbe!

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I hear the Live at the Ventura Theatre DVD has begun to be shipped. News on that will be coming soon! (man, I needa buy me that dvd! haha)

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Thanks for all the kind words concerning my Dare You to Move post. I'm just glad it can be thrown out there. Switchfoot's songs are so good...

Peace, and have a good day friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Dare You to Move: It's only the beginning...

Note: This is an essay that displays my personal beliefs. it is not intended for anything else than just an analysis on how the song has touched me... peace.

“I dare you to move, dare you to move! I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor…”

And with those timeless words, Jon Foreman penned one of the most impactful songs of recent memory. For me, it’s just that, and so much more.

I first heard this song back in 2003, as a wide-eyed, innocent (yes, I guess you could say I was innocent) 13-year old kid, in eighth grade. I guess you could say I was also that boy who was “fumbling his confidence.” At the time, I was quite intrigued by the song, but not overly interested. My friends played it after church on the stereo, and we were often seen jamming out to it, while people gathered around singing along. I only knew the drum beat because my amigos told me what beats to play… But it began to truly take hold for me a year later…

…When I bought “The Beautiful Letdown.” At the time, “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move” were all over the place, and I suppose I was a bandwagoner of sorts. But when I began to play “Dare You to Move” on my little Creative Zen Touch mp3 player, my relationship with the song began to truly develop. Yes, songs can be relational with humans… the way I see it, movies and tv can touch your mind and thoughts, but music permeates the soul, whether for good or bad. Music is very powerful indeed…

So, this was 2004. Freshman year of high school for me. This was a time of growing pains and experiencing new emotions for the first time. Things were closing in, growing up was such a strange, new experience; so where do you turn when these things happen? Where can we go when things let us down? From what I’ve seen, people turn to anything from drugs and alcohol, to confidante friends and peers. For me, besides God, it was music. Looking back now, it seems lame to be broken-hearted over relationships that didn’t even exist, or one essay a week, but for me at the time, it was a big deal. “I dare you to move, I dare you to move…” howled Jon in my ears, and as I listened to the song over and over and over again, it became a part of my thoughts, a daily cry, a struggle...

Fast forward to 2005, sometime in November or so. I was standing with my friend and a few hundred other people in a sweaty, unbelievably loud club, singing along to those very words that got me through essays, projects, math problems, emotional highs, emotional lows. “I dare you to move, I dare you to move…” And even as Jon sang, I felt a stirring in my spirit, a lifting up if you will. Seeing the emotion the man put into his song, a song that he plays night in and night out, really made it real to me. That he was able to sing with the same passion, even at the end of a long, long tour, was beyond me. Without me even knowing it, that song came alive for me that night… That experience, my first time seeing Switchfoot live ever, was life-altering indeed.

Over the next two years, and as I begin to enter adulthood, this song still carries a special place in my heart. “Dare You to Move” was dominant in the soundtrack of my four years in high school. I rode in the car with this song playing, I played it and sang it with my own guitar, I cried myself to sleep listening to the song, grasping every word of this prophetic song… “I dare you to move… I dare you to move…” It’s as if God was speaking through Jon, to me personally, to lift myself up off the floor. As if He was saying, “These hardships, these broken-hearted moments, these pains of growing up are only temporary and wont last forever.” In times like this, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:13, which says, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” Forget yesterday! “I dare you to move like today never happened before…” forget about today and its hardships! Look to tomorrow. What a declaration of hope and faith… and yet, there’s always the fall out, the tension that we face… even in the face of hope…

“The tension is here… between who you are and who you could be… between how it is and how it should be…” Throughout life, there will be tension. It’s a fact. However, I think those temptations and tensions are only temporary and are a testing ground, to further the strength and courage of the tested. It’s almost as if when we find ourselves boxed into a corner, with the world caving in, and a feeling of helplessness washing over us, we are dared to move, to run to the Source of Salvation to escape from ourselves. We are dared to just surrender… what a beautiful paradox it is! When we are dared to do something, it usually requires a great act of pride and recklessness; but this song brings a different perspective! It’s a dare to move away from the pride, away from reckless abandon, and to embrace surrender, embrace the fact that we can’t make it alone… such a beautiful message.

This song has touched me in so many ways, and to list them all down will take forever… so… the question that begs to be asked is:

“What happens next?”

“I dare you to move…”

Love,
Job



“This song is an attempt to honestly face the gap between who I am and who I want to be; between the way the world spins and the way the world should be. I've heard that we only use a small part of our brain. Maybe our soul is the same way. And maybe we're half asleep most of our lives, simply reacting to the stimulus our brain receives. Action, true action is rare indeed.
This is an anthem of action and responsibility.” – Jon Foreman (aka, frickin’ genius)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

End of Tour

Switchfoot Touring Frame

Alas, all good things must come to an end. And this "Appetite For Construction Tour" was a very good thing! With over $64,000 raised for Habitat For Humanity, we have to pat ourselves on the back (at least this time).

Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth, Thanks for the good times. Thanks for doing something good for this world, for the communities. Thanks for the rock, and the music that so inspires us.

what a great tour! Merry early Christmas guys...

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Jon just put up a blog celebrating this tour.

"among friends"

"hey party people...

ruth and relient K have have been amazing touring friends!

thanks to everyone who came out to sing along with the foot... It was one of my favorite tours ever.

and I'm glad people are digging the tunes. I've heard from a lot of folks who found out about the songs from their friend. That is, in fact, the dream of mine for these tunes. In my opinion it's the only way this type of music should be passed along: from friend to friend- it means a lot to me that you folks are digging it, and thanks for passing it on!

peace,
jon"


Ahh... the grassroots! keep spreading the love everyone! These tunes deserve it.

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Site News

-Now that tour's over, i might have some time to finish up my "Dare You to Move" essay and Jon's Fall EP review. Look out for those.

-If you have any of your own personal stories, articles, concert reviews, album reviews, or anything else that'd you like to see on the blog, send em in to us! email: wereawakening@yahoo.com. I'd love to see what everyone else has to offer!

peace friends

Monday, December 3, 2007

Switchfoot, Relient K, and Ruth on the Air1 Morning Show

That's right. Jon Foreman, Matt Thiessen, and Dustin Ruth were in-studio last Friday to talk about the Appetite For Construction Tour, Matt's last name, Reliant K cars, and sausages... Thanks to Poparazzi on the official message boards for ripping it for us!

