KICK START LEA BEILEY

Lea Beiley is crowdfunding for the release of “What Shines In The Summer” EP. Watch the video on kickstarter. It will be impossible to not notice how passionate Lea is about the release of this EP and about songwriting in general. This must be one of the most heartfelt kickstarter videos we have seen as it explains how much inspiration and work goes into a single song. Some of the prizes include song downloads, physical copies of the EP, handmade art, beanies, t-shirts, stickers and house shows. The expected release for “What Shines In The Summer” is December 2014.

Here is a note from Lea (via Kickstarter): 

“From the first time I begged my parents for a guitar to this present moment the goal has never changed. The only difference now is that the stakes are higher. Nothing would make me happier than to make my living as a musician. This project is my first major step in turning my passion into a sustainable career.” 

KICK START LEA BEILEY? 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leabeiley/what-shines-in-the-summer-ep

David Craft’s New Music Video & Melbourne Tour

Folk singer-songwriter, David Craft recently released his debut music video titled “Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns.” Filmed in North Perth, AUS, this video features a local performer named Lily Roberts. The song itself is soothing and the video is captivating. It’s a very simple video with just a steady “A roll” that focuses on Lily. Towards the end of the video the camera pans out to see the room Lily is standing in as confetti rains from the ceiling. 

From Youtube: “The official music video for the title track of David Craft’s début record ‘Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns.’
Shot by Lewis Potts and starring local performer Lily Roberts.”  

David Craft is currently on tour in Melbourne. Dates are posted on his facebook page

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Emmy’s Unicorn: “not Dead Yet”

Emmy’s Unicorn is a boy/girl duo from the United Kingdom featuring Emmy-Lou Kay and Mr. Ronz. They just released their debut EP titled “not Dead Yet.” In the past, the bands demo tapes had gotten some attention on BBC R1 and BBC6 music. This inspired the duo to work on a professional release. Although there is not much information about Emmy’s Unicorn on the web, we can tell you that their sound is beautiful. Combining acoustic guitars, pianos, and harmonies, Emmy’s Unicorn came on to something magical in this 4-track EP.  Our favorite song is “Save Me From Myself.” It carries the most raw emotion in the vocals starting with the lyrics “I’m going to drink myself to death.” Give NOT DEAD YET a listen! We can’t wait to hear more! 

 

 

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Track Listing: 

1. Not Dead Yet
2. Yeah Yeah Yeah
3. Save Me From Myself
4. If I Had A Gun 

Fans can listen on soundcloud! This album is for sale on amazon and for streaming on spotify.

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Skylar Kergil: Youtube Activist & Singer-Songwriter

Today we were lucky to interview the talented Skylar Kergil. Sky is a folk-singer from Boston, Mass and is making music as well as youtube videos. On Youtube Skylar goes by “skylarkeleven” and has an impressive amount of followers. He blogs about his transition from female-to-male and occasionally performs for the camera. In his most recent video, he announced his upcoming EP release and performed a song called “12 Steps!” We hope you enjoy the interview with Skylar Kergil!   



RTP: We notice that you are getting quite some heat around your music and your activism. Would you like to share about your DIY process? How did you get to where you are now? 

Skylar Kergil: Absolutely! When I originally began creating, it was with my body. As I transitioned socially and medically from female to male in 2009, I documented my voice changing on YouTube. Soon after, I somehow had an audience curious about my transition and so I embraced them, bringing them along the way. Because of the intense and beautiful community that created, when I began putting my music, poetry, paintings out there, I had a ton of support to keep up with my art and expressions. I crowdfunded my first album on Kickstarter, launching basement-recorded-and-mastered CDs and shirts and all sorts of lovely material things I had made out into the world! These days, when I have an idea or a project I want to bring to fruition, I always try to do it myself or with the help of friends.

 
RTP: When did you start writing songs and when did you start performing? 

SK: I first started writing music when I was thirteen, around 2004. I played my first gigs in high school, around fourteen, fifteen years old. I’m twenty-three now, so a while! 

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RTP: About how long does it take you to write one song? 

SK: Depends on the song of course; some will take me literally months to finalize because they need time to ferment or whatnot, but others I have had in my head and then just write out in a few hours, like “Take Me With You.”

RTP: How do you make your t-shirts? Do you make them yourself or are they made in a factory? 

SK: I make my shirts through customink, which is a US based company. Currently though, I’m talking with a friend across the country who recently expanded his DIY clothing company and we’re working on having him produce my next shirts!

RTP: What are your top musical influences? 

SK: Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Conor Oberst, Ani DiFranco, Listener and the Oh Hellos.

RTP: What advice would you give to a young singer-songwriter who wants to be where you are now? 

SK: Keep writing, play every day! Playing small shows, performing in front of friends, every experience counts. There are lots of amazing musicians out there too; they aren’t competition by any means, but your peers and potential future friends to collaborate on amazing music with. I was told by a judge at a Battle of the Bands gig to “stop playing music now” right at the beginning of me taking music seriously. Never listen to those folks, listen to your heart because folks want to listen to that too. 

 
RTP: Where can we find your music? 

