02-21-03: Archive Update
Thanks to the miracle of Archive.org I am slowly finding many of our old album reviews that I thought were lost forever when our previous dbase-powered website died. These reviews will be added as I have time to write the HTML and can be found at the bottom of the left-hand column.
We regret to inform our readers that we will be ceasing publication of new
material at this time. This has not been an easy step to take, but due to a lack of funding and lack of staff, it appears that EXITzine has reached its end.
No doubt about it, publishing this zine has been adventure.
It began back in 1999 when I and a couple of my friends (Kimberly and Aaron--
she in Austin, he in Oklahoma City) decided to start a magazine that would talk about "alternative" Christian music. We knew there were other folks out there who also wrote about this genre, but we felt like we could do it in an unique and needed way.
From there on the adventure began. It wasn't easy to run a zine via long
distance, but it worked. Aaron took care of most of our web design needs, while Kimberly did the editing. As far as content goes, Kimberly authored most of it while I--along with a few others from time to time--pitched in the rest. Photography was done by several friends (Erin Farmer, Tim Burger, and occasionally myself).
We covered some local shows in Austin (naturally), but the most fun was had
when Kimberly and I set out on road trips to hear bands in San Antonio, Dallas, and Oklahoma City, where we met some of our musical heroes and lots of other interesting folks. Sometimes we were disappointed with the folks we met, but most of the time we left feeling hopeful in the future of a Christian witness in the musical world.
Down the road, I ended up doing more of the content, focusing EXIT's energy
into covering the extraodinary Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. Almost a month of my life (4 weeks) was spent in the oasis which was Cornerstone. I will never forget those times.
In the last few years, other adventures have come into our lives and EXITzine
has had to take the backburner. We will always have a fondness in our hearts for the "good ol' days," but we know better things are ahead.
We do intend to keep our content archived on the web for those interested. For now our website www.exitzine.com will remain online. In the future we may take that domain off-line, but if we do this you should still be able to find our old content at my site (www.jmbzine.com) or at www.archive.org. (Some of our old content which I thought was lost has been recovered and will be published soon.)
As to our present and past staff, here is what some of us are up to these days...
James M. Branum - I am a law student at Oklahoma City University, and preach
for a small rural church here in Oklahoma. I author a blog (www.jmbzine.com) and hope to write for another zine (Vagrant Cafe or The Phantom Tollbooth if either of them will have me) this summer at the Cornerstone Festival.
Kimberly Hall - Lives in the world's most beautiful city (Austin) with her
husband. She currently works for the University of Texas and hopes to write the great American novel. (I think she'll do it, too.) She'll be pursuing graduate school in the near future.
Aaron Young - Works as a web designer for the OU Health Sciences Center and also does extensive independent web design work through his firm AJY Design. He still is very interested in comics, art, legos, and sci-fi. He is married with two sons.
Dan Branum - Is an honors student at Oklahoma State University and will be
resuming publication of his inspirational newsletter, Seeking Truth Now, at his new website (www.seekingtruthnow.com) this spring. He is also currently working on a novel.
Tim Burger - Is an artist working in Norman, OK. His work hangs in the Ronald Reagan National Library, countless churches, and in the homes of folks who dig good art. His online gallery can be viewed at TimBurger.com.
Two of our early writers are now in the publishing arena themselves: Joel Thomas who is the editor of The Vagrant Cafe, and John Sant who is the editor of Fine Print Magazine.
(If you wrote for us in the past and want your current happenings to be
listed, please email me at jmb(at)jmbzine.com.)
7-23-02: Introducing EXITzine.com Radio!
Kimberly (our Radio Director) has handpicked a selection of unique and worthwhile music for your listening pleasure. Tune in now via our live stream (hosted by Live365.com)
If you have any requests, please email them to email@example.com
7-19-02: C-stone 2002 Coverage - Part 3
I have completed the first two parts of my C-stone journal/review:
Part 1 --- Pre-fest: the account of our journey from Oklahoma to Bushnell, IL, along with our sidetrip to Chicago.
Part 2 --- Day Zero: Features reviews of Lucerin Blue, Havalina, Calibretto 13, Element 101, Busker Kibbutznik, Erik Brandt and The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Starflyer 59, along with pictures and random journal entries about the C-stone experience
More C-stone coverage is coming... stay tuned!
7-17-02: C-stone 2002 Coverage - Part 2
From: Truth and Profanity: Pedro the Lion Plays Main Stage
Flannery O'Connor wrote that, "To the hard of hearing, you have to shout. To the nearly blind, you have to draw large, startling images." Pedro the Lion would agree. Dozens and dozens of bands played at Cornerstone 2002—and no band was as startling. No band was as controversial. . . . read the rest of the story. (Click here)
7-9-02: C-stone 2002 Coverage - Part 1
Here is the bulk of our photo coverage of C-stone 2002. (Select the links below to pull up a large version of the photos.)
More photos should appear tomorrow. Concert reviews and interviews will follow over the next few weeks.
Photos by JMB, except mgB4.jpg taken by Martin Lansdale. Digital camera equipment provided by TimBurger.com
7-9-02: EXITZINE.print postponed
Sorry folks but due to my tight schedule the print edition has been postponed for the time being. Look for news on the annual print edition in the fall.
5-28-02: Cornerstone Update
34 days and counting. . . That's right. Cornerstone is almost here.
While you're counting down the days until C-stone 2002, check out
JMB's reviews of C-stone 2001: Day One - Day Two - Day Three - Day Four - Day Five
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:17
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