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Today is the last day of tour. It's been so much fun talking about it, chronicling it, and I think it has been a wild success. Sold out arenas, many fun times, and most of all, rock-and roll all happened, to the tune $64,000+ raised for Habitat For Humanity! The guys were in top form this entire tour. Thanks Jon, Chad, Tim, Drew, and Romey for the great times!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

UC Irvine Show Pt. 2: Switchfoot brings the Rock!

Pt. 2 (for Pt. 1 of this review, go to this post)

After about half an hour of stage prep work (after all, this was the MAIN attraction of the night), it was time. The lights dimmed as the band took the stage, to veritably thunderous applause. You could just feel the atmosphere shift, from the poppy, feel-good of RK and Ruth to the down-dirty rock show feel of Switchfoot’s set.



The band came out and played the opening riffs of “Meant to Live,” with Jon Foreman already in a climbing mood, rockin’ out on one of the boxes in front of the crowd barrier. See picture below:



With that teaser, they began to play “Oh! Gravity.” to the cheers of many in the crowd. Personally, it seems more of an obligatory song at this point than anything else, as it was a single, and is the theme song of the popular MTV show “Life of Ryan Sheckler.” The guys did play it with all they got though. A few minutes after the final chords of “Gravity.”, the unmistakable riffs of “Stars” could be heard. Great energy, once again.

They played through the rest of their set with equal energy, equal reckless abandon (especially on Jon’s part), and just pure joy. Notables were the new mash-up version of “Gone/Crazy In Love,” which was pretty entertaining, to say the least.


(American Dream Freeze)

After most of this first part of the set, the band began to settle into a more profound energy. Yes, hits like “Stars”, “This Is Your Life”, and “Gone”, as well as “American Dream” were filled with energy and crowd support, but the night began to turn when Switchfoot played “Dirty Second Hands.” I’d already heard this song live, but it was just as amazing watching it again. Dedicating the song to the thrift stores across America, Jon ranted and raved through the song, singing “here’s the face of everything the breaks you down… are you really as tough as you think?” The raw tenacity and emotion put into this song really set the tone for the rest of the song, and the rest of the evening, especially when Jon pulled one of the drummer Chad Butler’s cymbals and pounded it to oblivion during the rockin’ interlude. Guitarist Drew Shirley’s skillful guitar work shone brightly here, just as brightly as the breath-taking strobe lighting that ensued during Jon’s massacre of the cymbal.

But the song did come to an end, sadly. But shifting from the raging wail of “Dirty,” Chad began to play the drum intro to “We Are One Tonight.” Jon introduced the song as a rock-show song; back as a little kid in San Diego, he felt the connection, at least for one night between perfect strangers that can be had at a rock show. “But if this is a song about unity, then it’s a song about a fight… a fight!” he declared. From the anthemic chorus “We are one tonight, and we’re singing it out” to the slow interludal “slow this evening down, slow it down, slow it down…” ineterspersed with words from “Shadow Proves the Sunshine”, the song bred in many of us that night that rock show feel. We truly were one, singing out as one voice!

That feeling continued, when Jon welcomed to the stage “the Rrrrruth’s, and the Rrrrelient K’s, ladies and gentlemen!” to play the tour song, “Rebuild.” Jon talked about how in the wake of the fires in San Diego, and the fires that consumed Relient K’s tour bus earlier this summer, the song took on a new meaning for him. Then the song commenced, with every single band member from all three bands having fun and singing together, “oh way oh, we’re the regeneration…” It was truly fun to see all the guys on stage just having a good time.

“On Fire” introduced, for the first time in the set, a calm, introspective, yet uniting song. The distinctive keys of Jerome Fontamillas’ piano and Jon’s celloist friend Keith Tutt setting the tone, Jon went full-effort into this song, even going out into the crowd, as is his habit. After yeahhaahhaahing the song out there for awhile with “one big family,” Jon called up the band’s latest hit “Awakening” by saying, “you’re gonna help us start this off!”



This was the most fun I think of the whole set. Almost everyone was jumping, singing “Here we are now with the falling sky and the rain… WE’RE AWAKENING!!!” This song has meant a lot to me since I first heard it, and singing it with a thousand other people makes it even more impactful. Fun stuff.

“Meant to Live” began slow, with Jon talking about how “we breathe in, we breathe out… and nothing happens! This can’t be what these gifts were given to us for… every breath is a gift.” Then, before we know it, “We were meant to live…” was echoing off the rafters of Bren in a very U2 fashion, and the teaser we heard at the beginning of the set was completed with the full song.

The funny thing is, at the end of this song, streams of people were leaving, thinking the show was over. After all, the guys were off the stage, the place was dark… but wait! Why is this crazy kid yelling “It’s not over!! It’s NOT OVER!!!” Maybe we should stay…? That crazy kid was yours truly, yelling at the people passing by, pleading with them not to leave. Haha. That was fun. Anyways, Keith the celloist and Jon returned to stage, to play a beautiful rendition of A Walk to Remember hit “Only Hope.” Hearing it live gets me every time. Beautiful. Then, the rest of the band returned as well, and they drummed, strummed, played, and wailed “Dare You to Move,” a powerful ending to a powerful night…

Setlist
1. Oh! Gravity.
2. Stars
3. This Is Your Life
4. Gone/Crazy In Love mash-up
5. American Dream
6. Dirty Second Hands
7. We Are One Tonight
8. Rebuild
9. On Fire
10. Awakening
11. Meant to Live

Encore
12. Only Hope
13. Dare You to Move

Go Here to see hi-quality photos from Jered Scott. Very cool!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UC Irvine Show Review Pt. 1

When: November 27, 2007
Where: UC Irvine's Bren Events Center
Who: rock bands Switchfoot, Relient K, and Ruth


My show experience began long before the actual show; it began with the sad disappointment of finding the floor tickets for the Bren Events Center in UCI all sold out. And this happening just two or three days of pre-sale closing! I consider this one of those “beautiful letdown” moments; Although I was bummed at missing out on floor seats, I was pretty stoked that tickets were selling out that fast! After overcoming the initial despair and said letdown, I quickly accosted my mom, and we got ourselves tickets for section 120. Little did I know that we had acquired seats in the uppermost row, the “nosebleeds” of UCI’s Bren Events Center. Since this was a relatively small basketball gym however, it wasn’t too much of a problem. I recruited my good friend Jason to come with me to the show, and his mom finally said yes. So we were off!

