About Chris Budd


Chris Budd is the founder/owner/editor of Toronto-based music blog Indie Music Filter and the president of music publishing/brokering company Bearsuit Publishing.

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CONTEST: Win Wristbands For Canadian Music Week

CONTEST: Win Wristbands For Canadian Music Week

Just when one contest ends here at Indie Music Filter, another one begins! Courtesy of Canadian Music Week, I’ve got 3 pairs of wristbands to give away for the festival, happening this year from May 6-10th.  How do you enter into this contest?  Well, I’ll pick three lucky winners over the course of the next few weeks, AND THE ONLY WAY TO ENTER IS:

e-mail me at chris @ indiemusicfilter dot com with “CMW 2014″ in the subject line and your name in the body.  No more retweets, likes or shares.  I’m going to make you work for this one.

More on Canadian Music Week:

Summer’s festival fever will hit Toronto early this year as CMW (Canadian Music Week) 2014 makes its official move from March to May 6-10. The citywide celebration will offer music fans from near and far the chance to catch more than 1000 acts in a jam-packed week of shows. From some of the year’s best to several of the most anticipated, the initial lineup spans the spectrum of electronic to experimental, indie pop to alternative, punk to hip hop and much more in between.

Bands peforming this year include : M.I.A., City and Colour, Ellie Goulding, Tegan and Sara, Television, Neko Case, The 1975, Walk Off The Earth, Flatbush Zombies, OFF!, The Dodos, The King Khan and BBQ Show, Basecamp, Odesza, No Age, Woods, Cheetah Chrome, Sleepy Suns, Comeback Kid, Breton, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Indian Handcrafts, Jon Batiste, Three O’Clock Train, Cerebral Ballzy, The Organ Thieves, Tasha the Amazon (The Truth), The Nils, Jr Gone Wild, Richard Duguay, Bipolar Sunshine, Elizabeth Rose, The Damn Truth, Tiger Bell, White Hills, Tanika Charles, Maylee Todd, The Dirty Nil, Parade of Lights, Oscar Key Sung, Sean Leon & Daniel Caesar of IXXI, Noname, Gypsy, King Reign, The 6th Letter (Bakers Club) , OSIYM, Roney, and The Wyld are just some of the incredible acts confirmed to perform.

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The Magic Of Craft Spells

The Magic Of Craft Spells

Craft Spells brand new sophomore album “Nausea” will only be available October 6th, but in the coming months they’re sure to be releasing a few tracks bit by bit.  To ease the painful pit of waiting, they’ve just released “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide”. We get the impression the tide has shifted for them too, they’ve gone from lo-fi dream-pop we heard on their debut 3 years ago to a more introspective, somewhat neater sounding spirit.  Keep a lookout for this lot and pick up your free download via SoundCloud. 

Press for Prints: Methane Studios

Press for Prints: Methane Studios

Its been a while since I’ve put up a post for my “Press For Prints” series, so I spent a while on Gigposters.com this morning, searching for stunning gig posters.  I came across these fantastic designs from Methane Studios, which I had to feature here.  Take a look at a few of my favourites, more of which you can view in their Etsy store.

About Methane Studios:

Methane Studios got its start in 1998 when Mark McDevitt and Robert Lee formed a partnership to produce silk screen posters for the East Atlanta club The Echo Lounge that featured some of the best independent bands in the late 1990′s.

The roots of this partnership started in the mid 1980s at Columbus College of Art and Design located in Columbus, Ohio. Robert and Mark,both from small Ohio towns, majored in Illustration and bonded over bad 80′s haircuts, corndogs, good music and creating art to form a friendship that would transcend into creating award winning artwork recognized worldwide. Our status as well-known designers has led us to win awards in design competitions in How, Print magazine, and the Graphis poster annual.

In college we learned in a more traditional way which allowed us to explore techniques that we use today. We never let our posters “look” computerized. We use the computer like a pencil or paint brush. The computer has allowed us to speed things up and to explore more options for sure, but we still belly up to the drafting table often. We draw inspiration form many artists be it musical or visual and our work tends to have a vintage influence.

Today we exist as a two man studio creating package designs, logos, and posters for clients such as Turner Broadcasting, Honda, Liberty mutual, Blue Q, Dave Matthews and many other of your favorite bands. Recently featured on CNN, you can also find our work in many books that feature designs relating to t-shirt, music packaging and of course posters. We dig David Stone Martin, Jasper Johns, Ralph Bakshi, Mort Drucker, Robert Rauschenberg, Warhol, Edward Ruscha, Push Pin, Alex Steinweiss and countless others. Our goal was always to tell a story, convey a message, and to make someone stop and think a little with our designs. We have a sense of humor as well and it’s important to not take ourselves so seriously all the time.

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