Monday, November 30, 2009

Switchfoot: Revealed; Hello Hurricane tour rages on: photos and videos

Have you voted for Switchfoot's "Mess of Me" and "Hello Hurricane" on Alternative Addiction's year end awards? If not, please do so. It only counts one vote. :)

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Note to Canadian friends: Your tour dates have been posted!

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UPDATE (4:15 PM PST): Check out these exclusive clips from GMC where you can watch a web-only performance of Switchfoot playing "Learning to Breathe," a tour of the tour bus, and Switchfoot messing with a camera.

I like the tour bus video, and catching a glimpse of the first few copies of "Hello Hurricane" ever pressed. :)

For those of you who missed Switchfoot: Revealed on the GMC last Friday, here are all the videos as posted on Youtube! Awesome.

Switchfoot: Revealed Part 1



Part 2



Part 3



Part 4



Part 5



Part 6



Part 7



^Very great performances. Jon Foreman's voice has never been better, this band has never been tighter musically. We are witnessing a great time in Switchfoot's history folks...

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Our friend Susie has some INCREDIBLE photos from the Atlanta show.








Check out the complete set here.

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Also, a talented photographer by the name of Max Roper photographed some amazing shots at the Anaheim show.




Check out the full set here.

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TOUR VIDEOS

Here are some videos from the past few shows.

Let That Be Enough from Nashville 11-22-09



Your Love Is a Song from Anaheim 11-27-09



Stars from Ventura 11-28-09



Gone



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CHARTS

"Mess of Me" moved up a spot over the weekend, settling at No. 25 on the Alternative charts. The spin count did decrease however, which is understandable as stations begin to slow down their regular rotations as the holiday season begins. But be sure to keep requesting the song at a local rock station near you, because keeping the pressure on is imperative, especially during the holiday season. Link below.

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VOTING

Keep it up!

- 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!

- 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.

THEN

- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.

- The Christian Rock 20 Poll. (NO. 1!)

- WRRV (NO. 1!)

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

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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!! This is our time to shine, friends!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

VOTE for Switchfoot on Alternative Addiction Song and Album of the Year!

Note: Hey friends. It's 2:18 am PST, and I am exhaustedly exhausted (yes, it's redundant). Sorry, I won't have a full update ready for you all until probably mid-Monday. By then, I'm sure LOBH will have already covered everything, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled there for news.

But please take your time to vote for Switchfoot on Alternative Addiction's Year-End polls. "Mess of Me" is up for Song of the Year, and "Hello Hurricane" is up for album of the year. Let's swamp the polls and get Switchfoot the top spots! (ONLY ONE VOTE is counted). Ready, set, go!

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Also, vote for the "Mess of Me" video here on the Steelroots Countdown. Peace, and good night!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Switchfoot show at the House of Blues, Anaheim, CA recap

Note: I had the opportunity to go see Switchfoot during one of their dates on the Hello Hurricane tour. Turns out that would be the single best show I've ever seen them play. Here is a rough recap, written last night right after the show... words can't do it justice, but here's my attempt...

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Red Eyes. That sums up the evening for me in more ways than a thousand words can review. It paints a feeling, a mood, a sketch of a moment in time, that will forever be etched in my memory – or at least for a long time. I've found that when I listen to music, I intentionally search for movement: I want to be moved to tears. Switchfoot did just that on a Black Friday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

I can launch into a long-winded, song-by-song review of how things went down tonight in Downtown Disney, but that would be a little redundant. There were highlights of course, like the instrumental outburst at the end of "Free" or the fist-pumping madness that was, "The Sound," or maybe Switchfoot medleying "Shadow" during "Stars" or Jon Foreman singing "Love Is the Movement" before "Meant to Live." But the highlight of the day lay in the more personal realm of things… to me anyways.

The day began at 12 p.m., when my brother, friend Bryant, his brother, and I arrived at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney. We met some pretty sweet people, including Mark, who had been waiting there since 5 a.m. in an attempt to get some front row spots for his family. Amazing guy. The dedication he showed was moving and inspiring… As the day wore on, the circumstances seemed to dictate that he would probably not get anywhere near the front, but amazingly enough, things worked out for him and his family. So glad for them.

We also met Jake and Lully, who were really great sports along with us as we waited the 9 hours until Switchfoot took the stage. We shared laughs and jokes about being the "TRUE" friends of the foot for waiting out there for hours and hours (no disrespect though, friends. I understand you paid good money for meet and greets, just saying. haha. All jokes…). But those were the great new friends we made, and that's what it's all about… building community…

Which, awesomely enough, included finally meeting a TON of the official boardie folk in person! Once our group finally got into the venue, we ran into a good friend of ours again, Josh, who brought us to join the rest of the boardies at the front of the crowd. Jana, Amy, those were funny, random times. haha. Gabs, thanks for the cookie. :) Amylynne, we did it! We got them to play "Faust!" Josh, you rock so much… I already told you that, but for real… you are amazing. Bryant, Alex, you guys are so fun to hang out with. To my little bro, thanks for coming; you chose the perfect show to come to for your first time. :)

So anyways, the show began, and there was much rejoicing as Switchfoot took the stage and any weariness from our long wait melted away. Playing through a record takes a lot of discipline, and the guys definitely appear now to have mastered the art. From "Needle and Haystack Life" 'til the very end of "Awakening," this was probably one of the tightest shows I have ever seen the band play –– every note and harmony was absolutely NAILED.

Throughout the evening, I was looking for a moment of transcendence… and found it, rather appropriately I suppose, at the end of the set when "Sing It Out" segued seamlessly into "Red Eyes." Something about that moment tore my soul apart, and I burst into shameless tears… caught me by surprise, but that's ok. "Holding on… holding on… with red eyes, what are you looking for?" Singing out those words to that song… unbelievable.

And any words I attempt to use to describe this show would be quite useless… just know that Switchfoot is at the HEIGHT of its game right now. This show was perfect… if you haven't gotten tickets, then what are you waiting for? (song reference whole-heartedly intended). Peace and love,

Job


Setlist

Set 1:

Needle and Haystack Life
Mess of Me
Your Love Is a Song
The Sound
Enough to Let Me Go
Free (Happy Is a Yuppie Word Intro)
Hello Hurricane
Always
Bullet Soul
Yet
Sing It Out
Red Eyes

Set 2:

Faust (by crowd request)
Stars (Shadow Proves the Sunshine medley)
Oh! Gravity.
Dirty Second Hands
Twenty Four
Dare You to Move
Meant to Live (Love Is the Movement intro)

Encore:

This Is Your Live
Awakening

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Here are some videos from the show last night.