We got to Bren at around 6:30ish, and we wandered around, and I bought the bootleg/tour program thing, and finally got the Photobook. Needless to say, it’s awesome. I’m sorry… it really is…

7:00 came, and Ruth took the stage for a solid 4-song set. The only song I knew by them is “You Are,” but the rest were pretty solid too. I think they’ll do well in the future. At this point, the floor area was looking about half-full…


After the usual stagework in between sets, Relient K took the stage, to less-than-thunderous applause. I was surprised at how little of the people there actually knew any of their songs. I mean, this was the band that was on MTV a few years ago. Then I realized that the culprit could verily be our Orange County Christian radio station, KFSH, who happens to never play Relient K, and only play Switchfoot’s older material sporadically. They’re playlist consists of 10-year old Christian songs and regurgitated tunes from days past. Anyways, that’s my theory. Enough on that.

Relient K did put on a pretty sweet show, with Matt Thiessen consistently switching between keys and Guitar. The set started with “I So Hate Consequences,” with the primal intro “I’m good good good to go! I’m good good good to go…!” They blazed quickly through some of their other songs, including 2005’s hit “Be My Escape” and even covered “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears before segueing into their own 80’s inspired tune, “In Love With the 80’s.” At some point, the lights went out, and the stage crew brought out an inflatable igloo, all while “Christmas Time Is Here” was playing in the background. Interesting, but painfully cheesy. Once the new igloo was set up, Thiessen heartily greeted the new inflatable polar bear sitting next to the igloo, then introduced the tune “Sleigh Ride” off the band’s brand new “Let It Snow…Let It Reindeer” Christmas record. To top this off, the stage rafters began spraying out “snow.” Yes, it does snow in California!

Another highlight was when the band called up three fans to play the last part of their dance floor hit “Sadie Hawkins Dance.” It was something special to see, and probably was the most awesome time for those three fans, one playing guitar, the other two playing percussion. Once this was over, the band played one more, their big 2006 hit “Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been,” and it was time for Switchfoot…

to be continued...

Edit: Go here for Pt. 2 of this review

News Bits and Switchfoot Features

Thisblog alerts us on two videos on MSNBC.com that featured Switchfoot. This is sweet!

Switchfoot talks about Appetite For Construction Tour and being Indie

Indie Music Feature

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Also,
"Hear It First" talks to Jon about his ep's. Jon candidly discusses Fall. Man, this guy never ceases to amaze and inspire me!



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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy Official Jon Foreman Fall Release Day!

Jon Foreman
yay!

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MTV did a little ditty about Jon's EP. Hey, they still love Switchfoot! I'm surprised!

Four for Fore: If you think Thrice are biting off more than they can chew with their four-part Alchemy Index series, wait till you hear what Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman has in store: a quartet of conceptual EPs he's putting out all by himself. Fall — to be followed next year by Winter, Spring and, you got it, Summer — comes out in digital form this week, although it will be issued as a two-disc set with Winter the day the latter effort is released, on January 15.


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Jon also posted a myspace bulletin (shown below) and a new two-sentence blog! Check em out! www.myspace.com/jonforeman

Here's his bulletin:

Hey everybody,
last night was an incredible night for me for a myriad of reasons- one of them being the fact that the fall ep is now released into the wild!

I have so much to be thankful for. I know that i missed "the thanks day" by a bit but I would like to give a little thanks myself. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me to put these songs out. Thanks to everyone who's been a part of the foot's story all along. Thanks to everyone who's helped us stay true along the way.

This is my first release ever outside of the band- and the first project I've sold on our own. My friend and I were talking about all of this the other day. He was pointing out the purity of a project like this: one person with complete control, paying for everything out his own pocket, putting out songs that he wants when he wants to how he wants to: complete independence. And this control and responsibility are truly dreams come true, making things so clear and allowing me to put my heart into this without reservation.

But on another level the independence bit is only partially true. None of us are fully autonomous. Ever. We need each other, thank God! I'm thankful that I've been given these songs. I'm thankful that many of you have really believed in our music as a band over the years. I'm thankful that God has given me pockets and something to put in em. I'm thankful for my family, for tim, chad, drew, and romey. I guess I'm saying that we're never completely independent. We all need each other.

In fact I feel like the best songs I have ever written have been given to me, that they have served me along the way. I hope that these songs on "fall" can serve you the way that they have served me. I'm honored to have you all listening to these musical monologues of mine!

So here's to interdependence. Here's to friendship, here's to a new ep, may it serve you well



peace,
jon



jonforeman.com


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Today is the day for the Irvine show! I'm stoked! Especially when paired with listening to the Jon ep.

Southbound Train = Favorite Track so far.

I'm gonna be writing up a review on the ep too, by the way. stay tuned for that. haha.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

RSS Email fixer-upper

Quick update on the recent post. Apparently on the email, there seems to be a problem with the links. I have tried to fix em... so yeah.
Fixed post!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"sweaty, rock and passion."

Edit: the weirded out html that shows up in the rss feed emails have been fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience!

A Utah State University paper back in 2004 interviewed Jon Foreman about Switchfoot's success and motivations. It's really a lot of fun to look back and see where the guys have been. Jon talks about anything from politics, to pre-show rituals, to socratic dialogues.


"I heard that dreams are the subconscious mind trying to work on a problem and maybe that's what my songs are. They're just kind of like oyster chewing on a grain of sand, and hopefully it comes out something beautiful." -Jon Foreman.

the source


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Annie, one of our readers, blogged about the Hammerstein, New York show for MTV.com. You can read it here. It sounded amazing! And this is also the blog that reported the Appetite For Construction Tour has raised over $64,000 for Habitat For Humanity. Ridiculous!

