Interview – Brandon Kitterman of Fictionist

Linescratchers contributor Joseph Mecham recently interviewed Brandon Kitterman (guitar aficionado of Utah’s indie rock band Fictionist) for GuitarJunkie.net. Linescratchers gets to join in on the fun.

Brace yourself, dear reader, for a lesson in being awesome. Brandon Kitterman is what I would call a sonic knitting artist. You know those really ugly knitted blankets you always try to warm up with at your Grandparents house, and they’re so riddled with holes they have a 10% heat retention rating? Then you end up freezing to death on their couch while developing terminal asthma because they have 40 years of dust collected in the couch cushions? Well yeah… that sucks, and I share your pain. However, if Brandon were to knit for you a blanket with his sonic textures and tones, it would be made of silk, be your favorite color, smell like vanilla, have a 99% heat retention rating, and it would wrap you like an Egyptian mummy. Yep… he’s that good. Read on for everything you wanted to know about Brandon Kitterman’s guitar set-up and technique.
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Interview – Brandon Kitterman of Fictionist

Compilation Sale

Hi folks.  We have one week left on our fundraiser, and we are currently only a fraction of our total goal.  But that’s okay.  Even if we only raise $400, we can still redesign the site with a new and better design (we just can’t do some of the more extensive stuff we had planned).  So, in order to help us reach our minimum goal, I’ve decided to have a sale.  From now on, ANYONE who donates anything will receive a copy of the Linescratchers Compilation Album, regardless of the amount (this will apply retroactively to anyone who donated less than $20 earlier in the month).

Yeah, you heard me – you’ll receive our special first Linescratchers Compilation Album, featuring 12 awesome artists including Kirby Heyborne, Rumbo Rumba, Young Sim, Idiot Glee, and more, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU DONATE.  But you still have to donate something.  Please CLICK HERE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

For more information on the album itself, click HERE.

Compilation Sale

“The Proposal”

Most of you know that Simeon Lawrence (AKA Young Sim) is a good friend of mine from our missions, and we’ve stayed good friends ever since. So it is with an acknowledgement of complete and utter bias that I present to you the following video. I’m not sure if anyone who doesn’t know us will appreciate the full meaning here, so I realize perhaps I’m breaking some sort of journalistic code by posting this, but Young Sim, founder of Feel Good Music, is engaged to be married. Life is good.

“The Proposal”

Brandon Flowers is a Mormon

I guess it’s official now, Brandon Flowers is a Mormon.  If you haven’t seen it yet, HERE is Brandon Flowers’ profile on Mormon.org.  That’s right, it’s mormon.org/brandon.

I can’t believe the LDS church could get an interview that we couldn’t!!!  Okay, I guess I can kinda see it.  There’s an awesome video interview on the website, but here’s a YouTube link to give you an idea.  I love it.

Brandon Flowers is a Mormon

Why LDS musicians? Or, Learning to Live with Dissonance

I have been asked on numerous occasions why Linescratchers features LDS musicians. One of the earliest forms of this question came from extremely early on in Linescratchers history – before I even published my first post. I had sent out a bajillion emails to various and sundry musicians to try and find active Mormons who were musicians. One of the random folks I sent an email to wrote back and said something along the lines of (I don’t have the email anymore): “I have some friends you should interview! They’re not Mormon though. But they totally deserve a little publicity!”

And I responded to them by saying, “Well, that’s awesome and everything, but really the point of this website is to feature Mormons only.

And they responded by saying, in effect, “That’s pretty unfair and judgmental that you would only feature Mormons, there are lots of good musicians out there who need publicity who aren’t Mormons. You shouldn’t judge them just because they’re not Mormons.”

And I responded by saying, in effect, “…”

It seemed obvious in my head that I would be accomplishing something very specific and important by only featuring LDS musicians. I was completely caught off-guard by the idea that this was judgmental and unfair, and I didn’t have much of a response to that. Now over the years, I think I’ve refined my message a bit, but in a lot of ways the response I got that day has stuck with me. I have asked myself more than once, “Why LDS musicians? What’s the point?” Continue reading “Why LDS musicians? Or, Learning to Live with Dissonance”

Why LDS musicians? Or, Learning to Live with Dissonance

Linescratchers Compilation Album

It’s been a hope of mine ever since I created Linescratchers to eventually make a compilation album that featured the best of our artists every year. I discovered that this is a legally tricky endeavor. In order to obtain copyrights for 10-12 songs I’d have to have each artist sign dozens of pages of paperwork, pay legal fees, and keep up with a ton of legal ramifications of selling somebody else’s music. Lacking sufficient time and resources to do all that, I put the idea on the backburner until a time when I could fully focus my attention on it.

However, with the advent of our newest fundraiser and plans to expand Linescratchers, I have been able to realize that dream in some way. We’re not actually selling the album – it’s a bonus gift for those who donate $20 or more to our fundraiser – and that means our artists could just donate their favorite or most unique tracks to us and we can give out free digital downloads to those who participate! It’s a win-win-win situation for our artists, our fans, and Linescratchers.

