New Releases For April 17th, 2012


Oh Ransomed Son
Ascend The Hill

Come&Live!
Worship
Buy: Amazon MP3


Celestial Progression EP
Becoming The Archetype

Solid State Records
Metal/Remixes
Buy: Amazon MP3


Love Come To Life
Big Daddy Weave

Fervent Records
Contemporary
Buy now:Amazon


Swell
Deluge

Integrity Records
Worship
Buy: Amazon MP3


Home EP
Mike Mains & The Branches
Platinum Pop
Indie Rock
Buy: Amazon MP3


I Choose Jesus
Moriah Peters

Reunion Records
Pop
Buy: Amazon


Rebel Transmission
NEWWORLDSON

Platinum Pop
Rock
Buy:Amazon


The End Is Where We Begin
Thousand Foot Krutch

Independent
Rock
Buy: Amazon


Live at Roepaen
Wovenhand

Glitterhouse Records
Goth Folk
Buy: Amazon MP3

Entire Live Set From Wovenhand Posted

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So at SXSW in 2009, Chuck and I were able to witness Wovenhand live for the first time, and have forever since been singing the band’s praises. Alot of our friends have been asking us what their live shows were like, and while we could find a soing here and a song there, we could never really point to somethiong that demosntarted the experiance that we raverd about.

Until now.

The video below is a full set (over and hour) from Wovenhand at Musiques en Stock Festival in what appears to be France. Many of the songs, especially in the beginning of the set, come from the band’s latest release, The Threshingfloor, which became available just a few months ago. Watch the video, go buy the album, and then go check out the band on tour! Enjoy

New Releases For June 22nd, 2010

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Stories
Addison Road

INO Records
Pop/Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon

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Jesus High
Applejaxx

Fadacy Music
Rap
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

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Quarantine
Grits

Revolution Arts
Hip-Hop
Buy NOW:
Amazon

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Blink
Revive

Essential Records
Pop/Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon

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2012
The Sacrificed

Roxx Records
Hard Rock

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Between Two Worlds
Trip Lee

Reach Records
Hip-Hop

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Threshing Floor
Wovenhand

Sounds Familyre
Goth Folk
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3

Free MP3 Album Download:ME- Hamden

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Okey, so this is a little late coming in, but I just had to share this with you guys.

So first of all, is that not one of the creepiest album covers you have ever seen? This is Hamden by goth/folk artist ME ( real name Minco Eggersman). I can only describe this as a mix between Doug Burr, Wovenhand, and The Welcome Wagon. Do I have you attention now? Check out some of the press release for this release:

In spring 2009, Minco Eggersman travelled to the town of Hamden, put on an old preacher’s suit, and set up camp in an old, empty church. The musician, producer and record label owner had spent half the winter in bed at home in Amsterdam, feeling ill, tired, and generally miserable. Though he’d been forced to cancel a tour with his band at the close of every day, in the end, music seemed the only possible cure. Minco decided to take a plane to Chicago to take some time off and buy his dream guitar, an old Gibson J-45, and started writing songs for what would become his most personal solo album yet, Hamden.

go check it out for yourself

Download ME-Hamden

Wovenhand Ready New Album

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Wovenhand‘s upcoming, June 22nd 2010 release entitled Threshingfloor on Sounds Familyre. Very excited about this one!

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1 Sinking Hands
2 The Threshingfloor
3 A Holy Measure
4 Raise Her Hands
5 His Rest
6 Singing Grass
7 Behind Your Breath
8 Truth
9 Terre Haute
10 Orchard Gate
11 Wheatstraw
12 Denver City

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

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.13

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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.

Check out Pt.1
Check out Pt.2
Check out Pt.3
Check out Pt.4
Check out Pt.5
Check out Pt.6
Check out Pt.7
Check out Pt.8
Check out Pt. 9
Check out Pt.10
Check out Pt.11
Check out Pt.12

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Pigeon John Is…Clueless
Pigeon John

2002
Buy this album: Amazon MP3, iTunes
Perhaps if you cant understand the appeal on Pigeon John Is…Clueless from the opening track, you may never get it. But that is okey, because that is whole point.

In 2002 Pigeon John broke off from his LA Symphony crew to release a collection of songs he had been recording for the past several years. The result is an album that finds a young man struggling with his own identity; not quite ready to become a full on adult, but aware of his responsibilities an emcee no longer in his teens. Pigeon John‘s world class wit is always present, but he doesn’t use it as a crutch in which his entire style is based. It is funny that his earliest work is perhaps his most complex, interesting, and deep.