And as if that wasn't enough, Annie did a Q&A with Jon as well!

Phtot courtesy of yousingiwrite.blogspot.com

He talks about the new record here:


"I think we’ve learned a lot the past year. It’s been a time of really finding who we are. I think every record kind of has to reinvent itself. The most dangerous place for a band to be is doing something that they’re good at. I think it’s much better as a band to do something that you could actually fail at. We’ve always tried really hard to push ourselves. I think that the difference with this new record is that in the past we were a little afraid of the success that we had achieved with “The Beautiful Letdown.” There’s just this weird fear that you feel."


Read the rest here!

THANKS ANNIE!

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So I've been a bit thoughtful lately on where I am in life, and I have "Dare You to Move" to thank for getting me through some really tough times... so I just put the finishing touches on an essay about it. Look out for it in the near future... as well as a review of the Irvine show I'm going to on Tuesday! If any of you are going, maybe we can meet up while in line or something...

I'll the kid with dark hair, glasses, and an Asian complexion. haha

Friday, November 23, 2007

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The following are rumors about Switchfoot related things that have been found to NOT be true. Please help spread the word:

The Jon Foreman Winter EP has been cancel due to global warming

“Rebuild” has been released to radio as a Christmas song, “Oh, yeah, Oh” having been changed to “ho,ho,ho”.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Turkey Day!

Hello Switchfoot fams!

Hope your day is filled with thanks and giving, and much turkey! So here's a brief update, and I'm off to the feasts... not really. haha. Ok:

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You can pre-order Jon's entire EP collection right now at bandfarm.

It comes with a limited edition poster, hand-signed by Jon Foreman himself. Sweet. (Note: It's only downloads, not the physical copies.)

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Also, the Live at Ventura Theatre DVD was available separately, outside of the Holiday Package, but has been taken down. It'll prolly be put up in the future.
(edit: it's up again!


Digging back through Switchfeed's archives, I found a glowing review about the show.

"So I went to the merch table, and on inquiry found that they wouldn't be handing out any photopasses because they were filming a DVD that night."

Complete Review on Switchfeed.

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Site news

Thanks for the great response to the new layout. Hope you all like it, cuz I kinda like it too! ^^

Switchfoot rules! Peace fams!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Nice Switchfoot Appetite For Construction Show review... (yes, I'm breaking my own rule of one post a day... and yes this title is realllyyyy long)

Review



Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth
11/16/07, at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA

The Appetite For Construction Tour is not the first pairing of popular rock acts Switchfoot and Relient K. Back in 2001, as the Supertones took their dance party across the USA on their Loud and Clear Tour, they brought along both bands as their opening acts. Now, six years later, Switchfoot and Relient K are co-headlining their own tour, and what an experience it is.

The intriguingly titled Appetite For Construction Tour references the bands' support of Habitat For Humanity and the building of homes for those who are in need of shelter. A dollar from each ticket every night went to the organization, and the headlining acts even wrote a song to perform on the tour in support of it ("Rebuild" is available for download from Switchfoot.com when you donate to Habitat). It's exciting to see words put into action by bands like Switchfoot and Relient K, as they join the likes of artists from Jars Of Clay to Audio Adrenaline and Steven Curtis Chapman, who have all started their own ministries to combat poverty and destitution.

On November 16th, 2007, fans piled into Lehigh University's Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to experience the tour firsthand. The show began rather early at 6:00pm (especially for a Friday night), kicking the night off with newcomers Ruth, one of the latest Tooth & Nail Records signings. The long-haired, flannel-wearing Battle Ground, Washington foursome played cuts from their debut, Secondhand Dreaming, including "You Are," "Here To New York," "Cross The Line," and "Mr. Turner." Ironically, some of Ruth's stylings harken back to the early days of Switchfoot, with lead singer Dustin Ruth's vocals bearing similar qualities to Jon Foreman's. Musically, the band was a nice fit for the lineup, and it was great to hear a blatantly spiritual act open the night.

A short intermission followed and the Relient K emerged. Frontman Matt Thiessen had been under the weather, even admitting to the audience that they almost cancelled the show the night before because of it, but he pressed on regardless. Even for a singer who's struggling with feeling sick, Thiessen put on a strong vocal performance with very little evidence of him even really having any ailments. The band opened with "I So Hate Consequences," tearing forward with "Devastation and Reform" and, surprisingly, fan favorite "Be My Escape." At this point, Thiessen brought up the band's appreciation for most everything that was the 80's, and launched into a cover of Tears For Fears' "Head Over Heels," with the guys soaking in a retro-esque stage lighting, before seamlessly drifting into their original, "In Love With The 80's." The song also held a bit more poignancy than usual as Thiessen was once again sporting a mustache for this tour, a gag that the vocalist had pulled at least once before. "Must Have Done Something Right" followed, with "Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet?" close behind. "I Need You" preceded a brief word from Thiessen about Habitat For Humanity, which the band complimented nicely by following with "Give." Radio hit "Forgiven" preceded one of the highlights of the night as former Supertone Ethan Luck dragged a blow-up Christmas lawn ornament onto the stage and inflated it. After Thiessen mentioned the recent release of their full-length Christmas album, Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer, large air jets suspended above the audience began shooting out white paper flakes onto the crowd below to simulate snow as Thiessen welcomed everyone to their snow globe and began playing "Sleigh Ride." It was a fantastic treat for those in the standing room on the floor, and a fun set moment. At the song's conclusion, the Christmas decoration was yanked from the stage and Thiessen asked the crowd if anyone watched the TV show, The Office. Following a great deal of applause, Matt joked that due to the writer's strike they were able to have one of The Office actors on the road with them and, with that, welcomed "Jim Halpert" to the stage. He admitted it was merely their merch guy in uniform and the band performed a little original tribute song to the popular TV sitcom, before following it with their own cover of the TV's instrumental theme song. During both songs, the band's merch guy performed the melodica along with the Relient boys. Thiessen cleverly added, "And if you don't really watch or care about the show... We just wasted a minute and thirty seconds of your life" to the tune of the equally frivolous "Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care" from their latest release. With that, the rock quintet barrelled on into the home stretch of their set with "High Of 75," "Sadie Hawkins Dance," and finally, "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been." During "Sadie Hawkins," Relient K continued their recent tradition of offering a fan the opportunity to join them on stage to perform the guitar part of the song with them, and this time even brought a couple additional fans up to help with percussion.

