New Releases For September 18th, 2012


Make It Right
Abel

Independent
Indie Rock
Buy: available through Abel’s Bandcamp site


I Am
Becoming The Archetype

Solid State Records
Metal
Buy: Amazon


Woven
Esterlyn

VSR
Pop Rock
Buy: Amazon MP3


Roots Run Deeper
Jadon Lavik

JLM Recordings
Worship
Buy: Amazon


Polarized
Luke Dowler

Dream Records
Pop Rock
Buy: Amazon


Basement Window EP
O’Brother

Triple Crown Records
Progressive Rock
Buy: Amazon MP3


Resuscitate
Remedy Drive

Centricity Music
Contemporary Rock
Buy: Amazon

New Releases For April 17th, 2012


Oh Ransomed Son
Ascend The Hill

Come&Live!
Worship
Buy: Amazon MP3


Celestial Progression EP
Becoming The Archetype

Solid State Records
Metal/Remixes
Buy: Amazon MP3


Love Come To Life
Big Daddy Weave

Fervent Records
Contemporary
Buy now:Amazon


Swell
Deluge

Integrity Records
Worship
Buy: Amazon MP3


Home EP
Mike Mains & The Branches
Platinum Pop
Indie Rock
Buy: Amazon MP3


I Choose Jesus
Moriah Peters

Reunion Records
Pop
Buy: Amazon


Rebel Transmission
NEWWORLDSON

Platinum Pop
Rock
Buy:Amazon


The End Is Where We Begin
Thousand Foot Krutch

Independent
Rock
Buy: Amazon


Live at Roepaen
Wovenhand

Glitterhouse Records
Goth Folk
Buy: Amazon MP3

A Week In Music Videos: March 28th-April 2nd

Aaron Gillespie-”We Were Made For You”

Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster-”Listen Close”

Becoming The Archetype-”Magnetic Sky”

Abandon Kansas-Heaven Come My Way

Ironwill-”Visionaries”

For Today-”Seraphim”

New Releases For March 29th, 2011

appleseed cast middle states
Appleseed Cast
Middle States EP

Graveface Records
Progressive Rock
Buy now: Amazon MP3

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Celestial Completion
Becoming The Archetype

Solid State Records
Metal
Buy now: Amazon

decemeradio southern attic sessions ep
Southern Attic Sessions EP
DecembeRadio

Independent
Pop Rock
(purchase through decemberadio.com)

emery we do what we want
We Do What We Want
Emery

Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records
Screamo
Buy now: Amazon

fallstar reconciler refiner igniter
Reconciler. Refiner. Igniter.
Fallstar

Come&Live!
Metal
(pay what you want through comeandlive.com)

Ironwill Unturned
Unturned
Ironwill

Blood & Ink Records
Hardcore
Buy now: Amazon MP3

mary mary something big
Something Big
Mary Mary

Columbia Records
R&B
Buy now: Amazon

Smokie Norful-How I Got Over…Songs That Carried Us
How I Got Over…Songs That Carried Us
Smokie Norful

EMI Gospel
Gospel
Buy now:Amazon

Christian Music News August 4th, 2009

  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Advent‘s second Solid State Records releases, entitled Naked and Cold, which will be out September8th, 2009.
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    1. Nothing
    2. Overcome
    3. Naked and Cold
    4. Fatherless
    5. Pack of Fools
    6. Revival
    7. Crown of Thorns
    8. Golgotha
    9. Pierced With Grief
    10. With Anger
    11. Out of Line
    12. Blackness of Day

  • An interview with Paul Meany of Mutemath made its way online this week over at offbeat.com. Read Mutemath interview.
  • Brady Murphy, former guitarist/singer for the now inactive metalcore band Nodes Of Ranvier, suffered a near fatal acciedent that cost him both of his arms recently. Read article on Brad Murphy of Nodes Of Ranvier.
  • Below is the cover art and tracklisting for Hawk Nelson‘s upcoming CD, entitled Live Life Loud, which become available September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Live Life Loud
    2. Never Enough
    3. Eggshells
    4. Meaning Of Life
    5. Alive
    6. Ode To Lord Stanley
    7. Long Ago
    8. The Job
    9. Shaken
    10. Lest We Forget
    11. Tis So Sweet
    12. The Final Toast

