Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Night Beat Rewind: March 2018

The end of the 2nd Quarter is upon us, and what a quarter it has been. Being a one-person operation at present it is easy to miss a few releases, and I missed a few this quarter. Strangely enough, most of the missed material has come from a long dormant artist that has had somewhat of a resurrection. Let us get right to the wrap.

The Singles Scene

  • Austin and Lindsey Adamec - Victorious 4.75 Emeralds
  • Geoffrey Andrews - O Praise The Name 4.50 Emeralds
  • Danielle Apicella - Why Oh Why ft WHATUPRG 4.50 Emeralds
  • The Belonging Co. - Isn't He (This Jesus) ft Natalie Grant 5 Emeralds 
  • Life of Carter - Brand New (DAVII Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - Andromeda (Instrumental) 5 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - The Great Divide (Matt Lange Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - The Great Divide (Matt Lange Remix)(Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - Last Night on Earth (Nigel Stanford Remix) 5 Emeralds
  • Celldweller - Last Night on Earth (Nigel Stanford Remix Instrumentals) 5 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust ft Celldweller - Embracing Entropy (The Plague Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust ft Celldweller - Embracing Entropy(The Plague Remix Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Circle of Dust - Neurachem (Voicians Remix) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Neurachem (Voicians Remix)(Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Citizen Way - Wavewalker ft Bart Millard 5 Emeralds
  • Color Theory - In Motion 4.75 Emeralds
  • Crusoe - Standing on Lightning 5 Emeralds
  • Israel Houghton and New Breed - Reckless Love 4.75 Emeralds
  • Catie Hurst - Nothing To Hide 4.50 Emeralds
  • Prafit Josiah - My God Is Dope 3.75 Emeralds
  • Spencer Kane - Pieces (Amanda Cook Cover ) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Tori Kelly - Help Us To Love ft The Hamiltones 5 Emeralds
  • All The Pretty Lights - Hallowed Ground 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris McClarney - Hallelujah For The Cross 
  • Narrow Skies - Chasing The Sun 4.75 Emeralds
  • Needtobreathe - Bridges Burn 4.75 Emeralds
  • Hawk Nelson - Never Let You Down ft Hunter and Tara 4.75 Emeralds
  • Hawk Nelson - Right Here With You ft MDSN 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sarah Reeves - Something About You 4.75 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - Afterglow (Michael Oakley Remix)(Instrumental) 5 Emeralds
  • Heather Schnoor - Good 4.75 Emeralds
  • Phil Wickham - Living Hope 5 Emeralds
Count them up. That's 32 Singles for the month. And three artists (1 actually. You have to love the electronic music. It makes making a band very easy) account for 10 in the list. On to the album ratings. We begin with the releases which will not make the pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Ty Brasel - Destined for Greatness (Side A) EP 3.50 Emeralds 
  • Light The Way - False Memory Syndrome 4.25 Emeralds
  • Trossthegiant - Misanthropics 3.75 Emeralds
Not many Missed The Mark this month, but as long as they somewhat balance out the next grouping, things are okay.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Jordan Feliz - Future 5 Emeralds
  • Future of Forestry - Union (Instrumental) 5 Emeralds
  • Mercy Me - I Can Only Imagine: The Best of Mercy Me 5 Emeralds
  • Andrew Peterson - Resurrection Letters, Volume 1 5 Emeralds

  Semi-Precious Metals

  • All Sons and Daughters - The All Sons and Daughters Collection 4.75 Emeralds
  • Pat Barrett - Pat Barrett EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Beacon Light - Loud Drive Home 4.75 Emeralds
  • Antoine Bradford - Dear Struggling Christian EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Bright City - Still, Volume 2 (Instrumental) 4.75 Emeralds
  • City of Bright - Fearless EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Travis Cottrell - The Reason 4.75 Emeralds
  • My Epic - Ultraviolet EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • FF5 - El Compadre 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jerry Fee - The Bigger Picture 4.75 Emeralds
  • 5ive - Me Against The World, Volume 2 4.50 Emeralds
  • Flame - God Knows 4.50 Emeralds
  • Steffany Gretzinger - Blackout 4.75 Emeralds
  • I Am They - Trial and Triumph 4.75 Emeralds
  • Marc Martel - My Way, Volume 1 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jonathan McReynolds - Make Room 4.75 Emeralds
  • Narrow Skies - Awakening EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • River Valley Worship - Million Lifetimes 4.50 Emeralds
  • The Rock Music - Your Love Remains 4.50 Emeralds
  • Heather Schnoor - All In EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • T-Bone - Broken English 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - God's Not Dead: A Light In The Darkness - Songs From and Inspired by The Motion Picture 4.50 Emeralds
That does it for this month. Now I need to update some of the earlier rewinds. On to the third quarter. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Music Video Monday: Sorry