On top of the content, the actual music in Pigeon John Is…Clueless is perhaps the gem here. Too many times we focus on lyrics when it comes to emcees, but Pigeon John also has a knack to find beats the suit his personality in a way that cant be explained until you hear it. Elements of Q-Tip, and his former crew are always present, but Pigeon John Is…Clueless is a bold declaration from a then up and coming emcee who refuses to follow any body else’s rules, even if it means working a 9-5 to make it happen.
Highlights: Los Angeles Rap Music, Clueless, Rap Contest

World Wide Message Tribe - Heatseeker
Heatseeker
World Wide Message Tribe

1998
Buy this album: Amazon
The U.K.’s World Wide Message Tribe were the holy herald in the 90’s Christian dance scene with both street-cred and Jesus testimony. World Wide Message Tribe cultivated a hybrid of house, techno, hip-hop, and rap with the idea that if the booty shakes, the soul will follow. Adding a touch of ambient along with a disco streak to its glorious mess of praise, World Wide Message Tribe took the 1999 Dove Award for Rap/Hip-Hop/Dance Album of the Year with Heatseeker.

With Heatseaker, World Wide Message Tribe delivered an album that reflected dance music trends of the late 90’s. With influences from bands like the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy, tracks like “Heatseeker,” and “Hypocrite,” were hard driving techno screams. “Messiah” and “Lift It Up” were straight up house dance tracks. In “Hypocrite” the singer talks about being himself a “Hypocrite” for not always being willing to share Christ with others, an idea taken from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Also appearing is a house version of Bob Dylan‘s “Precious Angel.” As usual, the lyrics are blatantly Christian but never formalistic.
Highlights: Hypocrite, Messiah, Lift It

Wovenhand
Wovenhand
Wovenhand

2003
Buy this album: iTunes, Amazon
What we all thought was David Eugene Edward’s solo foray while on a break from the legendary 16 Horsepower, Wovenhand ultimately killed 16 Horsepower and has surpassed that band’s shattering vision and singular presence on the Christian music scene. Mostly recorded by Edwards in his Colorado studio, the debut, Wovenhand, retains the dark vision and gothic folk elements of the previous band but softens the music with keyboards and muted percussion. The lyrics are at times David’s most spiritual and even sentimental, but what a distressing sentimentality.

The bookends of “My Russia” and “Your Russia” recount personal conviction and promise ultimate sanctification, the slip and the grip of grace, with a devastating intensity and plain sincerity that rivals anything David Eugene Edwards has ever recorded with Wovenhand or 16 Horsepower. Add to that a brooding, stomping cover of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No sunshine” and you have a debut of devastating power and beauty.
Highlights: My Russia/Your Russia, Arrow Head, Ain’t No Sunshine

La Dispute-Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
La Dispute

2008
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Pure and genuine emotion and passion is so hard to find in music these days. Most times passion is mistaken for busy or loud. Emotion is mistaken for tone. It is rare you can hear either true emotion or passion partnered with true talent and ability. The moment I saw La Dispute ate Cornerstone Festival in 2007, I knew I had found a band with all four. In 2008, they released a monster of an album called Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. I am still trying to understand it.

The band’s sound lies somewhere in the bombastic punk/rock furiousity of At The Drive-In, and the steady intelligence of mewithoutYou. The band pours into every song three times the ability of their peers, and somehow are able to focus it in a way that makes every valley feel like a warm summer day, and every explosion feel like being pushed off of a cliff.

Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair is a always attacking collection of songs that deal with thoughts of regret, questioning, hope, and anger. Every thought meticulously planned out, every time change carefully executed. For any fan of post-hardcore, progressive punk, or just really good music, this is a must have.
Highlights: Amazon, Bury Your Flame, Andria

Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
The Welcome Wagon

2008
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Don’t let the release date of Welcome To The Welcome Wagon fool you, the music contained within is not of this era. Yet, it is more of the Great Depression era of gospel/folk, easily played in a church or kitchen depending on the inspiration.

You see, a few years back, The Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique started teaching themselves how to play old traditional hymns because they felt that the songs needed to be played again. After a while, one of their congregation members took notice and offered to help arrange a produce a CD for them. They said yes.

That congregation member was Sufjan Stevens, and what was created between the three members of The Welcome Wagon is at all times spiritual, joyful, fun, and reverent. These aren’t “jazzed up” versions of hymns, so hidden beneath walls of slick production that they no longer resemble their original form. These are rough, stripped down takes on traditional songs that both celebrate and rejuvenate the songs for a new generation.

It look likes that this may be the only thing we ever hear from Vito and Monquie, as they are still tending to their flock, but the joy and release you get from listening to Welcome To The Welcome Wagon may just be enough.
Highlights: Up On a Mountain, He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word, But For You Who Fear My Name

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

The One21 Essential 100 Pt.2

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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.

