Before we get to the announcement at hand, we want to take a moment to express our deepest sorrow and love for the communities reeling in the wake of Friday’s events in Newtown, CT. Know that our hearts are broken with yours, and we are praying for comfort, hope, and healing. We love you. Kyrie Eleison.

A Familyre Christmas – Volume 5 begins!

AFC-Volume 5

Every morning from now (December 17th) through Christmas Eve Eve (December 23rd), two brand new songs from Sounds Familyre family and friends will be awaiting you at the base of the official SF interwebal Concolor Fir (or Blue Spruce, or Austrian Pine, or Leyland Cypress – whatever your virtual yuletide preference). New sonic treats every day! The festivities kick off with Aaron Roche’s fantastic “A Central Florida Christmas” and Rachel and Jon Galaxy’s terrific retooling of “Carol of the Bells”. Just click on the image above, and have fun!

Also, all proceeds from the sale of the Familyre Christmas compilations will be donated to The Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Volume 5 goes on sale December 23rd, but all other volumes are available below–lots to choose from! Let’s spread some Christmas cheer and lend a helping hand.

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Also, a reminder that our good friends at Great Comfort Records have a few wonderful Christmas offerings as well: Bifrost Arts’ remarkable Salvation Is Created and Lenny Smith’s brand-spankin’ new Who Was And Is And Is To Come. Beautiful, profound, charming, comforting, surprising…click on the album covers below to order.

Salvation Is Created Who Was And Is And Is To Come

With that, we leave you to your week. Be sure to check in every dayto hear new songs from A Familyre Christmas – Volume 5!

Love, peace, and hope,

Everyone at Sounds Familyre


HM covers from over the years

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In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.


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Comrades 2020

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The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


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My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

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