Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem"

Sounds Familyre has included The Innocence Mission's "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" with their free downloadable release A Familyre Christmas Vol.2.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"Electromatic 2"

Don Peris has uploaded a new instrumental demo track to his page titled, "Electromatic 2". The track is available in our downloads section.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

"Badman, Has It Really Been 10 Years?"

Update: The album is no longer free at

Give your friends and family the perfect holiday gift...Badman, Has It Really Been 10 Years?. The internet-exclusive sampler from Badman Recording Co. is now available for download for FREE at (or available through iTunes, however charges apply).

Included is the Innocence Mission track "Brotherhood of Man", as well as songs from other Badman recording artists.

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Street Map" debuts in advance of new album

Just squeaking in before the new year and in advance of next year's new album, the Innocence Mission are issuing their first self-released recording since Christ Is My Hope in 2000 and this will be their first EP release since The Lakes of Canada in 1999.

Street Map will be a limited pressing CD containing 8 songs: a few from their forthcoming album, another few new "b-sides" and the demo track "A Thousand Miles" which turned up on the "Evensong" compilation in 2000.

Sound bytes for "From A Homeland" and "Pioneering" can be heard at their myspace page. The album is available for pre-order now and will ship early December.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Africa" now available

"Africa" from the Help Me To Sing: Songs of the Sacred Harp compilation is now available for purchase through Amazon or iTunes.

Lyrics, and a streaming full-length clip of the song can be found at the Hallock Hill blog.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

PS22 Chorus update

The PS22 Chorus recently received a letter from Karen Peris thanking them for their work and letting them know how moved she was by their performances.

New album update

The Innocence Mission are finishing up a new album due to release early spring 2009.


October fan video update

This month, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: two "Bright As Yellow" fan performances, and two of "The Lakes of Canada". You can download Liv's performance of "Bright As Yellow" in the downloads area.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

2008 Annual Fundraiser

You may have noticed here on the main news page that there's a Paypal link. Of course, you may not have because it's kind of off to the side of the frame and down a ways. Anyway, it's not free running a website like this and because this is not a commercial site, I'm not making a dime.

But with the cost of webhosting and software upgrades, we're dependent on either my pocketbook or yours to keep this site running. So with that in's how you can help out.

For the Top donation received (of $10 or more) by October 31st, I'll send a free Small Planes promotional photo courtesy of

These photos aren't available any longer, and you probably won't find these on Ebay very often. Click the donate icon below to read the disclaimer and find out how you can donate to and also see the operational costs for the last several years.

Friday, September 05, 2008


"Quixie" as we've always known him is simply Leon or TainoLeon. Check out his website and myspace.

He's also recorded one of the Innocence Mission's obscure demo tracks, "A Talking Down" available on his myspace page above and for download at his blog.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

PRISM Broadcast available on Youtube

Someone has posted the Lancaster PRISM special over at Youtube. This is iffy quality at best, but for those who have never seen it be sure to click the images below.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A blog from Jude Joseph Lovell

I normally don't post links to personal blog entries about the band, but in this case Jude Lovell has posted some thoughtful insight into his admiration of the band. To visit Jude's blog, "Hope on the Wing: Encounters With The Innocence Mission", visit

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Indie film "Quick Feet, Soft Hands" screening

Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a film by Roanoke, VA filmmaker Paul Harrill (Lovell Films) will debut in Knoxville on September 11th (7:30 pm) at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. Cost: $5.

The 25 minute film follows a young couple in their pursuit of the American Dream. Greta Gerwig (Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes the Stairs) stars as Lisa, a young woman whose hopes of moving up are tied to Jim (Jason Von Stein), a minor league ballplayer. As Jim falls deeper into a batting slump, Lisa must face the day-to-day realities of being young and poor. And she must confront the prospect that they may never make it to the big leagues. Co-produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Quick Feet, Soft Hands is the latest work by Paul Harrill (Sundance Jury Prize winner, Gina, An Actress, Age 29).

