The latest Christian & mainstream music news, from NZ and around the world! You'll also be hearing a lot of this on the music news on the Late Show with George (and Dan) at 9.10pm weeknights and the new music pulse on Saturdays.
Still got one of those iTunes gift cards your parents got you for Christmas?? Time to clear that up. Pick up one of these albums out this week:
Owl City releases The Midsummer Station today - the follow-up to All Things Bright And Beautiful.
Project 86 have dropped Wait For The Siren - featuring the tune "Fall, Goliath, Fall"
Chris August has released The Upside Of Down with the song "Centre Of It"
New band Benjamin Dunn & the Animal Orchestra have released Fable - a collection of songs about characters from C.S. Lewis books.
and Satellites & Sirens have put out a new covers album as well, just for kicks.
Want 10 free kiwi tracks?? Hit up the Samstock 2012 mixtape on bandcamp.com featuring [shift], The Latest Fallout, and Black Boy Peaches plus a few more kiwi bands.
Well worth a download for sure! And if you're in the Dunedin / South Island area, make sure you take a look at the Samstock website, and head along at the end of November!
Anberlin just couldn't wait till October 16 to show you something from their new album Vital - so they've given you this track "Self-Starter"
Head over to billboard.com to check out the song, and expect to hear it on Life FM VERY SOON!!
It's been a while but kiwi-worship experts Magnify are back and ready to record a new EP. They need your help on indiegogo.com (kinda like kickstarter) to fund the recording process.
As little as $15 gets you a signed copy of the EP, but only for the first 500 - so jump on it!
Want 31 free songs from a bunch of Life FM artists? Okay then. Hit up freetoothandnail.com and enter the code TNN2012SUMMERSAMPLER to access the album with tunes from Family Force 5, Rapture Ruckus, The Letter Black, Children 18:3 and more.
So with the insane success of "Good Time" with Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City is showing his serious side with a new track called "Silhouette".
"This past year, there's something that's been really compelling to me as a writer in figuring out how to make this three-minute song stirring and moving—even if it's about having a good time or a softer topic. How can I make people feel something and connect with the idea?"
With their Olympic track "One Heart, Million Voices" at over 100,000 youtube views and in the Top 20 Aussie charts, it's exciting to hear that New Empire are in the studio for the next few weeks working on some new stuff.
Also in the studio, Number One Gun who are working on their Kickstarter-funded album, and RED - who are recording the follow up to the epic Until We Have Faces, and a few others.
Keep it here for more info.
Aside from having one of the coolest band names EVER, this is pretty awesome!! Have a watch of the video and let me know what you think in the comments.
Few choice albums out today - The Classic Crime have released their first independent album Phoenix - and Dan's gonna be talking to Matt from the band tomorrow on the night show.
There's also a new worship/pop/ambience album from An Epic, No Less called An Echo Of Love - think Owl City doing worship - well worth checking out.
Or if more traditional worship is your thing but you still want a sweet bit of groove to it, Israel & New Breed have Jesus At The Centre out today. Well, they say "center" but here in NZ, we spell things properly.