Monday, June 18, 2018

Music Video Monday: The Breakup Song

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Happy Summer everyone. The weather is heating up, and so is the music. The bands are ready for the action. This is Seventh Day Slumber saying Bring it on.


Next up we have one of my all-time favorite bands, Evanescence. From the orchestra accompanied Synthesis tour, this is Hi-Lo featuring Lindsay Stirling. Emeralds always look better in a setting of Stirling Silver.


I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair. Sorry, musical flashback. Well the South Pacific song is about a relationship breakup. Our final video is from Francesca Battistelli, and a different kind of Breakup Song.

That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Until next time, I am awaiting your reply.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Night Beat Rewind: May 2018

We are slowly getting things up to speed here at Night Beat HQ, and I do mean slowly. It is time to wrap up the May 2018 releases. Since we still have a half-month of June to go, I think we can pat ourselves on the back. Lightly. May was a very active month. We begin with the songs released during the month. This was very active.

The Singles Scene

  • Antarctic Wastelands - Evolve 4.75 Emeralds
  • Anthem Lights - Class of 2018 Medley 4.75 Emeralds
  • Blanca - Shattered 5 Emeralds
  • Braille = Set The Table 5 Emeralds
  • Building 429 - You Can 4.75 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - The Imperial March (Pegboard Nerds Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - Purified (Sebastian Komor Remix) 5 Emeralds
  • Steven Curtis Chapman - Remember To Remember 5 Emeralds
  • The Choir - What You Think I Am (Hard Times Remix) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Dust to Dust (Zardonic Remix) 4.25 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Hive Mind (The Anix Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Humanarchy (Blue Stahli Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Riley Clemons - Better For It 4.50 Emeralds
  • Aaron Cole - Right On It ft Toby Mac (Rickshaw Remix) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Color Theory - The Fifth of July 4.50 Emeralds
  • For King and Country - Joy 5 Emeralds
  • Free G - Jump Again 5 Emeralds
  • Austin French - Why God 4.75 Emeralds
  • Daniel Gale - Dawn ft Jeremy James Whitaker 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jamie Grace - Wait It Out 5 Emeralds
  • Hammock - Clinging 5 Emeralds
  • Hammock - The Night You Caught On Fire 4.75 Emeralds
  • Hnst-T - No Look Pass ft Mvkeyyj 3.75 Emeralds
  • Iairvs - Dear God (Original Mix) 5 Emeralds
  • JSteph - Broken Heart (Iairvs DJ Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Mosaic MSC - Miracle 4.50 Emeralds
  • Plumb - Beautifully Broken 5 Emeralds
  • Salt of The Sound - Renew ft Narrow Skies 5 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - New York City Nights 5 Emeralds
  • Stars Go Dim - I Look To You ft Social Club Misfits 4.75 Emeralds
30 releases isn't a record, it just feels like it. We had more a few months back. On to the albums. We begin with the releases which will not make the pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Andre Balboa - Preaching to The Choir 3.50 Emeralds
  • Dru Bex - In God's Good Time 4.25 Emeralds
  • Dee Black - Fight Club 4.25 Emeralds
  • Flight School - For The King, For The Culture, For The City EP 4.25 Emeralds
  • Taelor Gray - The Love Don't Last Long 3.75 Emeralds
  • Jabari Johnson - Day of Redemption 4.25 Emeralds
  • JSteph - Conquer 4.25 Emeralds
  • Various Artsits - Top 15 Praise Songs: The Well 4.25 Emeralds
  • Vineyard Worship - Fill Us Again 4.25 Emeralds
  • WHATUPRG - Pleasant Hill EP 3.75 Emeralds
10 Missing the Mark gives me encouragement that my critical meter is working fine. On to the gems in the basket.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Bethel Music - Moments: Mighty Sound 5 Emeralds
  • Lincoln Brewster - God of The Impossible 5 Emeralds
  • Kaina - Rise 5 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - Lullaby 5 Emeralds
Kaina is a new artist with a great voice. And she gets produced by Future of Forestry. Things are looking up. Now to the releases in the middle.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Bizzle - Light Work EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Aaron Cole - Virginia Boy EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Toni Harper - Seasons EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Mat Kearney - Crazy Talk 4.75 Emeralds
  • Mark Lee - Unshakeable Heart EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Life Worship - Speak to The Storm 4.75 Emeralds
  • Millennial Reign - The Great Divide 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jason Nelson - The Answer 4.75 Emeralds
  • Shope - XXY 4.75 Emeralds
  • Smalltown Poets - Say Hello 4.75 Emeralds
  • Transform DJ's - Wildfire EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Upperroom - Moments EP (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Worship Central - Stir A Passion (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
That's it. May is in the Bag, and I am making progress on the June releases. Time to get back to those releases and the entrants in the #PlatVnyl8 pool. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Music Video Monday: Resurrection

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Christian music is all about the resurrection. And forgiveness and redemption. All three things are involved in this edition of Music Video Monday.

