Free Download: B.Reith – How The Story Continues Mixtape Vol.1

B. Reith is one of those “dont judge an artist by his appearance” type guys. For the last several years he has been viewed as the new tobyMac in the CCM world, but that shadow never made him very comfortable. So about 2 years ago he broke from his record label and has been releasing his music on his own. The How The Story Continues Mixtape has been my favorite work to date from him, chanelling a little 80s style hip-hop and little John Reuben flavor for good measure. Add guest appearances from Lecrae, Theory Hazit, and Lisa Gungor and this is defiantly worth your attention. Check it below

Cornerstone 2010 Schedule: Rebecca

So, we are a week from leaving and I think I have finally nailed down my schedule for Cornerstone 2010. Here are few of the highlights that I’m going to see.

Monday: This is my only really slow day of the week, but as soon as camp is set up I’ll head out and see what new bands I can find. These are just the two I don’t want to miss!

Take It Back!10:30pm – Solace Stage: A post-hardcore band from Arkansas. This is a band you won’t want to miss. Although, if you can’t make it to this particular show they are playing a couple of more times during the week.

The Burial11:15pm – Raging Storm/Sancrosanct Stage: A deathcore band from South Bend, Indiana. If you are a fan of August Burns Red or Becoming the Archetype, then you’ll love The Burial.

Tuesday: And the craziness begins! For 12 hours  I will be running from stage to stage trying not to miss anything. A lot of the bands this day are going to be my first time seeing them live.

Fire from the Gods/Let the Dead - 12:00pm – Legacy Stage: Two bands from deep in the heart of Texas, Austin! These bands will show you what Texas hardcore is all about.

Hand Drawn Mountains1:40pm – Chasing Canadia Stage: This will be my first time to see this band live.

Switchfoot - 8:00pm – Main Stage: We all know Switchfoot. I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live, so here’s my chance.

The Ember Days - 9:00pm – Solace Stage: A progressive worship band from New Zealand. Another band I have never seen live.

The Showdown - 11:00pm – Encore Stage: Hardcore/Classic Rock from the backwoods of Tennessee. These guys put on a phenomenal show. If you are a fan of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster or Becoming the Archetype, then don’t miss this show!

Wednesday:  This will probably be my favorite day all week. All of my favorite bands play this day. I can’t Wait!

Bradley Hathaway3:30pm – Main Stage: A mix of spoken word and singing. Some of the most amazing stuff you’ll hear. He’s become kind of a staple at Cornerstone.

Levi the Poet - 4:30pm – Solace Stage: Spoken word with a mix of sporadic instruments. I have been waiting to see him play for quite some time now.

Listener6:00pm – Jesus Village: I’ve never seen him, but I’ve been listening to his stuff and I can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome!

mewithoutYou – 7:00pm – Main Stage: One of the most amazing bands ever! Another must see for Cornerstone.

Sleeping Giant - 10:50pm – Underground Stage: This band puts on one of the most moving, worship filled hardcore shows I have ever seen. If you go to this show you will be changed. You won’t be able to stop it! It cannot be  contained!

After a very long day, I get to end it with my favorite band:

The Chariot- 12:00pm – Encore Stage: Of course, I’ll have to leave Sleeping Giant early…but it will be worth every second. The Chariot always puts on an insane show. You never know what craziness they are going to bring to the stage

Thursday: This day is going to be an eclectic mix of music

John Reuben3:15pm – Main Stage: Just about the only chance for Hip-Hop at Cornerstone this year.

Brooke Waggoner4:15pm – Gallery Stage: I’ve never seen her live, but I’ve been listening to her for over a year now. It’s going to be amazing I just know it!

Hands7:30pm – Underground Stage: I have been waiting to see this band for a while now. Since they never come to Austin, I definitely will be at this show!

I’ll have to split my next hour to be able to see both bands:

The Almost8:30pm – Main Stage: One of my favorite bands.

The Farewell Drifters - 8:30pm – Gallery Stage: I love me some bluegrass, so I’m sure to catch at least part of this show

For Today- 10:50pm – Underground Stage: This show will be a lot like Sleeping Giant the night before. These guys are an amazing Hardcore band that puts on a show full of worship.

Friday: I’m hanging out at the Gallery Stage for most of this day.