Check out Pt.1

Sackcloth Fashion-Something For Everyone
Something For Everyone To Hate
Sackcloth Fashions

1999
Buy this album:Amazon, iTunes
In 1999, a group of siblings unleashed their brand of gospel laden underground hip-hop onto the unsuspecting public. The group called themselves Sackcloth Fashions, and the album was Something For Everyone To Hate. Featuring a focused sense of authenticity in every aspect of the music, Sackcloth Fashions’ debut displayed their ability to be the full package. Music mainly created with live instruments, triplet beat patterns, unimaginable lyrical tongue twisters, and folk sensibilities mixed in with the hip-hop made Something For Everyone To Hate an instant classic. To top it all off, Sackcloth Fashions presented the gospel with unflinching brutality, at times allowing themselves to come off as laid back and joyful, but then in the next song tackling issues such as alcoholism and abortion (they actually made a song from the perspective of twins who were being aborted). This album was only the beginning, as Sackcloth Fashions eventually put down the mic(s) to found Syntax Records. Ask just about an artist on that label, and many of them will tell you that Something For Everything To Hate is why they are there….
Highlights: Pulling A Fast One, Rising Sons, It’s Just Me

Further Seems Forever The Moon Is Down
The Moon Is Down
Further Seems Forever

2001
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
The Moon Is Down is the debut album by the Pompano Beach, Florida rock band Further Seems Forever. It was the band’s first full-length album and their only album with original vocalist Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) and guitarist Nick Dominguez. Further Seems Forever (featuring mainly ex members of the legendary hardcore band Strongarm) is the rightful heir to the emo/posthardcore legacy of Sunny Day Real Estate. A complex wall of sound carries songs such as the title track and “A New Desert Life” to soaring heights. “Snowboard and Townies” and “Wearing Thin” are two of the best emo songs ever written. The first brings us into the pain endured by vacation townies as summer romances come and go. “Wearing Thin” gives us some insight into the frustration we must cause Christ with our rebellious ways. Regarded by many as a classic, The Moon Is Down still resonates as a truly innovative rock album.
Highlights: Wearing Thin, Snowbirds And Townies, The Moon Is Down

Wovenhand - Mosaic
Mosaic
Wovenhand

2006
Buy this album: Amazon MP3, iTunes
After years of fronting the folk rock mainstay 16 Horsepower, Eugene Edwards began to explore some of his darker elements with his new project Wovenhand. Flying under the genre “goth folk” , Wovenhand picked up were 16 Horsepower left off, but in 2006, the band proved that they were much more than a sequel. Mosaic introduced the world to the deep spiritual undertones that Wovenhand were capable of conveying, full of dark Biblical metaphor and prediction. Every song trudges along with heavy atmosphere, apocalyptic messages, and awe-inspiring power. Mosaic is a slow moving freight train with “Beware, The End Is Near” painted on the side of it; it gives you time to take in its message but it will not be stopped. This is the album Johnny Cash would have made if he had hung out with Trent Reznor for a little too long, and Wovenhand has somehow channeled that kind of energy into their classic album. Powerful might be the best way to describe it. Might be…
Highlights: Winter Shaker , Whistling Girl , Dirty Blue

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Five Wise Virgins
100 Portraits

1997
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
Five Wise Virgins is second release from the alternative rock duo of Ben Pasley and Robin Pasley, who went on to lead the worship music icon Enter The Worship Circle. Five Wise Virgins takes the listener on a lyrical journey between the Beloved and the Lover who would pursue His Beloved even until death. This album features the exact instrumentation as their live performance with Ben on the hybrid guitar and Robin on a world percussion kit(except for the added upright base on Now). Five Wise Virgins is an indie world masterpiece that mingles the grit of distortion and fur covered world beats. Listen to Ben and Robin Pasley paving the path to the indie folk of Grizzly Bear, The Swell Season and Iron & Wine.
Highlights: Oz, Around My Neck, Austin Song

As Cities Burn  Son I Love You At Your Darkest
Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
As Cities Burn

2005
Buy this album: Amazon, iTunes
As Cities Burn’s Solid State Records debut left many wondering why we hadn’t heard of this band before, and it insured that we would not forget them. From all appearances, As Cities Burn looked like just another rock in the pile of endless metalcore/screamo bands that were populating the scene at the time. However, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest was a brutally introspective, highly creative collection of songs created by a band on a mission. Little did they know, that mission was bring an air a creativity and diversity to the extreme music scene, a trend that is still playing out today. As Cities Burn served as the catalyst for that. Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest is what a band can do when they decide to ignore trends, and write music that convicts them not only as musicians, but as people seeking God’s face.
Highlights: Bloodsucker Pt. II, Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged, Admission:Regret

Send Christian Music Artists to ACL

Austin City Limits Music Festival is one of the top rock music festivals in the world. When you stroll the fields of Austin’s Zilker Parks every fall you meet music fans who have flown in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa to experience the three days of beautiful weather, great Austin food and some of the best hip rock, indie, hip/hop, country and electronic music in the world.

