Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: November 2016

There is quite a lot to be thankful for this November, as we had a full slate of releases. Of course, most of them are Christmas Music, which are not eligible for the Platinum Vinyl Awards. Considering the amount of these releases it is also something to be thankful for. We begin with the aforementioned Christmas Music.

Christmas Music (Non-Eligible)

That is a whole bunch of Christmas Releases. Now onto the regular stuff. Even in November there is a bit of non-holiday releases. We begin with the songs, or 

The Singles Scene

  • King Stevian - Ripcord 3.50 Emeralds
  • The Waiting Kind - Heartbeat 4.75 Emeralds
Moving On Without Comment. To the albums. We begin with those that will not be considered for #PlatVnyl8.

Missing The Mark

  • Changing Pointe Church - You Remain 3.75 Emeralds
  • Lisa Mitts - Where I Belong 3.50 Emeralds
  • Tommy Saint - Tommy Saint 3.75 Emeralds
  • Skrip - Exposition 3.75 Emeralds
Most of these releases are good, but just not award worthy. Lisa Mitts however the verdict is still out on. Maybe her vocals will grow on me (or improve). But right now think nails and chalkboard. Not so with the next grouping.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Future of Forestry - Awakened to The Sound 5 Emeralds
  • Wolves at The Gate - Types and Shadows 5 Emeralds   
Yes I know, what about the others. In order to not repeat myself I am leaving this section to the non Christmas Releases. There are also 3 Perfect 5's in the Christmas Section. Our final grouping is for those in between, or as we like to call them here

Semi-Precious Metals

  • Canon - Loose Canon, Volume 3 4.50 Emeralds
  • Chapel Band - The Gathering 4.75 Emeralds
  • Death Requisite - Revisitation 4.75 Emeralds
  • Tim Drisdelle -Heights, Part 1 4.75 Emeralds
  • Summer Floyd - Ray of Light 4.50 Emeralds
  • Meleana - White Walls 4.50 Emeralds
  • VaShawn Mitchell - Secret Place: Live In South Africa 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Museum - Reclaimed EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Ginny Owens - Love Be The Loudest 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris Quillala - Split The Sky 4.75 Emeralds
  • S.O. - These Things Take Time EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Toby Mac - Hits Deep Live 4.75 Emeralds
  • Micah Tyler - Different EP 4.75 Emeralds        

Monday, December 5, 2016

The 2016 MVM Christmas Parade: Tell Me What You Want for Christmas

Welcome to a special edition of Music Video Monday. We are in the midst of the Christmas Parade. We are going to do our best to do only Christmas Music until Epiphany. Let's join the Parade. We begin with Anthem Lights and a wish for a Simple Little Christmas.
Next up we will go a little high octane with John Schlitt and The Little Drummer Boy.
Finally we will fast forward to August. No, not the month, but Chris August. He has a question for you: Tell Me What You Want For Christmas. As long as he's buying, I wonder if money is no object.

That does it for the Christmas Parade for this week. Until the next time we meet, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The 2016 MVM Christmas Parade: My Family's Crazy

Welcome to a very special Music Video Monday. It's time for the 2016 Christmas Parade. From now until the new year we will be handling Christmas Videos exclusively. Hopefully the supply of music videos will be replenished by then.

We begin with a classic song, though a fan video. Sara Groves is singing about Toy Packaging. Never mind the dynamite.


Well go with a bit of Classic Romance for the next video. We've got a little bit of Dave Barnes. I think I could stay in for Christmas Tonight if I had a girl like that.


Anyway, they say that the Holiday Season is a time of great stress. Toy Packaging not withstanding. It usually has something to do with relatives. Of course I wouldn't know that, because I really don't have an extended family. But things have gotten askew for Tim Skipper (House of Heroes) and his wife Stephanie (Smith) Skipper. They know that My Family's Crazy (At Christmas Time).
The 2016 edition of The Night Beat Christmas Parade is under way. We will be posting at least on Monday, depending on how many videos I can scare up. Until next time, Ho Ho Ho and I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Music Video Monday: This Present Darkness

Welcome back to another edition of Music Video Monday, where we show the best Music Videos suitable for a Christian Audience. I changed up my intro because this week I have a video which may be the greatest, but isn't exactly the latest. It was out a while ago, but I just discovered the artist and the video.

We begin with a bit of Metal. Poured Out is the name of the band, and this is Humankind Suicide.
Next up we are going to start slowly breaking into the Holiday Spirit (not Spirits, that's something only done at the Office Party after Youppi spikes the punch). A folk/pop favorite here at Night Beat HQ is JJ Heller. From her latest Christmas Release Unto Us, this is the lyric video for the title cut.
And finally, the promised video. The artist is named Leah McHenry, but she just prefers LEAH. From an album that could have cleaned up at #PlatVnyl6 entitled Kings and Queens. This is the lyric video for This Present Darkness.
Now when I saw this video, all these scripture verses came rushing into my memory. The song is a veritable Bible Study on Spiritual Warfare.

