Paste Magazine Launches Songs For Haiti

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

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

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

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

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website

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

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

and Im sure I missed a few

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website

Ian’s SXSW 09 Wrap-Up

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It is the Monday after the Saturday we finished covering SXSW 09 and all the Christian performers playing the fest.  I’m pretty sore from walking around so much, crouching for pictures, and pushing through crowds.  The strain was worth it though, we saw some great music, met some cool people, and were able to re focus and hone in on what we wanted The One21 to become.

We have been reporting all week from SXSW, but I thought it would be cool to go back through some of the great shows we saw and post some bigger pics.

The first show we saw ended up being one of the best. Anathallo played the Paste Magazine party at around noon on the first day of music, and it really sat the tone.  Big, soaring choruses, a ton of people on stage, and a whole bunch of instruments made their show a joyful explosion of energy and fun.

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Anathallo play hand bells at the Paste Magazine party at SXSW 09

Anathallo on piano at the Paste Magazine Party at SXSW 09

Anathallo on piano at the Paste Magazine Party at SXSW 09

Anathallo singing their heart out at the SXSW 09 Paste Party

Anathallo singing their heart out at the SXSW 09 Paste Party

The chaos of Anathallo at the SXSW09 Paste Magazine Party

The chaos of Anathallo at the SXSW09 Paste Magazine Party

Here is a video of that great show

Remember, you can always get Anathallo‘s music on Amazon and Anathallo

The next night we got see the lovely and talented Brooke Waggoner do her thing.  We were also fortunate enough to interview her before the show, so you can look out for that in the coming weeks.  She played with no percussion of any sort; it was just her voice, her piano, a cello, two violinists, and a friend singing back up vocals. Her music was soft and intricate, but the crowd that was there for her never wavered. For 45 minutes, she captivated the audience with her unique blend of indie style piano pop.  Brooke is a truly talented artist, and you never doubted it for a second watching her play.

Brooke Waggoner gives some joy at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner gives some joy at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner killing those piano keys at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner killing those piano keys at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner's string section making beautiful noise at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner's string section making beautiful noise at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner sings to us at SXSW 09

Brooke Waggoner sings to us at SXSW 09

Want to hear what I’m talking about? You can pick up Brooke Waggoner‘s music at Amazon and on Brooke Waggoner

The next morning we got to meet and watch the guys from hip-hop duo Rootbeer (aka Flynn Adam and Pigeon John) tear the stage up earlier in the day.  Their music is a lot of fun, and their show was high energy, giving them an appeal that you don’t find in a lot of today’s tuff guy rap scene.  The boys jumped and danced around the stage for a good twenty minutes, joked with the crowd, and told some stories.  I have said this about them before, but these dudes just put a smile on your face, you cant help but love them.  People were walking in off the street the entire set, and by the end of the show, the place was packed.

Rootbeer(Flynn Adam & Pigeon John) jumpin like chimpanzee at SXSW 09

Rootbeer(Flynn Adam & Pigeon John) jumpin like chimpanzee at SXSW 09

Pigeon John workin it out at SXSW 09

Pigeon John workin it out at SXSW 09

Flynn Adam doing his thing at SXSW 09

Flynn Adam doing his thing at SXSW 09

Rootbeer(Flynn Adam & Pigeon John) dancing for the crowd at SXSW 09

Rootbeer(Flynn Adam & Pigeon John) dancing for the crowd at SXSW 09

You can get Rootbeer‘s debut EP on Amazon and Rootbeer

That same night, Chuck and I made our way over to a little club called Spiro’s to catch a band we had been really excited about all year, Wovenhand.  Outside the door, Wovenhand‘s leader David Eugene Edwards was chatting up some friends and relaxing.  The man that was standing out side though was not the man that took his place on the stool right in front of me barely 20 minutes later. The man in front of me was a force, and voice of an angry and vengeful God that would some day come back to earth and take back what was His. For almost an hour, Wovenhand made my jaw drop to the flow in a scary display of power, passion, and revelation.  While their music was dark, I felt God’s presence over the show in the same way I had felt while watching mewithoutYou for the first time and Jason Upton several years before. If Jason‘s music is the heart of God, and mewithoutYou‘s is the mouth, then Wovenhand‘s music is the fist. The fist that swings the axe.

