New Releases For April 24th, 2012

Throes Of Absolution
7 Horns 7 Eyes

Century Media
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The Dark Bros.
Cas Metah & Wonder Brown

ILLECT Recordings
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The Forerunner

Red Chord Records
Mosh Metal

Chemicals EP
Love & Death

Headdog Music
Nu-Metal/Hard Rock
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Secrets Don’t Make Friends
Rocky Loves Emily

Tooth & Nail Records
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The Last Missionary
Stephen The Levite

Lamp Mode Recordings
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Return To Life
War Of Ages

Facedown Records
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Free Download: Theory Hazit-THR3E

This week we present the latest in the long line of quality releases from Humble Beast. Theory Hazit has beeen around for awhile now throwing down in the hip-hop scene and taking names. He is one of the most respected names in the scene, and in addition to his many solo albums, he can be found as a guest emcee on songs by Sev Statik, Playdough, Cas Metah, Braille, and many others.

On his Humble Beast debut, Theory Hazit decided to tell his story in rhyme. Reaching back and exposing his past for the world to see, Theory continues the tradition of Humble Beast’s roster being some the most honest and raw lyricists around. His message is very brutal sometimes, and at other times whimsical; but it never escapes the listener that Theory Hazit is an excellent emcee. Combine this with smooth beat production from Dert, and THR3E stands on the short list of hip-hop albums of the year. You can buy beats and try to do some of your own music.

Download THR3E by Theory Hazit

Free Download:Heath McNease-The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape

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Our boy Heath McNease is back with his nerdiest music yet! And that is saying alot!

A freakin ridiculous mixtape using Nintendo samples, pop culture references, a shoestring budget, anabolic steroids from, and a lot of love

Its an entire album of Heath McNease rapping over beats with Nintendo video game samples, featuring ForBeatsSake, Davey Rockit, Playdough, Manchild (of Mars Ill/Deepspace5), Red Cloud, Okwerdz, Cas Metah, KJ 52, Sivion, and Fab Da Eclectic. Its all tongue and cheek and so much fun!

My real question is why you are still reading this and you haven’t already started downloading this yet? Enjoy!

Download Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape by Heath McNease

Free Download: Cas Metah-Nine From 09

Nine From '09

I have gushed all over the man that is Cas Metah before. Ever since the release of his last album, Guest Room, I have been telling everyone I know about this talented and criminally unknown emcee. Its been a while since we have heard anything from this guy, but then all the sudden this week he decided to start giving some music away!

This isn’t an official project. These nine songs were all previously released during my 2009 Cas Metah Monthly subscription service. I appreciate everyone that supported that, but this is for fans who may have missed that, or for whoever really. I hope it makes your heads nod!

Indeed it does. Nine from ’09 features “b-sides” that most rappers would wish were there “a-sides”. Smooth, interesting, fun, and all Cas Metah. Enjoy

Download Cas Metah-Nine From ’09

Free MP3 Album Download: Sev Statik-Silver LP

sev statik silver lp

Today’s free download is from the mighty Sev Statik. For those that don’t know Sev 1) you have been missing out and 2) he is one the key members of the underground hip-hop super-crew known as The Tunnelrats. Those familiar with Tunnelrats will know what to expect from Sev Statik; the dude is total underground hip-hop. His rhymes are complex and introspective, the beats are intricate and kind of grimy. There is alot of focus here on ministry, samples, and artistic hip-hop. Everything you could need…

The Silver LP is one of Sev Statik‘s first solo ventures, and last week he announced that not would most of his library be on a massive discount, but that this little gem would be for free. If you are into down-to-earth hip-hop with alot of heart and message, then you should download this album right NOW!

For fans of: Cas Metah, LMNO, Atmosphere, Brother Ali

the link below will take you to Sev Statik‘s bandcamp page. Hit that DOWNLOAD ALBUM link at the top of the page, and fill out what ever info they ask for, and you will receive a link to down the album in your email shortly after…

Download Sev Statik-Silver LP

The One21 Best Of 2009 Pt.2

2009 is almost over, and in the world of music, that means one thing, Best Of lists! At One21, we wanted to wait a little bit to post ours; because to me posting a “Best Of” list before Thanksgiving is kinda like nominating Avatar for Best Drama the week before it is screened for critics.

