Well, I’ve made it Radio Crowdfund #22 — a long fire road plowed through the wilderness. New this week is a PledgeMusic campaign review: secret goal but they can tell you how close they are…
Guess something has to be said about iTunes radio and that something is that it makes entities like crowdfunding platforms and Radio Crowdfund even more important to the survival of new, independent music. Streaming services are great, don’t get me wrong. But they are not the be all and end all and a side effect is the further separation of artist and audience. My hope is that crowdfunding and RC will fill in that widening gap.
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.
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…
> MARK SCHWABER: As of publication, he’s just $144 short of his $2500 goal, so in my book, that’s a gimme.
> KEVIN CALABA: And one for Kevin, too, as he’ll easily hit $20K in the 60+ hours left. Great work!
> THE NEWMAN BROTHERS: Up a couple hunj to $1045 with 32 days to make it to $5K.
> DOE EYE: She’s up $1800 in a week to $6K, but only 2 weeks left to hit $15K, so the pace needs to quicken.
> SASHA BELL: Still almost $900 shy, but great progress. Goal is $8K, 8 days.
> TAPE DECK MOUNTAIN: Refusing to budge from $605. Needs $3400 in the next two days.
> OLIN & THE MOON: Another stubborn stall. $2K of a $20K goal. 17 days.
> JOSH NETSKY: He’s got two days to add $900 and make his $2K goal.
The new section! This is where the crowdfunded cookies come out of the new music oven.
Pale Cowboy from Northampton, MA, raised a bit over $3200 in 30 days ending in early March to cover Nashville mastering of their Shelter EP and some merchandising costs. The EP was released last Friday!
Here’s one of the bouncier numbers, Don’t Wanna Discuss — the other four tracks are available on Bandcamp.
NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING
LANGUAGE ROOM (Austin, TX)
$??? (42%) pledged of a $??? goal / 13 days to go
This is my kind of crew: together for 7 years and this is their THIRD crowdfunding campaign! All the way back in 2009, Kickstarter’s launch year, Language Room raised $10K to buy a used RV for touring and was crowned the first Austin-based act to complete a successful Kickstarter campaign. They followed up by raising over $5K on Kickstarter in the fall of 2011 for their EP Skin & Heart & Lungs, released in January 2012.
They have moved on — up? — to PledgeMusic, so who knows how much they are shooting for this time, but I forgive them the secrecy. The sound is on the pumped up pop side of indie rock, an elevated platform for the clear purpose of Todd Sapio’s lead vocal. Let the chorus hit on the band’s most popular track, Open Air (All I Ever Got From Love) and you’ll hear what I’m talking about — great rhythmic balance, nice punch.
For a gentler side, switch over to YouTube for I Won’t Let You Down (Acoustic), link below, really exposes and strips down the rush with quick shots of vocal harmony that can get lost in the bigger studio sound.
GRAND LAKE ISLANDS (Portland, OR)
$490 pledged of a $3500 goal / 26 days to go
This is some very spare stuff — clean and lean, searching. Recorded in Brooklyn and transported across the country earlier in the spring, three EP tracks by singer/songwriter Erik Emanuelson have traveled well, you can just tell by listening. Makes you wish he brought along the band he worked with back east to Portland.
Erik is on Kickstarter crowdfunding the full production of the EP, Wake of Waking, and is looking to finance a video directed by Ellis Bahl (Alt J) and take his new collective on tour. I got a feeling about this guy… and it’s spelled Break City. I think a listen to the GLI track Flood should get you on board with my prediction.
- Grand Lake Islands on Kickstarter
– Wake of the Waking EP on Bandcamp
Another 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.