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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

SpinTunes #1: Profiles

Round 1 Album - Round 2 Album - Round 3 Album - Round 4 Album

SpinTunes #1 Rules - SpinTunes #1 Schedule

Round 1 Challenge: I'm A Marvel, And I'm A D.C. - Write a song from the point of view of a superhero or supervillian. (2 minute minimum) (they had 12 days) (Results)

Round 2 Challenge: John Hancock Time - Write a song where the choruses are a different time signature than the verses. (2 minute minimum) (they had 12 days) (Results)

Round 3 Challenge: Happy To Sad In 4 Seconds - Write a sad song about birth, a moment that is normally a happy moment, and make it a real tear jerker. You can't use the words "Happy" or "Birthday". (2 minute minimum) (they had 9 days) (Results)

Round 4 Challenge: Musical Road Trip - Write a song using at least three different ethnic styles. The music from each of the three parts of the song should give the listeners a mental image of a place or group of people from a certain area. (at least 30 seconds each style) (3 minute minimum) (they had 10 days) (Results)

Examples: Latin - Bollywood - Cajun - Reggae

(Profile order is based on who sent in their entry form first.)

Edric Haleen: Edric likes writing songs, even though they're often different than others may have been expecting at first listen. Care to know more? Check out the link below to visit his website. (Also, please consider checking out http://happinessboard.com to see -- and add to -- the Happiness Board! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, or your money back!)

Links: Website - @EHMathMan

R1: A Letter To Humanity
R2: Love
R3: Voted Out The Star

Kevin Savino-Riker: When not at his day job producing electrical control panels for waterpark rides, Kevin is the guitarist for the Write Bloody House Party 2 Band, playing weekly at the Lightbulb Mouth Radio Hour variety show in Long Beach, CA. He is also an unsigned and unknown independent musician on YouTube. Kevin has served as drummer, bassist, guitarist and lead vocalist in a number of bands over the last 15 years, though never all at the same time. He is uncomfortable writing about himself in the 3rd person.

Links: Website - @RITmusic2k - YouTube Channel

R1: Tough Jobs Vs Iron Gates
R2: Here At The Door
R3: My Daughter
R4: Lovers, Fighters, Survivors (winner)

Denise Hudson: 1. is a nervous, listmaking creature living in Austin, TX w/ an Australian possessing sideburns-of-mass-destruction. She copes by indulging a taco addiction & obsessing over VST pianos.

2. Denise plays with 3 different acts besides.. (#twss!)

3 ..having a thriving solo career & keeping classy rather than taking advantage of the cupcake-edged-influence she has on 1 of the judges; who digs the ribald (#lent, #blamejuleslupus)

4. Den HAS a music degree stashed here someplace, & will use her mad prowess to reach recording heights that will astound the TOUGHEST critics ;' ))

Links: Website - @RangerDenni - YouTube Channel

R1: Invisible Girl
R2: Voted Out Flex Time
R4: Liberty - Wish You Were Here (Shadow)

Ross Durand: Ross is an award winning singer-songwriter from Southern California. Classically trained and inspired by the American folk tradition his goal is to use the universal experience of song to inspire thought, laughter, and maybe even bring people together a little bit. Oh, and now and then he likes to rock, too.

Links: Website

R1: Don’t Turn The Page
R2: Waltz With The Devil
R3: You'll Be Gone
R4: That Sweet Smile (runner up)

Sara Parsons: Sara Parsons is a 20sish person currently living in a hollow tree somewhere in the Pacific northwest. Music lives deep within her soul, and also her pancreas. She believes she will be someone really special in a future life. Sara's singing voice can shatter glass and age cheese. She can play the piano with her nose (not well though). She thinks the best part about studying music is how it gradually sucks the joy out of everything she once blindly enjoyed.

Links: Website - @Parsons - YouTube Channel

R1: Starlite (Ballad For A Noble Steed)
R2: A Little Time
R3: Voted Out Had To Be You

Mick Bordet: Mick’s time is divided between the prog-skiffle band The Lunacy Board and his ongoing podcast fiction projects at ‘Some Other Scotland’ and ‘Every Photo Tells…’ He plays anything he can lay his hands on, from ukulele to theremin and cites influences from Ivor Cutler to Iannis Xenakis. Mick is a veteran of 3 Song Fu events to date, but claims this has not affected his mental health. Not significantly. Spurtle.

Links: Website - @MickBordet

R1: Deadline Victim They Don't Want Me (Shadow)

Godz Poodlz: Icon/Rock/Dad Band! Gödz Pöödlz are Rüss Rögers and Rhöd Dürre. The Alpha-Dogs of shameless self-promotion, Godz Poodlz blend their core of surprisingly catchy melodic pop with comedy, pathos and sometimes auto-tune. What started as a novelty band with an ironic Heavy Metal name, Godz Poodlz has grown into a skilled and eclectic songwriting team with a literally rabid fan following.

