Monday, October 31, 2016

Music Video Monday: The Ghost Ship Rises

Happy Halloween everyone from all of us at Night Beat HQ. I know that may be a shock to some of you, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with today. As I have said before, any day centered on candy can't be bad. Take it from a little stinker (that's a Skunk).

It's not only Halloween, it is also Monday. So that means an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Well, we don't really have any Monster Videos, unless by monster you mean extremely awesome. We have that in spades. Let's get to it. Our first video is from a group called About A Mile. The first cut on their new album is a rock number called Taking Back. The Video has been out for a while, but we go by the album release.

Next up is a rap number. Our rapper is Sho Baraka. The new album is called The Narrative, and the concept is a bunch of songs done in style of a certain year or era. It is an enjoyable journey, but my complaint is that we jump back and forth in time, and styles. It is a bit jarring. I guess I am more chronologically oriented. Anyway the song is called Road to Humble, 1979.
Forget what I said about no monster videos. Leave it to my girl Deanna Jakoub of Veridia to come through for today. This is Still Breathing.
And finally, a band which is quickly becoming my favorite Metal Band. Sorry Stryper, but these guys are the new blood. Who said a Theocracy was a bad thing? When you release albums in 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2016, you know they like to take their time to craft an album. All aboard the Ghost Ship.
That does it for this Halloween edition of Music Video Monday. We will return next week with another edition. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Live Recorded Album

The last of the Beastly Trio is Live Recorded Album. I know that it is not technically a music genre, but it deserves a space of its own. And since it has its own award, it is appropriate that I do a quarterly check up. Let's get to it.

Live Recorded Album

That concludes our beastly trio. Up next is our final three way tie, our heavenly sevens group. The first up in that grouping is Adult Contemporary/Inspirational. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, October 28, 2016

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

The second of our beastly trio is Pop Music, which to some is really no better than Dance Music. Maybe so, but it isn't exactly the same. Enough soapbox preaching, let's get to the list.

Pop Music

This is a good quarter for Pop Music as well as both Beckah Shae and Love and The Outcome mined Perfect Platinum. This is shaping up to be one of the best Platinum Vinyl Awards ever, if not the best. I don't want to make such a pronouncement, however, since we are only seven years old, and things just keep getting better each year. The final of the beastly trio is up next, and it is Live Recorded Album. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dove Wrap: 2016 Edition - Song Awards

Continuing with the results of my predictions of the 47th Dove Awards. We move on to the Song of The Year portion of the awards. After the album section I was a paltry 1 for 4. Let's see how I fare here. Maybe I shall improve.

First up is Inspirational Song. Even though I thought it was a Worship Song, I decided to go with Christy Nockels and Let It Be Jesus for my pick. Not surprisingly, the Doves and I do not see eye to eye on such things. They went with Till I Met You by Laura Story. (Score 2/5)

From Inspirational to Worship. Now I have no problem with having both of these categories. The Platinum Vinyl Awards does as well. We just happen to skew things closer to the Adult Contemporary side of the spectrum in our awards, while it appears that the Doves go with two modern worship awards, which is sort of cheating. Anyway, for Worship Song I really liked No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music, more specifically Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. The Dove Committee agreed with me on this part. (Score 3/6)


Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song was next. Since the Doves agreed with me that Losing My Religion was the album of the year in this category, I thought they would Wanna Be Happy as well as I would. However, they liked Jonathan McReynolds The Way That You Love Me. Oh well, they can't be perfect all the time. (Score: 3/7)

Rock/Contemporary Song is up next. I liked a lot of the songs that the Dove's nominated, so much so that I made a rare backup pick. Even though it technically is alternative, I went with Live On Forever by The Afters for my pick and took God is On The Move by 7eventh Time Down for my backup. No Dice. The Dove went to Happiness by NEEDTOBREATHE. Maybe I should make four back up picks next time. You can't lose if you pick them all, right. (Score: 3/8).