We begin with another Choir Video. A lyric video isn't what they used to be these days. Now there isn't much of a difference between a lyric and a regular music video. from Bloodshot this is the lyric video for The Time Has Come.
Next up we have Owl City. The band has released Cinematic this month, and it is an interesting Pop/Dance mix. It is a good example of stretching professionally. This is the video for Lucid Dream.

Finally the resurrection part. There was a metalcore by the name of As I Lay Dying which soared to the top of Night Beat Rankings. And then one of their members was convicted of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife. The attempt failed because the hitman was an undercover cop. The band member went to jail. The band broke up and was resurrected as Wovenwar. Two albums were released. Jail sentence over, the member has asked for forgiveness for things said in jail, forgiveness is given and the band is reunited. This is As I Lay Dying, Part Deux, and My Own Grave.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Musical Industrial Complex: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 2nd Qtr (Jan - Mar, 2018) - Modern Worship

Our final genre in our second quarter wrap of 2018 is Modern Worship. Cue the giant yawn from my long time readers. New readers, you'll learn.

Modern Worship

  • Pat Barrett - Pat Barrett
  • Paul Baloche - Ultimate Collection
  • City of Bright - Fearless EP
  • Travis Cottrell - The Reason
  • Elevation Collective - Evidence
  • Elevation Worship - Do It Again EP
  • EQ Worship - Push Out The Dark
  • First Free Music - Awake/Alive
  • For All Seasons - Clarity EP
  • Forerunner Music - Fully Alive
  • Freedom Church - Thunder Reign
  • Steffany Gretzinger - Blackout
  • Passion - Whole Heart
  • Rend Collective - Good News
  • River Valley Worship - Million Lifetimes
  • The Rock Music - Your Love Remains
  • Michael W. Smith - Surrounded 
  • Zealand - Liberated
That is it. We are finally finished. Just as we are starting the final month of the third quarter. We will be back here before you know it. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Musical Industrial Complex: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 2nd Qtr (Jan - Mar, 2018) - Rap

The second genre in the Penultimate Tie is Rap and Hip Hop. Even though the genre had nine entries that does not get the top prize. That is reserved once again for Modern Worship, which had eighteen entries.

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • Beacon Light - Loud Drive Home
  • Flame - God Knows
  • GodzG - Grayscale
  • KJ-52 - Jonah, Part 2
  • Steven Malcolm - The Second City, Part 1 EP
  • Germaine Martel - Human 3: The Holy Trilogy 
  • Social Club Misfits - Into The Night
  • Swoope - Sonshine
  • T-Bone - Broken English
A nice mix of established and newbies. Modern Worship wraps things up. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Musical Industrial Complex: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 2nd Qtr (Jan - Mar, 2018) - Pop

We continue with our rollout of the 2nd Quarter of 2018 Pool Entries for the Platinum Vinyl Awards (#PlatVnyl9). A tie is next. Pop and Rock tied with 9 entries. Pop Music is first up.

Pop Music

  • Dave Barnes - Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself
  • Leanna Crawford - Crazy Beautiful You (Deluxe)
  • Jordan Feliz - Future 
  • Jaxon - The Journey EP
  • Marc Martel - My Way, Volume 1
  • Mass Anthem - Through People Like Me
  • Mercy Me - I Can Only Imagine: The Best of Mercy Me
  • Nicole C. Mullen - Like Never Before
  • Michael W. Smith - A Million Lights
Marc Martel (formerly of Downhere) did a cover album of Mainstream Classic Pop, sort of like Kevin Max Starry Nights. It is a very good album. All the rest are more "traditional" Christian Albums. Rap music is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Musical Industrial Complex: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 2nd Qtr (Jan - Mar 2018) - Adult Contemporary

We are continuing our rollout of the 2nd Quarter of 2018. Our next genre is Elevator Music. No, seriously, it is adult contemporary, but I dare you to separate the two.

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

  • Corey Asbury - Reckless Love
  • Audrey Assad - Evergreen
  • Brad and Rebekah - Sound of Heaven
  • Tommy Faulk - Come What May
  • Heather Schnoor - All In EP
  • I Am They - Trial and Triumph
There was a tie this quarter, and it was between Pop and Rap. Both genres had 9 entries this quarter, and we shall get to Pop Music next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.