Links: Website - @GodzPoodlz - YouTube Channel

R1: The Human Bomb
R2: Identities Assumed
R3: Deadline Victim

Emperor Gum: Graham Porter's one man post-alternative folk-rock band Emperor Gum hails from Cheltenham, UK. Dancing soprano clarinet arpeggios and bass clarinet riffs above finger picked classical guitar and violin bowed electric bass, Graham is doing his absolute best to conceal the fact that he has less singing ability than a kettle.

Links: Website - @EmperorGumNews - YouTube Channel

R1: Costume (Squirrel Girl)
R2: Voted Out Smoulder (Yaoya Oshichi)
R3: 1983 (Shadow)

Bryce Jensen: Bryce Jensen spends the bulk of his time in a dark, musty corner of his New England home, lurking in forums and chat rooms by the faint light of an old, dusty computer monitor. Occasionally, he writes and records a song. The result is usually so horrible that he must immediately delete it and pound his head repeatedly into the hardwood floor until the memory of it is but a faint, vile echo. In very rare instances, in the midst of delusions of mediocrity, he obeys the voices and posts one online.

Links: Website - @psychobman

R1: Deadline Victim Dearest Firestorm (Love, Multiplex) (Shadow)

Ryan Welton: I'm a songwriter, musician and digital journalist from the Southwest. Been playing piano for 35 years but only took an interest in songwriting in the late 1980s and still yet only a serious interest took hold in the late 1990s. My focus is on piano pop with a slight tinge of blue-eyed early 80's soul.

Links: Website - @soonerryan2000 - YouTube Channel

R1: Underdog Blues
R2: Deadline Victim

Governing Dynamics: Governing Dynamics is a rock/emo/alt-country/electronica/sci-fi band (but usually ends up sounding "alternative" to most people) with one member. Governing Dynamics was pretty consistently 14th place in Song Fu 5 and 6. Governing Dynamics is happy to be here.

Links: Website - @travisnorris

R1: Orgin
R2: Eleyna Dreams
R3: Voted Out Revolving Door

Jenny Katz: Daughter of a jazz pianist, Jenny grew up playing piano, flute, and tenor sax. She began studying guitar seriously about four years ago, and last summer she started writing songs. An avid storyteller, she's working on singing from the heart.

Links: Website - YouTube Channel

R1: Blofeld's Beginnings
R2: Voted Out Miss You

JoAnn Abbott: JoAnn has been singing, occasionally on-key, for most of her life. She has also been buying instruments during that time in the hope that the ability to play them would spring full blown into her brain as she doodled on them. This hasn’t happened yet, so she doesn’t know quite what she will be able to produce, but is going to try anyway!

Links: Website

R1: Why
R2: Voted Out Life
R3: Lullabye (Shadow)
R4: Mermaid Trilogy (Shadow)

Bram Tant: Bram is a 20 year old Computer Science student from Belgium who loves playing the guitar and writing songs. He has previously competed in the Masters of Song Fu songwriting competition and is a member of the "Too Much Awesome" music community. So you're probably asking yourself why you should vote for him... Just ask yourself this: who is more deserving of your vote - a good songwriter, or someone who dares to moon the competition's judges?

Links: Website - @dantesxx - YouTube Channel

R1: Kebab Shop
R2: Deadline Victim

Boffo Yux Dudes: Tom Giarrosso and Allan Morgan are here for your listening and dining pleasure. BYD began in the mid ‘80s - the lineup has changed, but the participants are far from innocent. Our eclectic brand of humor, music, and paisley tie collection astound audiences worldwide. Dr. Demento once called us ‘The Boffo Yux Dudes’ over and over and over again. He got it right the last try. Check out out links, and listen to our archives on bandcamp! Love, peace and cream cheese.

Links: Website - @BoffoYuxDudes - YouTube Channel

R1: Deadline Victim The Ballad Of Henry Pym (Shadow)
R2: How Low Will You Go (Shadow)
R4: For The Birds (Shadow)

"BucketHat" Bobby: I’m “BucketHat” Bobby Matheson. I used to make cartoons for the internet, and sometimes still do, but mostly focus on my music right now. I write and record my songs solo, in my little make-shift studio, and when I play live, I often get some help from friends. Some of my music is funny, and some isn’t. More often than not, the humour is unintentional. My Influences range from Klezmer to folk, to punk and back again, which ends up sounding more like Zydeco than anything else (who’d have guessed?). I’ve been described as a “Cajun Buddy Holly” and an “Optimistic Elvis Costello”. It’s been said that I sound like “That guy from the Barenaked Ladies” and a “Nasaly Bob Dylan”. One of these days, I hope to have a description that is accurate.

Links: Website - @buckethatbobby - YouTube Channel

R1: Super Villain Blues
R2: Space Pirates
R3: Deadline Victim

Heather Miller: I remember as a kid, wearing a cape, somewhere upwards of 17 crazy pigtails and bouncing around the bedroom of a small trailer in Iowa, changing the colors to “Yellow Submarine” for as long as my dad would play it.

Fast-forward to college, teaching myself chords with a loaned guitar and book of Easy Beatles Songs. Then homework to write a melody every day. Turning to my poetic-rambling filled journals, I picked out a few pieces and dove in.

I succumbed to my practical side for a few years after college, but lately little songs about life keep knocking at my door. I've been trying to answer more often.