The Glorious Unseen9:00am – Main Stage: This would be a great way to kick off the day. This band is made up of several youth leaders with a passion for music and a heart for God.

Timbre - 2:05pm – Gallery Stage: You’ve gotta’ see this harp playing girl!

Over the Rhine4:15pm – Gallery Stage: This Ohio duo plays awesome Americana music.

Dignan - 6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I haven’t seen this band live yet, but I look forward to hearing this progressive indie rock band

Paper Route - 7:15pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee. If they are half as good live as their CD’s are, then this should be a real treat

Children 18:3- 9:00pm – Underground Stage: An awesome family punk band from Minnesota. These guys are the next big thing in Christian punk rock right now!

Eisley10:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have been listening to these guys since their beginning. It’s been a while and I am very excited to see them again.

White Collar Sideshow- 12:00am – Underground Stage: Here is another show that has an unbelievable power to change you. This is an amazing theatrical band that will move you. Besides, these are some of the coolest people you will see at Cornerstone.

Saturday: The last day and there is still so much to see!

The Glorious Unseen - 12:15am – Main Stage: I know this was on Friday too, but if 9:00 am was too early before than be sure and catch these guys at this show.

O’Brother6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have never seen this band before, but everyone says I have too. I’m game!

August Burns Red7:00pm – Main Stage: This band rocked last time I saw them on Main Stage at Cornerstone. They never cease to amaze me.

Ivoryline8:35pm – Gallery Stage: A post-hardcore band from Tyler, Texas. I have seen these guys play so many times and they are always great!

Seabird- 10:00pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band from Ohio. The perfect way to end Cornerstone 2010.

Cornerstone 2010 Schedule: Ian

So in about 3 weeks, The ONE21 is headed out to Cornerstone Festival 2010. There are hundreds of bands and performers sweating it out from around 11AM to close to 2 in the morning every day. It can be very overwhelming to to take in everything that Cornerstone has to offer, and the sad fact is that you are almost guaranteed to miss a lot.

Well, we are here to help!

With the help of a nifty new website called www.cstoneschedule.com, the four of us attending have been able to begin planning out our Cornerstone experience. Below, I am going to list a few highlights from every day of the festival. Hopefully this will help you plan your week out a little better if you are attending.

Check out my full schedule, and maybe come say hi. I will be the guy with the giant red beard and shaved head. Its kinda hard to miss me. I will have free stickers and buttons for ya!

MONDAY: typically a slow day, but there are a ton of generator shows going on, and you can get very up close and personal with the performers. Also be on the lookout for “surprise” shows. I saw Blindside play a show on the lawn back in 2003. Keep your eyes open!
Love Begotten 3:00PM- Raging Storm/Sancrosanct Stage: the band puts on a wild stage show and seemlessly blend it with a heavy dose of profound ministry.  They were also one of our “Voices Of the Underground”

A Hope For Home 7:30PM- Solace Stage: These guys are one of the more promising bands to come out of the post-hardcore/rock scene in the last few years. They were also one of our “Voices Of The Underground”.

Take It Back! 10:30PM- Solace Stage- This will be my first time seeing the posi-hardcore band that have been blasting through my speakers all year. If you want to see earnest punk/hardcore, you need to be at this show!

Tuesday: The unofficial 1st day of the fest. In past years, Tooth & Nail have run this particular day, but the economy has forced the label to step back. Once again, this may seem like a slow day, but there is still alot going on
Fire From The Gods/Let The Dead 12:00PM/12:45PM- Legacy Stage: These two bands are actually friends of mine from right here in Austin, Texas. Come a behold the next great Texas metal/hardcore superstars!

The Ember Days 9:00 PM- Solace Stage: I am really excited to get to experience the progressive worship of The Ember Days. The band recently relocated to the States from New Zealand, and are working on some new material which hopefully will make it into their set at Cornerstone. They were also one of our “Voices Of The Underground”

Flatfoot 56 10:00PM- Legacy Stage: While everybody else is at Switchfoot on the main stage, I will be getting a rowdy dose of celtic punk with the legendary Flatfoot 56. Once again, this will be the first time seeing these guys despite the fact that I have been a fan for a very long time!