Free



Yet



And... Red Eyes...



Dirty Second Hands



^Those two courtesy of Gabby. Thanks!

Stars



Awakening

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Switchfoot Exclusive Interview on TVGUide

Happy Thanksgiving friends! Just one small update today. Here's a video of Jon Foreman and Chad Butler at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles talking about and discussing "Hello Hurricane," particularly "Mess of Me." Check it out, and rate and comment. :)



That's it! Have a great holiday with your friends and families, fellow Americans. And for those of you from the rest of the world, have a good, solid day filled with many blessings. Peace out! I will be at the Switchfoot show tomorrow, so expect at least a small review. For updates and stuff, follow my personal Twitter @joberooni. :)

Also, be sure to follow us @wereawakening on Twitter to stay updated while you're away or on the road throughout the long weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving in "Movember"; Jon Foreman writes again for the Huffington Post; Live record from the "Hello Hurricane" tour?

Check out the new Thanksgiving greeting from the Switchfoot boys. Jerome is hilarious in this one:



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Jon Foreman, the man everyone knows as singer guy from Switchfoot, wrote yet another deep, challenging essay for the Huffington Post. Here it is, in all it's brilliance.

I feel a strange sense of isolation when I'm on tour. During the part of the day that I spend off-stage and off-air a gloomy detachment begins to set in. I watch the towns fly by on the side of the road. I call home from a new city day after day. I feel lonely and yet I want to be alone for some reason. Sometimes I walk around a bit, find a coffee shop and observe. I watch young couples in love, a man walking his dog, people rushing through the traffic to get somewhere else. And for these brief moments of stillness I become the old man on the park bench watching life from the outside. During these quiet intervals of reflection I often see pieces of myself in the folks around me.

Today I have a day-off in Albuquerque. That's right, the town that never looks like it's spelled quite right. There's a chill in the air today. Allegedly it snowed a bit this morning. Even if the white stuff didn't stick, the styrofoam snowflakes are up in ribbons and bows to decorate the local shopping center near the hotel where our bus is parked. I sit in this caffeinated postmodern watering hole feeling completely disconnected from the yuletide trappings, almost irritated by the decor. Maybe my sentiment stems from my detached life on the road. Or perhaps, I feel this way simply because it's not even Thanksgiving yet and Christmas is more than a month away. Either way, as I sit here bracing myself for the pending shopping season. I read that last sentence and start to feel downright Grinchy. I hate feeling Grinchy...

From where I sit I can see a bearded man on the corner asking for change with his hand-made cardboard sign, "homeless, please help." Other more elaborate cardboard signs inside the coffee shop are also looking for my money -- advertising a warm glass of Christmas cheer for only a few bucks. The line moves briskly inside the coffee shop, full of interesting human specimens, every one of them a story in process. I try to read each one like a novel -- full of intentions, hopes, fears, dreams, and desires. The man outside on the corner has a story too. Where are his parents? Does he have any kids? I can identify with this bearded outcast more than than anyone in the coffee shop, but nobody else seems all too interested.

My mind starts to think about the economics of the situation. Are the coffee shop and my bearded friend outside in direct competition? Does he simply need a better product? Are we declaring his cause to be less valuable than a cup of coffee when tell the barista our choice? These people are lined up to buy coffee for the same reason that I'm here. This is a product that we know. We might complain about how expensive it is, but we prove that the warm beverage is "worth" our hard-earned pay by throwing our money down time and time again. In our free market economy, the man on the corner is offering an alternative use for the scarce resource of our currency. But his "product" is a bit more nebulous than even the most complex soy latte. Still this language of product and consumption just doesn't fit his situation. He's a human soul, and with a few unlucky turns I could easily see myself in his situation. My detached thoughts this morning feel stuck in the traffic, stuck at the corner of Consumption and Compassion.

At a mall during the Christmas Season the line gets pretty blurry between consumption and compassion. On the one hand, we are buying for others, what could be more compassionate!? And in these shaky economic times, we are told that our purchases are crucial. Our consumption helps to create jobs as the "invisible hand" of free economics helps to support the American economy. But what about my bearded friend outside the mall? I can hear Scrooge in my head: "He needs to get a job. He needs to stop freeloading off of the hardworking American Public. His situation is the simple justice of the free market economy." Maybe... but we all know that the story simply isn't that simple.

Even though the statistics only tell part of the story, they can help illuminate the complexities of the situation: One in five people in a soup kitchen line is a child. (America's Second Harvest, Hunger 1997: The Faces & Facts). Research indicates that 40% of homeless men have served in the armed forces. (Rosenheck, Robert, Homeless Veterans, in Homelessness in America, 1996). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20-25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. These are daughters and sons, brothers and sisters. These are stories in need of hope.

We all need grace from time to time. I look back on my own life. I grew up in a stable home environment with a pretty good education and some solid friends. Over the years I have had incredible chances to achieve, to live, to learn. And even with all of this I have made some horrible decisions in my life. To a certain extent, justice means that I'm on the corner looking for change. No, we all need compassion that goes beyond the free market economy. And though it might be high on our wish list this Christmas compassion is not that easy to give away. Maybe Adam Smith, the father of modern economics might be able to shed some light on the line between compassion and justice.

"...we feel ourselves to be under a stricter obligation to act according to justice, than agreeably to friendship, charity, or generosity; that the practice of these last mentioned virtues seems to be left in some measure to our own choice, but that, somehow or other, we feel ourselves to be in a peculiar manner tied, bound, and obliged to the observation of justice." —Smith, A. (1759 The Theory of Moral Sentiments)

So justice and compassion are set into separate piles of thought. Justice becomes imperative, (bringing murderers and thieves to trial) but Scrooges are tolerated. Recent events on Wall Street might even make us question whether justice comes to the Scrooges who break the law... but that's a different story. Like I wrote about a few weeks ago, there are no law to regulate kindness.