A longer intermission separated the RK and Switchfoot sets. Although some co-headlining gigs I've seen before have allowed for both acts to do encores, I was surprised Relient K didn't do one. Still, the band played just as many songs as SF would with their encore included, so nothing was really lost. When the lights went out again for the main act, a giant display of the band's San Diego logo illuminated on the backdrop behind the band, and Switchfoot walked out, beginning the opening riffs to "Meant To Live" before quickly shifting into "Oh! Gravity." It was a bit of a tease for the fans, but a great intro, and the set was off to a strong start as it moved right into the catchy sounds of "Stars." Frontman Jon Foreman was dressed in a black hoodie and a black hat, with his fellow bandmates lit on stage from underneath them, causing a unique look and feel. With the close of "Stars," drummer Chad Butler stepped out from behind his set and stood at the edge of the stage, held up an electronic drum pad and began beating out the drum loop from "This Is Your Life." Butler continued this until the close of the song, where Foreman would do his signature singing into his electric. The band followed it with a brief nod to Beyonce's "Crazy Love," using it as an intro to the hopelessly catchy "Gone," and followed with "American Dream." Mid-song of the latter, the fivesome froze in place, holding their action poses for quite well over a minute as the audience continued to roar louder and louder until the guys broke out of it and finished the song. Switchfoot hardly just played any of their songs as-is from the album recording. For "Dirty Second Hands," Jon grabbed one of Chad's cymbal stands and spun around stage as he beat it with a drum stick as they extended the song live. The anthem for unity, "We Are One Tonight," included an added bonus as the band broke into a chorus of "Shadow Proves The Sunshine" before returning to "We Are One" to end the song. This kind of thing happened throughout their set. The band's Habitat For Humanity song, "Rebuild" aptly succeeded, and Foreman invited Relient K's Matt Thiessen to join him on vocals, while Dustin Ruth and his band came out to aid with percussion and harmonica. The new song was an interesting sort of Dylan/Weezer southern rock mix, which was nicely followed by the balladry of "On Fire," where Foreman encouraged the audience to hold their illuminated cell phones in the air. Jon then hopped down from the stage and climbed up the bleachers into the stands to wade through the audience and sing along with them. He even took a fan's camera and photographed the floor audience before returning it to them, moving further into the audience, finishing the song, and soon jumping back down to the floor. Butler performed a bit of a drum solo as Jon returned to the stage to begin one of the standout tracks from Oh! Gravity, "Awakening." Finally, the band received their most enthusiastic reception from the crowd when they began the unmistakable guitar intro for "Meant To Live." The crowd sang along the loudest to this particular tune, and Foreman held up the mic stand as they sang the words back to him, and then placed the stand in the audience's hands. He then took it back and dropped himself into the crowd to be briefly crowd-surfed before returning to the stage to wrap up their set. The fans shouted for another song and before too long, Jon Foreman re-emerged with just an acoustic and began playing an old fan favorite, "Only Hope." Not only was it great to hear an old Switchfoot song live again, but the stripped-down acoustic feel was a nice touch for the mostly "big" presentation of their show. He then began performing "Dare You To Move" and sang a chorus of it before the rest of the band joined him to close out the evening and then all take a final bow together.

Switchfoot have come quite a distance from being a little alternative pop/rock trio from San Diego to being an arena-playing rock quintet. Not only are the guys great musicians and songwriters, but they consistently put on a great performance and this show - and tour - are no different. If you have an opportunity to catch this tour as it rolls into your town, it won't be one to miss.

-- John DiBiase, 11/19/07

Here's a nice pic:



Go here for more pictures.

Oh! Gravity.'s Continued Success, Holiday Packs, and Jono

Christianitytoday.com, a "Christian music" website has listed Switchfoot's Oh! Gravity. the No. 6 Album of 2007. It beat out several CCM notables, like David Crowder Band's Remedy, Relient K's Five Score and Seven Years Ago, and Needtobreathe's The Heat. Nice!

Source

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In other news, Bandfarm has put up the annual Switchfoot holiday package!

Holiday Pack

This year's Holiday Package includes:

* "Live at the Ventura Theatre" DVD (YES!!)
* t-shirt of your choice
* signed christmas card
* 12-page glossy poster-book from fall tour
* 5-song bootleg download from fall tour
* brand new collectible 5-button pack
* 3 sticker pack
* free 1-song download from Jon's new solo EP titled "fall"

Very cool.
Getting a shirt will cost $20, and adding the holiday package will add an additional $25, making the grand total $45. It's a sweet deal.

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The first Jono EP review is up!

According to Foreman the songwriting and production of these EPs were creatively intertwined. "Most of these songs were written and recorded the same night," said Foreman. "I would sing and play my guitar late at night until I got a take that captured what the song meant to me. From there I would add instruments to the vocal to see what would be appropriate. It was a very therapeutic, lonely, cleansing process."

The Fall EP stirs up just this sort of sentiment — its stripped-down arrangements put Jon's earnest voice and raw lyrics at the forefront of this personal set of songs.


Read the Rest

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Site News

You may have noticed the new added presence of ads in different places on this blog. Please forgive the inconvenience, but it's just an added cost-reducer for running this site. If it bothers you too much, let me know!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jon Foreman's EP's now available!

Amazon and iTunes have now put the Fall EP up online for the world to consume. If you have spare cash and can't wait until January to get the physical copy, then I encourage you to buy it now! Don't suffer the pain I'm dealing with right now, not being able to spare some extra cash to buy the thing right at this moment.

Amazon

iTunes

And Jon has a pretty sweet little gif on his myspace!

Jon Foreman

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Looks like Switchfoot has already raised over $40,000 for Habitat For Humanity this tour. That's awesome! And there's still a few shows left! This is great news.(Source)

Exciting times my friends.