  • Below is the new video from hip-hop artist Humble Tip for the song “Body Of Death”.
  • Thrice will be opening up for Brand New on the dates below. Tickets are already on sale for many of the shows. This is going to be awesome:
  • October 25th Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheater
    October 27th Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
    October 29th Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
    October 30th Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
    October 31st Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
    November 04th Lake Buena Vista, FL -House of Blues
    November 05th Tampa, FL – The Ritz
    November 07th North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
    November 09th Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
    November 10th Richmond, VA – The National
    November 11th Baltimore, MD – Sonar
    November 13th Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
    November 14th Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

  • Norma Jean are back home and are already working on new material to follow up 2008′s The Anti Mother.
  • Pennsylvania hardcore band Debtor has signed with Blood & Ink Records. Congrats to all involved…
  • Below is the cover art and tracklisting for Ruth‘s upcoming The Covers EP, which will be available August 25, 2009.
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    1. Everyday (Buddy Holly)
    2. Dream (Everly Brothers)
    3. I’m The One Who Wants To Be With You (Mr. Big)
    4. Give Me One Reason (Tracy Chapman)
    5. Fix You (Coldplay)

  • Switchfoot‘s upcoming album Hello Hurricane‘s release date has been pushed back in to “some time in November”. Just a little longer….
  • An interview with Chris of Tooth & Nail indie rock band Surrogate was posted over at Indie Vision Music this week.  Read Surrogate interview.
  • Experimental art-core band Life On Repeat has signed with Equal Vision Records. Sweet…..
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Bethany Dillon‘s upcoming album, Stop & Listen, which will hit stores September 8th, 2009.
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    1. Everyone To Know
    2. Get Up And Walk
    3. Stop & Listen
    4. I Am Yours
    5. Deliver Me
    6. Say Your Name
    7. So Close
    8. In The Beginning
    9. Reach Out
    10. The Way I Come To You
    11. Everyone To Know [Acoustic]

  • Sara Watkins (ex Nickle Creek) recently recorded a live performance with Woodsongs Old Time Radio, which has been made available for your listening pleasure by clicking on the link to the right. Listen to Sara Watkins.
  • Producer/electronic duo Shiloh gave an interview to 365Mag International last week concerning rumors of their demise. Read Shiloh interview.
  • Below is the new video for Jonzetta‘s latest single, “Busy Body”.  I hope you dig it because apparently this might be one of their last videos as there are rumors of a break-up in the near future.
  • Progressive rock band Leone was named “Blarer Of The Month” by Blaremagazine.com.  View Leone profile on Blaremagazine.com.
  • Metal band Before Their Eyes are now writing/recording tracks for a new album, due out some time in late 2009.
  • Below is the album art work and track listing for Silverline‘s upcoming EP, entitled Start To Believe, which will be available August 25th, 2009.
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    1. Get It Right
    2. Start Yo Believe
    3. Wake The Nations
    4. Stop Me Now
    5. All Consuming Love
    6. One Step Back
    7. Wake The Nations [Acoustic]

  • Singer/songwriter Orion Walsh was featured in an article in The Lincoln Journal Star. Read Orion Walsh article.
  • Veronica from our friends in White Collar Sideshow posted a massive up date on their recent and future travels, including Cornerstone, IchThus, and filming for Daystar TV (which was yesterday, T said things went well).  If their was ever a band you might consider donating a few bucks to, maybe think about these guys, they are truely some sold out people for Christ. Read White Collar Sideshow update.
  • Below is a video interview with hip-hop artist Lecrae in which he talks about his latest release, his latest tour and much more…
  • MXPX will be featured in September’s issue of AP Magazine, and a screen shot of the article was posted on the band’s website.  View MXPX in AP Magazine.
  • The Appleyard now has a new vocalist and is working on new material, so get ready.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Letter Black‘s upcoming EP, entitled Breaking The Silence, which will hit the market  on September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Moving On
    2. Hanging On By A Thread
    3. Best Of Me
    4. Collapse
    5. Away From Me
    6. Perfect
    7. Best Of Me [Acoustic]

