For the Glory
The O.C. Supertones
Tooth & Nail Records
Lonely Songs EP
Buy: Available through Rainboot’s Bandcamp page
For the Glory
The O.C. Supertones
Tooth & Nail Records
Lonely Songs EP
Buy: Available through Rainboot’s Bandcamp page
It seems like Tooth & Nail always does this. They release a big ol sampler through another company, and then say to themselves “ya know, we should just do another one……by ourselves”.
Well thats what they have done, and this time around they have included a whole bunch of music that hasn’t even been released from all three of their departments (BEC Recordings, Tooth & Nail Records, and Solid State Records are all the same company). If you already downloaded the other sampler I put up, well good, you should have. there are a few repeat tracks on this one, but for the most part you will get a whole bunch of new music here. Enjoy!
1. Poema-”2 AM”
2. The OC Supertones- “Hallelujah”
3. Rapture Ruckus- “All Things New”*new unreleased
4. Manafest- “Avalanche”
5. Children 18:3- “Cover Your Eyes”*new unreleased
6. Fair- “Disappearing World”
7. Write This Down- “Handgrenades”
8. The Almost- “Hands”
9. The Letter Black- “Hanging On By A Thread”
10.Ivoryline- “Instincts”*new unreleased
11. Queen’s Club- “Less Talk”
12. Since October- ” Life, Scars, Apologies”*new unreleased
13. The Museum- “Never Look Away”*new unreleased
14. Sent By Ravens- “New Fire”
15. The Classic Crime- “Solar Powered Life”
16.Oh, Sleeper- “Son Of The Morning”
17. MyChildren MyBride- “Terra Firma”*new unreleased
18. Jaymes Reunion- “Trouble”
19. To Speak Of Wolves- “Trust But Verify”
20. Secret & Whisper- “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”
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.
Enter The Worship Circle
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
100 Portraits, joined by like-minded artists such as Will Hunt of Apt.core, return with more of their original and down to earth worship-oriented songs… this time with the same name, simply being distinguished by the sub-title Second Circle. Several of members of the Enter The Worship Circle collective have often traveled to third world countries to share their talents in the outreach efforts of indigenous churches. In recent visits to India, they were inspired by the native instruments and songs found among the village churches, and in fact documented some of the sounds they encountered, mixing select portions of those samples into the new recording.
Driving Indian rhythms intertwine with fresh, intimate, uninhibited expressions of love and worship to create this ground-breaking album, using instruments such as tablas, dumbeks, an amazing sitar, and who knows what else. With all original songwriting, even a few seemingly improv lyrical inspirations captured during the live studio recording, Second Circle allows you to join the musicians in their realization of how deep, wide, and amazing the love of God is. This collection of passionate songs reflects a desire for simplicity and spontaneity in worship, with its use of basic instruments and genuine expression. Hand percussion and acoustic guitars, simple arrangements, and a new world of looping-rhythm sections blend throughout every track creating a beautiful tapestry. Every once in a while something truly different comes forth from creative wombs by the grace of God, with power enough to change the way you think about music, worship, life… this is that something.
Highlights: I Cannot Hide My Love, Tiny, Praise Awaits You
Hello From The Children Of Planet Earth
Hundred Year Storm
Buy this album: itunes
Utilizing clips of greetings in over 50 languages used in NASA’s Golden Record, clips of John F. Kennedy talking about the space race, a Florence Nightingale quote dating all the way back to the 1890’s and sound clips from a space launch gone awry; Hundred Year Storm creates an inventive soundscape that takes space rock to a new level. Soaring melodic guitar symphonies, industrial sounds and soaring vocals build to a cathartic explosion of beauty, asking listeners to consider Who Else might be with us in this world.
“All This Time” and “Where Beauty Never Dies” are haunting songs of separation and longing. “Yesterday Had It All” is a pleading love song that would make Jeremy Enigk proud. But it is in the three pillars of the CD that Hundred Year Storm display their unique vision. The title track “00:01”, the centerpiece of the recording “Golden Record” and the closer “Pilot’s Last Broadcast” define the sound of Hello From Children Earth. Blending the samples noted above with haunting atmospheric instrumentals Hundred Year Storm create post rock guitar symphonies that will haunt you and cause you pause. When we asked guitarist and lead singer Bill McCharen how to best listen to Hundred Year Storm he said, “with headphones”. We agree.
