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What Instrument(s) Do You Play
Guitar, Bass, Keys, Voice
About Me
I'm the dude that created this site, with the help of our friends at, and started up the MP3 archive back in 2004 or so. I'm married to my wonderful wife Jenny, have three awesome girls who are crazy and run a web business in Broad Ripple with some friends called Small Box.
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What bands are you or have you been in?
Neo Elvis Trash, Meathead and the Tapeworm, Kadath, Sleeve, Soda Jerks, The Staple Guns, Brando, Polyvinyl, Special Machine, Gummy Mummies, Admiral Stereo and the Phantom Third Channel, The Davenports, Easy 6, Winechuggers, The Humans (current)...
What city are you from?
Indianapolis now, South Bend most of childhood, Chicago until 6 years old and then 96-97, Bloomington 92-96
Original Hometown
South Bend/Chicago
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Kenny Childers Tribute- nine kinds of gone

If you don't know who Kenny Childers is then you are probably not a regular around here, no problem, let me catch you up quickly. 

Kenny is one of the best people, ever. If you know him then you know this to be true. Big hearted, incredibly talented and a friend to all. He has been in numerous…


Posted on April 2, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

MFT is turning 8!

On January 31st, Musical Family Tree will be 8 years old! Hard to believe this site has been around that long but I just did a WhoIs look up for (the original domain) and that's what it said. I know that night I posted the first version of the website, which was one page with links to about 20-30 MP3s including some personal and Sardina MP3s. 

Although I don't have a screenshot of the very first iteration I did retrieve this 2005 shot from the Way Back Machine…


Posted on January 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

MFT is on

Hey, we have set up a account for MFT. If you haven't checked out Turntable I strongly suggest you give it a try. It let's you take turns DJing. So we created a room for Musical Family Tree so we can have a place for people to stream Indiana music. 

Here's the room, stop by, add some songs and listen along.

Thanks! Jeb

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 1:54pm — 3 Comments

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At 1:31am on August 19, 2015, duncan said…


i'm looking for some audio files on that i posted on my page,but i can't find them. i posted them around 2008. they were live audio files of bands (naked ray gun / big black / dandelion abortion) but the files are nowhere to be found. please help out.




At 5:44pm on February 8, 2013, chipsman said…

Jeb - good hire for your intern. I was thinking about applying but I see he had a blog.  I wanted to share with you some info. The Twin Cats are arising band in Indy. Such a good 'jam band'! The other good band playing at the Mousetrap right now is High Rider! I am not sure if that is the correct spelling. I just saw the Twin Cats for the first time a few weeks ago. They are very good. The band you need to listen to though who is new is the Weirdy Cats. They used to be the Mystic Groovies. They have a new mdrummer to replce John Rans and are doing new stuff with some of their old covers. I saw them before Xmas and they have the same good sound. They are in learning new songs and will be back in March. I also have an idea to shoot at you. It would be nice to interview the managers at the different music venues and talk to them about the bands they book. To give an overview of what is happening now in the musci scene in Indy. Just an idea to liven the content up here. I plan on trying to liven Muncie up again with better bands here. I am working on bringing Freekbass here to Muncie and also book Flynnville Train here. They are local and don't get any respect. I want to get them into Indy. They are an original southern blues band. Originals with a few covers thrown in. I will keep in touch and tell you more later on.

At 5:02pm on August 30, 2010, Lindsay Manfredi said…
:) Is relentless a good word? I'm thinking more like, would HATE for you to miss something so fun!
At 2:03pm on August 30, 2010, Lindsay Manfredi said…
sweet. ness. :)
oh, and speaking of sweet. 9/11
just saying. ;)
At 12:39pm on August 11, 2010, Frankie Camaro said…
Cool I'm glad thanks. Yes, use it for the site promos, as that's why I did it. I wanted to make a few different ones with different styles of music. Or maybe this would get other people the idea to do one themselves.

I also have a project I want to do of collaboration. I'll upload a guitar part, then someone else can add a bass line, etc... and we can write songs together with different members, then publish them. And maybe people can vote on the best mixes or parts until we are happy with the song.
At 2:46pm on May 21, 2010, Frankie Camaro said…
Let's get a hold of everyone we know like the editor of the IDS Jonathon. How about Conan O'Brien, and Andy Richter? His dad was a prof at IU and I had a beer or 2 with him when he visited a couple of times. I introduced him to Leo Cook in Bloomington as the funniest guy in Bloomington and Leo never forgave me haha.

Leo and I are talking about a Garlic Festival in Bloomington with music and food.

Neil Sharrow who was a manager at WQAX was a TV producer in Cincinatti, but I'm not sure if he is still. I played with him in my first band The QAX Pistols and we did TV themes, surf, and 60's garage mash ups. Like we did Pink Out, where we played Wipe Out and the Pink Panther theme over it.

Jim Manion at WFHB in Bloomington is the 70's expert down there for bands like The Screaming Gypsy Bandits.
Bob Richert ( Is that the spelling?) also from Gulcher knows well that era.

I contacted the drummer from Guided by Voices in Dayton, Don Thrasher. He writes for one of the Dayton arts publications. I've also sent this site to many friends in Austin.
At 9:48am on May 21, 2010, Marvin P. Goldstein said…
At 8:50pm on May 20, 2010, Kevin Seal said…
Uvula! Yes yes. I still have my CD copy of "About What You'd Expect" right here. As well as the Flattus album, and Fambooey's "Succulent."
At 4:39pm on May 20, 2010, Kevin Seal said…
oh, and you're quite welcome! ;) if there's anything else i can do to help, please let me know. what you guys are doing is really excellent.
At 4:38pm on May 20, 2010, Kevin Seal said…
We should find Jonathan Cohen -- former editor of the IDS in Bloomington, now the music booker for the Jimmy Fallon Show. He was at Billboard before that. Would love to hear what he has to say about this stuff...

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