Here Comes the Reign Again, Young Creatures, The Girls Upstairs

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#70. I operate under the notion that if a band or individual artist made a great recording in the not-to-distant past, it/they/he/she should be counted on to deliver more of the same.

The dog days are here a little early and this week was extraordinary, had me hunting hunting down to the wire for anything good. I finally found some nice news a few squares past my limit.

Also, nothing new from my old crowdfunding barrel of bands, so I’ve selected an interesting kick-worthy compilation project to highlight instead.

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

> JOHN JUNE YEAR: Topped $5K and still time to love, 5 days
> FLANNEL GRAPH: Same here, nearly $6K, all done.

NOT QUITE…

> SOFTLY, DEAR: $2260 of $3000, done, Indiegogo rules.
> GOLDEN ANIMALS:  $1697 of $7500, 34 days. Tough sledding.

How’s about some new music?

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KICKWORTHY KOMPILATION: HERE COMES THE REIGN AGAIN (The Second British Invasion)
reign-wpPortland-based indie pop impresario Andrew Curry has returned to the crowdfunding wilderness to follow up his 2013 compilation album, Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock. That effort raised over $11K on Kickstarter and featured any number of great artists (Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers, ) covering lite rock classics like “Steal Away” and “Thank You for Being a Friend”.

Now Curry has taken on the early 1980s British charts with Here Comes the Reign Again and he’s amped up his game.

My good friend Freedy Johnston is on board, as are Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata, Ken Stringfellow, Chris Collingwood, and Tracy Bonham among others. Tracks include “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” (Yamagata), “Goody Two Shoes” (Jim Boggia & Pete Donnelly), and “Relax” (Doughty). Hard to go wrong here, great talent meets great material.

Curry has proven he can do this and do it well so have a listen to Mike Viola’s version of “Steal Away” and think about getting on board yourself. The campaign is currently just under $10K and looking for $14K, 11 days left.


- Here Comes the Reign Again on Kickstarter

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(MORE) NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING

YOUNG CREATURES (Los Angeles, CA)
$1721 pledged of a $1500 goal / 43 days to go
young-wpI got hooked on the new Young Creatures album title track, “Fear All The Things”, with it’s Spoon-esque opening and Television spirit. At the break near 3:30, caterwauling guitar and crashing cymbals echo for me like new old Dump Truck record. The vocals kick back in with an anthem-style riff (“Take your time and see / What you’ve done with me”) and the only thing I can do is listen again and again.

This LA-based psych pop outfit has all kinds of tune-tastic appeal and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve at least tripled that modest goal before it wraps up in six weeks. Here is that aforementioned title track to the new disc, “Fear All The Things”…

- Young Creatures on Indiegogo
- Young Creatures on Soundcloud (includes the 2013 EP Habitats, very good)

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THE GIRLS UPSTAIRS (Washington, DC)
$1090 pledged of a $3000 goal / 15 days to go
girls-wpThis is a hometown band for me, but they’ve done some fine musical work to earn my positive attention. The fast bounce and slow burn of their pre-release track “This Rose” is well worth the wait. It sneaks up on you and before you know it, the player has hit 2:15 and the vocals have turned from shaky sotto to thunderous harmonies in the close, great stuff. The guitar break is a classic.

The Girls — mainly a core duo of vocalist/guitarist Shane O’Loughlin and vocalist/guitarist Stephen Waldron — are raising a reasonable sum to record their EP Never Love You. Give a listen to “This Rose” and consider a kick.

- The Girls Upstairs on Kickstarter
- The Girls Upstairs on SoundCloud

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.

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.