Wednesday: This will be the first official day of Cornerstone Festival 2010, with all the seminars, Bible studies, and events beginning along with the music and the Main stage running all day. The festival gets kind of….crazy from here on out. This will be one of my longest days
So Long Forgotten 12:45- Solace Stage: I have heard that So Long Forgotten‘s live shows are nothing short of amazing, so this will be an amazing way to start my day off. The band’s latest album, The Things We Can See and The Things We Cannot was on our best of the year list from 2009.

Bradley Hathaway 3:15PM- Main Stage: If you dont see Mr. Hathaway at Cornerstone, you havent truely done Cornerstone right. Nuff said!  Bradley also had one of our best albums form 2009.

Levi The Poet 4:00PM-Solace Stage: Levi The Poet is a gifted spoken word artist who’s performances range from quiet recital to wild thrashings as he covers everything from the love of God, self doubt, and pornography addiction. Also, I will finally be able to pick up his CD!

Listener 6:00PM- Jesus Village: THIS IS ONE OF MY MUST SEES! I promise you that this will be one of the best live shows you have ever seen!

mewithoutYou 7:00PM- Main Stage: Once again, if you dont see mewithoutYou at Cornerstone Festival, you havent done Cornerstone right. Nuff said…..again.  Once again, the band’s latest CD was one of the best from 2009.

Sleeping Giant 10:50PM- Underground Stage: This “hardcore” band is known to create an atmosphere of worship that most churches miss by miles. People have given their lives to Christ, been healed, and rebuked demons at these guys shows. At clubs. This is Cornerstone! Of course there will be moshing too, but thats how Sleeping Giant does it! Did I forget to mention that this is a 2 hour show? Well, it is…..

The Chariot 12AM- Encore Stage: If you happen to leave Sleeping Giant early, or are able to still walk afterwards, go catch the last 30 or minutes of The Chariot. Their live show is nothing short of insane!  they also had one of our best albums from 2009 along with being one of our “Voices of The Underground”

Thursday Day two of the festival in full swing slows things down a little for me, but Thursday is possiably my most diverse day.
John Reuben 3:15PM- Main Stage: Regrettably, there isn’t a whole lot of hip-hop at Cornerstone this year, so I am going to be sure and not miss one of my all time favorites. Hey John, if you happen to read this, play “Doin’”, I will lose my mind over that song!

Brooke Waggoner 4:15PM- Gallery Stage: THIS IS A MUST SEE! We met Brooke Waggoner in 2009 at SXSW, and her live show made me a life long fan. If anything, you need to see this girl play piano, it will blow you away.  She was also featured in the original series of “Voices of The Underground”.

Hands 7:30PM- Underground Stage: i have already told the entire staff that Hands is the band I am most excited to see this year. They combine prog metal with worship music, and they never come around Austin. This will most likely be the highlight of my week.  They also had one of our best albums from 2009.

The Farewell Drifters 8:35PM- Gallery Stage: Sue me, I love folk/bluegrass music. The Farewell Drifters are one of the better bands today doing it. Therefore, I will be there.

For Today 10:35- Underground Stage: Like Sleeping Giant the night before, For Today bring a worshipful experience that just happens to be in the for of metal/hardcore. These guys speak truth, and this is one of those shows that can really have an impact.

Friday By this point most of yall will be getting tired, but dont snooze just yet because some great stuff is yet to be seen.
Timbre 2:05PM- Gallery Stage: What a great way to get things going with some soothing progressive harp music. Yep, I said harp….

Dignan 6:00PM- Gallery Stage: Once again, we met Dignan at SXSW in 2009 and were intimidately taken away with their dark , progressive indie rock. Haven’t had a chance to catch them again, so this will be a treat for sure.  They also released one of our best albums from 2009.

Paper Route 7:15PM- Gallery Stage: Would you like a little electronic dance music with your rock? Of course you would.  They also had one of our best albums from 2009.

Children 18:3 9:00PM- Underground Stage: This is possibly the best pop-punk band in the music scene today. we saw them at Red letter Rock Fest last year, and I am not going to miss this show.

Eisley 10:00PM- Gallery Stage: Ironically, the last time Chuck and I saw Eisley (known as Moss Eisley then) was the FIRST time we attended Cornerstone Fest in 2002. Some of the members were in their early teens, and they apologized after every song. Most of them are married now, and we have fallen in love with their music over and over again since. This will be a great reunion.

