2010 End Of The Year Lists: Rock, Pop, and Metal

Most music websites like ours publish end of the year lists (most times before the year is over), but we see this as a time to truly celebrate what God is doing through art and music. For the next few weeks we will be posting our lists of the best recordings in 2010, divided by genres and categories. This all leads up to our final presentation of our Essential 25 Recordings of 2010 post on the last week of January.  This is our joyous recounting of all that amazed us in 2010.
*click on the name of the artist to find out more about them, click on the album title to listen to samples and purchase*

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Rock Album Of The Year: My Epic- YET

Abel-Lesser Men
A Hope For Home-Realis
Children 18:3-Rain’s A Comin
Gaslight Anthem-American Slang
Flatfoot 56-Black Thorn
The Reign Of Kindo-This Is What Happens
Same As Sunday-Earn Your Stripes
Shapes Stars Make-These Mountains Are Safe
Wovenhand-The Threshingfloor

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Pop Album Of The Year: Brooke Fraser-Flags

An Epic, No Less-We Are The Echo Of Love
Charmaine-Love Reality
Gileah Taylor-What Kind of Fool
Heath McNease-Shine On
Joy Ike-Rumors
Queens Club-Young Giant
Tal & Acacia-Wake Me
Tidewater-The Seas We Sail
Joy Williams-We Mapped the World

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Metal/Hardcore Album Of The Year: The Chariot-Long Live

A Plea For Purging-The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
Close Your Eyes-We Will Overcome
Divide The Sea-MAN
For Today-Breaker
In The Midst Of Lions-The Heart Of Man
Living Sacrifice-The Infinite Order
MyChildren MyBride-Lost Boy
Norma Jean-Meridional
Underoath-Ø (Disambiguation)

Check back with us next week for our favorite albums from Folk, Country, Worship, and Indie.

Everlife Posts New Music Video

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Below is the latest music video from pop trio Everlife with their song “What’s Beautiful”. While I feel the video is pretty typical, the song itself deals with the complex issue of what true beauty is in society, which is a deepness not ussually touched on in the Pop scene. Props to the girls for making such a positive song

Video Interview With Kids In The Way Posted

WalnutTV posted a new video interview with newly reunited pop rock band Kids In The Way this week.   The band sits around a fire expresses their love for music, where they got their name, and talk about some future plans.  Enjoy and watch!

School Boy Humor Loses Bass Player

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It seems that bass player Caleb Spillyards of the pop rock band School Boy Humor has decided to leave the band. He issued a lengthy explanation to fans this week concerning his departure Which can be found below:

So as some of you guys know, ive decided to part ways with sbh. I know that this is kind of a crappy explanation, but i feel like the nitty gritty reasons for my decision, arent relevant to the public, and should stay between me and the band, but for now we will just say that it was a number of things that caused me to move on. A) Being poor is rough, i mean reallly rough. Before the band, i was doing pretty well for myself, apartment, car, i even had a motorcycle! crazy huh. Anyhoo, being in a band requires a full commitment from the members, and upon making said commitment, i gave all that up. Ive eaten out of a can for weeks on end. Ive dipped bread in peanut butter for days. weve been so hard up for resources sometimes, that stealing food was practically the only option. that being said, I wouldnt take any of it back. You guys are amazing, and being able to share a piece of each and everyone of your lives means more to me than i could ever possibly express to you in a blog, as well do the experiences (good and bad) that i shared with my friends in this band. being poor for a couple of years, was definitely worth it for all of that, but after so long, one has to think about the future and my place in it. B) i want to do so many things it makes me sick. haha Anyone reading who is somewhat close to me, can probably tell that im into, well, just about everything, photography, acting, music, rock climbing, gymnastics, you name it, ive probably tried it. The only problem with that is, there are only 24 hours during the day, and as much as i wish there were a way to get an extension, there isnt (ive tried). So i guess in that regard, another contributing factor is my desire to apply myself to other things more so than i am able being a full time touring musician. C) i have a wonderful girlfriend, and family. Oh love strikes again haha. It happens to every band at some point, but ive been in a serious relationship for 6 years. 6! Ive put her through some rough times being gone for the past 2.5 years and its time i made up for that. She has been beyond understanding, and its time i returned the favor.

D)mostly Im burned out right now. Touring for noone is hard work. Its not fun to be 2000 miles from home, only to show up to a venue in the snow to find out the promoter cancelled two weeks ago but you didnt get the memo, or to tour a month straight and play for a total of 250 people.

E) Personal differences within the band. These guys deserve your love and your fanship for years to come. Reason being, when i brought up the idea of touring lightly rather than 24/7 365 days a year, they wouldnt have it. These guys love this, weve all loved this. They love the grind. they like playing music and they like touring. Even if it IS for nobody. They will treck to the other end of the country to fulfill a commitment to a venue even if its playing to an empty room. Its remarkable actually, that kind of perseverance and refusal to give up. i completely respect it, but at this point in my life, I have to slow down for a minute and take some time off. The last thing i want is to hate music, and hate the position im in, and if i continued the route i was going, i was afraid of both of those things happening.

