New Releases for September 27, 2011

New Releases For September 27th, 2011

andrae crouch the journey
The Journey
Andraé Crouch

Riverphlo
Gospel
Buy now: Amazon

Benjah-The Break-Up
The Break-Up
Benjah

220 Entertainment
Reggae
Buy now: Amazon

Betraying the Martyrs-Breathe in Life
Breathe in Life
Betraying The Martyrs

Listenable
Metal
Buy Now:Amazon

Brittany Hargest love all the way
Love All The Way
Brittany Hargest

EMI Gospel
Pop-Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

Heather Williams-This Time Around
This Time Around
Heather Williams

Fair Trade
Pop-Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

hundredth let go
Let Go
Hundredth

Mediaskare
Metal
Buy Now:Amazon

Kiros-Outlaws and Prodigals EP
Outlaws And Prodigals EP
Kiros

ANGR
Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

Manic Drive-Epic
Epic
Manic Drive

Whiplash Records
Electro-Pop
Buy Now: Amazon

maylene and the sons of disaster IV
IV
Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster

Ferret Records
Hard Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

nothing till blood when lambs become lions
When Lambs Become Lions
Nothing Till Blood

Strike First
Metal
Buy Now:Amazon

oh sleeper children of fire
Children of Fire
Oh, Sleeper

Tooth & Nail
Metal
Buy Now:Amazon

Peace 586-Abel
Able
Peace 586

Illicit Recordings
Rap
Buy Now:iTunes

Press Play World Anthem
World Anthem
Press Play

Dream Records
Electro-Pop
Buy Now:Amzon

rachel lampa all we need
All We Need
Rachel Lampa

220 Entertainment
Contemporary
Buy Now:Amazon

Rapture Ruckus-Open Your Eyes
Open Your Eyes
Rapture Ruckus

BEC Records
Electro-Pop
Buy Now:Amazon

switchfoot vice verses
Vice Verses
Switchfoot

Atlantic Records
Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

Travis Cottrell-When The Stars Burn Down
When The Stars Burn Down
Travis Cottrell

Inciite
Contemporary
Buy Now:Amazon

Free Download: A Minor Bird-Where The River Breaks Free

Where The River Breaks

Today’s free download is from a new band , A Minor Bird.  Well, they are new to us. These four guys actually came together in 2009 and released Where The River Breaks Free in 2010. However, we just discovered these guys today and I doubt many of you own this mini album. Frontman and man writer Kevin Embelton has constructed a set of songs that are complex, compelling and dynamic.  A Minor Bird deliver a set of songs with a clever interweaving of instruments and highly dramatic tonal and tempo changes.  Embelton’s high, thin voice delivers on the emotional depth of a believer who marvels at the richness of his relationship with God. If you like melodic, textured rock go straight to Noise Trade and download Where The River Breaks Free.

New Releases for September 13, 2011

7eventh Time Down-Alive In You
Alive In You
7eventh Time Down

BEC Recordings
Rock
Buy Now:Amazon

da truth the whole truth
The Whole Truth
Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

220 Entertainment
Rap
Buy Now:Amazon

d-maub deathbeforedishoner
Death Before Dishonor
D-MAUB

Dedicated Music Group
Rap
Buy Now: Amazon

Cory Lamb-Break The Cycle
Break The Cycle
Cory Lamb

Black Sheep
Contemporary
Buy Now: Amazon

the devil wears prada dead throne
Dead Throne
The Devil Wears Prada

Ferret Records
Metal
Buy Now: Amazon

Jeanette Thulin Claesson-I Will Wait
I Will Wait
Jeanette Thulin Claesson

Dream Records
Contemporary
Buy Now: Amazon

Jessa Anderson-Not Myself Anymore
Not Myself Anymore
Jessa Anderson

BEC Recordings
Pop
Buy Now: Amazon

jason gray away to see in the dark
A Way To See In The Dark
Jason Gray

EMI Gospel
Contemporary
Buy Now: Amazon

Liam Blake – You And Other Stories
You and Other Stories
Liam Blake

PID
Folk
Buy Now: Amazon

matt hammitt every falling tear
Every Falling Tear
Matt Hammitt

Sparrow Records
Worship
Buy Now: Amazon

Sleep For Sleepers-Conditions
Conditions
Sleep For Sleepers

Independent
Rock

Submission Red-Vision Tour
Vision Tour
Submission Red

Dream Records
Rock
Buy Now: Amazon

We Came As Romans-Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be
Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be
We Came As Romans