White Collar Sideshow 12AM- Underground Stage: I will end my day with a performance that has the ability to cut to the core of any person struggling with themselves. Besides the fact that the members of White Collar Sideshow are some of the coolest people ever, but their show will make you take a deep look within, and let change fill you up.

Saturday Last day, keep your head up, you are almost there.
Starting at about 1PM, The Legacy Stage is going to have a mini Hip-Hop showcase featuring some amazing talent including Odd Thomas, Propoganda, and Theory Hazit. If you are a fan of Hip-Hop, this would be a great place to hang out on Saturday.

O’Brother 6:00PM- Gallery Stage: I saw these guys with Manchester Orchestra, and I don’t think I’m stretching too much to say that they blew the crowd away. They are the heaviest indie rock band I have ever hear, and I am ready for round two.

August Burns Red 7:00PM- Main Stage: ABR is kind of another one of those bands that if you haven’t seen them at Cornerstone, then you haven’t really seen them. It is not too much to say that they owned Cornerstone 07 like nobodies business.

Seabird 10:00PM- Gallery Stage: My Cornerstone experience will end with the power pop/rock of Seabird. I saw them at SXSW, and now that I know their music a little better I know this will be the perfect closer to my week.

Thats about it, but certainly not my entire plan for the week. Go check my full schedule to see all the other shows I am going to try and hit. See you there!

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.9

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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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Dustin Kensrue-Please Come Home
Please Come Home
Dustin Kensrue

2006
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
There was so much to be surprised by on 2006’s Please Come Home. First and foremost, it was the debut solo effort from Thrice frontman, Dustin Kensrue, a band known for their complex, mosh inducing post hardcore anthems. So the fact that he choose to make a folk/country album let you know this was something completely different in itself.

The second surprise is just how GOOD Please Come Home is. Kensrue’s normal growl translates into earnest grit in this stripped down setting, and the whole feel of the album is set off by this fact. Think of something in between Johnny Cash, The Mommas & The Pappas, and old timey gospel, and that’s about where this album lands. The songs are well constructed, catchy, and thoughtful. Everything about them seems very familiar and yet fresh at the same time. Please Come Home is track after track of your favorite song that you’ve never heard.

Perhaps the biggest surprise though, and the one that makes all of this so special, is Kensrue’s willingness to talk about his faith on Please Come Home in a very personal and real way. When he isn’t putting parables into song form (Please Come Home), or declaring his beliefs directly (I Believe), Kensrue is confronting issues of sin and struggle in such a thoughtful manner you hardly know he is preaching. What Dustin Kensrue accomplished in 2006 with Please Come Home was speaking on the human struggle through the eyes of a person touched by Christ, and made us love every moment of it.

Truly a diamond in an already stunning career, and as he continues to prove himself over and with Thrice, Dustin Kensrue continues to prove that he may be our generation’s most talented songwriter.
Highlights: I Knew You Before, Please Come Home, Blood & Wine, Pistol

sam phillips the turning
The Turning
Sam (Leslie) Phillips

1987
Buy this album:Amazon, iTunes
Throughout the 80’s Leslie Phillips was a CCM darling, with three hit records. The Turning, however, marked a shift in the singer’s attitudes: a definite pop sensibility was now apparent in the music, and a disillusion with the narrow-mindedness of the Contemporary Christian Music machine was expressed in the lyrical content. As a result, the album fared less strongly in the religious market, but earned greater critical attention in pop music circles. The Turning was also important to Sam Phillip‘s career (and personal life) in that it paired her for the first time with producer T-Bone Burnett, who has produced all of her subsequent albums to date, and whom she married in 1989.

Following the release of The Turning, Sam Phillips made a public separation from both her former label and her previous body of work; with the help of Burnett, she signed to Virgin Records and, adopting a nickname given to her as a child, released her next record, The Indescribable Wow (1988), as Sam Phillips.

The Turning stands out as an artistic turning point in Sam Phillips‘ career as a singer and songwriter as well; on one side, the cheerful, upbeat pop-rock albums that she recorded in the early 1980s, and, on the other, the quirky 60′s music influenced rock and folk albums, with a much darker and more poetic tone lyrically. Most critics would agree that Phillips‘ songwriting abilities grew by leaps and bounds beginning with The Turning. Others might even say that this album was a pinnacle that has yet to be topped by the artist.

