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April 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Lumpy Repellent ( Repellents, Primates, Pizzle, etc.) suffered a massive heart attack last night! Lumpy was taken off life support this evening. R.I.P. Lumpy!


Chris Cruzan is organizing a tribute/memorial for Lumpy in Indianapolis at Birdy's. I will keep all posted here, as soon as I have more info. If you have a band that wants to play, leave me your info and I'll forward it to Chris. Once again, Lumpy was an integral part of the Indiana music scene, played in many bands, was a guitar…


Added by Marvin P. Goldstein on April 29, 2010 at 7:30pm — 31 Comments

PJ Moves to Austin

Ladies and Gentlemen... PJ Christie has left the building.

After playing an integral role in building Musical Family Tree and Small Box, PJ and his family will be moving to Austin, TX this weekend to create an Austin branch of Small Box. He will be sorely missed.

PJ is best known for the 1,000+ bands he's been in - Sardina,… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on April 29, 2010 at 11:51am — 8 Comments

[RE]SONANCE-- Earth House PA Fundraiser

The Earth House Collective is proud to announce that on Saturday May 1, 2010 the historic Lockerbie Central building will be host to [RE]SONANCE, a fundraiser designed to benefit the downtown Indianapolis community center's music program. Earth House invites people from all over the city to come join in an… Continue

Added by Earth House Collective on April 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Band of the Month - Otis Gibbs

With his raspy vocals that hint at years spent singing in dimly lit bars, Otis Gibbs drew me in with his soft, intimate melody lines on his new album, Joe Hill’s Ashes. I have to admit, though, I try not to write from a biased perspective, but this is the style of music I absolutely live for. It’s the kind of music that can only be written… Continue

Added by Andrews Feigenbaum on April 26, 2010 at 5:19pm — 7 Comments

MFT Radio Show - Episode 1

Howdy gang!

Episode 1 of the MFT radio show is streaming (and up for download) on the site right now.

Make it the soundtrack to your Monday afternoon. It's awesome!

Once a month MFT sponsors the weekend radio show "A Squared On The Air" on WITT 91.9 FM, a program… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on April 26, 2010 at 11:58am — 4 Comments

A new album: BLISS

This instrumental body of work is about finding peace in the storm and watching the sun rise on a new day. It also addresses the timeless truth of our need for constant creation (art, music, gardening, children), filtered through the prism of life's events. Some fun experimenting and downright silliness took place during these sessions, while a constant longing for level water saturates the album as a whole. We are all editors of our own lives. Gregg Kendall and Chad Wells helped me out on… Continue

Added by M. Sommers on April 22, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Interesting approach to online distro


K Records is launching a digital singles club.

From the site:

"The K Singles Zip-Pak is a series of underground singles delivered directly to your virtual doorstep every week via the wonders of electronic mail and the World-Wide Web. ...

We fill the… Continue

Added by mike whybark on April 21, 2010 at 12:30pm — 33 Comments

Musicans...You better hurry!

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Added by Kathy Gray on April 21, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

MFT Fundraiser Garage Sale May 7th and 8th

We are going to have an MFT fundraiser/garage sale on May 7th and 8th (friday and saturday) at my house- 8904 Manderley Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46240. Sale times are 8am-5pm both days.

The goal is to sell a bunch of stuff and raise some money to pay off the monster credit card bill that MFT has from putting out some lovely but poorly selling releases the last few years. After personally paying $2500… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 21, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Thrift Store Music Event

This is a really cool event put on by our future partners at Big Car in Fountain Square. Who wants to join with me?

Thrift Store Music Competition offers unusual challenges

Musicians will create original songs using only instruments found at second-hand shops

The nonprofit cultural organization Big Car has created an experimental twist on musical competitions with Thrift Store Music happening at… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on April 20, 2010 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Long Live Record Stores!

Today is National Record Store Day, and Indianapolis is celebrating! If you weren't already savvy to this fairly new, and now international event, it officially began in 2008, when stores, customers, and artists came together to celebrate the contribution of independent record stores to the music and consumer community.

Independent record stores have always provided not just a product, but also an experience.…


Added by Steve Trowbridge on April 17, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Record Store Day in indy!

Record Store Day (3rd annual) is quickly becoming a big music industry holiday and for good reason...It provides our favorite local indie shops with an amazing sales day to count on and stimulates the community to come together to support them. Group hug!

Make sure…


Added by Daniel Fahrner on April 16, 2010 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Embracing Constraints- from Music to the Web

I posted this on my Small Box blog but since it references this site and was relevant I am reposting here as well.

Tape Machine Reel To Reel

Music is a common bond for most Small Box employees. Most of us play at least one instrument and if not have strong opinions about those who do. We have an internal project,, that keeps us connected to our music roots.… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 12, 2010 at 10:37pm — 3 Comments

Battle of the Bands

Have you heard?

Westfield Rocks the 4th is currently seeking applicants for our Battle of the Bands. Go to for information and details or download an application (…


Added by Kathy Gray on April 12, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments


I don’t hold myself out as an historian or an authority on Indiana music. I’m just a fan. I’ve…


Added by John P. Strohm on April 12, 2010 at 12:00am — 89 Comments

A Watery Grave

Sub Pub

Sometime way back in 1992 a co-worker of mine at DialAmerica, a freaky long-haired nipple-ringed Mormon dude named Rob, told me that he and another guy were trying to get band together. Next thing I knew I was in his basement with a mic in my hand. Rob was a drummer; he had a double-bass setup and wasn't afraid to use it. And that's… Continue

Added by Editor B on April 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

Malcolm McLaren R.I.P.

Yep, the geezer has passed on.

Malcolm McLaren, the impresario, promoter and self-promoter who once claimed to have invented punk rock, and who assembled and managed the

youthful, unruly members of the Sex…

Added by Kurt/Yukki on April 8, 2010 at 4:36pm — 4 Comments

MFT Mixtape - April 2010

Howdy gang!

The April Mixtape is here. Lots of brand new unreleased and yet to be released gems from some local turned national, turned international friends (Otis Gibbs, Murder By Death, Beta Male, etc..).

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


Added by Daniel Fahrner on April 7, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Band of the Month - P.O.N.S.

I’ve never conducted an interview over a game of whiffleball until Jacob Gardner and I got together for the P.O.N.S. feature for MFT this month. However, in between PBRs and the occasional swing, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the fact that nothing Jacob does is ever conventional.

We should preface that this is not the P.O.N.S. you’ve heard play a million times… Continue

Added by Andrews Feigenbaum on April 7, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

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