Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jon Foreman Helps Haiti

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Jon Foreman played a brief set last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The event's lineup was filled with an ecclectic set of musicians, including Big Kenny, Alison Krauss with Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Jars of Clay, Mat Kearney, Jon Foreman, Matt Wertz, Brandon Heath, Dave Barnes, and NEEDTOBREATHE.

Jon's set was brief, and the setlist being only three songs long.

"Resurrect Me"
"Dare You to Move"
"The Cure for Pain"

It was a solid performance, and Keith Tutt II on the cello was once again masterful, tastefully adding to Jon's raspy vocals with smooth stringed arrangements. The whole evening was arranged to benefit Haiti, with audiences both online at physically present at the show being given opportunities to donate monetarily to relief efforts.

Another great cause. In the words of the MC about Jon, "here's a man who really cares."

Happy Sunday, friends.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chad Butler talks about "Vice Verses," "Eastern Hymns," and more with JFH

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Here's a great new interview with Chad Butler that JFH did. Check it out in its entirety below:



While on the road in the midst of their Hello Hurricane Tour, Jesusfreakhideout.com caught up with Switchfoot's drummer Chad Butler while the band was on a stop in Seattle, Washington. Butler sought shelter from the Seattle rains as he discussed life's storms and the making of their latest project, Hello Hurricane.
This interview took place on: 1/12/10.



# Jesus freak Hideout (John DiBiase): I saw your Philadelphia, PA stop of the Hello Hurricane Tour. How has your experience been playing the whole record each night? And thank you for playing "Evergreen." It was awesome!


Chad Butler: *laughs* Yeah! It's been sort of an adventure. We definitely stepped out to do this whole record live and play this whole record front to back. It has been a little crazy. We didn't know if people would pay attention for that much new music, and it's been quite a surprise to see people really sing along. Even in the early part of the tour when the record had just come out, it seemed like people were singing along to every song. I guess that's the power of the Internet and people hearing it early, which is cool. And then coming back in the second set of the night and doing old songs, like "Evergreen" like you mentioned, has been really fun! Seven albums of material is a lot to draw from. There's definitely a lot of audible calls where somebody in the audience will grab Jon's attention and hold up a sign for an old song or something and we'll try something we haven't played in seven or eight years. It's been a lot of fun.

# JFH (John): What are some of the rarities you guys have pulled out of the Switchfoot catalog?

Chad: Well last night, we were in Portland and it seemed like the whole crowd wanted to hear "Chem6A," which is a lot of fun. It's about as old as you can get for Switchfoot! That song dates back almost fourteen years now. That's been as far back as we've reached, but definitely a lot of songs off of each record. In fact, I think there's been a few nights where we've intentionally tried to play one song off of every record. It's just been fun. Sort of a history lesson. *laughs* But yeah, it's been amazing because this is a special record. We've never wanted to play an album like this live front to back, y'know? There's a whole lot of records that you record and there's those two or three songs that really connect live and the rest of it works better in a studio environment. And this one, the sequence of the record and the songs that made the final cut, we really wrestled over with the live show in mind, and really creating a flow that would work in a live setting. We've never done that before, so it's something completely new.

# JFH (John): Do you think you'll ever do this again with future albums - playing the whole record live?

Chad: Y'know, I didn't think it was a good idea or necessarily gonna connect. We thought maybe we'd try it for a little bit until we were told to quit *laughs* by the audience, but it worked and I think it can be done. I know bands have done it before, we're no pioneers in that sense, but for us it's definitely something that we could do again. I think, in particular because this album was labored over for so long, and the batch of songs was so enormous - I mean, we recorded over 80 songs over two and a half years - and whittled it down to these twelve - that it seems much more thought-out than any other record previous for us. So I can't imagine doing that process again. It was painstaking and heart wrenching at times, but ultimately, that's why I think it's so emotionally satisfying for us to play the songs as a unit like this, as a complete album - Side A to Side B - in a real listening experience.

# JFH (John): How was working with Mike Elizondo different than working with other producers and how much did his input affect the final product?

Chad: Well, typically, we've brought in a producer from the front end of the recording process and there's a certain quantity of songs that sort of weigh in by the A&R guy at the label, obviously the band, and the producer, sort of equally choosing songs and going, "OK, we're going to go in and record these ten, eleven, twelve songs," whatever it is. But for this one, the process was so unique. We were completely independent. We broke ties with the record label several years back, and just built a studio in San Diego. Basically, we stopped being Switchfoot and had to really reevaluate and build from the ground up, which was such an eye-opening process for us. It really allowed ourselves to ask some hard questions. Y'know, "Why are we doing what we're doing?" and "What do we want this next record to say? What do we want it to sound like?" And then to be able to have the creative freedom with no time constraints to explore every possible whim musically and basically chase every production idea, song idea, to the end for the first about year and a half, two years. And then in the last few months, we brought in a producer, which was more to make sense of the mess we made. *laughs* - than in previous records when you're actually collaborating with someone from the get-go, and how you're going to attack the song. So we had this giant mess of eighty fully-recorded songs. I mean, these weren't just laptop demos, these were full-band versions of the songs - the keeper tracks we had spent months on. Seven or eight variations of fully-record versions of each song. From all different stylistic approaches to different tempos, half-time, full-time, full-band, stripped down, orchestral, electronic, whatever. And then to bring somebody in at the end to look at it and say what's good or bad. To get that kind of fresh ears on it was really helpful. And Mike, ultimately, is a song guy. I don't know if you know much of his discography, but he's a legendary hip-hop producer, writer, player, y'know, out of Dr. Dre's camp, done all the Eminem records, and really has all this urban sensibility. But ultimately, he's a songsmith. He really reminded us, "What are the songs that only you can bring? What are the songs that only Switchfoot can deliver?" Basically reminding us of who we were. And it was with that filter that we were able to choose, collectively, these particular songs from these particular versions of them. **There's a slight pause and then very suddenly we hear a loud car horn in the background. John laughs.** I apologize for the car noises. They're actually orchestrated to emphasize my words. I'll have them honk when I mean it!

