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This is from Dec. 6, 2008 at the University of Illinois.

Set list:
A Good Living
I Win
EP Nights
Minor Keys
The Big Idea
I Drive A Lot
Easy Street
The Frontman
No New Kinda Story

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year on this blog. I admit I haven’t been updating it much as of late. I’ve been trolling around at my favorite Christian rock message boards: ChristianBootlegs.com, Decapolis, the Vagrant Cafe, SF59 fans and the Joy Electric board.

I was contemplating this the other day and I came to the conclusion that the majority of my favorite music is already recorded. I know the music people are obsessed with pushing the new albums, but I still love the old albums.

With each passing year more bands call it quits. Bands like Cool Hand Luke and Delirious? are hanging it up. David Bazan and Starflyer 59 are basically solo acts these days and a lot of other bands I covered years ago broke up a while back. It’s not that there aren’t currently touring bands I’m interested in seeing, but I’ve already seen most of my favorites. In the last year it was a blast to get live video and audio recordings from a ton of different shows.

So I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging in the next year. I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy being part of a discussion and I don’t know if that happens much here. It takes a lot of effort to update a blog and I’m not sure if I have what it takes to keep going. But I encourage all of you to check out what’s on this blog because it isn’t tied to a specific period of time other than the past.

Starflyer 59’s “The Brightest of the Head” from Dial M was featured on NBC’s Chuck. Last season The Brothers Martin was featured on the pilot of Chuck. The creator of the OC is also behind Chuck and has used music in his shows extensively. I’m just waiting for them to use “Fell in Love at 22”.

This is a clip from the Starflyer show at the U of I.

I run a YouTube page dedicated to Starflyer 59 and Joy Electric. Recently I received a video from someone on the Starflyer message board and I’ve posted a couple of the songs online. It’s funny to see Jason Martin on the acoustic taking requests from the audience and telling them they’re offbeat with their clapping. It’s nice to see since there is no official Starflyer DVD.

I started listening to Jason Martin’s music about 13 years ago and I still enjoy it as much now as I did in the beginning. Even though the band is mostly a solo project these days Jason keeps trucking with a new recording just about every year.

The latest album is entitled: “Dial M” and the title is a takeoff off of a Hitchcock movie title. The CD is scheduled to be released this upcoming Tuesday. The songs are remade versions of the “Ghosts of the Future” demos that were released as an vinyl box set.

Overall, I enjoy the new CD because the years have taught Jason Martin how to write songs that are tried, tested and true. My favorite song “Magic” is a bonus track that is also available on Amazon. Currently you can stream the album here and I encourage you to check out my Brothers Martin YouTube page here.

This is a clip from the Joy Electric DVD “Picturebook”. I get a kick out of it because I have seen Joy Electric have serious sound problems and I know a little about what Ronnie is referencing. For more Ronnie and Jason Martin videos go to the Brothers Martin YouTube page.

Bon Voyage, the Starflyer 59 side project featuring Jason and Julie Martin comes out today. The band’s first self-titled album came out in 1998 and the follow-up “The Right Amount” was released in 2002. To my knowledge the band does not tour and has rarely performed live.

Bon Voyage is basically Starflyer 59 with a woman singing. It’s funny because as you listen to the songs you can hear Jason’s voice singing the songs. Jason doesn’t consider himself a singer, so it’s interesting to hear someone else sing his songs.

As a long-time Bon Voyage fan I’ve always wanted to see a live show or even just a video of one. Sadly, California is a long way from Chicago and the Martins won’t be coming this way together anytime soon. But I can dream can’t I?

Last year I joined the Starflyer 59 message board. There was discussion of a tribute album almost since the beginning and now it’s finally finished. You can find the album here. I also did a cover of Card Games and Old Friends. The Joy Electric message board also did a similar tribute album recently. I also run a Brothers Martin YouTube page, which you can find here.


I dug up an old tape that I recorded from a press conference with Starflyer. Below is a summary of what was said.

How do you view your records? Do you set out to do a concept record?
Jason Martin: It’s whatever 10 or 12 songs we come up with. We just want to make it different than the last one. We try not to put out the same record.

Which record is your favorite?
Jason: The Fashion Focus.

Does that mean you’re not happy with the latest one?
Jason: I don’t think any of them are perfect. I don’t think we’ve ever put out a perfect record by any means.

What comes first the music or the lyrics?
Jason: The music.

How do you come up with the music?
Jason: I play a guitar riff over the chords and that’s the melody. I try to find words that will fit into that. Sometimes the words mean something sometimes they don’t.

What are the songs about?
Jason: Songs are basically me having a conversation with myself like if struggling in this area of my life or my job is bumming me out. It means something to me like if I had a diary.

Will Starflyer put out an instrumental record?
Jason: No, Starflyer is bordering on instrumental. Nobody’s going to buy an instrumental record.

Was there anything to the hushed vocal sound of the early records?
Jason: That’s just how the guy mixed it. I sing kinda better now than I did then, but I’m not like a singer.

Is the reaction of the fans to the sadness of the songs accurate to how the songs were written?
Jason: I’m not trying to be like this bummed out artist… It’s cool people can relate to it.

Do you listen to music in the truck?
Jason: I don’t listen to anything. (He later admits to listening to Starflyer demos in the truck.)

Will there be a reunion with Ronnie?
Jason: He’s played on stuff before. (Jason doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen anytime soon.)

About the strings on Leave Here A Stranger?
Jason: I wanted to give it an old fashioned sound. I was sick of guitars.

Do you view your band as a ministry?
I view it as anything you do should be to the glory of God… No, we don’t give altar calls or anything like that. We’re at a Christian festival and we’re a Christian band–it’s entertainment.

Check out the Starflyer 59 message board at sf59fans.com.