Highlights: 00:01, All This Time, Yesterday We Had It All
Supertones Strike Back
The O.C. Supertones
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
With the decline of grunge music in the US in the late 90s, the landscape was searching for its next big musical movement. It came in the form of ska, a hybrid combining elements of reggae, punk, pop, and big band music. In 1997, this movement introduced one of its best, and what would become one its most successful bands with the album Supertones Strike Back. The O.C. Supertones exploded into the scene like a lightning bolt….if lighting bolts had brass sections.
On its surface, Supertones Strike Back is simply just a really great ska album. It is lots of fun, every time you listen to it, skanking and pogoing will be a constant temptation. While the band exhibited many of the typical ska techniques, they were able to set themselves apart for a few reasons. The first major one was vocalist Mojo’s rap/sing/yell vocal style, from the first 30 seconds on Supertones Strike Back, Mojo attacks every song like it’s the last song he would ever sing, and you cant help but fall in love with his light-hearted yet deeply passionate lyrics.
More importantly, Supertones Strike Back was a ministry album above all. In most cases, when Christian bands would try to insert blatant gospel lyrics into new genres, the result was in most cases slightly awkward, and …..I dare say lame. Ska was a different kind of music though, at it’s core it was supposed to be happy. You were SUPPOSED to be upbeat and sing loud! Supertones Strike Back may be the purest 90s ska album ever created then, because there is no greater joy than that found in Christ, and The O.C. Supertones were hear to tell you at the top of their lungs….and their horns.
Highlights: Unite, Resolution, Supertones Strike Back
The Way I Should
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
The Way I Should, Iris DeMent’s third album is a legendary break away from her previous lyrical style. Her first two albums were introspective and personal; The Way I Should is highly political, attacking hypocrisy and class warfare in the United States. Iris DeMent‘s twangy Arkansas soprano and detail-filled lyrics are sharply original. Listen to “Wasteland of the Free” as DeMent rages about the hypocrisy of preachers who don’t behave in a manner befitting their status, politicians dependent on corporate finance, wealthy businessmen opposed to minimum wages, children with guns, children with poor reading ability and going to war over oil. That’s quite a lot to pack into one song.
Iris DeMent’s has the voice of mountain honey – sweet, strong, earthy and pure. She can play down home on the porch with just a guitar or rock it with a full band. Her lyrics are prolific and reflective the range of songs on this landmark recording spans folk, country and rock, with themes of romance, child abuse, politics and personal vision. Each song is wrapped in the complex, heart-felt, stunning lyrics and voice that underlines Iris DeMent‘s uniquely compelling music career.
Highlight: There’s A Wall In Washington, Wasteland Of The Free, Keep Me God
Liberate Te Ex Inferis (Save Yourself From Hell)
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
For anybody who wasn’t there, I need to clue you in on something: without Zao we wouldn’t have good Christ-centered metal. They simple changed the game, and they are still one of the MOST ripped off bands in modern extreme music today. While the band’s previous effort, Where Blood And Fire Meets Rest, introduced us to the Zao sound, it was Liberate Te Ex Inferis that permanently embed the band in the minds of metal fans of all ages.
It is hard now to explain how important this album was, because after this, like I said before, this is all anybody wanted to sound like. The album was very dark, first and foremost; most band’s in the “Christian metal” scene at that time were essentially making worship songs that just happened to be played as metal. Zao took a different approach; they wrote songs that reflected the human struggle with salvation and divinity. Because of this, the songs rarely shine, but continue to plunge deeper and deeper into chaos. The other was just the SOUND of the album. It had a grimy, distorted feel that only added to the semi operatic writing style of the band. Liberate Te Ex Inferis ends up sounding like a struggle with the Devil, played over an old radio. A warning for the masses.
