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Submit A Band to the MFT Archive!

I'm really excited about this one! We finally have a band submission form set up so that bands, current and past, can easily set up their own page including uploading images and MP3s as well as noting which bands they are related to.

The form then creates a pending band in the archive for us to review. We review it and then either accept of reject it based on the following… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

New MFT coming soon

MFT 2.0 or is that 3.0 has been under daily development for the last few weeks. After a couple false starts the last year or so we have been able to consistently free up one of our developers at Small Box, Jordan Wilson, who is also a great designer and flash developer. A triple threat he is! We are working from the Kevin Fitzpatrick designs for the overall look and feel of the site.

I expect to launch the site by the end of the summer. I want to get it rock solid before going live… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on July 2, 2009 at 10:07pm — 13 Comments

Band Of The Week Profiles- give us your lists!

Hey MFTers, we have an intern at Small Box this summer!

Justin Shimp, from Ball State/Muncie, will be helping with various tasks and one of them is updating MFT with new music and writing a weekly blog profiling a different band each week. We will hopefully be able to update the band's bio and music during… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on May 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 30 Comments

New Music on the MFT Archive

Git yer hot fresh new music here!

We Are Hex

Gloom Bloom
Prizzy Prizzy Please

Self-Titled album

Added by Jeb Banner on March 6, 2009 at 11:12pm — 1 Comment

All MFT CDs/Records 50% Off! 2/4-2/11

We need to pay some MFT related bills so it's time for a sale!

For one week only, 2/4-11, everything in the MFT Store is half price.

So grab all the great Indiana tunes you need while the sale lasts and support a good cause, this one!, along the way.

MFT Store

Thanks! Jeb

ps- if the sale isn't showing up… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on February 5, 2009 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

MFT Archive is working....again

it appears we had some code linking to a site that no longer provides a service that we were using for streaming the songs. I'm not sure exactly why it broke the players but it did so after much consternation the archive is back up and running, again.


Added by Jeb Banner on January 26, 2009 at 6:53pm — No Comments

MFT is Turning 5! Some people I'd like to thank...

On January 31st MFT will be 5 years old! Like one of my kids it's hard to believe the site is only 5 since I can't seem to imagine life without MFT at this point.

Over the years I have gotten a lot of nice compliments from people for the site and I really appreciate them even if I don't always know how to respond. I'm not good at accepting compliments. But this project is way bigger than me… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on January 16, 2009 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

New Profile Questions and Thoughts On New Members

I added a new profile question tonight. It's a private question which means that the person signing up to be a member just fills it out for review by the admin in order to join (admin=me and about 5 other people).

The new question asks what is the user's connection, if any, to the Indiana music scene. Another question is "Original Hometown" since many of us grew up in Indiana (or wherever) and moved wherever (or Indiana).

The goal here is to screen out any really good spam… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on January 13, 2009 at 2:00am — 18 Comments

Give MFT a Tip!

I have added a really cool little feature to MFT today. It's a tip jar! It's an gadget powered by that let's regular visitors to a site help support with a small donation. I have the tip jar set to 25 cents right now. Obviously you can leave a bigger tip but we'll take whatever you want to send.

Here is some more information about Tip Joy

I removed the Blog Ads from the site since it isn't bringing the… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on January 11, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Trying Something Out- please give me your feedback

A number of you have mentioned that they aren't too crazy about your present and past lives being all over Google via MFT. Although I think this is the way that many people find the site it is also a hassle for people who want to keep their personal and professional lives somewhat separate. I can sympathize.

So I changed the settings on the site to only allow members to see beyond the home page. This means all the profiles, discussions, photos, etc are not going to be indexed in… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on December 24, 2008 at 2:00pm — 38 Comments

MEAT FLAG: Would Love to Know More About Band

If anybody knows more about the Indy band MEAT FLAG, please let me know. Their webpage seems to be down and I'd LOVE to get/hear even more of their music than what's available on MFT—if it's available from someone, somewhere... Also: would simply like to know more about the band.

Meat Flag… Continue

Added by Ed the Meat Poet on December 11, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The MFT MP3 Archive Is Back Up! sorta

We have restored most of the MFT MP3 Archive after a near death experience. Bottom line we had a horrible, awful server experience with a company called, ironically, Host I Can. They are very unsympathetic to our plight and have told us to basically get lost. Bummer.

Now, we are not without fault here. I should have been better in keeping active back ups for this project. We did have 90% of the site archived but had not backed… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on December 10, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

MFT MP3 Archive is Down and will be for a while...bummer

Our host company, ironically named "Host I Can", has pulled, without warning, all MP3s off of our server. They gave us some lame excuses but it came down to them admitting "we say you can have as much space as you want but in reality you can't". Hence forth they shall be called "Host I Can't".

Anyway I'm pissed. They promise they will get us a back up of the site so we can reload it to another server. This could take a few weeks. I'm going to take the Archive off line until then… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on November 10, 2008 at 3:30pm — 19 Comments

MFT Featured on Ning's Blog

As many of you know, the community side of this site is run on the Ning platform. I was happy to see that MFT was recently featured on the Ning blog as a featured site. Here's a link. Show you support by leaving a comment!

Added by Jeb Banner on October 6, 2008 at 8:46am — No Comments

BBC: "Artists head for MySpace 'exodus'" (30 Sept 2008)

According to a recent article from the BBC news service, "Independent record labels have cried foul after failing to reach a deal for their acts to appear on MySpace Music." The article quotes Bob Frank of Koch Records, "MySpace continually states that it is embracing the independents—it's a pretty listless and cold embrace." [more at LINK]

(Me, I like MFT.)

Added by Ed on September 30, 2008 at 9:00am — 7 Comments


We have relaunched the MFT store, stocked full of goodies including some upcoming releases that are only available on MFT, for now...

Please take a look, buy something and let us know what you think. It's right on the top Navigation under "Store" or you can go to

BTW the server speed is a little slow right now, we are looking into that.

Added by Jeb Banner on September 23, 2008 at 3:05pm — 4 Comments

How to add Bands or Music to the MFT Archive

Since this is a question that I'm asked pretty often via email I thought I should just post a quick blog on the topic.

In case you are wondering what the MFT Archive is, check it out here, or click on the Bands link above. Basically, it's the core of the site and was started in 2004 in an attempt to document Indiana original music before it slipped into the ether. There are 400+ bands, 1000s of MP3s for stream or… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 23, 2008 at 8:33am — No Comments

Blogs on MFT- specifically Political ones

There has been a lot of great conversation on the site on how to handle political content. At first, when the site was flooded with political blogs, there was a reaction by myself and others to get a little freaked out. Suddenly this little music community was turning into a political site, oh no! So I cracked down on political blogs, removed some and banned them from the home page blog feed after setting up a Politics Forum. This was met with concerns over censorship and the appearance that… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 16, 2008 at 11:12am — 15 Comments

Changes Coming to the Site! - Chat, Store, Tab Manager, Open Social, iPhone, more!

There will be some updates coming to the site that should greatly improve the functionality. As many of you know, the community portion of the site runs on the Ning platform and they are launching a number of software updates in the coming weeks. Here's what to expect.

Live Chat/IM which should be live early next week…


Added by Jeb Banner on August 30, 2008 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

1000th Member Contest- and the winners are...

We have two winners from the 1000th member contest. The first is the actual 1000th member Art Croyle and the second is the winner of the 1000th member drawing, Bob Bridges.

So please congratulate our two winners, they worked hard and deserve to be showered with accolades. Ok, so they didn't really work hard but they should still get royal MFT treatment… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on August 15, 2008 at 2:30pm — 14 Comments

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