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Don't forget to go here to request Oh! Gravity. and/or Awakening. Lets do this! And once it reaches the voting list, we can take it from there!


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UPDATE: Jon's EP is at No. 2 on Amazon's charts!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Jonforeman.com is Up!

Ladies and Gentleman, our beloved front man extraordinaire, Mr. Jon Foreman, has finally unleashed is website for the world to see. I have to say, it's pretty amazing looking. But don't take my word for it! Check it out now!

I really enjoyed seeing Jon's handwritten lyrics on there. Pretty sweetastic! here's an example:



YESSNESS!!!

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Don't forget to go here to request Oh! Gravity. and/or Awakening. Lets do this! And once it reaches the voting list, we can take it from there!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Some good news

Hey guys! It is Chris with just some cool and encouraging switchstats:

The newest single "Head Over Heels" jumped 6 spots up to #15 on Christian CHR. It was the "Most Increased Plays" this week.

The album "Oh! Gravity" is increasing its sales rapidly--it is even selling better than RK's latest disc.

The "Appetite For Construction Tour" has been called "The Biggest Christian Tour of the Year"

Jon Foreman has received is getting a lot of buzz and in January his EPs will be given a major label release.

Stay tuned, Switchfoot may win several year end music awards. To help them do so, check out the voting section of landofbrokenhearts.org's posts!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jon Foreman EP samples up on Amazon!

Fall EP
Here they are!

Man, this just a day after the official release date announcement on Jon's Myspace blog!

I gotta say, those samples sound beyond promising! Lord Save Me From Myself is an octave lower it seems... but that's the only minor gripe I have about it. Counting down the days til online release!

-14 Days til Fall EP releases online!
-63 Days til Fall/Winter EP double-disc releases to stores!

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Go here to request Oh! Gravity. and/or Awakening. Lets do this! And once it reaches the voting list, we can take it from there!

Monday, November 12, 2007

New Jon Blog(s)


stopping the rock

hello monday,
How are things? I've been missing you. You see, today feels like friday for me 'cause I've got a day off tomorrow.

See, everyone likes to say things like, "you can't stop the rock" and "rock stops for no man" but I'll let you in on a littel secret- it's just not true. Rock has to kick his feet up every now and then and take a day off somewhere. You know, walk around, catch up on emails, read a book, and look for a good coffee shop or something.

(At this point in the monologue I would like to acknowledge the ironic absurdity of having a "day off" when your day job is rock. But the day needs the night, and the tension needs release. And the rock needs a break... yadda yadda yadda)

So I'm sippin my yerba mate, starting my day, just about to dive into a tune called "white as snow." It's an older song but I feel like it will fit really well on winter and not just because of the snow reference.

Here's the update:

a. Fall will come out on jonforeman.com and on itunes on nov. 27.

b. I'll have samples of the tunes up the week before.

c. winter will come out jan sometime.

d. andy (of SF podcast infamy or fame, depending on your political persuasion), just walked in and said that the SF christmas card is now done. sweet. and now he's off to go give something to the boys in ruth.

e. thanks to everyone who hung out after the show in springfield and sang tunes with me at that hotel. I had a great time!

peace,
jon


christmas is for gangstas

one more thing. I'm not tough. I try my hardest, but I'm not tough. So even though I wish I were in some rap/rock outfit, my dreams remain unfulfilled. But If I ever put out a rap christmas CD this would be the cover:


So there ya have it. The first Jon Foreman ep is being released in time for the show I'm going to! Exciting news! I wonder if it's going to be digital download on Jonforeman.com, or if the physical copies will still be released in January? And whether Jon'll take the Radiohead route. These are exciting times, ladies and gentlemen!

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Dont forget to request Switchfoot on TRL; Request both Awakening and Oh! Gravity. for now, and see which one gets added. We can do this!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dail Foots Galore!

So we have a slew of daily foot entries to savor. Looks like this tour is shaping up to be one of the most fun for the guys in quite some time. Swimming pools, goggled drumsmen, and stage tower monkeys (by the name of Jon) seem to be part of the entire set up so far.

Go here for the latest Andy Barron entries (the guy's a frickin' genius, I'm tellin ya), plus a special guest report by Chad Butler!!

Here's some of my favorite pics from the entries:





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Don't forget to continue requesting TRL, to add Switchfoot, whether it's Oh! Gravity. or Awakening!

Jon Fall EP release date...?

So word is on the street, that Jon's Fall Ep is set for release November 27, of this, the 2007th year. I'm looking feverishly for any official confirmation, but none has been found yet. I'm thinking this will probably be an itunes release... not sure though.

I did find this however:


January 15, 2008
- Matthew West - Something To Say - Sparrow Records - EMICMG
- Jon Foreman - Fall & Winter EP - Sparrow Records - EMICMG
- Number One Gun - The North Pole Project - Tooth and Nail - EMICMG
- Once Nothing - First Came The Law - Tooth and Nail - EMICMG
- Ricky Dillard & The New Generation - 7th Episode Live In Toronto CD/DVD - EMIGospel - EMICMG
- Various - High School Musical 2: Dance Party - Walt Disney - EMICMG


So it looks like Sparrow will be distributing Jon's ep's on the Christian side, Lowercase People Records will be handling it overall, and Credential... oh yeah! Credential recordings! What happened to them? maybe they just signed a distributor's deal or something? We'll see in time... the Sparrow thing makes more sense to me though...

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Make sure you request Switchfoot on TRL here! If we flood them with requests, we just might be able to get this ball rolling!

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Have you donated for Rebuild yet? The site has been updated to make donating and downloading a bit easier. If you haven't done it yet, hop on over and support a great cause!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Request Switchfoot on TRL!

Hey all!

TRL just put this new thing up where we can request any video that hasn't been on TRL.

Here's the link:

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/shows/trl/video_request/

If we have enough people requesting Awakening and/or Oh! Gravity., there's a chance we could get it on there! And we can request multiple times, it looks like. Lets do this!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New Jon Blog..."and with kiwi music stuck in my head... "

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
and with kiwi music stuck in my head...
"hey now, hey now, don't dream it's..."

so it's early somewhere, and it's not that far into the evening here ... but it feels really late in my mind. I'm pretty tired. I had a full few days off and on, if you know what I mean...