The softer side of the coin is Pop/Contemporary Song. I weaved in and out with Pop this year. Weave as in Big Daddy Weave. I picked Beautiful Offerings as Pop Album and I went with their song from that album My Story here. 0/2 with the GMA. They went with Trust In You by Lauren Daigle. Can't really complain, though it wasn't my pick. Not doing too well this year. (Score 3/9).

The final song prediction, other than Song of The Year, which is in the General Field category, was for Hip Hop/Rock Song of The Year. While I like the genre, I am by no means an expert in it, but this is all in good fun so I waded in. To mirror my feelings, I guess, I chose Uncomfortable by Andy Mineo. Imagine my surprise when the Doves did as well. (Score 4/10).

So after two segments I have managed to up my rating to .400. That's Ted Williams Territory folks. Let's see if I can keep it up. The General Field is next. Until Then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Dance/Synthpop


As promised, the first of our beastly trilogy. That's a Book of Revelation joke for the Biblically Uninformed. Three 7's in a row may pave the way for Heaven, but three 6's. Of course the fact that this grouping includes Dance Music probably cements the feeling that Dancing WILL send you to HELL among Southern Baptists and Nazarene's. (The first grouping is legend, the Second I know from experience, as I went to Eastern Nazarene College). Let's get down to it. 

Dance-Synthpop

There you go, music for the Christian to shake their booty to. GAWVI is a DJ as they call them these days, as opposed to Radio DJ, which I was.  Julianna Zobrist is only available on CD through Amazon. No Download. How Luddite. Pop is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Hard Rock/Metal

The final of the first three way tie. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal put together five entrants into the pool. Let us get to it. 

Hard Rock/Metal

A Sweet album and A Stryper album in the same eligibility year. Are they trying to make the judges heads explode. Next up the first of a beastly trilogy. (My number is 666). Dance-Synthpop is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dove Wrap: 2016 Edition - Album Results

Well, this is one of those delayed posts I was talking about. I will progress through the results as I covered them. So that will be Album, Song and The General Field. I will link the prediction posts to save room here, and I hope that I can finish this in one post.

We start with the Album of The Year Awards. Like I said in that post, an album is more important than a song in that it is more difficult to make. We begin with Adult Contemporary/Inspirational Album of The Year. I shocked all of my regular readers when I picked Hillsong Open Heaven/River Wild. You see, I am a regular critic of the Church as it has spawned such a crop of copycats that it has almost wrecked the Modern Worship genre. Plus the fact that for the past few years the releases have had a "mailed in" quality, lacking fire. But I liked this one. It was the best Hillsong release in years. However the Dove Awards liked Amanda Cook and Brave New World better. (Score: 0/1)

Next up was Worship Album of The Year. I went with Let It Echo by Jesus Culture. The Doves went with Hillsong. Hillsong United and Empires. I panned the album for #PlatVnyl6 and it Missed The Mark. (Score: 0/2).

Moving On to Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album. I felt that the best album of the available choices by far was Kirk Franklin Losing My Religion and to my surprise so did the Doves. (Score: 1/3). I guess even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

The final Album Award that I made a pick for was Pop/Contemporary Album of The Year. They had a full slate of albums for this one, and it was difficult for me to pick. Of course they had Hillsong United here as well (a Miss The Mark for the PVA's) as well as This Is Not A Test by Toby Mac, an excellent album, though not particularly Pop. Perhaps Dance, Perhaps Rock, and Perhaps Rap, but not Pop. I went with Big Daddy Weave and Beautiful Offering. Well I may have felt that Toby Mac was miscast here, but not the GMA. They said This Is Not A Test. I guess I failed here. (Score: 1/4) 0.250 after the album portion of my predictions. 

Remember when I said I wanted this to be done in one post. Yeah, me neither. Wishful thinking. The Song Award recap will be next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter: Electronic-Industrial

We return to our rollout of the 4th Quarter Pool entries for 2016. These are the eligible releases for the months of July-September. We are going on to Electronic-Industrial, the darker side of synthpop. There were five entries here as well.

