The Red Telephone, James Harris Moore, Summer Underground

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#74. A relatively pleasant week in the wilderness. The return of a mid-90s Boston pop band, a singer/songwriter guy out of Charlottesville, and something completely different different from the big city. That’s the idea this week, so listen up right.

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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> REINA DEL CID: $12,584 of $20K, 11 days.
> COLONIES: $3275 of $6K, 16 days.
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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS

THE RED TELEPHONE (Boston, MA)
red-wp“We’re gonna take a quick break and we’ll see you in a dozen years or so… ” That could have been the line uttered from the stage by frontman Matt Hutton back in 2002. This after a 7-year career that saw his band catapult out of the Boston mid-90s indie scene, release a single on legendary indie label Time Bomb Records, get signed and dropped by Warner Brothers after one album, then go the self-release route with an EP (Aviation,2000) and a full-length (Cellar Songs, 2002).

Top o’ the (CMJ) charts! MTV! Critical faves! Relentless touring! Then…

Nada. For 12 whole years. Now The Red Telephone has reunited and took to Kickstarter this summer, raising a little over $3K (campaign title: “In Search of The Red Telephone”) to release their new album, Places You Return (get it?), on vinyl. The Red Telephone has been compared to Boston dreary pop stalwarts Dumptruck but I hear more of my old Beantown favorites The Cavedogs, high praise indeed.

The full album should be out within a few weeks, but here’s the first song, “Come Outside” — plenty o’ jangle, shimmer, and serious M-A swagger. BIG FINISH! One listen and you’ll be just like me: glad they got the band back together. These guys have literally not missed a beat.

lineJAMES HARRIS MOORE (Charlottesville, VA)
$2470 pledged of a $4K goal /  17 days to go
jmh-wpHe’s got the requisite three names and a heart full of soul and with lines like “Can I pour you some years? Fuckin’ up’s the only thing we learned…”, this guy will simply slay you.

It’s apparently a family thing — he is the son of an unnamed  Nashville-based singer/songwriter (mom? dad?), and the country vibe is present. He admits to possessing “the twang of Ryan Adams, the loneliness of Sun Kil Moon and the distortion of Uncle Tupelo.”

James has been around the band block (Penny Pistol) and he recorded a quality solo album, sawgrass, in 2008. He’s on Kickstarter to got another solo effort out there — give a listen to the track “Take My Money” from a 2013 live set, very fine, and just maybe give him a kick?

- James Harris Moore on Kickstarter
- James Harris Moore on the old internet

lineSUMMER UNDERGROUND (New York, NY)
$3710 pledged of a $7K goal /  11 days to go
summer-wpThis selection is slightly out there. But I guarantee you’ll find something here to like or even love. Wacky multi-instrumentation. Evocative vocals. (hey!). Brilliant lyrics.

Grant Carey and Chrissy Sandman have been making music together for three years or so and the combination is righteous and weird. But they definitely make beautiful music together.

The two are originally from Pittsburgh and now, for the first time since beginning this whole trip, are living in the same city after two EPs and a full-length album recorded while both resided in different places.

They’ve gone Kickstarter to produce Honeycomb, the album they are currently recording back in the Pennsylvania hills.

Get yourself ready. Have a seat. Put on those hi-fidelity cans. And click the play button below on “Teach Me How to Move” from Summer Underground’s 2013 EP Arrivals. Killer!


- Summer Underground on Kickstarter
- Summer Undergrounds cool web site

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.

PEACE (please please).

Colonies, Reina del Cid

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#73. And we’re back. I know I crow a lot about “new” music, then proceed to post audio from albums made five years ago (see below, Colonies). My take is that if the sound is right, they can do it again.

OK, I won’t punish the point. Let’s get to the new music makers, no baby steps.

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.

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COLONIES (Tacoma, WA)
$2200 pledged of a $6000 goal / 23 days to go
colonies-wpI would expect a band with a core duo who have been together for 15 years would emerge a bit stronger out of the crowdfuning blocks, but I’m giving Colonies a pass. Their cascading, shoe-gazy instrumentation is a perfectly heartsick match for the wry, sinewy vocals of lead singer Travis Shumate. He’s been working with guitarist Christian Powers since 1999, and the two formed Colonies in 2006 with drummer Adrian Centoni and Adam Meeks on bass.

Third album, Forest Floor being funded here — the new single “All We Have” is up on YouTube,
great, pounding track. A solid sonic step after their last album, Thirty Thousand (2009), which has me hearing Guadalcanal Diary, Blue Nile, and Let’s Active, with a good percentage of volume on the sweetness. And of course My Bloody Valentine, but also a little mid-career Bowie, as well, like in the track below, Silence & the Stain.

Keep after this quartet and give a kick.

- Colonies on Kickstarter
- Video for the new Colonies single from Forest Floor, “All We Have”

REINA DEL CID & THE CIDIZENS (Minneapolis, MN)
$8,817 pledged of a $20K goal / 18 days to go
reina-wp The number of backers (177 as of this eve) for Reina’s campaign is what first caught my eye and when I listened in to her 2012 release, blueprints, plans, I knew what they were on about. She brings a knowing wit and comfortable charm to material that easily manages to sounds classic and modern at the same time. Makes you really appreciate a well-produced talent.

That release was funded on Kickstarter and she’s back again with the Cidizens to shoot twice as high. Listen to “Medium” and see if you’re not singing “mee-hee-hee-dee-um” for the rest of the day… it’s a good thing. I just hope people don’t mix her up with Benicio del Toro.

- Reina del Cid on Kickstarter
- blueprints, plans 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.

Imminent Return!

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

Radio Crowdfund is almost back! A new batch of crowdfunding artists and crowdfunded music will arrive Thursday evening.

See you then!

Huge thanks to Austin Music Foundation and the participants on the music crowdfunding panel: Alexander Beggins (Wild Child), Austin-based singer songwriter Erin Ivey, and Roger Blevins (Mingo Fishtrap), plus the amazing John Pinter, founder of the subscription music patronage site Patronism.com.