Today I’m really digging on the music of the Austin-band Hundred Year Storm. I had listened to them before and liked their sound, but the songs I’ve heard so far from their new album (Hello from the Children of Planet Earth), my oh my, are so good. (I’m glad to see I’m not the only one to think so, as Spin Magazine made them band of the day last week)

I especially dig the song “Mental.” The song (which can be heard on the band’s myspace page starts off with one of the most beautiful speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King that I have ever heard, and then moves into the dreamiest of Emoish music that moves and moves and moves, very spacious and powerful.

On a sidenote, one of the band’s folks is an old friend of mine, Bill McCharen. He and were in the same small group at church and later we both participated in a campus ministry internship in Austin.