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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Remedy Drive Teaser

What's that old saying? A Teaser is better than a Taser? Is that a saying? Well, if not, then it should be. Also better than a taser is the band, Remedy Drive. Their CD doesn't come out until August 26th, but I thought that maybe you'd like a sample a little sooner than that. I've heard the full album and I love it! They are a good cross between Skillet and Needtobreathe. But don't let me talk you into liking them, check out the video below.

Josh Mosey, Music Buyer
Baker Book House
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Grand Rapids, MI

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Releases - 7/29/08

Hey Everybody! Just two releases today, although saying "just" and referring to Third Day's release seems wrong in the same sentence. Well, anyway, here's what's hitting shelves today!


Third Day – Revelation

With the release of its 11th studio album Revelation, Third Day's Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, Mark Lee and David Carr have hit new heights as Christian music’s premiere rock band. Recorded in Los Angeles, the first time Third Day has worked on a project outside of the South, Third Day’s signature rock sounds gets an infusion of new energy thanks to the band’s new collaboration with producer by Howard Benson (Daughtry, Flyleaf, Hoobastank, P.O.D.). With his heart on his sleeve, frontman and principal lyricist Mac Powell gives voice to the emotions all believers feel as they attempt to reconcile everyday struggles with the hope born of salvation. Songs like “Run To You,” “Born Again,” “This Is Who I Am,” and the first single, “Call My Name” are like musical stepping stones on the band’s creative journey. The result is a new chapter in Third Day’s story; it is truly a musical revelation.

Various - Singing News Top 10 Gospel Songs Of 2008

It’s back...and better than ever. The best hits from the biggest names in Southern Gospel music are together again on one collection. Singing News Top 10 Songs of 2008, as voted on by the fans, features the top songs and artists of the year. New this year, a bonus track featuring an All-Star Quartet singing an original song from a nation-wide songwriting contest in the Singing News.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Releases - 7/22/08

Big Daddy Weave - What Life Would Be Like

Big Daddy Weave has long been known for their poignant messages and words of encouragement through song and lyric. Songs like "Every Time I Breathe", "Let It Rise", and "Audience Of One" deeply resonate with audiences and have had a lasting impact on listeners.
Their latest release What Life Would Be Like dials up the intensity and asks the church body to step back and evaluate what a life with Jesus' influence would look like in the full spectrum of living. Not that the members of Big Daddy Weave have it all together, but it's an encouragement to step out together, to fail together, to link arms together and witness the masterpiece God desires to paint through each one of us.

Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart

Francesca Battistelli is no stranger to the stage, having been raised by parents immersed in the arts and Broadway; she developed a love of music, theatre, and performance at a young age. But instead of using these talents for applause and accolades, Francesca prefers to point people much beyond herself - towards hope in Christ. Her soulful piano-pop sound resembles a blend of her music interests- jazz, rock, gospel and R&B woven beautifully together with themes of trust and risk taking.

pureNRG - pureNRG Live & More

In early 2008, pureNRG performed for a packed out audience in Hendersonville, Tennessee at the legendary Trinity Broadcast Network. The night was fun-filled and NRG-packed with performances of all the pureNRG fan favorites.
Live & More features 8 live performances, Carolyne’s personal testimony and never-before-seen pre-show moments!
Inside the DVD package is a FREE membership to pureNRG’s online fan club which gains you access to exclusive content, early tour news, games, videos from pureNRG and much more!

Nicole C. Mullen - A Dream To Believe In V2

A Dream To Believe In, Vol. 2 is the second installment in Nicole's thematic trilogy. While Sharecropper's Seed has an organically produced acoustic sound, A Dream To Believe In, Vol. 2 leans strongly in the opposite direction, with a very contemporary pop sounds, reminiscent of artists like Beyonce Knowles and Janet Jackson.

Nicole's songwriting talents that won her the Songwriter of the Year Dove Award are again evident on this her eighth studio album. Songs on A Dream To Believe In, Vol. 2 were inspired by many great moments in our national history that have significant importance to our faith walk with God.

Gordon Mote - The Best Of Gordon Mote DVD

The Best of Gordon Mote, hosted by Bill Gaither, features an incredible collection of Gordon’s best-loved songs, plus an intimate interview that reveals the story of his unprecedented success in the face of physical blindness, and the unique vision through which he experiences life to its fullest. Featuring more than 90 minutes of great gospel songs from Homecoming keyboard player and entertainer extraordinaire, The Best of Gordon Mote is a must-have treasure for any gospel music collection.



The Classic Crime - The Silver Cord

What is the Classic Crime? History is filled with heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice and martyrs who died for their cause. Whether their actions were viewed as “criminal” in their day was irrelevant. From those fighting against injustice to those who stood up for the folks who don’t fit in, dying for one’s beliefs or one’s art is the Classic Crime. “Music has a profound effect on the listener. It even has the power to lift spirits and change lives,” reasons Classic Crime singer Matt MacDonald. “If we can see our music change a life for the better, than we’ve been paid in the kind of way we hope to be.

Falling Up - Discover The Trees Again: The Best Of Falling Up

Falling Up releases their first ever "Best Of" album featuring the hit songs "Moonlit", "Hotel Aquarium", "Contact" and so many more. Discover The Trees Again: The Best Of Falling Up encapsulates just that…the best of all 3 albums the band has put out thus far. With six number one singles, 250+ lifetime sales, non stop touring; this album is sure to please any and all Falling Up fans.

Above The Golden State - Above The Golden State

Based out of Portland, OR Above The Golden State’s self titled debut album is already gaining the attention of tastemakers and radio charts alike. Crafting memorable pop melodies with sing-a-long hooks, Above The Golden State is sure to be acclaimed as one of the top debuts for 2008. The album features the hit “Sound Of Your Name”.