# JFH (John): *laughs* That's awesome. Now, you also worked with Charlie Peacock, too, on some of the demos?

Chad: Yeah! That was actually the first incarnation of a new Switchfoot album. We went into the studio for a week with him while our studio was being constructed. We didn't wanna wait, so we had a bunch of ideas, bunch of song ideas, and went into Big Fish Studio in San Diego where we had done previous records and just, as an experiment, set up all in one room and just jammed the songs all together rather than taking turns recording and overdubbing like we'd normally do. And it in some ways was a failed experiment, because nothing from those sessions made the record. *laughs* And there was a lot of music we laid down over a week's time with Charlie. But Charlie's role in our lives has always been that of a mentor, obviously musically, but personally, and that week we spent with Charlie was invaluable and just the state that we're in, the headspace we're in and just how to approach a new record together. And I think we walked away with maybe nothing to show for it musically per say, but just the desire and eliminating some ideas was just as good as creating new ones. Being able to say, "OK, we're not going to do the record this way and we're not going to do these songs, we're going to keep pushing." And it was a safe environment with someone that we knew and trusted and I think he was able to shoot us straight and say, "I think you guys are reaching for a horizon that's much larger than anything you've experienced before. And that became the motto - to really push for something that we hadn't seen yet. The tangible goal of capturing on ones and zeros a recording of a known song was not enough. It had to be pushing for something we hadn't felt yet. So that's basically what we walked away with from Charlie was just that desire to go back in and keep writing and keep pushing and looking. Y'know, I do credit Charlie for the beginning stages of what became this record, although no piece of music had made it. There was one idea that did survive those sessions. There's a song that, at the time was called "I Saw Satan Fall Like Lightning" and the demo for that song has been released with the bonus disc for that record. The guitar riff from that became "Mess of Me." So, long story short, that's all that we did with Charlie. And then we went back into our own studio for the following two years and did the rest of eighty new songs.

# JFH (John): From those 80 songs, I know your next album Vice Verses is already planned to come from that. Do you know when Vice Verses might be coming out? And do you guys have plans for any of the rest of the 80 songs?

Chad: No plans in the near future. I think that's the beauty of the position we're in, because all of these songs will see the light of day in some shape or form. They'll each have their time to come out. I think that right now we're so focused on Hello Hurricane that it would be unfair to these songs to put out another batch right now. They'll all come out in the future. We were talking the other day about maybe there'll be another EP or another album that leapfrogs before Vice Verses, y'know? Sort of depends on how all these songs fit together in the right time and the right place.

# JFH (John): I know people are wondering about Vice Verses. Do you think, then, it might come out next year?

Chad: I would imagine that. I don't know. It all just kind of depends on how this year shapes up for us.

# JFH (John): OK. Can you tell us about the Eastern Hymns for Western Shores EP?

Chad: Yeah. *laughs* That's an interesting one, something that we recorded before Hello Hurricane. And it just didn't feel like the next statement. It's a little bit darker, and a little bit more experimentation musically, that seemed to fit together into a 5-song EP. I'm sure that'll come out maybe sometime this year. We'll see.

# JFH (John): Now, the actual recording process for Hello Hurricane, how was that different than previous records?

Chad: Well, we spent most of the recording time alone, and then brought in Mike Elizondo to help us finish it. So the bulk of the recording was done with just ourselves in our own space, working whatever hours we wanted. There was an incredible freedom artistically to do whatever we wanted and to take our time. We did bring in some of our favorite engineers - Darrell Thorp, who has worked on a lot of our favorite records like Radiohead and Beck. And incredible tones and capturing great sounds. So we did work with him for awhile, then Shane Wilson who worked on The Legend of Chin, just brought in some old friends, y'know? And just took our time. It was different in that nobody was looking over our shoulder. There was no deadline to meet. At the same time, we felt like we were living the dream! Working in our own space, sleeping in our own beds, being in San Diego, getting to go surfing every morning, and then go back to the studio and record all afternoon. But when you're looking at two years of work and you've got eighty songs and really nothing to show for it in terms of a cohesive album or a cohesive musical statement, it can seem a little bit overwhelming. And there was a dark period there, about two years into the process where we didn't know, "Is this record going to drive us into the ground? Is this going to go on forever? Are we ever going to find that connection of one album to put out?" And those decisions are hard. Those conversations are hard! So we started thinking, "So what are the songs we want to die singing? What are the songs we want to play for the rest of our lives? And the songs that move us on a heart level?" There's a lot of music experimentation in the process of eighty songs. A lot of excitement comes from, "Oh that's a new sound I've never heard Switchfoot do!" Or "That's an impressive musical part on that song, should we include that?" And I think those things fall by the wayside when you're talking about a theme and a heart of what the song's saying. What is the statement you want to make? And these twelve songs really came together around the idea of the title track, "Hello Hurricane." That's actually an idea Tim came up with before the song was even written. During the process, he threw out that title inspired by working for Habitat For Humanity down in Louisianna. And post-Katrina, we had that opportunity to build some houses and [one for] a lady in particular who had lost her home in the hurricane. It's an interesting story. She was building her new home with us and [she shared with us that] she had lost her leg in the evacuation. Her statement was, "I walked out of my old house, I'm gonna walk into this new one." She had every right to be bitter at the world and frustrated with life, but she had chosen hope and chosen to face the storm head on that she had been personally battling.

