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Victor Lin Trio Concert in NYC, Oct 3

Catch another fine upcoming performance by The Victor Lin Trio at The Calhoun School: 433 West End Ave (at 81st St) New York City.

Showtimes at 7pm and 9pm

Victor Lin
, piano
Phil Kuehn, bass
Joe Saylor, drums
and special guests!

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors
RSVP here:

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Victor Lin CD Release Party


Victor Lin CD Release Party

The Hymnbook CD by Victor LinMy uber talented friend Victor Lin is having a CD release concert for his latest work, The Hymnbook. Check it out if you’re in the Big Apple Saturday.

APR.26.08 @
CD Release Concert: The Hymnbook
Church Of The Advent Hope
111 E 87th St at Lexington Ave

Listen to select tracks at
Download some on MySpace


Switchfoot and Athlete

Switchfoot and Athlete Up in Arms Tour
I think Athlete is cool. Them Brits sure have good music.
Switchfoot is also pretty cool too. So news of these two cool bands playing together puts a smile on my face.
Show them love.

(closest locations to Philly)
5.1 Ocean City , NJ
other venues can be found here.

This tour is partnering with TWLOHA. Even cooler.
Q.What is To Write Love on Her Arms?
A. TWLOHA began in Orlando, FL in February 2006 and is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

btw Athlete has an übercool website..
Download two of their latest songs here for free…legally


Caedmon’s Call in Philly

If you’re in the Philly area and you like Caedmon’s Call. They’ll be playing this weekend for their Overdressed Tour at Philadelphia Biblical University (2/24) and Petra Christian Fellowship (2/23). They’re absolutely great live. I heart Derek Webb. Wedding Dress still stirs my soul.

‘Cause I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle, I run down the aisle
I’m a prodigal with no way home
But I put you on just like a ring of gold
And I run down the aisle
I run down the aisle to you – Wedding Dress

Also exciting is the collaborative Ampersand EP release between husband-wife, Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken. So good.
Ampersand Derek Webb Sandra McCracken

There’s a download available for Sandra McCracken’s version of Ten Thousand Angels featured on Gray’s Anatomy. Link.


U2 3D

U2 3D

U2 3D
starts showing in select cities this week!
It’s a 3D presentation of their global Vertigo tour shot over several concerts using HiDef cameras. It will no doubt be a visual feast. It shows in Philly Feb 15 and already in select theaters in NYC (AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX).

Watch the 2D preview trailer


Asian American Tune-Up

A small but significant mention of my friend Victor Lin in the world of Jazz
(Link: Nobody Leaves Without Singing the Blues, The New York Sun)
Beautiful article by the way.

Also check out Tim Be Told at Columbia University tomorrow with Jonathan Walton. Their debut CD is really worth a listen. They’ll be featured at ACHTUNG 2007 too!


The Victor Lin Trio

Here’s a plug for another uber-talented musical buddy of mine.

Victor Lin Trio at The Calhoun School
433 West End Ave (at 81st St)
Friday, October 26th
Saturday, October 27th
shows both nights at 7:00pm and 9:00pm
$10 general
$5 students/seniors

The Calhoun School is where Victor been teaching for the past six years. They recently added a $15 million renovation, part of which included a state of the art remodeled performing arts center.

The show is open to the entire community, and everyone is welcome. All four shows will be recorded, and there will hopefully be enough high quality material to make a second trio CD, which will just be called “Live At Calhoun”.

Reservations can be made by clicking here.

Victor Lin Trio

Victor Lin Trio



I love these guys. Tim is one of the most talented vocals I know.
I’m super-duper excited for them.
They be playing at the SAFER Benefit Concert this weekend, Sat Oct 27th at the Knitting Factory at 7PM (New York City). GO! at least for the good cause but these guys are awesome.

But the real question is can Asian-American artists actually make it?

Their debut album is set for Oct 25
Official Tim.Be.Told Site


Radiohead. New Album.

Did you feel the earth move?
I think the heavens opened up and a loud voice said, a new album from Radiohead is available 10/10/2007 (via download) choirs singing. It’s available in two formats – discbox and digital download. The discbox is set to be released December 3, 2007.
And best of all for the digital download – you name the price. really.

