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Friday, January 20, 2017

SpinTunes #12: Profiles

Time to meet your fellow competitors!  I suggest you all test out your links to make sure they are working, and if you notice anything else that's missing or wrong just let me know.  I'll fix them as soon as I can.  The first challenge gets posted later tonight...get ready.

(Profile order is based on who sent in their round 1 song first.)





Edric Haleen:  "Ol' Man Edric" is back!  One of the few surviving relics from Masters of Song Fu, Edric has been part of every SpinTunes except ST9 (when he went on a honeymoon instead) and the two "Champion versus Shadow" competitions (the two summers during which he first wrote and then worked to produce a full-length musical based on Jonathan Coulton's song, The Princess Who Saved Herself)!  Edric would like to thank Travis for his seminal role in everything that SpinTunes is, has been, and continues to be . . . and to encourage him to seize upon the nearest excuse, any excuse, whatever excuse, to escape the confines of the hell that is, has been, and will in all likelihood continue to be Ohio.

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Emperor Gum:  Chamber rock.







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Scoop:  Scoop is the alias of a dummy who was twenty years old in 2010 and competed in a songwriting competition. He hasn't written a song in nearly five years but is extremely grateful to SpinTown for the continued encouragement and would be a fool not to participate in Travis' last contest.



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Dr. Lindyke:  Two people, one name. It's mad science.







Links:  Website - @dr_lindyke - YouTube


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Jerry Skids:  Immaculately conceived by the Borough of Brooklyn, NY, I was spawned to play folk punk and acoustic rock for small groups of people on a black Martin guitar.  That is all.





Links:  Website - @JerryTheSkids - YouTube


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Zoe Gray:  Zoe Gray is a 16 year old musician, activist, writer, actor, hooligan, punk, patriarchy-smasher, Shakespeare enthusiast, fangirl, and gay dork. She is also the youngest ever winner of a Spintunes competition, and the daughter to fellow contestant Brian Gray.



Links:  Website - @ZoeSGray - YouTube


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Mariah Mercedes:  I'm just a potato.







Links:  Website - @_MariahMercedes


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The Orion Sound:  Sup ma bros, ya be chillin’ wi’ the king o’ sound, biatch. Who dis be, you sayin’? Boy, youre about to find out! Ma name be Oliver Parsons and I’m up 4 spanking dem hoes left, right and cen’re. I got dis sick do on ma heyd dat makes me look like pussay magnet – and it works. I get dem bitches in ma car and show ‘em ma yootoob swag. Dey don’t know what’s hit ‘em (it’s usually ma pen15) and dem gurls (and guys when I feel like it) are just begging 4 mor’.  I not got school smarts, cuz dey is 4 nurds, but ma street cred is off da chartz. Gimme yo’ support or I’ll steal ya fuckin’ cat so I can say I got ya pussy! Also I play music.

Links:  Website - @olirulz_747 - YouTube

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Adam Sakellarides:  Adam is just your average nerd who sings songs about science, time-travel, and love. His music video about the NASA Juno spacecraft, “She’s Checking In,” was featured on iO9/Gizmodo. He’s also made an entire series of music videos about random episodes of Star Trek (every series), entitled “Song Trek” on YouTube. In his spare time Adam is trying to get the cat off of his lap so he can get some work done.

Links:  Website - @AdamSounds - YouTube

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James Young:  UK-based. One third of rock bands AvidFan and Good Guy Sôjàbé. SpinTunes 9 finalist. Notable skills are guitar, grunting in time & knowing what ~5% of the functions in Logic Pro do.




Links:  Website - @avidfanman


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Jailhouse Payback:  Guitars, drums, a bicycle, a shotgun, and the truth.






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Army Defense:  Army Defense is: Dave Lehnen, Jon Sailer, Brandon Chitwood, Jose Ferreira, and Shannon Roberts. We are renegade singers/songwriters/musicians. Since 2004 we have recorded over 700 Sparkling Pop Tunes.




Links:  Website - @armydefense


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Caravan Ray:  Caravan Ray is a loose collective of musicians, poets and performance artists who currently reside within an old, derelict public servant in suburban Brisbane. He is available for parties.




Links:  Website - @caravanray - YouTube


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Ben Taggart:  I'm a software engineer that loves music.  I have decided that I have music to share.  Time will tell if I am right, or if any of it is any good.