Welcome Back to an all new edition of Music Video of Music Video Monday. We are expecting (or dreading, depending upon your opinion) another nor'easter. Predictions are from 3-18 inches, which could mean anything. The only thing that is certain is that POLAR BEARS, WOOLLY MAMMOTHS AND SABER TOOTH TIGERS WILL SOON BE ROAMING OUR STREETS AS THE WORLD TURNS TO A BLOCK OF ICE (sorry, I started channeling the Weather Channel Report. What do they know, they are in Atlanta). We should get an inch and a half. On to the music.

We begin with the Future of Forestry. Eric Ooyoung thought he could slip a release past The Night Beat, but we found it just in time. We start out with the video for Seer.
Next up we move on to a little Darkwave 80's electronica. Scandroid has been hot lately, and this is the Music Video for Afterglow, which is on Monochrome, which slipped under our radar (it came out October 27, 2017)

And finally, we end with Stryper. They are about to make the Christian world nervous with the soon coming album God Damn Evil.(They had a fit over THWTD). This is Sorry.
Time to hunker down. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Consuming Fire: A Night Beat Tribute to Third Day

Welcome to a very special edition of Music Video Monday. Today we say goodbye to one of the legends of Christian Music. Third Day was a pioneer of Southern Rock. Before they arrived on the scene in 1993, Southern Rock was known only mainstream music fans with bands such as Bad Company and ZZ Top. With Third Day's departure two remain, Disciple and Decyfer Down. There are probably others, but they haven't cracked into the limelight.

The band started in 1993, and lead singer MacPowell began in a bleach blonde mode. It wasn't his best decision. Their self-titled debut album released in 1996 and it is chock full of memories. Blackbird, Thief and, one of the best known Praise songs of the band Consuming Fire.
I wasn't there at the beginning, but I discovered the band at the inaugural Inside Out Soulfest in 1998. By the time they played the concert they had released their second album Conspiracy No. 5 (1997). This is You Make Me Mad
Moving into the 21st Century we jump to the album Move (2010). The band wasn't known for its Music Videos, which is a shame. All great songs deserve a Music Video, and Third Day had a lot of great songs. This is Lift Up Your Face.
Miracle came out two years later. This is I Need A Miracle.
And finally, in 2015 they released a worship album entitled Lead Us Back. This is Soul On Fire.

That does it for this very special edition of Music Video Monday. There wont be a band like this on the scene for quite a while. They will be missed, but after 25 years on the scene, they can be forgiven for wanting a break. I only wish it wasn't now. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Night Beat Rewind: February 2018

We are two thirds of the way through the Second Quarter of 2018, boy time sure flies quickly. We are quickly getting deluged in New Releases this year. If this trend continues we shall be judging #PlatVnyl9 well into #PlatVnyl 11 (I don't like the space, but I think it's the only way to make it readable. At least we have two years to figure it out).

The Singles Scene

  • Lincoln Brewster - Here I Am 4.75 Emeralds
  • Bradley Bridges - Jesus Is King 4.50 Emeralds
  • Caves - More of You 4.50 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Contagion (Sebastian Komor Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - Contagion (Sebastian Komor Remix Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jonny Diaz - Define Me 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fireflight - I Wont Look Back 5 Emeralds
  • Hillsong Young and Free - PEACE 4.75 Emeralds
  • Lawren - Mood 3.50 Emeralds
  • Toby Mac - I Just Need U (Capital Kings Remix) 5 Emeralds
  • Derek Minor - It Is What It Is 4.50 Emeralds
  • Nine Lashes - Breaking Out 5 Emeralds
  • Smalltown Poets - You'r My Shepherd ft Mac Powell 4.75 Emeralds
  • Scott Ralley - Way That You Do 4.25 Emeralds
  • Sarah Reeves - Feel The Waters 5 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - The Veil (Synthatiger Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - The Veil (Synthatiger Remix Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Kaden Slay - The Mercy of Jesus 4.50 Emeralds
  • Greg Sykes - No Greater Love 4.75 Emeralds
We sliced the single scene by over 50% this month. Still, this is shaping up to be quite the year. We turn to the albums, and once again begin with those that will not make the #PlatVnyl9 Pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Listener - Being Empty: Being Filled 3.75 Emeralds
  • Rockstar JT - Streets Signed Me 4.25 Emeralds
  • Gerry Skrills - Pray For Me 3.75 Emeralds
Only three entries missing the mark makes my work a bit tougher, but overall it is a good sign. On to the perfect.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Audrey Assad - Evergreen 5 Emeralds
  • Brad and Rebekah - Sound of Heaven 5 Emeralds
  • Elevation Collective - Evidence 5 Emeralds
  • Charlie Peacock - When Light Flashes Help is On The Way 5 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - Surrounded 5 Emeralds
  • Zealand - Liberated 5 Emeralds
I am always pleased when the Pure Platinum and Missing The Mark somewhat balanced. The Biggest category is always those in the middle.

