Merry Christmas

Glory to our King! For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor,  The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

We are blessed to have this written on our hearts and, because of this, we live in a state of joy that everyone experiences during Christmas time.  During this Christmas we would like to  share a Christmas message from one of our top  Christian musicians of 2011, Odd Thomas.

May the Prince of  Peace fill your heart with unspeakable joy.

Thank you for being part of the One21music community.  We look forward to a wonderful bounty of great music in 2012.

Sean Michel’s Delta Blues Project

Sean Michel is a delta bluesman prophet from Arkansas. Watching Christian musician Sean Michel perform you experience the bold faith and intensity of  Elijah or Paul.  He plays a smoking hot blues that we have all been trying to find since John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf left the delta for Chicago recording studios.  In the decades since the 50′s, music has become a commodity to packaged, sold and now stolen.  The record industry laments the loss of an business while a few of us lament the loss of  an art form that we have only heard about.   Sean Michel has launched a project to recapture the soul of that legendary music.  He can describe it better than me:

Yep, we can all participate in this cooperative recording project.  We can all contribute from $5 to as much as we like.  In response to your participation, Sean will extend his gratitude, his music, dinner with him, even his guitar.  I want all of us to contribute as much as we can because I want to enjoy this new music Sean Michel is creating.  See what I mean with a preview of “The Curse Is Broken”, one the songs that will be part of this project:

Once you put out the fire coming from you speakers grab your credit card or you pay pal account and join “The Back to The Delta Project”:

http://www.indiegogo.com/back-to-the-delta

State of The Music Business:Cornerstone 2011

Music executive John Thompson took an enrapt crowd of 50 aspiring musicians through a fascinating monologue on the history and the current state of the global music business.

John Thompson is the Creative Director for EMI CMG Publishing, the founder of Tru Tone Etc and the creative leader of The Wayside.  John Thompson has been a musician, music executive and music industry entrepreneur for nearly 30 years.  So he has lived through meteoric rise of the music industry in the late 90′s and the subsequent collapse of the entertainment juggernaut in the 21st century. John longingly refered to that as the “troubadour age.”

All of that changed in the early 20th century when mass production and distribution enabled sheet music to spread new songs rapidly across the country.  That is when an industry begin to develop around music and musicians began to make money from far reaching sources through royalties.

The entire process accelerated with radio, then mass produced phonographs with vinyl records, then television and then digital music until musicians became society’s wealthiest and most influential. That engine was tying to feed an ever bigger appetite by rushing artists to the front who had not fully developed.

In short, music moved from being about the craft to being about fame and fortune, so everyone wanted a piece.

The onset of effective digital distribution through the Internet brought all of that to a crashing fall.  With the loss of musical craftsmanship, the ease of creation and distribution have fed a pipeline of musical gold rushers into the market and consumers have responded by taking what they like and paying for virtually nothing.

According to John the music industry has shrunk by 65% in the past 5 years.

I think John Thompson is relishing the return to the troubadour orientation to music.  He encouraged the musicians to focus on their craft, build a tribe of fans and develop a lifestyle that will enable them to life on less than $25,000 a year.  He pointed to Gungor, Over The Rhine, Phil Keaggy and The Civil Wars as examples of artists who have followed the trobadour model to a level of success that will enable them to sustain their music careers for the rest of their lives.

Sitting in the middle of a field in in Illinois we were able experience a tour de force assessment of the music industry through the eyes of a true expert.  Only at Cornerstone.

Rejoice and Shout: The Definitive History of Gospel Music

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“If we really heard the voice of God, we would be reduced to juice.  The vibration of His voice would reduce us to liquid. . . So He has to use other people to speak his word.”

–Pastor Andraé Crouch

Perhaps the most intense and emotional music one can ever hear is the best of African-American Gospel music.

Packed with evocative photos, rare audio recordings, stirring film appearances and TV performances, REJOICE AND SHOUT covers the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity.  Culled from hundreds of hours of music, REJOICE AND SHOUT features the crème de la crème of Gospel music.

REJOICE AND SHOUT traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles – spirituals and early hymns, four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements.

REJOICE AND SHOUT:The Definitive History Of Gospel Music

Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture – from slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, to the civil rights movement and empowerment. REJOICE AND SHOUT connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large – and continues to do.

