Free Download:Least Of These – More Than Conquerors

Least Of These is a little worship outta Texas that play songs like they might never get to again. There is tones of conviction and emotion flowing through each track that make it really hard not to totally dive into their blend of garage/atmospheric rock. At times they sound a little like Cool Hand Luke, at others Thrice; but now matter what shade of their sound they are playing, it is the heart-breaking lyrics that make Least Of These a band you cant ignore.

New Releases for April 1st and 5th

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Of Man
Cool Hand Luke

Independent
Progressive
Buy now: Amazon MP3

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April EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
(available through sleepingatlast.com)

New Releases For April 5th, 2011

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Red Opus .45 EP
Alert

Humble Beast
Hip-Hop
(download for free at humblebeast.com)

Brandon Bee–Inside These Walls
Inside These Walls
Brandon Bee

Save The City Records
Worship/Rock
Buy now: Amazon

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Derek Webb

INO Records
Instrumental/Worship
Buy NOW: Amazon MP3

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My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go
FM Static

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
Buy now: Amazon

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We Are His Work EP
His Work

Hands Up Music Production
Rap
Buy now: Amazon MP3
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What If We Were Real
Mandisa

Sparrow Records
R&B
Buy now: Amazon

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I Will Praise You
Rebecca St. James

Reunion Records
Contemporary
Buy now: Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Free Album:Standing Small-Asleep at the Oars, Dreaming of Freedom

Standing Small Asleep at the Oars, Dreaming of Freedom

Our friends at Indie Vision Music have made the brand new album from Standing Small available for free download. They play a kind of ambient, driving style of rock music made popular by Coldplay, Seabird, and Cool Hand Luke. The band has been on the road all summer hitting Cornerstone and Icthus Festival. The album is called Asleep at the Oars, Dreaming of Freedom, and Im sure you guys will enjoy it!

Download Standing Small-Asleep at the Oars, Dreaming of Freedom

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.16

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The One21 Essential 100 is a collection of albums that represent the best in creativity, innovation, and originality in music. This is not a “best of” list, nor is it influenced by album sales, or even popularity. Our attempt with this series is to highlight the gems, those rare albums that push boundaries and encourage new ways of thinking; both musical and philosophically. In our opinion, the music highlighted in this series is the “good stuff”.

Simply what this is going to be is a list of 100 albums from Christian music artists that we think you should own. Like our website, most genres will be represented, and some of the albums will be from as far back as the 60s, to as current as 2009. Each week we will post five albums, in no real order, with descriptions, album artwork, and places to buy the music.

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Derek Webb Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome
Derek Webb

2009
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
There are many things about Stockholm Syndrome that are not surprising, despite its reputation. It is not surprising that Derek Webb would try to further himself as an artist and musician by constructing an album completely outside his “safety genre” by shedding his singer/songwriter sound and instead adopting electronic dance beats. Think more Thom Yorke than Bob Dylan. It is also not surprising that not only did Webb change genres, but that he would produce an album that sounded like progressive electronic had been his style his entire career. He excelled. It is not surprising that the album would be diverse, it is not surprising that the album would be controversial. Yet, Stockholm Syndrome never ceases to surprise.

For many reading this right now, you may have already heard about the dark cloud surrounding the album concerning the track “What Matters More”. For most, the one curse word uttered in the second verse of the song has completely overshadowed the fact that not only is Stockholm Syndrome an amazing album of music, but it is an important album that will ever change the face of modern Christian music. If Stockholm Syndrome had been awful, or even mediocre, or even just “good”, the amount of conversation surrounding it would never have occurred. The simple fact is that Derek Webb has created a classic, one that challenges and entertains, and it will be talked about for many years to come.
Highlights: Black Eye, The Spirit vs. The Kick Drum, Heaven, What Matters More

Norma Jean-Bless The Martyr & Kiss the Child
Bless the Martyr & Kiss The Child
Norma Jean

2002
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child is a atom bomb of an album. Not many CDs in the metal/hardcore community are considered classics the moment they come out, but this one was. Norma Jean’s first album took the term “metalcore” and reinvented it, and the effects have been felt in the scene ever since.