The Turning was listed at #8 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.
Highlights: The Turning, Answers Don’t Come Easy, God Is Watching You

Hands - Creator
Creator
Hands

2009
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Music can be incredibly powerful when in the hands of the right artist. The best music, in my book, is one that can take a sound or a genre, and twist it to serve a completely new purpose. So it is only fitting that Christ-centered metal’s first real prog-metal band would be named Hands, and Creator proves that not following the rules can be so much better sometimes.

Creator is two things at all times; it is progressive metal, and it is worship. There is no time during the album’s 10 tracks (more than half of which are over 6 minutes long) that it is one or the other. The mere fact that these two seemingly opposing genres can meet and work together is by itself pretty stunning, but it is the fact that they succeed that makes Creator amazing in everyway. Creative isn’t even the word, superior may be better. If you want to know what kind of metal we may listen to in Heaven, this may be it.

The reason it all works is that Hands understand the emotional and spiritual core of their songs. They know the exact moments to pull back and let the atmosphere take over, and then hit you with everything they have to give the words a sense of release. They know that sometimes singing makes sense, that sometimes spoken words are appropriate, and that screaming is the only volume appropriate for some of the lyrics. Nothing ever feels forced, nor overdone; everything just fits in balance.

Hands isn’t a band, it is a force to be reckoned with.
Highlights: Brightest, Robed In Majesty, Returning

They Sang As They Slew - Get Well
Get Well
They Sang As They Slew

2004
Buy this album: Amazon MP3, iTunes
The brainchild of Luxury and Canary member, Jamey Bozeman, They Sang As They Slew released their debut, Get Well, to the amazement of underground Christian hipsters. Weaving between soaring experimental emo and pleading acoustic ballads, Get Well weaves a mesmerizing soundscape that pulls you into the lyrics.

“Her Left hand Rocks the Cradle” sets the tone for the entire CD, with its ethereal back sounds and samples that break into psychedelic lyrics. “I Can See With My Eyes Closed” is a straight ahead driving rocker with layers of fuzzy guitars. “It Goes On”, the psychedelic ballad with distorted vocals and layers of sound closes the CD.
Highlights: Her Left Hand Rocks The Cradle, I Can See With My Eyes Closed, 10,000 Candles

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Are We There Yet?
John Reuben

2001
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
I guess it is the whistling at the beginning of Are We There Yet?’s opening track (Divine Inspiration) that really tells you that this is something…a little different. From the beginning of his career, John Reuben, a quirky, unassuming white kid who has proved himself as one of Christian hip-hop’s pivotal artists, has always done things differently. Instead of embracing the more party oriented mainstream hip-hop sound, or a completely abstract underground sound, John Reuben has been able to push a fresh new sound that is something in-between the two. Are We There Yet? Was the introduction to this sound, and remains Reuben’s purest interpretation of THAT sound.

The songs on here are just SO GOOD. Tell me one emcee in the scene today that has a song like “Do Not”, and can pull it off like John Reuben. Then there are song like “No Regrets” and “Identify” that are almost rock songs, with some of the painfully honest lyrics I have heard in hip-hop in a long time. What you get with Are We There Yet? Is a mix of fun and real; of party and grit. It has been almost 10 years since the release Are We There Yet?, and it still feels completely fresh. Today, John Reuben continues to do thing his own way, and we are so glad for it.
Highlights: No Regrets, Do Not, Divine Inspiration, Identify

New Releases For The End Of The Year,2009

New Releases For December 22nd, 2009

Charles Billingsley- God of Ages
God Of The Ages
Charles Billingsley

Maranatha
Live Worship
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Sex, Drugs, And Self-Control
John Reuben

Gotee Records
Hip-Hop
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New Releases For December 26th, 2009

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Entermission
DJ Official

Reach Records
Hip-Hop
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New Releases For December 28th, 2009

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Point Of Life
Misty Edwards

Forerunner Music
Progressive Worship
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Free Download:The Joe-Cool School Geek…The Mixtape

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I had to shorten the name for the title, but the name of this album is Cool School Geek-Rap Back Pack Weird-Core The Mixtape by The Joe. I bet you can already tell that this one is gonna be a little…different. You know, what more do you expect from The One21, we always try to give you different. The term Underground Hip-Hop is best embodied in the music of The Joe. Quirky, unconventional beats with tounge twisting lyrics that will make you have to go back a few times before you know what the heck he is trying to say. This aint yer daddy’s hip-hop, then again, yer dad may not listen to hip-hop. He may want to after listening to The Joe.