  • Winston Audio will be featured on the cover of Southeast Performer Magazine this month. View Winston Audio magazine cover.
  • Pop rock band Sent By Ravens have signed on with Tooth & Nail Records. The band has been working with Aaron Sprinkle on new material, and a release date will be made public soon.
  • Below is the new video from power-pop band Eleventyseven with their song “Evil Genius”.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for David Crowder Band‘s September 22nd, 2009 release, Church Music.
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    1. Phos Hilaron [Hail Gladdening Light!]
    2. Alleluia, Sing
    3. The Nearness
    4. Shadows
    5. Eastern Hymn
    6. SMS (Shine)
    7. The Veil
    8. We Are Loved
    9. All Around Me
    10. How He Loves
    11. Can I Lie Here
    12. Birmingham (We Are Safe)
    13. Church Music – Dance[!]
    14. What A Miracle
    15. Oh, Happiness
    16. God Almighty, None Compares
    17. In The End [O Resplendent Light!]

  • It seems that despite reporting the opposite earlier in the year, Michael Tait will actually be laying down some vocal parts with his touring band, newsboys. Specifically, the band will re-record the song “Glorious” with Tait‘s voice instead of long time front man Peter Furler.
  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for KJ-52‘s upcoming CD, Five-Two Television, which will drop September 22nd, 2009.
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    1. Five-Two Television
    2. Adventures of Tweezyman
    3. End of My Rope
    4. The Chris Carlino Story: Day One [Interlude]
    5. Headline News at 5 (co-starring Theory Hazit)
    6. He Did That
    7. Let’s Go (co-starring Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch)
    8. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Two [Interlude]
    9. Are You Online?
    10. Calling You (co-starring J.R.)
    11. Headline News at 11 (co-starring Braille)
    12. Picture
    13. Shake It Off
    14. Gonna Be Alright
    15. Help Me Change (co-starring Rob Beckley of Pillar)
    16. Swagged Out With Tags Out (co-starring Da’ T.R.U.T.H.)
    17. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Four [Interlude]
    18. Fuego (co-starring Funky)
    19. Tweezy Dance
    20. Let it Go
    21. Firestarter (co-starring Manwell & Bianca Reyes of Group 1 Crew)
    22. Broken People
    23. The Chris Carlino Story: Week Five [Interlude]
    24. Dear God

  • Below is the artwork for the first of many single song releases from metal outfit Becoming The Archetype, entitled Necrotizing Fasciitis. Guitarist Seth also did a baseball themed interview with Noisecreep. Read Becoming The Archetype interview.
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  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for blessthefall‘s new album, entitled Witness, which will be available October 8th, 2009.
  • blessthefall-witness
    1.2.0
    2.What’s Left Of Me
    3.To Hell And Back
    4.God Wears Gucci
    5.Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
    6.Witness
    7.Last Ones Left
    8.Five Ninety
    9.We’ll Sleep When We’re Dead
    10.Skinwalkers
    11.You Deserve Nothing and I Hope You Get Less
    12.Stay Still

  • Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Elms upcoming Sepetember 15th, 2009 release, entitled The Great American Midrange.
  • the-elms-the-great-american-midrange
    1. STRUT
    2. UNLESS GOD APPEARS FIRST
    3. COUNTY FAIR
    4. THE WILDEST HEART
    5. LONG GONE
    6. THE SHAKE
    7. THE GOOD GUYS
    8. THE LITTLE WAYS
    9. BACK TO INDIANA
    10. THIS IS HOW THE WORLD WILL END
    11. THUNDERHEAD
    12. A PLACE IN THE SUN

