#56. Swiiiiiitch! I’m posting two crowdfunded creations and one in-progress campaign this week instead of the usual other way around, and here’s why… A revelation of sorts from a band I wrote about in my last post: Candysound out of Bellingham, WA.
They sent me a message on Twitter saying they had posted the first single from their new album on Soundcloud — and their Kickstarter campaign is still live! Granted, they were raising money for a physical release of the disc, Now + Then, but it was refreshing to see that kind of turnaround.
The thing is that many campaigns I’ve reviewed over the last year have long since ended with no sign of a release with several of those hitting goals above $10K. The system is loaded with warnings, but c’mon, people, lets give the fans what they’ve paid for, nnnn-K?
My most recent PRI segment airs this coming weekend (3/29-30) on Bob Edwards Weekend. Below is a linked list of artists and the songs.
> BOONE GRAHAM (Austin, TX): “Scratchy Branches” and “Sneak a Peak”
> GRAND LAKE ISLANDS (Portland, OR): “Flood”
> NOT IN THE FACE (Austin, TX): “Always Tonight” and “Brass Tacks”
> SHORTSLEEVES (Brooklyn, NY): “Someone Else”
> ADRIANNE LENKER (New York, NY): “Hours Were the Birds” and “Steamboat”
As always, thanks to all the artists in advance for letting me use photos and allowing me to link directly to your wonderful, original music. Let me know if credit is due for photos. On to campaign updates.
> INVISIBLE HOMES: Well done, good sounds on the way. Keep track of these guys.
> THE TRAVELING SUITCASE: Psyched for this Oshkosh group. You will hear more from them for sure.
> JOHANNA SAMUELS: Did it, Brooklyn, with 5 days to kick.
How’s about some new music?
CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: GINA CHAVEZ
Rare is the artist who can both define and transcend a genre, especially in territory commonly given over to a quadrillion-selling artist like Shakira. OK-OK-OK, Shakira hasn’t sold THAT many albums, but still, if The Hunger Games played out with singing Latina warriors? I’ll take Gina Chavez as my Katniss for the OG, Catching Fire, and every sequel to come.
Chavez, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Austin who kills it in Spanish and English, crowdfunded her latest studio album, Up.Rooted, to the tune of $15K on Kickstarter. The passionate, compelling, and expressive result reveals her extremely versatile talent and earned Gina the Best Female Vocalist title at the Austin Music Awards during SXSW ’14 (she was nominated in three other categories, including a second place for Musician of the Year).
I could go on about how Up.Rooted was recently streamed by my former paymasters at NPR Music (NEWman!) or how Gina spent 2 mid-career years as an English teacher in El Salvador soaking up a myriad of creative influences (reggaeton! cumbia! bossa nova!) but I’ll let you read all about that and more while you tune in to my favorite Up.Rooted track, “Miles De Millas” — the rest of the album, well, you will dance, you will cry, guaranteed.
CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: CANDYSOUND
The above-mentioned single, “Anything”, some great jazzy-sounding pop from the great Northwest. Enjoy this bonus track and remember: they’ve tripled their original goal of $500 but are still taking pledges for the next three days, so reward their industriousness if you are so inclined.
NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING:
THE CHARMING YOUNGSTERS (Raleigh, NC)
$2490 pledged of a $3500 goal / 12 days to go
If he was still alive over in Mayberry, Floyd the barber would coo his praises of The Charming Youngsters like so: “Oooo, Andy, I heard they’re reeeel big in Raleigh, oooo-oooo…” And I truly believe that the cheery, jangling pop sounds of this Carolina quintet could’ve gotten Otis to give up the bottle.
The Youngsters have been strumming away since 2008, starting in Greenville and slowly drifting westward to the R-T-P (only drummer Eric Kopp stubbornly remains at green zero), releasing a classy EP and a boss cassette (“spray-painted with love”) along the way.
The band is on Kickstarter passing the hat with plans to release the 10-track album The Container of All Our Hopes for the Future for backers as soon as they hit their goal, then use the money to hit the studio again this summer for a quick-hit follow up album.
Listen up to the funky breaks of “Yer Dirty Feet”, the first single from The Container, and consider kicking in for more of the same. I encourage everyone (and that means you, too, Opie) to take some extra time for the EP and cassette tunes on Bandcamp as well, miles of smiles.
- The Charming Youngsters on Kickstarter
- And, yet again, The Charming Youngsters on Bandcamp
Wrap. Thanks for listening in and be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates, kick-worthy campaigns, and discoveries between now and then.