#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…
THE RED TELEPHONE (Boston, MA)
“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.
JAMES HARRIS MOORE (Charlottesville, VA)
$2470 pledged of a $4K goal / 17 days to go
He’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
SUMMER UNDERGROUND (New York, NY)
$3710 pledged of a $7K goal / 11 days to go
This 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!
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).