Years in the making, REJOICE AND SHOUT captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity – the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting “slain in the spirit,” the hard hollerin’, and of course the inspiring music.

Rejoice and Shout The Gospel Music DocumnetaryGospel music.  The very words evoke images of powerful voices singing skyward, of tearful shouts of joy and praise.  Of African-American men, women and children, exhilarated by the freedom of expression of their faith, shouting aloud in joy or laid low by the humility the music instills in them, releasing the hardness of their lives into the hands of their Lord.

Gospel has been around in America since the days of slavery, as slaves sought to lighten their load each day in the fields, turning to the source of their lives in response to their dreary existence.  And that music has remained a source of strength and direction in the African-American community ever since.

The story of this music is one that producer Joe Lauro has been wanting to tell for some time. “I’ve always focused on trying to find some of the great Gospel that I knew had to exist on film,” he explains.  “I’ve slowly, for 10 years or so, been acquiring material for representation, looking up the old producers or finding shows that were long-defunct, to try and find prints.”  The search resulted in over 10,000 hours of amazing material – as can be seen in REJOICE AND SHOUT.

Though Lauro himself did not grow up hearing Gospel music in his own Sunday church experience, it nonetheless, like for many white Americans, had a tremendous impact.  “It really is a minority music, truly, in so many ways.  White folks really don’t understand the importance of it and the power of it.  It’s the bond in the African-American church community.  But it’s beyond just singing at church.  The music is so moving and riveting and visceral.  And I’d never seen anything that really got into the story of this music.”

Filmmaker Don McGlynn decided fairly early on, for the most part, to play performance clips in their entirety.  “I think it’s really important that you see the music numbers play out – because they’re music films,” he says.  “I think it’s kind of strange when you see movies about music where there barely is any, just musicians talking.”

Indeed, the director soon realized that it was important to provide viewers a context to understand the music and its history.  “There’s always the challenge of, ‘How do you balance this?  How do you set off each of the individual numbers, so they have the maximum impact?’  You don’t do that by just lining them up and playing them.  You have to contextualize them.  We’re telling a musical story, but we’re also coming at it from an historical, social, cultural and personal level at the same time.”

In order to provide SHOUT  AND REJOICE that context, three eminent Gospel music historians provide perspective.  Anthony Heilbut is well-known for his definitive book on the genre, “The Gospel Sound,” written in 1968.  Lauro says, “Tony’s life has been devoted to this music.  He has single-handedly helped keep the community organized and get records out there.  He’s championed some of the older performers.  And he’s an expert.”

Two other experts, both from the Washington, DC, area – author Bill Carpenter and radio host Jacquie Gales-Webb – also provide great context, often offering a perspective on the personal histories of the artists.  “They know where everybody is in the community, and they understand it well,” Lauro notes.

Ira Tucker and Dixie HummingbirdsOne of the last great elder statesmen of Gospel, The Dixie Hummingbirds’ Ira Tucker – who died in 2008, before the release of the film – appears, alongside his son, Ira, Jr., and Willa Ward, of The Ward Singers, as does Marie Knight (who has also since passed), another performer from the classic era, offering the kind of perspective only those who lived through this history can provide.

“When you see Ira early in the film, you just see this wonderful old gentleman in his cap,” notes Lauro.  “But once he begins telling stories, it allows you to somehow beam yourself into his memory and become part of the places and the things that he did.  That’s part of what drives me, as a filmmaker and as a historian, to fantasize about being there.”  McGlynn agrees.  “These people actually witnessed a lot of the events that we’re describing in the movie.  So when they say something about it, you have the benefit of seeing things from a personal point of view.  So we have personal reminiscences of things from the late 20s and early 30s, which is remarkable.”

Offering a more contemporary perspective are R & B greats Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples.  Though known to secular audiences in the 1970s for rhythm and blues, Mavis, since her childhood, was, alongside her siblings and father, “Pops” Staples, part of The Staple Singers, well-known for their Gospel music long before their days in the pop world.

Smokey Robinson‘s appearance in the film is not simply one of a musician offering an appreciation.  “Look at Smokey and The Miracles in 1964-65, and what he’s singing,” Lauro says.  “They all come from the Gospel church.  When you see them perform ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’ on The Tami Show in 1964, if you look at TV Gospel Time from the same year, with some of the other quartets and quintets, it’s the same stuff.  Just the lyric is a little different.”

