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September 2009 Blog Posts (17)

MFT Fall Newsletter- Band Sign Up/Access and more

This was sent out to about 3000 people on the MFT newsletter list.

Dear MFTers,

We have been hard at work here at Small Box on the latest and greatest version of Musical Family Tree! If you haven't stopped by recently please do, a lot has changed and I think you're going to like the… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

MFT seeking Writers and Curators

Interested in writing/creating content for MFT? Doing band profiles, interviews, photos, videos, show or album reviews, etc? We want you! There may even be a little money in it. Contact Jeb at

Also, we are looking for trustworthy people to help curate the MFT MP3 archive. In particular we are looking for people to help document under-represented scenes on the site- Evansville, Richmond, etc. Interested? Same deal,… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 30, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hoosier CD swap

An experiment in peer critiques: The Elms on the new Devil to Pay album, Devil to Pay on the new Mudkids, the Mudkids on the new David Moore, David Moore on the new Mandy Marie & the Cool Hand Lukes and Mandy Marie on the new Elms. Plus Metromix commentary on all five. Read more here.

Added by Dave Lindquist on September 30, 2009 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

John Strohm interview on Microphone Memory Emotion

A great, lengthy interview on Microphone Memory Emotion with our buddy John Strohm including his thoughts on the, now removed, "Life Story" blogs that entertained many of us last year. John gives his thoughts on the music industry and his time in the Blake Babies, Lemonheads, solo and as an entertainment lawyer.

"When Musical Family Tree was just getting started… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 28, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Upcoming Hoosier "Lo-Fi" Music Exhibit

This Saturday, an exhibit I curated in partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana is opening in Nashville, Indiana. It is about the Richmond, Indiana home recording group that called itself Rowntree Records. These mostly beginner musicians recorded over 200 hours music during the early 2000s. The music was never issued publicly, but served as a source of local pride and group identity for the musicians who made it.

If you can't make the opening, the exhibit will be up through the end… Continue

Added by Joseph O'Connell on September 27, 2009 at 7:22pm — 3 Comments

Couple Mugged During Dumpster Divin' "Intimate Moment" | Wichita Eagle (14 Sept, 2009)

Stan Finger of the Wichita Eagle reported on Sept. 14, 2009 that at 6pm in the evening, a "man and woman decided to give the phrase 'Dumpster diving' a new twist over the weekend": the couple (a 44 year-old man and his lover) was, however, interrupted by muggers while the two were having, as the local police phrased it, "an intimate moment" in the dumpster. The two were threatened with a pocket knife by "'a… Continue

Added by Ed on September 26, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

D tour is screening Heartland Film Festival!

Hey everyone,

Please come and check out D tour at the Heartland FIlm Festival in October! Director Jim Granato and Musician Pat Spurgeon + special guests in attendance!!

10/17 – 9pm, AMC Castleton Square

10/18 – 9:15pm, AMC Castleton Square

10/19 – 6:30pm, AMC Greenwood Park **

10/23 – 9pm, AMC Castleton Square

Official D tour Trailer & Site:… Continue

Added by Jim Granato on September 24, 2009 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

Art Vs Art 09/25 at The Vogue

This Friday Art vs Art will return to the Vogue for what is sure to be a fantastic event. You can vote on your favorite paintings at with the top 32 paintings going to the main event with the chance to win $3500 or meet the WHEEL OF DEATH . Mike Wiltrout will MC along with A2 DJ's. Following the main event Bad Veins will perform songs from their recent Dangerbird release, as well as local indie darlings Pravada. Hope to see lots of MFT'ers there!

Added by Jimmy on September 21, 2009 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

What are the rules mft?

Ok so am I not allowed to talk about bands who are not from indy? Or is MFT only focus on the bands who play in indy?
Not sure if this is kosher but who has anything to say about MArk Mallman? Saw him at Melody Inn last night and ....hmmmmm......trying to find the right words to describe him without comparing him to Tiny Tim. Just kidding!!
Any fans out there?

Added by KAREN SHAVER on September 17, 2009 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

Original Lineup of Johnny Socko to Headline BRMF Kickoff Party!

The legendary Johnny Socko lineup of 1995 headlines a trio of reunions, also including The Pieces and Mab Lab, to celebrate the kickoff of the 3rd annual Broad Ripple Music Fest!

Headlining the opening night of the Broad Ripple Music Festival at the world-famous Vogue Theater, for one night only, Johnny Socko reconvene a classic lineup for a time-capsule performance recreating a show from 1995.

Before taking an extended hiatus in 2003,… Continue

Added by Daniel Fahrner on September 16, 2009 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

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

Mock Orange

I was on the phone with a musician client today, a veteran of the So Cal emo/punk scene. I mentioned that I'm from Indiana, and he immediately asked if I knew the band Mock Orange from Evansville. He said they were one of his favorite bands, and that they'd been around since the early '90s!

This did my head in, because I don't recall having ever heard of them. I assume they're an emo band or something like that - does anyone know anything about them? Are they worth checking out (or… Continue

Added by John P. Strohm on September 10, 2009 at 3:53pm — 8 Comments

Review of Mudkids MKEP

I have been eager to hear The Mudkids follow up to Basementality since 2007 when they contributed a track in support of the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl run. That track had an electric guitar hook contributing to a strong crossover appeal. I would say that crossover appeal is probably the strongest commercial statement I could make about a hip hop act.

The MKEP is intended I think as a teaser to their upcoming release hyped as We Are Dynamic and People Love Us. After purchasing the… Continue

Added by PJ Christie on September 10, 2009 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Band Of The Week- 40 Watts

40 Watts just released a new album, Palenque, which they recorded at Queensize/Twinaire with Andy Fry and Tyler Watkins (both of Margot fame). The band is fronted by Mike Menke and has been around for about 10 years without a consistent live presence. This album was a pleasant surprise since I had only heard the… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 10, 2009 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

New Margot takes shape

“If you tour and do this stuff, you’re kind of in a vacuum for three or four years,” Richard Edwards says. “It seems like everybody, including myself, had to have that extended moment where you have to re-fall in love with what you’ve been doing or you have to move on from it for the time being.”

Read more here.

Added by Dave Lindquist on September 3, 2009 at 7:41pm — 12 Comments

I've got your DAT, maybe.

Hey anyone who I worked with back in the late 80's through 90's there's a good chance I've got some of your stuff on DAT. I just found an old stash I hadn't seen for years and most of it is client tapes. So if I recorded you during that time frame and you want a copy of your stuff I'll check if I have it and send it to you on a CD or CD's either as audio or wav's your choice. If you don't recognize me then I probably didn't record with you but I worked mainly at September Recording, The Lodge… Continue

Added by Chip Birge on September 2, 2009 at 6:10pm — 3 Comments

Band Of The Week 9/1/09: Quick Said the Bird

A new addition to the site.

Quick Said the Bird is out of Bloomington and been around for about 6 months. They are definitely an Indie rock band but lacking many of the genre's more annoying tendencies. Their sound is pretty mellow, mostly acoustic without being too singer songwriterish. They have a good dose of weirdness which balances out the prettier parts.… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on September 1, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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