There is an ongoing debate as to which of the Zao-Trinty (the three albums that made Zao a house hold name for most: Where Blood Fire Meets Rest, Liberate Te Ex Inferis, and Self-Titled) is the “best” Zao album. We chose this one because it lands somewhere in between the vicious nature of Fire, and the creative songwriting of Self-Titled. It is still the best of the genre that they helped create, and man it still hits just as hard over 10 years later.
Highlights: Savannah , If These Scars Could Speak , Desire The End
It seems that former Cross Movement member and underground Christian emcee pioneer Enock passed away this weekend of a sudden heart attack. Please Pray for his family and friends…
Stellar Kart is now on INO Records instead of Word Records.
An interview with progressive indie band O’Brother can be found over at theblueindian.com. Read O’Brother interview.
With Blood Comes Cleansing are apparently back in action, and they recently told fans that while they wont be touring in the near future, they will be playing local shows along with writing a recording new music.
Also returning to the fold is At The Throne Of Judgment, and they even have a brand new song on their Myspace.
It appears that about a week before their new album hits, Deas Vail decided to sign with Mono VS. Stereo. Cool stuff…
Continuance (ex Means and Saints Never Surrender) have officially signed with Rise Records, and are working on a new CD.
Singer/songwriter Andy Zipf signed with P Is For Panda this week, and has released his latest EP Our Voice Is Weapon in digital format through the label.
The OC Supertones are going to be hitting the festival circuit in 2010.
Below is the new video from Lecrae with his song “Go Hard”
Below is the new video from Jaymes Reunion with their latest single, “Fine”
Below is the video for “No Be Nah” by John Reuben
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Deas Vail‘s upcoming October 27th, 2009 release, entitled Birds & Cages.
1. The Things You Were
2. Growing Pains
6. Tell Me
7. Dance In Perfect Time
9. Puzzles And Pieces
10. The Great Physician
11. The Leaper
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Living Sacrifice‘s much anticipated new album, The Infinite Order. The CD will hit stores January 26th, 2010.
1. Overkill Exposure
2. Rules of Engagement
3. Nietzsche’s Madness
4. Unfit to Live
5. The Training
6. Organized Lie
7. The Reckoning
8. Love Forgives
9. They Were One
10. God Is My Home
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Crucified‘s upcoming re-release of their classic album, The Pillars of Humanity. It will drop November 17th, 2009
2. It’s All About Fear
3. The Wrong One
5. Path to Sorrow
6. Fellowship of Thieves
8. The Strength
9. Blackstone/So-Called Living, 1991
10. The Pillars of Humanity
A few weeks ago we announced that folk rock icon Jennifer Knapp has resurfaced after three years of seemingly self imposed exile. This week, Knapp herself addressed her return to music and explained her absence in a letter addressed to her fans posted on her website. Read letter from Jennifer Knapp.
Paramore‘s first album, All We Know Is Falling, was certified Gold this last week with over 50,000 units sold. Congrats kids!
Apparently, pop rock band Kids In The Way are getting back together. Don’t believe me? Read the blog Run Kid Run just posted.
Dance rock band Queen’s Club has signed on with Tooth & Nail Records. Interesting
selection for sure…
Following the Insyderz‘s footsteps, both Five Iron Frenzy and The OC Supertones have eluded through various contacts that reunions and DVDs in the near future…
Long time Yours For Mine member Jonathan has decided to leave the band.
New Zealand moshcore band Saving Grace has signed with Strike First Records. Congrats to all involved….
An interview with Micah from Oh, Sleeper was posted over at Lambgoat.com. Take my advice though, read the interview with Oh, Sleeper, but do NOT read the comments anywhere on that website. Lambgoat has got some borderline sociopaths for readers.
The Day Of has signed with Southpawl Records.
Below is the new video from John Reuben with the song “Confident”
Below is the latest from Hawk Nelson called “Live Life Loud”
Below is the video from progressive band The Contact for their song “The Divine”.
Below is the new video from Jeremy Enigk for his song “Mind Idea”
Below is the music video for The Crimson Armada‘s new song “The Serpent’s Tongue”
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Almost‘s upcoming release, entitled Monster Monster, which will hit stores November 3rd, 2009.