The album is brutal, dark, driving, and creative. Norma Jean made a complex and interesting album without making the music itself complex. The riffs are simple, the recording is flawed in places (it was recorded live in studio), and sound is unpolished. Yet, Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child was light years from its peers, it was able to take those elements and make them significant. The mistakes made the album feel more personal, the bombastic song structures were only made possible by the simpler parts. Everything just came together in such a perfect way.

The album made Norma Jean THE band to beat, and since then they have become one of the most prominent figures in the metal/hardcore scene. Bless The Martyr & Kiss The Child is the finest work by an incredible band, and there are very few who can take that away.
Highlights: Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste, I Used To Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents, The Human Face Divine, Face:Face

Enter The Worship Circle Village Thrift Circa 2003
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Enter The Worship Circle

2005
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Enter The Worship Circle is a collection of artists who come together and create modern worship music. In many of their incarnations, they have appeared as a group of hippie/folk artists who create songs for God out of drum circle sessions and late night sing alongs. Village Thrift: Circa 2005 is something completely different. Somehow, these artist were able to take the communal feeling of the drum circles and translate that into driving, electronic dance songs.

While the “village of voices” effect is still there, much of Village Thrift: Circa 2005 integrates the seemingly opposing musical styles into a beautiful product that makes you want sing and jump up and down at the same time. Every song a little bit more bizarre than the last, you will hear choir vocals, looped samples, hip-hop, drum’n’bass, house techno, and worship all in the same place. It may sound strange, but it works, and makes for songs that are as fresh five years later as they were when I first heard them.
Highlights: Make Me Feel, All You Angels, Wake Up Sleepy, How Sweet

Scott Blackwell- Walk On The Wild Side
Walk On The Wild Side
Scott Blackwell

1992
The hottest DJ in 1970’s New York, Scott Blackwell opened Palladium in the 70’s, working seven turntables at once to create a mind boggling tsunami of dance beats. Once Scott Blackwell turned his back on the New York fast lane for a relationship with Jesus he disappeared for a while. He returned with a bang in 1982 pioneering Gospel dance music and forming the first gospel dance label NSoul Records.

Walk On The Wild Side is the first full length accumulation of his work, after a decade of remixes and EPs. It is mostly straightforward House music, but one track stands apart. In “My King” Scott Blackwell took a public domain sermon from the Library of Congress and laid it over an infectious chill groove. Several acts, most prominently Raving Loonatics built entire albums on this style of delivering the Word into a club setting. Walk On The Wild Side set the standard for Christian dance music and Scott Blackwell continues to be the godfather of the scene.
Highlights: My King, Walk On The Wild Side, Keep The Fire Burning(Heaping Coals Mix)

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Wake Up O’ Sleeper
Cool Hand Luke

2003
Buy this album: Amazon
Hush, little boy, don’t say a word
Don’t you know Daddy’s got this one?
Hey, little boy, bury your sword
Jesus already won this war

The chorus of the opening song, “Heroes Will Be Heroes”, off of Cool Hand Luke’s 2003 CD Wake Up O’ Sleeper immediately sets up listeners for the band’s message. Surrender. With deeply introspective lyrics, soaring atmospheric guitars, and the broken whisper of frontman, Mark Nickes, Cool Hand Luke has evolved from their early screamo days to become a unique and progressive voice in Christian art rock.

The music of Wake Up O’Sleeper walks the line of driving progressive rock and straight worship music. Every given track on the album bleeds honesty, creativity, and conviction. Cool Hand Luke is one of those bands you “haven’t really listened to” until you are in a dark room by yourself, with a pair of over sized headphones as the speakers. At all times delicate, and at all times driving, Wake Up O’Sleeper has hence dictated what truly spiritual rock could sound like from that point on.