I've been freezing lately, which is to say that "winter" is shaping up nicely.

Ok so here's the score: I think I'm going to make a last minute substitution... house of god=out. white as snow=in, (maybe with a bit of a bassoon in the mix)

we'll see. but I think house of god is more of a summer tune.

anyhoo, the new SF recahhd is coming along swimmingly as well.
these three are currently the frontrunners:
running from me
people put your hands up
blood is soil

I will see you in the villa de knox,

chowbella!
jon
YES!!! Running From Me is one of my favorite new Jon songs, and now that it’s a Switchfoot song, I love it that much more. Here's the one and only video (so far) of Jon playing it 6 months ago at Lestats. Enjoy!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Jon Foreman Fall/Winter EP Release date!; new Live DVD!

"On January 15th, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot will release his Fall and Winter EPs via Credential Recordings. They will be packaged together as a 2 CD set."

Source

Interesting. Going with a different label, huh? I thought Jon would be releasing his ep's under the Lowercase People Records... but at least we can look forward to it now!

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In other news, Drew has told a few of the boardies (Switchfoot Message board users) at shows that a brand new Live DVD is in the works, and is near completion. It'll be a recording of the Ventura Show back during the Spring Oh! Gravity. tour this year.

This is the same show that Live Nation put out for online streaming a few months ago. It has since been taken down, so wait for the DVD.

In my opinion, it's not one of their better shows. The crowd was pretty lifeless except for a smattering of the crazy ones... and the guys looked uncharacteristically tired. But the visuals are pretty sweet; better, I think, than Live in San Diego. So that'll be cool to look out for.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Our Oh! Gravity. sales numbers answered!

This is awesome! Chris, one of our writers, asked USA Today to bing up some numbers on how many units Oh! Gravity. has sold...

AND... here's the guy's answer:

"Anyway, this week's questions involved Switchfoot's Oh! Gravity album, which Chris Triebold asked about. The answer comes with a caveat, though -- it's sold 135,000 by SoundScan's tally, but when they compile totals for albums that also sell in the Christian market, the Christian bookstore sales don't stay in the system for some reason. So it's no doubt sold a lot more through those channels."

Here's the full aritcle. Thanks Ken Barnes, and Chris for asking about it!

WHY would the soundscan drop out all the Christian sales? Maybe by now, the record has gone gold...? haha. prolly not.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Rebuild Released!

Switchfoot - Rebuild

Please donate your time or money to Habitat For Humanity. If not, you can get it for free too!

Oh, and you gotta love this:

"We are proud to announce
that this is the first switchfoot song
released on lowercase people records!"

Yeah boy! Lowercase people Records has entered the fray...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Switchfoot creates "Lowercase People Records"!

Jon wrote a new bio on the switchfootpodcast youtube account. And look what he said!:

My name is jon foreman. I play in a band called switchfoot. Which (incidentally), is the greatest job in the world: playing music that you deeply care about with your closest friends in the world. I think of it like this- everyday I write the soundtrack to my own life.

Our band Switchfoot started out here in San Diego with three close friends: Chad Butler, Tim Foreman (my brother) and myself. Within days after my brother finished high school we were touring in Europe on a shoestring budget with a record that we recorded during Christmas break. A few years later, I dropped out of college and started to take on the role of playing playing music as a way of life. There were a few changes along the way. Most notably, we've grown in size from a three piece to a five piece! (Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley joined our musical team a few records back.) And yet, music has continued to be my education, my therapy, and the vehicle in which I travel.

Over the course of the last six records, so much has happened. So many ridiculous dreams that we never even dared to think about have come true. Yet all along our goals have remained simple: to write the music that moves us and to play it in a way that moves others. We wanted to be a part of brightening and broadening the listeners worldview. We wanted our music to posses it's own inherent motion, to be it's own revolution so to speak. We believed in the songs, we wanted them to be heard.

All my life, music has played a huge role in shaping who I am. Many of my musical heros are the ones who have taken me under their wings to teach me about music and life. With this in mind, Switchfoot has always been a hands on band, making a continual effort to bridge the gap between the crowd and the stage. And now, ten years later we are embarking on a new path, taking this goal to a new level. In order to cut down on the distance between the listener and the music, we have decided to do our music independently under the banner of Lowercase People Records.

Our goal was to remove the corporate barrier between our audience and our songs. Musically, we wanted to go places we've never been before. We wanted to put out a more diverse collection of musical projects with more artistic control. Since music plays such a crucial role of connecting people with important issues around the world, we wanted to be a part of a label that gives directly to social justice causes, one that is more eco friendly. Lowercase People Records is our attempt to do all of this and more.

Lowercase People is our attempt to better serve this community that has supported us through the years without a middle man in the way. As a band, this is the dream of a lifetime: to have no boundaries in our songs or in the ways that they are presented. So here's what you can expect... Over the course of the next few months we are going to release several diverse projects culminating in a new switchfoot release that will redefine who we are in a new independent era.

In so many ways this is a time of building. We're building a studio in our hometown of San Diego. We want to have a creative environment to launch us into this phase of our journey. In keeping with the building theme, our tour this fall we will be
supporting Habitat for Humanity, an incredible organization that builds homes for deserving folks around the world. One dollar from every ticket will go to this worthy cause and you can always donate more. Or if you're short on change, lend your time: use your hands to make the world a better place.

So in many ways this is a season of change for me and for our band. And yet our song remains the same. I want to continue to sing along with the ones who are searching for truth; the meaning seekers, the hungry and thirsty for hope and for change. There is no retreat... there is no where to run from today. And yet, today is full of opportunity! Who knows where this will lead! Thanks for being a part of the journey, thanks for singing along,

jon


WOW! I thought they would be doing this! A new, indie label = exciting! Can't wait to see what they can do with this.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We're taking a break...

Hey friends,

We will not be updating frequently for now. With a new tour and plenty of updates on the official site, daily foot, Switchfeed, and Land of Broken Hearts, we’ll all be able to stay informed. Until a new single comes out, more footsoldier orders come in, or other earth-shattering news (like a new album release..?) we’ll be posting only on an intermittent basis.