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles- “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”

Even more important to McGlynn was Robinson’s spiritual perspective.  “He talks about a lot of things, like about his belief in God and how he spends so much time throughout his day praising God and asking for guidance,” McGlynn says.  “I realized that was something that was essential to a movie like this.

REJOICE AND SHOUT, in fact, spends its first 15 minutes exploring this very topic – laying the spiritual groundwork for what is to follow.  “In so many of these types of historical documentaries, they usually say why the thing’s important and why you’re watching it in the first two or three minutes, and then they cut to the baby picture,” the director explains.  “In this case, I thought, ‘This is about Gospel music.  What’s the most important thing about it?’  The number one thing you need to know before anything else is you really have to see what these people feel about God and how they express it in the music.”

REJOICE AND SHOUT is loaded with rare audio and film clips, from the Historic Films archive and other sources, dating back to the beginning of the last century.  “We’re very proud of the archival material, some of which hasn’t seen the light of day since the day it was filmed,” says Lauro.

The very first African-American vocal group to make a phonograph recording is represented in a rare 78 rpm disc from the Dinwiddie Colored Quartet – “Gabriel’s Trumpet” from 1902.  “Black artists, such as the Dinwiddie Quartet, traveled around the United States, playing tent shows and in black vaudeville, which was still at its very beginning,” explains Joe Lauro.  This disc, from Lauro’s personal collection, was recorded by Monarch Records, a precursor to RCA Victor.  “This is about as close as you can get to the way it sounded during slavery days.”

The disc is significant for another reason, McGlynn notes.  “This record precedes by almost two decades the secular blues and jazz, which started getting recorded around 1921, 1922.  I guess because this was God’s music, they thought it was more important to document.  It’s just sort of an accident that they happen to have been recorded, and they happened to make history.”

REJOICE AND SHOUT opems in New York on June 3rd and in a limited number of cities throughout the U.S. on June 10th.  Start today calling your local theaters to bring REJOICE AND SHOUT to your town.  Every music fan needs to see this movie.  Everyone interested in cultural developments of the past 200 years needs to see this movie.

Check in with us next week when for our review of REJOICE AND SHOUT. We will provide you our biased insight and more details on how the movie takes you through the history of Gospel music.  REJOICE AND SHOUT is a real American treasure that every reader of this site needs to see.

Noisetrade Is The Coolest Pt.1

So for the first time in almost a year, I am having a hard time finding free downloads for you guys.  The bad part is….well, no free downloads.  The good part howver is that I get to tell you guys about Noisetrade.com and all its coolness.

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Co-founded by Derek Webb in 2008, Noisetrade.com is an entire website of downloadable music that you can obtain through two channels. The first is a “pay-what-you-want” format that allows you to pick how much you want to pay for any given album on the site. They have recently reformed the site to call this money you spend a “tip”, and it can be a s low as a $1, to as high as $100. The second way to get music off the site to to give them some info (email address, zip code) and sugest the download to a few friends, either through Facebook or direct email. Either avenue, both artist and listener win.

Im going to spend the next few weeks telling guys about some of the cool stuff Ive gotten off the website, and then give you an opportunity to download it yourself.

So, it could kind of be like a free download…..

JGHymns is an eclectic collection of old timey hymns mixed in with some very modern music techniques. Expect to hear about every instrument known to man, and then on top of that there is the whole elctronic element too. It sounds really strange, but it works really well, you can listen to samples above

If you have been on the site before, you will know that I love So Long Forgotten, their blend of progressive rock mixed in with folkish post-hardcore is unbeatable in my book. The album above is CD before they signed on with Come&Live!, and I am starting to love it almost equally…..

The Civil Wars is Joy Williams little duo side project. they are really great, they play kind of a dark pop sound that reminds me of Eisley and Johnny Cash at the same time. This live recording was what made everyone take notice of them, and Im sure you will too

I’ll be back next week with some more suggestions for you guys!!

Send Christian Music Artists to ACL

Austin City Limits Music Festival is one of the top rock music festivals in the world. When you stroll the fields of Austin’s Zilker Parks every fall you meet music fans who have flown in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa to experience the three days of beautiful weather, great Austin food and some of the best hip rock, indie, hip/hop, country and electronic music in the world.