SK: My full albums are at http://skylarkergil.bandcamp.com
Newer things/singles are at https://soundcloud.com/skylar-kergil

Listen on Soundcloud: 
Take Me With You – Skylar Kergil

 

Ben Stalets announces Ohio Tour Dates

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“I’d Rather Be in Ohio” Tour Dates: 
08/29/14 – 
ATHENS, OH – CASA NUEVA – 9:00 
08/30/14 – COLUMBUS, OH – HOUSE WITH NO NAME – 8:00 
08/31/14 – DAYTON, OH – BLIND BOBS – 9:00 
09/13/14 – TOLEDO, OH – MAINSTREET FESTIVAL – TBA 

Ben Stalets recently released LP “Winds Blown Cold.” It’s a wonderful collection of Ben’s folk songs. This record features a slower version of his song that was originally titled “Caroline No. 2.” On this record it is titled “Caroline (O-Hi-O).” (The new version is similar to the youtube video performance above.) The strings that are featured in this new version of the song are absolutely stunning and give a new vibe to this song. You can feel Ben’s loving emotions towards “Caroline” and his home state “Ohio.” Ben’s voice and song is captivating. Go see this guy live and get his new record on iTunes! It’s also available to be streamed on spotify. 

Keep up with Ben Stalets here: http://benstalets.com 

 

DIY Superstar, Seth Corbin records & presses his own Album

Seth Corbin is a anti-folk singer-songwriter based in London, England (Yes! Seth’s got an awesome English accent). The cool thing about Seth Corbin is that Seth is completely DIY. Seth records original songs on an “old school” 16-track, creates original album artwork (with a sharpie marker), and presses CD’s at home. Seth says it’s a time consuming process but extremely worthwhile. Below Seth describes his process: 

At the moment I record everything in my folks’ attic on my Yamaha AW16G 16-track. I learnt how to record when I was about 16 at my granddad’s house. Avoided school ‘work experience’ at some crappy supermarket and worked at his house learning how to use recording equipment instead.

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My recording procedure is really old school. I don’t use a computer and everything is done in a whole take – no cutting or pasting production – everything gets adjusted via my 16-track. 
Process of making the CD’s is: 

1. Buy blank CD’s and sleeves 
2. Make the CD’s covers 
3. Photo copy the covers 
4. Cut up the covers and put them into the sleeves 
5. Burn the track listings onto the CD’s using itunes 

It’s a time consuming but worthwhile process.”  

In the pictures below Seth Corbin is pressing 2011 LP “Songs to Eat Pizza and Cry To.” You can stream this record on bandcamp. 

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More recently Seth Corbin released a preview of upcoming EP titled “Why is Social Anxiety Ruining My Life and Why Am I Drinking So Much Beer?” that can be pre-ordered via bandcamp. There is one track you can stream on this EP to preview it before pre-ordering it. It’s called “The Alcohol Song.” This short but extremely catchy song discusses alcoholism. It’s a dark song that talks about a serious topic that many artists don’t dare talk about. The chorus is insanely hooky and I’m sure Seth will get the crowd singing along at upcoming live performances.  

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August 22nd, 2014: Bohemia Hackney – London, UK (facebook event)

Visit Seth Corbin on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sethcorbinmusic

 

Post-Punk Pop band “Dot Dash” features Steve Hansgen from Minor Threat

Dot Dash is a “post-punk pop” band the formed in Washington, D.C. in mid-2010. They have released 3 LP’s on Canadian independent label The Beautiful Music. Dot Dash’s current line up consists of: 

Terry Banks – guitar, voice; (ex-Julie Ocean, The Saturday People, Tree Fort Angst)
Steve Hansgen – guitar; (ex-Minor Threat, Government Issue, Modest Proposal)
Hunter Bennett – bass; (ex-Julie Ocean, Weatherhead)
Danny Ingram – drums (ex-Swervedriver, Strange Boutique, Youth Brigade)

Here’s a little bit of history involving guitarist Steven Hansgen and Minor Threat: There was a brief period in Minor Threat where Bassist Brian Baker switched to playing electric guitar instead of bass. Steve Hansgen played bass for Minor Threat during Baker’s bass-hiatus in 1982/1983. After recording the Out of Step LP, Hansgen was out of the band, and Minor Threat returned to it’s original lineup. Steve Hansgen plays guitars in Dot Dash and is the newest member of the band. 

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The members of Dot Dash come from different backgrounds of music. Some pop and some hardcore punk. The two genres combine beautifully to create a sound that is retro, raw, and feel-good. We don’t understand how somehow could dislike the sound of this band. 

You can download a free MP3 of “Faraway” via bandcamp. This song was released in September of 2012 on the “Winter Garden Light” LP and will be re-released in upcoming independent documentary Kelly & Cal this September (2014). We especially love the background harmonies in this track – you may even find your self singing to them! 

If you dig “Faraway”, get Dot Dash’s 3rd full-length 10-track album titled “Half-Remembered Dream” from bandcamp for only $7 released in August 2013. This was their most recent release. We recommend listening to the song “(Here’s to) The Ghosts of The Past.” This song brings us back to early punk and to the 1980’s. This catchy song will have you both dancing in your living room and singing the hook at the top of your lungs. There is also a free download of “(Here’s to) The Ghosts of The Past” available on bandcamp

Dot Dash reminds us of a mix of The Buzzcocks, The Smiths (but way less depressing), The Only Ones, and the Go-Betweens. 

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Sept 17, 2014 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland, USA (flyer below, facebook event)

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Visit Dot Dash on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dotdashdc