Little Chief, Long Faces

Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#57. Writing about music is like… well, you know the rest. So this week will be mercifully short on text, especially since I could only dig up one listenable band among current campaigns.

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.

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MADE IT
> THE CHARMING YOUNGSTERS: Quite the workout, $3500.
> JOHANNA SAMUELS: New Brookly sounds on the way.

NOT QUITE…
> KIRBY BROWN: $3465 pledged of a $7500 goal, 35 days.
> AQEUOUS: $4114 pledged of a $7K goal, 20 days to go

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: LITTLE CHIEF
little-chiefLumineers-style Americana from this Arkansas quartet — they raised a very respectable $10K from nearly 140 backers just before Christmas (nice!) to record their full-length album Lion’s Den.

Here is “Mountain” a slow burning single from the album.

- Little Chief on the web
- Lion’s Den on Soundcloud

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING:

LONG FACES (Fords, NJ)
$1415 pledged of a $2K goal / 24 days to go

Photo: Michael Wilks

Photo: Michael Wilks

This Northern New Jersey quartet (a new member has joined after this photo) has a foot in throw-back grunge and the other on a power pop train, a split they work very well. The band released a 4-song EP last fall and is raising money to complete work on a debut full-length.

Have a listen to “Closer”, the opening track from the EP 2:1 and think about kicking.


- Long Faces on Kickstarter
- 2:1 EP 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.

Spare Parts, Kirby Brown, Aqueous

Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#56. Tough week in the wilderness. I guess it might be the cumulative effect of watching too many pitch videos that begin with an artist saying “Oh! Hi, there…” There a lot of ways to get original, people, so show me. Tim Fite and Shortsleeves sure did, click through to see how it’s done well and successfully.

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.

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MADE IT
> JOHANNA SAMUELS: New Brookly sounds on the way.

NOT QUITE…
> THE CHARMING YOUNGSTERS: $2930 of $3500, 6 days. Get in on this charm offensive.

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: SPARE PARTS
SpareParts_0129This Chicago trio gives up the funk and nothing but, and 133 fans promised support them to the tune of $9K back in November so they could keep on delivering. True to jazz form, the band’s fifth, self-titled album, was released in January on John Mediski’s Roepadope Records, home of 2014 Grammy winners Snarky Puppy.

Think Tower of Power and you’ll get the idea. Now… quit thinking and click the player below for “Thanks Mr. Brown” and let it roll, roll, roll.


- Spare Parts on Bandcamp

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING

KIRBY BROWN (New York, NY)
$1995 pledged of a $7500 goal / 43 days to go
kirbyA singer-songwriter originally from Arkansas and Texas, Kirby is on a comeback trail, having released a debut album, Child of Calamity, three years ago. He’s been busy relocating to New York from Dallas, and performing steadily at venues like Prophet Bar and Hudson Gotel. His sound is “Sweet Virginia” meets Ryan Adams, and updated Old 97s vibe, if you’re into that kind of twang. I know I am, especially if it’s done right.

Brown is passing the virtual hat to record a follow-up and if it sounds anything like the track “On the East Side” you should rejoice, especially when he hits vocal stride at :50, nice. Be sure to track four of his other songs from¬† Child of Calamity on his Facebook page.


- Kirby Brown on Kickstarter
- Kirby’s Facebook tracks

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AQEUOUS (Buffalo, NY)
$3803 pledged of a $7K goal, 20 days to go
aqueousI’ve never been a huge Phish fan — I did see them in concert several times and was impressed with their musicianship and overall vibe, probably leftover from my Dead Head days in the late 1970s. As a four year-old.

I don’t think Aqueous would cringe at the Phish-face tag, but but I hear something more… Return to Forever? Dregs? They bring it home from all over. Either way, any fans d’ jam won’t be disappointed with the funky breaks, soaring solos, and extended compositional pyrotechnics these boys offer. Get lost with “Origami” from their December 2013 live release and think about a kick.


- Aqueous on Kickstarter
- Aqueous 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.

Gina Chavez, Candysound, The Charming Youngsters

Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#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.

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MADE IT
> 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?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: GINA CHAVEZ
ginaRare 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.

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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.

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING:

THE CHARMING YOUNGSTERS (Raleigh, NC)
$2490 pledged of a $3500 goal / 12 days to go
charmingIf 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.