1. Monster Monster
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
5. Young Again
6. Summer Summer
7. Hand Grenade
8. Books & Books
9. Souls On Ten
10. Want To
11. Get Through
In addition to the album above, The Almost will release a exclusive EP through Hot Topic on October 6th, 2009 called The Monster EP. It will contain three songs from Monster Monster, along with two B-sides. In addition, there will be a special addition which will contain not only the EP, but all the packaging for Monster Monster and a blank CD to burn a free copy of the full-length when it becomes available through Shockhound.com. Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for The Monster EP.
1. Lonely Wheel
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for John Reuben ‘s upcoming December 22nd, 2009 release, Sex, Drugs, and Self Control
2. No Be Nah
3. Burn It Down
4. In The Air
5. Paranoid Schizophrenic Apocalyptic Whisper Kitten
6. Town Folk
9. Radio Makes You Lonely
10. So Sexy For All The Right Reasons
11. Wooden Whistle Man
12. Joyful Noise
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for We Came As Roman‘s new album, entitled To Plant A Seed, which will hit stores November 3rd, 2009.
1. To Plant A Seed
2. Broken Statues
3. Intentions (ft. Tyler “Telle” Smith of The Word Alive)
4. Roads That Don’t End And Views That Never Cease
6. We Are The Reasons
8. I Will Not Reap Destruction
9. Searching, Seeking, Reaching, Always
10. An Ever-Growing Wonder
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting from Plumb‘s upcoming compilation entitled Beautiful History: A Hits Collection . It will be available November 3rd, 2009.
1. Stranded (2010 version)
2. Here With Me (2010 version)
3. Damaged (Redemption Extended Version)
4. God Shaped Hole (2010 version)
6. I Can’t Do This
10. In My Arms (Radio Edit)
11. Hang On
12. Beautiful History
1. In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
2. Cut (Bronleewe & Bose Radio Edit)
3. Hang On (Digital Dog Radio Edit)
4. Always (jRyann Radio Edit)
5. In My Arms (Bronleewee & Bose Extended Mix)
6. Cut (Digital Dog Extended Mix)
7. Hang On (Dave Audé Extended Mix)
8. Always (Bimbo Jones Extended Mix)
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Gwen Stacy‘s upcoming October 20th, 2009 release, entitled A Dialogue.
1. The First Words
2. Profit Motive
3. A Dialogue
4. Creation and How I See It
5. Words of the New Prophet
6. Devil Devil
9. A Middle Ground
10. The Making Of
11. The Sound of Letting Go
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting from the long awaited sophomore release from hard rock band Flyleaf, entitled Memento Mori, which will hit stores October 27th, 2009.
2. Beautiful Bride
5. Break Your Knees
8. Have We Lost
10. Set Apart This Dream
Below is the new, self produced music video from pop rock band Philmont for their song “Back Down”
Below is the new-er artwork for Thrice‘s physical release of their new album Beggars, which will hit stores September 15th, 2009.
Metalcore giants Gwen Stacy have signed with Solid State Records.
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Abandon Kansas‘ upcoming release, entitled We’re All Going Somewhere EP, which will see a September 8th, 2009 release date.
1. The Harder They Fall
2. I Wonder If It’s Me
3. Make Believe
4. We’re All Going Somewhere
5. Months and Years
6. Close Your Eyes
Continuing the artist shuffle they are doing over at Tooth & Nail Records, screamo rock band Write This Down has signed with the label. Congrats to all involved.
Matt Morginsky ( also known as Mojo of The OC Supertones) has partnered up with Croatian ska band October Light to form ……Mojo & October Light. They will be releasing an album in the very near future.
Don Clark (guitar) and Ethan Luck (drums) of Demon Hunter have both announced their departure from the band. Ethan will now be the full time drummer for Relient K.
Progressive metal band The Beneath has decided to call it a day. Bummer, they were really good…
Below is the new music video from John Reuben with his song “Jamboree”.
The Becoming is now holding auditions for a new drummer before they start hitting the road hard come this Fall. Eyeliner required….
Brooke Waggoner dropped a little update, including some details concerning a new album coming out within the year. Read Brooke Waggoner update.
Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Fee‘s October 6th, 2009 release, Hope Rising.
1. Rise And Sing
2. Greatly To Be Praised
3. Glory To God Forever
4. Everything Falls
5. God Is Alive
6. Hands Of The Healer
7. Arms That Hold The Universe
8. Promised Land
9. We Crown You
10. Your Love
11. Send Me Out
Below is the new music video from recent Tooth & Nail singee Sent By Ravens, with their song “Trailer Vs. Tornado”.
Flyleaf‘s first new album in close to five years, entitled Memento Mori, will hit the general market on October 27th, 2009.
Below is the artwork and tracklisting for David Bazan‘s (Pedro The Lion) new album, entitled Curse These Branches, which will become available September 1rst, 2009.
01 Hard To Be
02 Bless This Mess
03 Please, Baby, Please
04 Curse Your Branches
05 Harmless Sparks
06 When We Fell
07 Lost My Shape
08 Bearing Witness
09 Heavy Breath
10 In Stitches
Below is the new music video from Paramore, with their song “Ignorance”:
Styles: Rock n’ Roll, British Invasion, Garage Rock
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Label: Unknown Indie
Christian label: no
Category: The Light whats this?
Buy an album from The Elms, I don’t care which one. Put it on the turntable, or in your CD player or hook your computer/iPod up to something loud. Turn the volume up, the lights down, let it rip and get ready to dance. The Elms make good old American Rock n’ Roll with two capital R’s.
The Elms’ sound is simple and straight forward. Pounding drums, thumping base, screaming guitars and lyrics shouted to blend with the noise. Good stuff, because we all want to dance every now and then. But the lyrics bring weight and substance to this party music. The Elms want you to think they are all about the good times, but the lyrics pull you back. The newer songs are filled with sorrow of lives lost pursuing the mundane and the joys of simple pleasures. The older songs show you and cajole you to pursue a path filled with God’s desires. Keep dancing and you will keep listening. If you keep listening the messages will get through.
The Elms list Crazy Horse and the Kinks as influences, but most compare them to the great rockers of middle and rural America. When asked if the Elms are attempting to walk in the shoes of Mellencamp, Petty and Sprinsteen, The Elms lead singer Owen Thomas said, “I don’t think I’m consciously attempting to step in anybody’s shoes. I’m writing about my friends. I’m writing about my little town, what it meant to grow up there, how everybody always wanted to get out. And I’m writing about how most of them don’t get out.”
Like so many Christian music artists, The Elms left the Christian music industry to try to spread their Rock n’ Roll message in the secular scene. That has given them the freedom to discuss the despair and loss in the world. According to Owens; “We never wanted to be a band that existed exclusively to rock. The artists that we aspire to be like-Bruce Springsteen, The Who, U2, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp-these are all acts with a heartbeat, if you know what I mean. They weren’t out there just to rock; they also existed to enlighten people to a cause or enlighten people to the living circumstances of people around them. It was more of a global conscience happening, and music was just a vehicle. I really feel that’s what our band aspires to.”
The Elms needed to leave the Christian music industry to reach for their aspiration. Too many times the Christian music scene interprets that move as abandoning the Faith. That is simply not the case with The Elms. As Owen recently said “The most pervasive and important part of our lives is still our faith. The reason our band wants to get in front of rock audiences is so those things can happen, and we can actually feel like we’re being truthful in the work by being out there and getting the spiritual wheels turning in people’s minds and hearts. I don’t want to say that the reason our band goes out and plays shows is to evangelize. That’d probably be a little misleading, because we also exist to go out there and tell people about the plight of little towns in Middle America.”
I do not want to turn The Elms into an angst ridden emo act. They are fun. I saw The Elms when we took our youth group to a Christian rock tour featuring The Benjamin Gate, Audio Adrenaline and The O.C. Supertones. They were playing the heavily British influenced rock of their first CD and they tore the place down. You must see this band play live, just to see Christopher Thomas play drums. You get a taste in this video.
Buy some music from The Elms and dance your way to freedom.
You can buy The Elms mp3′s and CDs at Amazon
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