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January 2010 Blog Posts (20)

DJ David Letterman Prank Call on Ball State "Pirate" Radio, 1969

David Letterman, college photo
The ever-entertaining and seemingly bottomless offers a rare 1969 recording of college twerp Dave Letterman's radio hijinks back when he was a student at Ball State University in Muncie.

Listen to it with this handy widget courtesy of the folks:…


Added by Spencer (Shecky) Sundell on January 31, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Critics hail Indiana-based labels

In the annual Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll, critics love Indiana-based labels Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar and Asthmatic Kitty. Hoosier acts Magnolia Electric Co., Booker T. Jones, Michael Jackson, Lisa Germano, DM Stith, David Moore, Kevon Edmonds, the Elms, Zero Boys, Jennie DeVoe, the Gates of Slumber, Jookabox and Freddie Hubbard make the master list. Read more here.

Added by Dave Lindquist on January 30, 2010 at 5:53am — 4 Comments

IPAD - Seriously Apple? The Mother of all Slates or Just Another Monthly Visitor?

People of Earth -

Just getting in from a little R&R (HUGE shout out to my boss Jeb on making that happen!) and of course anxious to get the lowdown on apples UNBELIEVABLY mysterious new product, which up until about 25 minutes ago I believed was actually going to the one piece of technology that I have been praying daily for since 1989...a hoverboard.

No hoverboard announcements this week dudes, only announcements about a product that 20 years from now VH1's "I love… Continue

Added by Jerry Hellmann on January 30, 2010 at 12:56am — 2 Comments

Screaming Females

Hello Musical Family Tree Family,

It's been ages!

I would like to share an event I will be attending next Saturday in hopes that you Indy punk rock lovers will give me mass feed back so I can entice an amazing band from New Jersey to come to Indy to rock your socks off. If you haven't heard yet Screaming Females have been around for 2 or is it 3? Self produced LP's and will be releasing a full LP soon. I have had the privelidge of hearing some of their new stuff as I have… Continue

Added by KAREN SHAVER on January 30, 2010 at 12:49am — No Comments

Obama vs GOP

It's been a hell of a week for Barack Obama.

Here's a video of his speech/Q&A at the GOP event. Badass. Skip to the Q&A if you want to see Ninjabama.

What do you think? Is he doing well? What did you think of the State Of The Union?

Thought it was time to mix a little politics in.…


Added by Jeb Banner on January 30, 2010 at 12:00am — 18 Comments

Review (w/ Photos) - MOKB / LM Local Music Git Down

What an event. My Old Kentucky Blog and it's sister site, Laundro Matinee, had a vision: bring every local music organization under one roof to promote one event...and make that event absolutely epic.

14 bands, 6 DJ's, 25 organizations over the course of 14 hours. Not only were the bands playing live sets on stage at Local's Only, but there were also all… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on January 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Colts Superbowl Song "Do It Again! (Go Colts! '10) by the MudKids!

The Colts are going to the Superbowl again! So the MudKids are back at it with a fresh track "Do It Again! (Go Colts '10) just like in 2007 when they took the city by storm with their "Go Blue (Rock and Roll)". The Colts ended up winning the Superbowl so let's not jinx them- here's the new track.

Download, listen, spread it around! Also, check out the MudKids page for more great tracks including the 2007 Colts song.…


Added by Jeb Banner on January 25, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

MFT January Newsletter - Bears of Blue River, MOKB Local Music Git Down, Osis

Howdy MFTers!

Happy 2010. Something tells us this will be a big year for you. Us too? Oh, well...yes

I suppose we do have a lot planned. How could we top ourselves? Well.. that's

a good question. How about more killer events, features, strangely funny blogs MUSIC! Oh yeah, that's what we do best. You know us so well.

Here's some fun new stuffs:

New Music!


Plenty of new music for stream… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on January 21, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Back in orbit

The relaunch of America Owns the Moon (playing Saturday's Local Music Git Down): "We spent all that time and hard work, stress and agony," Tony Beemer says. "It’s not a case of having a second chance, we just wanted to do it right." Read more here.

