Monday, January 16, 2017

Music Video Monday: Chainbreaker

Welcome back to an all new edition of Music Video, where we scour the web in search of the best Music Videos in CCM and the Fringe. We begin this Holiday Edition (It's MLK Day in the States. What the rest of the world calls a "Bank Holiday" because that is just about all that is closed.)

We begin with Chris Quilala of Jesus Culture, who recently released a solo album entitled Split The Sky. This is the music video for Because of Your Love. 
Next up we have Micah Tyler, who gets to open for Mercy Me this year, not a bad gig to have. From his album Different, this is Never Been A Moment.
And finally we go to Zach Williams. Now Zach has released an EP and a full album with the title Chainbreaker in the last few months. I am counting the full Album in December here for my purposes. This is Chainbreaker.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. We return with more Videos next Monday. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Siberian Siren: The 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Adult Contemporary

This is it. The grand finale. The announcement of the First Quarter Results for the 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards Entrants are completed. (Just to fill people in: We have an October 1-September 30 Eligibility Year instead of a calendar year schedule). Anyway, our big winner, which had to share the honors with Heavy Metal, is Adult Contemporary. Now that's two genres you shouldn't find in the same room together. (Short of a summer festival, but that's another story). Let's get this quarter finished.

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

That does it for Adult Contemporary, and that does it for the First Quarter as well. Jean Watson scored 5 Perfect Emeralds, but that was it for the genre. The second quarter awaits. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Siberian Siren: The 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Heavy Metal

We are here with our penultimate post (that's next to the last for those in Rio Linda). Tied for first place this quarter, the first for 2017 (aka #PlatVnyl8) is Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. I cannot be sure off the top of my head, but I believe it is the first time for the genre at the top of the list. Sometimes it is in the megapost. Let's get to it. Crank it up.

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Nine entrants this quarter. #PlatVnyl8 may be the year of Metal. Well, if you've done your tabulations correctly, you know our other co-winner is Adult Contemporary. Time to turn down the volume. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Siberian Siren: The 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Rock

The second of our 3 ties concludes with Rock. This genre also had a full finals of 7 entries, which means that the "winners" have more than that. Let's get to it.

Rock Music

Three of these seven entries, so that tells you how strong this genre is. Our next grouping is next, and our co-winner is Heavy Metal. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Siberian Siren: The 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Rap

We begin our second grouping with rap. This grouping consisted of a full finals, that would be 7 entries, but even that wasn't good enough for number one. We continue.

Rap/Hip-Hop

That does it for rap. Really not much to say here as they are all solid releases from dependable artists. Rock is next. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.    

Monday, January 9, 2017

Music Video Monday: Resurrection

That is definitely the feeling here at Night Beat HQ. After all it has been months since we last met. You would feel right if you felt abandoned. But we are still here. We are going to crank things up as the year gets started. We begin with a confession. As a music blogger I occasionally get "Hey, Check me out" notices on social media from bands. As a (mostly) Christian Music Blogger I have to be careful who I endorse (though there is a lot of wiggle room in the fringe). When a band called +Death Requisite contacted me, I admit, I wimped out. I figured with a name like that they can't be Christian. I was wrong. I found this lyric video for Redemptio Per Deicide. Thank God for Lyric Videos with Growl Lyrics. Anyway, the Theology is A+. A band I highly recommend. Revisitation is in the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Pool for #PlatVnyl8 (we are in the judging for #PlatVnyl7. Patience is required).
Part of Resurrection now follows. I have always been somewhat unconventional with my take on the CCM scene. Having started off in the Jesus Music/Coffeehouse Era in the Northeast I have aged into Hard Music. Plus I have always had a soft spot for the music of the 1980's. Personally it produced the Best Music Ever. One of those songs was Shout by Tears for Fears. It came out in 1985, during my tenure as a DJ at WENC. Now it is covered by +Scandroidofficial . Personally, I think it is note perfect to the original.
Scandroid is a synthpop project by Klayton of Celldweller, Argyle Park, and Circle of Dust. The Latter has made a comeback after 20 years, and the new album is called Machines of Our Disgrace. This is the video for the title cut.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday.  Tomorrow we will return with our announcements of the 1rst Quarter of 2017. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Siberian Siren: The 2017 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Modern Worship

This is by far the biggest surprise of the quarter. Modern Worship is among the most popular (the cynic would say bloated) genres out there, and despite my best attempts to weed out the copycats it usually wins the quarter hands down. Could there be a shaking out of the dross in the genre? I doubt it. Probably just too busy with the Christmas Season. Let's get to it.

Modern Worship

A few comments here. Hillsong is, in my opinion, starting to return to a sound which made them the leader of the genre. Maybe it was the abundance of copycats, but they really weren't trying to stand out for a while. Rend Collective started to slip as well, but Campfire II seems to have righted the ship. And then there is Chris Sligh. He started out one of the American Idol castoffs that the Christian Music Industry picked up. Unfortunately they kept up with the pop mode. I savaged those albums. After dropping from the radar for a while he re-emerged in modern worship. A style more suitable for his vocals. Second chances are good. Hip Hop is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.