Thursday, December 24, 2009

O Holy Night

Edit: The track is available again on their myspace page below.

original post: 12/19/06, 9:51 PM
The Ocean Blue have once again put up a holiday song on their myspace page. "'O Holy Night' is a recording made by David Schelzel and Don Peris. Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November Fan Video Update

This month, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: "My Sisters Return from Ireland ", "The Lakes of Canada", "Follow Me", and not surprisingly, "The Lakes of Canada" once again.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Updated: is running out of disk space

Updated: We've reached our goal of $144, and the good news is I've already registered for the new hosting plan and Hasweb has given us 1 free year of hosting (not including domain registration) until next October. At that point, we'll be billed $144 for 3 years. I hope to new content uploaded soon. Stay tuned.

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It was bound to happen sooner or later folks. Unless I delete some of your favorite content on the backside of the site, a new hosting package will need to be purchased. If you'd like to see even more content that I've been holding off uploading to the site because of space, please donate using the link below (which will take you to the disclaimer page where you'll click another Paypal link to make the actual donation).

The next package up will cost $144 for a three year term. We'd see a dramatic increase in disk space from 2 gigs to 500 gigs with unlimited bandwith. Meaning, well, no more download limits!

Donations goal has been reached: $144!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Site maintenance

On Friday, October 9th at 8pm EST, our hosting company will be conducting maintenance on their servers. This will likely affect, but we have been assured that the downtime should be minimal barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Sufjan covers "LoC" on recent tour

Last week, musician Sufjan Stevens covered "Lakes of Canada" at several performances in Toronto and New York. You can catch those performances at the Youtube links below.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Birds of Our Neighborhood" gets digital re-release

"Birds of Our Neighborhood" was digitally released today through MP3 dealers like and Apple's iTunes. This leaves "Umbrella" as the last remaining discontinued album.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August Fan Video Update

This month, there are 8 new Innocence Mission related videos: "Fare Thee Well", "The Lakes of Canada", "Only A Shadow", "When Mac Was Swimming", "Follow Me", "Revolving Man", "The Lakes of Canada" and "A Wave Is Rolling".

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"Wonder Of Birds" video now at

Update: The videos have been pulled, at least temporarily.

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You can now view all of the A&M videos (except for "And Hiding Away") courtesy of & MTV.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Debut album 20th year anniversary

Yes, it really has been 20 years since the 1989 self-titled debut album. Not only am I turning 40 this week, but now I'm feeling even more dated. In contrast, I've put together a compilation of tracks found on the debut album performed live over the A&M years (1990-1996) with one notable exception: there's no known live recording of "Mercy". In its place, I've included a performance of "Pride Takes A Fall" (non-album track). Whenever possible, I've tried to use their latter performances, as these were typically recorded to DAT, sound better, and are more simplified in their structure. This will hopefully lure the attention of the Innocence Mission's newer fans to that of their old music. I hope you enjoy the songs.

1. Paper Dolls (1:36) (Tin Angel 4/9/95)
2. Black Sheep Wall (4:05) (Club Lingerie 11/16/91)
3. Surreal (2:33) (Borders LA 02/02/96)
4. Curious (3:11) (Tin Angel 4/9/95)
5. Clear To You (4:25) (Tin Angel 4/9/95)
6. Pride Takes A Fall (3:08) (Club Lingerie 11/16/91)
7. Broken Circle (3:37) (Chestnut Cabaret 4/3/90)
8. I Remember Me (3:54) (Club Lingerie 11/16/91)
9. You Chase The Light (3:58) (Belly-Up 2/3/96)
10. Notebook (4:49) (Chestnut Cabaret 4/3/90)
11. Come Around And See Me (4:36) (Chestnut Cabaret 4/3/90)
12. Wonder Of Birds (3:20) (Tin Angel 4/9/95)
13. Medjugorje (2:02) (Club Lingerie 11/16/91)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Debut album re-released

On May 19, 2009, A&M Records digitally re-released the Innocence Mission's self-titled debut album, which can be downloaded at commercial sites such as The band's second full length album, Umbrella, remains out-of-print.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

"Weathered" to show at two upcoming Film Festivals

Weathered will be playing at the Indianapolis International Film Festival‏ on Saturday, July 18th (1:30 pm) and again on Tuesday, July 21st (5:30 pm) at the IMA/DeBoest Lecture Hall.

Between August 7-9, Weathered will be screened at the Feel Good Festival in Hollywood, CA.

Until a DVD is made commercially available, seeing the film is the only way to hear the newly recorded version of "Our Harry" by The Innocence Mission. If you attend one of these events, please let us know your thoughts.

For more information visit the links above.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Two new audio covers

A Google search turned up two new covers this week. First off is Ryan Walsh's (Hallelujah The Hills) cover of "Bright As Yellow" downloadable here (see the bottom of the linked page).

Also available on CD, and a streamable version, is Ronald of Orange's cover of "Today" on his debut EP, Brush Away the Cobwebs.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Donating just got easier

Running isn't free, and because the site does not receive any financial advertising support, that means I rely on donations to build the site for all you fans. So even if you just want to send a dollar, anything is acceptible. If you're strapped for cash, it's completely okay. All of the content on this site is free for everyone who visits.