Equal Vision Records
Metal
Buy Now: Amazon

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

Moby’s New One- Destroyed- Streamin Online

Christian musician Moby is one of the pillars of electronic music.  In the late 90′s he redefined this music style and brought electronic music from the clubs into the mainstream.  His Everything Is Wrong set a new bar for the genre that many have reached for since.  It was the best album of 1995 in any genre.  1999′s Play was a revolution that ranks as one of the top 100 albums in the rock era.  Both recordings are on One21music’s Essentail 100, our collection of 100 recordings by Christian musicians that we believe everyone should own, or at least listen to.

moby_destroyedMoby‘s latest’s, Destroyed, lands in stores on May 17th, see our Release Dates for a full list of music releases over the next few months.  You can buy the cd with a book of images that Moby has taken from around the world, in a deluxe cd package with some of the photos, as a standard jewel case cd or digitally.  However, Moby has given us a gift.  He is streaming the entire album online along with a map of the pictures he has taken on his travels around the world.  It is an incredible piece of art.  I cannot wait until Tuesday so I can get my hands on this package.  Here is what Moby says about his newest creation.

“i don’t sleep very well when i travel. and as a result, i tend to be awake in cities when everyone else is asleep. that’s where this album, and the pictures that accompany it come from. it was primarily written late at night in cities when i felt like i was the only person awake (or alive), a soundtrack for empty cities at 2 a.m, at least that’s how i hear it. the pictures were taken on tour while i was writing the album. i wanted to show a different side of touring and traveling. a side that is often mundane, disconcerting, and occasionally beautiful. ”

So follow this link to listen to Moby‘s Destroyed.

New Releases For November 22nd, 2010

adeste- In Parables
In Parables
Adeste

Independent
Electronic/Screamo
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

as they sleep Dynasty
Dynasty
As They Sleep

Solid State Records
Metal
Buy NOW:
Amazon

the chariot long live
Long Live
The Chariot

Good Fight Records
Metalcore
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

Introducing The City Harmonic cover art
Introducing The City Harmonic EP
The City Harmonic

Kingsway Music
Worship
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

Darkwater-Where Stories End
Where Stories End
Darkwater

Ulterium Records
Metal
Buy NOW:
Amazon

day of vengence he who has ears
He Who Has Ears
Day Of Vengeance

Red Chord Records
Metal

phanatik-party-over-here
Party Over Here
Phanatik

Cross Movement Records
Rap
Buy NOW:
Amazon

rocky loves emily american dream
American Dream EP
Rocky Loves Emily

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3 [+Digital Booklet]

your memorial atonement
Atonement
Your Memorial

Facedown Records
Metal
Buy NOW:
Amazon

Twinkie Clark One of NPR’s Greatest Voices

twinkie-clarkTwinkie Clark was recently named one of the 50 greatest voices to ever grace this earth by NPR.  A member of the famed gospel group, The Clark Sisters, Twinkie Clark has been amazing the Chruch going folks for 30 years.  The entire list is being revealed slowly over the rest of this year but Twinkie Clark joins the likes of bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, Irish Tenor John McCormack and Ukrainian Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt.

Here is what NPR had to say about gospel icon Twinkie Clark:

“Gospel music has come a long way since the early 1930s, when Thomas Dorsey fused a Christian message with blues chords and rhythms. Over the years, innovators such as Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Andrae Crouch and others have played major parts in pushing the music forward. But no list of gospel greats would be complete without Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark. Many know her as the leader of The Clark Sisters and as a master organist. But Clark’s voice is the sum of many parts.

Twinkie Clark sings like John Coltrane played: Her notes are clear and clean, her phrasing and timing exquisite.

“She can do a growl, she can do a moan, but there is a clarity in her singing that has always appealed to me, and I think that reaches a lot of people,” says Deborah Smith Pollard, who teaches a class on gospel music at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Bringing The Sunshine

Clark’s fans love her solo albums, but know her best as the leader, arranger and main songwriter of The Clark Sisters. She and sisters Karen, Dorinda and Jackie have been making hits and winning awards since the 1980s, none bigger than 1981′s “You Brought the Sunshine.” It was first a hit on gospel radio before moving onto R&B stations and then to the clubs, where DJs used it to kick-start many a dance-floor groove — much to the chagrin of some of the faithful.