I suppose there is even a sense of justice to the shopping mall. The consumer is judge and jury. Her money is hers alone. She, the autonomous individual weighs all of the evidence: the marketing dollars, the products reputation, the past experiences are all brought into the courtroom of the consumer. And then in a split moment of decision, the almighty consumer swings her gavel and chooses her verdict. The purchase is made. The exchange marks the karma of consumption, the justice of the free market system.

But the "justice" of this system enslaves millions around the world. The "justice" of industry destroys the weak, ignores the hungry, and disfigures our planet. Our consumption is not sustainable monetarily, ecologically, or spiritually. The illusion of the individual is equally flawed. I, the almighty American consumer did not grow this morning's coffee beans. I did not knit my socks or cut my own hair. In fact, I, the consumer actually know very little about the products that I consume. My entire world is facilitated by others in an ever shrinking global economy.

Wealth is a subjective term that compares one individual with the rest. As such, the concept of wealth is only possible in community. Our affluence is always relative to those around us. The average American is richer than most humans that have ever lived upon the planet. As such, wealth necessitates poverty. Scarcity is necessary for sales. Hunger is necessary for consumption. The consumer is restless- yearning to be satiated. But the consummation of the sale does not gratify our appetite for long.

Where do these desires come from? Certainly there are needs. Food, clothing, shelter, companionship. But we have deeper desires that are harder to explain. We want to be accepted, validated. We want to know that our lives have worth, that this day has meaning and purpose. We are searching for the meaning behind our physical existence. I walk through the hallowed halls of our times. I see good looking models smiling down at me, wearing colorful new sweater-vests and lingerie. I smell the food-court. I feel overwhelmed, like a fish staring at a million hooks. An endless palate of color, size, shape, style, marketing variations in the cathedral of consumption. All of this a few yards from the man on the corner with his simple request for change.

We are the target market, we are the demographic. The purchase adds to a bottom line that will help pay for the overhead of raw goods, rent, and human resources (a telling title), ultimately investing back into the machine of progress. A dog chasing his tail. The endless desire of the consumer, (me) fueling the fires of industry around the world. Our Cathedrals of Consumption are well stocked with the "justice" of the free market economy. And compassionate acts will always be in direct competition with my endless desire for novelty. Do we define our desires or do our desires define us? Do we define our purchases of do our purchases define us?

I am not looking for a redistribution of wealth. No, this would require a significant amount of trust in the political system that, quite frankly I do not have. No, I am not looking for a redistribution of wealth I am looking for a redefining of wealth. A new understanding of fulfillment, of satisfaction, of satiation, of joy that transcends the consuming transaction. A definition of wealth that accounts for more than the individual and looks to the community at large. Maybe this season's celebration, (a commercial season that I can't believe is already here) could be a chance to be more than a consumer, more than an individual. Maybe we could partake in community. Maybe we could befriend the outsider, feed the hungry, and be wealthy in ways we've never known. We could spend time together instead of throwing money at the mall.

I'm not saying to throw money at man on the corner. But I am saying that he is our brother. He is our father. He is our community. There is wealth hidden in his situation. It's not well lit or well advertised. There is wealth in giving him your respect. There is wealth in discovering his story. You might be able to trust him with your compassion. Yes, we are consumers. But we need not be consumed.


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Switchfoot sent out a new email, with new details on the Holiday Package for 2009. Looks like "The Best Yet" live DVD is finally done and ready!

Dear Friends -

The Holidays are right around the corner, which means our special Holiday Package is now available! This year our new live DVD - 'The Best Yet - Live' - is available to purchase exclusively with the holiday package. Featuring 12 songs, this DVD was shot in Nashville in 2008 during our Music Builds Tour. Please see track-listing below:
1. Stars
2. Oh! Gravity
3. Gone
4. We Are One Tonight / Shadow Proves The Sunshine
5. This is Home
6. This is Your Life
7. American Dream
8. Dirty Second Hands
9. On Fire
10. Awakening
11. Meant to Live
12. Dare You to Move



The Holiday Package includes:
*'The Best Yet - Live' DVD
*Choice of shirt
*2 Stickers
*Studio poster
*Oh! EP
*Signed Christmas card

The DELUXE Holiday Package is the same as above, except you get a new
hoodie instead of a t-shirt. Click here to purchase your Holiday Package now!

Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane Tour
Switchfoot has added more dates to the Hello Hurricane Tour. Please
make sure you check out all the tour dates to see if we are coming to a
city near you. All dates are ONSALE NOW unless otherwise noted.

11/8 San Diego, CA East County Performing Arts Center (SOLD OUT)
11/11 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre (SOLD OUT)
11/13 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch (SOLD OUT)
11/14 Tucson, AZ The Rock (SOLD OUT)
11/16 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
11/17 Dallas, TX House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
11/18 Austin, TX The Parish (SOLD OUT)
11/20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
11/21 New Orleans, LA Parish @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
11/22 Nashville, TN Exit In (SOLD OUT)
11/23 Nashville, TN Exit In
11/24 Atlanta, GA CW Center Stage (SOLD OUT)
11/27 Anaheim, CA House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
11/28 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theater
12/3 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
12/4 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
12/5 Richmond, VA WDYL Snowball @ The National
12/7 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
12/8 New York, NY The Fillmore Irving Plaza
12/9 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
12/10 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
12/11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
12/12 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
12/13 Washington, DC 930 Club
12/14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
12/19 San Bernardino, CA X103.9's Very Merry Christmas Party @
Cal State
1/8 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
1/9 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom*
1/11 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
1/12 Seattle, WA Showbox
1/13 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom**
1/15 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room**
1/16 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall**
1/17 Saskatoon, SK Louis' Pub**
1/18 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre**
1/21 Kitchener, ON Elements**
1/22 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre**
1/23 Montreal, QC Studio Jpr
1/30 Hamilton, NZ Parachute Music Festival

*onsale Dec 6
**onsale Nov 27

As always, thanks for listening, and Hello Hurricane!
- Tim, Chad, Jon, Jerome and Drew

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The Tennessean did a story on Switchfoot. Watch for a very interesting quote from Jon Foreman:

When his band thought about devoting the first set on their new tour to the 12 songs on new record Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman had his moments of doubt.

Turns out he shouldn’t have even thought twice, because every crowd on the tour thus far seems to already know what Foreman’s going to sing before he sings it, he says. And they’re usually singing along with him, too, even though Hurricane has only been officially available for a little over a week.