I think our storms all look different, individually. We go through different things and we can't control what comes at us. Our part is how we react in the face of that storm. So that determination in the face of struggle is sort of the connected idea that started to link together the heartbeat between the twelve songs that we chose. As a performance, I think we were able to elaborate on it a little bit during the show to describe this vision of a hurricane coming, a hurricane arriving, and a hurricane passing. Just that image of what happens in hard times. There is that part that we play in reacting in the midst of it.

# JFH (John): Is there a specific musical moment on Hello Hurricane that you're most proud of?

Chad: I think the song "Free." For me, that has meant a lot to me in this season of the last couple years, personally. I think it's very easy to become bound up in your identity - your work, and to allow the things that you do to define you. And I think that when there's a lot of turmoil about what's going on in your life or what you're going to do or not do next, that uncertainty can be something that you become bound up in. I think that experiencing freedom in the midst of those complicated times is the key and that's something that I've been appreciating about that song in particular. That's sort of been an anthem for my own life in the last couple years. And live, that song musically has taken on a life of its own. It's very different in the show than it is on the record. We sort of elaborated on the idea that there's a lot of drumming going on on stage. Everyone gets in on the rhythmic action and it's a lot of fun.

# JFH (John): What does 2010 look like for Switchfoot?

Chad: Man, we have had such a privilege to deliver these songs first hand to our audience. And I don't take that lightly! I don't think that every band has the relationship with their audience where there's that interest and that trust level to be able to play all new music and have that kind of enthusiasm that we've experienced on this tour. We started in November when the record came out and our intention was to sort of experiment with that playing-the-whole-new-album set for a few weeks and see how it went. And here we are several months later and it hasn't stopped. It feels like people are really into the idea and appreciate [it]. To me, it's almost like a theatrical performance of the songs. I feel much more connected to what comes next in the set. I feel like there's an emotional journey that people are willing to go on with us and I'm really appreciative of that. I'm also excited to take these songs around the world. We've had the privilege over the last few years to do a lot of international touring and play in a lot of places that we've never dreamed of. These songs being meaningful to people halfway around the world still blows my mind. I'm so thankful I'm able to play music every day let alone getting to see the world and meet people from all different backgrounds and cultures. So we do have a lot of international plans. We'll be going overseas pretty soon. We're going to New Zealand and Japan and Australia in the next coming months. And then Europe in May. And then South America beyond that. I guess I'm just still blown away that fourteen years later I get to see the world with four of my best friends and play songs I believe in every day! It's a privilege.

# JFH (John): Any last comments?

Chad: Thank you for your interest in the music and for taking the time to give it a listen. And I really appreciate it. Life's short - live it well!


I think it's great that the band is letting "Hello Hurricane" have as long a gestation period as possible. I think this album is destined for great things, and it's great they won't be rushing it to its end by putting out "Vice Verses" right away. 2010 is shaping up to be a great year so far! Hope you all enjoyed that interview. Please check out the main SOURCE too.

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"Mess of Me" came in at No. 2 again this week! VOTE FOR IT NOW, so we can get to No. 1 on Tuesday.

Can anyone DVR or TIVO it?

Friday, February 26, 2010

"Mess of Me" holds at No. 2 on FUSE TV's No. 1 Countdown (Viewer's Choice)

Just watched a re-run of the show, and "Mess of Me" came in at No. 2 again! So close! Let's push it to No. 1 for next week. This is very important for Switchfoot and will get them even more exposure.

So without further ado, VOTE FOR IT NOW!

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Tucson Show with 30 Seconds to Mars and Muse

KFMA, an alternative rock station in Tucson that has been giving "Mess of Me" some decent airplay, is hosting a rock show that will feature 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse, and our favorite San Diego band, Switchfoot. Check it out.






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Review of Tulsa Show at Cain's

Tulsa Today posted a review of the recent Switchfoot show at Cain's. It's glowing, as usual. Excerpt:

San Diego based alternative rock band Switchfoot hit the Cain’s Ballroom like a hurricane Monday night. They even brought a little San Diego with them in the form of seagulls hanging over the stage. As the house lights dimmed and the sea of humanity began to roar (with waves of flannel and Toms of every color), lead singer Jon Foreman stealthily made his way from the right side of the building, through the crowd and on to the stage while singing “Needle and Haystack Life”. Maybe the most incredible way to start a show I have ever seen.


^Read more, it gets even better!

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What does peace mean to you?

