A Week In Music Videos: May 23rd-30th

S.O.-”Sure Thing”

Emery-”The Cheval Glass”

The Vespers-”Will You Love Me?”

These Hearts-’Rejected”

Hyland-”The One That Got Away”

The Farewell Drifters-”We Go Together”

Onward To Olympus-”Structures”

New Releases For March 29th, 2011

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Appleseed Cast
Middle States EP

Graveface Records
Progressive Rock
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Celestial Completion
Becoming The Archetype

Solid State Records
Metal
Buy now: Amazon

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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

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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

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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

SXSW 2011 Days Three & Four: Too Many People

SXSW is always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand I always have a blast being down in the heart of Austin in the midst of a million people, hanging out with friends, and experiencing music that I wouldnt get to on a normal basis. On the other, its just exhasting to participate in the festival. There is alot of walking, not alot of places to sit, and since we cover a very specific group of artists, it takes some major preparation to be in the right place at the right time. In addition to this, I am actually working another job all week, a Spring Break day camp at a local YMCA. Despite all that, I have seen some really great stuff over the last few days, and in the middle of a great song it seems I am always able to forget how tired my feet are a thank God Im standing in the room Im in. I am blessed.

Day 3: The Civil Wars, Appleseed Cast & Shad

I actually didn’t get to see The Civil Wars or Appleseed Cast. Here is why: THERE ARE A TON OF PEOPLE AT SXSW! As the week goes on, many of the industry people and bands begin to populate the showcases in the audiance. I think I saw Doug Van pelt from HM Magazine almost everyday; Brooke Fraser was in line in front of me for The Civil Wars. On top of that, there are the thousands of people attending SXSW that are just average joes. All this to say i didnt get to see The Civil Wars because Im dumb and left the ballroom at the Driskel to get some air and then couldnt get back in. It was a small room (capacity was 120) and it was packed 2 hours before the folk duo’s set. There wasnt a line when I left, but a mega one when I returned. Strike out!

Shad at SXSW 2011

I DID get to see SHAD though, which I was really happy about. I actually learned about SHAD two years ago at SXSW when his record label handed me a sampler CD of his music and told me he was a believer. I have been a fan ever since, and his latest album, TSOL, was at the top of our Hip-Hop album of the year list.

The thing about SHAD live is that the dude never stops smiling. He was grinning ear to ear from the moment he walked out to sound check till the moment he disappeared into the back after his set. He was a super happy guy and it rubbed off onto the crowd…..mainly because he spent most of his show out in the crowd. The first two songs were spent bouncing around in the middle of the audience and handing the mic to people who knew the words. SHAD freestyled for us, played several of the songs form TSOL, and put on one of the most entertaining hip-hop shows I have ever seen. this ended up being my only show for the day, but yet I left that night feeling satisfied.

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Shad SXSW 2011 blur

The Appleseed Cast show was also full by the time we got there, we listened to a couple of songs (which were great) sitting outside the window and decided to call it a night.

Day 4: The Almost and Emery

Another kind of epic journey occurred on Saturday when my wife was actually able to attend some of the festival with me. We got there early to attend Flatstock, and then made the trek across downtown to catch the hip-hop show at the Carver Museum. This is the same showcase where we interviewed Kaboose, Tre9, and Lecrae two years ago, held at the same location. At least according to SXSW. When we got there, we walked in on a panel, which was cool enough, but by the time we realized we were in the wrong place it was all over. You see, the music was happening on 51st street, and we were on 18th. We had the right location, but apparently the oganizers had decided to move the music without telling anyone. So we missed Tedashii and Pro.

We wne t back downtown for a bit and actually wandered onto a free show that Vans was putting on outside of EMOs. Low and behold, The Almost were rocking the stage as we walked up! We were able to catch a good portion of the set, and man can Aaron Gillespie sing! That dude’s voice is super strong live, and the band had the crowd eating out their hand. They closed their set with a more up tempo version of Tom Petty’s “Free-Falling”, and everybody was there wanting more.

Luckily for me I caught the band again at the Tooth & Nail Showcase, so I was able to get more!
The Almost SXSW 2011 Tooth and Nail Showcase
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After The Almost came Emery, and the crowd was buzzing for the re-tooled screamo band to tear the place down.  Emery got things going quickly with several tracks off their upcoming “heavier” album, We Do What We Want, and remarkably most of the crowd already knew the words.

To answer the lingering question: Yes, Emery‘s new stuff is alot heavier than past efforts, but the important thing to note is that they blend it well with their older, more melody driven material, so you get a well balanced, interesting show. Heck, half-way through the set they pulled out acoustic guitars and sang some stripped down versions of their older songs to the crowd.