    Free MP3 Download:Tooth & Nail Fuel Sampler 09

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    Its that time of year again, Tooth & Nail along with FUEL Magazine are giving a MASSIVE free sampler of some the best stuff from their 3 imprints (BEC, Tooth&Nail, and Solid State). This time around, there are a ton of unreleased tracks, including brand new songs from August Burns Red, Living Sacrifice, Oh Sleeper, and Showbread. Dont believe me, check out the track listing

    And Then There Were None – Reinventing Robert Cohn
    As Cities Burn – 84′ Sheepdog
    August Burns Red – Thirty and Seven
    Becoming The Archetype – Dichotomy
    Children 18:3 – All My Balloons
    Copeland – The Grey Man
    Corey Crowder – Look How Far We’ve Come
    Emery – Cuthroat Collapse
    Family Force 5 – Fever
    FM Static – Boy Moves To A New Town With Optimistic Outlook
    Haste The Day – 68
    Hawk Nelson – Let’s Dance [Dojo Dominating Remix]
    Ivoryline – Days End
    Jonezetta – Sick In The Teeth
    Living Sacrifice – Overkill Exposure (Rough Mix)
    mewithoutYou – Every Thought A Thought Of You
    MxPx – Punk Rock Girl
    Mychildren Mybride – On The Wings Of Integrity
    Neon Horse – Strange Town
    Oh, Sleeper – Son of the Morning
    Secret & Whisper – Anchors (Acoustic)
    Showbread – Nothing Matters Anymore
    Since October – Guilty
    Surrogate – Exercise Machines
    The Ascendicate – Scottish
    The Chariot – Daggers
    The Crucified – The Pit
    The Showdown – [Achilles] The Backbreaker
    Thousand Foot Krutch – Bring Me To Life
    Trenches – Sacrament
    Underoath – Desperate Times Desperate Measures

    Were you counting? Thats over 30 tracks, and most of them are from up coming albums. Yea, I know, you need to download this right now. Click on the link below and save the .ZIP file to your computer, EXTRACT ALL FILES, then tear into some great new music!

    Download the Tooth & Nail Records Fuel Sampler 2009

    The(ONE)21 Music’s Best Albums Of 2008:Retrospective

    We do indeed understand that it has been a long time since we should have posted our favorite albums of 2008. Sometimes though, hindsight makes you love certain CDs you hadn’t really listened to in a while. So we though it would be fitting, as how we are almost half way through 2009, to suggest and recommend our favorite CDs from 2008 made by Christian artists.  Feel free to tell us if you love the list or hate it, and we would love to hear your lists as well. These are not in order (besides for our favorite across the board), and they are not ranked in any other way.

    The(ONE)21 Music’s best Christian music albums for 2008

    Album of the year:

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    Bodies of Water- A Certain Feeling Bodies of Water - A Certain Feeling
    Deeply creative, lyrically dense, and unwaveringly beautiful. Bodies Of Water do more in their all to short sophomore album than most bands can in 15 songs. This is indie music at it’s finest.
    For fans of: Anathallo, Polyphonic Spree, The Arcade Fire.
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

    Best of the rest:

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    Advent- Remove the Earth Advent - Remove the Earth
    Brutal, heavy, and unlike anything being done in the heavy music scene today. Advent take cues from the days of spirit-filled hardcore days with in your face lyrics, and waves of fuzzy distorted goodness. Bringing back the true sound of metalcore.
    For fans of: Converge, Strongarm, Focused
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

    anathallo-canopy-glow
    Anathallo- Canopy Glow
    Anathallo - Canopy Glow
    Intricate, progressive, and a collection of songs that improve an already good thing. Anathallo present their first real critical sucess with a profound maturity and skill that most bands two times their senior have yet to grasp. Canopy finds a brilliant band coming into their own, once again.
    For fans of: Arcade Fire, mewithoutYou, Danielson
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