According to the online press kit, the film's lone music cue is the Innocence Mission's "Beautiful Change". You can view the trailer by clicking the image below.


Friday, August 15, 2008

"Help Me To Sing" release date

The Help Me To Sing: Songs of the Sacred Harp compilation will be released October 14th, 2008. The contributing track by The Innocence Mission is called, "Africa".

Source: Force Field PR

August fan video update

This month, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: a "Bright As Yellow" fan performance on ukulele, another performance of "The Lakes of Canada", a flood report from Iowa featuring "500 Miles", and a dance video featuring "Moon River".

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Rose Garden forums are back up

The forums are operational again. I don't know how long they may have been down, but I apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Search Engine update

The old search engine just wasn't cutting it and has been replaced by Google Custom Search. The results should be 100% better. The search box appears on the right navigation window under the promotional images.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

June fan video update

This month, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: a "Moon River" video with footage from Final Fantasy, a stop motion video using "Prelude In A", "Bright As Yellow" record live by Lauricia Singer and finally an interesting week 6 pregnancy video blog which includes "I Haven't Seen This Day Before".

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Aero Booking merger

Effective June 1st, Aero Booking has merged with The Billions Corporation. The Innocence Mission is still on their roster as of this posting. Other clients of interest include Death Cab for Cutie, Joanna Newsom, Liam Finn, The Ocean Blue, Rosie Thomas and Sufjan Stevens. For a full list visit


Friday, June 06, 2008

"Bright As Yellow" awakens Discovery crew

The Discovery's shuttle crew was awaken today with the Innocence Mission song "Bright as Yellow". It was played for first time astronaut Karen Nyberg.


Monday, June 02, 2008

Ebay auction alert - Fender Stratocaster guitar for sale

There's a 1962 re-issue Fender Stratocaster guitar that's up for auction on Ebay. The owner claims it was once owned by Don Peris. No supporting photos or documentation have been supplied in the auction, so bid with caution if bidding as memorabilia.

Interestingly enough, it resembles a bass that Mike and Karen used on tour.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

"There" performed by the PS2 Chorus

The PS22 Chorus is at it again over on YouTube, this time performing their own version of the Innocence Mission song "There" found on the Glow album. For fans of Crowded House, you shouldn't miss their recent performance with the band, also found on YouTube.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Gallery software update

Just a technical note regarding the photos section, the 4images software has been updated to version 1.7.6. Should you encounter any issues, please let us know.

Friday, May 09, 2008

1991 Max's on Broadway Photo Set

Thanks to a new printer that scans negatives, I've updated the images previously uploaded to the photos section (backstage) for the 9/12/91 Max's on Broadway show in Baltimore, MD. Want to submit an Innocence Mission photo? Send an email using the contact graphic to the left.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

May YouTube video update

This month at YouTube, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: 3 live videos of "The Lakes of Canada" by Striking13 and (a new version) by Daisybreath and one by Michael Edwards as well as a colorful make-up related video for "Bright As Yellow".

Thursday, April 17, 2008

"Happy, The End" cover

TainoLeon returns with yet another Innocence Mission cover this month, "Happy, The End". You can hear the mp3 recording at his blog here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

"My Sisters Return from Ireland" gets new video

The Innocence Mission have released an abridged music video for their song, "My Sisters Return from Ireland" which is now available for viewing on YouTube. The band's previous music videos include "I Remember Me", Black Sheep Wall, "Wonder of Birds", "And Hiding Away" and "Bright As Yellow."

Friday, April 04, 2008

Awake, My Soul & Help Me to Sing

This spring (they hope by May) there will be a various artist compilation that is inspired by the Sacred Harp documentary, Awake, My Soul & Help Me to Sing. The Innocence Mission contributed a song which we are told is "just staggering." Other contributors include Sufjan Stevens, Jim Lauderdale, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Woven Hand. You can hear DEE's song "Consecration" which has been playing on his myspace page for the past few months.