Austin City Limits Music Festival has featured Al Green and Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam, Bjork and Wilco and Coldplay. However, Christian music artists are usually under-represented at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. All major music and entertainment media attend and report from the festival.  This year, Mute Math, Billy Joe Shaver and a few local gospel groups were the only Christian artists we saw on the Austin City Limits Music Festival line-up. Mute Math received rave reviews and many are predicting a headline spot for them in the near future.

We have an opportunity to change that. Austin City Limits Music Festival promoter, C3, has sent a note to ask fans to suggest bands to book at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. We need your help in creating a good sample of music made by Christians that would catch the eye of hip music fans local and national media.

Each of us can only suggest five bands. We ask you to go to the site below and list the following bands for Austin City Limits to book in 2010:

Austin City Limits Music Festival- Be a Booking Agent

These bands represent a broad range of styes, from mewithoutyou‘s post-hardcore neo-folk talk music, to Buddy Miller‘s Americana, to Danielson‘s experimental Indie music to, Over The Rhine‘s jazz driven folk pop to Wovenhand‘s gothic folk hard rock revival meetings.

There are many, many bands that deserve to be on the list so you can go to our Music A to Z page and find your own.  However, if you join us in this concentrated effort to promote the artists we may have chance of pushing a few through.  But, whatever you do, go quickly.  Our opportunity to book Christian music artists at Austin City Limits Music Festival ends on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

Free Music! Really?

Free Music is a myth.  There is no free music.  All music comes at a price, if you are willing to pay for it.

Relevant magazine posted an article last week Why Music Should Be Free that has generate huge comment activity and it has certainly caught my attention.  Free music is a highly debated topic in my family and circle of friends.  I own over 1,000 LPs, 1,500 CDs and I have attended over 1,000 shows.  I happily pay a dollar or two more for a CD to purchase it at our locally owned record store than chain behemoths WalMart or Best Buy I think you can guess where I stand on the subject of free music.

The article has a few absurdities presented with the earnest sobriety of an article on health care reform or global warming.  So let’s dive in:

  1. Unauthorized downloading of music is not free music.  Let’s be honest with ourselves that unauthorized downloading of music is illegal.  You know they call that stealing where I come from.  Read Ian’s article a from a few months ago, Christians and Copyright Laws, Is It A Big Deal. You can throw all of the rationalizations at me you want.
    1. If you cannot afford to buy the music, listen to the radio or buy less beer.
    2. If you think artists are over paid, you only have one vote in that transaction.  Don’t listen to their music.  If you love the overpaid artist so much you cannot boycott their music, then I guess they are not overpaid.
    3. If you believe the labels are evil capitalist pigs who artificially jack-up the price of mediocre music to fund their fancy offices, decadent lifestyles and unwarranted bonuses, I agree with you.  However, remember that labels sort through mounds of music and at least afford us access to a manageable subset of all the good and bad music being recorded.  If you are not willing to pay for their contribution to your music consumption, be prepared to spend hours on the Internet sorting through mounds of bad music to find the great music you like.  The labels have taken advantage of their historical position in the distribution chain, but that does not justify your theft.
  2. I find it hilarious that the article asserting that music be free cites two authors  who make strong arguments free music is a cultural right.  You can buy Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity and Free: The Future of a Radical Price at Amazon for $10.88 and $21.59 respectively.  I guess music should be free but the written word comes at a cost.
  3. Chris Anderson, author of Free: The Future Price of Radical actually states in the article that “bands might give away music for free in hopes of creating and reaching more people who will one day attend a concert or buy an album.”  I have also heard people add tshirts and other merchandise into that mix.  In this logic we are demeaning that which is most valuable (the music) in hopes of selling something that is marginally valuable (merch) or something that that is quickly becoming unaffordable (concert tickets).  I also find it odd that  Anderson suggests that bands give away music to sell albums, when the large scale expectation of free music diminishes the very value of the albums they hope to sell in the future. That just makes my head hurt.
  4. Anderson also states “music was never intended to be a commodity that lived primarily in the transactional, economic space between producer and consumer”.  I find that odd because in 1890 the player piano was the primary source of music reproduction and the song reels were sold and sales were charted.  Even further back, popular and traditional music was distributed through sheet music that was bought and sold and tracked on popularity charts.  Throughout our history, we either learned to play an instrument and created our own music or we paid to play or listen to others’ music.