I love the fact that they’re real artists who set the game. Recently they pulled out of iTunes because they didn’t want their songs being sold separately but as complete albums. I respect that. I love the lost art of the album. The concept of the album has lost it’s meaning for today’s hitmakers. Call me old school. That’s just the way it is.


Elvis. Respect.

You’ve got to respect Elvis.
I’ve been listening to his number ones all week. That’s right I have Elvis on my iPod.
August 16 marked the 30th anniversary of the death of the icon, the “king of rock n roll”. An estimated record breaking 50,000+ fans paid homage at his Graceland residence yesterday.

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan. There are some really comedic and campy things about Elvis which probably has not helped. I don’t expect any of you born in or after the 80s to have any appreciation but know this, I don’t think we’d have what we have today, musically that is, without him and that includes Contemporary Christian Music. Realize that Elvis won only three American Grammy music awards – all for gospel albums. Elvis began singing gospel music at church in his youth. It was his favorite music and he sang it like he really meant it. There was nothing half-hearted in the way he approached life. Regardless, his influence on American culture is deep. But that’s what icons do.

Here’s what other icons have said,

“Elvis is like the Big Bang of rock ‘n’ roll. It all came from there.” – Bono
“I’m just a singer. Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture.” – Frank Sinatra
“Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been a Beatles.” – John Lennon

I remembered watching his movies on lazy summer saturday afternoons too. There was something about him. He was smooth. He had charisma. He got the girl. Whatever it was Elvis was compelling. I was watching “He Touched Me” on public broadcasting the other night which highlights the Gospel side of Elvis’ life especially towards the depressing end. I suppose most big stars struggle with this towards the horizon of their career. There’s a loneliness that they struggle with, even a search for meaning. We can all relate to that. It makes us realize, they’re just like us, human afterall.

“In the Ghetto” has been one of those songs that have stuck with me for years. I still remember the first time I heard it. I was a kid and it deeply effected me. It is a very socially conscious song -in 1969 and also for our time now. The original title of the song provided an even clearer reality – In the Ghetto (The Vicious Circle). It’s oh so very John Singleton and Boyz n the Hood.

Lisa Marie filmed a virtual duet of this song with her father for this special occasion.

OK, not the best video but interesting for several reasons – the uncanny resemblance of lisa marie to her father (which i’m always enamored by it), then there’s the guns (those babies are going to be scarred for life), and elvis’ pronounciation of “ghet-TO”.

The video and the downloadable song is not only for commeration but also for a good cause. All proceeds for the video and song will go to charity.

All of this — the song, the video — is going to charity. The money from the downloads is going to help build another Presley Place in New Orleans, which is a transitional housing program that we started in Memphis. Families come in and live there, get their life skills and get it together. They get jobs … and then about a year later, they move out when they can get back on their feet. This program has been doing incredibly well for the past few years, so I wanted to branch it out. It’s something [Elvis] was very interested in, because it’s kinda where he started from. And Presley Place is near where he was raised. I wanted to do this and use it for something good. All fingers pointed towards New Orleans. I landed there to do the video and I looked around when I got off the plane, and it looks like Katrina happened six months ago. That’s when it all fell together. And all proceeds — not a portion of — all proceeds are going towards building a transitional housing building in New Orleans.

As the snow flies / On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’ / A poor little baby child is born / In the ghetto
And his mama cries / ’cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need / it’s another hungry mouth to feed / In the ghetto

People, don’t you understand / the child needs a helping hand / or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me, / are we too blind to see, / do we simply turn our heads /and look the other way
Well the world turns / and a hungry little boy with a runny nose /plays in the street as the cold wind blows / In the ghetto

And his hunger burns / so he starts to roam the streets at night / and he learns how to steal / and he learns how to fight / In the ghetto
Then one night in desperation / a young man breaks away / He buys a gun, steals a car, / tries to run, but he don’t get far /
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man / face down on the street with a gun in his hand / In the ghetto
As her young man dies, / on a cold and gray Chicago mornin’, / another little baby child is born / In the ghetto


Watch the official video premiere on

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