“Let’s just say that with this set of all-new songs, I’ve never been more thankful for piracy,” says Foreman, whose band heads to Nashville for a two-date stint at Exit/In Sunday and Monday, Nov. 22–23. “For once, you can be really thankful that everybody is so excited about the music that they can’t wait for the release date.”

Members of the San Diego-based active rock band had retreated to separate musical corners following their last studio release, 2006’s Oh! Gravity, the third album the band had issued in fairly rapid succession. (It followed their 2003 breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown, featuring the huge singles “Meant To Live” and “Dare You To Move,” and 2005 follow-up Nothing Is Sound.)

Read the rest here.

^"I’ve never been more thankful for piracy.” That's a very strong statement from the Switchfoot front man. So.... that means those of you who got the leak of "Hello Hurricane," you are now allowed to feel a little less ashamed of yourselves. ;)

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The Ventura County Reporter also did a story on Switchfoot. Far less in-depth and exclusive, but it still offered an interesting angle.

The alternative rock radio format of the early ’90s was undoubtedly special. Riding on the coattails of the cultural force that was Nirvana and Pearl Jam, suddenly music once found only on college campus stations was pulling in big ratings. What was refreshing about modern rock radio most of all, besides being responsible for casting hair metal to the wind, was the sheer variety of genres. It was a place where the moody metal of Alice in Chains could play nicely alongside melody merchants like the Lemonheads and even twangsters like the Jayhawks.

Then the worst happened. A sonic apocalypse, if you will, occurred in the form of chin rock or butt rock or tough guy rock or whatever disparaging term you’d like to call it. Basically, the sound that started to dominate the once all-accepting radio format was accessible riff rock nearly devoid of any meaning or emotion.

Some of the more recognizable culprits were and are Nickelback, Creed, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Stained and Hinder — bands with songs that tend to be used frequently as pro wrestling entrance themes. Even the Top 40 takeover machine of American Idol has its champion of chin with Daughtry.

Occasionally, though, bands do manage success at alternative radio while saying something meaningful in the process. One such credible act currently on the airwaves is San Diego’s Switchfoot.


^HAHA! I'm glad they don't consider Switchfoot butt rock. :P Read the rest here.

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As Switchfoot tweeted, the band band played a song for My Fox Atlanta yesterday morning. Here's the message:

Switchfoot:

- Good day Atlanta, fox 5 - playing always for the tv set- here we come: anchormen, beware... Everyone else feel free to tune in

- Super funny moment this morning, the Teleprompter had us down as "switchwood" ...but mostly, stay classy... jf

^That wouldn't be the only mistake the station would make. Watch for it here in an Interview with Jon Foreman



^Yes, we ARE meant to love, but that's not the song title. :P

Here's Switchfoot playing "Always"



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Here's a video of Switchfoot playing "Mess of Me" at last night's show in Atlanta:



And from the second Nashville show, "Faust, Midas, and Myself"!



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Speaking of the "Hello Hurricane" tour, Oh! Nicole from the boards had this to say...

"I was talking to the guys for a while last night and one of them told me they had recorded that night's show and are planning on putting out some kind of live CD of it."

WOO! Hopefully this is true.

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Switchfoot have confirmed UK dates in 2010, as Cross Rhytms reports.

BEST SELLING San Diego rock band Switchfoot have confirmed British dates for 2010. The band are set to play at Big Church Day Out (Leicestershire) at Stanford Hall on 29th May, and Big Church Day Out (West Sussex) at Wiston Hall on 31st May. Switchfoot will also be playing at Belfast's Fuel 10 event on 11th to 13th June and Edinburgh's Frenzy festival on 12th June.


^UK friends, get ready for the Hurricane!

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Here's another "Hello Hurricane" review by Shipwreckislandstudios.com

Well it’s a release that seems to focus mainly on having a real rough around the edges feel on the heavier compositions with a majority of the slicker production elements that has become the popular norm being thrown entirely out the window. This isn’t saying that Hello Hurricane is a challenging album to listen to; it just doesn’t stick to any one solid plan of attack. If there was any one place where the group does employ some intricate production methods it would be when the guys decide to take a breather and deliver the mid-tempo to slower ballad type tracks. What makes Hello Hurricane even more interesting is the fact that the band has gone back to basics, so to speak, with the decision to release the album on their independent label. It is decisions like this where it seems musicians truly come full circle not only with the material they create but, more importantly, themselves. Even though Hello Hurricane doesn’t quite garner as much as attention as The Beautiful Letdown there is something in the presentation as a whole that makes the finished product quintessential Switchfoot.


Read the rest here.

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CHARTS

"Mess of Me" holds at No. 26 on the Alternative charts. Be sure to keep requesting at a local rock station near you! Link below:

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VOTING

I know a lot of us Americans will be busy stuffing ourselves with Turkey and other Thanksgiving victuals, but if you can, take some time out of your busy schedules to keep voting strong for Switchfoot on the following links. Thank guys. You rock!

- Sirius Alt Nation has an option to request songs. Here's the message they have on their main website. LINK

- 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.

THEN

- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.

- The Christian Rock 20 Poll. (NO. 1!)

- WRRV (NO. 1!)

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 WE FELL TO NO. 7 LAST NIGHT! We need to put the pressure back on and get higher! The station is starting to spin the song more... VOTE.

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown Keep requesting each day to keep it on the countdown! We fell no. 4 last night. Let's get it back up!

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

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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!! This is our time to shine, friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

NEW VOTING LINKS; Kris Allen loves Switchfoot and so does Relient k: "Jon is the new Bono"

Hey friends! As you all know, "Mess of Me" is impacting now at Alternative/Modern Rock radio. We need all the help we can get to get the word out, so that is why we've been voting at all the various links the past few weeks. But we need to keep it up! Again, it doesn't take very much of your time, and the reason we are consolidating all the links at the bottom of every day's update is to make it easier (not only for you, but for me as well!) to vote for the band we love. That being said, we have some new voting links to dominate!

Here we go.

1. Sirius Alt Nation has an option to request songs. Here's the message they have on their main website.

The Alt-18 - Most Requested Countdown!
Saturdays 1 pm ET
Rebroadcasts 7 pm ET, Sundays 3 am, 4 pm and 10 pm ET, Mondays 10 am ET
Each weekend Alt-Nation delivers The Alt-18 Countdown! We need your help in selecting the week’s most requested new alternative rock! Request your favorite song right now at AltNation@siriusxm.com and listen as we count down the best new alternative as selected by you!