The Huffington Post did a peace interviewing musicians from all around, asking them: "What does peace mean to you?" Be sure to check out the whole post, but here's what Jon Foreman had to say:



Hear the rest of the artists, including Slash, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Tegan and Sara, weigh in here

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Australia Tour Dates!

Australian friends! You guys will be getting your string of "Hello Hurricane" shows! The Friends of the Foot page posted new dates: Brisbane April 21, Melbourne April 22, and Sydney, April 24!

I love Australia and my Australian bros and sisters! Glad the Switchfoot guys will be making it out there!

Here's a trailer for that tour (courtesy of Red Ant Touring and Warner Music Group):



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CHARTS

One small note, "Mess of Me" cracked into the Top 50 of Active Rock yesterday!



"Mess of Me" is at No. 13 on Alternative, and fell four spots on Billboard this week, but I'm confident we'll be back up there next week! Keep requesting and filling out ratethemusic.com Alternative surveys!

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MTV2 adds "Mess of Me" to Rock the Deuce Rotation

FMQB.com officially reports MTV2 adding "Mess of Me" to their rotation. Looks like it will be featured on the Rock the Deuce shows this week!

Mess of Me




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SUPPORT



Please also go to Switchfoot's Myspace page, on the sidebar (like pictured above) to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with! Your calls are INSANELY IMPORTANT!

HERE are some request links you can do online if you can't reach a phone. Please be SURE to fill out a few of these links every day, especially the ones at or near your area! It is our collective efforts that will ensure the success of this and any future Switchfoot single.

All the station links posted below are guaranteed to have played the song at least once.

Format: ALTERNATIVE

WWWX (Appleton/Oshkosh)

WJSE (Atlantic City)

KROX(Austin)

KRAB (Bakersfield)

KNXX (Baton Rouge)

WBOS (Boston)

WBTZ (Burlington)

WKQX; Text: 99161 (Chicago)

WARQ (Columbia)

WRXS (Columbus)

WWCD (Columbus) TEXT "request" and then your song 68683

KDGE (Dallas)

KTCL (Denver)

KCCQ; Text: 55981 (Des Moines)

CIMX (Detroit)

WKRK (Detroit)

KXNA (Fayetteville)

KFRR (Fresno)

WGRD (Grand Rapids)

WXNR (Greenville)

WMRQ (Hartford)

WRZX (Indianapolis)

WXXJ (Jacksonville)

WPLA (Jacksonville, Florida)

WTZR (Johnson City)

KFTE (Lafayette)

KXTE (Las Vegas, NV)

941theedge(Lansing)

KROQ; Alternate Link (Write-in request); text 25767 (Los Angeles)

KYSR (Los Angeles)

WTFX (Louisville)

WEQX; Alternate Link(Manchester)

WBRU; Survey (New England)

WRRV (New York)

WRFF (Philadelphia)

KEDJ (Phoenix) Text: 91039
(At lunch 12N - 1P)
(at 5 PM)
SURVEY

KEXX (Phoenix)

WXDX (Pittsburgh, PA)

WRXL Alternate Link (Richmond)

WZNE (Rochester)

KRZQ (Reno)

WDYL (Richmond)

KCXX; Alternate Link (Riverside)

XTRA (San Diego)

KBZT (San Diego)

KITS (San Francisco)

Sirius Alt Nation

KZBD (Spokane)

KPNT; Alternate Link; Text: 48258 (St. Louis)

WSUN (Tampa)

KFMA (Tuscon)

KMYZ (Tulsa)

WWDC (Washington D.C.)

WPBZ (West Palm Beach)


Format: ACTIVE

KQXR (Boise)

WLFE (Burlington)

WFTK (Cincinnati)

WXQR (Greenville)

KILO (Colorado Springs)

WYBB (Charleston)

WTPT (Forest City)

WRUF (Gainesville)

WXZZ (Lexington)

KMRQ (Modesto)

WJRR (Orlando)

KCLB (Palm Springs, CA)

WTKX (Pensacola)

KXRK (Salt Lake city)

KIOZ (San Diego)

WFXH (Savannah)

WBSX (Wilkes-Barre)

WIYY (Baltimore)

WFXH (Savannah)

KFNK (Seattle)

WLZX (Springfield, MA)


Format: ROCK

WQBK(Albany)

KUFO (Portland)


Format: HOT AC

KQKQ (Omaha)

KUCD (Honolulu)


Format: AAA

WRXP (New York)


OTHER ONLINE SUPPORT

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

- WRRV Buzz Cut

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8

- TVU Live

- NEW WLUM Milwaukee

- 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!)

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

- Steelroots


CANADA SUPPORT

CKBW/Bridgewater
CHXX/Quebec City
TAG RADIO X/Gatineau-Ottawa
IGNITE 107/Winnipeg
CFOX/Vancouver
RADIO X Network
ENERGIE 2 SIRIUS


AUSTRALIA SUPPORT

2dayfm (thanks David!)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy seventh birthday to "The Beautiful Letdown"!


Yupp. It was seven years ago today that this seminal Switchfoot work was released. I remember the first time I heard "Meant to Live," I was floored. But it wasn't until "Dare You to Move" graced the airwaves a little while later that I was hooked on this sunny San Diego surfer band. As we all know, this album became Switchfoot's biggest and most well-recognized work to date. The rest, as they like to say, is history. What are your favorite memories of this album? I'm really interested to know.