But some of you have still asked about the track listing, and I’m happy to oblige. Here are the songs on the first official Linescratchers Compilation Album:

Kirby Heyborne – The Hard Way
Rumbo Rumba – Ya Va A Salir El Sol
Young Sim – I Apologize
The Barefoot Movement – Find Ourselves
Good Morning Passenger – Empty Beds
Australis – Sacred Earth
Idiot Glee – Don’t Go Out Tonight
Mayan Fox – Move
Colby Miller – Collapse!
Kristen Lawrence – The Ghost of John
Roxy Rawson – (new track – to be determined)
(NEW!) The Neighbors – (to be determined)

I didn’t ask all our artists to donate a track. You can see that I really focused on having as broad a variety of music as possible: from rap to indie to violin to Latin to Halloween to acoustic to New Age and more. I think this is an important step in really showing what Latter-day Saints are capable of creating artistically in modern times. No doubt in 100 years, Mormon historians would probably be interested in these tracks, just to see what Mormon artists of the early 21st Century did. Once again, this album is available to those who donate more than $20 to our fundraiser (downloads will be made available as soon as the fundraiser is over at the end of the month). Enjoy!

Linescratchers Compilation Album

ANNOUNCING Linescratchers: the Online Magazine, Fundraising Campaign, and Compilation Album

Dear fans, musicians, and readers,

We have until October 30th to win your support!

Linescratchers has been around for over three years now. We’ve existed in pretty much the same form since we began: a little blog.  As much as I loved putting distance between us and the “LDS musician” industry and sending out “Are you Mormon?” emails to semi-known celebrities, I soon realized that I couldn’t do it alone.  I recruited a group of bloggers from all over the country who are committed to finding and promoting LDS musicians everywhere.  We’ve slowly grown into the biggest website of its kind.  Where else can you find Alan Sparhawk talking about the “fluke” of making money with musicIan Fowles talking about punk rock, The Aquabats!, and theologyKirby Heyborne talking about being an actor, songwriter, and the woes of being a “celebrity” in the Mormon churchYoung Sim on his family’s escape from Liberia and so much more?  Linescratchers features the largest network of LDS musicians in the world, and we now celebrate the best of LDS musicians in our Annual Linescratchers Awards, the only award of its kind.

Our loyal fans and readers, you have provided the greatest input, comments, suggestions, and general motivation we could ever ask for.  Many of you read regularly, comment, and listen to the podcast. Because of that, we want to grow, improve, and continue providing the content you deserve.  After a solid run in the group blog format, working out the kinks in our system, we are ready to take this to the next level. And this is where you come in.

Blogs are great for what they are, but we want Linescratchers to be much more.  Great blog posts get buried soon after they’re published.  Our design doesn’t lend itself to compelling pictures or a polished format.  Furthermore, our contributors are a core team of volunteers.  Life happens, and creating solid and consistent material can be tough.

Therefore, we’ve decided to expand Linescratchers into an online magazine.  

“What’s the difference?” you might ask.  Well, the new Linescratchers will have:

  1. A professional site redesign.
  2. A quarterly, downloadable PDF/mobile edition featuring the best articles and interviews of each quarter, so you will be able to access Linescratchers on your mobile device and e-readers.
  3. More LDS art-related categories, such as film and theater.  While music will always be our primary focus, an online magazine format will allow us to venture out into other categories that you might also be interested in.
  4. A network of advertisers and other professional relationships.  While ads normally suck the cool out of good websites, we will feature neat and relevant partners like venues where our artists perform, studios, music shops, LDS-related sites, and labels.  Above all, this will allow us to provide you, the readers, with…
  5. Higher-quality content.  We aim to produce even better content than we ever have before.  We will be able to do this by giving our contributing staff and editors compensation for their work, so they can make more time for it.

For this to work, we need your help.  I am happy to officially announce a month-long RocketHub campaign to fund our website overhaul!  Funds raised throughout the month of October will go to graphic design and other costs associated with running a slicker, higher-traffic site for the next year while we wait for advertising to kick in.

You might ask, like Peter of old, “Behold, we will donate and follow you (on Facebook and Twitter); what shall we have therefore?” The answer: our Linescratchers Featured Artists are behind us 100%.  We are offering a special bonus compilation album featuring tracks from some of our best LDS Featured Artists to everyone who donates more than $20 to Linescratchers!  This compilation will include songs personally donated to us from:

Kirby Heyborne
Young Sim
The Barefoot Movement
Roxy Rawson
Idiot Glee
Colby Miller
Australis
Canoe
Kristen Lawrence
Good Morning Passenger
Rumbo Rumba

This compilation is not for sale. It will only be available for those who donate more than $20 in our RocketHub campaign.  Anyone who donates at least $10 will receive a special mention in our first quarterly magazine.  For our high-roller fans, donations of $50 or more will receive the compilation album and Linescratchers merchandise.  All reward levels are available on our RocketHub site.

Thank you to everyone for participating in all our struggles and joys over the last three years.  We hope to be around for a long time, and we want you there with us!  So what are you waiting for?

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR LINESCRATCHERS NOW!

ANNOUNCING Linescratchers: the Online Magazine, Fundraising Campaign, and Compilation Album