Field Mouse, John June Year, Stereo Confession

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#70. Quite the milestone. Fly-over rules for the last few posts and this week is no different with in-progress campaigns from Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Creve Coeur (kidding about Creve Coeur, just don’t get a chance to use it much…).

As always, thanks to all the artists in advance for letting me use photos and allowing me to embed your wonderful, original music. Let me know if credit is due for photos.

On to campaign updates — some well-deserving bands on here that need a little help…

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MADE IT OVER

> WES KIRKPATRICK: Just over $5K with a day to spare.
> NETTLES: Cleared $5700, time’s up. Bookmark it. Album comes out in October.
> LEWIS & CLARKE: $6300 for vinyl manufacturing and the companion book. Released in September.

NOT QUITE…
> FLANNEL GRAPH: $2885 of $5500, 3 days. They’re in a squeaker!
> SOFTLY, DEAR: $2260 of $3000, done.
> GOLDEN ANIMALS:  $1617 of $7500, 41 days. Slow going.

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: FIELD MOUSE
mousse-wpBeen a while. This Brooklyn-based dream pop quartet doubled their money nearly a year ago, racking up just under $16K for a new album. Hold Still Life hits the street in a few days (July 22) and the band has released two very different advance tracks, some serious Yo La Tengo stuff, so get on board early.

“Two Ships” is a subdued techno shoegaze groove, with controlled, ethereal vocals by Rachel Browne and a beautiful, eerie close from the bridge. The Mouse shifts gear on the next song and as you’ll hear below, “Everyone But You” leaps to life in “TVC15″ Bowie territory then glides into some near-Garbage power pop with a wall of sound behind the chorus that would make Phil Spector blush in his cell. Cut in and on Tuesday, buy the whole album on Bandcamp for a mere $10.

- Hold Still Life on Bandcamp (release date: July 22)
- Field Mouse on the Web

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING

JOHN JUNE YEAR (Des Moines, IA)
$3700 pledged of a $5000 goal / 13 days to go
Midwest band number one is a quintet from Iowa with big dreams. They’ve gotten a good bit of love on YouTube — over 15K views for the single from their upcoming album. The plan is to record with Imagine Dragons producer Brandon Darner.

I hear a future in this track, well worth sticking it out past what seems to be a standard cliche open. Don’t let those skinny ties fool you. There’s a ton of potential in this young act. Listen up and kick in over the next couple of weeks. Kudos on a name you may never say the same way twice but you will remember.

- John June Year on Kickstarter
- John June Year on Bandcamp

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STEREO CONFESSION (Minneapolis, MN)
$1535 pledged of a $1500 goal / 22 days to go
Midwest band number two is pure fun, witness the title of their first song, “Video Game.” This is one of those times that I can really step in to “radio mode” to play DJ and let the music sing for itself.


- Stereo Confession on Kickstarter
- Stereo Confession on the Web

Wrap. Thanks for listening in and be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates, kick-worthy campaigns, and great new music discoveries between now and next Thursday night.

The Newman Brothers, Flannel Graph, Softly, Dear

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#69. No joke. Time for a brief mic check about what happens here. Each week I troll music crowdfunding campaigns in search of audio gold. Whenever possible, I embed tracks from two bands currently crowdfunding. I also embed another track by an artist or group with recently released crowdfunded music. That’s about it.

These musicians are all creating new music, in many cases debut efforts. It’s a safe bet that you have never heard of them or their music. If you find a new favorite song, my work is done. I try not to write more than a paragraph or two and keep the focus on the music.

As always, thanks to all the artists in advance for letting me use photos and allowing me to embed your wonderful, original music. Let me know if credit is due for photos.

On to campaign updates — some well-deserving bands on here that need a little help…

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NOT QUITE…

> WES KIRKPATRICK: $1745 of $5000, 7 days. Kick Wes home.
> GOLDEN ANIMALS: $1047 of $7500, 48 days. Good bump. Keep it comin, love.
> NETTLES: $3661 of $5500, 6 days. Charlottesville’s finest!
> LEWIS & CLARKE: $5620 of $6000, 5 days. So close, kick ‘em over.

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: THE NEWMAN BROTHERS
newmansLast fall this family funk wierdness group, heavy on the horns and spoon fed Frank Zappa, raked in a little under half of their $5K goal on Indiegogo. The plan was/is to release two albums, one for the kids and one for the grups.

Well, the kids’ album is out, Camping Trip!, and what a trip indeed, right in time for summer. Chock full of the group’s trademark frenetic energy and scrubbed eat-off-the-floor clean of their trademark “adult” sense of humor, the music is hook-laden and pure fun. Here’s one that the guys on Car Talk need to pick up for a promo: “Put On A Seat Belt!”…


- Camping Trip! on Bandcamp

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING

FLANNEL GRAPH (Kalispel, MT)
$1575 pledged of a $5500 goal / 10 days to go
flannel-wpI’ll get right to the point: this hinterlands band is excellent so please help them reach that goal in the next week or so… I rarely make that kind of brazen appeal here on Radio Crowdfund, I’m more of a subliminal type, but give a listen to “Apple Pie” from Five Foot Three, Flannel Graphs’ December 2013 EP, and hear if you don’t agree with my bold assessment.

