By Jon

These are the digital remnants of NewTunes… (sigh).

Or… what was left in the wake of Andy Hayman’s poor outsource recommendation (which, in my understanding, was made entirely to line the pockets of another former colleague with no regard for his ability to get the job done).


3 Responses to “About”


  1. June 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

    so how does a band submit their music to this project? We’d be interested…

    Dave

  2. March 3, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Hey There!

    I wanted to make sure Finding NewTunes knew about the music video release party/concert we’re throwing at Glasslands March 5 for our new single “Gangster”. mamarazzi has madd love for Finding NewTunes. If you love us some back, please be so kind as to spread the seed…

    funk with us: http://mamarazzi.bandcamp.com <– mamarazzi presents: "Gangster: the new single by mamarazzi" free download.
    re-funk with us: http://www.mediafire.com/?vimdxm5owmy <– Kool AD (of Das Racist) presents: the Gangsta remix

    laugh and cry with us – http://vimeo.com/7706153 … password: musicvideo <–a sneak peak of the music video!

    and most importantly, your presence is requested at Glasslands March 5 as we celebrate this joyous testimonial to universal depravity with a live set of our tastiest repertoire and complimentary grapefruit wedges.

    myspace.com/mamarazzisounds — fbook party invite: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=283899146524&ref=mf

    shall we dance?

    RSVP SVP for guestlist and goodies. Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
    And congrats on running a refreshingly quality site. On behalf of some of your readers (us), I thank you kindly for the hard work.

    Tavi

    Resident MC
    mamarazzi

  3. May 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Jon,

    I wanted to comment (wanted to contact you personally rather in a less public way) by saying that I really understand and embrace your music appreciation philosophy. You mentioned my band (The Panderers) in an article in 2008 that I had stumbled on just recently. The article was called “How old can new music be? (or, pioneers or archeologists)” and you highlight the frustration of how the mainstream band-breaking sites pander to the 20 year old male consumer market and a lot of worthwhile bands not of the more hardcore ilk do not get exposure because of demographics in consumerism. I agree – it’s a shame and a sham. I say this strictly as a music fan a ways past age 20.

    If 26 is the new 18, then at what depth of experience might we expect from the force-fed hardcore market emerging artists? I find that in that marketplace, you will find angst and confusion versus maturity and vibe in the music. And I say this with great respect for all artists of all ages and maturity, but it is unfortunate that so many really great artists that write perhaps a bit more timeless music versus fad music falls out the cull chute or remains buried and it takes music archeologists to pilfer through the music of the now to find the timeless gem bands. It takes a music archeologist to appreciate and identify the relic as genuine. It frustrates me as a consumer as I look for the next THING THAT MOVES ME BIG, versus the NEXT BIG THING selected for promotion to the large consumer market of 20 and under. I just feel that, eras form now, when they dig up our bones and find our civilizations media playlist receipts versus our old school vinyl and CD collections, they may not see the real reflection of the people and music of our time.

    So again, I was smitten by the philosophy of your article title “How old can new music be? (or, pioneers or archeologists)”. I am a fan of what I like to call “brand new old songs,” such as Son Volt, Alabama Three (A3) and Mason Jennings and everything in between and I try to write music with that in mind. I am into vibe, mood, and a head nod and sway is as moving as music that invokes dancing in some people. Simplicity is absent in the modern din of mainstream music and it all runs together. Distinction is missing in mainstream music. And to add insult to injury, this modern “sound” is the benchmark or target to be mimicked. I personally prefer to hear echoes of the past as the best mainstream music is behind us I fear – though the next Curt Cobain could walk in much like a Jimi Hendrix of his own era and reissue a new form of authentic punk to us all (“Grunge” was the music that followed after Cobain in my opinion). Cobain is timeless… and certainly punk rock.

    I am offering just my own perspective here which is the sole opinion of one person’s taste in “musics”. It’s not that new and timeless music is not being written and recorded right now, but it cannot compete against the focused-on primary consumer base of the 13 to 20 year olds who ARE the revenue in the odd form of digital download gift cards from loving grandmothers everywhere to their beloved grandchildren, or perhaps purchased from the pocket money from an adolescent’s first job. That demographic decides the trend as far as what you will now see in Rolling Stone magazine, music videos and commercial radio play. Remember when Linda Ronstadt would grace the cover, or Leon Russell? However, I have to admit that soul music is still just that and alive and well.

    Many that might share in some of this opinion are probably listening to NPR and college radio stations. It takes subsidized or non-profit radio stations to be able to shed light on the solid new music being made out there today. But just as important as those outlets for digging up brand new heirlooms, it is blogs like this one that shed similar light on important emerging artists that deserve to be part of this modern historical musical landscape. Fight the power! Even if the power is gift card giving grannies 🙂

    I would just like to show appreciation for the real-time archeology work that you do for your readers.You’re completely dead-on in how you compare and contrast “pioneers or archeologists.” I really embrace artists that are both. It brings to mind a line written by Son Volt’s song “Windfall” where the person in the song gains comfort in resorting to AM radio to find that lost sound from yesteryear (it brings Buck Owens to mind when I hear these lyrics):

    “Switching it over to AM
    Searching for a truer sound
    Can’t recall the call letters
    Steel guitar and settle down
    Catching an all-night station somewhere in Louisiana
    It sounds like 1963, but for now it sounds like heaven”

    Anyway, I can relate. Both to Jay Farrar’s lyrical sentiments and to this blog. So thanks, very much, for doing the digging so that we can enjoy some of the treasures that you find and share with us here. And the blog that I referenced above sounded very much like the argument/frustrations that I have wrestled with for the last decade. There is no better gift than someone turning you on to some new artist that you can really settle into for a month or so. It scratches that itch.

    One last indulgence if you will, I am currently into a German artist called “The Dad Horse Experience”. Dad Horse Ottn plays secular gospel (that’s right) music on banjo while playing foot pedal bass piano with his feet. He has thick German accent and wails in English. Definitely fresh.I would suggest starting with “Through the Hole” found here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-GeclueuHk&feature=related

    Thanks for all you do,

    Scott Wynn
    The Panderers


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