Above the Golden State!

Due to the popular success of our Tenth Avenue North video, the band Above the Golden State decided to put out a video to get to know you as well. Or rather, so that you can get to know them. They're calling it a Real to Reel video. Clever. Anyway, here it is.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Getting to Know Tenth Avenue North!

I thought maybe you'd like to get to know a new band. So I had them create a video just for you! Here's a little background on new band, Tenth Avenue North. Their disc is called Over & Underneath and you can pick it up today! Without further ado:

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New Releases - 7/15/08

One lonely release today. I'd say that it isn't my fault that there is only one release, but for two facts. One, I don't think anyone minds particularly. And two, I'm not sure how it could have been my fault anyway. That being said, here is the new release.



Randy Travis - Around the Bend

One of the ten top-selling solo country artists of all time, Randy Travis has recorded the perfect country album. There is not one out-of-place note nor one false emotion on his superb new Around the Bend collection. His vocals have never sounded more expressive, better phrased or more soulfully shaded. Backed by cool fiddle work, his voice eases into slippery highs and lows while toying with the bluesy tune of “Around the Bend.” Few artists could be more convincing singing the stunning, cautionary lyric of the ballad “You Didn’t Have a Good Time.” “Faith in You,” the album’s debut single, is an extraordinarily emotive performance that alternates moments of meditation with flashes of passion. Each seems tailored to suit one mood or another of his sublimely burnished baritone. The bopping “Every Head Bowed,” for instance, is one chuckle after another. And there’s the wryly amusing toe-tapper “Everything I Own (Has Got a Dent).”


Until next Tuesday, keep rockin' out!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Releases - 7/8/08

2 for 1 CD Re-Releases
Just like what it sounds like, these are 2-disc packages of albums previously released separately. Here’s the list of the ones that came out today:
Audio Adrenaline - 2 for 1 Bloom/Underdog
Avalon - 2 for 1 Avalon/O2
Michael Card - 2 for 1 Present Reality / Joy In The Journey
Carman - 2 for 1 The Standard / Mission 3:16
Steven Curtis Chapman - 2 for 1 For The Sake Of The Call/The Great Adventure
Steven Curtis Chapman - 2 for 1 Heaven In The Real World/Signs Of Life
David Crowder Band - 2 for 1 Sunsets & Sushi/B Collision
dc Talk - 2 for 1 dcTalk/Nu Thang
Steve Green - 2 for 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart 1 & 2
Charlie Hall - 2 for 1 On The Road To Beautiful/Flying Into Daybreak
Jump5 - 2 for 1 Accelerate/Dreaming In Color
Newsboys - 2 for 1 Thrive/Newsboys Remixed
Nichole Nordeman - 2 for 1 This Mystery/Woven & Spun
Smokie Norful - 2 for1 I Need You Now/Nothing Without You
Twila Paris - 2 for 1 Perennial/House Of Worship
Various - Passion Band - 2 for 1 The Road To One Day/Our Love Is Loud
Petra - 2 for 1 More Power To Ya/This Means War
Phillips, Craig & Dean - 2 for 1 Phillips, Craig & Dean/Lifeline
Rebecca St. James - 2 for 1 God/Transform
Zoegirl - 2 for 1 Room To Breathe/With All My Heart


Capital Lights - This Is An Outrage
The dozen tracks throughout This Is An Outrage range from pure bred alternative pop to assertive modern rock, wrapped around a topical plane that spans the palette of meaningful, whimsical and satirical. The scalding “Kick It Off” is sure to be a fierce concert classic and the aforementioned “Worth As Much As a Counterfeit Dollar” possesses one of the most contagious choruses in recent memory. “Night of Your Life Is When You Die” is an anthem for anyone who embraces the straight-edge scene, suggesting the party hearty mentality isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The energy escalating “Return” is amongst the disc’s most inspirational, while the historically slanted “Frank Morris” provides a fictional account of the famed Alcatraz prison escape.


Sever Your Ties - Safety In The Sea
Sever Your Ties, a Southern California–San Diego Christian metal band has established quite a name for themselves. With more than 34,000 friends on MySpace, the group has a fan base made up of Christians and non-Christians. The band’s vast appeal may be because of the members’ openness and one-on-one interaction with fans. The band’s music may be generally classified as Christian hardcore or metal, but Sean Marnul (vocals), described it differently. “Our music is like a monster truck going through nitroglycerine,” Marnul said. “It’s like the sounds of battle during the crusades.”

Anne Murray - What A Wonderful World
With over 1 million records sold—we bring you the best of the Anne Murray’s Platinum recording What A Wonderful World on one CD with 14 songs. Aggressively priced at the single disc retail price—there are many more boomers waiting to discover timeless classic inspiration songs from an vocal legend. Currently building on success of her new Duets CD in the marketplace, this best of What A Wonderful World will be the perfect addition to the Anne Murray collection. Featuring songs like “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” “Let It Be,” “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “Amazing Grace” and more.

Fireproof Preview & Warren Barfield Song

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This song is available on Warren Barfield's album, Worth Fighting For, which is part of the MPG Promotion (Click here for further details). Check it out today!

Fireproof is a movie coming to theaters this fall, starring Kirk Cameron, and produced by the same team that brought you Facing the Giants. Here's what the official website has to say about the film:

At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.

Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.

As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.

While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, "How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?"

When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God's help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever ... rescuing his wife's heart.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

MPG Promotion - Music Plus Gas


Now through Tuesday, August 19, Baker Book House wants to help you through your summer travels with great music and free gas!

Buy any 3 of the 30 albums listed below and get yourself a FREE $10 Speedway Gas Card!

Plus, we'll even throw in a $5 Baker Book House coupon that you can use on your next visit.


MPG Promotion CD List