    becoming-the-archetype-dichotomy
    Becoming The Archetype- Dichotomy Becoming the Archetype - Dichotomy
    Intelligent, diverse, extreme metal played from a heart changed by Christ. Dichotomy resides as the best metal album no one talked about. A true classic in metal brutality.
    For fans of: Living Sacrifice, Lamb Of God, Believer
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    brian-lee-his-orchestra-vol-1
    Brian Lee & His Orchestra- Vol.1
    Mellow, heartfelt, and a unique take on worship infused folk music. Vol.1 was one our first free downloads on this website, and Brian Lee & His Orchestra remain one of the best new bands flying their Christ flag in the folk/indie scene. An album to change your heart to.
    For fans of: Pedro The Lion, Bon Iver, M.Ward
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    cool-hand-luke-the-sleeping-house
    Cool Hand Luke- The Sleeping House Cool Hand Luke - The Sleeping House
    Entrancing, heart-breaking, and the return of a great band in indie rock. Where Cool Hand Luke‘s last effort saw them experimenting in many different sounds, The Sleeping House sees the indie veterans achieving heavy atmosphere by simply playing progressive rock music. A diamond in their already stunning career.
    For fans of: Sleeping At Last, The Fray, Sunny Day Real Estate
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    doug-burr-the-shawl
    Doug Burr- The Shawl Doug Burr - The Shawl
    Honest, simple, and masterful. Doug Burr‘s worship album (of sorts) brings one back to the true heart of singing before God, and The Shawl has the power to bring you to your knees and lighten your heart all at the same time. An album willing to be imperfect achieves quite the opposite.
    For fans of: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Iron & Wine
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    brooke-fraser-albertine
    Brooke Fraser- Albertine Brooke Fraser - Albertine
    Sweet, heartfelt, and able to put a good face on the pop genre again. Brooke Fraser walks an incredible line of teetering into the pop/contemporary Christian genre, but never does, and the result is an intelligent, soulful collection of songs that are easy to listen to but never easy to hear.
    For fans of: Sara Barreilles, Jewel, Ingrid Michealson
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    hannah-atkins-falling
    Hannah Atkins- Falling Hannah Atkins - Falling
    Creative, quirky, and so intricate, you wont believe one person is making this music. An electro-pop gem with multi-layered vocal tracks, pounding beats, and a little bit of folk thrown in for good measure. A new face for a new genre: electro-folk.
    For fans of: Imogean Heap, The Postal Service, Headphones
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

    josh-garrels-jacaranda
    Josh Garrels- Jacaranda Josh Garrels - Jacaranda
    Heartfelt, unique, and unlike anything out in the air right now. The pure songwriting ability in this young man is gorgeously displayed in his second full-length album, a hard look into the heart of those who seek God’s face. A truly blessed man offers up another amazing display of talent.
    For fans of: Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

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    Kaboose- Excuse Me Kaboose - Excuse Me
    Funny, deep, and the perfect mixture of intelligent content and fun hip-hop. Excuse Me is a great collection of songs by an emcee who is not only committed to being light in the world for God, but being a truly thoughtful underground artist with songs that could rival the mainstream any day. Underground hip-hop with a lot of heart.
    For fans of: Atmosphere, Dilated People, RedCloud
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

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    La Dispute- Somewhere at the Bottom of The River Between Vega & Altair La Dispute - Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
    Intense, chaotic, and what post-hardcore should have always been. La Dispute come out of nowhere with a classic album that combines their energy, mind, and passion on every note of every song. One of the best bands in heavy music’s latest masterpiece.
    For fans of: At The Drive-In, mewithoutYou, These Arms Are Snakes
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

    lecrae-rebel
    Lecrae- Rebel Lecrae - Rebel
    Hard, truthful, and unrelenting. One of the biggest sounding hip-hop albums in recent history, Lecrae pulls no punches as spits truth in a world where he could easily stand up against MTV’s finest. The new prince of hip-hop has revealed himself.
    For fans of: 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, The Ambassador
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

    mychildren-mybride-unbreakable
    MyChildren MyBride- Unbreakable MyChildren MyBride - Unbreakable
    Mosh-inducing, brutal, and a whole lotta fun. Behind the walls of well executed breaksdowns and crew vocals, we discover moshcore’s new superstars, a band who grab your attention form note one and will not let you go for a second. Mosh metal that cannot be duplicated.
    For fans of: Acacia Strain, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

    the-welcome-wagon-wlecome-to-the-welcome-wagon
    The Welcome Wagon- Welcome To The Welcome Wagon The Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon
    Simple, playful, and deeply meaningful. In the midst of over-produced praise and worship and pop CCM singles, this stripped down, delicate album sinks into the definition of “sacred music”, bringing some modern musical nuances to bridge the gap between the old and the new, and finds a new place of worship that sounds like what fresh air smells like. Truly lovely.
    For fans of: Sufjan Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens
    Category: The Spiritual (whats this?)

    brooke-waggoner-heal-for-the-honey
    Brooke Waggoner- Heal for the Honey Brooke Waggoner - Heal for the Honey
    Near-flawless, deeply thoughtful, and evidence that of what a true artist can create when artistic freedom reigns. This is the type of album that makes you wonder what happened to the rest of the music industry, because Brooke Waggoner is an artist who deserves to heard, and heard by as many people as possible. Music that makes your day seem better, and makes you want to play and sing your heart out.
    For fans of: Anathallo, Tori Amos, Sia
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

    thrice-the_alchemy_index_3and4
    Thrice- Alchemy Index, Vol. 3 & 4: Air and Earth Thrice - The Alchemy Index, Vol. 3 & 4: Air & Earth
    Skillful, engaging, and proof that Thrice might be the best rock band in music today. Two volumes of the Alchemy Index that display Thrice‘s power over the atmospheric rock and folk genres, containing some the band’s best music, but also a triumph for them as songwriters conquering new aspects of their music. Thrice‘s finest hour.
    For fans of: The Myriad, Damien Rice, Radiohead
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

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    Wovenhand- Ten Stones Wovenhand - Ten Stones
    Dark, apocalyptic folk from the mind of man with one foot in the heavens, and one being used to step on the devil’s head. Ten Stones continues the reign of David Eugene Edwards (Wovenhand) as the warning voice to a generation in need of a Savior. There is nothing like this album.
    For fans of: Nick Cave, 16 Horsepower, Johnny Cash
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

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    Deastro- Keeper’s Deastro - Keepers
    A sprawling tour de force of synth pop, progressive rock and electro folk Deastro’s keeper’s takes through a transcendent journey filled with wonder and awe.  The most awe inspiring aspect of Keeper’s is that it is a one man show from the writing, to performing, to producing and mixing.  Keeper’s is simply a beautiful listen from beginning to end.
    For fans of: Postal Service, Crystal Castles, LCD Soundsystem
    Category: The Light (whats this?)

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    Underoath- Lost in the Sound of SeparationUnderoath - Lost In the Sound of Separation
    Diverse, epic, and evidence that Underoath are the kings of the screamo scene they helped create. This time around, the band went for the unknown, diving farther into experimental rock, electronica, and even beefing up the more aggressive side of their sound. True experiential brilliance.
    For fans of: Fear Before The March of Flames, The Refused, Gallows
    Category: The Message (whats this?)

    The Many Facets Of Christian Music

    Ever since we started The One21, we have been learning a lot. From the vast amount of  new talent we come across, to the trends in music and entertainment we have been able to identify, this company has allowed us to learn new things daily about the world of music we love so much.  We have tried to share those trends with you, and explore what the digital age of music has done for the underground music movement. We have attempted to expand the knowledge of the music out there being made by believers.  We have tried endlessly on this site to change the perception of what most people think when they hear the term “Christian music”, and bring you a whole new world of music that exists outside of the mainstream Christian industry.

    It is in that last idea that we have run into the most trouble.  We feel that this website and the database of music we are building is our calling, our ministry to you, the person reading this.  We feel that we have a responsibility to give you as much information about the artists we talk about so that you can make the most informed decision on what music you allow in to your life and those around you. On the other hand, we also feel that we have a responsibility to artists we talk about. We don’t want to force any artist to label themselves as something they don’t want to labeled as.  The choices that an artists make in their career are their own, and it be irresponsible for us to (forcefully) change those decisions ( we REALLY want Kate Minor to come back to music, and I REALLY want Damien Rice to become a believer).  So how do we talk to people about music that is made by believers without forcing those artists to be pigeon-holed into a scene they want to exist outside of.

