It’s time for the monthly post detailing what albums and artist I’ve been listening to called What I’ve Heard June 2022 Edition.

June 2022
  • After listening to his other three albums in prep for the June 3rd release of the fourth (and final) I Am Origami installment, it’s no surprise that My Top Album of the month was John Van Deusen’s Marathon Daze. I reviewed it here and I also had a chance to co-interview him for the JFH Podcast here. It was such a great conversation and definitely worth a listen if you like the album.
  • You’ll see Mat Kearney littering the collage as my kids have taken a liking to his catalogue. I love when we share favorite artists and it doesn’t jack up my account. 😀
  • Switchfoot’s Legend of Chin turned 25 this month so I gave it several spins. I think it holds up. It’s featured on a blog I wrote earlier this year covering what I think are 25 great albums from a terrific year in Christian music…Aka 1997.
  • My music listening club is responsible for artists Nirvana, Deas Vail, and Mars iLL as we listened through each of their catalogues. I decided I like Nirvana’s Nevermind album and about 10-12 of their songs. And that they were an influential band but perhaps overrated. 😬 I discovered I really like the Deas Vail albums and will be seeking out a used copy of All The Houses Look the Same for my cd collection. Mars iLL is good but aside from Pro*Pain isn’t my thing.
  • In case you missed it I am currently on a 60 Day Summer challenge to tackle a chunk of Bob Dylan’s catalogue. I wrote more about it here. (P.S. I don’t know if I’ll make it the full 60 days and might need to shorten it to 30. 😬)
  • Clearly I’ve been obsessed with the Kirk Franklin & Maverick City collab “Bless Me.” It’s been my early morning wake up tune. On another note, my kids now hate early mornings for two reasons. Haha. I can’t help it but it makes me wanna dance! (P.S. I am NOT a dancer)
  • Y’all. Half-Handed Cloud. What. Is. It. I tried amusingly to write a second opinion review of his newest album Flutterama here.
  • A few top-notch albums from years past pop up in Benjamin Daniel’s Shelterheart, (JFH Staffers #1 album of 2021) Jon Guerra’s Keeper of Days, (JFH Staffers #1 album of 2020), Chris Renzema’s Let the Ground Rest, and Mark Lee Townsend’s concept album 1919: The Ballad of Rexford. All great singer songwriters. They are all excellent lyricists and I count them among some of the best albums of the last few years. See our staff picks for Jesusfreakhideout here.
  • A few random albums of note are…The Microphone’s album Glow Pt. 2 which came recommended by John Van Deusen from the podcast. Colorvault’s album Faint appears for a second month in a row and is tracking toward Top 10 of 2022 status. Judah & the Lion’s Revival was a surprise like that I’ll probably go back to. An intriguing indie band The Prism Sound has my ear with Cause for Panic, and I’ll definitely be giving it more time.
  • Here’s my running 2022 favorite song playlist which gets new adds regularly.
  • Lastly, I received an anonymous copy of Coldplay’s A Rush Of Blood to the Head on vinyl for my birthday! What a nice surprise, and thank you to whomever blessed my ear holes with another great one for the collection. That A side is…(chef’s kiss)

What about you, what we’re your favorite and notable likes and dislikes in June? Hit me up in the comments!

My Top 8 Streamed Artists in June:

Top 1-4
Top 5-8

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