Linescratching Post for the week of Feb 28, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 2, Week of February 28, 2011

In this issue: Gladys Knight, The Aquabats!, bands and people with rather more tenuous connections to Mormonism, a story about a ward talent show that you’ll not soon forget, Porter Rockwell, Spencer W. Kimball, and much more.

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Linescratching Post for the week of Feb 28, 2011

“Teach Me How To Jimmer” official video

Young Sim sent this to me two days ago and put it up on YouTube yesterday.  Within a day it’s gotten tens of thousands of views.  I give you “Teach Me How To Jimmer” by the Feel Good Music Coalition, featuring Quinn, Kai, Kalin, Definit and Young Sim, and edited by Nic Goodfellow.

“Teach Me How To Jimmer” official video

It’s not easy being Cove Reber.

In 2004, a 19-year-old Mormon singer from Vista, California, sent in an acoustic demo tape to a band that was, in his mind, already legendary. Saosin had only released one EP, Translating the Name, but it became so popular through touring and careful use of online social networking that the EP sold tens of thousands of copies. Not long into 2004, however, vocalist Anthony Green, who was feeling homesick and dissatisfied with the direction of the band, left to form Circa Survive, and a nation-wide audition then took place to find a new singer.

When Beau Burchell, guitarist of Saosin, first heard Cove Reber’s audition tape, he thought Anthony was playing a trick on them, because Cove’s vocals sounded so much like Anthony’s. It was no joke. Cove, though young, already had experience playing in local bands Mormon in the Middle and Stamp Out Detroit, and his vocal similarity to the Saosin’s founding singer got him hired. For Cove, it was a dream come true to be hired by a band he looked up to so much. Fan reaction was mixed. Continue reading “It’s not easy being Cove Reber.”

It’s not easy being Cove Reber.

Mayan Fox Australian flood relief fundraiser

Hey loyal Linescratchers readers.  Nate Hamon of Mayan Fox has just let me know that from now until Valentine’s Day ALL income generated by the sales of their album Outfoxed will go to flood relief in Australia.  As most of you have read all over the news, the recent flooding in Australia has cost lives, property, and livelihoods, and has covered a massive area.

Outfoxed has just been awarded the 2010 Linescratchers Staff Pick Award, and so if you were on the fence about buying it, hopefully this will convince you.  It goes to a good cause, and it’s a great album.  Thanks for all your help and enjoy the album!  You can purchase it on their website HERE.

Mayan Fox Australian flood relief fundraiser

The 2010 Linescratchers Awards

I’m pleased to announce the first annual Linescratchers Awards: a yearly contest wherein we vote on the best albums from LDS artists of the whole year. This will be a great opportunity for musicians to get prizes, recognition, and exposure for their work, and if it goes well, it will happen every year. We are giving out three awards this year:

The Linescratchers Award
This award is given out to featured artists on Linescratchers who have released a full-length album anytime in 2010. The nomination pool, taken from the list of Our Artists, will be given in an upcoming post, and the decision will be made with a popular vote.

Popular Award
This award is available to any LDS musician who released a full-length album in 2010, regardless of whether we have featured them or not. Nominations will be done by you, our readers, in an upcoming post. Then, the decision will be made by popular vote.

Staff Pick
This award is given by the staff of Linescratchers to one musician or band who we think really embodies the mission of Linescratchers.  Decision is made by secret combination.

The nominations for the Popular Award will begin very soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, start thinking about your favorite LDS artists who have released albums this year. You’ll have a chance to nominate them for a Linescratchers award!

The 2010 Linescratchers Awards

Feel Good Music Coalition website now up

The great Young Sim, founder of the Feel Good Music Coalition promotions organization, has created a website for all musicians affiliated with his organization. I flatter myself to say that I’m on there too. At this website, you will find promotional flyers for upcoming shows (usually hip hop and usually in the Salt Lake area), information about Sim’s life and vision, news, music videos, and a store where you can purchase merchandise and good music. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if anyone can change the future of music in Salt Lake, and amongst the youth of the Church (and elsewhere), it’s Young Sim.

You can check it out, and get more of Sim’s vision for the future of good music HERE.

Feel Good Music Coalition website now up

Chance Thomas scoring new Monopoly game

I got a quick note from Chance Thomas, the award-winning composer for video games such as Avatar and The Lord of the Rings. Electronic Arts is planning to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the board game Monopoly by releasing a 3-D city-building game called Monopoly Streets. Chance Thomas has confirmed that he will be writing the score. Seems exciting! You can find a link to a promotional release of the theme by clicking HERE.

Chance Thomas scoring new Monopoly game