The New Way, Part Two

Passing the digital collection jar with Kickstarter

The Sour Notes
The Sour Notes (by John Anderson)

Kickstarter redefines the concept of a “sound investment.” The DIY crowdfunding platform allows artists to seek contributions for specific projects directly from its audience in return for various kickbacks, like being part of a record label without all the time commitments and financial hemorrhaging.

Here are four local endeavors worthy of your support.

House of Songs, All I Know
Austin’s foreign exchange program for songwriters, House of Songs filmed its co-writing sessions that took place in a 16th century castle in Denmark before the SPOT Festival. The resulting documentary, featuring Danny Malone and Matt the Electrician, among others, looks like a romantic comedy worthy of a Michael Cera cameo. HoS is hoping for a launch at SXSW 2011.

The Sour Notes, Last Looks
The Sour Notes somehow keep striking while the iron’s hot. After another stellar 7-inch released late last year, the local indie pop outfit is garnering support for the vinyl pressing of its latest, Last Looks. The official release party takes place at Mohawk on Feb. 17, but you can catch a preview Feb. 12 at Arthouse at the Jones Center (700 Congress Ave) as part of Graham Hudson’s exhibit, Rehearsal at the Astoria. As frontman Jared Paul Boulanger notes in the accompanying video, “This high rate of productivity is expensive.”

Leatherbag, Yellow TV
If OTR had a label, Randy Reynolds would be its first signee. The local songwriter always delivers with a sincerity that's increasingly rare. His seventh with Leatherbag, Yellow TV, was recorded to two-inch analog tape in East Austin.

The Channel, Multi Goods & Services
After an extended hiatus, C-Side Records’ lovable family band, the Channel, is back with Multi Goods & Services, a new album for country-rock and Harry Nilsson enthusiasts alike.

Honorable Mention: Angie McClure, We Are the Light Parade, and the Rankin Twins

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More Kickstarter
Opening the Book on Roller Derby
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Local photographer Kickstarting history of Texas Rollergirls

Richard Whittaker, June 9, 2016

Adair Aiming for Indiewire Award
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Linklater's editor's film eligible for prize

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 7, 2016

More House of Songs
December's House of Songs
December's House of Songs
A partnership between Texas and Danish songwriters yields great music

Margaret Moser, Dec. 8, 2010

That's a Good Idea
That's a Good Idea
House of Songs connects Austin and Denmark's singer-songwriters

Margaret Moser, Nov. 30, 2009

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