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The Prodigal Son

We heard Two Gallants on the college radio station this morning and it reminded us how amazing and underrated they are. Definitely one of our favorite bands of all time. The songwriting alone should make you fall in love but then they add the creative drums and finger-picking…dope.  If you haven’t heard them before: grab some headphones, some brown liquor and enjoy the experience. Plus, they are great live so try to catch a show if you can…Their site is here.

New Year’s Eve 2009/2010 – Big City Life

Happy New Year! It’s been a tumultuous decade to say the least but we made it through…Big Thank You’s to everyone who supported (echo)witness in our first year! And Thank You to all the creators and thinkers we featured on our blog! Look for us to expand in 2010, but we will always continue to appreciate ideas that resonate within us and seek to remember things we have always known.We’re gonna leave you today with one of our favorite songs of the last few years. Let’s get 2010 started off right…FORWARD EVER.

I Say Eh Man

It’s not often that one of your favorite reggae songs is featured on a hit TV show. And it’s not often that twenty-some odd years later you can find the clip that you remember so well. But thanks to YouTube and the pervasive power of the internet, we can enjoy so much that was once forgotten. A big thank you to all the appreciators out there who find stuff like this and give it to the world. Black Uhuru + The Cosby Show = good for so many reasons…

Album Cover Homages

Very cool site from The Knockoff*Project, where they have compiled album cover copy-cats over the years. They are always looking for updates and undiscovered knockoffs, so drop them a line if you can think of one they’ve forgotten. Some of our favorites are below including Atmosphere, T-Rex, Ween, Marvin Gaye, Camp-lo, Elvis, The Clash, Depeche Mode and Black Sabbath…

Project Artisan + Imogene & Willie + John Moessner

John Moessner shot this lovely video about Imogene & Willie for the Project Artisan website…it is pretty amazing when three creative forces come together like this…Project Artisan is an ethical fashion web portal, connecting established and emerging designers to customers who care about what they buy.Imogene & Willie is a husband & wife team located in Nashville, TN. They hand-craft denim with sewing machines in an old gas station. Americana fashion re-defined. John Moessner of Moessner Productions excels at video, audio, music, and motion graphics production. Moessner Productions Studio can pretty much give you anything you want that involves video or audio.Nice work from interesting people…be sure to check them out and show some love for creators…

Flirted With You All My Life…

…is the new song from the album At The Cut by Vic Chesnutt that we can’t get out of our heads. Beautiful, haunting, true, tragic and uplifting all at the same time. This could be the song of the year…Download the song free at Vic’s website here.Full Disclosure: We don’t normally post videos that aren’t the official versions for the song, but this song is too good not to share…and the photos of Vic are excellent…

I and LOVE and YOU…

So, we finally got our vinyl copy of the new Avett Brothers album I and Love and You (the CD and MP3 version comes out Sept. 29th). This installment finds the Avetts working with Rick Rubin and moving to a major label…hmm. The poetic truths and deceptively simple melodies are still part of the equation but you can certainly hear Rubin’s influence. These songs turn from ballad to pop to anthem, sometimes all at once – in a good way…The album as a whole is huge and small at the same time.The Avett’s are doing some different things on this album, that some fans may be wary of, but it’s ALWAYS good to explore new territory. And as Scott says on “The Perfect Space:”I want to have friendsthat I can trustthat love mefor the man I’ve becomenot the man that I wasCheck the Avett brothers out on their site, here!!!

Meet The New Familiars

(echo)witness caught this new band, The New Familiars, at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, KY. Definitely the best band we hadn’t heard of yet. They describe themselves as acoustic/folk-rock/thrash…

Photo: Jim Blackstock - 814 Photography

Check out their site TheNewFamiliars.com and BE SURE to see them live when they come through your town…

The Hector Fund

Inspiration comes from many different sources, one we recently stumbled upon is The Hector Fund. We love what they do and we are proud to support these creators, who spend all their efforts on supporting creators and artists themselves…

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When Jake Brennan (who has toured nationally & internationally with Cast Iron Hike, Jake Brennan & The Confidence Men, solo, and in his current band, Bodega Girls) and David Ginsburg (former music director /program director at WBOS-FM in Boston) would talk music and where the industry of music was headed, they concluded this: The sands in the music business are shifting, all of it, from the major labels self-inflicted implosion to the rise of social media and the corresponding democratization of the music business, in which anyone with a computer can create and upload music to the world. So, how do you get noticed? They saw many artists starving, working day jobs, creating whenever they can and fighting to get noticed.Jake came to David in Fall 2008 with the seeds of The Hector Fund idea already in development. David’s experience in radio & the music industry, Jake’s experiences as well as that of Hector Fund creative director (and Bodega Girls frontman) Evan Kenney, brought them together. Months of planning,  brainstorming and fine-tuning led to building the site.Word has spread entirely online; the Hector Fund is 100% bootstrapped, and thanks to the social web, virtually all of the marketing efforts are coming through the newest “standard marketing” channels: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, some very supportive bloggers and other musicians, who seem to love the idea.There are other companies building similar models. What sets The Hector Fund apart is transparency – they are Artistfunding agents. Artists own their masters & publishing. Hector solely helps them connect with fans to raise money, develop unique, creative entitlements, assist with marketing, and build mobile fan clubs via a proprietary software platform that enables fans to opt-in and then connect via SMS text messages to get news, free downloads, and can purchase tickets and merch direct from their smartphones.

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Please check them out for yourself at: www.thehectorfund.com!