    This struggle was put center stage recently as we attended SXSW. A band that we have featured on this site (I’m not going to tell you who it is, don’t ask), had a very strong reaction to us wanting to interview them and talk about it on the site. They told Chuck “well we are Christians, but we defiantly don’t make Christian music”, and were still debating this issue when I walked past them ten minutes later. Some of the members seemed upset that since we were a site that covered Christian music, that talking to us would change the perception of their band in the general public. However, all the research we had done on the band not only revealed that they were believers, but the majority of their lyrics centered around the dark picture the church paints of Christ versus what He truly is. We felt a little awkward because in a way we had tried to make them something they didn’t want to be, which is their call, not ours. The outcome is that they didn’t talk to us, even when Chuck attended their show a few nights later.

    Later that same week, Chuck presented our pastor with a signed copy of a CD, from one of the hip-hop artists we interviewed, for his ten year old son who is really into hip-hop at the moment.  Our pastor thanked Chuck, but said that he needed to listen to it before his son could have it.  That seemed strange to me for a moment, but then he explained that another Christian hip-hop artist had frequently used the word “hell” (in the correct context by the way), a word that shocked and offended his young children who had been told NOT to say that word. It occurred to me that a lot of people can’t just listen to ANY artist who says that they are a Christian, even with ideologies that match up, subject matter is still an issue.

    So on one side, we have believers who are making music, but do not want to be part of the Christian music world, and on the other side, we have people who need help with finding the right artist that helps them live their faith.  On the one hand we know of a lot of Christian artist who hardly ever talk directly about their faith in their music, and on the other we have a responsibility to present music that lines up with the ideologies that exist in Christianity. The dichotomy bothered me all week until we met with Tre9, a Houston hip-hop artist and founder of DaSouth.com, who spoke in our interview with him about hip hop artists being relevant to the audience that they are trying to reach.

    79975“You’ve got to know as an artist who you are going to target your message to. Obviously if you want to disciple Christians then you need to make music relevant to them. Which would be music: quoting scriptures, having heavy spiritual content; but if you want to reach people that don’t have church knowledge and maybe don’t even read their Bible then you need to bring it down to their level. So, that may require you to do music that shares your life story more often, and maybe closes with the fact that you found fulfillment in Christ, but you’re not so heavily focused on making sure you get a scripture in there. Throw a Jesus here; throw a God, a Holy Spirit there. Throw the word redemption. You know sanctification; these words that the world doesn’t understand. You want to make music that is relevant to where they are at mentally and even spiritually.

    When I say relevant, you’ve got groups like P.O.D. who are way into the world, but are making relevant music to their audience, and look at them, they are global. They have penetrated a market that they couldn’t penetrate when they were labeled a Christian artist. I think that’s good. A lot of people think they are sell outs because they don’t preach the gospel in their music, but for me I feel that this world needs Godly principles, they need the Bible interpenetrated in today’s language so that it’s relevant. So, if P.O.D. makes a song about ‘I feel so alive’, but they don’t say it’s because of Jesus; I think that person will eventually become a follower of P.O.D.; listening to their music, going to their website, researching and finding out “Hey, these guys are Christians. So that’s what they mean by ‘I feel so alive’.” So they don’t have to put it into a song for me. Now, a lot of people would disagree with that but, we need wholesome music. We need songs that deal with drugs, and the dangers of drugs; songs that deal with abstinence. These songs don’t have to say anything about God.  God is in that, God wants people to live an abstinent life, God wants people to avoid drugs. So, I’m ok with making music that is relevant to that market or that particular group of people. Going into public schools we can’t do Christian music, especially during school hours. You can’t just go in there preaching about Jesus. So, if you are going to make music relevant to a school; if it’s an elementary school, then you need to write some stuff elementary level. Junior high, High school…so that’s what I mean by relevant.”

