In Case You’re Bored

For those of you who took one look at the pedalboard post below and went, ‘Lame. I can make better music without having to have 95% of that gear,’ I humbly submit to you some of my own personal cures for boredom as a musician:

  • Sing Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ on the chorus:

  • Picture them selling out stadiums 20 years later (and Edge is still just as annoyed by Bono):

  • I apologize. This one is really, really dumb. But I just can’t seem to help myself:

  • And lastly, the inexorable end for all of us rockers:


40 thoughts on “In Case You’re Bored

  1. FYI the key that makes JesusCulture good in my humble opinion is their STELLAR keys player. He is phenomenal (spelling?). He’s that ambient keys player you’ve been searching for Karl 🙂

  2. Larry–haha Be my guest. I stole it from Kevin and Bean. 😉

    Ben G–did I say I hadn’t heard of them? I might have misspoken. I don’t particularly like them, but I do know who they are. Although, the guitar tone in that video is like, the only thing I actually think is decent. lol You didn’t like it? Maybe I should listen again. I could be wrong! hehe And I’ll have to listen to their keys player. Like I said, I haven’t heard much of them. Cheers!

  3. Yea… It might not be the tele it might be that Duesenberg the lead is playing. It seems very shrill and not as full as I tend to enjoy. I like his palm muted sound though! Probably my favorite example of palm muted worship.

  4. I saw Chris Quilala live with the rest of the Jesus Culture musicians and it was fantastic, one of the most intense nights of worship I have ever experienced. He was the only singer on the night yet that didn’t matter I was still so drawn in. The sound of the band is a lot better then some of their albums would allow you to believe. The album Your Love Never Fails was rushed and had almost no time spent on actually producing it, their latest album Consumed on the other hand did and is a much better example of what the band (especially their keyboardist) can really do.

    Kim Walker-Smith still bugs me, I’m glad she wasn’t there on the night.

  5. thanks for the death metal rooster. that made my night, and christopher guest anything is amazing. i think the guitar sound great. especially the tele, it sounds like that matchless lightening or spitfire right behind him.

  6. Ben G–gotcha. I’ll have to listen to it again. But maybe tomorrow. Is it bad when you can only take so much worship music in one day? haha Not ‘worshiping’, but current ‘worship music.’ 😉

    Sam–really? Man, that’s cool to hear. Because I’m not a huge fan of theirs at all, and even the song above I thought was pretty cheesey (hence, the Fergie comment…hehe). But it’s cool to hear that they do a great job of leading people in worship. That’s what it’s all about. 🙂 And I’m assuming Kim Walker Smith is the one I just always refer to as ‘that girl’. hehe And I’m inclined to agree with you a bit on her.

    RyanJ–lol And you’re a Christopher Guest fan? Oh man. Matchless and Christopher Guest? Careful bro, I might just want to start a band with you. 😉

    And I thought the exact same thing on the tone! My first thought was, ‘Well, cheesey song, but wow…good tone’, and then I saw the Matchless and thought, ‘So nice to know that this tone thing isn’t just all in my head.’ I thought ‘best worship tone I’ve heard in a while,’ and then there’s the Matchless. Lovely. 😀

  7. The guitar tone in the first vid is way cool. The song is good enough to make me look for more of their music. But…. the Death Metal Rooster kicks major booty.

  8. raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    death metal rooster is the best thing I have seen all month.

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    This is the keys player at his best… you can hear the ambient synth sound through the whole song. And I really like the SG tone better than that Duesenberg he used in the first song.

  10. RyanJ–lol That’s so awesome.

    Sal–Glad you like the guitar tone, too! 🙂 And ya, that rooster is inexplicably hilarious.

    Ben G–haha Me too!! Like, a lot!

    Kenrick–lol Serious, huh! And I have no idea why. It’s just funny for no reason!

    Ben G–ya, I listened to both the videos, and you’re right…it’s the singer’s tone I like way better…that thick rhythm tone. Which is odd; normally the singer has the tinny tone. Not sure I really like the lead guy’s tone. Doesn’t sound bad, it just sounds like he’s a got a tone-sucking pedal, or old tubes, or something going on. Thanks for posting that video, bro!

  11. check out their new album “consumed”… semi-hollow bodies, the whole bit. sounds great!
    @Ben G i agree with you about the keys! awesome! i do like their overall sound probably more htan you guys probably do though. i think the drummer is phenomenal- he doesn’t do too much, he mixes it up a lot, and he knows when NOT to play. check out some of their videos where they have cello or regular piano. good stuff

  12. We have 3 roosters and some hens here on our ten acres. I wonder if I played them some Hendrix or Stevie Ray if the egg production would go up.

    But then the goats would go nuts because I’m sure they want to hear Johnny Cash. The geese want U2 — watcha gonna do?

    Apropos of nothing, does this sound like Larry Carlton? Pretty, whatever it is, with delay! A DM-2. Too bad he doesn’t tell me much about the Barber Small Fry that I’m considering.