Wait, yea, that happened….

Anyways, we consider these albums to be the cream of what was released this year. we aren’t going to do a count down though, so in no particular order, here are the last 12 albums that made 2009 great:

Album of the year

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Mean Everything To Nothing
Manchester Orchestra

Why we picked it: When you are able to marry both catchiness and intelligence, then you created something very special. Manchester Orchestra have done just that with equal parts gritty garage rock, progressive indie, and angry post-hardcore combined to result in a cohesive group of songs that not only build on each other, but also communicate a vast range of emotion and mood. Every song has something that you didn’t hear the first time (or the second), and Mean Everything To Nothing will keep you coming back. In plain English, this is a phenomenal album.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

Best of the rest

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Soul Of My Soul
Michelle Shocked
Why we picked it:
Another tour de force featuring musical styles and sharp lyrics, Soul of My Soul is another Michelle Shocked masterpiece. She employs many musical styles from folk to reggae to rock to gospel on this fifth album since she converted to Christianity. Joy, sadness and anger permeate this record about relationships, her faith and the world we face. Another brilliant offering from one of rock’s most respected artists.
Buy:Amazon, iTunes

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Fiction Family
Fiction Family

Why we picked it: This side project from Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins sounds like anything but. Beautiful clear melodies, strong production and mostly acoustic instrumentation enable the songs soar. Hopefully, not a one time side project, Fiction Family could challenge Wilco for the title as top purveyor of middle period Beatles style music.
Buy:Amazon, iTunes

To Tell The Story Kelly Parks
To Tell The Story
Kelly Parks
Why we picked it:
One of the Christian scene’s truly great underground artists, Kelly (Jones) Parks returned in 2009 after a 7 year absence from the recording studio. To Tell The Story was worth it. Bouncy songs delivered in Parks crystal clear will have you embarrassing yourself in traffic as you sing along with her direct lyrics about our faith, out joy and our challenges.

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Coming Back To You
Melinda Doolittle

Why we picked it: If you like your soul music circa 1969; strong, direct without embellishment; then welcome home. This former American Idol third place finisher has delivered the best, least effected, record ever by any AI contestant. She has the pipes so she does not try to impress with histrionics, which is great. That allows us to enjoy these songs about faith and relationships without needing to push aside auto tuners or annoying vocal runs. A fantastic soul record.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

cas metah guest room
Guest Room
Cas Metah

Why we picked it: If there are any emcees reading this right now, I want to ask you to do something this year; listen to Guest Room and take notes. Every track on this album is quality, each one lending something to the others: there are enough fun, chill songs to balance out the more serious, darker tracks. On top of that Cas Metah is a great emcee, and on top of that he has attracted an amazing line up to guest on each song (hence why it is called Guest Room). All of this and you got some really interesting beats to make it all come together. This is what hip-hop should be; Christian, Underground, East or West Coast, whatever. Like I said, take notes…
Buy: Amazon MP3, iTunes

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Paper Route

Why we picked it: Paper Route continues to amaze with a striking blend of electronic indie rock music. Layer upon layer of sounds create a collage of music and soundscapes for the love songs of joy and pain. “Are We All Forgotten” is one of the most beautiful songs of 2009.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

Awake O' Sleeper- Lisa Heinrichs
Awake O’ Sleeper
Lisa Heinrichs

Why we picked it: This little known, in the States, folk, country singer from Canada delivered a marvelous debut album in 2009. Lisa Heinrichs has a striking, clear voice, a sense of humor and a sense of purpose. Her combination of faith based songs and political statements will make you think and dance, all at the same time.
Buy:Amazon MP3, iTunes

josh garrels lost animals
Lost Animals
Josh Garrels
Why we picked it:
Another treasure chest of beatbox, stream of consciousness theology from our favorite hippie troubadour. Listening to Garrels you will surely dance. You will also pull out your Bible, pray and contemplate your theology and your relationship with God. You will have a good time at it all.
Buy: iTunes