Oh, by the way, a rarely-seen video of the CD release party, seven years ago:



I know this post is late, but at least it's still Tuesday in America. Apologies. :P Regular updates will resume tomorrow.

And, here's a blast from the past:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jon Foreman to play live show to benefit Haiti with Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, and Nee dtobreathe

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From Twitter, Jon Foreman announced the following:

Nashville! HelpHaitiLive.com this Sat. I'm playing with Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, NEEDTOBREATHE and more. RT

^Cool beans. Hope you all can make it to a computer to check it out. It will be airing on HelpHaitiLive.com at 7:30 PM CST. Here's a promo video of the event:

Help Haiti February 27th - HelpHaitiLive.com from Compassion International on Vimeo.



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The Hard Music Magazine posted a picture of Chad Butler enjoying his very own copy of Drum Magazine, featuring himself!



^Congrats again to Chad!

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Switchfoot (or at least two fifths of the band) played some acoustic tracks for KXOJ. Watch Jon Foreman and Drew Shirley play:

"Mess of Me"



and "Always"



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And, Switchfoot plays "Your Love Is a Song" in Albuquerque



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FUSE TV No. 1 Countdown


Continue to vote for "Mess of Me" on FUSE TV this week. If anyone knows how the video did this week, let us know. If not, our friend Michelle will be recording the re-run and will let us know soon. Thanks Michelle!

But, keep voting! Without further ado, VOTE FOR IT NOW!

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MTV2

If you haven't read, MTV2 just added "Mess of Me" to their rotation, beginning March 1st! No voting on this one; enjoy it, sit back, and tell your friends to check it out! Our primary voting focus is still FUSE.

Let's go Footsoldiers! Let's make this rock like 2004!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BREAKING: MTV2 adds "Mess of Me" to rotation!

(thanks Josh! You're the greatest)

Fresh off of Facebook:

MTV2 ADDS Switchfoot’s ‘Mess Of Me’ Official rotation begins this Mon. 3/1!!!

Proof:



Rotation begins March 1st. Awesome, awesome news!

First FUSE, now MTV2. I think we're finally getting somewhere with this single; also a sign that Atlantic is deeply committed to Switchfoot and "Mess of Me." So. stoked.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bro-Am 2010 Information



Switchfoot.com for all the dets! Seeya there!

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Here are some Corpus Christi videos:

Needle and Haystack Life



Always



Footlovah's channel for more.

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The Daily Foot has been updated. Check out the new updates from tour!

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FUSE TV No. 1 Countdown


Continue to vote for "Mess of Me" on FUSE TV this week. Tune in tomorrow to see if they got to No. 1! We need anyone who has access to a TV to either let us know the result, or, if you're busy when it's airing, DVR it and let us know.

So without further ado, VOTE FOR IT NOW!

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SUPPORT



Please also go to Switchfoot's Myspace page, on the sidebar (like pictured above) to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with! Your calls are INSANELY IMPORTANT!

HERE are some request links you can do online if you can't reach a phone. Please be SURE to fill out a few of these links every day, especially the ones at or near your area! It is our collective efforts that will ensure the success of this and any future Switchfoot single.

All the station links posted below are guaranteed to have played the song at least once.

Format: ALTERNATIVE

WWWX (Appleton/Oshkosh)

WJSE (Atlantic City)

KROX(Austin)

KRAB (Bakersfield)

KNXX (Baton Rouge)

WBOS (Boston)

WBTZ (Burlington)

WKQX; Text: 99161 (Chicago)

WARQ (Columbia)

WRXS (Columbus)

WWCD (Columbus) TEXT "request" and then your song 68683

KDGE (Dallas)

KTCL (Denver)

KCCQ; Text: 55981 (Des Moines)

CIMX (Detroit)

WKRK (Detroit)

KXNA (Fayetteville)

KFRR (Fresno)

WGRD (Grand Rapids)

WXNR (Greenville)

WMRQ (Hartford)

WRZX (Indianapolis)

WXXJ (Jacksonville)

WPLA (Jacksonville, Florida)

WTZR (Johnson City)

KFTE (Lafayette)

KXTE (Las Vegas, NV)

941theedge(Lansing)

KROQ; Alternate Link (Write-in request); text 25767 (Los Angeles)

KYSR (Los Angeles)

WTFX (Louisville)

WEQX; Alternate Link(Manchester)

WBRU; Survey (New England)

WRRV (New York)

WRFF (Philadelphia)

KEDJ (Phoenix) Text: 91039
(At lunch 12N - 1P)
(at 5 PM)
SURVEY

KEXX (Phoenix)

WXDX (Pittsburgh, PA)

WRXL Alternate Link (Richmond)

WZNE (Rochester)

KRZQ (Reno)

WDYL (Richmond)

KCXX; Alternate Link (Riverside)

XTRA (San Diego)

KBZT (San Diego)

KITS (San Francisco)

Sirius Alt Nation

KZBD (Spokane)

KPNT; Alternate Link; Text: 48258 (St. Louis)

WSUN (Tampa)

KFMA (Tuscon)

KMYZ (Tulsa)

WWDC (Washington D.C.)