Meanwhile, Twinkie Clark, a fan of jazz and R&B who studied classical music at Howard University, continued to innovate, creating a vocal style that many gospel and R&B singers now imitate.

“That’s how the riffs came,” says Karen Clark Sheard, Twinkie’s baby sister and a member of The Clark Sisters. “She had to sing opera, and you could hear them doing their little acrobats in the opera. And then, even in jazz, people like Ella Fitzgerald — for you to hear someone do riffs and do little turns with your voices and yet put it in gospel — that was something that was very unusual that Twinkie pretty much started.”

Twinkie Clark has always been the vocal leader of the group. No surprise, then, that she’s been teaching her sisters their parts since they were children. It’s a skill she says she learned from her mom, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, a renowned choir director, arranger and songwriter in gospel music.

“Sometimes she would wake us up at 3 a.m. and we were crying and sleepy, talking about, ‘Momma we don’t feel like getting up,’ ” Twinkie Clark says. “And she said, ‘No, I’m going to make you do this. It’s going to pay off after a while.’ And it did. She would have us sit around the piano, and she would say, ‘I’ve got a song on my mind that the Lord gave me and I want y’all to learn it.”

Making The Organ Sing

Twinkie Clark the vocalist is perhaps only matched by Twinkie Clark the organist. She’s known in gospel-music circles as “Queen of the Hammond B-3,” so her vocalizing and organ playing are very much intertwined — so much so that, according to Dr. Cedric Dent of Take 6, she makes the organ sing.

“You hear music teachers say that to their students all the time: ‘Make your instrument sing; make it sound like your voice,’ ” Dent says. “She was incredible at making the organ sound like her voice.”

You can even hear the harmonizing that she would teach her sisters in her organ playing. You can hear all of those parts — the nuances, the riffs — that they would sing vocally. It’s all there in her organ technique.

Clark’s technique as a vocalist and musician may be what makes her a great artist, but she says all the credit goes to the Spirit.

“If you have the Spirit of God, the Spirit of God will lead you to which songs to do, what type of music to do, when to do your runs and your little riffs,” Clark says. “You know to kind of make the audience emotional and kind of get them into what you are doing, and to get them into the presence of God.”

Twinkie Clark has made a career of mixing artistry and ministry. Her fans seem to agree that it’s a divine combination.”


Check out why NPR named Twinkie Clark one the Top 50 Voices


Free Download:Songs To Slay The Dragons Volume 2

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The guys over at Indie Vision Music are known for putting together huge samplers filled with known and unknown bands. Last year they unleashed their first all “heavy” sampler called Songs To Slay Dragons Too, and this weekend the sequel to that sampler hit the net. The tracklisting will speak for itself, but if you want to know what is going on in the heavy Christian music scene, do yourself a favor and download this sucka!