Wovenhand sings to the crowd at SXSW 09

Wovenhand sings to the crowd at SXSW 09

Wovenhand makes the crowd see at SXSW 09

Wovenhand makes the crowd see at SXSW 09

Wovenhand keeps it heavy at SXSW 09

Wovenhand keeps it heavy at SXSW 09

The chaos of Wovenhand at SXSW 09

The chaos of Wovenhand at SXSW 09

Here is video from the actual show. I am kneeling right in front of Edwards if you can spot me

You can purchase Wovenhand‘s incredible music at Amazon and Wovenhand

Now, these were just some of my favorite’s that we covered. I saw some great stuff from Dignan, Seabird, Paper Route, Anberlin, Kaboose, Bosque Brown, and Braille.  The feeling that overwhelmed me at the end of SXSW is that there is a lot of great music out there. In this age of digital music and online CD stores, there is so much opportunity for discovery and experimentation when it comes to the music we listen to.  For me though, it gives me hope that there is a ton of great music, better than most, being made by artists who want to express thier faith in Christ, be it directly or indirectly.  When I became a believer over ten years ago, the perception was that Christians just didnt have the good bands or songs. After SXSW 09 though, I know that it not true, and in reality Christians are making some of the most original and satisfing music out there. For a music lover, it will sound like great music, for believers, it will sound like new way to express the God that lives inside of us.

SXSW 09 Show Round-Up: Anathallo & Dignan

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Our first day at SXSW Music was great. It was the hottest day of the week so far, but the weather was great none the less.  Music was in the air, and people were there to hear it.

img_6991We hit the Paste Magazine Party around noon. It was a great way to start the day, the crowds weren’t really out yet and the air was still a little cool. What was also great about it was that Anathallo was the first band to hit their outside stage, so we were able to get really close despite the crowd.

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If you have never seen these guys play you are missing out! They put on a show to be reckoned with. Tons of instrumentation; I believe every person in the band played at least two/three things during the course of the show.  There were huge bass drums, wooden blocks, horns, bells, and harmonicas to name a few.  Their passion is undeniable, I am surprised these guys don’t pass out on stage often.  I told Chuck after we watched them that there is just no way someone could watch these guys and not smile. This is an immensely talented band, hands down, and it was a great way to start the day off.

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You can buy Anathallo‘s music on Anathallo

At 6:30, we headed over to Ace’s Lounge and taped our interview with the progressive rock band Dignan.

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The interview went great despite having to dodge cars in the ally we had set up in. The band was really cool, and answered all of our questions with insight and understanding.  They hit the stage around 8PM. It was an odd stage because it was completely surrounded by the bar for the venue, making picture taking a little difficult.

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I have to say that I was VERY impressed with these guys. They bring this kind of shy intelligence to their stage show. their music is not altogether dark, but the feeling of the show was kind of a shadowy progression.  They share a lot of music traits with Anathallo, in that they use a a lot of different types of instruments to get their sound across. What stands out with Dignan is their song progression, each song is very much a journey, and it totally works in their show. I watched five great musicians get lost in their music, and it was incredible. The last song that they played was immense, and that is the only way I can describe it.

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Please go buy Dignan‘s music on Dignan

I think Chuck has the rest of the day covered, so we will be checking in with you tomorrow, please be sure to take a look at our schedule and come find us at the shows.

Chuck’s Thoughts from SXSW Music

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This is a sensory overload,  As we walk the streets of Austin, Texas the sound of a cool R&B band gives way to walking rhythms of an Americana artist to the screaming guitars of a rock band.  Five square miles of  SXSW music pervades the air. This is really cool.  And to top it off, today is a perfect Austin day, 80 degrees, cool breeze and not one cloud.