WPBZ (West Palm Beach)


Format: ACTIVE

KQXR (Boise)

WLFE (Burlington)

WFTK (Cincinnati)

WXQR (Greenville)

KILO (Colorado Springs)

WYBB (Charleston)

WTPT (Forest City)

WRUF (Gainesville)

WXZZ (Lexington)

KMRQ (Modesto)

WJRR (Orlando)

KCLB (Palm Springs, CA)

WTKX (Pensacola)

KXRK (Salt Lake city)

KIOZ (San Diego)

WFXH (Savannah)

WBSX (Wilkes-Barre)

WIYY (Baltimore)

WFXH (Savannah)

KFNK (Seattle)

WLZX (Springfield, MA)


Format: ROCK

WQBK(Albany)

KUFO (Portland)


Format: HOT AC

KQKQ (Omaha)

KUCD (Honolulu)


Format: AAA

WRXP (New York)


OTHER ONLINE SUPPORT

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

- WRRV Buzz Cut

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8

- TVU Live

- NEW WLUM Milwaukee

- 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!)

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

- Steelroots


CANADA SUPPORT

CKBW/Bridgewater
CHXX/Quebec City
TAG RADIO X/Gatineau-Ottawa
IGNITE 107/Winnipeg
CFOX/Vancouver
RADIO X Network
ENERGIE 2 SIRIUS


AUSTRALIA SUPPORT

2dayfm (thanks David!)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"SF360 tour"

For up to date (most of the time) news and original opinions before they hit the update, follow us on Twitter!

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Happy Saturday everyone! Last night, Switchfoot played on a unique stage in Houston. Andy Barron called it the "SF360 tour tonight in houston" on his Twitter, a play off of the groundbreaking tour U2 is currently on, dubbed U2360. While not as large as U2's, this stage was pretty sweet, with the band surrounded on all sides by fans. Check out Switchfoot playing "Meant to Live" on this 360 stage.



That's pretty awesome!

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Also, check out the latest Drewcast episode:


^Note to Drew: Please keep making these videos!

Have a good weekend everyone. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Switchfoot tour dates, Drewcast episode, and a new "Mess of Me" request list

For up to date (most of the time) news and original opinions before they hit the update, follow us on Twitter!

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Here's a new DrewCast episode!



^Yeah! Congrats, you guys!

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Our friend Josh found even more tour dates on The World You Want website, all the way through August!

February

15 St. Louis , MO The Pageant
16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
18 San Antonio, TX Tri-Point
19 Houston, TX Arena Theatre
20 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
21 Abilene, TX Abilene Civic Centerk
22 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
23 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theatre
25 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
26 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

March:


4 Flagstaff, AZ Ardrey Auditoriumk
5 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena
6 Plant City, FL Florida Strawberry Festival
24 Adrian, MI Adrian College
26 Marion, IN Indiana Wesleyan University
27 Cincinnati, OH The Underground

April:


3 Austell, GA Six Flags Over Georgia
27 Tokyo, Japan UNO Tokyo Duo

May:


1 Frisco, TX Pizza Hut Park
2 Spring, TX Cynthia woods Mitchell Pavilion
22 Washington, DC RFK Stadium
29 Nottinghamshire, UK The Big Church Day Out
30 West Sussex, UK The Big Church Day Out
31 West Sussex, UK The Big Church Day Out

June:


5 Trnava, Slovakia Festival Lumen
6 Frauenfeld, CH Springtime Festival
11 Ballymena, Ireland Fuel 2010 Festival
12 Edinburgh, Scotland Frenzy Festival
17 Wilmore, Ky Ichthus Farm
18 Brainerd, MN TBA
20 Williamsburg, VA Busch Gardens
24 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Fair
29 Marietta, IL Cornerstone Festival
30 Shirleysburg, PA Agape Farm-Creation East

July:


3 Vaughan, ON Canada's Wonderland
21 Enumclaw, WA Enumclaw Expo Center

August:


4 Gilford , NH Gunstock Ski, Camping and Recreation Center


^Anyone going to these?

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FUSE TV No. 1 Countdown


Continue to vote for "Mess of Me" on FUSE TV this week. We can totally get it to No. 1 next week!

How about setting personal goals for ourselves? Something like calling and requesting the song at the local radio station once a day, and then voting on FUSE 100 times each day? My personal goal is to vote on FUSE 1000 times a day! I know it's crazy, but I think setting goals is at least something that will help us stay motivated. I don't know... am I crazy? Let me know in the comments below!

So without further ado, VOTE FOR IT NOW!

Comment below, and let us know what you do to make your voting experience a little less dull.

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Habit.org posted a video featuring many different artists and celebrities, including Jon Foreman, talking about helping Haiti. Check it out here.

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SUPPORT



Please also go to Switchfoot's Myspace page, on the sidebar (like pictured above) to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with! Your calls are INSANELY IMPORTANT!

HERE are some request links you can do online if you can't reach a phone. Please be SURE to fill out a few of these links every day, especially the ones at or near your area! It is our collective efforts that will ensure the success of this and any future Switchfoot single.

All the station links posted below are guaranteed to have played the song at least once.