Electronic-Industrial

This is a stacked genre this quarter. Gautier, Hunter, NYVES, and Salt of The Sound all struck perfect 5's and they will be in the finals. That's 5 of Seven Slots, so this will probably be a genre buster. Whitaker fell just short at 4.75, so a good chance exists that it may make the finals as well. Up next is Hard Rock and Metal. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Music Video Monday: Tanks for The Memories

Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun. Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday, where we share the greatest Music Videos in CCM and the GRAC Fringe. We have a full slate and the mix is on. We begin in the Rap and Hip Hop Genre. Derek Minor has been pretty prolific these days, and I guess practice makes perfect. Empire was Pure Platinum in 2015, and Reflection fell just short at 4.75 Emeralds. From Reflection, this is Until I'm Gone ft BJ the Chicago Kid.
From Rap to Hard Rock. Hard Southern Rock as in Disciple. Personally a dream tour for me would be Disciple-Third Day. Anyway, from the Perfect 5 Rated album Long Live The Rebels, this is the Lyric Video (with some images) of Erase.
Finally we move on to Rock or Electronic-Industrial or Dance-Synthpop. I'm really not sure which one at this point. What I am sure about is that these guys love playing with their kids toys. The video for the title cut of their latest album, Tanks, this is Satellites and Sirens.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. We may be doubling or tripling up in the next few days as we try to clear a backlog of work. Just warning you. Until our next post, I am Awaiting Your Reply. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter: Alternative

The single genre posts are upon us. Of course, due to ties it may seem like multi-genre postings. We had three three way ties this quarter, with 5's 6's (my number is six-six-six) and sevens. And no we are not at sixes and sevens with ourselves. The first five posting was for alternative rock. Let us get to it.

Alternative Rock

Next up is Electronic-Industrial. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter: Rap Remix Compilation

The final multi-genre post is here. From now on it is only single genre postings. We covered four genres yesterday, and will cover three today. And there will be nine to go after that. Let's get to it.

Remix Album

Compilation Album

Hip-Hop/Rap

That does it for the multi-genre post. The Passion Listed on Amazon seems to be earlier than the 4th Quarter and 1014 seems to have been dropped since Reflection released on October 14. The first genre up next is Alternative, part of a three way tie with 5 pool entries. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter: Instrumental Gospel Folk Children

Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. That's the scale in question, just sayin. (What were you thinking I meant?). The musical reference is to announce that, for I believe the very first time ever (at least since the current genre expansion) had a quarter with at least one entry in every genre. Actually, that's part of the reason for the delay. I found out that NewReleaseToday and other sites aren't exactly reliable sources when it comes to Children's Music. So I had to do my own digging on Amazon. I found a bunch, including four for this quarter. The genre will be updated as the days go on, beginning with this one.

As is our custom, we roll out the quarters in ascending order starting with multiple genre postings for the orphan genres (those that don't make 5 entries. We have two of these this quarter). As is also our custom, these will be linked to Amazon for easy purchase to support The Night Beat. Do it. On to the nominees.

Folk/Folk Rock

Instrumental Music

Gospel/R&B

Children's Music

We are off and running. One more multi-genre posting to go and then we are on to the single genre posts. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Music Video Monday: Live Alive

Welcome back to Music Video Monday, where we share the latest (hopefully) and the greatest (according to US) Music Videos in CCM and those that are in the Fringe or otherwise regarded as GRAC (which stands for Generally Regarded As Christian). For the past two weeks we have had a MVM which has consisted entirely of Videos from a single genre. That changes this week as each video comes from a different genre.

We begin with Britt Nicole. She has released a self-titled album this month. This is a Lyric (actually a Hybrid) Video for Through Your Eyes.


From Pop to Metal. Greetings Comrades. This interesting named band, which to my knowledge has no Russian connections, released an album on the 7th entitled Love/Grey. One thing I like is that the clean vocalist is a girl. A guy does the growls. This is Dark Tongues, Part II.


