Welcome to the New Year!!! Our new website is ready to lunch and we’re excited. Unfortunately there is one bump; we will need to update all old articles. Our goal is to get all 2 years of articles up to date and meet our new standards by Spring time. We know that Spring is far off, but we don’t want to give you an early date and not have it done. Without further delay, here is January 2014’s New Releases.
With 2014 now here, we decided we should put out our first #SJDMustOwn article, The Best Of 2013. We are not sure how to start this, so we made a playlist of songs from each artist we picked to be apart of The Best Of 2013. Hope you enjoy and feel free to vote for your favorite below.
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The Story & Meaning Behind The Song – Running Out Of Air by Rekoncyle
By eye, it seemed like your typical pre-concert madness; people of countless races and fashions surrounding the merch tables, and countless others downing bottled drinks and contemplating the prices of chicken fingers. But from the moment I set foot in the overcrowded stadium, I sensed that something bigger than any of us was moving in that place.
In the arena, there was not an empty seat in sight, nor a moment of dead air space to be heard. Every soul in that room was excitedly chatting and yelling for their late friends to come get their seats, while Hillsong United’s Zion album occupied the arena stereo. The atmosphere was set for an electric night of worship, energy, and just plain fun. This was the night Zion invaded the untidy metropolis of Newark, New Jersey.
The lights dimmed and the people shouted. A piercing “Hello New Jersey!” echoed from the stage- but it wasn’t any voice I recognized. It wasn’t until the synthy intro to “Alive” that I knew it wasn’t United who took the stage, but their “youth group” counterpart, Hillsong Young & Free. The set was short, and the lightshow was mostly absent, but the ever-energetic Y&F succeeded in preparing the audience for a grand experience; in addition to “Alive”, “Brighter” and “Back To Life” were among the anthems played.
Once Y&F left the stage, spirits were high and hearts were primed for worship, dancing, and…well, videotaping. iPhones were raised high in anticipation of a explosive entry by United, which was preluded by a down-to-earth (and slightly anticlimactic) walk-in appearance by United’s very own singers Jonathon “JD” Douglass and Jad Gilles. The singers tossed out free t-shirts and albums, taught the audience how to dance “Australian” (good skill to have under your belt), and promoted the anti-trafficking A21 campaign (www.thea21campaign.org), before uttering a fervent prayer over the event.
The lights once again dimmed, and it was as if the arena was sealed off from civilization. Voices rose and the one and only Joel Houston led the people in a breathtaking rendition of “The Stand”. A massive neon mountain illuminated behind the band, radiating a spectum of colors throughout the arena like a brush to a canvas. “Relentless”, “Go”, and “Break Free” followed, kicking the concert into high gear and flooding the air with a potent energy of praise. Regardless of age or instruments, the band had a way of breathing new life into old favorites such as “Hosanna”, “From The Inside Out”, and “Mighty To Save” never sounded better.
The hauntingly enjoyable “Aftermath” drew listeners into an interlude of sorts, and led in to an adrenaline-pumping build of “Shout Unto God” and “Freedom Is Here”. However, the atmosphere was electrified when rookie lead vocalist Taya Smith serenaded us with the infamous Zion melody, “Oceans”. Smith’s angelic and passionate voice ushered the crowd into the throneroom of the Lord, proving to be a memorable attribute of the show.
What seemed like an eternity passed us by until the encore came. It was as if Jad, JD, Joel and the crew couldn’t resist making us jump and frolick in our seats one last time. The farewell punch was delivered with “Your Name High”, “Yours Forever”, and Hillsong Young & Free’s “Wake”, the one song that Y&F left off their opening set. With “Wake” my favorite Y&F song, I was ecstatic when United headbanged to the music alongside their youth group companions.
Sidewalk Prophets: Merry Christmas To You
Album Review (ARG): Merry Christmas To You – Sidewalk Prophets
Song: “What A Glorious Day”
Phillips, Craig, & Dean: Hope For All The World
Releases: 09/30/13; 10/01/2013
Preview: “Born Is The King” (Hillsong Cover)
Luke McMaster: Merry Christmas, Beautiful
Preview: “Merry Christmas, Beautiful“
for King & Country: Into The Silent Night EP
Album Review (SJD): Into The Silent Night – for KING & COUNTRY
Song: “Into The Silent Night”
Julie Meyer: Christmas
Page CXVI: Advent To Christmas
Album Sneak Peek
Francesca Battistelli: Christmas
Album Review (PAK): Christmas – Francesca Battistelli
Song: “Christmas Is”
This month is short and sweet. Not to many new releases, but we will be releasing second New Release article later this week with All the Christmas albums of 2013.
Our Christmas Music Media Player is back! Enjoy the large selection of Christmas music while we continue to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas!
To say that Francesca Battistelli’s recording, Christmas, is just another Christmas Album, would be as insulting as saying the Mona Lisa is just another painting, or that Brooklyn and San Francisco’s iconic bridges are just more roads. Truth be told, Christmas is one of the most refreshing albums to come along in quite some time, and while it came out in 2012, I personally was both shocked and very disappointed that we somehow missed this gem.
They’ve been calling themselves an undead band from Denver. We have called it the rebirth of an unforgettable sensation- one worthy of an #SJDMustOwn tag. Grab your blue combs, everyone. Five Iron Frenzy has returned from the grave.
The leading single off their upcoming new record, “Into Your Veins” shows that the artists have not lost any of the spunk that carried them through their first eight years as a band. The song hints that the album, Engine Of A Million Plots, could display a bit more of a punk-laden, beat driven rock sound, to appeal to a 2013 generation. However, Five Iron’s work on the album makes just as big of a point of keeping up with the times as keeping faithful to their own.
Remember ska? The trumpet-laden, edgy pop rock craze of the 1990’s? It’s the movment that delivered some of the most diverse music of the time, and introduced the strike-back O.C. Supertones, the classy Insyderz, and the memorably wacky Five Iron Frenzy. These are names we all know and love; all of which are making their comebacks today.