I stated earlier that all music comes at a price.  I wonder what you are willing to pay for it.  Are you willing to suffer the damage to your soul that comes from stealing (or as we try to justify our actions “sharing” or “downloading”) music?  Beyond the obvious Christian ramifications to Believers, stealing damages the thief, the victim and society.  If you believe an artist’s music is worth your time to download, space on your hard drive and your time to listen to it, then the music has value. Taking it without paying the artist devalues the artist and the art.

Stealing music pulls a thread from our collective agreement to honor the laws of our society.  If you only respect the laws that are convenient for you, why should others honor laws that are inconvenient for them?  Is it okay for a stranger to break into your house to sleep on your couch because they did not want to pay for a hotel room?  You still had your couch after they spent the night on it?  Why did they need your permission?

The logical outcome of this “right” consumers believe we have to freely take the music of musicians will result in the collapse of the economic ecosystem for music and ultimately lead to all musicians being amateurs.  I wonder how much great music Thom Yorke would make if he drove a taxi to pay his rent and made music between his double shifts?

200 years ago there was not a commercial infrastructure for music so musicians were supported by patronage.  That means the wealthy of the day paid the living expenses of musicians who made music who they liked.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if the democratization of music distribution led us back to a time where the music available was selected by the wealthy?

I eagerly partake of free music downloads that artists provide, but I don’t steal music. I am not willing to pay the price.

Am I out of touch?  Are my arguments hyperbolic? Do we have the right to freely consume the creations of others with no support of the artist?  Are you not concerned what free music will cost your down the line? Let us know.

David Bazan Steps Away

David Bazan is agnostic. That is not news to many, but to scores of Pedro The Lion’s and David Bazan’s Christian fans it is news we are trying to deny. But we cannot deny the words out of David Bazan’s mouth. This not interpretation of his new set of songs in Curse Your Branches. In an interview with the Chicago Reader, David Bazan clearly states he is agnostic.

David Bazan (Pedro The Lion)

Why do I bring this up now?  We at One21music grabbed Curse Your Branches on its release date.  We were immediately enthralled with the beauty of David Bazan’s music and the painful honesty of his lyrics.  Like many Christians who are fans of great music, we told ourselves that Bazan’s lyrics were the continuance of his journey from his social Church up bringing to a deeper, challenged faith.  We saw David Bazan perform last week at Waterloo Records and I really heard Curse Your Branches for the first time. I turned to my companions and said “David Bazan has rejected Christianity.  He says it clearly in “When We Fell” and “Hard To Be” that he is turning his back on our Faith”.  Like many of us my friends fell back on David Bazan’s history with Pedro The Lion and Headphones.  “No, he is just on his journey and is challenging our us think more deeply about our faith.”  Unfortunately that is not the case.

Curse Your Branches documents the spiritual pain of someone who has lost their faith and the impact on his family.  It is an incredible piece of work that makes me more sad every time I listen to it.  He is wrong in “Hard to Be” when he says: I swung my tassel to the left side of my cap ,Knowing after graduation there would be no going back. David Bazan, Christ hopes you will find your way back to Him and  he will embrace you if you ever turn back to him.

How should we respond when a Christian hero falls?

First, we should be sad.  Not because we have lost something we thought we owned.  David Bazan has never been the property of Christian music fans.  No, we should be sad because David Bazan‘s family is now in conflict.  We should be sad because David Bazan has lost his relationship with his loving Saviour.  That is reason to be sad.

Second, we should add David Bazan to our prayer lists. Through the intimacy of his music he has developed a relationship with us.  He is a fellow believer who has lost his way. Christ is greater than his doubt.  I meet people everyday who have lost their way.  I don’t know their journey as intimately as we know David Bazan’s. Pray for him.

Finally, we should continue to enjoy and examine the legacy of David Bazan‘s music as himself, Pedro The Lion and Headphones.  That body of work is a challenging testimony to the struggles of a thinking, seeking Christian.  We can learn from it.

Am I wrong?  Should we reject David Bazan and his past because if his present?  Do you feel betrayed?

WE WERE HACKED!

Someone worked there way into the innerworkings of our site last Tuesday and proceeded to eat into our database.  Our IT team worked the weekend to stop the attack but our content for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday was destroyed.  It does not appear that the attack spread to our or anyone else’s personal computers.  It will take us a few days to recreate last Thursday’s “Voices of The Underground” and the artist bio’s we created.