By the way, the crowd was not only standing in close quarters inside the club, but also right outside this huge window the club has right behind the stage. Emery showed their fans that they came first by setting up the drummer facing these people on the street so that everybody could feel like they were part of the show.
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That was it for me. The end of SXSW was kind of strange in that i dont feel like I was able to see alot of music as in past years, and yet I feel like some of the artists we cover (The Civil Wars, SHAD, The Almost, The Rocketboys) were some of the biggest names floating around the festival. See, just because you are open about your faith doesnt mean that you will be a failure in this industry, it just means that you have something to say. On to Cornerstone we go!

Free MP3 Download: Tooth & Nail Facebook Sampler

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So Tooth & Nail Records is at it again with a another huge sampler for you guys. If you have downloaded any of their samplers in the last few months, you will see some of the same tracks, but there are some new songs. All in all, it is a very good taste of everything the label(s) have to offer. Check out the tracklist below; then click on the link, it will take you to a Facebook page, click on the graphic and follow the instructions. ENJOY!

Poema – “2 A.M.”
Children 18:3- “Cover Your Eyes”
Fair- “Disappearing World”
The Almost- “Hands”
The Letter Black- “Hanging On By A Thread”
Ivoryline- “Instincts”
Sent By Ravens- “New Fire”
The Classic Crime- “Solar Powered Life”
Oh, Sleeper- “Son Of The Morning”
MyChildren MyBride- “Terra Firma”
Secret & Whisper- “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”
To Speak of Wolves – “Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light”
Emery – “Edge of the World”
Living Sacrifice – “Rules of Engagement”
Advent – “Pack of Fools”
Gwen Stacy – “The First Words”
Demon Hunter – “Collapsing”
Mae – “In Pieces”
Write This Down – “Renegade”
Inhale Exhale – “Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?”
Surrogate – “Exercise Machines”
Haste The Day- “Travesty”
The Showdown- “Blood In The Gears”
Download The Tooth & Nail Records Facebook Sampler

Free Download:Tooth & Nail Bamboozle 2010 Sampler

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Do I REALLY have to talk you guys into these samplers any more? I mean, every year Tooth & Nail Records (along with BEC Recordings and Solid State Records), possibility the most successful underground Christian label out there puts out a sampler of their biggest and brightest. This has already been a huge year the T&N guys, so it is no surprise that there are a lot of new faces in the tracklisting. Unlike most of these samplers, there is a little something for everyone; pop, rock, metal, hardcore, contemporary genres are represented. So here is the tracklisting:

The Almost – “Hands”
The Classic Crime – “Solar Powered Life”
Secret & Whisper – “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”
Queens Club – “Less Talk”
Write This Down – “Renegade”
Sent By Ravens – “New Fire”
Poema – “2 A.M.”
Fair – “Disappearing World”
To Speak of Wolves – “Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light”
Oh Sleeper – “Son of the Morning”
Number One Gun – “Forest”
Emery – “Edge of the World”
Living Sacrifice – “Rules of Engagement”
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE – “Faithless”
Inhale Exhale – “Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?”
Advent – “Pack of Fools”
Gwen Stacy – “The First Words”
Demon Hunter – “Collapsing”
Since October – “The Show”
The Letter Black – “Hanging On By A Thread”
Mae – “In Pieces”

Click on the link below, fill out some info, and tear it up!

Download the Tooth & Nail Records Bamboozle 2010 Sampler

New Releases For April 5th & 6th, 2010

joy williams we mapped the world ep
We Mapped The World EP
Joy Williams

sensibility music
Indie Pop
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

Autumn In Repair Autumn In Repair
Autumn In Repair EP
Autumn In Repair

Varietal Records
Pop Rock
Buy NOW:
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Vagabonds
The Classic Crime

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon
iTunes(Deluxe Edition)

emery are you listening
Are You Listening?
Emery

Tooth & Nail Records
Screamo/Pop
Buy NOW:
Amazon

Shannon Wexelberg I Have A Song
I Have A Song
Shannon Wexelberg

Discovery House Music
Worship
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

secret and the whisper teenage fantasy
Teenage Fantasy
Secrete & Whisper

Tooth & Nail Records
Post-Hardcore
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

sinbreed when worlds collide
When Worlds Collide
SinBreed

Ulterium Records
Traditional Metal
Buy NOW:
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iTunes
iTunes

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Eternity Invades
Vicky Beeching

Integrity Media
Contemporary
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

Christian Music News November 17th, 2009

Headlines

The 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll is now open. Now go vote for your favorite music this year! Fill out the 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll.

We Shot The Moon flipped their tour van this weekend on some icey roads. All band members walk away from the accident with minimal injury.