Searching around on the site, there's also a fill-in request link. If we can flood this with requests, we can get Switchfoot back into the top 18 (Mess of Me already has fallen off). Anberlin reached No. 1 on this countdown en route to reaching No. 1 on the entire Alternative rock chart with Feel Good Drag, so Switchfoot deserves just as much success. Here's the LINK. Let's do this!

2. Alternative Addiction also has a countdown. They post Switchfoot news and are well aware of the band, and they play "Mess of Me" on their online radio station. HERE is the Top 20 chart. 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.

THEN

- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.

3. The Christian Rock 20 also has a poll. "Mess of Me" is dominating so far. Let's keep it that way.


^So, those are three more to add to the list, and we'll re-produce this section at the bottom with the VOTING section in our daily updates. Thanks in advance for your hard work! Appreciate it!

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In the spirit of the popular Twitter trending topic #MusicMonday, MTV has their own. In their inaugural post, Kris Allen guest writes, and this is who he chose as his #MusicMonday recommendation:

Kris Allen, "American Idol" Season Eight Champion: "I might be biased, but there's a couple of songs on the new Switchfoot album that I really like. [Ed. note: Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman co-wrote a song on Allen's album.] 'The Sound' is really good. I think it's Jon Foreman's voice and the way he sings. He can sing nice, but he can also go up there and sing that rock voice, or he can scream and stuff. It's cool."


^Great shout out there!

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VIDEOS

Here's a video of Switchfoot (mainly Jon Foreman) re-learning how to play "Daisy" during soundcheck before the Houston, Texas show.



Here's one of Switchfoot playing "Dare You to Move" live at the Buzz Session @ 102.9 The Buzz a couple days ago.



Mess of Me (from the same performance)



11-21, New Orleans "Your Love Is a Song"



11-23 Nashville "Dare You to Move"



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TWITTER

Apparently, Ethan Luck and Matt Hoopes from Relient k were at the Switchfoot last night. Here are their tweets about it.

Ethan:

- At the Switchfoot show.

- Don't worry @andybarron. I'm covering your shift tonight. http://yfrog.com/3g55tj



- Switchfoot was great, as usual! They played Hello Hurricane front to back followed by a bunch of older tunes! Good to see all those dudes!


Matt:

- Deas Vail and Switchfoot show tonight. Jon is the new Bono. Ha!

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REVIEWS

Alternative Addiction posted their review of "Hello Hurricane," which is fairly positive. Here it is:

A new label has appeared to breathe some new life into Switchfoot. The experimental and the somewhat inconsistent “Oh! Gravity” was a little rough on the band. It wasn’t their best received album to date although it was a decent record. “Hello Hurricane” puts the band back into their form of two records ago and brings them into more aggressive territory. Just check out the single “Mess of Me;” that’s an alternative rock single. There’s nothing pop about that song. Really there’s not very many of those adult-contemporary songs at all here; maybe one or possibly two but for the most part this is an alternative album and it’s good to have Switchfoot back where they belong. “Red Eyes” has the potential to be a huge single across multiple genres, and “The Sound” just might be my favorite Switchfoot song of all time. The song is ridiculously fun. The title track is also a very enjoyable track. “Hello Hurricane” has lots of potential for Switchfoot. It will be interesting to see how much attention and how much play it gets at the beginning of next year because there are a few potential singles here that can definitely be worked.


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MISCELLANEOUS

The "Mess of Me" music video was recently added to Yahoo! Music.

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VOTING

Ok. Here I am again, urging you to not forget to take the time to vote! Sorry, if I'm getting on your nerves – feel free to ignore these if you don't want to read about it, but it's very important that we pave the way to make sure Switchfoot gets all the exposure they deserve!

- Sirius Alt Nation has an option to request songs. Here's the message they have on their main website. LINK

- 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.

THEN

- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.

- The Christian Rock 20 Poll. (NO. 1!)

- WRRV (NO. 1!)

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 WE FELL TO NO. 7 LAST NIGHT! We need to put the pressure back on and get higher! The station is starting to spin the song more... VOTE.

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown Keep requesting each day to keep it on the countdown! We fell no. 4 last night. Let's get it back up!

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

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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!! This is our time to shine, friends!

Monday, November 23, 2009

"Daisy," more Hello Hurricane reviews, New FootColumn, and more!

Here's a video of Switchfoot playing "Daisy" Saturday night in Houston.



^Interesting take on the ending rock portion of the song. Not sure if I like it yet. :P What do you all think?

Also, here's a video of "Free" at the Oklahoma City show a few days back



^That song is amazing live.

"Meant to Live" Live 94.5 The Buzz Houston



"Dare You to Move" from the same performance



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Christianity Today did an interview last week with Jon Foreman. It's quite insightful to hear what Jon says, as usual. Check it out:

What are some of the Big Things you're saying with the new album?

This record communicates hope. I've gone through really dark times, when I can't find hope to write about. This was the hardest record we've ever made, because we were pushing for something bigger than we already attained. A big part of that lyrically was trying to push through the clouds to find the hope that transcends the pain.

What can you tell us about those dark times?

The past four years of my life have been among the darkest times I've ever been through. To tell you more here would be giving a piece of myself that I feel less comfortable with. I'd rather sing it out. It's all in the songs. I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to hide behind lyrics!

With songs like "Red Eyes," "Sing It Out," "Mess of Me," and "Hello Hurricane," it's not the typical "positive and encouraging" CCM album, but you still say it's an album of hope. What is that hope?

Hope, for me, does not ever start with a sunny day. Hope, for me, does not start with what you've already attained. If it's there in front of you physically, it's no longer faith. Hope is an expectancy that is by the very nature of the word built into the future. Many of these songs are singing from a place where the punchline of joy and happy endings has not yet arrived. We're still living in a very broken world. I still have a broken heart. It's from that context that hope is possible. This record is definitely singing from broken places, but it's not landing there. It's continuing to press further than where the song began. Music is this incredible vehicle where I'm allowed to figure things out for myself in the song.

Read the rest here!

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One blogger reviews "Hello Hurricane." Here's an excerpt:

As a result, “new Switchfoot album” wasn’t really something I was thinking about when November rolled around, and it wasn’t until I kept hearing about how good it was from everyone that I decided to hit Amazon MP3 and see if it lived up to the hype. Let me just start by spoiling my conclusion a bit and note that the album is now repeating for the third time and I still have an idiot grin on my face.