In 2003, I was tired. I had been at Cornerstone Festival all week, and it was a hot year. I had been going through a lot in my life at the time, a relationship that I had been very happy in had ended the night before I traveled to the festival. I was starting a new school in a few months, and I was struggling with where my life was going at the time. I had three more bands on my list to see, but in the heat of the afternoon on my last day there, all I wanted to do was rest. I wondered into a tent close to my camp site, and just sat down. The band playing was just walking up onto the stage and getting settled. The background music faded, and a voice came over the mic and said:
“We are Cool Hand Luke, thank you for worshiping with us”

I stayed in that tent for an hour and didn’t move, speak, or even stand up. I let the music surround me and just let myself relax. The majority of the music they played that day was from their newly released Wake Up O’Sleeper album. I looked around the tent to see the members of Underoath, Norma Jean, mewithoutYou, Pedro The Lion, and Nodes of Ranvier standing transfixed as I was. When I stood up, I felt rejuvenated, happy, and lighter. I have always remembered what Cool Hand Luke’s music did to me that day, and for what God did in my heart during their short set.
Highlights: Heroes Will Be Heroes, One Time, So It Shall Be, This Is Love

Cool Hand Luke Issues Update

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Mark from Cool Hand Luke was able to post a big ol update yesterday concerning new music from the band, a few new shows, and much more. The following was posted yesterday on the band’s blog:

I wanted to let you know about a few things coming up. First of all, I am contributing a new song to a benefit album called
We Were Lost…We Were Free
. Here’s the press release:

Any day now, On Joyful Wings will release the charity album “We Were Lost…We Were Free” via their blog. The album costs $5, of which 100% goes directly to the Susan G Komen breast cancer foundation. Twenty-one artists have joined together, each touched in different ways, on a singular mission to fight breast cancer. Please buy the album, join the fight, and enjoy the music.

Here is the blog:

http://onjoyfulwingsmusic.blogspot.com

Here is the Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Joyful-Wings/316798757954

The song I am contributing is called NHR.2. It is a reimagining of an old song from Wake Up, O Sleeper called Nobody Hugs A Rose. This was one of the first songs I wrote on piano, and none of us were happy with how it turned out..

I had another go at it with the help of some friends. I’m very pleased with the new version and it’s much truer to my original vision. I hope you’ll check it out and support the cause. Konrad Snyder recorded it. Here are the players:

Jonny Buchanan: pedal steel

Chris McMurtry: guitar

Matt Mosely: bass

Me: drums, piano, vocals

In a few weeks the live record that I recorded a few months back will be ready to purchase. This was a solo show that was recorded in Nashville, TN at The Brown Owl Studio. It’s going to be called Cool Hand Luke Live at the Brown Owl. More details soon.

And last, but not least, I’ll be heading down south for a week of shows in Georgia and Florida. Check the shows for details. I can’t wait to get out again and play. I’ll be writing, recording, and playing a lot of shows in the coming months. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for still caring after all this time. I plan to continue communicating the message of the gospel in whatever capacity God allows. For now it looks like it’s music, and I’m excited.

Mark

Christian Music News Oct.13th,2009

Headlines

The new Living Sacrifice album, The Infinite Order, has been pushed back to a January, 2010 release date.

Nevertheless, after being together for several years, breaking up, deciding not to break up, have now announced that they are indeed, broken up.

An interview with HM Mag and I Am Terrified made its way onto the web this week. Read I Am Terrified interview.

The Coliseum has called it quits…

Canopy Red has signed with Creative Soul Records.

Greeley Estates has signed with Tragic Hero Records.

So, Brandon from Indie Vision Music has launched a new website called Old School Tribute, and it is a site completely devoted to all the great bands that have come and gone. We don’t talk alot about artists that are no longer active on THIS website, so maybe go check out OST to educate yourself on how the Christian underground got here….

Mark Nicks, aka Cool Hand Luke, has finally given a brief update on the current goings ons with CHL. Read Cool Hand Luke updates.

