#44. Back after a Thanksgiving hiatus. Sorry the site was offline for a few days there due to a hosting issue — but we’re back and better than ever! Listen up to the latest and greatest from the crowdfunding wilderness, troll the archives, find a new favorite.
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.
OVER THE TOP
No one this week but Run on Sentence is very close…
> RUN ON SENTENCE aka DUSTIN HAMMAN: $6435 of $7500, 10 days. A gimme but don’t hold out.
> LITTLE CHIEF: $6820 of $10K, 14 days. Good progress, kick it.
> GLORYHOUND: 56%, 35 days.
> JOE MILLER: $1252 of $10K. Tre d’unsuccessful.
> BOX OF STARS: $31,663 of $50K, 9 days. Got ANOTHER extension! Still time to support this worthy cause.
CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: HUXLEE
When I heard the demo Caitlin Notey’s track “Crooked Tree” back in July it truly shook and hooked me. Under the group name Huxlee, Caitlin has now released her debut EP Bloom, which features that track and a solid half dozen others, effectively blending her nuanced vocals with modest plucking banjo and, every so often, a power pop flourish.
The production is top drawer — I can imagine a group of her geeky classmates at USC’s Thornton School of Music working their magic on the sessions. The finished version of “Crooked Tree” is a thing of beauty, coming out much larger than the demo while preserving its intimacy and emotional impact. Jump aboard this one and all the rest.
NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING
J WAGNER (Austin, TX)
$5431 pledged of an $8K goal / 13 days to go
J Wagner is the genuine article: a dedicated singer/songwriter who puts everything he’s got into his music, relentlessly traveling and performing and also running several songwriting retreats in Texas throughout the year.
His pure folk songs have been covered by Victoria Williams, Bart Crow, and Gregory Alan Isakov — he works often with Isakov in Austin — and J’s had a track featured in an episode of Showtime’s Californication.
J is on Kickstarter to pass the hat for a new album, and it’s not the first time. Back in 2010, he was an early adopter and raised $4500 for 2011′s Disappear. Here’s a track from that effort, “Old Missouri.”
CLOCKWORK KIDS (Chapel Hill, NC)
$2107 pledged of a $4K goal / 14 days to go
This is another band that grabbed me with the first chords of the pitch video backing track. I didn’t even bother to watch the rest, just scooted to Bandcamp to dig up the full song, “June,” from the band’s early 2013 EP The Swain Sessions. Nice indie swagger with a bit of a haunting hook, audibly in the grand southern tradition of REM, dbs, and more.
The tar heel quartet has created a buzz in their home state in the last few years since forming in 2012 and they’ve taken to Kickstarter to raise a modest sum for their full-length debut, which will be followed by a spring 2014 tour. Well worth a kick, tick tock.
Wrap. Thanks for stopping by and see you next week… be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates on discoveries during the next week.