For fans of: John Reuben, Pigeon John, Shad, Wale , Aesop Rock

Download The Joe Cool School Geek-Rap Back Pack Weird-Core The Mixtape

Christian Music News Oct.20th,2009

Headlines

It seems that former Cross Movement member and underground Christian emcee pioneer Enock passed away this weekend of a sudden heart attack. Please Pray for his family and friends…

According to their twitter accounts, Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins are working on a new Fiction Family album.

Stellar Kart is now on INO Records instead of Word Records.

You can listen to a full concert from Moby over at NPR. So go do it. Listen to Moby on NPR.

An interview with progressive indie band O’Brother can be found over at theblueindian.com. Read O’Brother interview.

With Blood Comes Cleansing are apparently back in action, and they recently told fans that while they wont be touring in the near future, they will be playing local shows along with writing a recording new music.

Also returning to the fold is At The Throne Of Judgment, and they even have a brand new song on their Myspace.

It appears that about a week before their new album hits, Deas Vail decided to sign with Mono VS. Stereo. Cool stuff…

Continuance (ex Means and Saints Never Surrender) have officially signed with Rise Records, and are working on a new CD.

Singer/songwriter Andy Zipf signed with P Is For Panda this week, and has released his latest EP Our Voice Is Weapon in digital format through the label.

The OC Supertones are going to be hitting the festival circuit in 2010.

Videos

Below is the new video from Lecrae with his song “Go Hard”

Below is the new video from Jaymes Reunion with their latest single, “Fine”

Below is the video for “No Be Nah” by John Reuben

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Deas Vail‘s upcoming October 27th, 2009 release, entitled Birds & Cages.

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1. The Things You Were
2. Growing Pains
3. Excuses
4. Cages
5. Birds
6. Tell Me
7. Dance In Perfect Time
8. Sunlight
9. Puzzles And Pieces
10. The Great Physician
11. The Leaper
12. Atlantis

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Living Sacrifice‘s much anticipated new album, The Infinite Order. The CD will hit stores January 26th, 2010.
Living Sacrifice - The Infinite Order
1. Overkill Exposure
2. Rules of Engagement
3. Nietzsche’s Madness
4. Unfit to Live
5. The Training
6. Organized Lie
7. The Reckoning
8. Love Forgives
9. They Were One
10. God Is My Home
11. Apostasy

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Crucified‘s upcoming re-release of their classic album, The Pillars of Humanity. It will drop November 17th, 2009

the crucified pillars
1. Intro/Hateworld
2. It’s All About Fear
3. The Wrong One
4. Mindbender
5. Path to Sorrow
6. Fellowship of Thieves
7. Focus
8. The Strength
9. Blackstone/So-Called Living, 1991
10. The Pillars of Humanity

Christian Music News Sept.23rd,2009

Headlines

A few weeks ago we announced that folk rock icon Jennifer Knapp has resurfaced after three years of seemingly self imposed exile. This week, Knapp herself addressed her return to music and explained her absence in a letter addressed to her fans posted on her website. Read letter from Jennifer Knapp.

Paramore‘s first album, All We Know Is Falling, was certified Gold this last week with over 50,000 units sold. Congrats kids!

Apparently, pop rock band Kids In The Way are getting back together. Don’t believe me? Read the blog Run Kid Run just posted.

Dance rock band Queen’s Club has signed on with Tooth & Nail Records. Interesting
selection for sure…

Following the Insyderz‘s footsteps, both Five Iron Frenzy and The OC Supertones have eluded through various contacts that reunions and DVDs in the near future…

Long time Yours For Mine member Jonathan has decided to leave the band.

New Zealand moshcore band Saving Grace has signed with Strike First Records.  Congrats to all involved….

An interview with Micah from Oh, Sleeper was posted over at Lambgoat.com. Take my advice though, read the interview with Oh, Sleeper, but do NOT read the comments anywhere on that website. Lambgoat has got some borderline sociopaths for readers.