Format: ALTERNATIVE

WWWX (Appleton/Oshkosh)

WJSE (Atlantic City)

KROX(Austin)

KRAB (Bakersfield)

KNXX (Baton Rouge)

WBOS (Boston)

WBTZ (Burlington)

WKQX; Text: 99161 (Chicago)

WARQ (Columbia)

WRXS (Columbus)

WWCD (Columbus) TEXT "request" and then your song 68683

KDGE (Dallas)

KTCL (Denver)

KCCQ; Text: 55981 (Des Moines)

CIMX (Detroit)

WKRK (Detroit)

KXNA (Fayetteville)

KFRR (Fresno)

WGRD (Grand Rapids)

WXNR (Greenville)

WMRQ (Hartford)

WRZX (Indianapolis)

WXXJ (Jacksonville)

WPLA (Jacksonville, Florida)

WTZR (Johnson City)

KFTE (Lafayette)

KXTE (Las Vegas, NV)

941theedge(Lansing)

KROQ; Alternate Link (Write-in request); text 25767 (Los Angeles)

KYSR (Los Angeles)

WTFX (Louisville)

WEQX; Alternate Link(Manchester)

WBRU; Survey (New England)

WRRV (New York)

WRFF (Philadelphia)

KEDJ (Phoenix) Text: 91039
(At lunch 12N - 1P)
(at 5 PM)
SURVEY

KEXX (Phoenix)

WXDX (Pittsburgh, PA)

WRXL Alternate Link (Richmond)

WZNE (Rochester)

KRZQ (Reno)

WDYL (Richmond)

KCXX; Alternate Link (Riverside)

XTRA (San Diego)

KBZT (San Diego)

KITS (San Francisco)

Sirius Alt Nation

KZBD (Spokane)

KPNT; Alternate Link; Text: 48258 (St. Louis)

WSUN (Tampa)

KFMA (Tuscon)

KMYZ (Tulsa)

WWDC (Washington D.C.)

WPBZ (West Palm Beach)


Format: ACTIVE

KQXR (Boise)

WLFE (Burlington)

WFTK (Cincinnati)

WXQR (Greenville)

KILO (Colorado Springs)

WYBB (Charleston)

WTPT (Forest City)

WRUF (Gainesville)

WXZZ (Lexington)

KMRQ (Modesto)

WJRR (Orlando)

KCLB (Palm Springs, CA)

WTKX (Pensacola)

KXRK (Salt Lake city)

KIOZ (San Diego)

WFXH (Savannah)

WBSX (Wilkes-Barre)

WIYY (Baltimore)

WFXH (Savannah)

KFNK (Seattle)

WLZX (Springfield, MA)


Format: ROCK

WQBK(Albany)

KUFO (Portland)


Format: HOT AC

KQKQ (Omaha)

KUCD (Honolulu)


Format: AAA

WRXP (New York)


OTHER ONLINE SUPPORT

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

- WRRV Buzz Cut

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8

- TVU Live

- NEW WLUM Milwaukee

- 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!)

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

- Steelroots


CANADA SUPPORT

CKBW/Bridgewater
CHXX/Quebec City
TAG RADIO X/Gatineau-Ottawa
IGNITE 107/Winnipeg
CFOX/Vancouver
RADIO X Network
ENERGIE 2 SIRIUS


AUSTRALIA SUPPORT

2dayfm (thanks David!)

Switchfoot playing the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies? NOT TRUE

We just got confirmation from Switchfoot's management, and the rumors that the band is playing the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies is NOT TRUE.

Bummer, isn't it? That would've been great promotion for the band. But, we just gotta keep doing what we're doing. "Mess of Me" is on the verge of reaching the Top 10 of Alternative. Let's get them there!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

BREAKING: "Always" featured in tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy; Switchfoot Dove Award nominations

Apparently "Always" was played on tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy. Another tv drama that loves Switchfoot. Hey, it's exposure! Thanks to Emma for sharing!

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Also, the Tennessean reported on the Dove Award nominations, and Switchfoot was chosen in two categories!

Rock Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist; writer; label
“Bring Me To Life”; Welcome To The Masquerade; Thousand Foot Krutch; Trevor McNevan, Steve Augustine, Joel Bruyere; Tooth & Nail
“Fight Inside”; Innocence & Instinct; Red; Jasen Rauch, Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Bernie Herms; Essential
“Hero”; Awake; Skillet; John L. Cooper, Korey Cooper; Atlantic, Ardent, INO Records
“Mess of Me”; Hello Hurricane; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Tim Foreman; Credential Recordings
“Mystery of You”; Innocence & Instinct; Red; Jasen Rauch, Anthony Armstrong, Rob Graves, Jason McArthur; Essential Records

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist; writer; label
“Always”; Hello Hurricane; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman; Credential Recordings
“Can't Take Away”; MIKESCHAIR; MIKESCHAIR; Sam Tinnesz, Mike Grayson, Jason Ingram; Curb Records
“How He Loves”; Church Music; David Crowder*Band; John Mark McMillan; Sparrow Records/sixsteps Records
“Lay 'Em Down”; The Outsiders; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records
“You Gave Me A Promise”; Unbreakable; Fireflight; Dawn Richardson, Justin Cox, Glenn Drennen, Wendy Drennen, Phee Shorb, Rob Hawkins; Flicker

^Good luck to them, although I'd much prefer a Grammy nod next year. ;)

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And lastly, we found a tweet, that we are waiting to confirm. But apparently....

Amy_ymA: 90.5 in Virginia said that @switchfoot would be playing in the closing ceremonies for the Olympics. Is this true?!