Austin City Limits Music Festival has featured Al Green and Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam, Bjork and Wilco and Coldplay. However, Christian music artists are usually under-represented at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. All major music and entertainment media attend and report from the festival.  This year, Mute Math, Billy Joe Shaver and a few local gospel groups were the only Christian artists we saw on the Austin City Limits Music Festival line-up. Mute Math received rave reviews and many are predicting a headline spot for them in the near future.

We have an opportunity to change that. Austin City Limits Music Festival promoter, C3, has sent a note to ask fans to suggest bands to book at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. We need your help in creating a good sample of music made by Christians that would catch the eye of hip music fans local and national media.

Each of us can only suggest five bands. We ask you to go to the site below and list the following bands for Austin City Limits to book in 2010:

Austin City Limits Music Festival- Be a Booking Agent

These bands represent a broad range of styes, from mewithoutyou‘s post-hardcore neo-folk talk music, to Buddy Miller‘s Americana, to Danielson‘s experimental Indie music to, Over The Rhine‘s jazz driven folk pop to Wovenhand‘s gothic folk hard rock revival meetings.

There are many, many bands that deserve to be on the list so you can go to our Music A to Z page and find your own.  However, if you join us in this concentrated effort to promote the artists we may have chance of pushing a few through.  But, whatever you do, go quickly.  Our opportunity to book Christian music artists at Austin City Limits Music Festival ends on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

Christian Music News Oct.27th, 2009

Headlines

Mantric (featuring former members of Extol) have signed with Prosthetic Records, and will be releasing a self titled album through said label in the very near future…

An interview with Thrice was posted on Causecast.org this week. Read Thrice interview.

Mat Kearney recently recently recorded a live session over at Daytrotter.com. Listen to Mat Kearney on Daytrotter.

Owl City‘s song Fireflies was #1 on iTunes this week. Congrats to all…

The Glass Ocean broke up.

An interview with The Almost was posted at estrellaonline this week. Read The Almost interview.

The Clocktower Showdown have also split up.

Wovenhand is currently recording a new album entitled The Thrashing Floor. It will be out in early 2010.

Apparently Tyler from Blessed By A Broken Heart got into some trouble this with the metal band Megadeath over a comment Tyler made to one of Megadeath‘s road crew that was deemed “racist”. A press release was issued to clear things up. Read Blessed By A Broken Heart press release.

An interview with Matt from Relient K was posted over on Relevent Magazine’s website this week. Read Relient K interview.

Videos

Below is the new video from Rawsrvnt with his song “Tears 4 Peers”

Here is a cool little video from Jay And The Lovebirds called “Last Compromise”

This is the latest awesomeness from Listener Project called “Ozark Empire, Or A Snake Oil Salesman Comes To Your Town”

Below is the video for “Lost Connection With The Head” by Showbread

This next video isnt actually a music video. It seems that Youtube is re-broadcasting U2‘s entire concert from the a recent stop at The Rose Bowl. The video below is over 2 hours long. Enjoy:

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for American Idol winner Kris Allen‘s upcoming November 17th, 2009 self titled release. It will feature Jon Foreman of the Switchfoot/Fiction Family fame, and was co-produced/written by members of MuteMath, OneRepulic, The Fray, and Paper Route.
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1. Live Like We’re Dying
2. Before We Come Undone
3. Can’t Stay Away
4. The Truth
5. Written All Over My Face
6. Bring It Back
7. Red Guitar
8. Is It Over
9. Let It Rain
10. Alright With Me
11. Lifetime
12. I Need To Know
13. Heartless

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Bifrost Arts upcoming Christmas album, Salvation Is Created, which will become available November 3rd, 2009
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1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Joy Joy!!! (featuring Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri)
3. Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella (featuring Ben + Vesper)
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (featuring Sarah Fullen)
5. Let All Mortal Flesh (featuring Elin K. Smith)
6. Messiah (featuring Robert Heiskel)
7. Silent Night (featuring Diane Birch)
8. Out Of Heaven (featuring Derek Webb and Evan Gregory)
9. Veiled In Darkness (featuring Matt Bauer and Maeve)
10. Salvation Is Created (featuring Aimee Wilson)