I was able to snag a recording of the entire Conan show, and cut the Switchfoot performance into a separate video. As a gift to you, here is the download, no strings attached, in pretty high quality.
Go HERE to grab it, and enjoy!
Paste Magazine finally reviewed "Hello Hurricane." They gave it a "respectable" 74/100 rating.
They’ll rock you like a… well, you know
Yes, the voice of Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman does sound more than a little like Bono’s, especially on U2-conjuring anthems like “Always.”
And sure — with the band’s wide-angle, phones-in-the-air approach seemingly aimed for the nosebleed seats, Switchfoot has much in common with arena-rocking peers like Coldplay and Snow Patrol.
You don’t listen to Switchfoot for groundbreaking originality. The band’s seventh full-length is meat-and-potatoes arena rock polished to a gleaming sheen (thanks to producer Mike Elizondo), wrapped around huge hooks and intercut by Foreman’s incisive, discontented lyrics, which almost always manage to translate sentiments rooted deeply in faith to universally relatable choruses. While Hello Hurricane has its share of aching ballads and mid-tempo head-nodders, the stars here are all-out rockers like “Mess of Me,” “The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues)” and “Bullet Soul,” which feature some of the most aggressive sounds this San Diego crew has ever recorded.
^Well, I suppose it's a good review?
A blogspot called CWG reviewed "Hello Hurricane" as well, and it is decidedly more glowing. Here's an excerpt:
Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot's brilliant new album, is a tour dé force of Jon Foreman's sublime vocals and Drew Shirley's, Jerome Fontamillas's, and Foreman's superb guitars. Foreman sings throughout like a young, hungry Bono mixed with pieces of Ian Astbury and Morrissey. The mix of his vocals above the music is reminiscent of how the Smiths' albums were mixed. The great Mike Elizondo and Switchfoot marvelously produced Hello Hurricane.
Hello Hurricane, like U2's best work, is a fabulous mixture of fast guitar rock, nuanced mid-tempo tunes, and slower, softer songs. We were quite taken with this mixture of styles and how it kept us engaged. Quite impressive.
Our friend TJ reported that anybody watching the Texas and Nebraska football game last Saturday could have seen a 10-second clip of "The Sound" along with some live footage. Nothing entirely new, but still sweet!
"Mess of Me" held over the weekend at No. 25 on the Alternative rock charts, but the spins are again steadily increasing. We have arrived at the point where casual listeners are starting to recognize the song on rock radio – a great sign! Be sure to continue to request the song at your local radio station! We are making REAL progress!
In addition, let's keep up the voting, guys! We're doing a great job and are really making a difference!
To make things easier for you all, we are going to mark the priority links with a "P." Make sure you pay extra attention to those links.
- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown (We fell off! Vote us back on!) P
- WRRV Buzz Cut (No. 1!) P
- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 (No. 2!) P
- Request "Mess of Me" on Sirius Alt Nation. We didn't make the countdown this weekend, but that's only because we started late last week. Let's do it this week! P
- TVU Live
- Alternative Addiction: What we need to do is,
- Fill-in vote "Mess of Me" in the box, after voting for one of the artists already in the countdown.
- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.
- The Christian Rock 20 Poll. (NO. 1!)
- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!
Again, please also go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!!