Hmm... well, we're waiting for confirmation. Will let you know as soon as we hear anything!

Jon Foreman and Drew Shirley featured on the Guitar World magazine; higher quality Fuel TV videos

For up to date (most of the time) news and original opinions before they hit the update, follow us on Twitter!

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Drew Shirley (aka TheDrewCast) tweeted this message to the world:

- Well... Look who's in Guitar World magazine this month...?!? -d http://twitpic.com/13v038



^Congrats, you guys!

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Here are some higher quality videos of Switchfoot's recent performances on Fuel TV. These are taken directly from Fuel's website:

"Mess of Me"



"The Sound"



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Here are some more videos from the acoustic after party in Chicago.

"Vice Verses"



"Enough"



Check out the rest of the videos fromt his show here.

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CHARTS

Billboard has released its weekly charts, and "Mess of Me" continues its slow-burn rise on Alternative, this week jumping two spots to No. 13! Keep it going, folks! Take some time now to request "Mess of Me" on your local radio stations; refer to the list below.

Let's get Top 10 next week! I think we can do it?

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FUSE TV No. 1 Countdown


At the same time, continue to vote for "Mess of Me" on FUSE TV this week. We can totally get it to No. 1 next week!




How about setting personal goals for ourselves? Something like calling and requesting the song at the local radio station once a day, and then voting on FUSE 100 times each day? My personal goal is to vote on FUSE 1000 times a day! I know it's crazy, but I think setting goals is at least something that will help us stay motivated. I don't know... am I crazy? Let me know in the comments below!

So without further ado, VOTE FOR IT NOW!

Comment below, and let us know what you do to make your voting experience a little less dull.

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SUPPORT



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! Your calls are INSANELY IMPORTANT!

HERE are some request links you can do online if you can't reach a phone. Please be SURE to fill out a few of these links every day, especially the ones at or near your area! It is our collective efforts that will ensure the success of this and any future Switchfoot single.

All the station links posted below are guaranteed to have played the song at least once.

Format: ALTERNATIVE

WWWX (Appleton/Oshkosh)

WJSE (Atlantic City)

KRAB (Bakersfield)

KNXX (Baton Rouge)

WBOS (Boston)

WBTZ (Burlington)

WKQX; Text: 99161 (Chicago)

WARQ (Columbia)

WRXS (Columbus)

WWCD (Columbus) TEXT "request" and then your song 68683

KDGE (Dallas)

KTCL (Denver)

KCCQ; Text: 55981 (Des Moines)

CIMX (Detroit)

WKRK (Detroit)

KXNA (Fayetteville)

KFRR (Fresno)

WGRD (Grand Rapids)

WXNR (Greenville)

WMRQ (Hartford)

WRZX (Indianapolis)

WXXJ (Jacksonville)

WPLA (Jacksonville, Florida)

WTZR (Johnson City)

KFTE (Lafayette)

KXTE (Las Vegas, NV)

941theedge(Lansing)

KROQ; Alternate Link (Write-in request); text 25767 (Los Angeles)

KYSR (Los Angeles)

WTFX (Louisville)

WEQX; Alternate Link(Manchester)

WBRU; Survey (New England)

WRRV (New York)

WRFF (Philadelphia)

KEDJ (Phoenix) Text: 91039
(At lunch 12N - 1P)
(at 5 PM)
SURVEY

KEXX (Phoenix)

WXDX (Pittsburgh, PA)

WRXL Alternate Link (Richmond)

WZNE (Rochester)

KRZQ (Reno)

WDYL (Richmond)

KCXX; Alternate Link (Riverside)

XTRA (San Diego)

KBZT (San Diego)

KITS (San Francisco)

Sirius Alt Nation

KZBD (Spokane)

KPNT; Alternate Link; Text: 48258 (St. Louis)

WSUN (Tampa)

KFMA (Tuscon)

KMYZ (Tulsa)

WWDC (Washington D.C.)

WPBZ (West Palm Beach)


Format: ACTIVE

KQXR (Boise)

WLFE (Burlington)

WFTK (Cincinnati)

WXQR (Greenville)

KILO (Colorado Springs)

WYBB (Charleston)

WTPT (Forest City)

WRUF (Gainesville)

WXZZ (Lexington)

KMRQ (Modesto)

WJRR (Orlando)

KCLB (Palm Springs, CA)

WTKX (Pensacola)

KXRK (Salt Lake city)

KIOZ (San Diego)

WFXH (Savannah)

WBSX (Wilkes-Barre)

WIYY (Baltimore)

WFXH (Savannah)

KFNK (Seattle)

WLZX (Springfield, MA)


Format: ROCK

WQBK(Albany)

KUFO (Portland)


Format: HOT AC

KQKQ (Omaha)

KUCD (Honolulu)


Format: AAA

WRXP (New York)


OTHER ONLINE SUPPORT

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

- WRRV Buzz Cut

- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8

- TVU Live

- NEW WLUM Milwaukee

- 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!)

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

- Steelroots


CANADA SUPPORT

CKBW/Bridgewater
CHXX/Quebec City
TAG RADIO X/Gatineau-Ottawa
IGNITE 107/Winnipeg
CFOX/Vancouver
RADIO X Network
ENERGIE 2 SIRIUS


AUSTRALIA SUPPORT

2dayfm (thanks David!)