Links and stories
Wanna make an album? Start right now with the RPM Challenge, says Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered. http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2013/01/31/170789950/wanna-make-an-album-start-right-now
Mission accomplished! The Sound in Portsmouth, N.H., catches up with musicians of all ages who completed this year: http://soundnh.com/rpm-16-mission-accomplished/
Seacoast Online in Portsmouth, N.H., captures the spiirt as things kick off during the Gear Up! gear swap: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20160130/NEWS/160139925
Dave Good at The San Diego Reader tells the story of local participants: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/feb/18/blurt-even-antarctica/#
Morning Edition of New Hampshire Public Radio sat down with Dave Karlotski to talk about what RPM is and how it has evolved over the past 10 years: http://nhpr.org/post/rpm-challenge-can-you-create-album-twenty-eight-days
The Telegram in St. John's, Newfoundland, published a profile on a local father and son duo, gearing up for their 5th RPM: http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2015-01-30/article-4026516/Young-drummer%2C-dad-are-up-to-the-challenge/1
The Sound in Portsmouth, N.H., featured the RPM Challenge on it's front page, highlighting 10 years of RPMing: http://soundnh.com/inside/
Berklee freshman Max Grazier (Poo Poo Platters) earns 4-year Lollapalooza scholarship, based in part on nearly a decade of RPM experiences: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150716/NEWS/150719387
RPMer Kristine St-Pierre spoke with RPM HQ about the Challenge on her radio show, ArtBreak on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa: http://www.ckcufm.com/
Milwaukee Makerspace accepted the challenge:
Long time RPMer and host of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen, urges his listeners to sign up: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/01/31/170789950/wanna-make-an-album-start-right-now
The Scope in St. John's, Newfoundland, found the time to sample and review all local projects: http://thescope.ca/rpm/rpm-challenge-2012-reviews
A blogger for the Phoenix New Times captured the experience of local finishers in his town: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2012/03/with_the_extra_day_provided.php
NPR All Songs Considered: Bob Boilen wants to play with you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/01/30/146107772/lets-make-music-together
Chris Cooke wrote a fantastic first-person account of the Challenge for the Columbia Patch:
Whitney Matheson posted about RPM on USA Today's Pop Candy blog!:
NPR All Songs Considered: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton briefly touch on the Challenge during their podcast on 1/25: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/25/133093196/new-mix-james-blake-sings-cowboy-junkies-cover-vic-chesnutt-and-more
Bob Boilen also issued the challenge on the All Songs blog:
Geoff Cox of Powerlounge was interviewed on New Zealand's National Radio network on 1/27:
The RPM Challenge has recieved press nationally, internationally, and interweb...ally. In 2006, Pitchforkmedia published a story just after the inagural challenge (http://pitchfork.com/features/get-that-out-of-your-mouth/6286-get-that-out-of-your-mouth-23/), and NH's WMUR-TV ran a segment on their New Hampshire Chronicle program. Big stuff, indeed!
In 2007, a larger roster of publications picked up the story following the opening of the Challenge to the rest of the world. Papers, blogs, music sites, even NPR's All Things Considered. NPR's own Bob Boilen even joined the challenge! Other publications included NH's Foster's Daily Democrat, The Portland Phoenix, Nashville Cream, WFMY NEWs 2, Technorati, Pop Candy, Pitchforkmedia, and, of course, the Challenge's host, The Wire in Portsmouth, NH.
In 2008, RPM appeared in Wired Magazine, Pop Candy, Slashdot and Boing Boing, while in 2009, CityBeat, Here & Now, CBC Radio 3, Portsmouth Herald, Albany Times Union, Boston Herald, and the East Bay Express also ran stories. In both years, NPR's All Song Considered Second Stage set aside time in April to feature RPM songs that caught their ears.
Countless personal sites and blogs hosted write-ups and even chronicled the progress of RPMers during the month of February.
Created in 2006 by The Wire (http://wirenh.com) in Portsmouth, NH, the RPM Challenge started as a local idea. Just get a few bands together, have 'em drop by the Wire office with their finished CDs, have a little party. An astonishing 220 bands signed up, leading to the completion of 165 CDs. The folks of the Wire were so impressed, they thought, "Hey, what if the whole country participated? What about the whole world?"
After the overwhelming response, other like-minded publications thought, "We also have a fantastic music community, can we help?" And so, the idea of partnering was more or less born. Two outfits came to the fore with their ability to really understand the point and to connect with their readership during the event.
St. John Newfoundland's own arts & entertainment magazine. A fantastic group of people who fully embrace the spirit of RPM. From their own site: "Thousands of free copies of the print edition are available from hundreds of distribution points in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Torbay and Conception Bay South every month. We’re proudly independent and locally owned, and were founded in 2006.
To publish content that will entertain, inform, and foster cultural development in the St. John’s metropolitan area.
Our favourite fruit?
East Bay Express
Another pub with a firm grasp on the RPM mindset, this time from the left coast. From their page: "Every week, the Express provides these well-educated world travelers the only medium dedicated exclusively to them. From our authoritative cover stories; to our in-depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage; to the area's most comprehensive weekly calendar; the East Bay Express has been this vibrant region's leading voice since 1978."
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