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July 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Help release The Ronnie Henn Story

Starting in 1975, my dad made several trips from our home in Richmond, Indiana, to Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked temp jobs while singing in bars and recording dozens of demos. Around 1983, dad pressed his four favorite recordings on a pair of DIY country singles released on his own Charity and Lone Star labels. On the strength of some regional airplay and a chance meeting with a major label talent scout, he then signed a million-dollar… Continue

Added by Jason Henn on July 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Gift Horse

I visited Bloomington last weekend for the first time in a couple years. I wasn't around long enough to check out any live music, and I was too busy catching up with old pals to hear much about what's going on in town (other than things of immediate interest such as trendy new restaurants).

I did, however, find time to catch up with my old pal Glenn Hicks, who gave me a copy of the demo by his current band Gift Horse (available on this site). First I should say as a caveat…


Added by John P. Strohm on July 27, 2010 at 10:19am — 4 Comments

Honneycombs (ex Arson Garden) on HBO's True Blood this Weekend

Haven't seen this True Blood show everyone's talking about but I do know three things:

1. Vampires are "In" right now

2. Vampires are hot

3. Our own Honneycombs are included in this weekend's episode!

If you're a fan, make sure to listen for their song "Little Moon" in a scene outside Merlotte's with jason courting his new love. This is officially HBO's most popular show and frankly I'm glad they're including some solid tunes.

Listen to cuts from… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on July 23, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Thoughts On Recording

The recent comments/conversation on the 80s Mix Tape blog started to nicely devolve into a discussion around recording, especially recording techniques used in the 1980s. Since I have some opinions on the topic, and I'm sure others do as well, I wanted to post a blog with my thoughts and hopefully others can chime in.

I started recording on 4 Track cassette machines back in the late 1980s. My buddy Simon Hanstad and I would make epic albums with a mic, a 4 track and some very primitive… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on July 23, 2010 at 11:39am — 17 Comments

Possibly the most AWKWARD interview I've seen: Henry Rollins

Hands the mic to Rollins and says " Just hold the microphone and talk....". The poor kid had it coming. This may be old to some of you..…


Added by Jerry Hellmann on July 23, 2010 at 2:13am — No Comments

We Are Hex Interview - Hail the Goer

In addition to focusing on our favorite bands of yesteryear, we at MFT often like to champion our favorite locals that are working hard to gain national recognition for themselves. We Are Hex is a perfect example of a contemporary Indianapolis band that's pushing the envelope enough for us all to root for. You know, GO…


Added by Daniel Fahrner on July 21, 2010 at 11:59am — 5 Comments


On April 28, 2010, Holly and I decided to take part in Big Car Gallery's Thrift store music project. The challenge was to create and perform ten minutes of music from whatever we could find at a designated thrift store for $25. We had 72 hours to shop for instruments, modify them, write the songs and perform them in front of an audience at the Central Library in Indianapolis. We invited Dark Matter…


Added by M. Sommers on July 12, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Burnt Ones - Black Teeth and Golden Tongues

I imagine listening to the new Burnt Ones album Black Teeth and Golden Tongues is a bit like being at a sock hop at a baseball stadium, loaded up on psychedelic drugs. Without batting an eye, the focused vision of the Indianapolis trio blends the sounds of seventies psychedelia, glam rock, and, interestingly, sixties girl-groups:

“I knew what I wanted the lineup to… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

MFT Mixtape - July 2010 - Vintage Punk

Howdy gang,

We enlisted two Indiana Punk experts to help us compile a very special mixtape this month that pays homage primarily to the 80's punk scene here in Indy. This was a legendary scene that truly set the tone for the next two decades. This compilation is by no means meant to be exhausting, but rather a reference to the growth of the scene and the beginnings of a deeply rooted Musical Family Tree (see what i did there?).

Drink it in and then slam-dance it out. Thanks to… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on July 8, 2010 at 12:00pm — 144 Comments

New Soft Speaker Single Available Now (Free Download)


I just posted the new Soft Speaker single, A Violent Parade, on the band's MFT page. It's available as a free download so, as Dr. Steve Brule says, check it out. The official release date is July 10th, which is the date of our next show at Schubas in Chicago, but I figured I'd give our friends at MFT a preview. Hope you like it. It was mixed by Joe Cheesman and mastered by Carl… Continue

Added by TheWarmth on July 2, 2010 at 8:56am — No Comments

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