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Naked And Cold

Why we picked it: Advent IS spirit-filled hardcore. Naked And Cold IS Advent. There simply isn’t anybody doing this particular brand of abrasive metal-core anymore, and I’m starting to think that it may be because it might kill lesser men. Not Advent though, this is the type of music played to start revolutions and break down walls. Unlike their Black Flag predecessors, Advent is trying to start a revolution of the heart, a re-emergence of people proud to call Christ their Savior, and willing to die for His name. Some people might call that a revival, and I think that’s what Naked And Cold might be all about.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

Cheaters & Thieves

Why we picked it: Put Cheaters & Thieves in a mix tomorrow with any of the big names in rock today, and I guarantee that you ears will perk up every time one of the tracks shuffles in. There is something very dark and painful happening here, and there are many times you actually feel like you are witnessing vocalist Andy trying to sing away his demons. Slow, trudging progressions allow this album to breathe the way it should; it’s as if they went any faster the songs might shatter. This is the kind of music that sticks with you long after you stop listening, and Dignan might be the best at it.
Buy: Amazon MP3, iTunes

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Bosque Brown

Why we picked it: Now for something completely different than anything you have heard in the Christian or secular scene this year. Mara Lee Miller, the heart and soul and voice of Bosque Brown, sounds as if Tom Waits and Patsy Cline had a child gave her a collection of Kris Kristofferen and Joy Division records and left in a trailer in the desert. This record is a haunting mix of minimalist, indie folk, classic country. We have been mesmerized all year.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright mewithoutyou
It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright

Why we picked it: Perhaps one of the more debated albums of the year, the latest installment in the mewithoutYou saga sees the band fully embrace their indie folk influences. All the aggression from past albums is replaced with a joyful celebration of instruments and voices. We are getting to see a different side of a band that has always marched to their own drum. The ironic part is that in the age of Sufjan Stevens, Panda Bear, and The Avett Brothers, this may be mewithoutYou‘s trendiest album yet. Funnier still is that this album may be one of the best in that era.
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

Christian Music News November 3rd, 2009


Emo mainstay Copeland has decided to disband after almost ten years in the scene. Its a bummer, they have been a part of my regular music rotation for a long time now…They are going to do one last tour, and hinted and one more CD, so we will see what goes down.

After almost 5 months on hiatus, Oceana has decided to give it another go with a slightly re-tooled lineup.

It seems that Norma Jean has signed on with Razor & Tie Records and will release their next full length through the label in early 2010.  This is the first album that the band will release outside of Solid State Records since signing with the label back in 2001 when they were known as Luti-Kriss.

The Fray and OneRepublic will both appear on Timbaland‘s upcoming Shock Value 2 CD as guests.

A Hope For Hope has signed with Facedown Records and will be releasing their next full length through the label in early 2010.

An interview with I Am Alpha & Omega was posted on HM’s website this week. Read I Am Alpha & Omega interview.

Legendary spirit-filled hardcore band Unashamed has reformed and will begin play shows again in 2010. No word on new music.

Strike First Records has signed Letter The Exiles to their ranks. Hoping for some good stuff from this band…

Jason Gray was interviewed over at Jesusfreakhideout last week. Read Jason Gray interview.

Close Your Eyes (from Texas no less) has signed on with Victory Records. Congrats guys!


Below is the freakin awesome video from Worshipcore monsters Sleeping Giant. The video was directed by our good friend T.D. Benton, who is one of our Voices Of The Underground and is the leader of White Collar Sideshow. The video is for the song “The Army Of The Chosen One”

Below is the video for Sara Groves latest single called “It’s Me”

And this one is called “Maybe This Time” by Sherwood

Here is a sweet new song from Cas Metah called “This Can’t Be True”

Here we go, the first video from Switchfoot off their latest album called “Mess of Me”