This Week's More Listener Requests - Episode #288 - August 19th, 2014

More Listener Requests - Episode #288

We haven't been able to play any listener requests on UTR since May, so we decided to fill up a bonus podcast edition of the program full of more listener suggestions.  I always love getting introduced to new artists and new music by our listeners, and half of the ten songs on this (commercial free) show are making their UTR debuts - including Sharlene Olson, Bradford Loomis, Jason Morant, Universal Royalty, and Matt Auten.  (Dave)

  • Into the Great Unknown Stampede
    on Into the Great Unknown
    by Bradford Loomis
  • Vice Verses Souvenirs
    on Vice Verses
    by Switchfoot
  • Brady Toops O For Grace
    on Brady Toops
    by Brady Toops
  • The Fourth Wall Daughter
    on The Fourth Wall
    by The Vespers
  • Highliner Moon Mission
    on Highliner
    by Jason Harrod
  • This Side of the Sea God Leads Us Along
    on This Side of the Sea
    by Universal Royalty

All Listener Requests - Episode #287 - August 15th, 2014

All Listener Requests - Episode #287

June was filled with "specialty shows" like Kelly's farewell and the Critics' picks.  July was all repeat episodes.  So we've collected a fair number of listener requests over the last 2-3 months, and it's always fun to dedicate a whole hour to the songs and artists suggested by our UTR family.  As it seems to happen regularly with these types of episodes, we are introduced to a fair number of artists that we weren't aware of.  I was especially excited to learn about the new outfit called 6'10 (which opens the show).  I have long been aware of Chicago based punk rock band Flatfoot 56.  This is the folkier side of that band featuring lead singer Tobin Bawinkel and former F56 member Josh Robieson [who happens to be a personal acquaintance].  (Dave)

Nick Flora as Guest Co-Host: Episode #286 - August 8th, 2014

Nick Flora as Guest Co-Host: Episode #286

Nick is one of the funniest guys I know, and his personality comes through on this episode.  He did a fantastic job sharing some of his favorite music with us.  But most of all, I'm just so glad I know this guy as a friend.  He's full of sarcasm but also optimism.  He can poke fun yet be the biggest encourager.  Guest-host episodes like this can sometimes be difficult in the editing side of production (and such was the case with this episode).  Still it was such a treat to relive the fun conversation we had with Nick.  Plus, he gave us the excuse to play Andy Osenga twice on the show -- which I wouldn't have the guts to do on my own.  (Dave)

Escape to the Lake 2014 Recap - Episode #285 - August 1st, 2014

Escape to the Lake 2014 Recap - Episode #285

While it's impossible to sum up Escape To The Lake in a 1-hour show, it's fun to produce an overview episode each year.  The interview clips are substantial - I love what Micah Dalton said about how some artists caught in the in-between, not fully embraced by the club scene and not fully embraced by the church scene, can find a home at ETTL.  And I also love how Justin McRoberts took time to praise the UTR listeners for understanding the importance of the arts.  It's a real treat that we can walk away with some high quality recordings of the ETTL concerts, so I knew I would be weaving in live audio (4 songs this episode).  I hope this brings the event a little bit closer to the hearts of those who weren't able to experience it first-hand.  (Dave)

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