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!

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

New Releases For May 31st, June 1st and 6th

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Cold War
muzeONE

Illect Recordings
Hip-Hop
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Without Beginning, Without End
NoLoveLost

Red Chord Records
Metal

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Blacklight
Tedashii

Reach Records
Hip-Hop
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Angel & Chanelle
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Music World Gospel
R&B/Gospel
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New Releases For June 1st, 2011

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June EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
(available through sleepingatlast.com)

New Releases For June 6th, 2011

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Surround Sound
Aniel

Independent
Electronica
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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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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!

Dillon Chase Posts New Music Video

Club hip-hop artist Dillon Chase unleashed his new music for the song “Walk Worthy”. The song features Reach Records artist Tedashii and was taken from Dillon Chase‘s latest release The Pursuit . The video has a lot of….dancing…and dance battling….it will be fun, trust me…

Christian Music News November 17th, 2009

Headlines

The 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll is now open. Now go vote for your favorite music this year! Fill out the 2009 HM Magazine Reader’s Poll.

We Shot The Moon flipped their tour van this weekend on some icey roads. All band members walk away from the accident with minimal injury.

Nevertheless will be splitting at the end of 2009. They will play two more hometown shows and then disband “with no hard feelings”

Second Thief has signed on (again) with Alien Patrol Records.

Although no official announcement has been made, Amber Pacific has signed with Victory Records. That makes four bands we cover on Victory. Cool stuff…

Corey Crowder has apparently split from Tooth & Nail Records as he will release his next album, Lost & Found, independently.

Goth rock outfit Eowyn has announced that they will begin full time touring in 2010 after more than a year hiatus.

Impending Doom, Dependency, The Classic Crime, Before Their Eyes,Blood & Water, As I Lay Dying, and Haste The Day have all booked studio time or are inj the midst of working on new music for YOUUUUU!

Owl City‘s song “Fireflies” has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart this week. Congrats man!

Videos

Below is the new video from Emery with their song “The Butcher’s Mouth”

This is the first video from The Civil Wars (Joy Williams & John Paul White) called “Poison & Wine”

Here is the second video from the new Flyleaf album, Momento Mori, called “Beautiful Bride”

Here is the latest from Until June with their song “In My Head”

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for DJ Official‘s upcoming December 26th, 2009 release, EnterMission.
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1. Enter The Mission – Dr. Eric Mason, DJ Official, R-Swift
2. Show Off – Lecrae & Flame
3. Use Me – Tedashii
4. Streets of New York – J.A.Z. & Magellen
5. Get Busy – Trip Lee
6. Go – H.G.A. & Tedashii
7. Not My Own – Stephen The Levite, Phanatik, Evangel
8. Love Fallen – Gems, Jahaziel, Benjah, Dillavou
9. Nothing Without You – JR & Lecrae
10. Chaos – Sho Baraka
11. Chisel Me – Thi’sl, Json, K-Drama, Tedashii
12. On My 116 – Lecrae, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Trip Lee
13. Streets of Philadelphia – Mac The Doulos, Young Joshua, Ackdavis, R-Swift
14. Missio Dei – God’s Servant
15. Forward Me – Cam
16. Outro (Thank You)
17. (bonus) For My Breakers
18. (bonus) Eyes Open Remix – Trip Lee & Sho Baraka

Here is the album artwork and tracklisting for West Coast Punk by MXPX, which was released today.
mxpx west coast punk
1. One Step Further
2. Desperate to Understand
3. Broken
4. Shanghaied in Shanghai
5. Hopeless Case
6. End
(tracks on the physical version also include)
7. One Step Further (instrumental version)
8. End (instrumental version)
9. Broken (instrumental version)
10. On a String (previously unreleased demo from LCP sessions)

New Releases 5/26/09

A few gems hitting stores this week, but after last week’s massive CD drop, the pickings are going to be kind of slim over the next few weeks. Not to say there wont be anything good, just not as much as the last few weeks. Here are your new releases, now go support the scene.

Flynn Adam Adios EP
Adios EP (digital only)
Flynn Adam

Gotee
Hip-hop
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Flynn Adam

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Out Of The Darkness
In The Midst of Lions

Strike First Records
Metal/Hardcore
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AmazonMP3
In The Midst of Lions - Out of Darkness

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Birth Eaters
Oceana

Rise Records
Metal
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AmazonMP3
Oceana - Birth Eater

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Identity Crisis
Tedashii

Reach Records
Hip-hop
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Tedashii - Identity Crisis