Will Phalen, Old Hours, Land Lines

Paul Schomer 1991

Paul Schomer 1991

#58. What a week. Great music in store for those who have made it here, and I praise you! New Chicago sounds from Will Phalen and campaigns as far flung as Phoenix and Denver. Well, OK that’s only an 11-hour drive, but you get the idea.

Every seven days, I troll the crowdfunding platforms to find these gems. And this week it seems like everyone’s very much in play, not a speck of post-goal glow. These are home stretchers, whatever that means.

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 — some well-deserving bands on here that need a little help…

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NOT QUITE…
> LONG FACES: $1565 of $2K, 18 days. Plenty close, good band.
> KIRBY BROWN: $4895 of $7500, 29 days to go. Give Kirby a kick.
> AQEUOUS: $5819 of $7K goal, 6 days to go. Jam fans unite!

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: WILL PHALEN
willI’d describe Will Phalen as a guy who is comfortable in many different worlds, and who moves between them like… butter. These worlds would be Americana and indie rock, with a bit of a psychedelic subcontinental detour. And I’m leaving several subcontinents off the map.

Performing the Cheddar Circuit and recording with a crack backing outfit in The Stereo Addicts since 2005, Phalen has now crowdfunded a spectacular full-length effort titled The Dirt and The Air and The Grass — mature and melodic twang pop in the same galaxy as The Rave Ups, The Silos, or closer neighbors and natural challenge: BoDeans. And there’s so much more, like the city itself, big shoulders and Urge Overkill. And the harmonica…

Typical is Phalen’s patient, two-stepping build to a crashing, heart-pounding, tsunami-like orchestral swell on the album’s opening track “I’ll Let You In” below. When he sings “I’ll be your friend” you’ll believe it. And in the end, is it Blur or Oasis? or The Band? Either way, the fans lift up their arms, sway back and forth, and sing along.

You will hear more about this artist, so listen now!

- Will Phalen on the web
- Will Phalen on Bandcamp

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING:

OLD HOURS (Phoenix, AZ)
$1370 pledged of a $6500 goal / 20 days to go
lil-old-hoursTalk about two-step, this Southwestern duo lays down a serious waltz, but it’s all just window dressing for the real show: the vocal magic of cousins Anna Carlson and Nathaniel Walberer. Fine window dressing, to be sure, but the harmonies here are in the realm of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris: elegant, ethereal, beautiful.

According to one Phoenix reviewer (OK, the ONLY reviewer I could find — this band only came together in the last year or so), they play “intimate and lovely songs, the kind you could slow dance to without falling asleep.” Nice.

They are raising raising funds for a full length debut, Even in the Sun. Reminds me a lot of the first band I stumbled upon here in the wilderness, Lowland Hum. I hear Jayhawks in there, too.

This is “Wealth of Love” from the EP Timothy that came out in November 2013. Wait ’til they get by themselves and stick through the funky breaks, chills.


- Old Hours on Kickstarter
- Timothy EP on Bandcamp

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LAND LINES (Denver, CO)
$1662 pledged of a $6500 goal / 25 days to go
land linesOne thing I knew from the first couple of seconds of the Land Lines pitch video: if this song is on the next album, I’m in.

Am I the only one who would kill to be this cool? Like Prince or The Black Keys. On a CELLO. The sound this trio puts out would turn a white stripe blue and bury velvet deep underground. The track below,”Bomb Blast”, is about as tame and on time as it gets and every spin (seven so far today) I think, who needs guitars anyhow. Martina Grbac’s voice is plenty strong like silk. This song should open a movie.

They are hoping to record a second album with money raised on Kickstarter. Help them along.


- Land Lines on Kickstarter
- Self-titled debut disc 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

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.

Think The Strokes meets The Raspberries, you’ll get close.

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 — Black Crowes! On the East Side of Manhattan! Really packs a punch. Be sure to track four of his other songs fromĀ  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.