Here's a Time magazine article about Sacred Harp, and there's also which has more info on shape note singing courtesy of Mike Bitts.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April YouTube video update

This month at YouTube, there are 3 new Innocence Mission related videos: "The Lakes of Canada", "What A Wonderful World" and a live performance of "Tomorrow on the Runway" by Talaazar.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Update: Happy New Year! And here's some new music...

Update #2 (3/15/08 10:47 PM): TainoLeon is at yet again...This time he's re-recorded "An Old Sunday". You still hear the first version at the below link. For the new version, use the PM session audio control.
"An Old Sunday"

Update #1 (1/10/08 6:25 PM): TainoLeon is at again...two more Innocence Mission covers are available on his site encoded using Real Audio. One is a full band version of his previous recording of "The Lakes of Canada", and the other is a full band version of a little known b-side called "An Old Sunday" which appeared on the 1991 single of "Sorry & Glad Together":
"The Lakes of Canada"
"An Old Sunday"

Original post: 1/1/08 11:32 AM
I'd like to take a moment to say Happy New Year to you all and it's time to celebrate with two new covers from TainoLeon.

We've added them to the downloads page.

Thanks TainoLeon and once again Happy New Year everyone.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

March YouTube video update

This month at YouTube, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos. Two more videos have sprung up containing "The Lakes of Canada", as well as videos of "No Storms Come" and "Edelweiss" (containing footage from the film What Dreams May Come).

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Alias season 2 DVD

During the opening credits of the episode "Drop Dead" (Episode 4, Season 2) of Alias, you'll hear a familiar song. The Innocence Mission track "Oh Do Not Fly Away" appears prominently. This song was licensed through Royal Standard Music in 2001.

You can view the opening credits by clicking the image to the left below.

Alias video

Saturday, February 09, 2008

YouTube videos update

This week at YouTube, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos. Two more videos have sprung up containing "The Lakes of Canada", as well as videos of "500 Miles" and "Moon River".

Sunday, January 27, 2008

TTRG & Preliminary Hearing on Ebay

Updated: TTRG sold for $76.00 while Preliminary Hearing fetched $5.99

Original post: 1/27/08 8:15 AM
A super-rare 12" vinyl of Tending the Rose Garden ($49.99 min. bid) and Preliminary Hearing ($.99 min. bid) are now up for auction at E-Bay. TTRG has been known to sell for upwards of $200 per copy. Click either of the images below to visit Ebay's Innocence Mission page.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Videos of "The Lakes of Canada" on YouTube

In this year's first YouTube report you'll find Heyroro's fan version of "Happy, The End". The project was created at a New York Film Academy digital filmmaking course in London 2003 . Secondly, one of two MTV's 120 Minute interviews uploaded by Postingoldtapes. And lastly, there are two more live covers of "The Lakes of Canada" by Unusuality and Mgjohnsonstudios. My guess is that the Sufjan Stevens cover continues to be quite popular with the YouTube crowd. What do you think? Leave a comment and be sure to click the images below for the video links.

The Lakes of Canada

Friday, January 11, 2008

Don Peris article on


"Unlike the majority of musicians who make Christmas albums, guitarist Don Peris actually recorded most of his during the holiday season.

Peris, however, spent five or six years collecting material for the album, "Brighter Visions Beam Afar," which was released this fall."

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Update: "The Lakes of Canada" by Ningyoko

Updated: As of this posting, Ningyoko has a featured original on Youtube called "Genuineness". To date, it's received 938K hits. Congrats Ningyoko!

Original post: 3/12/07 9:09 PM
Ningyoko has uploaded a live video on The video features "The Lakes of Canada" from the album Birds of My Neighborhood.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Mila Drumke's "Motorboat"

If you've ever wondered what Mila Drumke's 1997 song "Motorboat" sounded like (Don plays electric guitar and Karen provides back-up vocals), look no further than Mila's MySpace page. You can find the streamable track here: