25 Albums You Should Already Own in 2012

So we are half way done with 2012! Its crazy to think the time has gone so quickly. Cornerstone Festival is about to have its final event, Thrice has called it quits, and mewithoutYou has returned from the dead!  Around the nation we are getting ready for an election, and school is out for most of our readers. Oh yea, and we launched a new website! Here in Texas we are hitting triple digit temperatures, which means that it is time to give you guys a check list of the best stuff that has come out so far in 2012.

The Vespers- The Fourth Wall
To Speak Of WolvesFind Your Worth, Come Home
Sean Michel - Back To The Delta
Tallhart - Bloodlines EP
The RocketboysBuild Anyway
Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
The Royal ApplebaumsEarth EP
mewithoutYouTen Stories
JolietTruth Cannot Be Destroyed By Burning Pages
Beautiful EulogySatellite Kite
Jenny & TylerOpen Your Doors
Impending DoomBaptized in Filth
Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
Damien JuradoMaraqopa
Joe PugThe Great Despiser
NnekaSoul Is Heavy
Ruthie Foster - Let It Burn
Brian Courtney WilsonSo Proud
Shoot Like Dead Men – Unworthy EP
O’BrotherGarden Window
Heath McNeaseThrift Store Jesus
From The Eyes of ServantsChange The World
The Welcome WagonPrecious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
SonsKeep Quiet
The BurialLights & Perfections

Dont fret though, because there is so much more to come before New Years 2013, with albums on their way from The ChariotProject 86PropagandaJosh GarrelstobyMacSixpence None The RicherThe Gaslight Anthem and many others! To see all the new music coming to you from your favorite artists, feel free to check out our Release Dates page. Its gonna be good!

If you think we have missed anything, feel free to comment and tell us what you love in 2012

New Releases For May 15, 2012


The Loudest Sound Ever
The Choir

Galaxy21 Music
Rock
Buy: Amazon


Ten Stories
mewithoutYou

Independent
Progressive
Buy: Amazon


Shooting Star EP
Owl City

Universal Records
Electro-Pop
Buy: Amazon MP3

One 21 Music Interviews Lauryn Peacock

There may be a new music force rising from the alt music laboratory of Daniel Smith (Danielson). Christian musician Lauryn Peacock released her first cd Keep It Simple; Let the Sun Come Out last Friday and the clips we heard are pretty phenomenal.  This swirling, piano-driven set of songs dig deep into living on this planet, as a believer and as a human being. The cd was co-produced by Daniel Smith and features Michael Weiss, Rick Mazzotta and Greg Jehanian of mewithoutYou, Dennison Witmer and Jonni Greth.

Lauryn Peacock

Since 1996, Lauryn Peacock been going to school off and on, playing more and more music, working in cafes, restaurants, being an administrative assistant, a tutor, guitar teacher, artist-in-residence – just living and working in Madison, Chicago, and Philadelphia. She had her first solo show on the staff stage for the Old Town School of Folk Music at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival in what must have been the summer of 2007. In the Summer of 2008, she was driving around, playing a few shows (arts festivals and other venues), traveling with her eyes open for a place to land that was a change of pace and a good fit. Lauryn Peacock ended up feeling the most connected tp Philadelphia and engaging with a faith community that included some of the guys from mewithoutYou. She hopped on their tour bus once just to come along and hang out for a weekend tour and ended up playing keys for them for a few months on east coast shows that culminated in the record release show for It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright.

Interview With Christian Musician Lauryn Peacock

One21: Lauryn Peacock is new onto the scene. Tell us how about your journey to Keep It Simple:Let The Sun Come Out.
Lauryn Peacock: One of my most formative and inspiring experiences that really got me hooked on playing pop and rock music was a strange opportunity that arose where I got to do some piano work with Jeff Tweedy ( Wilco) two years in a row for these living room concerts for charity (must have been January of 2007 and 2008).  It’s funny, besides that experience, I can’t in this moment remember how I started playing live with people.  Those Tweedy concerts might have been some of the first times – I had played piano since I was three, taking a 12 year break at one point, and wrote my first song in 1998 – the year I taught myself to play guitar – but really, being around the community at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and being a part of those Tweedy concerts really birthed in me a desire to keep exploring music and playing live.  Around that time, I started playing with other people, Jonni Greth being one of them, along with a few punk and rock bands… I also started writing a lot of songs.

This new cd is a culmination of everything I’ve written above – the experiences, the places, the bands: ones I’ve listened to, performed with, songs I’ve listened to, everything I’ve been absorbing – especially for the last five, maybe ten, years – all of that is in these songs, and I am excited for how it all came together; the process has been incredible, along with the people who contributed to it musically.  I also had never officially met Daniel Smith before I had the opportunity to work with him; it was a serendipitous ‘accident’ that we were able to co-produce this album together.  I had planned on cutting the album at another studio, but went with him, on recommendation, when scheduling wasn’t working out there.  His studio is at his family’s home in New Jersey and just a really great place to cut an album.  I’m not sure what to say except that I can’t picture this whole experience being anything other than exactly how it was, down to all the details and even every note we recorded in that studio.  I approached this project with much intentionality, and Daniel definitely was right there in the process with me.

One21:When we first met your were performing under the terrific name Pauw. Why the change?
Lauryn Peacock:The project has gone through some changes since we last spoke – good ones.  I am now releasing the album under my own name, which was actually a little foreign to me, being used to the name Pauw, but I can see that it was a great idea and appropriate, given that I write all the material, most all of the arrangements, and am the band’s most constant member (though I’ve been playing consistently with a great group of people here in Philly).  I still call that band Pauw, which is Flemish for Peacock.

Background on Pauw: a composer friend of mine who also lived at an Artist Studios building that I lived in in Chicago told me, over coffee on the roof deck one morning, that the word ‘Pauw’ was Flemish for Peacock and that he thought he needed to tell me that it would be a great stage name for me.  I really liked the idea and used it for several years, as I was just starting to play out.  It was a great fit for a while, and I still love that I can use it for the band.  I was the musician/artist in residence at a monastic community in another neighborhood in Chicago during that time, and they hardly called me Lauryn at all, they called me Pauw, which was strange for me at first, but something I got used to, so there’s a lot of history in that name.

I feel I’ve made a transition in my life and with my music and the name change marks that.  While not everything I sing is autobiographical by any means, the emotions of the songs are tied very directly to my life and experience.  I feel that honesty and bravery are important in the art we present, in being willing to say the risky things and stand behind them.  I felt this is tied to stepping out and using my own name, especially in regard this this new record.  I went with the change at the nudging of some friends, but I was already asking the question for a reason.  This record needed to not be released under a band name, but under my own.  It was a very personal process for me and I feel it changed me from the inside out, in many ways, or at least gave me a brand new perspective on what I do.  The recording of this record was the first time I really gave myself permission to do what I loved and to throw everything I had into doing it.  I’ve never felt so satisfied in the process of doing something as I did recording and co-producing this album; it made me feel like I was inching closer to something I could only call vocation.

One21:How would you describe your sound? What artists influenced you?
Lauryn Peacock:I have spent a lot of time listening to a lot of 60s songwriters: the Zombies, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and I hope to capture some of their style even in the slightest, but really most of the influence of other artists has been subconscious, or at least not intentional.  I have listened to a good bit of Indie music in general, also: Gillian Welch, Damien Jurado, and Jeff Tweedy, the Velvet Underground, Nico.  People recently have told me they hear Regina Spektor or some Joanna Newsom in the sound.

One21:Have we heard you on any other recordings or is this your first time out in the digital world of music?
Lauryn Peacock:This is nearly my first time!  I sing with Jonni Greth on the 7 inch split he did with Bill Tucker, entitled Little Jesus, which we did in October of 2007.

One21:Tell us about the record.
Lauryn Peacock:The motivation for the record is that it was simply time.  Time to put it down and get it out there.  The right people came along to help me do it (some really good friends) and it just felt like the right time.  I don’t feel the record has an overall theme, but there is much imagery related to the sunshine, kind of as a marker of universal human experience in time.  I would say that most of the songs deal with the emotional landscape we all experience in one way or another during our time on earth.   I tried to authentically capture my experience and what I see in the lives of others.  “Divorce” for example is a fictional song, but contains sentiments and moods which I think most of us have felt as some time or another.  “I’ll Be Wearing Gray” is a lullaby I wrote about two lovers meeting in death, but also as an allegory or conversational prayer, more being sung over me than me singing it.  The outtro to “Between the Sunshine”, when it talks about the Still Point, is a T.S. Eliot reference from his poem ‘Burnt Norton’ and is an idea that I have used in my poetry for many years.  Eliot’s Still Point is a Christ allegory, the axis on which the world or the universe spins, a place out of time.  The lyric in my song goes ‘Driving shiftless forward through the still point, stuck between the sunshine and a song.’

I chose the title ‘Keep It Simple Let the Sun Come Out’ as the title for the record because it is the positive side of the mirror of the emotions covered on the album – I wanted the focus to be there, as there are plenty of melancholy moments, lyrically and musically. ” Monument”, the last song on the album also has a line  ‘And I know that I’ve never been forgotten and the sunshine is no different this time’ – It was important to me to end on that note.  I actually wrote that song in the process of recording, as an outtro to the album, just marking the new season on which I felt myself embarking.  I say many things through the course of the songs on the record, cover a lot of my human experience and what I observe in the world.  That last track is my way of (hopefully) bringing focus back where it should be, while still remaining open and raw about what experiencing life on earth is like, to me.

One21:It is pretty impressive to have your debut produced by  Daniel Smith and to have Jonni Greth and the guys from mewithoutYou play on the record.  How did you assemble this cast of music heavyweights?
Lauryn Peacock:Haha.  Most of them were my friends.  And they believed in me, and the songs, and for that I am eternally grateful. They also happen to be some of my favorite players.

I actually was scheduled at another studio (a friend of Daniel’s) who ran into some scheduling difficulties and offered to introduce me to Daniel.  So really I met Daniel by accident, through a set of circumstances over which I had very little control.  And even that was a huge blessing.  I had so much fun putting all this together with him and being able to lean on his expertise and all the experience he has.  Plus he’s just fun to work with.  And artistically it was just what the album needed.  It would have been great either way, but this was truly special, the way it worked out!

One21:What are your expectations for Keep It Simple;Let The Sun Come Out?
Lauryn Peacock:I don’t really have expectations.  I try to be really careful about that.  But I do have a hope: that if people could benefit from this music being in the world, that they would find it.  I find some comfort, myself, in some of these songs (the reason some of them came to be in the first place), and I know a few others do too, so if the music can be a benefit in that way, then I feel like I’ve done something that matters.

One21 : Do you have plans to tour? When and what will the show look like?
Lauryn Peacock:I definitely have plans to tour.  I’d love to go now!  But I am finishing a master’s degree at UPenn.  I may be able to start touring in the Spring, but no specific plans yet.  I go back and forth about what the show would look like. I could see it being really simple: me, a background vocalist  and maybe a drummer.  I also think about how fun it would be to have enough people to realize the full sound on the record.  I especially love the cello parts we came up with.  It’s fun both ways – I love doing house shows and presenting the songs in a simpler form, and I love the big shows where we can really make waves with the music.

One21:What is the best thing about making music?
Lauryn Peacock:I just love it.  Pure and simple.  I can’t explain how I feel about it, especially playing the piano, it’s just a part of me.  Guitar too, and I think I need to sing.  It’s just something, like dancing, that I have to do.  So, the best thing is the music itself, especially working with others and seeing things come together, or collaborating to find new arrangements and sounds.

One21:How does your faith influence you musically and lyrically?
Lauryn Peacock:My faith influences my life, so it is infused in everything.  I let myself live it honestly.  I am in constant conversation with God, and I think God is not afraid of my being human, so I consider it all holy, every bit of struggle, my walking out what life on earth was meant to be – and God has everything to do with that.  I hope my lyrics reflect that accurately.  And the music comes from a deep place in me.  That also has everything to do with my life with God.

One21:How do you think the general public and the mainstream music industry view faith based music?
Lauryn Peacock:Honestly, I try not to think about it.  Or maybe I don’t really know what faith-based music means.  I think about certain artists I know, who are “mainstream” who get away with highly Christian lyrics in their music:  I say they “get away with it”, because I used to think mainstream music left little room for faith.  Now I think it is quite the opposite.  I think what people want is something authentic, especially my generation.  We want something real.  If it’s not real, we can tell, so if you are singing about faith in a real way, most people don’t really think twice, they just feel affected by the reality of the experience being shared.  If I am talking authentically about my experience in the world, something is going to resonate with people, people who are conscious of having faith or not.  I don’t concern myself about being in a category or how another category would respond to me.  I see us all in one category of art (hopefully authentic art).

One21:What responsibility do you think you have, as an artist/performer, to your listeners?
Lauryn Peacock:To share something authentic, something of value.  I owe to them that I be honest to myself and what I really want to make.  I have faith that that then translates into something that may be of use in a more universal sense.  I also have a responsibility to be me.

One21:What is your best memory of your career so far?
Lauryn Peacock:I would say playing keys for mewithoutYous record release show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia for their last album It’s All Crazy, It’s All False, It’s All a Dream, It’s All Right or having a strange opportunity, two years in a row, to play piano for Jeff Tweedy for these living room concerts for charity he did near Chicago.  I hope to add one more favorite experience: my own record release show I have coming up this Friday (10/28) in Philadelphia.  It’s not about big names, just being able to play on music I really care about.

One21:What do you love about music?
Lauryn Peacock:I love melodies.  I love the way they communicate without words, how it all communicates without words.  I also just love to play it.

One21:What is your favorite song?
Lauryn Peacock:This year: ‘Love Minus Zero / No Limit’ by Bob Dylan, and ‘Care of Cell 44′ by the Zombies

One21:What is the best live show you have ever seen?
Lauryn Peacock: Gillian Welch, joined by David Rawlings on guitar of course, at Union Transfer in Philadelphia.  Both of them have their own unique, and equally powerful musical genius about them.

One21:What is one thing people don’t understand about your music?
Lauryn Peacock:Let’s wait and see,  Ha.  I’m not sure.  They can take it as they like.  But maybe it might not be obvious that everything that sounds happy might not be happy and everything that sounds sad might not be sad.

Go now to buy Keep It Simple; Let the Sun Come Out . It is a terrific recording that will definitely make it onto our “Best of 2011″ list.

Cornerstone Festival Day 3: Musical Heaven

Day 3 at Cornerstone Festival 2010 was the first official day for the majority of those in attendance, but our staff had already taken two full days of amazing music. Day 3 ended up being my heaviest day for shows, and it was also my day of “heavy hitters”. I didn’t get back to my tent until 1:45 AM, but I loved every minute of it!

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My first real show was the great Bradley Hathaway on the main stage. While I would have preferred a more intimate setting for his performance, Bradley was flawless on stage. He played a good mix from last year’s A Mouth Full of Dust, and his latest EP A Thousand Angry Panthers. It was indie folk at it’s best, with Bradley and the band bringing us story after story of pain, searching, redemption, and Christ. A note for all reading, Bradley Hathaway‘s new EP is phenomenal! Its only four songs, and its at the top of the best of the year list already. During the show, he shared with the crowd that this performance was the first in a year, and it seems like this year on main stage may have been a rare sighting to an incredible artist.
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Next up, Rebecca and I headed over to one of the generator stages to catch some ranted poetry with Levi The Poet. he doesn’t use music, and rarely uses a microphone to perform his emotionally draining and spiritually deep poems. He makes himself very vulnerable as he reveals his struggles with depression, pornography, and doubting God. At all times he brings the focus back to God, and shows that no soul is unworthy of Christ’s love. It was beyond moving….
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Then we saw Listener Project again. They were awesome……again.

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My next show of the day was one i was a little worried about. I first experienced mewithoutYou at the very first Cornerstone Festival I attended in 2002. I remember very distinctly that they were this very bizarre yet captivating band that wore layers of winter clothes in the 95 degree heat. i feel in love with their music, and they have been my favorite band ever since. This past year has shaken my affection for them with what i feel is their least genuine album to date, and they have seemingly embrace some spiritual practices that make us wonder if they even belong on this site anymore.
All this to say that what made mewithoutYou incredible was their passion. This performance, while great by any other band’s standards seemed uncomfortable, and a little messy. I still love this band, and they will always be one of my highlights of this festival, but it seems like this once great band may not really have their heart in it anymore.

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We took a break, hung out with the people from Anchor Fellowship, Come&Live!, Ascend The Hill, and The Ember Days. Great fellowship with some amazing people for sure. I cant stress again how much this group of people reached out to our staff during the week, and they really encouraged us in a way that felt heart-felt and honest. Love those guys

We then made our way across the grounds and arrived at a nearly full tent waiting to see Blessed By A Broken Heart. They put on a really fun show, but we were there witness the mighty Sleeping Giant do their thing. Somehow, my wife and were able to slip up to the front of the crowd and made our stand at the edge of the stage.

The show itself was unlike anything I have really ever experienced. While band was setting up, vocalist and pastor Tommy Greene came out and spoke to the crowd about his expectations for the evening, and that he and the rest of the band truly wanted to create a place of worship for not only us in attendance, but also for the musicians playing. He then began to pray over the crowd, and even lead the Body in pray for the wife of one of the bands whose wife had just been rushed to the hospital. By the time the band actually started playing, the crowd was completely consumed by the presence of God.

Their set was a mixture or their two albums, with Tommy talking in between. Most of the guys in this band are pastors at some level, so while on the outside, Sleeping Giant may seem like just a hardcore band, they are in truth a worship band that plays hardcore. To any parents reading this right now who are concerned that hardcore and metal can only bring about negative atmospheres, I beg you to watch the video below. This is worship if I ever saw it!

For those wondering, the woman singing and the dude in the pig mask are Veronica and Phil from White Collar Sideshow, who lended their talents to the performance of this brand new song that Sleeping Giant was playing for the first time at Cornerstone. later on in the set they were joined by Men As Trees Walking as members of White Collar Sideshow and Brian Welch looked on. We left the tent close to 12:45 and were completely taken away by the spirit in the room.
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Luckly for us, the tent that The Chariot was playing inwas right on the way back to our tent. Also lucky was that they hadnt begun their set on time. We werent able to get very close, but it was a Chariot show to the tenth degree. If you are confused by what this means, the video is of the final few minuts of the show. Pretty awesome.

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!

Timbre Posts New Music Video

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Below is the first music video from harpist Timbre with her song “Bringing Meaning To Winter”. The “video” is actually more like a cool little movie, with some really good cinematography. for those not very familiar with Timbre‘s work, she would have been the harpist on mewithoutYou‘s song “Sweater Poorly Knit”….check her out and enjoy the video

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.6

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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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Jennifer Knapp - Kansas
Kansas
Jennifer Knapp

1998
Buy this album:Amazon, iTunes
Kansas basks in both the relative youth of as a woman and as a Christian. Featuring her smartly communicative songwriting, Kansas examines matters of spirit and faith in an era dominated by pop culture. Jennifer Knapp chooses to embrace the dichotomy of spirit and culture with the back to back “Undo Me” and “Trinity”; the former, an infectious rock anthem and 1999′s Dove Award for rock song of the year, the latter a harmonically layered scripture-based examination of the Holy Spirit.

Self-described as “just a girl with a guitar,Jennifer Knapp, crafts acoustic folk-rock in the vein of Lilith Fair rock-maids, yet founds her lyrics on her relationship with God rather than on that of a beau. Blessed with an agile, earthy voice that reaches from matter-of-fact talkiness to power yowl to melodious balladic lilt Jennifer Knapp examines herself and, in the process inspires us to examine ourselves. Coupled with her taut and circular guitar lines and inspired string arrangements, Jennifer Knapp‘s Kansas is a testament to her well-used talents.
Highlights: Undo Me, Romans, Martyrs & Thieves

Dogwood-Through Thick & Thin
Through Thick & Thin
Dogwood

1996
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
By combining elements of traditional punk, pop punk, hardcore, and even a little metal, Dogwood’s 1996 sophomore album, Through Thick & Thin, was (and in many was still is) the punk album to beat. Every member of the band ejected each track with their own personal flavor that gave Dogwood’s sound stand so far ahead of the rest they could barely be seen. It wasn’t so much that they reinvented punk, but it is so refreshing still to hear a band who took a genre and made it their own. Josh Kimbles vocals sound like they could fit in a Seattle grunge band, the guitars sounded more Metallica at times than Sum 41, and the lightning fast drumming makes even the most seemingly simple part explode through the speakers.

Aside from the sound, it was the message of Through Thick & Thin that makes it still relevant today. Instead of singing about parties and the beach, Dogwood tackled issues of sin, child abuse, and integrity. Every song contained some type of deeply grounded truth that was far more emotional than expected, and gave Dogwood the distinction of being the most seriously minded happy band on the planet. Fast, impactful, and unique: Through Thick & Thin was a classic then, and it is a classic now.
Highlights: All Hands On Deck, Stairway To Sin, Jesus

Dolly Parton-The Grass Is Blue
The Grass is Blue
Dolly Parton

1999
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In 1997, middle-aged, no longer viable at radio, Dolly Parton returned to the Tennessee mountain cabin of her youth to “write like I was hungry again.” The first recording out of her return to her roots was Hungry Again. Then Dolly Parton released The Grass Is Blue, the first of a series of three bluegrass albums. Dolly Parton‘s 61st full-length album is not a superstar covering a genre. The Grass Is Blue is Dolly Parton singing the music of her childhood with the kind of authentic, fiery passion we rarely present is the country-pop Dolly Parton has allowed herself to be chained with for decades. This album revived her reputation as a country singer/songwriter and allowed her to sing and testify her faith.

The Grass is Blue is a full-out bluegrass venture. An all star group of musicians bring dobro, fiddle, mandolin and banjo to Dolly Parton’s warbling voice and mountain twang. The seamless grace of Dolly Parton‘s celebration of her mountain roots won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2001.
Highlights: Silver Dagger, I Am Ready, Travelin’ Prayer

James Blood Ulmer-Bad Blood In The City The Piety Street Sessions
Bad Blood In The City: The Piety Street Sessions
James Blood Ulmer

2007
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Free Jazz guitar legend James Blood Ulmer collaborates with Vernon Reid and The Memphis Blood Blues Band to deliver a blues take on the destruction of New Orleans. It’s built around a cycle of original Ulmer songs which directly address Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. With this album, Ulmer has delivered one of the most stirring and emotionally powerful recordings of his career.

“Survivors of the Hurricane” opens the album with a bluesy cry of despair and longing that survivors feel. In “Katrina”, Ulmer virtually wails at the physical and spiritual destruction wrought by the big storm. Ulmer’s gruff shuffling singing style delivers a powerful texture to this haunting song cycle.
Highlights:Let’s Talk About Jesus, This Land Is No One’s Land, There Is Power In The Blues

mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
Brother, Sister
mewithoutYou

2006
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By the time that Brother, Sister rolled around in 2006, people already knew that mewithoutYou were special. What they didn’t know is that past albums hadn’t even begun to tap into what the band was capable of, and Brother, Sister was the album the band was the album the band was born to make. If you have never heard mewithoutYou, then this will be very hard to describe, because simply…..there isn’t anything that sounds like them. The music is heavy, but it isn’t hard. The songs are creative, but they are simple at the same time. The vocals are not sang or screamed or spoken, more ranted….and sang…..and screamed…The sound mewithoutYou had spent years crafting came on in full force with Brother, Sister, and so in a way it was like everything they had done before, but in the right order for the first time.

Lyrically, Brother, Sister is a call of unification, and plead for brotherhood and worship. Like most things mewithoutYou, this message isn’t obvious; many of the songs talk more about animals and life on the sea rather than the Body of God. What you will find is that the first time you listen to the album, you will spend most of your time trying to get used to mewithoutYou’s unique brand of folk and progressive post-hardcore. The second time you will just start to love the songs themselves, the third time you will start to recognize and dig into the lyrics. Then, something will click, and you cant imagine listening to anything else. We at One21 consider this to be one of the best albums every created, and we also believe it will stand the test of time and be copied, imitated, and ripped off for years to come, all a testament to the power that mewithoutYou communicates. Oh, earlier, notice I didn’t say one of the best albums ever created by CHRISTIAN artists….
Highlights: Messes of Men, A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains, In a Sweater Poorly Knit, O, Porcupine

mewithoutYou Album Named Best of Decade

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The people over at Buzzgrinder have named mewithoutYou‘s 2004 album, Catch For Us The Foxes, their Best Album Of The Decade. This especially cool considering that Buzzgrinder is not really a faith-based website, so they picked one of our favorite albums over EVERYTHING that came out this decade. Sweet….

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Stereo Subversion Posts Interview With mewithoutYou

Our buddies over at Stereo Subversion posted an interview this week with mewithoutYou frontman Aaron Weiss. they talk about what the band is up to right now (school), how the band has evolved, and even about how the band’s faith has changed over the years. Its a great interview, so check it out:

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