Added by Dave Lindquist on January 21, 2010 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

Show Review - Shilpa Ray w/ Pravada, America Owns the Moon

The boys were back at it Monday night at Locals Only where the bands America Owns the Moon (AOTM) and Pravada played a show with Shilpa Ray. Christian Taylor of AOTM bounced all over the stage with his signature "knee drop to the floor"… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on January 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment


How does a SOLD OUT crowd of 35,000 people sound?

The 500 Festival is looking for entertainers to be part of the largest four-hour music festivals in the nation. Applications are now being accepted from live bands, cheer groups, DJs, and dance groups to cheer 35,000 runners and walkers to the finish line of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. Live entertainment will provide motivation for participants making their way through the 13.1-mile… Continue

Added by 500 Festival on January 20, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

VB track used on Letterman

from the yahoo groups VB list:

"on last night's letterman show, they used an instrumental clip of a vb tune (the title of which evades me at this early hour) during a segment on the leno / conan debacle.

To see the clip, go here…


Added by mike whybark on January 19, 2010 at 11:27pm — 6 Comments

Richmond, IN 1968 Gas Explosion Disaster Ballad

By way of the WFMU blog comes an MP3 of a rare disaster ballad recording called "The Richmond Explosion" (MP3 file, 6.5mb) by Cecil Pigott. It was the A-side of a 7-inch released by the "Silver Star… Continue

Added by Spencer (Shecky) Sundell on January 18, 2010 at 10:28pm — 9 Comments

Band of the Month - The Bears of Blue River

When Gavin Wilkenson put together Bears of Blue River (BOBR) in Muncie, he didn’t want to be tied down to any particular sound. After having played with This Story and a few other bands, he was able to conceptualize how each individual part of the whole affects a song. Bands broke up, and Wilkinson immersed himself in seeking and listening to old one-hit wonders and this… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on January 14, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

BonerOptics "Penises" Live at the No Bar (circa 1986)

01 01 Penises by lafemme

This is "Modern Vending/The Singles era" No Bar - Live Performance. Ask Mark Urschel who's on this one...… Continue

Added by suade99 on January 12, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

For any knowledge able musician that plays drums

i have a serious problem wwhen it comes to drum sticks i've been using vic firth 55a and i love them because they aren't too heavy and not to light. The problem is i use alot of rimshot in my playing and within a matter of one week one or both are broken i was wondering if anyone had any good sticks in mind that i could use. i'd love to have a pair that i can use for multiple weeks a pair that's not too heavy but not too light if you have any pointers get back to me

Added by Ben Blackburn on January 11, 2010 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

Swedish Whiskey...for your health!

Hello all. I just wanted to formally introduce myself. I am Gray Whitley, frontman and el capitain of Swedish Whiskey.

I know you've probably seen my stuff around the new music section or the top downloads section (thanks to everyone for keeping me in the top downloads since I joined MFT!).

I just wanted to let everyone know I just released a new EP (although the length is a litte more like a single) Take Hold Of My Large Hand. Conceived in one night with my buddy, Troopy, it's… Continue

Added by Gray Whitley on January 9, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments

...and a new Throwing Stars video!

War Parade from the new album, Bluebird Full of Fire (
Also available in the MFT Video section, of course:

Added by Brian Winterman on January 5, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

INDY Indie zine

Yea guys. I have suggested this to many of my friends. They go to a lot of concerts at local venues. I don't get to as many being married with kids. But I love discovering music. So I thought they could do concert reviews with articles and I could do album and band reviews with articles. Nothing has come from it yet.

Added by Jamie Beaver on January 3, 2010 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Throwing Stars album now available

The first Throwing Stars full-length album, Bluebird Full of Fire, is now available online:

Members past and present: Una Winterman, Jonathan Richardson, Kenny Childers, Mitch Harris, Megan Gould, Mike Kapinus, Christian Rutledge, Frank Daly, and Brian Winterman. Check it out. Got some goods here on MFT, too:… Continue

Added by Brian Winterman on January 3, 2010 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

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