Monday, July 16, 2018

Music Video Monday: Moonracer

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. There are no classic videos this time around, so it is an all new edition this time around. We have a couple of lady legends in the making and one guy who is definitely a legend already, both from his part in a legendary Christian Band and a legendary solo career afterwards. But, as they say, ladies first.

First up we have Sarah Reeves, who has been quite active as of late. First with an EP entitled Easy Never Needed You and now with a steady Stream of single releases. This is the video of one of those single releases Just Want You.

Next up is one of our favorite local artists, Lauren Daigle. (Actually I don't know, but we knew a family named Daigle, and they did have a daughter named Lauren, and the times might coincide, but there is no evidence the singer was born in Massachusetts. It's a nice story though). This is the video for You Say.

Our male legend is Kevin Max, formerly of the legendary Rock/Hip Hop act DC Talk. He has done very well on his own since going AWOL. This is Moonracer, which has a James Bond sounding name (That was Moonraker by the way).
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. We return to our 3rd Quarter Wrap. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Don't Stop Believing: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Qtr - Inspirational Children's Metal Remix

We are wrapping up the 3rd Quarter entries for the 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards. Our final megapost, consisting of Adult Contemporary, Children's Music, Heavy Metal and Remix Album, is upon us. From now on it is all single genre.

Children's Music

  • Michael W. Smith - Lullaby

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

  • Lincoln Brewster - God Of The Impossible
  • Kim Walker-Smith - On My Side (Live)

Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal

  • Fades Away - Resurrection
  • Impending Doom - The Sin and Doom, Volume 2
  • Millenial Reign - The Great Divide
  • Stryper - God Damn Evil

Remix Album

  • Circle of Dust - alt_machines (Machines of Our Disgrace Remixes)
  • Plumb - Beautifully Broken (Remixes)
 That does it for the megaposts. Our first single genre post is coming next time with Electronic-Industrial. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Don't Stop Believing: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Qtr - Alternative, Folk, Instrumental

We have come upon the end of the 3rd Quarter of 2018, at least here at Night Beat HQ. Our Platinum Vinyl Eligibility Year goes from October 1- September 30. In honor of our Summer Time Travel we have given the quarter the title "Don't Stop Believing" in honor of the 1981 Song by Journey of The Same name. Just listening to the song on the internet I thought "This Will Preach", which is funny considering one of the authors, Jonathan Cain, is a Christian and married to Paula White, evangelist.

We start with the genres that didn't get enough eligible entries to merit their own post. We will make two of these mega-posts this quarter, seven genres being combined. First up is Alternative Rock, Folk/Folk Rock, and Instrumental Music.

Folk/Folk Rock

  • Christafari - Original Love
  • Christa Wells - Velveteen
Folk tends to be a dumping ground for "ethnic" sounds. I really don't know where to put Reggae, Jazz and other unique sounds. There are never enough of them to justify a separate category. Christa Wells is more of the standard "girl with guitar" folk artist. 

Alternative Rock

  • The Choir - Bloodshot
  • Kevin Max - AWOL
  • Kevin Max - AWOL Deluxe Demo Sampler EP
Not much to say here. Two veterans (actually, one pioneer). Both deserve to win, one may.

Instrumental Music

  • Amman/Josh -- Pieces
  • Salt of The Sound - Meditations, Volume 3
  • Scandroid - Dreams In Monochrome
  • Somniscape - Calm, Volume 1
A little explanation here. Amman/Josh is a new group signed by Hammock, consisting of Amman Abbasi and Josh Varnedore. They are a sort of trance instrumental. Somniscape is a instrumental side project of Eric Ooyoung aka Future of Forestry, to showcase his instrumental side. The vocals side will stay Future of Forestry. Next up is our final megapost with Adult Contemporary, Children's Music, Heavy Metal and The Remix. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Night Beat Rewind: June 2018

Welcome back to another edition of Night Beat Rewind. We are back at Night Beat HQ after our Independence Day Holiday. That is the 4th of JULY to the rest of you. Yes, July. And with the end of June also ends the 3rd Quarter of #PlatVnyl9. Yes, we have only three months to go. It is partly due to how big this year has been that we are way behind on #PlatVnyl8. Partly.