Both Seventh Day Slumber, Greeley Estates, High Valley, and Staple are preparing new music for YOU!!!

Videos

Below is the video for KJ-52‘s latest single, “He Did That”

Below is the latest video from Sleeping At Last with their new song “Green Screens”

Christian Music News July 28,2009

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Here is a first look at the cover art for freak-folk pioneer Josh Garrels’ new album, entitled Lost Animals, which (according to his Myspace) will see a “August 2009″ release date. Isnt that next week?:
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Below is the video for August Burns Red‘s latest single, “Meddler”

Contemporary Christian/Worship mainstay Tree63 has decided to split after almost ten years together, all saying that they will pursue separate music careers.

Since October has a pretty sweet new video for their song “Guilty”. Cant show it to you though, because like most of the T&N, Solid State, and BEC Recordings videos, we cant embed the videos. I guess free viral advertising is not…..good….anymore….

According to their/his Myspace, Number One Gun is now recording new material. More as it comes to us….

Pop rock band Abandon Kansas is now the latest edition to the Gotee Records family. Congrats to them and Gotee…

Below is the artwork and tracklisting for Future Of Forestry‘s upcoming release, Travel EP II, which will be available Sept. 8th, 2009:
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1. Holiday
2. Set Your Sails
3. So Close, So Far
4. Slow Your Breathe Down
5. Hills Of Indigo Blue
6. Someday

Extreme metal band Sinbreed has signed with Ulteriaum Records, and will release their next album through the label sometime in early 2010.

Thousand Foot Krutch have canceled several of their upcoming performances due to frontman Trevor McNaven having an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday. Keep him in your prayers as he recovers from the surgery.

Speaking of Trevor, here is a new video from his other band, FM Static, for the song “Her Father’s Song”:

Last week, we debuted the cover art and tracklisting for Thrice‘s upcoming release, Beggars, which was originally supposed to see a October 8th release date. Not even a day later, the album was illegally leaked to the general public in digital form.  In response, Vagrant Records has pushed up the digital release date to August 11th, with plans to have a several special surprises for the physical CD release date, which Vagrant will give more details on in the very near future.

In celebration of the 10 year existence of Cool Hand Luke, their very first, self-released, full-length CD, I Fought Against Myself, will now be available for download on iTunes.  Don’t steal it, go buy it…and if you have already stolen it because you thought you couldn’t get it anywhere else, well now you can, so put up or shut up.

OneRepublic posted a huge update with details on their new album. Read OneRepublic update.

The Fray recently performed some “unplugged” versions of “You Found Me”, “Say When”, and a cover of Joan Osborne‘s “St.Teresa”. Videos of these performance were posted this week on the magazine’s website. If you read carefully into the article, you will also see that the band is helping American Idol winner Kris Allen with his debut album. Interesting…..Watch The Fray perform for Rolling Stone.

Below is the artwork for Sleeping At Last‘s upcoming release, Storyboards, which will see a physical release date in August (however, if you pre-order the new album from the band, you can already download Storyboards in its entirety):
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Houston, Texas metalcore band Before There Was Rosalyn announced this last week that they have signed with Victory Records (Corpus Christi, Comeback Kid, With Blood Comes Cleansing) and will head to the studio very soon. Congrats guys….

An interview with Paramore‘s Hayley Williams was posted over at ShockHound.com. Read Paramore interview.

tobyMac,Wavorly, A Hope For Home, BarlowGirl and Seabird are all in the studio working hard on new CDs for YOU!

Below is the video for “Move”, by hip-hop band Jupiter 7. Enjoy:

Paste Magazine named mewithoutYou their “band of the week”. Read mewithoutYou profile in Paste Magazine.

Ska-core band Send Out Scuds are down a drummer after current stick master Brennen announced he was leaving the band this week.  Look for audition info in the coming weeks.