1. Phinehas – I Am the Lion
2. Messengers – Judge (Courtesy of Facedown/Strike First Records)
3. With Life In Mind – King of Frauds (Courtesy of CI Records)
4. Close Your Eyes – The Body (Courtesy of Victory Records)
5. Gnashing of Teeth – Separate (Courtesy of Sancrosanct Records)
6. Hundredth – Desolate (Courtesy of MediaSkare Records)
7. Called to Arms – Vintage Pharisee (Courtesy of Tragic Hero Records)
8. The Gun Show – The Adegan System
9. Strengthen What Remains – Pathetic (Courtesy of On The Attack Records)
10. Where the Ocean Meets the Sky – We Are But Instruments (Courtesy of CI Records)
11. Fallstar – Hunters (Courtesy of Come & Live!)
12. Silence O Israel – Beware: Alexander the Coppersmith
13. Righteous Vendetta – The Dawning (Courtesy of Red Cord Records)
14. Centuries Apart – Malachi (My Messenger)
15. Cast Them To Ruin – Ocean Straight
16. I Am Alpha and Omega – The Bride (Courtesy of Come & Live!)
17. ForChristSake – Sleep
18. As Bold As Lions – Face of Reality
19. The Brigade – Teeth and Crowns
20. As Bold As Lions – Moving Forward
21. Mercy Screams – Thief In the Night
22. As Bold As Lions – The Anthem
23. Dependency – Fragile (Courtesy of Blood & Ink Records)
24. Sovereign Strength – Deliverance (Courtesy of MediaSkare Records)
25. Thin Ice – You Were There (Courtesy of Blood & Ink Records)
26. Sovereign Strength – Heartless (Courtesy of MediaSkare Records)
27. Debtor – Escape (Courtesy of Blood & Ink Records)
28. Sovereign Strength – The Suffering (Courtesy of MediaSkare Records)
29. Not One Is Upright – And They Were Likened Unto Dogs
30. Inlow – Ecclactide
31. Senseless Beauty – Fear and Loathing in Iowa City
32. Moshe Dayan – Arms of Desolation
33. Every Man For Himself – Te Mana Whakahaere (Autonomy) (Courtesy of Deadboy Records)
34. Divide the Sea – In Knowing, Triumph (Courtesy of Blood & Ink Records)
35. Milosny – Battle Line (Courtesy of Red Cord Records)
36. Awake the Suffering – Purities Walk Through The Vines (Courtesy of Raging Storm Records)
37. Before There Was Rosalyn – The Warrior (Courtesy of Victory Records)
38. Corpus Christi – Monuments (Courtesy of Victory Records)
39. Creations – Boom (P.O.D. Cover)
40. Clear Convictions – Justice From Heaven (On The Attack Records)
41. Saving Grace – Oaxaca (Courtesy of Deadboy & Strike First Records)
42. Second Thief – Perfection (Courtesy of Darkslate Records)
43. Auburn – Weary Bones and Watering Eyes (Demo) (Courtesy of Blue Duck Records)
44. Parallels – Patterns

Download Songs To Slay The Dragons Volume 2:PT 1
Download Songs To Slay The Dragons Volume 2:PT 2

Cadet Posts New Music Video

UK Christian hip-hop artist Cadet has posted the video for his latest single, “Realise”. This a serious club banger,lots of bass and catchy hooks. I hope you dig it!

Amazon MP3 $5 Black Friday Sale

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Amazon MP3 is having a huge sale of $5 digital albums this whole week. I waded through the 545 some odd albums and came up with this list of digital albums for sale from the artists we cover. There is a lot of good stuff on here, including a lot of albums that came out just this year. $5 isn’t bad either, considering a LOT of the albums are closer to ten songs than five, so its almost like paying 50 cents a song. Let me know if I missed anyone, here is the list:

Christian Music Artists For Sale on Amazon MP3

Owl City Ocean Eyes (buy now)
Red-Innocence & Instinct (buy now)
Kutless It Is Well (buy now)
Johnny Cash The Best Of Sun Years ( buy now)
Mae (m)orning (buy now)
Relient K Mmhmm (buy now)
U2 No Line On The Horizon (buy now)
Fee Hope Rising (buy now)
Flyleaf Momento Mori: Amazon MP3 Special Edition (buy now)
Sara Groves Fireflies & Songs (buy now)
Britt Nicole The Lost Get Found (buy now)
Decyfer Down Crash (buy now)
Addison Road Addison Road (buy now)
Jason UptonOn The Rim Of The Visible World (buy now)
David Crowder BandAll I Can Say (buy now)
33MilesOne Life (buy now)
Jonny DiazMore Beautiful Than You (buy now)
DiscipleSouthern Hospitality (buy now)
Big Daddy WeaveWhat Life Would Be Like (buy now)
Phil Stacy - Into The Light (buy now)
Jeremy CampBeyond Measure (buy now)
tobyMacWelcome To Diverse City (buy now)
Building 429Building 429 (buy now)
Kierra SheardKiki’s Mixtape (buy now)
Phil Wickham-Heaven & Earthbuy now)
Leeland-Love Is On The Move (buy now)
Sidewalk Prophets-These Simple Truths (buy now)
Matt Maher-Alive Again (buy now)
Pillar-Confessions (buy now)
Thi’sl-Chronicles Of An X-Hustler (buy now)
Christy NockelsLife Light Upbuy now)
Misty EdwardsRelentless (buy now)
Jordin SparksBattlefield (buy now)
LifehouseNo Name Face (buy now)
Meredith AndrewsThe Invitation (buy now)
Remedy DriveDaylight Is Coming (buy now)
Laura StoryGreat God Who Saves (buy now)
116 CliqueAmped (buy now)
Covenant Worship With David & Nicole Binion – Heaven On Earth (buy now)