Sung by the band’s primary creative force — singer songwriter Shayla Smith of Kalispell, Montana (pop 20K) — “Apple Pie” is cleverly, ingeniously told from a man’s perspective for most of it’s run. The instant Shayla’s voice catapults from your earbuds or speakers or wherever, I guarantee you’ll be fully hooked. The stellar opening line is a big help, but that voice is clear, curly, alluring, crisp, cherubic, captivating. Backing her up is guitarist and cellist Leon Gregory. Whenever I listen to this track, I simply don’t want it to end.

The two musicians are are on Kickstarter looking to raise money for a followup EP, Ribs of Adam. I predict it will kick ass, just like Five Foot Three does. Take that to your bank.


- Flannel Graph on Kickstarter
- Five Foot Three EP on Bandcamp

SOFTLY, DEAR (Eau Claire, WI)
$1655 pledged of a $3000 goal / 3 days to go

Photo by Alea Beckett

Photo by Alea Beckett

Another gem from the Cheddar Circuit, this queso country quintet gives up some powerful pop (even though they self-describe as “scenic folk rock”). A product of Indiegogo, first in a while for me, the campaign is looking uphill at $3K to be used for one of those aforementioned debut albums.

Check out “Better Times” from their well-received June 2013 EP Portico and think about helping them make it through the night that’s coming two days from now.


- Softly, Dear on Indiegogo
- Portico EP on Bandcamp

Wrap. Thanks for listening in and be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates, kick-worthy campaigns, and great new music discoveries between now and next Thursday night.

Gold Dust Lounge, Wes Kirkpatrick, Golden Animals

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#68. If you heard my SiriusXM segment today (7/3), here is a list of the artists Bob Edwards and I spoke about and played.

JAMES TILLMAN
EP: Shangri La
http://jmtill.bandcamp.com/album/shangri-la-ep

INVISIBLE HOMES
ALBUM: Song for My Double
http://invisiblehomes.bandcamp.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/song-for-my-double/id890463377

LED TO SEA
LP: Into the Darkening Sky
http://ledtosea.bandcamp.com/

DOGHEART
Free Downloadable Single “Dead Love”
http://dogheartband.bandcamp.com/

CROCODILE
EP: Crocodile vs. The Mutant Aligators from Space
https://soundcloud.com/crocodile-2/

As always, thanks to all the artists in advance for letting me use photos and allowing me to embed your wonderful, original music. Let me know if credit is due for photos.

On to campaign updates — some well-deserving bands on here that need a little help…

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MADE IT OVER
> HANNAH KAMINER: 6 days to go if you still want a part of this music.
> LILI BLESSING: Just over the top, 11 days.

NOT QUITE…
> NETTLES: $2691 of $5500 goal, 13 days.
> LEWIS & CLARKE: $4468 of $6K, 12 days.

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: GOLD DUST LOUNGE
russell-wpThis is spy-fi surf jazz at its very finest — who knew? Frontman and guitarist (and pre-school teacher) Russell Mofsky leveraged his considerable fan base into a $16K campaign last fall and the results have just been released as Lost Sunset.

There is nothing to keep you still here, all blazing, raucous instrumentals that blend the best of Link Wray, Stan Getz, and Miserlou. Here’s the lead track, “Bunny Yeager” (who actually passed away at the end of May)… enjoy and then head over to Bandcamp to get 9 more of the same for just $7!


- Gold Dust Lounge on Bandcamp

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING

WES KIRKPATRICK (Chicago, IL)
$1340 pledged of a $5000 goal / 14 days to go
wes-wpHonest, heartfelt, plain spoken. These words are fair descriptors of Wes Kirkpatrick’s style and approach: few flourishes, no frills, just a spare instrumental pallet. His lyrics aren’t arcane or mysterious and the vocals get everything across just find.

There’s a bit of country bounce to some of the tracks, and Kirkpatrick is moving to Nashville in the next month, but I think he’ll stick in the more indie singer songwriter camp, looking for a Ray Lamontagne or David Gray niche to build on. I’ll return a bit of that honesty and suggest on the basis of his self-titled 2013 album that he may need to mature a bit before finding that kind of success — just keep up with him is all I’m saying.

Try it out here on the track “Too Late” from that album — wait for the harmonies, worth it. Kick for the future.


- Wes Kirkpatrick on Kickstarter
- Wes Kirkpatrick on the web

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GOLDEN ANIMALS (Brooklyn, NY)
$692 pledged of a $7500 goal / 55 days to go
golden-wpI know, I know — $692. A mere 12 backers. But I love psychedelic rock and this band had the words “Psych Rock” in their Kickstarter slug.

I clicked through. Even worse: NO VIDEO! Just a still image. I usually turn back way before now. But then in the text below I caught the words “tour” and “Black Angels” and “Roky Erickson” and I couldn’t stop. Had to hit Bandcamp. Jackpot!

These guys do garage psych right — the Black Angels simply do not mess around with tour support. The real bonus is that they are crowdfunding for two count em two new releases: a studio album to be recorded in Spain and a live album from their recent tour. Listen up to “Most My Time” from the band’s 2013 album Here Eye Go and kick in.

- Golden Animals on Kickstarter
- Golden Animals on Bandcamp

Wrap. Thanks for listening in and be sure to follow me on Twitter @radiocrowdfund for updates, kick-worthy campaigns, and great new music discoveries between now and next Thursday night.