Free Download: Marksmen-Sister Of Mine

Marksmen-Sister of Mine

Some of the best albums this year have been released for free so far, and Marksmen‘s Sister Of Mine is defiantly one of them. It is raw, intelligent rock album that is as catchy as it is creative, and lyrically it will move you and sting you at the same time. Marksmen are a new powerhouse that have quietly come out of nowhere.

If you are a fan of Manchester Orchestra, David Bazan, The Rocketboys, or Abandon Kansas, you will more than likely dig these guys. Marksmen could hang with all those artists, but their music is in no way a parody or copy of their peer’s work. They have crafted their own sound in Sister Of Mine, and this is the album that will have you talking about this band for years to come.

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Interview With Sandra McCracken Posted

Patrol Magazine has posted their interview with singer/songwriter Sandra McCracken this week.  In the interview they discuss her latest musical project, In Feast or Fallow, her musical influences, David Bazan, and what it is like to tour with husband Derek Webb. Great interview, go check it out!

Read interview with Sandra McCracken

New Releases For Sept.8th,2009

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Naked and Cold
Advent
Solid State Records
Hardcore
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Come O Spirit! Anthology of Hymns & Spiritual Songs Volume 1
Bifrost Arts(featuring Leigh Nash, David Bazan, My Brightest Diamond and many more)
Sounds Familyre
Sacred Music/Hymns
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Love & War
BarlowGirl
Fervent Records
Contemporary
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Stop & Listen
Bethany Dillon
Sparrow Records
Contemporary
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Live In Los Angeles
Beverly Crawford
JDI Records
Gospel/Soul
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Shout The Truth (re-release)
Confide
Tragic Hero Records
Screamo
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Bloodline
Echoes The Fall
Vertical Shift Records
Hard Rock
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Reunited
Gaither Vocal Band

Spring Hill Records
Contemporary
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Travel II EP
Future Of Forestry
Credential Records
Progressive Rock
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Life Is Not A Snapshot EP
Josh Wilson
Sparrow Records
Pop
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Saviour EP
Lights

Warner Bros.
Electro Pop
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Kingdom Music
S.O.C.O.M.

Kingdom Music Group
Hip-Hop
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Welcome To The Masquerade
Thousand Foot Krutch
Tooth & Nail Records
Nu Metal
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Deja Vu: The TFK Anthology
Thousand Foot Krutch
Tooth & Nail Records
Nu Metal
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New Releases September 1st, 2009

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The Honest Love EP
Abel

Dreamt Music
Progressive Rock
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We All Have Demons
The Color Morale

Rise Records
Metalcore
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Curse Your Branches
David Bazan

Basurk Records
Emo
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Stockholm Syndrome
Derek Webb

INO Records
Progressive/Electro-Pop
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Outtadisworld
Everyday Process

Cross Movement Records
Hip-Hop
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Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue
Jason Gray

Centricity Music
Pop Rock
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Sojournalism: The Summer Articles
Sojourn

Hiphop IS Music
Hip-Hop
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American Rock’N'Roll
Thieves & Liars

Dreamt Music
Rock’n'Roll
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So Be It
Qwel & Maker

Galapagos4
Hip-Hop
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Christian Music News August 18th 2009

Below is the new, self produced music video from pop rock band Philmont for their song “Back Down”

Below is the new-er artwork for Thrice‘s physical release of their new album Beggars, which will hit stores September 15th, 2009.
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Copeland recently appeared in a live session for Daytrotter.com. Listen to Copeland on Daytrotter.

Metalcore giants Gwen Stacy have signed with Solid State Records.

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Abandon Kansas‘ upcoming release, entitled We’re All Going Somewhere EP, which will see a September 8th, 2009 release date.
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1. The Harder They Fall
2. I Wonder If It’s Me
3. Make Believe
4. We’re All Going Somewhere
5. Months and Years
6. Close Your Eyes

Continuing the artist shuffle they are doing over at Tooth & Nail Records, screamo rock band Write This Down has signed with the label. Congrats to all involved.

Matt Morginsky ( also known as Mojo of The OC Supertones) has partnered up with Croatian ska band October Light to form ……Mojo & October Light. They will be releasing an album in the very near future.

Don Clark (guitar) and Ethan Luck (drums) of Demon Hunter have both announced their departure from the band. Ethan will now be the full time drummer for Relient K.

Progressive metal band The Beneath has decided to call it a day. Bummer, they were really good…

Below is the new music video from John Reuben with his song “Jamboree”.

The Becoming is now holding auditions for a new drummer before they start hitting the road hard come this Fall. Eyeliner required….

Brooke Waggoner dropped a little update, including some details concerning a new album coming out within the year.  Read Brooke Waggoner update.

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Fee‘s October 6th, 2009 release, Hope Rising.
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1. Rise And Sing
2. Greatly To Be Praised
3. Glory To God Forever
4. Everything Falls
5. God Is Alive
6. Hands Of The Healer
7. Arms That Hold The Universe
8. Promised Land
9. We Crown You
10. Your Love
11. Send Me Out

Below is the new music video from recent Tooth & Nail singee Sent By Ravens, with their song “Trailer Vs. Tornado”.