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The Examiner posted a review of the show at the Roxy from a couple weeks ago. A little late, but good nonetheless. I thought I'd take some liberties and repost it in its entirety.

Jon Foreman seemed to magically appear standing on a table in the middle of the Roxy singing a wordless refrain while the band played from the stage. The front man smiled benevolently, encouraging audience participation until they sang without him.

A simple yet confident opening speech swirled into "Needle and Haystack Life."
"Hello Hollywood, Hello Hurricane. We're Switchfoot."

From the audience response, one would never guess that the song is a non-single from a new album. The lyrics exhort the audience, "Don't let go, don't give up hope. All is forgiven. You're breathing in the highs and lows. We call it living." After "Needle and Haystack Life," Foreman asked if it would be OK that they decided to play the new album from start to finish in track order. The audience cheered their approval.

"Mess of Me," their lead single, electrified the room. They rocked it like a classic. The lyrics resounded clearly over power chords, "I am my own affliction, I am my own disease. There ain´t no drug that they could sell, Ah there ain´t no drugs to make me well."

They told a story sonically and visually. Seagulls suspended delicately from the rafters throughout the Roxy seemed have flown out of the album cover backdrop. The lighting varied with songs and verses to emphasize changing moods. The band put their album out on vinyl and reminded the audience of where they would turn over the record. The audience cheered.
The band brought in new instruments--a piano, a mandolin, a harmonica, an accordion. They played tightly and tunefully.

Keyboardist Fontamillas played more instruments than one could keep track of. Lead singer Jon Foreman sang with meaning and conviction, from the gentle caress of his falsetto, to his full voice in mid range. His plaintive tones on "Your Love is A Song" made the song emotive and unforgettable; far more memorable live than the studio version. The audience sang along heartily.

In the midst of the singing along, bobbing heads and relationship with the audience, one can't help but think there is something missing. Ironically, "Bullet Soul" gave a danceable, singable Nirvanaesque sound replete with power chords and cowbell. Fontamillas stepped to the front playing the cowbell to syncopated glory while Foreman sang from inside the crowd and even took pictures of the crowd with a fan's camera. However, it left a fever for more; more songs with variety like 2006's single "Oh! Gravity." Both the opening and the title song on "Hello Hurricane" show elements of surprise with varied textures, drum accents, and active counter melodies.

Switchfoot ensconced the overall sound in a blanket of relative sonic safety for this new album. To be fair, however, their infectious spirit of fraternity, solidarity, love of what they do, musical talent, and connection with their audience can cause even a cynic to sing along. Hopefully, they will use their newfound indie stardom as a sonic switchfoot to experiment with their sound again.

True to name, they certainly did a switchfoot by having greater success in alternative markets after Sony/BMG dropped them. They have not had an American Top 40 single since 2006, but that isn't everything. They market themselves using social media--Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. Switchfoot invented a scavenger hunt through Blogger site that involves hiding "Mess of Me" both physically at disclosed locations and digitally on the internet. "Hello Hurricane" is now being distributed by Atlantic. The band's dedicated fans think Switchfoot still has something to say about having some hope in this world. A lesser band would have given up. Switchfoot is not a lesser band.


^Very nice. Read the source article here

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PLEASE check out Bleah's awesome new FootColumn, in which she writes about a recent interview Drew Shirley had with her local radio station. Read it here

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CHARTS

Good news. Over the weekend, "Mess of Me" jumped up two spots on the Alternative charts, and now rests at No. 26. Keep the requesting up!

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VOTING

Don't forget to take the time to vote! Also, as already said, remember to continue to request "Mess of Me" on your local rock stations! I can't emphasize how important it is for us to make our presence felt at our local radio stations. Our friend Bleah worked tirelessly on her radio station, and they have begun to play "Mess of Me!" Great job!

Our work will pay dividends. "Hello Hurricane" has already debuted and made a mark on the Billboard charts. It's now our job to make this a very long and fruitful album cycle for the band! The way to do that is to help with radio and voting. Thanks friends for your time. :)


- WRRV (No. 1!)

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 WE WERE NO. 3 AGAIN LAST FRIDAY NIGHT! We need to continue to put pressure on and get higher! The station is starting to spin the song more... VOTE.

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown Keep requesting each day to keep it on the countdown! We were no. 1 last night. YES!

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

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Again, please go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!! This is our time to shine, friends!

Foot Column: Drew Shirley on Hello Hurricane Debut

I was in the car last week when I heard that in ten minutes, Drew Shirley of Switchfoot, was going to be doing an interview on my local Christiain radio station. I was so excited. So I made my mom leave me in the car, with it running, while she went shopping so that I would be able to hear it. I pulled out my MP4 and turned it on record and waited. Well, lets just say it didn't come on for exactly twenty three minutes (yes I did pay that much attention). But when it finally came on it was so worth it.

Drew explained the heart of this band in way that was truly inspiring to me. He talked about how they want to give back to each town they go into; to give more than "just a great night of music," but to really give back something that is needed. Like when they come to Houston, they will be supporting a charity that gives blankets to the homeless, and they are encouraging everyone who comes to that show to bring blankets. They've done canned goods, where everyone who comes is asked to bring non-perishables. Everywhere they go they link up with someone, and they help. Not for publicity, but because they want to be who they say they are all the time. But in truth, it doesn't matter if they were this huge (and amazing) band or not. This is their heart and soul. This is who they are. And they have no problem with letting you see the real them.

Then he went on to talk about the album, how it was made, the story, the feeling behind it. He talked about how Tim just randomly said "what about Hello Hurricane?" and they loved it and shaped the entire album around it. He talked about the stuff the band has been through and how the album reflects their victory over that. He talked about economic hurricanes, relational hurricanes, and physical hurricanes. I think Drew gave a huge amount of enlightenment to the entire album.

Now I'm sure that if you were one of those very lucky people who bought the deluxe version of Hello Hurricane, not very much of this is new to you. But for those of you like me (which I'm sure, there have to be more of you out there) who didn't buy it, this will give you a new respect for the album. And even if you've heard it before, I'm sure it doesn't hurt to take another listen.

