Linescratching Post for the week of May 30, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 14, Week of May 30, 2011

This week: Low get raw, Donny Osmond impromptu guest-vocals with Fictionist, The JaneDear girls up for an award, Colby Miller’s new album out NOW, the 5 Browns and Yo Gabba Gabba touring (separately), New Roxy Rawson song, Neon Trees, American Hollow, and Donny and Marie!

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Linescratching Post for the week of May 30, 2011

Seeking applications for blogs, writers, or musicians!

We have a couple items of blog business to share with all of you.

1) Are you a…

…featured Linescratchers artist?
…LDS musician/writer/blogger with your own music blog?

We are currently working on a secret Summer project and we are seeking out all our friends and fellow musicians out there who have your own music blogs, publications, or organizations. If you don’t have one, and you’d like one, start one! If you need help, contact us and we’ll help you set it up!

Email me at and let us know if you have a blog that you update regularly. Please let us know what kind of blog it is: a discussion blog with cool questions, dialog, stories, or discussions, OR a blog containing news about your band (or any combination of the above).

2) Are you interested in interviewing cool musicians, reviewing free music, raising interesting questions, or otherwise working with us at Linescratchers (for FREE)? We are always seeking out bloggers, writers, and web administrators to help out! Send a message to to find out how you can help.

3) Are you an LDS musician who doesn’t write LDS music, who has never been featured on Linescratchers? If so, please send a link to your music, a bio, a couple mp3s, or just an email to and we will let you know if you’re what Linescratchers is looking for.

Thanks everyone, and keep rocking!

Seeking applications for blogs, writers, or musicians!

Interview – Calm Paradox

A transplant from Houston, Texas, to Utah, Michelle Kennedy has a lot on her hands. Not only is she a law student, she also is a singer, composer, and performer otherwise known as Calm Paradox, and releases music on her own music label. Inspired by classical as well as indie music, philosophy, and literature, Michelle has gained as much of a reputation for her raw, honest lyrics as she has from her intuitive tonal style. Juggling songwriting and performing with other pursuits can take a toll on a musician, but Michelle has not let that stop her from releasing an album of music called How to Mind, which is now available for purchase in several outlets. In this interview, Michelle tells us about her songwriting influences, her lyrical style, and her unique approach on How to Mind.

So Michelle, since you have a degree in philosophy, tell us what you think of William James’ Pragmatism. Don’t hold back.
A: William James and the Pragmatists are quite interesting, but that is all I have to share on the subject. Philosophy is a very personal pursuit of mine, and thus one of the few things that I’ve learned to keep for myself. Continue reading “Interview – Calm Paradox”

Interview – Calm Paradox

Linescratching Post for the week of May 23, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 13, Week of May 23, 2011

This week: Brandon Flowers goes Gene Simmons, Nothing good ever comes of disobedience except international fame and glory, Gladys Knight on making a living in a casino, Neon Trees buy-in while Fictionist eschew corporate label, festival, and magazine, plus updates on the JaneDear girls, Maroon 5, and much (a little) more!

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Linescratching Post for the week of May 23, 2011

Musical Bucket List: Rapture edition

Dear Sinners,

Thanks to a calculated mathematician (or mathemagician, your choice), we have all been made aware… the Rapture is nigh.

We at Linescratchers pride ourselves on valuing music above most anything else in life. This being the case… and life as we know it about to end at 6:00 PM tonight, we thought we’d share some final thoughts with you about two items you may refer to as our “musical bucket list”.

Which concert would we wish to see (past, present, or fictional), and which album we feel it imperative that we listen to one last time before we meet our fiery grave.

Please read our list and then append yours as a comment! It’s been a pleasure knowing you all and at about 6:00 PM tonight… it may be in your best interest to wear a helmet if you’re still indoors. Continue reading “Musical Bucket List: Rapture edition”

Musical Bucket List: Rapture edition


Today I got an email from Davey Morrison (yes – the Davey Morrison) about a new Kickstarter page for his new short film WWJD based on a play of the same name. I have written a song for this film, and Ian Fowles will be playing on it, so it’s doubly worth supporting! Here’s Davey’s message:

Hi, friends!

I wanted to let you know (if you didn’t already) about the feature film I’m directing this summer. It’s called WWJD–it’s based on a play by Anna Lewis, which I helped produce earlier this year at New Play Project. The story follows four college students over 24 hours when Jesus shows up at their apartment and does the dishes. It’s a wonderful script–a warm, thoughtful, funny, and moving examination of the question, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” (If you’re interested in reading the script, it’s available for free online here.) Audiences loved the play, and we’ve been working over the past nine months adapting the script and putting together an amazing crew so we can turn it into a film.

We’ll be shooting WWJD on a very limited budget, but we still need to raise quite a bit of money. Tonight we’re launching a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. We’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 in 60 days–if we make the goal, we get to keep the money, but if we don’t, none of our donors are charged for their pledge, and we get nothing. We also have rewards for donations at every level–including finished copies of the film. The Kickstarter page provides more information about the project:

We’re incredibly grateful for whatever support you’re able to give (even a dollar or two makes a difference!), and please help us by spreading the word and sharing the Kickstarter link through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

Thank you so much!

Much Love,


Interview – Haun’s Mill

Haun’s Mill is certainly a unique addition to Linescratchers. Part husband-and-wife acoustic folk duo, part performance artists, part historians, part film-makers, Eliza Wren and Nord Anderson take listeners back to darker, but not different, times in our country’s history. From the Spanish Flu outbreak, to quiet, intimacy in poverty, to the Great Depression, these stories and themes find a new, added relevance in our society today. Highly recommended.

So for the record, you two are husband and wife?
N&E: Yes.

Our other favorite husband-and-wife duo, and the inspiration for Linescratchers, is Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low. Are you familiar with Low?
E: Funny, we just recently discovered them – I’d heard of them a bit before but didn’t know so much about them – nice stuff!

Is playing in a band your full time job then, or do you have day jobs?
N: Ha! That’s the goal, to not have day jobs. I quit the job I had for 8 yrs. so we could move to Austin & do more music. Here in Austin I got another day job – but yes, full-time music is the goal. Continue reading “Interview – Haun’s Mill”

Interview – Haun’s Mill