A little video interview with Bradley Hathaway was conducted and posted over at Relevant Magazine. Watch Bradley Hathaway interview.

Flyleaf‘s first new album in close to five years, entitled Memento Mori, will hit the general market on October 27th, 2009.

Below is the artwork and tracklisting for David Bazan‘s (Pedro The Lion) new album, entitled Curse These Branches, which will become available September 1rst, 2009.
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01 Hard To Be
02 Bless This Mess
03 Please, Baby, Please
04 Curse Your Branches
05 Harmless Sparks
06 When We Fell
07 Lost My Shape
08 Bearing Witness
09 Heavy Breath
10 In Stitches

Below is the new music video from Paramore, with their song “Ignorance”:

Essential Songs: Big Trucks by Pedro The Lion

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An early favorite from the seminal, controversial, influential Christian alternative band Pedro The Lion. A simple story of empathy and patience, Big Trucks is told through a conversation between a father and son.  Big Trucks is a good example of the plain talk lyrics, simple melodies and challenging messages that make the music of Pedro The Lion and David Bazan so compelling.

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dad, dad, why did you let that man push you around like that
you should’ve beat him down – down to the ground – down to the ground for that
he says, “son, you’re still young and you always jump the gun”
there are real people in the big, big trucks
that you flip off when they get in your way
you get so hacked, that you pay no mind to the great big sign that says oversized load
do you really think they can go as fast, as you in your 87 trans am
they know you’re in a terrible rush but they’re going just as fast, as fast as they can
dad, dad, i really don’t understand what driving big trucks has to do with that man
you should’ve taught him a lesson about being rude about talking to you with such an attitude
son you’re still youngand you always jump the gun
you get so hacked, that you pay no mind to the great big sign that says oversized load
do you really think they can go as fast, as you in your 87 trans am
they know you’re in a terrible rush but they’re going just as fast, as fast as they can

Christian Artists To Know: Bosque Brown

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Bosque Brown
Genre: Rock
Styles: Country, Lo-Fi, Neo-Folk
Location: Denton, Texas
Label: Burnt Toast
Website: http://www.myspace.com/bosquebrown
Christian label: yes
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“O River”, starts with a distinctly southern woman’s voice singing a slow acapella verse about slowly flowing aimlessly through life. A staccato drum beat calls forth a cacophony of piano, tom, bass guitar and organ.  Bosque Brown’s music is a quiet storm of noise that sounds as if it were recorded in the 19th century.  The piano reverberates in an empty room and the voices echo through the speakers.

Bosque Brown describe their music as “minimalist/soul/gospel”.  As long as you recognize that country is the half-brother of soul, that describes them well.

Mara Lee Miller is the driving force behind Bosque Brown.  The voice is hers, the sound is hers, the songs are hers.  Miller’s husband got her demo’s in the hands of Damien Juardo who convinced David Bazan to help her record her first cd Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller.

“God doesn’t make voices like hers anymore,” Jurado says. “It reminded me of how I felt the first time I heard Robert Johnson or Kitty Wells. Here was and is the combo of both being channeled through the songs and voice of Mara Miller… she’s the real deal.”

The tone of Bosque Brown’s music is colored by Mara Lee Miller’s childhood in a small, isolated, rural West Texas town and her young life in a very conservative, fire and brimstone church.  You can feel the hot wind and taste the dust in the air in Bosque Brown’s music.

Mara Lee Miller’s lyrics deal with her fears developed sitting in those pews listening to warnings about demons and hell. “It instilled a lot of fear in me,” she says, remembering the adults who always told her, “There are demons and angels watching you!”

But there is hope and faith in Bosque Brown’s music.

“I was raised Baptist, and growing up, it was all hellfire and brimstone teachings at church. So for a long time, I was a very fearful child. Satan, bad spirits, even angels scared me half to death – because I didn’t want to think that anything I couldn’t see might still be in the same room with me. Even Bible stories scared me. Now that I’m older, the underlying theme in my songs is about trying to get over that fear of the church. But I also cling to the peace and hope that believing in God gives me – “White Dove” is about that. So there are both sides: being tormented from within, but also realizing that some of that is okay.”

I discovered  Bosque Brown while browsing through eMusic.  My subscription had just turned over and I was looking for 100 great songs.  eMusic was profiling Bosque Brown and I was intrigued by Melissa Maerz’s description . “Southern gothic indie-rock that’ll put the fear of God in you.”  I thought, sounds like Wovenhand and I read on to find the quote above.  I bought Baby and I have been listening to it ever since.

Here is a recent video of  Bosque Brown playing “So Loud” from their new CD Baby.

So we have another new, distinctive voice in American music and the sound is being created by Christian music artists.  There really is nothing else like Bosque Brown on the music scene today.  Take your time, drink a glass of ice tea, sit out on your porch in the summer, listen to them in a quiet place.   You life will slow down but you will not be bored.

You can find Bosque Brown’s music digitaly on iTunes Bosque Brown

You can also find Bosque Brown’s CDs on Amazon.

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