I've included the manuscript. No need to hold you any longer, here it is:


Jen: So we're gonna talk more about the album, we'll do that in a few minutes. But you guys are comin' to Houston November 19th for some ticket servent street and greet events. Basically what this is, its three locations around houston where you can hang out with the guys from Switchfoot for free. And I love that the first one is at Star of Hope in downtown Houston I feel like everytime you guys come to town that you're doing something good for Houston and helping us collect blankets for the star of hope, for the homeless in Houston.

Drew: Yeah, thanks for bringin' that up. Its something that we really do feel strongly about. When we do a tour, we try to find something in every town that gives back to the community that we're going into. It kinda started with just the thought of, how can we leave more than just the great night of music, with these people? So often we'll come into a city, and we come in on the bus, and we get out and walk around a little bit and see the city, and its like, a lot of the time, we're in the rock and roll clubs where its not the best parts of town and stuff, and you just see things. And I don't know, its just we kinda have a heart for that, as a band. You know, we just find needs and we see things that are going on and we just hear about things, like Habitat for Humanity, and we hear about things from Star of Hope, and we just wanted to be involved, like every time we hear about something, we're just like "Yeah, we want to be apart of that, we want to be doing that stuff." 'Cause you know, its just something that we can do while we're there, that doesn't take away from the music but adds on to what we're doing and it adds to kinda the heart of the band. We really like people to know what we believe in so that they can also join in with that cause.

Jen: Definitely. Well we definitely want everyone to get involved. Find out more about the ticket servant street and greet event at the three loctions around Houston. Check out Ticket Servant.com.
And what it really comes down to is the core of what we're called to do, its basically scriptural right?


Drew: You know, the thing that we try to live by is, you're not just who you are on stage, you want to be the same on and off stage. We're just really honest with the fans and who we are. So we're talking on stage about, you know, helping people, hope, dare you to move, you know, pick yourself up, we have these things ingrained into what we believe and in our songs. And you have to live it. Because actions speak louder then words. So, we just really feel like that's part of our, calling, if you will, as a band. Its just our actions and how we do busniness, and how we organize or tours and everything.

Jen: Absolutely. Drew from Switchfoot today, the album is in stores. Its called Hello Hurricane. And we're not done yet we're gonna talk about the album and Drew's also gonna help us with some lessons on how to be Switchfoot cool. On Ksbj. (Music Plays)

Drew: This is the day we have been waiting for, for so long!!

Jen: I can imagine. We're so excited for you guys. Well the album title is Hello Hurricane and everyone in Houston is so grateful that you've honored us by this song to us, I know thats not really the case but I realize the hurrcane you're talking about is more about, not just this album being a project, but a journey for you for you guys.

Drew: Yeah, and you know, we don't really use the word hurricane lightly. You know, a few of us, Jon and Tim, grew up on the east coast. We've seen, like you said, that what happens in your home town, and we don't take that lightly. And you know the album title, Hello Hurricane, wasn't specifically about just the physical weather system of a hurricane. We really started just looking around and its really just a symbol of something that's massive, and destructive, disorderly, and just confusing. We're suffering an economic hurricane right now, if you will. There are social hurricanes that we've written about in some of the songs on our album. You know, sometimes, relationships can be just completely sending you in different directions and you don't know whats going on, and its confusing and its like a hurricane. Now the name of this album stems from us, seeing the storm and realizing that we want to embrace the storm and basically cope, knowing that we are going to get out the other side. We want that album to carry that message of the lyric in the title song, because actually, in Hello Hurricane it says: "Hello Hurrcane, you can't silence my love." So we came up with it, and put that title even before the album was written. Our bass player Tim actually said "What do you think of this as a contract, you know as a title," and we were like wow, that's amazing. It's powerful, it's the message of that we've been talking about and thinking about and going through. I mean, to be honest, as a band, we went through a really hard two years. In the past two years that this album kind of came through on that journey, and it was very emotional for us as a band because we lived it, we lived this message. And you know, its something that we want to speak at from the experience that we've had. While it might not be as hard as it is for someone who's in the actual hurricane or lost loved ones in that way, but it does carry that same heart.

Jen: Definitely, Drew with Switchfoot joining us this afternoon. So excited, its the album release date. You can pick up your copy in stores now its called Hello Hurricane and be sure to check out ticket servant .com to find about chances for you to meet these guys November 19th. and ticket servent street and greet.

Please feel free to give me your comments/suggestions/questions/criticisms (yes I like those too). Because I like knowing what you guys think.
Thank you for reading!

-Bleah Briann.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More "Hello Hurricane" Reviews!

Christianity Today posted their review of "Hello Hurricane." Excerpt:

In all the swells and sways of grungy guitar riffs and drilling drums, there's something really authentic about Hello Hurricane. Not that it is without influences. Mandatory derivatives of Coldplay and U2 are inserted alongside tinges of The Killers and JET, and even a skosh of Modest Mouse, but the overall record feels original—thanks in part to producer/bassist-pro Mike Elizondo's (Dr. Dre, Pink, Fiona Apple) varied experience.


^I've noticed that most of the Christian publications have really dug this record. Waiting on Rolling Stone, Spin, and Paste Magazine to review this record.

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Our friend TJ wrote up a review of "Hello Hurricane" for The Christian Manifesto. Excerpt

Musically speaking, Switchfoot delivers their loudest album to date. Numbers like “Mess of Me” and “Bullet Soul” definitely insure that Switchfoot won’t be accused of turning the volume down on this effort. In addition to this, Switchfoot quite honestly opens up their hearts on their seventh studio effort. From the chorus of “Your Love is a Song” to the piano ballad “Always”, the band has put together what is arguably their most lyrically direct album to date.


^Be sure to check out the rest of the review. :)

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HM Magazine has a review as well. Excerpt:

Most bands don’t rebound after having the amount of success that Switchfoot did with “The Beautiful Letdown” and then the “let downs” of 2 albums following it. I too was even a skeptic of if Switchfoot could bounce back and in some regards had lost my desire for the band’s material. The 3 years between albums by all industry standards could’ve killed this band but I believe this album will be the band’s shining moment. I believe this album will be the album people remember.


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Air1 is featuring Switchfoot. Check out the banner across their website:



They also have an audio interview. Check it out here. It's nothing too too new, but still a great listen. Be sure to listen to all the sections. "We knew we were doomed when we called the song 'Always,' because we were always working on it." - Tim Foreman. haha. nice.