We begin with those songs released during the month, or as we like to call it:

The Singles Scene

  • Austin and Lindsay Adamec - Streams 4.75 Emeralds
  • As I Lay Dying - My Own Grave 5 Emeralds
  • Francesca Battistelli - The Breakup Song 5 Emeralds
  • C Boss - Summer Fun 4.75 Emeralds
  • Mack Brock - Into Dust 4.75 Emeralds
  • Aaron Cole - Off My Back 4.75 Emeralds
  • Color Theory - In Space No One Can Hear You Cry (Will Rock Remix) 5 Emeralds
  • Emasound - I Know 5 Emeralds
  • Austin French - Good Feeling 5 Emeralds
  • Tom Golly - His Name Is Jesus 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Gray Havens - Forever 4.75 Emeralds 
  • For King and Country - Pioneers 5 Emeralds
  • Edu Linares - One In A Million (ft Goshen Sai) 5 Emeralds
  • Marshall Marshall - One of Us (IAIRVS DJ Remix) 5 Emeralds
  • Leigh Nash - Don't Get Me Wrong 4.75 Emeralds
  • North Point Inside Out - Unshakable Love ft Brett Stanfill 4.50 Emeralds
  • North Point Inside Out - Changed ft Heath Balltziglier 5 Emeralds
  • Sarah Reeves - Easy 4.75 Emeralds
  • V.Rose - S.O.S. 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jay Sanon - Swerve Off 4.50 Emeralds
  • Scandroid - Red Planet 4.75 Emeralds
  • Tony Tillman - Tryna Get It ft Byron Juane 4.25 Emeralds 

On to the albums. We have a critical ear here at Night Beat HQ. We don't just hand out 5 Emerald ratings like candy, though you may wonder in just a moment. These are the releases that don't make the cut.

Missing The Mark

  • Antioch Live - History's Anthem 4.25 Emeralds
  • Xay Hill - Red Ranger, Part 2 3.75 Emeralds
  • John Mark McMillan - The Mercury Sessions 4.25 Emeralds
  • Nobigdy - Solar 3.75 Emeralds
  • Peabod - Healthy Snacks 3.50 Emeralds
  • Corey Wise - 4 Ever is Now 4.25 Emeralds
Now to the perfect albums. The Candy Man Can.

Pure Platinum Perception

  • Chris August - Seasons 5 Emeralds
  • The Choir - Bloodshot 5 Emeralds
  • God's Chosen - God's Chosen 5 Emeralds
  • Hillsong Young and Free - III 5 Emeralds
  • Jeremy Johnson - Legendary 5 Emeralds
  • Kevin Max - AWOL 5 Emeralds
  • Chris McClarney - Breakthrough (Live) 5 Emeralds
  • Jasmine Murray - Fearless 5 Emeralds
  • Plumb - Beautifully Broken (Remixes) 5 Emeralds
  • Somniscape - Calm, Volume 1 5 Emeralds
10 Perfect albums in a month. Talk about candy store. Though a 6/10 ratio is fairly balanced, though slightly sugary. The big amount, as usual, is in the middle.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Amman/Josh - Pieces EP 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Marqus Anthony - Walking By My Faith: Through The Storm EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Cory Ard - The Blackout 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jonathan Cain - The Songs You Leave Behind 4.75 Emeralds
  • Circle of Dust - alt_machines 4.75 Emeralds
  • John DeGroff - Salt 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jonny Diaz - Sweetness and Sorrow EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Enterline - Kingdoms 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fades Away - Resurrection, Part 1 EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Heartsound - Heart Sound: Live From Vineyard Boise 4.75 Emeralds
  • Here Be Lions - Only a Holy God 4.75 Emeralds
  • Highland Worship - Vol 2: Jesus You Alone EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Impending Doom - The Sin and Doom Volume 2 4.75 Emeralds
  • Javen - Grace 4.75 Emeralds
  • Lecrae - Let The Trap Say Amen 4.50 Emeralds
  • Lexi - Just Listen 4.50 Emeralds
  • Kevin Max - AWOL Deluxe Demo Sampler EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Steven Malcolm - The Second City, Part 2 4.75 Emeralds
  • Owl City - Cinematic 4.75 Emeralds
  • Teresa Peterson - Faithful EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Plumb - Beautifully Broken 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sareem Poems - Mind Over Matter 4.75 Emeralds
  • Prafitz - Nazarene Movements EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Leon Timbo and Northern Lights United - Invitation to Worship, Volume 1 4.75 Emeralds
  • United Pursuit Band - Garden 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joey Vantes - The Vantes Project III 4.75 Emeralds
What a month. A great way to close a quarter. The 4th Quarter Awaits. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply

Monday, July 9, 2018

Music Video Monday: Pioneers

Welcome back to Music Video Monday. We usually share the latest Music Videos, but this Summer we are going back to the 80's and sharing some of the Classic Christian Videos, some of which got banned by MTV back when the letters meant Music Television. These are the Pioneers of Christian Music.

We begin with something new. For King and Country is on a roll, releasing a song a month until the new album. The first one up, done with their wives is appropriately called Pioneers. We begin with it this week.

On to the classics. One of the Pioneers of Christian Music is "Uncle Randy" aka Randy Stonehill. Randy is one of the original Jesus Music Era artist and was blessed with a "Slightly Unhinged" sense of humor. Definitely not PC. Of course that made him an instant hit with the youth. This is Love Beyond Reason.
Finally, we go with another artist who had an unhinged sense of humor. Steve Taylor. Get in the Lifeboat.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Flashback Friday: Summer Road Trip Edition

Summertime is here, and with it we here at Night Beat HQ are reminiscing about the road trip. Especially the Concert Road Trip. And while Summer is preferable, that is not necessarily the case, especially here in New England. I think it has something to do with the fact that ever since at least Elvis Presley, the recording labels are in Nashville and Memphis. And its hot there in the South. Actually all year round. So prime touring schedules seem to be September-June, excepting Summer Festivals.

Around here in great frozen North, that usually translates into a snow trip road trip at times, and the tours here tend to be brief stops, as in "ONLY NEW ENGLAND APPEARANCE", so it's move it or lose it time when your favorite band shows up
Move it was usually my choice. There was the weekly mini road trip just about every Friday to the Christ For You Coffeehouse in Braintree. (basement of the VFW hall) in the mid to late 70's where the 2nd or third tier bands played, usually for free. That's another story, but I'm talking about "Headliners".

The 70's was the Jesus Music Era, and we packed up the car to Boston and Tremont Temple to see Denny Corell (of Love Song Fame) and Nancy Honeytree. The sights weren't much to be seen, unless we got lost in the city and wound up driving through the "Combat Zone". No, we aren't talking about military conflict. It's an entirely different war going on there at the time.

The really big shoe at the time was the 2nd Chapter of Acts. In 1978 they were on their Mansion Builder tour. The showed up at Augusta, Maine and I (actually my parents, I was only 12 at the time), packed up the Honda Civic and set out. It took (according to google maps), 3.5 hours. In actuality at the time it was probably at least 4 hours each way. And I don't remember any bathroom or food stops along the way. Ah the things you do when you're young and stupid. Now that I'm (ahem) older, though sometimes still not so wise, I usually plan my road trips with plenty of Rest stops, though I don't factor in getting lost. By the way, not knowing where you are going, and thus making a long trip, doesn't qualify here. If that were so, a trip across town might qualify. Back to the present. Until next time, what was your longest road trip story? Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Music Video Monday: Night Beat Classic Edition

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday, where we play the latest music videos on the web. Scratch that. This is Summer, and we are shaking things up.

The Night Beat started in 1984 as a radio show, and this Summer we are going back in time to share the music videos from when the show was on the air and during the time that the show and concept was in hibernation. So roughly we are talking 1984-2010. 

We start with the 77's. One of the founders of Christian Alternative music along with The Choir. They got their moment in the limelight stolen from them by their label which also had rights to an obscure group from Ireland called U2. From their 1984 Exit release All Fall Down. This is Ba Ba Ba
Next up we go to Jesus Music Era band (at least the later portions) DeGarmo and Key. This is the music video for 666, the most famous and controversial Christian Video of All Time (banned by MTV).

Finally we check out the ceremony of the Altar Boys. From the 1986 release Gut Level Music, this is the video for You Are Loved.
That does it for this special collection. We will try to hunt up more classic videos as the Summer heats up. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.