Let me set the stage.  The centerpiece of SXSW are the 1800 official showcases that go from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in more than fifty downtown Austin clubs.  But the showcases are only a small part of the festival.  Companies, economic development agencies, radio stations all hold private parties to promote their brands and their bands.  Most of the shows are free and many of them are open to the public.  Dylan, our intern, has his SXSW days booked from noon to 4:00 a.m. everyday and he will not spend a dime.  The cool think about the parties are that they host major acts such as M.Ward and Passion Pit.

We started the day at the Past Magazine party to see Anathallo.  While waiting in line to get in, we met Josh. He is a social marketing representative for the Dow Federal Employee Credit Union.  His job over the next few days is to see as much as he can see of SXSW without spending any money. He will then blog about the experience, sort of like I am doing now. You see, many of these parties not only put on free live shows but they also provide food and drinks.  At the Paste party they were giving away tasty Fuze drinks ( I had sparkling clementine).

Christian music artist Anathallo hit the stage at 12:30 and took us through 45 minutes of swirling driving alternative artistry.  We were outside and it reminded me of Cornerstone.   They combined basic rock instrumentation with multiple keyboards, bells, marching band bass drums, wood blocks, pots, trombones and trumpets.  They mix these instruments in a way that clarifies the songs while keeping us enthralled.  Their percussionist is a show unto himself.  We are lining up an interview with them for later this week and we are going to see them again tonight.

We then went to the trade show to meet people and gather goodies.  It is funny.  When we tell people what we do, they immediately think we cover the middle of the road, watered down adult contemporary music that is associated with Christian music.  As we explain to them that Christian music is not a genre or a style but a set of foundational beliefs from which artists of all genres make music, they begin to get excited.

One person we met was Jennifer Eitel Young, one of the founders of Curtaincalltv.com, an online stage for performers to build fan bases.  As we discussed one21music.com we discovered that Jennifer was a Christian music artist and, even though she not longer records, she continues to perform at women’s conferences around the country.

I finished the day at the Canada music party where they had six bands on an outdoor stage and served BBQ.  Let’s see good music outside under the trees with Texas BBQ.  It was even better than it sounds.

As soon as I finish this post, I am headed to interview Dignan and then watch their show before I hit The Elms, Anathallo again and Seabird.  We will give you the lowdown before we go to sleep tonight so check your email before you head to work tomorrow.

To see the full schedule of Christian music on tap today check out Ian’s article on the SXSW Schedule for Wednesday.

Stuff From All Over

Things have been a bit strange around here in that all of us at The One21 are out visiting family. This is usually a Friday thing when I post a bunch of links to various goings on in the Christian music world.  It is an attempt to keep everyone up to date on what is going on, and if you think that we missed anything, hit us up in the Contact Us tab over there…here we go:

Singer/Songwriter Todd Agnew talks about his upcoming Christmas tour here

Brett Dennen and Paste Magazine are running a “Thanks Giving” contest, read and sign up here

The Great Commission gives a slew of updates concerning tours and recording here

The Myriad have recently posted a video concerning drummer Randy Miller here

tobyMac talks remixes here

Former Korn guitarist Brian Welch was interviewed here

Hip-hop artist KJ-52 posted the latest in his series of video devotionals here

Hope For The Dying‘s new CD was reviewed here , and their new tour was announced here

Josh Wilson talks about his online advent calender here

The Almost posted an e-card for their recently released EP No Gift To Bring here

Southern mosh metal monsters Once Nothing talk about the departure of a few of their band members here

Jars Of Clay give a whole bunch of updates here

Jamie Jamgochian talks about her Christmas tour here

A small tour with Haste The Day, Sky Eats Airplane, and Inhale Exhale was announced here

Sleeping At Last talkabout the departure of their drummer here