To the band- Greg, Phil, Ant, Chris, Thank you guys for putting up with my crap haha, thanks for being my friends and going on this incredible journey with me. We did it. nothing else to say. We broke out of little rock. We got noticed. We got signed. we toured the country so many times we lost count. We put out a record that was in stores everywhere. We landed a Single in rotation on NATIONAL RADIO. Weve driven 3000 miles from home and played for a room full of strangers singing our songs. Weve written songs with our childhood idols. Weve had lunch with the people who make this thing go. We met the JONAS BROTHERS haha, and in an intimate setting. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, weve fought, weve celebrated and boys in my eyes.. we made it. We did what we set out to do. I know you guys are going to to big things, and i cant wait for it to happen (i better get a house or something haha) and its because of all of these things and the things i said before, you guys are made for this. You wont give up, and im proud of you, and i hope you are proud of what weve done.

To the fans

The bottom line is you guys are incredible. Your support has made my dreams come true. and ive made friends i wouldnt trade for the world. I hope this clears up any confusion any of you might have had about my reasons for leaving. The band and i are still close friends, and i will be fulfilling my commitment to them and playing the shows posted on the myspace through march 19th. My last School Boy Humor Hometown Show will be march 4th, so if you are from little rock.. be there. To all others i hope you can make it out. Its gonna be a tour ill never forget, and one you wont either.

In the mean time, i WILL be starting a new project. you can hear news and updates about it on my myspace myspace.com/caleb_spillyards and twitter.com/calebspillyards As well as some film projects i have in the works at the moment and plans for the future in that respect. Thanks so much for reading and i hope you guys understand and continue to support the band and myself.

I love you all

Caleb Aaron Spillyards

Castledoor Breaking Up

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Indie pop band Castledoor announced that they were calling it quits this week. Its a shame, they had a lot of potential….the following was posted on the band’s website earlier this week:

it feels completely insane to write that after 5 years of blood, sweat, tears, and some of the best times of our lives… the Castledoor chapter as we know it is coming to a close.

i always thought we would be the band that would survive anything.
most of us were actually feeling optimistic about things lately.
we recently finished recording some our most exciting songs with plans for a photo shoot, video shoot and press.

the slow progression of our band as a career only made us want to work harder.
regardless of the frustrations we had we always valued the fundamental joy of playing music with each other.

sadly, Gabe announced to us this week that he was ready to move on from Castledoor.

we’re really bummed but we wish Gabe and Coury all the happiness in the world.

soon we hope to make the recent recordings (Flashlight EP) available on all digital music stores, including iTunes.

we’re sincerely grateful to all of you who have shown your support.
from the bottom of our hearts: THANK YOU!

Joel, Brando, Liska & I plan to continue making music together.
although we’re filled with all sorts of emotions, there is an overwhelming sense that the best is yet to come.

love, nate and all of Castledoor

Abandon Kansas Posts New Music Video

Garage pop rock band Abandon Kansas have made their latest music video for the song “Close Your Eyes” available today. I have to say I wrote this band off a little when they were releasing their We’re All Going Somewhere EP last year, but every time I hear them i like them more and more. This song especially is pretty cool…ENJOY!!!

Ben Cantelon Readies New Album

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for UK worship artist Ben Cantelon‘s upcoming March 23rd release, Running After You. The album is currently available in the UK through Survivor Records.

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1. Not Ashamed
2. God Of All
3. Jericho
4. Coming Back
5. Remain
6. Breathe
7. Carry On
8. Running After You
9. Hallelujah
10. You Alone

for more new releases, please check out our ALBUM RELEASE DATES page to stay up to date on all the new music coming out

Deas Vail Post New Music Video

Below is the latest music video from indie pop rock band Deas Vail for their song “Excuses”.  It is a cool little performance video with some sweet visuals.  This video kind of makes me like this band more….ENJOY!!

Free Download: Bosh-Sound The Alarms

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So, Bosh is a new find for me. They are out of the UK, which is why they have elluded me thus far, but Im trying to make up for lost time now. They are this perfect mix of progressive rock, pop, and hard rock. They write HUGE songs that build and build and then take turns you would never suspect. This is a must have download for anybody into smart, interesting rock music.

Lucky enough, Bosh put their older album up for free, so you can see what I am so psyched for. I know you are gonna dig this! Enjoy!

For fans of: Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay

Download Bosh-Sound The Alarms

Interview With Shell Perris Posted

Our UK buddies Cross Rhythms have posted their interview with UK pop/rock star Shell Perris.  In the interview they discuss her latest release, Beautiful Life, her book, and her ministry for young girls…

Note: I know that some of these interviews I post you have no idea who the artist being interviewed is, but that is kind of the point. These interviews give you a way to to get to know some new music! Take advantage!

Read interview with Shell Perris