Anyway, I've set up a more automated process for donating through Paypal. You no longer have to enter my email address to donate. It's all handled automatically by clicking the link below. For those wishing to see the financial balance sheets (which do not include personal purchases of Innocence Mission specific items), visit the disclaimer page.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Umbrella cover artwork explained

Here's a quote I found on an Innocence Mission Facebook group posting from May 4, 2009:

"I met Karen Peris on South Street in Philadelphia aboput ten years ago. The band was about to play a show, and she was doing some shopping. She was kind, very shy, and said that she was not used to fans approaching her on the street. She told me that the cover of Umbrella was an actual journal of hers, with the picture super imposed over it." - Gerard Schuler Jr

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Harvest Rock Syndicate article

Another rare photo of the band has turned up in the Harvest Rock Syndicate.

The article itself is more centered around Karen's personality and songwriting than any of the other band members, but it's an interesting read.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Update: "Weathered"

I received a nicely packaged DVD of Weathered last week and thought I would advance a preview. First off, Weathered is a short film clocking in at just over 18 minutes. I'd rather not spoil the plot, so I'm including a modified summary from the DVD jacket:

"An intimate portrait of a woman trapped in time. Retreating deep within herself, Weather longs for connection and reaches out the only way she knows going to the doctor."

I really did enjoy this film and the use of music was well received. Considering how the band's tracks have been used in past films such as Empire Records, I'm sure the band was quite pleased after reeviewing the footage. The newly re-recorded "Our Harry" runs a little over 30 seconds longer than the original recording found on the album Glow thanks to some additional editing from Matt, but the differences in performance are minimal, excluding the repeated chorus at the end of the song. As stated in my previous post, "Our Harry" is used in its entirety (as is "Brotherhood of Man"). The one standout between the two recorded versions, besides the extension, is the noticeable production clarity of the latter version. Don's attention to detail has resulted in a cleaner recording with less microphone pop as the original.

Lastly, a little more on the crew and cast of Weathered. Matt Barber has served as an editor on such tv shows as Chuck and The O.C.. Lead actress, Nicole Parker, is a regular on MADtv, and supporting actor Tony Hale appears regularly on Chuck as Emmett Milbarge. Actors Cynthia Avila and Tanc Sade (who plays Harry D. Mun) have also acted on various nationally televised TV series.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Gallery software update

Just a technical note regarding the photos section, the 4images software has been updated to version 1.7.7. Should you encounter any issues, please let us know.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May Fan Video Update

This month, there are 12 new Innocence Mission related videos: "Beautiful Change", "One For Sorrow, Two For Joy", "Geranium Lake", "Sonata No. 8", "I Never Knew You From The Sun", "Somewhere A Star Shines For Everyone", "Over The Rainbow" and a handful of "Bright As Yellow" and "The Lakes of Canada" videos.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Notebored Nov/Dec1989 Article

I peruse Ebay every now and then for items that may be of interest to fans like myself. This week has turned up several new items that hadn't been widely seen. Today turned up a rare live photo of Karen Peris from Christian music magazine Notebored.

Their Nov/Dec 1980 issue featured an article with two photos. A debut album promo shoot photo was used along side the photo shown above.

Once the magazine arrives, I'll see if there are any interesting highlights worth posting as well as do a proper scan of the photo (the above picture is a photo of the photo) and update this news item.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Two new Glow era additions to the site

It would appear there were two variations of the Glow ice skating tour shirt. See below for the ever slight changes in text. More t-shirt images can be found in the photos Gallery.

Also recently discovered was another promotional cassette release for "Bright As Yellow" with the same track on both sides.

Friday, May 08, 2009

MP3 updates

Updated: The "One For Sorrow, Two For Joy" single that was recently pulled from the iTunes store is back in both the UK & French stores.

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For those who purchase their music as mp3s, the single "One For Sorrow, Two For Joy" (which includes the exclusive track, "Peace Be With You") is available in the UK and French iTunes stores, but is NOT available in the US market. The OFSTFJ single (CD & vinyl) is out of print as it would appear that Agenda Music is no longer in business.

We Walked In Song, the French version (which includes the bonus tracks "Sketch", "Do You See My Brothers Coming" and "Song From Holland"), is available in mp3 format in both the UK and French iTunes stores and in the UK store. Sadly, it is not available in the US.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


The Innocence Mission have recorded a new version of "Our Harry" for the film, Weathered, by indie filmmaker Matt Barber. "Our Harry" will be used in its entirety, and "Brotherhood of Man" will also make an appearance. Weathered is currently being submitted to festival coordinators around the world and will likely be premiered at some point later this summer. For future screening updates and to view the trailer, please visit the movie film site.

DVDs will not be available until sometime after a festival premiere has been scheduled.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Tribute album update

Previously, we announced The Innocence Mission tribute album will benefit the Polaris Project and that Trespassers William was to record "Tomorrow on the Runway". It also appears that Winterpills are contributing their take on "Keeping Awake". The album is due to release this spring according to their December 10th update.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

March Fan Video update

This month, there are 4 new Innocence Mission related videos: three "The Lakes of Canada" fan performances, and one of "Bright As Yellow". Anyone else still noticing the Sufjan trend?