    I was blown away. This was a concept that had always been in the back of my mind, but I had never heard put into words.  I also realized that this line of thinking could be applied to all music, not just the world of hip-hop.  As I thought about it more, I became aware that this was how the whole scope of the Christian music scene fit together, even the artists that wanted to exists outside the borders of what is traditionally thought of as Christian music.  This is how we can talk about really good music that is being made by believers, but not really overtly spiritually, and then turn around and talk about worship music in the same breathe.  It is because in “Christian music” there are different forms of it, but all of them are written from a world-view of Christ.

    In the end, I propose that all music, written from a foundation of hope and faith, that God can use to touch people’s hearts, can be divided into three categories:

    The Spiritual- this is music that is made by believers, and is mainly intended for believers.  This music uses language and subjects that believers understand, and is made mainly for the purpose of worship, education, and encouragement. This music will use a lot of direct Biblical scripture, or discuss the literal concepts within the Bible. The gospel message is OBVIOUS to anyone. This music is meant to celebrate and discuss God and His teachings. This is were the majority of worship music will exist, as well as artist who talk about heavy Biblical truths.
    Examples:
    The Ambassador
    Becoming The Archetype
    Third Day
    Derek Webb
    Jason Upton
    Shane and Shane
    Enter The Worship Circle
    Toby Mac
    For Today
    Dirt

    The Message- the music in this category is evangelical in nature. It is made by believers for everyone. While it deals with strong Biblical truths, the music is made to appeal to both believers and non-believers alike.  The messages are meant to talk about address the need for Christ and the struggles that people go through before the come to know Him, and the relationship that exists afterward. Sometimes the message is obvious, sometimes it isn’t.  Most artists talk about their faith not only through their lyrics, but also from the stages that they play from (be it a church or a bar stage). This category is a musical response to the great commission.
    Examples:
    Switchfoot
    Lecrae
    August Burns Red
    P.O.D.
    SuperChick
    Kaboose
    A Plea For Purging
    mewithoutYou
    Project 86
    Joy Whitlock

    The Light- this is the category that collects all the Christians who are out their making music, but are not necessarily talking about anything that is directly Biblical. This is just music made by believers. Most of the time, the songs have a indirect message pertaining to the artists faith. The artists in this category are not trying to speak to their beliefs, but are simply trying to make music , and their faith shines through from time to time.  The artists in this category most times exist completely outside of the Christian music radar, some of them you will know, but most you have never heard of. What is important to note is that while the music in this category is not overtly faith-based, it is music that is written from a heart changed by Christ, and can be used as a catalyst  people’s life.
    Examples:
    Rootbeer
    Anathallo
    Brooke Waggoner
    Paramore
    Bob Dylan
    Cold War Kids
    Thrice
    Danielson
    Bodies Of Water
    Buddy Miller

    On our site, we are going to begin using these categories to define our artists better. You will begin to see them on our “Christian Artists To Know”, and as we build our database of artists, the categories will also be incorporated.

    The idea behind these categories to allow all the many ways that music is made by believers to be viewed as a unified music scene. For the artists that sing honestly about thier life  and for the worship leader in the church, God uses all this music to touch people’s hearts.

    New Releases (11/25/08)

    I will try to post these on Mondays from now on, here is what dropped today-

    NOV. 25, 2008

     Demon Hunter- 45 Days (CD/DVD)

     Jeremy Camp- Speaking Louder Than Before

     DecembeRadio- Comfort & Joy

     xDeathstarx- The Triumph (Reissue)

     The Almost- No Gift To Bring EP

     Paramore- The Final RIOT! (CD/DVD)

     Becoming The Archetype- Dichotomy

     Jason Truby- Finding The Quiet

     Jonathan Steingard- Under The Canopy

    some day in the future, we hope to have links up for these; but for now I would say that the bigger retailers such as Best Buy would have most of these guys. Send us a message if you need help finding anything we post here.