That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Beginning next week we will put things on Pause, and begin another edition of the Night Beat Christmas Parade, which will extend into January. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: October 2016

Welcome to the first edition of Night Beat Rewind for #PlatVnyl8. Eight years. It really doesn't seem that long at all. One note. Christmas Music season is now upon us. Since that is time sensitive, I will be linking those albums for purchase. All others will be held until the quarterly wrap. Let's get started. We begin with the aforesaid Christmas Music, which is not eligible for a Platinum Vinyl Award.

Christmas Music(Non-Eligible)

I won't say much about this for time and space sake. On to:

The Singles Scene

  • Andale - Phenomenal 4.75 Emeralds
  • MH Eternal - Flammable Kingdoms (Matthew Parker Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris Howland - Savior ft Joel Vaughn 4.75 Emeralds
  • DJ Maj - What If ft Aaron Cole 4.50 Emeralds
  • Puntin - L's 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joel Vaughn - As You Are 4.75 Emeralds
We are loaded, so let's move right on to the albums which are left out of the pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Applejaxx - Bake Sale 3.75 Emeralds
  • Paul Baloche - Your Mercy 3.75 Emeralds
  • Bizzle - Crowns and Crosses 3.75 Emeralds
  • Poured Out - To The Point of Death 43.75 Emeralds
  • Seeker - Loss 3.50 Emeralds
  • Phil Wickham - Children of God: Acoustic Sessions 3.75 Emeralds
I liked the original Children of God album, but something was missing here. It was certainly not the same feel as his Singalong albums. I know what was missing, the singalong. Of course having six albums here makes me think this ship of state is still afloat. Never mind stay afloat, the following releases Rule The Seas.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Jonathan Cain - What God Wants To Hear 5 Emeralds
  • The Digital Age - Galaxies 5 Emeralds
  • Disciple - Long Live The Rebels 5 Emeralds
  • Nimisilla Park - Welcome to Nimisilla Park 5 Emeralds
  • Ocean Calling - Quiet Magic 5 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective - Campfire II: Simplicity 5 Emeralds
  • Satellites and Sirens - Tanks 5 Emeralds
  • Theocracy - Ghost Ship 5 Emeralds
  • Jean Watson - Wonder 5 Emeralds
I really can't say much except WOW for these albums. Of course having 9 in this category would be worrisome if it were not for the 6 that missed the mark. It sort of balances itself out. Most releases are in the middle, however.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • About A Mile - Trust You All The Way 4.50 Emeralds
  • Audrey Assad - Inheritance Deluxe 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sho Baraka - The Narrative 4.50 Emeralds
  • Dez Childs - Work of Art 4.75 Emeralds
  • Comrades - Lone/Gray 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Devil Wears Prada - Transit Blues 4.75 Emeralds
  • Consumed By Fire Giving Over 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fit For A King - Death Grip 4.75 Emeralds
  • Keith and Kristyn Getty - Facing A Task Unfinished 4.75 Emeralds
  • Maria Gilpin - Giving It All EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Philip Hamrick - Getting Stronger 4.75 Emeralds
  • Dead Heroes - Dead Heroes EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Hillsong - Let There Be Light (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Heesun Lee - Beauty For Ashes 4.75 Emeralds
  • Stephen Miller - In God We Trust 4.50 Emeralds
  • Derek Minor - Reflection 4.75 Emeralds
  • Britt Nicole - Britt Nicole 4.50 Emeralds
  • Matthew Parker - Adventure 4.75 Emeralds
  • B. Reith - Heart on my sleeve 4.75 Emeralds
  • Austin Stone Worship - Only Jesus 4.50 Emeralds
  • Tenth Avenue North - Followers 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris Tomlin - Never Lose Sight 4.75 Emeralds   
That does it for this first Night Beat Rewind of #PlatVnyl8. Stay with us as we cover our biggest and greatest year yet. As always, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Music Video Monday: Joy

Welcome back to an all new edition of Music Video Monday, where we serve up the best and the latest CCM videos we can find. We are going to begin with another video from Sho Baraka and his new release The Narrative. This is Fathers, 2004.
Next up we continue with Rap, this time with Canon. Sometimes I wonder if this guy ever takes a breath. He should be called machine gun. You do have to stop and reload a canon. This is Eagles from Loose Canon, Vol 3.
And finally we take a break from rap, though this is an all African-American version of Music Video Monday. This is VaShawn Mitchell from Secret Place: Live In South Africa, this is Joy.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. See you next time. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Modern Worship

The final post of the 2016 4th Quarter Wrap is here. To no ones surprise the big winner for the quarter is Modern Worship, as it is for most quarters. Nineteen entrants is enough for around three years if they all made the finals. Let's get to it.

Modern Worship

That does it for the 4th Quarter Roundup. The 1rst Quarter of 2017 Begins. #PlatVnyl8 beckons, and it appears to foretell a Monster Year. Stay with me as we enter it. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.