Links: Website - @LyricalVenus - YouTube Channel

R1: I'm Not Wearing Tights
R2: Voted Out Bullseye
R3: Promie To My Son (Shadow)

Gorbzilla: Gorbzilla is a musician/band teacher in Mid-Michigan. He has been in a few bands over the years, most notably as the bass player/vocalist for the band “Satin Jones” and the guitarist/vocalist for the band “Jimmy Likes Pie”. The proud father of two future rock maniacs, Gorbzilla has been writing music for the past twenty years, and is looking forward to more chances to write.


R1: Superhero Song
R2: Than Infinity
R3: Deadline Victim

The Offhand Band: The Offhand Band makes satisfying songs for people big and small. Hopping from one style to the next, the OHB’s catchy choruses are cool for kids, fun for families and even great for the grown on their own. The debut album, "Everyone’s Invited," was released on CD and MP3 in 2008. The Offhand Band is the creation of Mark S. Meritt, a musician, writer and armchair scientist who’s just trying to spread a little harmony. He offers music, arts and creativity services through potluckcreativearts.com.

Links: Website - @theoffhandband - YouTube Channel

R1: Step Back Swooperman
R2: Another Universe
R3: Voted Out Will It
R4: Ballroom Dance (Shadow)

Steve Durand: Steve Durand is a trumpet player and songwriter who likes to infuse his music with swing and jazz stylings


R1: Gamma Man
R2: Rara Avis
R3: Voted Out Her Mother's Eyes

Charlie McCarron: Charlie is an experimental composer from Stillwater, MN. His musical claim to fame is a “polyalbum” – a cinematic double album where you can play both CDs at the same time. These days he enjoys writing folky acoustic tunes, but he can also be seen wielding a wiimote and laptop from time to time in his aleatoric band, The Cagetones. One of his favorite distractions is the Cover of the Month Club.

Links: Website - @charliemccarron - YouTube Channel

R1: Faster Than Superman
R2: Sleep On It
R3: Voted Out A Song For Sam Bell

Caleb Hines: Software engineer by day, Caleb occasionally pretends to be a musician on the internet by night. He is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist (recorders, flute, ukulele, melodica, piano, bass, computer, etc) who is more familiar with 300-year old music than with the more “modern” stuff. Since discovering Jonathon Coulton, he has been updating and diversifying his style, largely through competing in Song Fu.

Links: Website - @calebhines - YouTube Channel

R1: The Memoirs Of Clockwork Man
R2: Insomniac Lullaby
R3: Voted Out Will You Miss Me
R4: Meta Blues (Shadow)

Jon Eric: Jon Eric was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and learned to record multitrack songs on his computer at the precocious age of 16. He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and 12 degus, recording his particular brand of off-kilter folk rock in his bedroom most weekends.

Links: Website

R1: Superman Sneezed
R2: Deadline Victim


Danny Blackwell: Danny Blackwell is an Englishman who renounces his country for anywhere with better food. Currently living in Japan after a 5 year stint in Spain playing the bars and streets and generally roaming in a pack. His musical peak involved supporting Sonic Youth. He is now jaded and has pretty much given up on serious composing. Funnily enough that does not diminish his capacity to produce daft songs about superheroes and animals.

Links: Website - YouTube Channel

R1: Love Song From Robin To Batman

Dr. Lindyke: As "Leigh & Hoover", Dr. Lindyke competed in Song Fu #6, coming in a respectable second place. They promptly decided to change their name, as Joe 'Covenant' Lamb used it in a rhyme, spoiling it for them forever (mostly because they hadn't thought of it). Dr. Lindyke has a thriving presence on YouTube and Bandcamp, except for having no viewers and no listeners. He is sometimes confused over what pronoun they should use to refer to himself.

Links: Website - @Leighdf - YouTube Channel

R1: Save The World
R2: Minutes And Hours
R3: A Special Day
R4: Liberty - Wish You Were Here

Brian Gray: Brian is a software engineer from Los Angeles. He has studied violin, piano, percussion, voice, music theory, orchestration and composition, and is learning guitar. He sang a cappella at Pomona College in the Men’s Blue & White. In the fall of 2009 Brian started to record an album of nerd rock. He completed his first-ever original song, “Staff Meeting”, on October 22, 2009 and plans on having a complete album by May 2011.

Links: Website - @BrianGrayMusic

R3: Not Even Close

Paul Peterson: Paul is a student. He's currently going to school for an IT degree so that he has a piece of paper that proves he actually does know stuff about computers. This is somewhere in Oregon currently but he doesn't know where he'll go next. Paul picked up guitar as a side project, because he always had wanted to. It turns out he likes it. He's been playing for a whole year now. Paul isn't sure where he'll take it from here. But it's sure to be interesting. He has no band. And very few friends in music, so he's all on his own for now. Paul finds this kinda lonely.

Links: @elilasol

R1: Hero
R3: Expectations

Joe "Covenant" Lamb: Joe was the winner of Masters Of Song Fu 5.

Links: Website - @JoeCovenant - YouTube Channel

R4: A Nation's Journey Into The Light

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