Links:  @glikker


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The Boffo Yux Dudes:  Old guys who do know better. The Dudes started in 1987, reformed in 2009, and got time off for good behavior. Now they attempt to do music. Allan Morgan, Tom Giarrosso and Scott Mercer head this version of BYD with rabid optimism that they'll be remembered for more than just all those replays on Dr. Demento. Chris Cogott is also soft in the head and offered to help us with the talent portion of our program. Record holder of most ST shadow songs submitted. We live 3000 miles apart, so cut us some slack. For a good time call... damn, we're so old, the time and temp number doesn't exist any more. Crap.

Links:  Website - @BoffoYuxDudes - YouTube


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Heather Zink:  The Blamed One.







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Domingo:  Opera performance major with a double major in cultural anthropology and international affair concentration. Yes this is all for the MUSIC! My goal is to bridge worlds with music. My objective to is create conscious music in which real people think about real things and not the superficial or material. Music is about expression but is not imperialism nor is it imposition. More background: I have sang in salsa groups, operas, musical theaters, flamenco, mariachi, arabic, gospel,alternative.... All in all I want to do it ALL! 

Links:  Website - YouTube

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Turtle Fence:  Turtle Fence is the novelty and experimental side-project of Andy (Atom) of Atom & EV, a Dallas area torch-song-infused garage rock band with a retro flavor.





Links:  Website - @Andy_AtomandEV


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Sumner Wynn:  A song writer, I used to go by Trader Jack, but people made fun of that name for being grocery store related.






Links:  Website - YouTube


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Rob From Amersfoort:  Dutch, works at HQ of large DIY chain. Likes Beatles, Nilsson, Prince, Elliott Smith, Roxy Music, Michael Penn, Fiona Apple.





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Marlon:  Twice competed, twice eliminated, and twice his computer broke immediately after. Sun Tzu says a third time means enemy action. marlon. is a performing songwiter from the antelope valley with a love of figurative train wrecks, literal monsters, and character driven songs.



Links:  Website - @itsonlymarlon - YouTube


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"BucketHat" Bobby:  "BucketHat" Bobby is some hipster in his twenties from the eastern coast of Canada. He'd always heard that the best way to get better at something is to "just do it". After 10 years (off-and-on) of making music on the internet, he's getting curious when the improvement part is supposed to happen.



Links:  Website - @buckethatbobby - YouTube


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Lucky Witch And The Righteous Ghost:  NYC Antifolk duo, LW⚡RG consists of singer/guitarist E. Niveous Rayside and singer/omnichordist R. Brookes McKenzie. Their sound is like Soundgarden if they were on the soundtrack of the Nightmare before Christmas.



Links:  Website - @lucky_witch_rg


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Ross Durand:  I was born and went to school, my parents gave me French Horn lessons, but I wanted to be a rock star so I got a guitar. Then I heard Dylan and fell in love with songwriting. I studied science in college. Then I got married and had kids. I still like writing songs.



Links:  Website - @rosterand - YouTube


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Megalodon:  The "Big mighty" band is an extinct species of shark  rock that lived long ago, during the Cenozoic Era.

Megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predator bands in vertebrate rock history,  and likely had a profound impact on the structure of marine rock. Primative recordings suggest that this giant shark rock band reached a maximum awesomeness. The Megalodon showing in Spin Tunes 11 was that of a mitsukurina. We were bested by the Jailhouse Payback, we hope they comeback to defend their title. Sharks always move forward, especially big and mighty sharks. Looking forward to the hunt.


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Governing Dynamics:  They told me I could pick any name for my one man band that I wanted... so I picked "Governing Dynamics".






Links:  Website - @daxloren


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Ryan M. Brewer:  A singer/songwriter by trade, Ryan M. Brewer is more accurately described as a traveling musical storyteller. Having always placed the primary importance on lyricism, his songs tend to float effortlessly between genres...each one falling precisely where it needs to in order to most accurately tell the story. And that's all that matters - songs and stories.


Links:  Website - @ryanmbrewer - YouTube


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Bryan Schumann:  Bryan Schumann is a composer and performer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. An eclectic composer, Bryan embraces an immense spectrum of music. He writes and produces songs in many popular genres, as well as music for classical ensembles of all sizes (from chamber duos to large orchestras). He also creates ambient, electro-acoustic/avant-garde, and improvisatory music, and produces music and sound design for video games and film. He practices the amalgamation of all styles and is excited by the idea of crumbling the walls of genre.

