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March 2010 Blog Posts (21)

My Songwriting Challenge

Jeb asked me to re-post the text to this recent blog entry.

I’ve been thinking about songwriting lately, and it’s been a bit depressing. Although I haven’t done much songwriting in the past few years, I continue to think of myself as much as a songwriter as all of these other titles I claim these days (e.g. father, husband, attorney, teacher, blogger, old dude, etc.). Nevertheless, the way I think about the craft in general and my work in particular has changed in ways that…


Added by John P. Strohm on March 31, 2010 at 4:23pm — 19 Comments

TLGY Video Blog

Steve chats about what's happening with The Last Good… Continue

Added by The Last Good Year on March 31, 2010 at 10:50am — No Comments

Should MFT be a Non-Profit?

One of the ideas that we have tossed around over the last few years was to take Musical Family Tree Non-Profit. Recently I've decided this was the best direction going forward. But before we finalize this I wanted to get some feedback from the community and let you into my thought process.

For years MFT has been funded by Small Box. We have put in 1000s of hours and about $50k in actual cash for releases, hosting, promotion, Broad Ripple Music Fest, etc. We estimate our investment in… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on March 30, 2010 at 10:18am — 15 Comments

New Blog - My Songwriting Challenge

Here's a link to a new blog I wrote, a songwriting pep talk.

Added by John P. Strohm on March 30, 2010 at 12:17am — 3 Comments

Early days

Thanks for this thread! I'm going to offer some publication history, at least as I remember it, for a little context. Then, I'll talk a bit about the music I covered.

I worked with _Nuvo_ as a music columnist, between its first music columnist (Dean Lozow) and third music columnist (Jeff Napier), respectively. When I started with Nuvo, their offices were downtown, just off the Legion Mall. The editor was Ron Tierney, who had returned to Indianapolis from San Francisco to make… Continue

Added by Kyle Barnett on March 23, 2010 at 5:04pm — 2 Comments

Nuvo Turns 20

March 24, 2010, marks 20 years of publishing for NUVO, Indy’s Alternative Voice. As Indy’s only free, locally owned, citywide magazine, NUVO is not only proud to reach this milestone, but thankful to the city of Indianapolis and all of the unique communities which have embraced the publication.

The well-being of the… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on March 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments


Hello Friends,

Drenched In The Youth was a title of a blog I shared on MFT last year. It was about my love for the band Sonic Youth. I'm also using this name as the title of my first film. Drenched in The Youth is a documentary film currently in production. It follows 4 young musicians who are writing their first batch of original music. After they requested that I help them collaborate in the song writing, I panicked. I'm not a musician. It has become my mission to help them get the… Continue

Added by KAREN SHAVER on March 21, 2010 at 7:50pm — No Comments

New DEMILOS album now on MFT!


are proud to present our new album, now streaming on this here wonderful website Musical Family Tree. We are a five piece band featuring members of Soft Speaker, Evening Bells, Tenki, Ceiling Stars and more. Each member contributed their songs and the band takes it from there, adding layers of sonic atmospheres and counter melodies. Friends were brought in to add… Continue

Added by FinnSwingley on March 20, 2010 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

Butler Recording Industry Club Attempts to "Save the Music"

This Saturday evening at 7pm, the Butler University Recording Industry Club (BRIC) will be serving up a benefit concert featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in Indianapolis. The performance is in conjunction with their efforts to raise money for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. This comes at a time when school systems are cutting expenses, and certain programs such as the fine arts are often the first to suffer.…


Added by Daniel Fahrner on March 18, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Honneycombs play Big Star's "Nightime"

We recorded this version of Alex Chilton's Big Star era song Nightime last month on my front porch... it seems like the best way we could pay tribute to Alex is by saying "we're still out here singing your songs."

RIP Alex - thanks for everything...

Added by James Combs on March 18, 2010 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

RIP Alex Chilton

I was totally shocked to hear about his death today. Our plane had just touched down in Indy and I saw this news come through my Twitter feed. A heart attack, 59, New Orleans.

I first heard Big Star when I was 19 which was about 1991. My buddy and bandmate and the time, Doug Shawhan, played a worn out cassette of "Third/Sister Lovers". He played Big Black Car, Holocaust, Dream Lover... I was hooked. It sounded like a realization of… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on March 18, 2010 at 1:30am — 29 Comments

My Son's Band, Jumper!, Video.

I don't know how to embed the dang thing, and it doesn't really have any connection to Indiana, except that it's, well, my son. Maybe some of you will enjoy it. My wife and I paid for his band to make a video for his birthday, this is the result. I thought it came out pretty good!

Added by Kurt/Yukki on March 10, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

SXSW- Who's going?

I'm sure many MFT members and bands are going to SXSW this year.

You going? When will you be there?

Band playing? Where and when?

I'll be there for the Interactive portion- March 12-17. Wish I could stay for the music but for my biz the Interactive is what pays the bills. :)

Hope I run into some of you… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on March 10, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Pit Stop Music Marathon: The First Weekend

This last Saturday the evening temperature was breaking 40 degrees for the first time in a few months, and the Bloomington streets were filled weekend revelers. On north Walnut, college kids grooved to the “sublime" sounds of imitation at the Bluebird. A bachelorette and her posse were headed to Brothers Bar and Grill to presumably obtain a stranger's underwear, show her bra to a different stranger, and then down a ton of shots with all the strangers. A drunk guy was being briskly escorted up… Continue

Added by Frankie Ferrell on March 9, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Musician Krista Detor Takes Flight

By Emily Thompson:

There are two types of people in this world: the screamers and the flappers. When a person jumps off a cliff, they can either scream on their way down or attempt to fly. This classification is what musician Krista Detor once discussed with a friend over a glass of wine. In trying to decide how she would categorize herself, Detor… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on March 8, 2010 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Band of the Month - Thunderhawk

My initial reaction after listening to Thunderhawk’s new album, Thunderhawk VI, was, “What the fuck was that?”

Josh Hall, leader and songwriter explained to me, “It really is a fake compilation of several bands I made up- ranging from punk, alternative country, psych pop, and straight up Indie… Continue

Added by Andrews Feigenbaum on March 4, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

MFT Mixtape - March 2010

Howdy gang!

The March Mixtape is here. Lots of Muncie connections this time around as that's where my music experience here in Indiana began. It's so fun to jump around on MFT listening to records I loved and lost and have now found again!

Simply download and drop into Itunes. Tracklist and Info below:

Old… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on March 2, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Results from "How Do You Get Your Music" Poll

The poll is now closed, here's the results. One thing to note is that several people mentioned that there are free legal download sites like MFT. I was kinda assuming that everyone got their music that way as well and was more interested in music that would normally be purchased but good point.

Added by Jeb Banner on March 2, 2010 at 11:50am — 18 Comments

Social Consciousness in Music

I'm sitting here listening to "The Flesh Failures/Let The Sun Shine In" from the movie soundtrack Hair. The song is haunting. I grew up listening to the Cowsills version and watching the movie, but have never been to a show of the musical. I caught the tail end of a program tonight where Ben Vereen (original cast) was drawing parallels between the time of the Vietnam War and today's situation with war and social/economic inequality. The past few days I have been listening to Black Sabbath's War… Continue

Added by Michael Eugene Henry on March 2, 2010 at 1:42am — 58 Comments

Dear America Owns the Moon:


FREAK OUT!!!!!!!

ps. you have a place to stay here in portland, so no excuses :)

Added by indyfitz on March 1, 2010 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

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