Semi Precious Metals

  • All Above Me - Return to The Battlefield 4.75 Emeralds
  • Bee Ardoin - The Truth About Walking 4.75 Emeralds
  • Paul Baloche - Ultimate Collection 4.50 Emeralds
  • Dave Barnes - Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself 4.50 Emeralds
  • Pastor Brad - Highway 2 Heaven 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chasing Victory - Friends, Volume 1 EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Elevation Worship - Do It Again EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • EQ Worship - Push Out The Dark 4.75 Emeralds
  • Eufaula - Between The Hills 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Oh Hellos - Eurus EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Hillsong Young and Free - Love Wont Let Me Down The Remixes 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jaxon - The Journey EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Samuel Lane - The Difference 4.50 Emeralds
  • Off Road Minivan - Spiral Gaze EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Passion - Whole Heart Live 4.75 Emeralds
  • Salt of The Sound - Lent, Volume 1 4.75 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - A Million Lights 4.75 Emeralds
  • Social Club Misfits - Into The Night 4.75 Emeralds
  • Swoope - Sonshine 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various - The Cross Was Meant For Me: Worship Songs For Easter 4.50 Emeralds
  • Various - Samson: Songs From and Inspired by The Motion Picture 4.75 Emeralds
That does it for February, and March has just begun. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Music Video Monday: Raise Your Hands, You're Surrounded

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday, where we do our darndest to track down the best Music Videos in Christian Music. We begin with Smalltown Poets, which is making a comeback after a four year break. This is Prophet, Priest and King
Next up we have Audrey Assad. She has released Evergreen this past Friday. This is the Lyric Video for Drawn To You.
And finally we finish off our two week marathon. Last Week Michael W. Smith lit a million lights in the Pop arena. This week he leads worship and we find ourselves Surrounded. This is the live video of the title cut.

That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. February is in the Bag. March and Spring Awaits. Until next month, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Music Video Monday: Breaking Out A Million Lights

Welcome to an all New edition of Music Video Monday. Happy Presidents Day. This is a sham holiday created to kick off High School Winter Vacation. We used to have two holidays in February, which honored Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In a rare move of contraction we have to honor all Presidents including U.S. Grant (great General, incompetent President, most corrupt administration of All Time. Sorry Libs, Nixon doesn't even come close), Hoover(Caused Great Depression) and William Henry Harrison (32 days). I think I like the old way better. And you get two days off with pay.

We begin our Music Tour with All Above Me, a Christian Female Fronted Metal Band. (With all apologies to Icon For Hire, it helps with the categorizing. And they should be honored. No one has accused all FFR bands of sounding alike, something that can not be said of Male Fronted Bands unfortunately. The Ladies know how to create their own unique sound. Maybe the guys should take a lesson.). The Calgary Band has released their first Full Length Album Return to the Battlefield. Featuring Kevin Young of Disciple, this is King and Crown.

Sometimes a band takes a wrong turn. Sometimes it is a fatal mistake, sometimes the ship of state can be righted. Such is the case with Nine Lashes. A promising start in the Hard Rock/Metal genre (can you get much more promising than to be nurtured by Trevor McNevan of TFK?) they put out three solid albums before careening out of control into pop boy band territory with Ascend (talk about an ironic title). They return with a new single Breaking Out. All I can say is You have found your way back home.

Finally, those of you who have been with us since our reboot began know that The Night Beat had its start as a Radio Show in the Mid to late 1980's. A staple on the radio those days was Michael W. Smith, who was a perfectionist in those days, pushing back release dates to absurd lengths. Time must have mellowed him, because while he still makes excellent music, he is releasing 2 Albums in Two Weeks. A Million Lights drops on February 16, Surrounded on February 23. This is A Million Lights.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Night Beat Rewind: January 2018

A New Year, a New Edition of Night Beat Rewind. 2018 has begun, and it is starting with a bang. I wont spend a lot of time telling you how big a month it is. I'll let the releases do the talking. We begin with the songs released in the month, with hopefully an album will follow soon afterward.

