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

Free Download: Lecrae – Church Clothes Mixtape

Possibly the biggest mixtape release in recent history, Lecrae has finally dropped his much hyped Church Clothes Mixtape. The hype was well deserved, with Lecrae and crew tear loose and explore the full extent of the talents, both musically and lyrically in 18 hard hitting bangers that seek to challenge the status quo of the church and Christians alike. My personal favorite is “Misconception” but then again Im a sold out Humble Beast fan. Check the tracklisting below:

1. “Co-Sign”
2. “APB” feat. Thi’sl
3. “Church Clothes”
4. “Cold World” feat. Tasha Catour
5. “Welcome to H-Town” feat. Tedashii & Dre Murray
6. “Inspiration”
7. “Rise”
8. “Darkest Hour” feat. No Malice
9. “Black Rose”
10. “The Price of Life” feat. Andy Mineo & Co Campbell
11. “Special” feat. Lester “L2″ Shaw
12. “No Regrets” feat. Suzy Rock
13. “Gimme a Second”
14. “Long Time Coming” feat. Swoope
15. “Misconception” feat. Propaganda, Braille, & Odd Thomas
16. “Spazz”
17. “Sacrifice”
18. “Rejects”

If you are still unsure, you can stream the mixtape right here:

Download The Church Clothes Mixtape by Lecrae

I also included a “chopped & screwed” remix for the title track for you enjoyment!

New Releases For May 8th and 11th, 2012


Everything In Color
Ben Cantelon

Kingsway Music
Contemporary
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Over Land & Sea
Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk

Catapult Records
Indie Folk
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Church Clothes Mixtape
Lecrae

Independent
Rap


Sun Midnight Sun
Sara Watkins

Nonesuch Records
Bluegrass/Folk
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We Are Creation
We Are Creation

Come&Live!
Worship
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New Releases For May 11th, 2012


Wait Of The World
Atombender

Independent
Rock


Thrones EP
Good Luck Varsity

Independent
Pop Punk

Music Video: Lecrae – Church Clothes

So Lecrae is going to release a mixtape here very soon called Church Clothes, and here is the title track in music video form.  Here is my thing, the lyrics for this song are nothing short of a little confrontational, but Im not going to interpret them for you.  Instead I would like to here you opinions below on what Lecrae is trying to get across here

Music Video: KJ-52 – They Like Me (feat. Lecrae)

In the video for “They Like Me”, KJ-52 and Lecrae really want you to understand that no matter where you are from or what you look like, we are all children of God and therefor dont need to see each other as “different”. Sounds good to me….

Music Video: 116- Man Up

116 appears to be a super group including Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii, PRo, Andy Mineo, and Sho Baraka (and if you look closely you will see Propaganda bouncing around in the background but he doesnt rap). This is a pretty awesome song attacking worldy manhood vs. Biblical manhood.

If anything its cool to see these guys all bouncing off of each other verse to verse. Enjoy

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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emery sxsw 2011
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.
emery sxsw 2011 outside crowd

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!

New Releases For January 11th, 2011

Kristian Stanfill–Mountains Move
Mountains Move
Kristian Stanfill

sixstepsrecords
Worship
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lecrae Rehab The Overdose
Rehab: The Overdose
Lecrae

Reach Records
Hip-Hop
Buy NOW:
Amazon

mosquito fleet ep
EP
Mosquito Fleet

Independent
Progressive Rock
(available on bandcamp.com)

mr-coldstone-elevator
Elevator
Mr. Coldstone

Fadacy Music
Rap

Rent Veil-Praise, Honour, & Glory
Praise, Honour, & Glory
Rent Veil

Raging Storm Records
Metal

New Releases For September 27th and 28th, 2010

New Releases For September 27th, 2010

clear convictions the mystery of inquity
The Mystery Of Iniquity
Clear Convictions

On The Attack Records
Hardcore

New Releases For September 28th, 2010

august burns red home
Home
August Burns Red

Solid State Records
Metal
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Amazon (CD/DVD)

bebo norman ocean
Ocean
Bebo Norman

BEC Recordings
Pop/Contemporary
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Charlie Hall-The Rising
The Rising
Charlie Hall

sixstepsrecords
Worship/Progressive
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Coffey Anderson
Coffey Anderson
Coffey Anderson

Dream Records
Rock/Pop
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daniel doss band beyond my reach
Beyond My Reach
Daniel Doss Band

Mission House Music
Contemporary/Worship
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iTunes

half handed cloud As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth
As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf, We Live-Out In Our Members A Kind Of Rebirth
Half-Handed Cloud

Asthmatic Kitty
Progressive/Indie
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Heather Payne sweet exchange
Sweet Exchange
Heather Payne

Stylos Records
Contemporary
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The Isaacs-Christmas
Christmas
The Isaacs

Chordant Music Group
Christmas Music
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Jason Crabb-Because It’s Christmas
Because It’s Christmas
Jason Crabb

Spring Hill Records
Christmas Music
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lecrae rehab
Rehab
Lecrae

Reach Records
Hip-Hop
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lincoln brewster real life
Real Life
Lincoln Brewster

Integrity Music
Pop/Contemporary
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me in motion theliftedhandsep
Lifted Hands EP
Me In Motion

Centricity Music
Pop
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michael w smith wonder
Wonder
Michael W. Smith

Reunion Records
Contemporary
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MUTEMATH-Armistice Live
Armistice Live
MUTEMATH

Warner Bros. Records
Progressive Rock
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Orla Fallon-Winter, Fire & Snow
Winter, Fire & Snow
Orla Fallon

Spring Hill Records
Christmas Music
Buy NOW:
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Lecrae Posts New Music Video

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Below is the music video for Lecrae‘s latest single, “Far Away”. The song was released as part of an effort to support the Haiti relief effort. The video is taken from a live show is is spliced in with footage from the devastation in Haiti. One question….is Lecrae not one of the most passionate performers you have ever seen? i could watch this guy rock a stage for hours…