We'll be back with full updates on Monday. Thanks for reading. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thoughts on the upcoming OneRepublic Tour

Been hearing a lot of reactions over the news that Switchfoot will be going out on tour with OneRepublic. Some are confused (styles are different?), angry (another opening tour??), and some are ecstatic. Here are some of my thoughts on this:

I'm all for the band gaining new fans. I love Switchfoot, and if I can share them with as many people as possible, I don't mind. Touring isn't always going to be about pleasing the old regular fams; it's also about getting the word out and gaining new fans too. If this tour will help in that aspect, and possibly set up a bigger headlining tour in the summer or fall, SWEET.

OneRepublic is HUGE –– they'll definitely attract the younger Top 40 demographic; this should reacquaint Switchfoot with the mainstream audience quite well. So far, the rock crowd has been appealed to in promotion, with "Mess of Me" at radio and "The Sound" on the Blackberry commercials. Maybe this is the band's way of letting the pop world know, "Hey, we're still here!" Maybe they'll release "Your Love Is a Song" to radio to coincide with this tour? Maybe?

So, if you don't like the other band enough, or are not happy that Switchfoot is opening for a bigger act (again), then you don't have to go. The Hello Hurricane tour is still going strong, so be sure to go ahead and get on out there! Otherwise, there's always next time. :]

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Hearitfirst.com has some more exclusive Switchfoot interview videos where they talk about the album and "Sing It Out." Check 'em out. It's a great watch/listen.

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Switchfoot apparently has a new tribute album! Target.com has this listing. Go there to listen to previews... I'm very very tempted to grab this. Sounds really good.

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IN THE NEWS

NewsOK.com has an article about Switchfoot. Check it out:

Their plan for the tour — which began Sunday in San Diego, their hometown, and reaches the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on Monday — is to play "Hello Hurricane” in its entirety, followed by fan favorites from previous records. Foreman said the home audience liked the heaping helping of new tunes just fine.

"We had no idea what to expect,” Foreman said. "We’ve never done anything like this. In the more than six records that we’ve put out, we’ve never actually played the entire record from Track 1 to Track 12. So, it was a new experience for us. It was really quite moving.”

Foreman saw fans responding as enthusiastically to the anthemic "This Is the Sound” ("This is the sound from the discontented mouths of a haunted nation!”) and the Bono/Edgy-sounding "Needle and Haystack Life” as they did to the hits ("Dare You to Move,” "Meant to Live”).

"It’s always fun to play new songs, but usually you spread them out over the course of an evening of music where you’re playing songs that everyone’s familiar with, along the way,” Foreman said.


Read the rest here.

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The Great Falls Tribune posted a glowing review of "Hello Hurricane."

It is my belief that any song, or album, should not be judged according to the first impression it leaves, but on how many times you are forced to hit the replay button and how long it sticks in your head.

The latest Switchfoot CD, "Hello Hurricane," is a perfect example. On the first run-through it seems to be only a good album — not a great one. And to be perfectly honest, on some of the most beautiful songs ("Your Love is a Song," for instance), the initial impression is that lead singer Jon Foreman had a mild case of laryngitis while recording. But for some reason you play it again ... and again ... and then you're humming it for the rest of the day, and maybe singing it when no one's around. That's a great album.


^SO true. Read the rest of it here

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CHARTS

"Mess of Me" holds strong at No. 27 on the Alternative charts. It continues to increase in spins, and things are looking good for a long, successful chart run –– IF we hold up our end of the bargain and request it at our local radio stations. Please make sure to do that! It's definitely working. Details below.

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VOTING

Don't forget to take the time to vote! Also, remember, remember, remember to request "Mess of Me" on your local rock stations! Our work will pay dividends. "Hello Hurricane" has already debuted and made a mark on the Billboard charts. It's now our job to make this a very long and fruitful album cycle for the band! The way to do that is to help with radio and voting. Thanks friends for your time. :)


- WRRV

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 WE WERE NO. 3 LAST NIGHT! We need to continue to put pressure on and get higher! The station is starting to spin the song more... VOTE.

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown Keep requesting each day to keep it on the countdown! We were no. 1 last night. YES!

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

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Again, go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!! This is our time to shine, friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BREAKING: Switchfoot and OneRepublic to tour early 2010!

Right when I say it's a slow news day, look what happens!

This just in, from the Twitter account: @ConcertIdeas:

- OneRepublic and Switchfoot are going out together and are looking for colleges Feb. 10-March 20.

Um, crazy. That's all we have for now though. Will keep you posted once we hear more.

Switchfoot video-fest (aka Slow news day)

Since it IS a slow news day, you all probably have more time on your hands. So, take some time to go request "Mess of Me" on your local Rock Radio stations! ;) Info below!

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Twitter:

- watch our san diego version of the 'rock star guide to the galaxy' over at rhapsody! http://bit.ly/1zhyRr

Yupp! Check it out. Tim Foreman and Drew Shirley give you a guided tour of their favorite locations across San Diego in this awesome video. I'm moving there someday.

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allmusic finally posted their review of "Hello Hurricane. Can't tell, but I think it's favorable.

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Now for videos videos videos...

First up today, BennyTek1 on Youtube uploaded an oldie-but-goodie video of Switchfoot playing "On Fire" almost two years ago at the Irvine show during the Appetite for Construction Tour. I was at that show, so that's why it holds some special meaning to me. Here's the raw, HD footage:



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Here are some great videos from tour

You (OKC)



Sing It Out (Dallas)



Your Love Is a Song (Texas)



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VOTING

Don't forget to take the time to vote! It's not that much of a time-waster (only a couple minutes at most). Also, remember, remember to request "Mess of Me" on your local rock stations. "Hello Hurricane" has already debuted and made a mark on the Billboard charts. It's now our job to make this a very long and fruitful album cycle for the band! The way to do that is to help with radio and voting. Thanks friends for your time. :)


- WRRV

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8 WE WERE NO. 3 LAST NIGHT! We need to continue to put pressure on and get higher! The station is starting to spin the song more... VOTE.

- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown Keep requesting each day to keep it on the countdown! We were no. 1 last night. YES!

- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!

- We need to get "Mess of Me" on to KROQ, in order to get this single off the ground. Go HERE to request it! Keep it up friends! Don't slow down, WE NEED THIS. Keep going.

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Again, go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!! This is our time to shine, friends!