Below is the music video for Derek Webb‘s new song, “What Matters More”, which will be part of the original version of his upcoming release, Stockholm Syndrome. This album, because of the song below, has caused a lot of controversy for the artist due to some foul language, and as seeming support for the homosexual movement (even though I don’t believe that to be the case). On this website, we are committed to bringing you music that pushes the boundaries of what is traditionally thought of as Christian music. The song in this video is made to do that. However, it does contain language most would deem unsavory. We are posting this not to support Webb‘s decision, but to give you the opportunity to leave your feelings on the song, in a safe and unbiased place. Please though, do not comment if you have not listened first.

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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

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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?)

eMusic Is The Coolest

One of the biggest surprises since we have started One21music is the lack of interest our readers have shown in eMusic.
Download 25 FREE songs at eMusic.com!
This was the first ad we put on our site. We thought people would flock to get 25 free songs. No one has explored the trial subscription, so I thought I would give you a testimonial from an excited subscriber. But first let me explain eMusic.

eMusic is the #1 site for independent music, with a library of over 4,500,000 MP3s.  eMusic sets itself apart from other well-known subscription music services (such as Napster and Rhapsody) because eMusic customers truly own the music they download.  The files available for download are in the MP3 format, making them fully compatible with all digital music players, and free from digital rights management software restrictions such as expiration dates, or copying or CD burning limitations. eMusic’s MP3′s play on any portable music player (including the iPod and Zune), can be downloaded to unlimited computers as well as burned to CD.

Here is how it works.  You can subscribe to download  25 to 100 songs each month based on the subscription level you buy.  The base subscription is 25 songs ($11.99 per month), then grows in 25 song increments (50 songs for $14.99, 75 songs for 19.99, 100 songs for $24.99).  eMusic offers about 25 different plans bu these are the most popular.

I have been a subscriber for over a year and my co-founder has been a subscriber for about nine months.  We love, l-o-v-e, eMusic.  Ian maintains a list of over 100 CDs and uses up his subscription on the first day it is available.  I like to save my downloads to use over the month.  Today is May 8th and I have already downloaded 65 of my 100 songs, so I am not such a good saver.

These downloads are just like buying the CD’s or downloading songs from iTunes, except they are cheaper and you own them.  If you really like music, or if your CD store is the electronics section at WalMart or if you are just cheap; eMusic is for you.  I downloaded , on their release date, the highly acclaimed new CD from Beirut for @$2.75, the EP from Bon Iver for $1.00 and M.Ward’snew one for $3.50.  Beat those prices WalMart and iTunes.

But more than convienence and thrift, eMusic has great services to help you find music you will love.  You can browse by genre, editors’ picks, new music, free tracks, advance releases, members ratings and any combination of those categories.  eMusic has music journalists writing artist and genre features and reviews.

Finally, eMusic has an extensive collection of songs and CDs from artists we have profiled on One21music. See the list below.

I encourage you to at least give eMusic a try.
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One21Christian Music Artists on eMusic

Jason Upton
Danielson
August Burns
Iris Dement
The Ambassador
Josh Garrels
Thrice
Cold War Kids
Fiction Family
Enter The Worship Circle
Anathallo
Bodies of Water
Cool Hand Luke
Kirk Franklin
Brooke Waggoner
Wovenhand
Buddy Miller
Underoath
Nicole C Mullen
Pigeon John
Bosque Brown
Paper Route
The Welcome Wagon
Kate Miner
Bradley Hathaway
Jeremy Egnik
Mute Math
Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love
Brooke Fraser
Kaboose
Lecrae
Rootbeer

Christian Artists To Know: Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke
Genre: Rock
Sub-genres: Progressive, Atmospheric Rock, Experimental
Location: Nashville, TN
Label: Lujo Records
Website: www.coolhandlukeonline.com/
Christian label: no
Category: The Spiritual whats this?