The Day Of has signed with Southpawl Records.

A cool little interview with Bradley Hathaway was posted over at Blue Indian. Read Bradley Hathaway interview.

Since October, Stand Your Ground, and Holding Onto Hope are all in the studio right now (or heading there very soon) making some news tunes for YOU.

Videos:

Below is the new video from John Reuben with the song “Confident”

Below is the latest from Hawk Nelson called “Live Life Loud”

Below is the video from progressive band The Contact for their song “The Divine”.

Below is the new video from Jeremy Enigk for his song “Mind Idea”

Below is the music video for The Crimson Armada‘s new song “The Serpent’s Tongue”

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Almost‘s upcoming release, entitled Monster Monster, which will hit stores November 3rd, 2009.
The Almost Monster Monster
1. Monster Monster
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
4. Hands
5. Young Again
6. Summer Summer
7. Hand Grenade
8. Books & Books
9. Souls On Ten
10. Want To
11. Get Through
12. Monster

In addition to the album above, The Almost will release a exclusive EP through Hot Topic on October 6th, 2009 called The Monster EP. It will contain three songs from Monster Monster, along with two B-sides. In addition, there will be a special addition which will contain not only the EP, but all the packaging for Monster Monster and a blank CD to burn a free copy of the full-length when it becomes available through Shockhound.com. Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Monster EP.
the almost monster ep
1. Lonely Wheel
2. Hands
3. July
4. Birmingham
5. Monster

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for John Reuben ‘s upcoming December 22nd, 2009 release, Sex, Drugs, and Self Control
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1. Jamboree
2. No Be Nah
3. Burn It Down
4. In The Air
5. Paranoid Schizophrenic Apocalyptic Whisper Kitten
6. Town Folk
7. Confident
8. Everett
9. Radio Makes You Lonely
10. So Sexy For All The Right Reasons
11. Wooden Whistle Man
12. Joyful Noise

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for We Came As Roman‘s new album, entitled To Plant A Seed, which will hit stores November 3rd, 2009.
we came as romans to plant a seed
1. To Plant A Seed
2. Broken Statues
3. Intentions (ft. Tyler “Telle” Smith of The Word Alive)
4. Roads That Don’t End And Views That Never Cease
5. Dreams
6. We Are The Reasons
7. Beliefs
8. I Will Not Reap Destruction
9. Searching, Seeking, Reaching, Always
10. An Ever-Growing Wonder

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting from Plumb‘s upcoming compilation entitled Beautiful History: A Hits Collection . It will be available November 3rd, 2009.
plumb beautiful history
1. Stranded (2010 version)
2. Here With Me (2010 version)
3. Damaged (Redemption Extended Version)
4. God Shaped Hole (2010 version)
5. Real
6. I Can’t Do This
7. Cut
8. Better
9. Blush
10. In My Arms (Radio Edit)
11. Hang On
12. Beautiful History
Disc 2:
1. In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
2. Cut (Bronleewe & Bose Radio Edit)
3. Hang On (Digital Dog Radio Edit)
4. Always (jRyann Radio Edit)
5. In My Arms (Bronleewee & Bose Extended Mix)
6. Cut (Digital Dog Extended Mix)
7. Hang On (Dave Audé Extended Mix)
8. Always (Bimbo Jones Extended Mix)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Gwen Stacy‘s upcoming October 20th, 2009 release, entitled A Dialogue.
gwen stacy a dialogue
1. The First Words
2. Profit Motive
3. A Dialogue
4. Creation and How I See It
5. Words of the New Prophet
6. Devil Devil
7. Addictionary
8. Braveheart
9. A Middle Ground
10. The Making Of
11. The Sound of Letting Go

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting from the long awaited sophomore release from hard rock band Flyleaf, entitled Memento Mori, which will hit stores October 27th, 2009.
flyleaf memento mori
1. Again
2. Beautiful Bride
3. Arise
4. Bittersweet
5. Break Your Knees
6. Chasm
7. Circle
8. Have We Lost
9. Missing
10. Set Apart This Dream

Weekly Update 8/21/09

Hello to all the amazing people who read our site, we love you. Really, your participation in this website makes everything worth it.  Every time you visit, it counts as only good stuff for us as a group.  So, thank you….