The Singles Scene

  • Audrey Assad - Drawn To You 4.75 Emeralds
  • Beacon Lights - Sleeping on Me ft Spencer Kane 4.50 Emeralds
  • Brad and Rebekah - Never Alone ft Watoto 4.75 Emeralds
  • Mike Brand - It's all good 3.50 Emeralds
  • Ty Brasel - No More 4.75 Emeralds
  • Ty Brasel - Phoenix in Exile 4.25 Emeralds
  • Brvndon P - I Get No 4.50 Emeralds
  • Eshon Burgundy - Testify 4.75 Emeralds
  • Captured - With All 4.50 Emeralds
  • Family Force 5 - Fire On The Highway 4.75 Emeralds
  • Free G - The Great Escape ft Sibbyl 4.75 Emeralds
  • James Gardin - Limits 4.50 Emeralds 
  • Tragic Hero - Look Who I'm With 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joey Jewish - Brown Boi ft WHATUPRG 4.25 Emeralds
  • Prafit Josiah - Count Yah Blessings 4.50 Emeralds
  • Lovecollide - I Don't Want It 4.75 Emeralds
  • TobyMac - I Just Need U 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sarah Masen - Three Strangers 4.75 Emeralds
  • Kevin Max - AWOL 5 Emeralds
  • Mighty Men of Faith - River of Life 4.50 Emeralds
  • NF - No Name 4.75 Emeralds
  • Nineclub - Keep On 4.75 Emeralds
  • Owl City - Lucid Dreams 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sarah Reeves - Right Where You Want Me 4.75 Emeralds
  • Brian Reith - Good 2 B Back 4.50 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - Time Crime 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Scandroid - Time Crime (Instrumentals) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Shiwan - New Grammar 4.75 Emeralds
  • Social Club Misfits ft Tauren Wells - War Cry 4.50 Emeralds
  • Tedashii - Splash 4.50 Emeralds
  • Chris Tomlin - Resurrection Power 5 Emeralds
  • Roy Tosh - Stronger 4.75 Emeralds
  • JJ Weeks Band - Fools Gold 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Young Escape - Good Life (Loud Luxury Remix) 4.50 Emeralds
34 Songs. You heard that right. 34. In one month. Sometimes we don't have 34 entries total in a month. Let's go on to the albums. We begin with those albums which do not qualify for the #PlatVnyl9 Pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Eric Birdine and The Messengers - The Message Volume 2: Bless His Name 4.25 Emeralds
  • Ruslan - Indie Jones II 4.25 Emeralds
  • Corey Wise - Infinity Vibes EP 4.25 Emeralds
The next grouping not only doesn't have to worry about making the pool, they have a great chance of winning it all.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Forerunner Music - Fully Alive 5 Emeralds
  • Nicole C. Mullen - Like Never Before 5 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective - Good News 5 Emeralds
  • Mark Lee Townsend - 1919: The Ballad of Rexford 5 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Wow Gospel 2018 5 Emeralds
We finish with the albums in the middle, which have to fight it out in the pool.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Cory Asbury - Reckless Love 5 Emeralds
  • Leanna Crawford - Crazy Beautiful You (Deluxe) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Todd Dulaney - Your Great Name 4.75 Emeralds
  • Equippers Revolution - CLRS EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Tommy Faulk - Come What May 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jordan Felix - Witness (Remixes) 4.75 Emeralds
  • First Free Music - Awake/Alive 4.50 Emeralds
  • For All Seasons - Clarity EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Freedom Church - Thunder. Reign 4.75 Emeralds
  • GodzG - Grayscale 4.75 Emeralds
  • KJ-52 - Jonah Part 2 (Limited Release) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Adam Layne - Emblem 4.75 Emeralds
  • Steven Malcolm - The Second City, Part 1 EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Mass Anthem - Through People Like Me 4.75 Emeralds
  • Germaine Martel - Human 3: The Holy Trilogy 4.50 Emeralds 
  • Jared Miller - Chasing Me Down EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Cameron Moore - Alpenglow 4.50 Emeralds
  • Rapture Ruckus - Ignition EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Remedy Drive - The North Star 4.75 Emeralds
  • Brooke Robertson - Have My Heart EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Sleeping Giant - I AM 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jason Upton - A Table Full of Strangers, Volume 2 4.75 Emeralds
  • Cory Voss - Songs of Heaven and Earth 4.50 Emeralds
2018 is under way. It looks like its going to be a big year. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.