And finally, from Pop to Metal to Modern Worship. We finish with Rend Collective, which released a sequel to its Campfire Album. Interestingly, while all the videos came from different genres, they all released on the 7th. Though I picked them myself, I failed to notice that. Anyway, from Campfire II: Simplicity, this is Live Alive. Rend is back.
Well that does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. We shall try to keep the mix going next week. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Too Late To Apologize


A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a song with different words is usually a parody song. Now I kind of grew up on Parody Songs. Back in the day "Weird Al" Yankovik was the Parody King. (He started in 1983). Now Weird Al knew the rules of a successful parody: 1.) Choose a Song That is Popular but not really Beloved. One that deserves to be made fun of. 2.) Keep it very close to the original and 3.) Make sure that people don't get bored with the parody and return to the original. (And with Songs Like Another One Rides The Bus, My Bologna, and Eat It, I don't think that was much of a problem). Oh, and there is one more rule. Don't Blaspheme The Holy Things.

And that rule brings me to my topic. The Christian Parody Song. In the CCM world the role is filled by a group called ApologetiX (named for the Christian Doctrine Apologetics: "The Art of Shoving Your Beliefs Down Other Peoples Throats When No One Asked"--Yes, yes, I know. The Art of Defending The Faith. Word of Faith Pet Peeve). I was introduced to them one Soulfest and was not impressed. Especially when they turned Hotel California by The Eagles into a Christmas Parody Hotel can't afford ya. What part of no room don't you understand. Sloppy Bible study not tolerated here.

During the final quarter of 2016 ApologetiX put out 2 albums, and the Night Beat verdict is Split. I didn't care much for Minor League, which despite the title is about the "Minor Prophets" of the Bible, not Baseball's feeder system. But With songs like Obed-Edom, Obadiah (Ob-la-de-Ob-la-da Life Goes On) which I personally think is one of the most irritating songs out there, right up there with Marezy Doats, I didn't really care for it. But then when they Blasphemed the holy things with Man On The Run (Band On The Run). You Don't touch Paul McCartney and Wings, especially Band on The Run. I gave it a Miss The Mark Grade (once I found it. Amazon was slow on posting).

So I approached Quilt ready to give it a bad mark as well, but surprise, surprise, I actually liked it. Part of the reason is that they stuck to the rules. They didn't poke fun at any holy things. While a few of the songs are on the Teen Memories List they kind of beg parody. (for example The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian turned into Bought By An Egyptian or Madonna's Like A Virgin turned into Lotsa Versions. Hey for that one it begs anything that rhymes. They could have done a song about caviar called Like a Sturgeon). More importantly they didn't try to "force" any songs. The biggest Stretch is Nancy Sinatra's These Boots are Made for Walking being turned into These Books God Made You're Mocking, but if you go with Proverbs Wisdom saying she will mock, it might work.

No surprise then, that I am handing out a split rating. For a late July rating for Minor League, I am handing out a not ready for the big leagues rating of 3.50 Emeralds. Quilt sun a better product, and got an honest 4.50 Emeralds. Either one is for fun since I really wouldn't know where to put them. There really aren't many parody artists in CCM. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Music Video Monday: Dead Memory

Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Today is Columbus Day, where we celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. Now it used to be a day of Joy. After all, none of us would be here if he didn't show up first, and this would be a savage land filled with war and human sacrifice instead of the beacon of the Gospel that it was destined to become.

I promised last week that we wouldn't have another all EDM Monday. We are going all Hard Rock/Metal this time. First up is The Devil Wears Prada. They have an album just out Last Friday called Transit Blues. This is The Key of Evergreen.
Next up is Memphis May Fire. The band is also coming out with a new album this month entitled This Light I Hold. This is the title Video which features Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. The Album Drops October 28.
Finally, all new, a video Fit For A King. Like TDWP, they also had an album drop last Friday. From Death Grip this is Dead Memory, which features Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, one of the best out there.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday, and yes, we would notice and we would care. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: September 2016

This is it. The #PlatVnyl7 Eligibility Pool is now closed and the judging process begins. August was light but we made up for it in September. And I was worried about going out with a whimper. No real time to pat ourselves on the back and take a well deserved rest. The #PlatVnyl8 pool has now opened. We begin our final post, as always, with the song releases, or, as we like to call it.