If you will remember, a few months back, we announced that we were going to tone things down a little bit on the site.  At the time, we were putting up three posts a day, beginning to build our artist database, and trying to manage our emerging “ezine” persona.  In all honesty, we never intended to use The One21 as a magazine-type website. Our original idea for this blog was to simply communicate our passion and try to begin to introduce the world to a larger perspective of “Christian music”in modern culture.

Well, God, as He always does, has His own plans for things, and seven months in to our existence we were doing interviews,  reporting on news, and in general acting like more of a magazine.

However, the true intention of this site, The One21 Music, was to build a tool that could fully introduce the people to the vast body of music made by believers. So, in May, we officially began to build our artists database. We started strong, found out we weren’t doing it right, started over, added a few features, went back and added those features to the existing profiles, went back and edited, and then once again began to add new artists, and here we are.

Confused? Dont worry, all of that was my long way of saying that we are now 260 artists strong in our database, and every week we are adding on average 6-10 new entries.  The profiles span over 10 genres, 3 categories, and over 120 styles (sub-genres).  We are doing our best to make sure that any fan, of any type of music will have a place on this website.  You can go see our progress by clicking on the “Artist Search” tab up at the top of this page, or you can click here.
Also, if there is particular artist you want to check out, you can get to them quickly by typing in www.one21music.com/(artist name) into the address bar on your browser (so an example would be www.one21music.com/owl city).  If you dont get anything, it most likely means we have not gotten that particular artist into the system yet, but don’t fret because we are working on it.

Alright, with so much going on, Chuck and I thought it would be a good idea to start giving you guys weekly rundowns on what is happening here on the site.  So at the end of the week, we will recap what we have been writing about on the blog, in the database, and what is happening in our company.  Our hope is that not only will you stay up to date to what is happening on the blog, and what new artists you may want to check out, but also that you would get to know us as people and as a company. So, here we go, this our first real update so I hope you enjoy:

General Site Updates:

-First of all, you may notice that we have a new banner. The old one was cool and everything, but as we turn the corner on this website, we wanted to go with something a bit “cleaner” looking. Plus, I (Ian) was really tired of looking at myself every time I looked at the site (yes, if you remember the guy in the banner, that was a big ‘ol profile of me, myself, and I).

-We launched our “Album Release” page this week. this page contains dates, titles, and album artwork(when available) for all the upcoming CDs from Christian artists. It will be updated often, and in future “update” posts I will keep you up to date on what we have added to the page. Go check out all the upcoming releases here.

-We got rid of our “Music Artists” and “Christian Labels” tabs. With the database, we don’t need the “Artist” tab, although you may see a newer, more accessible version of it pop up in the near future. All the information from the “Christian Labels” can now be found in our “Links” page. You can click on the “Links” tab at the top of the page or just click here

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Blog/Article Updates:

-New Releases-The big release this week came from MuteMath, but Manic Drive and Take It Back! also released somke new stuff this week.
-Music News- new videos from John Reuben, Paramore, and Philmont, along with new album info for Abandon Kansas, and a lot of bands leaving their labels and others getting signed.
-Free Download- a new little DJ album from hip-hop artist Playdough. Very strange, but hard to pass up for free.
-Voices Of The Underground2 Pt.1- Begin a new “season” of our round table interview series by asking Thousand Foot Krutch, White Collar Sideshow, Gileah Taylor, and many others what they love about music.

Artist Database Updates:

-Chuck has moved around some genre definitions to best suite our Praise & Worship, and Gospel fans.

Profiles added:
Moby
Owl City
Mindy Smith
Adrienne Young
Iris Dement
MuteMath
Son Lux
Buddy Miller
Bodies Of Water
The Welcome Wagon
Sufjan Stevens
Danielson
Josh Garrels
Listener
Preson Phillips
Gileah Taylor (Gileah & The Ghost Train)
Wonder
Love Begotten
Bradley Hathaway

Also, this weekend we will be holding a meeting to try and figure out a possible One21 Fest here in Austin, Texas. If you are reading this and have some ideas, please speak up. Until next week, God bless, and have a great weekend.

Christian Music Is Not A Genre, It Is A Movement

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.
abandon-kansas-were-all-going-somewher
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”: