Austin's Erin Ivey has won the Grand Prize in the Discoveries 2012 Playlist competition, created by MEOW - Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women. She wins lots of goodies, including a Daisy Rock guitar, a Fender amp, a Toca tambourine and djembe, and consulting sessions with producer Mark Hallman and MEOW director Carla Black. Ivey won for her song Amelia, a tribute to lost (and possibly about to be found) aviator Amelia Earhart.
Photo by James T. Parsons
Amelia is the opening track to the playlist, which features 15 songs in total - listen to all of them here. Six other Austin acts are included - Emily Wolfe, Karen Chisholm, Naga Valli, Brooklyn James, Sue Young, Miranda Rose and Juliana Murphy - while the sole NYC song is from Allison Tartalia's project Allison's Invention.
There were nearly 100 submissions for the contest, which was judged by Austin musicians Sally Crewe (Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves) and Christa Hillhouse (Four Non Blondes) as well as two music industry veterans, artist manager Emily Lichter (Sallie Ford, Erin McKeown) and Clear Channel radio programmer Julie Pilat of KYSR and KIIS-FM in Los Angeles.
Austin's James McMurtry wrote a song called We Can't Make It Here a while ago - it appeared on his 2005 album Childish Things. He's now made the song available as a free download in support of the Occupy movement. It's available - in its original form, as a radio edit and an acoustic version, along with some new narrative from James - here. And here's a video ...
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One song worthy of a special mention is Death Better Take Me Dancing by Lara Ewen.
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Lara has posted that song, and indeed her entire new album - The Wishing Stone Songs - on Bandcamp for digital download. It will be there through the summer to raise funds for physical CD duplication and promotion.
And peoples downloading the album - produced at GaluminumFoil Studios in Brooklyn by Chris Cubeta - also get free access to 10 bonus tracks from the fine musicians who contributed to the album.