This may give me more time to attend to my schoolwork… busy busy times, senior year is. Sometimes, time and distance away from something will afford a new perspective. Keep it real guys… the future looks bright in Switchfoot land.

Oh, and happy belated birthday Jono! May the future bring you more amazing “noise” to share with the rest of us. You frickin’ seriously inspire me, man.

Happy tour! Rebuild should be out soon… go buy it when it does come out!

P.S. I think viewing and playing Switchfoot on their myspace page will help them get up the charts. They’re under the indie column now, on the Top Artists lists… move them up by playing the songs. Thanks guys!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Head Over Heels (Live First Time Ever!)



Thanks AQHYAgrl. This was played October 17, 2007 in Charleston. Pretty sweet. I'd have to say this song is flawless live...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rebuild (Live in Columbus)


Thanks mrcsr319!!

MP3 Thanks Deborah!

I'm really liking this now...!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Start of Tour!

The Appetite For Construction Tour officially begins tonight.

And, Jon posted a new blog:

October 16, 2007 - Tuesday


mountain mama

the fall tour starts today!
"west virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads."

ok, and the ep will be mastered mañana. Every time I hear someone say "master" I think of my friend joey belville. He plays in a band called echoing green and is one of the best and funneist people around. If you know him ask him to tell you the master story. If you don't pee your pants you simply haven't had your fda recomended dose of liquids for the day. I would tell the story but...

here's the list for the ep:
the cure for pain
southbound train
lord save me from myself
equally skilled
the moon is a magnet
and another nameless one...

ok, so, in other news, we're doing a song for the first time tonight- should be a good time.

also, matt T. sang on the rebuild track that we're putting out for this tour...

alright, that's it! ruths, rk's, and north americans: here we come!

peace amigos,
jon


Completely new song? Exciting news!
And word is,
"Love Is the Movement" will be making appearances on this tour. It's gonna be amazing.

If you haven't gotten tickets to a show yet, better hurry! They're selling out fast!

Go here to get em!

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Also, thanks to Land of Broken Hearts and Alicia, we have a high-quality, large version of the tour poster. Print it out and post it on bulletins (myspace or actual), facebook notes, etc.

Switchfoot Touring Fram

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Site News

We have a new header, as you can see, thanks to Becca!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

"Habitat For Humanity + Switchfoot = Awesome"



"Rebuild," the song written by Switchfoot and Relient K, is that tune you hear throughout this latest "podcast." It's gonna be up on itunes soon, according to this story. So excited!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Quick news update

Hi. I'm about to head out in a few minutes... so here's a quick update.

Word is on the street, the Jon Foreman ep's will be coming out within a month... AND, the guys are building their own studio! Oh, what now?!

ok. bye.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A few Switchsightings; Oh! Gravity. keeps movin' up!

I tuned into Air1 last night, and I heard Awakening. Here's a screen cap to commemorate the ocasssion! (I'm really lovin the header!)


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And, Oh! Gravity. keeps rising on the Top Alternative Songs Chart on iTunes. Keep buying it!! haha. just kidding again...


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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New Album update...?

Well, Week of Gravity did pretty well. We'll just have to wait and see if our emailing and refreshing will bring up any fruit.

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Mr. Andy Barron, Daily Foot and podcast extraordinaire, has given us a little teaser in the latest Daily Foot entry:

the guys were workin on tracking some stuff today. i'm not sure if i'm at liberty to divulge the information of what it's for, but it sounded good. just know that. we all then watched some baseball and then it was showtime.


Is this for the new album?!! Or are they tracking ideas for a potential Relient K collaboration? See this article for more details. (It's an interview Relient K did with Air1, talking about their songs and touring with Switchfoot).

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Random idea: maybe try auto-refreshing on the Oh! Gravity. video on AOL.com. I've been doing that, and the video in the last two days has amassed nearly 4,000 views. There's a countdown AOL does called Top 11 videos. Maybe we can get Oh! Gravity. on there!! Here is the link.

Friday, October 5, 2007

New Jon Blog 10-4-07; Oh! Gravity. Hits Top 100 on iTunes!

Happy Switchfoot Friday everyone! Here's Jon's latest blog...

October 4, 2007 - Thursday


my first ep

soooo,
we're here in OK. Glad to be alive. So glad! To look over at tim and chad and drew and romey and truly feel thankful for all of these gifts, that was the overall sentiment of the evening for me.

Brainstorming with a friend about how to get these tunes out in a way that fits the music. I suppose the most important thing when you're making a record is not the possibilities, but rather the limitations. The limitations are truly what define the music. So right now there are almost too many possibilities, this is the problem! ironically...

So if you've got any bright ideas, let me know...

I've had a lot of folks ask about the songs on the first ep... the tunes are pretty honest, my friend thinks they feel almost voyeuristic at times, like looking at things that he didn't want to see. Maybe this is true, and yet they got to get out there. That which is hidden is empowered. So let these songs be the enemy of all that is shadow in my life, let these songs be my hymns to a generous God, the father of lights. Let these hymns be the enemy of the counterfeit.

I really do hope you dig em. But deeper than that I'm so grateful to get these things off my chest. A bit like exorcism or something... I feel like there's beauty in honesty, and there's something that needs to get out regardless of the reception at the other end.

ok, so far here's the list for the first ep:
-the cure for pain
-the southbound train
-lord, save me from myself
-the moon is a magnet
-another song I don't want to talk about yet!

I think this is either fall or winter but I can't decide. So feel free to let me know your thoughts,

thanks for reading amigos!

jon


Sweetness. I love the song list.

For a preview, watch some live videos of the songs. If you want to wait for the ep's dont listen to em! =p

The Cure for Pain


Southbound Train


Lord, Save Me From Myself


Moon Is a Magnet


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In other news, Oh! Gravity., the current single we are promoting, has hit Top 100 on iTunes' Alternative charts. IT is currently No. 94, outselling one of Fall Out Boy's recent singles! (That's a pretty decent accomplishment).

So if you want to get it higher, AND have some spare change, go and buy it! (That is, IF you have spare change...)