The Singles Scene

  • Canon - The Family 4.50 Emeralds
  • Eisley - Defeatist 5 Emeralds
  • Veridia - Still Breathing 5 Emeralds
Looks like the Song of The Year categories will have some heft to them this year. Now on to the albums. We begin with those left out of the pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Remedy Drive - Hopes Not Giving Up 3.75 Emeralds
This was sort of a Remix/Best Of Album, but the sound left me flat. Not this next group.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Crowder - American Prodigal 5 Emeralds
  • Fred Hammond - Worship Journal 5 Emeralds
  • Jonathan David and Melissa Helser - Beautiful Surrender 5 Emeralds
  • Andy Hunter - Presence 5 Emeralds
  • Love and The Outcome - These Are The Days 5 Emeralds
  • New Hope Oahu - Future + Hope 5 Emeralds
  • Paper Route - Real Emotion 5 Emeralds
  • Salt of The Sound - Meditations, Volume 2 5 Emeralds
Well it is October, so I guess I really shouldn't be surprised that the candy store is open for business. An 8-1 ratio between Perfect to Missing The Mark certainly seems that way.

Semi-Precious Metals

  • The Afters - Live On Forever 4.75 Emeralds
  • All Sons and Daughters - Poets and Saints 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Ambassador - When Sacred Meets Secular 4.75 Emeralds
  • ApologetiX - Quilt 4.50 Emeralds
  • Artifex Pereo - Passengers 4.75 Emeralds
  • Beacon Light - Lit 4.75 Emeralds
  • Casting Crowns - The Very Next Thing 4.75 Emeralds
  • Citizens and Saints - A Mirror Dimly 4.75 Emeralds
  • Dwell Worship - Dwell 4.75 Emeralds
  • Elevation Worship - Speak Revival EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joe Frey - Hoold Fast  4.50 Emeralds
  • GS - Committed 4.75 Emeralds
  • GAWVI - Holding Hue 4.75 Emeralds
  • Tanya Godsey - Love Lines The Last Horizon 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Incandescent - Undiscovered 4.50 Emeralds
  • Eddie James - Magnify 4.50 Emeralds
  • Hannah Kerr - Overflow 4.50 Emeralds
  • Royce Lovett - Love Wins  4.50 Emeralds
  • Tamela Mann - One Way 4.50 Emeralds
  • Sandra McCracken - God's Highway 4.50 Emeralds
  • Geoff Moore - The Next Thing 4.75 Emeralds
  • Mosaic MSC - Glory and Wonder 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Neverclaim - Encounter: A Live Worship Experience 4.75 Emeralds
  • Norma Jean - Polar Similar 4.75 Emeralds
  • Planetshakers - Overflow (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Prestonwood Worship - Songs of The People 4.50 Emeralds     
  • To Speak of Wolves - New Bones 4.75 Emeralds
  • Toxic Emotion - Beautiful Randomness 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Soul: Inspired by The Epic Film Ben-Hur 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - The Passion: New Orleans 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - WoW Hits 2017 Deluxe 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jeremy James Whitaker - Broken Hearts 4.75 Emeralds
  • Ian Yates - Awaken to Love 4.75 Emeralds
That does it. #PlatVnyl7 is now in the bag. The releases for our eighth edition are already coming in. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Music Video Monday: Black Sand

Welcome once again to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Welcome to October, or in Night Beat Speak, #PlatVnyl8. A new year is beginning, and already we have struck Pure Platinum. And it is for a new artist. 

We begin our video journey with a little EDM. This is GAWVI DJ'ing for us in the Late Night.
Let's keep the Dance Party going. Another up and comer is Julianna Zobrist, who is feeling Alive.
Closing out our Dance party with our debut Platinum artist Ocean Calling (aka Sophie Wilkie). She just came out with a new album entitled Quiet Magic, and from the album this is Black Sand.
Next week we will have something other than EDM, I promise. Until then, though, I am Awaiting Your Reply.