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Tea, Maps and Noah: An Odds and Ends Jam

February 21, 2013

I was a judge for the latest round of SpinTunes! Check out the tunes!

Ben Fisher is doing a Kickstarter to raise funds for a new album. Noah Gunderson will be helming the project!

Tea for Tyrants is a project that pairs green tea and indie music. How has this not happened already? This is awesome.

Here’s some joyful, intricate indie rock from Maps and Atlases. How can you not love this?

I can’t explain why I’m suddenly so into artsy, dubby electronica, but hey, at least I can explain that I love fireworks because of their mystery.

SpinTunes causes new music to enter the world. Awesome.

June 12, 2012

As a blogger, I’m near-constantly thinking about whether I put something new into the world or whether I’m just adding to the noise. I’ve hosted a compilation before, which included the “Carradini Mix” of a tune (Thanks, Friendly Psychics crew!). I’ve helped out tons of bands, which indirectly helps put new music in the world. But still, I always want to make sure I’m creating instead of broadcasting.

Travis Langworthy, who runs the songwriting contest SpinTunes, will never worry about this. Instead of artists submitting tunes that they’ve already written to SpinTunes, they have to write new ones four times to win the judged contest. There are prompts (write a song using only sounds from your body, write a love song for someone other than your significant other, etc.), there are judges, there are winners and losers. But most of all, there’s a TON of original music on display.

Langworthy has run SpinTunes four times, and the fifth contest is open for entries now. Whether you’re an artist hoping for the honor of being SpinTunes champ (and being a judge in the next SpinTunes!) or a listener wanting to hear some hot-off-the-press tunes, this should be on your mind. It’s a cool way for music to get out into the world. And for, real, this is a song written for Julia Nunes. I mean, it doesn’t get cooler than that.

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