    • I don’t know what you are thinking about the Small Fry, but I found it to be very good as a drive. You really have to open up the back and tweak the internal controls to match it to your rig/amp, but after that, you have so much to work with. The only fault I found was it had a bit more compression than I would want, but thats really a minor thing. With a touch of delay, its ….. *sigh.. “Gilmour-esque”
      (sorry Karl)

  13. Jesus Culture !! Kim Walker !!! It just sunk in that I’d heard them before. I love that sound and now I am SO frustrated because I know we can’t get very close to that at our church. “Your Love Never Fails” — we can definitely do our own version, but they have that fantastic full band sound with great guitar tones.

    The first time I heard them was in “How He Loves” David Crowder has a version of this out now. And I know Kim was covering John Mark McMillan. But when Kim hits that note on …”the way” at 4:20 it just blows me completely out of my chair.

    Played this for our worship team once — I don’t think they got it.

  14. @Karl – this is probably the most awesome christian band ever, and by awesome, I mean fiber-enriched rock.


  15. Matthew–cool bro, I’ll check it out! Thanks! 🙂

    Randy–lol That was funny, bro. 🙂

    And that does sound a little Larry Carlton-ish. Sounds really good, too!

    Larry–ah!!! You said it!!! hahaha What is it about his name that just seems to be incomplete without ‘esque’? hehehe

    Randy–ya, I tend to dig the Crowder version a little more. Maybe I just don’t connect with God the way a woman might. 🙂 Still a cool song, though. And your congregation didn’t like it?

    Dan–lol Bay Area public transit? I’m so searching that right now. 🙂

    Kenrick–oh my. Where did you find that? hehe Oh well. I’m sure I’ve sounded much worse on countless occasions! hehe

    Craig–lol Best thing is the barefoot guitarist who just knows how rockstar he is. 🙂

    Kenrick–and they’ve got matching suits, too! Gotta count for something. 🙂

  16. I only played the Kim Walker ‘How He Loves’ clip for the worship team. We did try the song itself in church a couple of times.

    On Your Love Never Fails, I see how it can be criticized for somewhat weak lyrics ( like 50% of what comes out in CCM today? ). They just need one more verse ( like 90% of what comes out in CCM today ). And a little less reference to sky, sea, sunset, posies, etc. 🙂

    To me, the opposite end of the spectrum, short of hymns, would be something like In Christ Alone

    In Christ alone my hope is found
    He is my light my strength my song
    This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
    Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
    What heights of love, what depths of peace
    When fears are stilled when strivings cease! ……

    Our Pastor actually liked that one when I brought in — because of the “meat” in the lyrics.

    But in Your Love Never Fails, the worship leader’s guitar tone !!! Is that primarily the Matchless? How close can you get to that without a $2000 amp? Sorry, wrong post for that question.

    I may have to sell everything except one guitar and get a Matchless ( and one delay ).

    As far as Kim Walker’s style, I’m liking it. I’m not Pentecostal and could never do what she does ( I’m assuming she’s sincere and in the Spirit, not just putting it on for the crowd — not my place to judge that. The power of the voice knocks me out. As far as her doing the vocalist’s version of “speaking in tongues”: I don’t know, I sat for years in church sort of on autopilot most of the time during worship. And now I look out from the stage and see 1 out of 3 on auto pilot ( trying to remember when the football game comes on?). Kim seems to be going for broke. Like ” I’m showing what I feel towards God — join me, fall asleep or walk out, but I’m not holding back.”

    Reminds me of the church vision idea that struck me recently — I read about churches who have a specific vision about worship ( and other things too no doubt). In some cases that doesn’t include hymns and is focused primarily on new church-goers. The conversation might go like this ” if you want hymns or something like that, we will drive you to churches that do that, but it’s not our vision and we aren’t entertaining any requests to do them” Period, end of story. As opposed to: we will try to please everyone who comes in the door and cater to their wishes ( hymns with fuzz? )

    As always, great blog. Reminds me of the verse about “iron sharpening iron.”

  17. By the way, when I played You Make All Things for my wife she said what she says for at least half the songs I latch onto: ” you just like the guitar ” Busted ! Ice pick to heart ! Do I dare ignore the advice of the one God sent to me over 30 years ago? ( we got married at 5 yrs 🙂 )

  18. Randy–ya, I think there’s a place for both. I think you’re totally right. However, I must admit I have a special place in my heart for ‘In Christ Alone.’ There’s a killer version of that song, but I forget who does it. When I find it, I’ll post it for you.

    And I do believe that the worship leader’s tone is primarily that Matchless. It sounds exactly like a Matchless. For a cheaper version, check out the Ceriatone Muchless. hehe They’re not entirely my thing, but a ton of people dig ’em and get great tone from them.

    I do like what you said about Kim Walker dynamically getting people to follow her as she worships. That’s huge. So important, and I know I usually suck at it. hehe

    And there’s a couple bands about which my wife says that to me to! haha

    Matthew–yikes!! hehe

    Robin–oh, absolutely! hehe

    Craig–oh, wow. 🙂

    Ben G–hehe 🙂

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