Weekly Update 8/21/09

Hello to all the amazing people who read our site, we love you. Really, your participation in this website makes everything worth it.  Every time you visit, it counts as only good stuff for us as a group.  So, thank you….

If you will remember, a few months back, we announced that we were going to tone things down a little bit on the site.  At the time, we were putting up three posts a day, beginning to build our artist database, and trying to manage our emerging “ezine” persona.  In all honesty, we never intended to use The One21 as a magazine-type website. Our original idea for this blog was to simply communicate our passion and try to begin to introduce the world to a larger perspective of “Christian music”in modern culture.

Well, God, as He always does, has His own plans for things, and seven months in to our existence we were doing interviews,  reporting on news, and in general acting like more of a magazine.

However, the true intention of this site, The One21 Music, was to build a tool that could fully introduce the people to the vast body of music made by believers. So, in May, we officially began to build our artists database. We started strong, found out we weren’t doing it right, started over, added a few features, went back and added those features to the existing profiles, went back and edited, and then once again began to add new artists, and here we are.

Confused? Dont worry, all of that was my long way of saying that we are now 260 artists strong in our database, and every week we are adding on average 6-10 new entries.  The profiles span over 10 genres, 3 categories, and over 120 styles (sub-genres).  We are doing our best to make sure that any fan, of any type of music will have a place on this website.  You can go see our progress by clicking on the “Artist Search” tab up at the top of this page, or you can click here.
Also, if there is particular artist you want to check out, you can get to them quickly by typing in www.one21music.com/(artist name) into the address bar on your browser (so an example would be www.one21music.com/owl city).  If you dont get anything, it most likely means we have not gotten that particular artist into the system yet, but don’t fret because we are working on it.

Alright, with so much going on, Chuck and I thought it would be a good idea to start giving you guys weekly rundowns on what is happening here on the site.  So at the end of the week, we will recap what we have been writing about on the blog, in the database, and what is happening in our company.  Our hope is that not only will you stay up to date to what is happening on the blog, and what new artists you may want to check out, but also that you would get to know us as people and as a company. So, here we go, this our first real update so I hope you enjoy:

General Site Updates:

-First of all, you may notice that we have a new banner. The old one was cool and everything, but as we turn the corner on this website, we wanted to go with something a bit “cleaner” looking. Plus, I (Ian) was really tired of looking at myself every time I looked at the site (yes, if you remember the guy in the banner, that was a big ‘ol profile of me, myself, and I).

-We launched our “Album Release” page this week. this page contains dates, titles, and album artwork(when available) for all the upcoming CDs from Christian artists. It will be updated often, and in future “update” posts I will keep you up to date on what we have added to the page. Go check out all the upcoming releases here.

-We got rid of our “Music Artists” and “Christian Labels” tabs. With the database, we don’t need the “Artist” tab, although you may see a newer, more accessible version of it pop up in the near future. All the information from the “Christian Labels” can now be found in our “Links” page. You can click on the “Links” tab at the top of the page or just click here

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Blog/Article Updates:

-New Releases-The big release this week came from MuteMath, but Manic Drive and Take It Back! also released somke new stuff this week.
-Music News- new videos from John Reuben, Paramore, and Philmont, along with new album info for Abandon Kansas, and a lot of bands leaving their labels and others getting signed.
-Free Download- a new little DJ album from hip-hop artist Playdough. Very strange, but hard to pass up for free.
-Voices Of The Underground2 Pt.1- Begin a new “season” of our round table interview series by asking Thousand Foot Krutch, White Collar Sideshow, Gileah Taylor, and many others what they love about music.

Artist Database Updates:

-Chuck has moved around some genre definitions to best suite our Praise & Worship, and Gospel fans.

Profiles added:
Moby
Owl City
Mindy Smith
Adrienne Young
Iris Dement
MuteMath
Son Lux
Buddy Miller
Bodies Of Water
The Welcome Wagon
Sufjan Stevens
Danielson
Josh Garrels
Listener
Preson Phillips
Gileah Taylor (Gileah & The Ghost Train)
Wonder
Love Begotten
Bradley Hathaway

Also, this weekend we will be holding a meeting to try and figure out a possible One21 Fest here in Austin, Texas. If you are reading this and have some ideas, please speak up. Until next week, God bless, and have a great weekend.

Christian Music Is Not A Genre, It Is A Movement