Free Download: Sola-Mi – Nexus

Decided to hit yall with a super trippy one this week. Check it it below

SOLA-MI is a concept band featuring Derek Webb, Josh Moore (Co-producer of Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome and Feedback albums), and Latifah Phillips (of The Autumn Film and Page CXVI), commissioned and inspired by Solomon Mente’s groundbreaking fictional narrative and film, NEXUS. Their debut album, the official motion picture soundtrack for Mente’s NEXUS, is available now.

Download NEXUS by Sola-Mi

Free Download:Sandra McCracken-Gravity|Love

Great song writing is hard to find nowadays; but you always know it when you hear it. It strikes something in your ear and it resonates. Good song writing doesn’t always need to be dressed up a ton, and in fact many of Sandra McCracken‘s songs wouldn’t even need instruments in my opinion. She has a great sense of melody that perfectly accents her lyrics, and her orchestration is like icing on the already awesome cake.

In 2006, McCracken released Gravity|Love, a mixture of folk style lyrics and 90s garage rock that once again displayed another solid side of an already well rounded artist. Last week, Sandra announced she was releasing it for free on Noisetrade (which is run by her husband, Derek Webb). Its a solid album, and will defiantly be a great introduction to Sandra’s music. Listen below, consider a donation, and then download. Simple as that.

New Releases For June 28th and July 1st, 2011

derek webb sandra mckracken TN EP
TN EP
Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken

Independent
Folk

falling up-your sparkling death cometh
Your Sparkling Death Cometh
Falling Up

Independent
Rock
available through Falling Up’s webstore

peter furler on fire
On Fire
Peter Furler

Sparrow Records
Pop Rock
Buy now: Amazon

Relient K K is For Karaoke EP
K is for Karaoke EP
Relient K

Mono VS. Stereo
Rock
Buy now: Amazon MP3

SO So It Begins
So It Begins
S.O.

Lamp Mode Recordings
Hip-Hop
available through Lamp Mode Recordings

Viktory-Birth of a Legacy
Birth of a Legacy Vol. 1
Viktory

Viktorious Music Group
Hip-Hop
Buy now: Amazon

New Releases For July 1st, 2011

sleeping at last july ep
July EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
available through sleepingatlast.com

New Releases for April 1st and 5th

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Of Man
Cool Hand Luke

Independent
Progressive
Buy now: Amazon MP3

sleeping at last april ep
April EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
(available through sleepingatlast.com)

New Releases For April 5th, 2011

alert red opus 45
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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feedback
Derek Webb

INO Records
Instrumental/Worship
Buy NOW: Amazon MP3

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

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
Buy now: Amazon

his work-we are his work ep
We Are His Work EP
His Work

Hands Up Music Production
Rap
Buy now: Amazon MP3
mandisa if we were real
What If We Were Real
Mandisa

Sparrow Records
R&B
Buy now: Amazon

rebecca st james i will praise you
I Will Praise You
Rebecca St. James

Reunion Records
Contemporary
Buy now: Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases For November 1st, 2nd, and 7th

jay tholan control me
Control Me
Jay Tholen

Independent
Progressive electro-folk
(available for free download at ubiktune.org)

sleeping at last november ep
November EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
(available only through sleepingatlast.com)

New Releases For November 2nd, 2010

derek webb feedback
feedback
Derek Webb

Independent
Worship/Instrumental/Electronica
(available through derekwebb.com)

Future of Forestry-Advent Christmas Volume 2 EP
Advent Christmas: Volume 2 EP
Future of Forestry

Credential Recordings
Christmas Music
Buy NOW:
iTunes

playdough-writer-dye
Writer Dye
Playdough

Independent
Hip-Hop
(download for free at sphereofhiphop.com)

The Rocketboys-Wellwisher EP
Wellwisher EP
The Rocketboys

Independent
Indie Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3
iTunes

Yancy-Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams
Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams
Yancy

Pure Blue Records
Pop Rock/Kid’s Music
Buy NOW:
iTunes

New Releases For November 7th, 2010

Urban_D_Un.heard
Un.heard
Urban D

Tranzlation Music
Rap

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.

