Mid-Hi Ate Us Update, Vulfpeck

The full-on beauty of Radio Crowdfund posts will fully return to this space the Thursday after Labor Day, aka September 4.
logoMeantime, I will be moderating an Austin Music Foundation panel discussion this week, “Creative Funding: How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign From Start to Finish,” at 6PM Wednesday, August 20, at One-2-One, 1509 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78704. Panelists include Austin musicians / successful crowdfunders Alexander Beggins (Wild Child), Erin Ivey (Austin Artist), and Roger Blevins (Mingo Fishtrap).

RSVP here for the event or just come on by, it’s free…

Also meantime, here’s a track by Vuflpeck, currently kicking Kickstarter ass to the tune of $6K. Super soulful, you will love it.

Fij/Bickers, Radiation City

       Paul Schomer

Paul Schomer

#72. Dog days indeed. Just two songs to feature this week, might take some time off in August. If you check back and there hasn’t been an update, just give it a week!

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
> FLANNEL GRAPH: Way to go!

NOT QUITE…
> THE GIRLS UPSTAIRS: $1493 of $3000, 8 days to go. Halfway there with a week left.
> GOLDEN ANIMALS:  $2132 of $7500, 27 days. Good thing this is a longer campaign

How’s about some new music?

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CROWDFUNDED CREATIONS: FIJ/BICKERS
fij-bickersHard to come up with something cute when the artists say it so well themselves: “Pete Fij (alkowski), ex-Adorable & Polak, and Terry Bickers, he of House of Love & Levitation, have teamed up to make sweet miserable music together.”

And how sweet this miserable music indeed is. Back in November, this indie Brit folk pop duo raised nearly $12K on Kickstarter to record Broken Heart Surgery, a collection of torchy, mostly acoustic numbers centered on the theme of, well, broken heart surgery. The 10 tracks are contemplative, sour, and packed with fabulous lyricism and classic rock and roll touches, softened and molded to the Fij/Bickers intimate message. A little Nick Lowe, a little Velvet Underground, and some Robert Wyatt in there, too.

Listen to the slowly chugging rhythms of the opening song “Out of Time” — just a sample of the goods awaiting on the full album. Righteous!

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NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING
RADIATION CITY (Portland, OR)
$2542 pledged of a $13000 goal / 18 days to go
radiationcity9-wpRad City’s sound gives you the feeling of a classic sci-fi film soundtrack from the early 1960s — eerie vocals, mysterious, uncertain, and chilling. A bit like the best of Portishead, the music is moody and evocative with that band’s cinematic presence, easily gliding from heavily layered interludes to the spare spooky parts.

The quintet formed in 2010, fronted by Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison, as an outlet from the pressures of playing in other Portland bands. They are now gearing up for their third full-length release and are looking to raise the cash to record with John Vanderslice at the legendary analog audio equipment museum that is Tiny Telephone.

Give a listen to “So Long” from Animals in the Median, Radiation City’s full-length from May 2013, and think about a kick.


- Radiation City on Kickstarter
- Radiation City 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.

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.