Hush, little boy, don’t say a word
Don’t you know Daddy’s got this one?
Hey, little boy, bury your sword
Jesus already won this war

The chorus of the opening song, “Heroes Will Be Heroes”, off of Cool Hand Luke‘s 2003 CD Wake Up O Sleeper immediately sets up listeners for the band’s message.  Surrender.  With deeply introspective lyrics, soaring atmospheric guitars, and the broken whisper of frontman, Mark Nickes, Cool Hand Luke has evolved from their early screamo days to become a unique and progressive voice in Christian art rock.  Since the release of Wake Up O Sleeper, the band has focused their sound, and crafted an identity that is theirs only. On the surface, Cool Hand Luke is a mellow indie rock band. However, to listen deeper not only reveals strong rock elements, along with heavy percussion and experimentation, but also very intense and personal lyrics crafted by Nickes.  Comparisons to Radiohead prior to the Kid A electronic phase are valid.  Like Radiohead, Cool Hand Luke is able to make what would seem boring at most times interesting and doesn’t allow the listener to turn away.

The follow up to O Sleeper was the band’s most experimental stage of their career with The Fires Of Life.  Bigger song progressions, more instruments, and hints of electronic back beats made songs like “Cinematic”, and “I’m Not Running” instant classics. The band toured relentlessly for almost two years on the album, gaining new fans and critic appreciation across the US.

Then it all stopped.  By 2004, Cool Hand Luke had completely dropped off the face of the planet. Most of the members were working on other projects, including Nickes drumming for art-chaos band The Chariot.  For fans, this unannounced hiatus was long and saddening. In 2006, the band returned with an altered line-up, a “best of” CD (mainly to fulfill their contractual obligations to Floodgate Records), and new direction. In 2008, the now three-piece band released The Sleeping House through Lujo Records. The CD saw Cool Hand Luke enter yet a new area by exploring a more progressive and straight rock sound, once again displaying the band’s commitment to true artistic expansion.

The core of Cool Hand Luke though, is the intimate and personal lyrics that exist in all of the band’s songs. Songs of brokenness, prayer, redemption, joy, and as stated before, surrender make up Cool Hand Luke‘s vast song library.  One of these songs is “One Time” from Wake Up O Sleeper, preformed here by Mark and friend Aaron Roche.

Let me tell you what he did for me,
with the weight of my worries tearing my sleeve.
I cried to my father the other night, the end of all hope.
“Show me the rope, which way to go”
As I fell asleep, he took away my worries.
He picked me up put me on his shoulders.

I could see for miles.
He showed me that the mountain I’m climbing,
is not a mountain at all,
but a gentle slope leading home.

There are mountains
towering ahead.
He says to me “These are mine.
Hold my hand, you’ll be fine”

I could see for miles.
He showed me that the mountain I’m climbing,
is not a mountain at all,
but a gentle slope leading home.

“The mountains are mine”

We also have to post this incredible video for the band’s song “Wonder Tour” from The Sleeping House. I’m going to let you experience the lyrics for yourself this time.

In 2003, I was tired. I had been at Cornerstone Festival all week, and it was a hot year. I had been going through a lot in my life at the time, a relationship that I had been very happy in had ended the night before I traveled to the festival. I was starting a new school in a few months, and I was struggling with where my life was at the time.  I had three more bands on my list to see, but in the heat of the afternoon on my last day there, all I wanted to do was rest. I wondered into a tent close to my camp site, and just sat down. The band playing was just walking up onto the stage and getting settled.  The background music faded, and a voice came over the mic and said:

“We are Cool Hand Luke, thank you for worshiping with us”

I stayed in that tent for an hour and didn’t move, speak, or even stand up. I let the music surround me and just let myself relax. When I stood up, I felt rejuvenated, happy, and lighter.  I have always remembered what Cool Hand Luke‘s music did to me that day, and for what God did in my heart during their short set. They continue to surprise me and inspire my faith. The new era of the band gives me hope that we will not have to suffer through another dry period, and that we will continue to see how the band will evolve and surprise for years to come.

Cool Hand Luke’s music can be found digitally on Cool Hand Luke

You can also get their CDs on Amazon: Wake Up, O Sleeper(2003), The Fires of Life(2004), The Balancing Act(2007), The Sleeping House(2008)