Check out Pt.1
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Check out Pt.3
Check out Pt.4
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Check out Pt.7
Check out Pt.8
Check out Pt. 9
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Check out Pt.13

Check out Pt.14
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
Village Thrift Circa 2005
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)

cool hand luke Wake Up O’ Sleeper
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

Noisetrade Is The Coolest Pt.1

So for the first time in almost a year, I am having a hard time finding free downloads for you guys.  The bad part is….well, no free downloads.  The good part howver is that I get to tell you guys about Noisetrade.com and all its coolness.

noisetrade

Co-founded by Derek Webb in 2008, Noisetrade.com is an entire website of downloadable music that you can obtain through two channels. The first is a “pay-what-you-want” format that allows you to pick how much you want to pay for any given album on the site. They have recently reformed the site to call this money you spend a “tip”, and it can be a s low as a $1, to as high as $100. The second way to get music off the site to to give them some info (email address, zip code) and sugest the download to a few friends, either through Facebook or direct email. Either avenue, both artist and listener win.

Im going to spend the next few weeks telling guys about some of the cool stuff Ive gotten off the website, and then give you an opportunity to download it yourself.

So, it could kind of be like a free download…..

JGHymns is an eclectic collection of old timey hymns mixed in with some very modern music techniques. Expect to hear about every instrument known to man, and then on top of that there is the whole elctronic element too. It sounds really strange, but it works really well, you can listen to samples above

If you have been on the site before, you will know that I love So Long Forgotten, their blend of progressive rock mixed in with folkish post-hardcore is unbeatable in my book. The album above is CD before they signed on with Come&Live!, and I am starting to love it almost equally…..

The Civil Wars is Joy Williams little duo side project. they are really great, they play kind of a dark pop sound that reminds me of Eisley and Johnny Cash at the same time. This live recording was what made everyone take notice of them, and Im sure you will too

I’ll be back next week with some more suggestions for you guys!!

Jennifer Knapp/Derek Webb Tour Announced

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After a seven year hiatus, Jennifer Knapp announced last year that she was writing new material and would begin to play live once again. Today, Knapp announced that her new album would be called Letting Go, and would see the light of day on May 11th, 2010.

In addition, Spring of 2010 will see her and Derek Webb hitting a handful of shows together, after which Jennifer Knapp will jump on the traveling Summer tour known as Lilith Fair with the likes of Sara McLachlan, Cat Power, Heart, Jill Scott, and Loretta Lynn.

Below are the tour dates with Jennifer Knapp and Derek Webb:
March 5 New York, NY City Winery*
March 6 Manheim, PA Warehouse 54*
March 8 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere*
March 12 Asheville, NC Pisgah Brewing Company*
March 13 Knoxville, TN The Square Room*
March 26 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe Live*
March 27 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater*

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

Paste Magazine Launches Songs For Haiti

It is hard to ignore the immense travesty that has occurred in Haiti following a record breaking earthquake that has a death toll in the thens of thousands already. Since the quake, the world has rallied to help the people of Haiti, some by going there, some by sending aid. Paste Magazine has stepped up encourage the giving with a cool little deal. Read below to find out:

Like so many others, Paste has been moved by the tragedy facing the survivors of the Haitian earthquake. We have launched “Songs for Haiti” (songsforhaiti.org) as a way to raise money and keep awareness high. A diverse array of artists — Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson, Umphrey’s McGee, Switchfoot, Bruce Cockburn and over 200 others — have donated MP3s (many unreleased) for us to give everyone who donates to help Haiti.

You can donate through Paste or to a charity of your choice (just tell us), and you will have access to our Download Vault and 250 songs (and counting). We don’t think people should donate to the relief efforts in Haiti just to get a reward. But this gives Paste and artists a way to help, using the thing we’re most passionate about—music.

To donate, click below. 100% of money contributed through “Songs for Haiti” will be spread among three charities active in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website

Many of the artists that we cover on this website have taken part in this, so please check out the list below and go help out:

Andy Zipf- “See No Saviour”, I Sing Hallelujah
Ben + Vesper- “LuvInIdleness”, “An Honest Bluff”, “Especially We”
Bill Mallonee- “The Ghosts I Run With”
Deas Vail- “The Things You Were”
Derek Webb- “Heaven (Pre-Mix)”
Dignan- “Tangled Woods”
Gasoline Heart- “Armadillo”
Katie Herzig- “Waiting For My Night”
Lenny Smith- “I Saw A Mighty Angel”
Sandra McKracken- “10,000 Angels (Love Has Come)”
Switchfoot- “We Are Bound”
The Rocketboys- “Triumphs Of Love & Fortune”
The Welcome Wagon- “I Am Not Skilled To Understand”
Wovenhand- “Kicking Bird”, “Dirty Blue”, “Bleary-Eyed Duty”, ” White Bird”

and Im sure I missed a few

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website