Links:  Website - @Bryan_Schumann - YouTube


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Ominous Ride:  I teach, I complain, I write and make music to escape, I come back to reality. Rinse, repeat.






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Ohm-I:  BARS.







Links:  Website - @mcohmi - YouTube


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Rebecca Gurney:  You may remember Rebecca by a different name - Rebecca Brickley, from Spintunes 2, SIX years ago! (Man, who let this girl back?) Since then, she's finished her degree in music composition, gotten hitched, and now she works in radio & concert promotions. Leaning towards folk/pop, Rebecca wields the piano, the guitar, and some very sub-par audio equipment, for which she apologizes in advance. She hasn't released new music in a while, but she's excited to be back & looking forward to a challenge!

Links:  Website - @bekabee - YouTube

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Steve Stearns:  I write songs and music for TV and indie movies. I'm told that on occasion people enjoy listening to it.






Links:  Website - @IS3B - YouTube


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Kevin Savino-Riker:  The champion of Spintunes #1, and coming out of semi-retirement, Kevin has served as drummer, bassist, guitarist and lead vocalist in a number of bands over the last two decades.  He is uncomfortable writing about himself in the 3rd person.



Links:  Website - @RITmusic2k - YouTube


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Shyfox:  Independent singer/songwriter who started with violin back in elementary and made my way through the "rock band" instruments in a pursuit to become a one man band. I've accompanied a few bands for live performances in total of about a dozen live shows. No formally released tracks to this date but I am currently working on improving my "studio" to produce better records.

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Gorbzilla:  Gorbzilla (David Gorbe) is a musician who teaches HS and MS band.  He's worked hard to get to this level of anonymity, and hopes to keep it that way.





Links:  Website - @GorbZilla


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Brian Gray:  If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O! it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets, stealing and giving odour.



Links:  Website - @BrianGrayMusic


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Evil Beej:  Had facial hair, cut it off. Sings the blues.







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Trash Boat:  I make garbage music for garbage people.







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Mick Bordet:  When not Lunacy Boarding or Dreiviertel Dreing, Mick mostly creates instrumental music that combines timbres in unexpected ways using a range of instruments from self-built synthesizers to broken zithers rescued from a flea market. Past SpinTunes efforts have resulted in songs about fabulous vikings, psychopathic lollipop ladies and tasty highland cows, so don’t expect any boy-meets-girl songs!

Links:  Website - @MickBordet


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Touch And Go:  Two guys that love to fly, brew beer and play music.






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DJ Ranger Den:  DJ Ranger Den often refers to herself and her alleged identities in the third person but you don’t know her and neither do they. She suddenly no longer feels the need to yammer on in this bio which might belong to someone else or even to you, should you want to purchase it for a small fee. These were lies an hour ago. In exchange for your silence, we give you this pensive and tiny sullen photograph of ourselves. Also, we are not “real” DJs, but are like über authentic.

Links:  Website - @RangerDenni - YouTube


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27 Tikis:  We are 27 Tikis. We will aloha your socks off.







Links:  @tikikitchen & @SpencerSokol


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Bryce Jensen:  Bryce writes lots of music and practically never posts anything online. Hopefully this contest will be one of the rare exceptions.





Links:  Website - @psychobman


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Godz Poodlz:  Icon/Rock/Dad Band! Two neighborz and friendz unite to form the legendary mechabot Gödz Pöödlz! Gödz Pöödlz are Rüss Rögers and Rhöd Dürre.





Links:  @GodzPoodlz - YouTube


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The Crack Fox:  I don't really know what the fuck to tell you. I'm high right now and am more focused on this sandwich.






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Kyleen Downes:  The guitar has been a part of Kyleen's life since she was 12. She's always enjoyed creating music with it and eventually she started writing songs during her time in the Army. After moving to the Dayton area in 2008 she paired up with different musicians and played in the acoustic duo Smilin' Gray and party band The Undercovered. She and fellow songwriter, Emma Woodruff, released the album "Longing for Something” in 2014.  In 2015, Kyleen branched off into her solo career and she has performed in songwriter showcases, at Dayton Sideshow, LadyFest Dayton, and GemFest.  Her solo album “Maybe Sometimes” was released in July 2016.

Links:  Website@kyleendownes - YouTube


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Alex Forger:  Alex is a singer song writer from the Lansing area always looking to improve his craft and collaborate!






Links:  Website - @AlexForger

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