Nevertheless will be splitting at the end of 2009. They will play two more hometown shows and then disband “with no hard feelings”

Second Thief has signed on (again) with Alien Patrol Records.

Although no official announcement has been made, Amber Pacific has signed with Victory Records. That makes four bands we cover on Victory. Cool stuff…

Corey Crowder has apparently split from Tooth & Nail Records as he will release his next album, Lost & Found, independently.

Goth rock outfit Eowyn has announced that they will begin full time touring in 2010 after more than a year hiatus.

Impending Doom, Dependency, The Classic Crime, Before Their Eyes,Blood & Water, As I Lay Dying, and Haste The Day have all booked studio time or are inj the midst of working on new music for YOUUUUU!

Owl City‘s song “Fireflies” has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this week. Congrats man!

Videos

Below is the new video from Emery with their song “The Butcher’s Mouth”

This is the first video from The Civil Wars (Joy Williams & John Paul White) called “Poison & Wine”

Here is the second video from the new Flyleaf album, Momento Mori, called “Beautiful Bride”

Here is the latest from Until June with their song “In My Head”

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for DJ Official‘s upcoming December 26th, 2009 release, EnterMission.
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1. Enter The Mission – Dr. Eric Mason, DJ Official, R-Swift
2. Show Off – Lecrae & Flame
3. Use Me – Tedashii
4. Streets of New York – J.A.Z. & Magellen
5. Get Busy – Trip Lee
6. Go – H.G.A. & Tedashii
7. Not My Own – Stephen The Levite, Phanatik, Evangel
8. Love Fallen – Gems, Jahaziel, Benjah, Dillavou
9. Nothing Without You – JR & Lecrae
10. Chaos – Sho Baraka
11. Chisel Me – Thi’sl, Json, K-Drama, Tedashii
12. On My 116 – Lecrae, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Trip Lee
13. Streets of Philadelphia – Mac The Doulos, Young Joshua, Ackdavis, R-Swift
14. Missio Dei – God’s Servant
15. Forward Me – Cam
16. Outro (Thank You)
17. (bonus) For My Breakers
18. (bonus) Eyes Open Remix – Trip Lee & Sho Baraka

Here is the album artwork and tracklisting for West Coast Punk by MXPX, which was released today.
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1. One Step Further
2. Desperate to Understand
3. Broken
4. Shanghaied in Shanghai
5. Hopeless Case
6. End
(tracks on the physical version also include)
7. One Step Further (instrumental version)
8. End (instrumental version)
9. Broken (instrumental version)
10. On a String (previously unreleased demo from LCP sessions)

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

Christian Music News 6/9/09

Lots to do, no time to talk, here are your headlines:

A few new albums hit stores today. Check them out.

Enoch magazine did an interview with Before There Was Rosalyn frontman Carlos. Read Before There was Rosalyn interview.

Two (count ‘em TWO!) new music videos for experimental electronic artist Son Lux debuted this week. Watch them below:

“War” by: Son Lux

“Wither” by: Son Lux

Josh Head of Emery did a little Q&A with Alternativepress.com. Read Emery interview.

The new Gwen Stacy is in the studio, recording some sweet tuneage for YOU! Watch below to see their progress:

An official Jars Of Clay update has been issued for all you Jarsheads out there (I dont know if that is what you call Jars OF Clay fans, but it will catch on, mark my words.) Read Jars Of Clay update.

Outrun The Gun has split up. Thats like 6 in the last month or so now, right? Read Outrun The Gun statement.

Flynn Adam has posted the video for his song “Adios”. Watch it below:
Flynn Adam – Adios

Metal band Harmony ALSO have a new video. Its gonna be an “on” month for videos I can see. Watch below:

“Prevail” by: Harmony

Old school spirit-filled hardcore band Focused has reunited with the majority of their original members. sweet.

New Releases 6/2/09

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Class Reject
Jade Harrell

Revolution Art
Dance/Pop
Buy NOW:
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Jade Harrell - Class Reject

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In Shallow Seas We Sail
Emery

Tooth & Nail
Screamo/Rock
Buy NOW:
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AmazonMP3
Emery - In Shallow Seas We Sail

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Life Light Up
Christy Nockels

Six Step Records
Contemporary
Buy NOW:
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AmazonMP3
Christy Nockels - Life Light Up

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The Complete Collection
The Crucified

Tooth & Nail
Punk/Rock
Buy NOW:
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AmazonMP3

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Jesus Saves Live
Travis Cottrell

Indelible Creative Group/Word
Praise & Worship/Contemporary
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Travis Cottrell - Jesus Saves (Live)