If you follow the show at all, you've probably heard us mention the RPM Challenge before. This is the annual invitation from The Wire magazine to write and record an entire album in the month of February. Hundreds of musicians worldwide take part in the challenge, scrambling frantically to conceive and produce at least 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music in four short weeks. (Bob did it. So did I, as did another producer at NPR, Michael Katzif).
This week on Second Stage, we're featuring a very small sampling of some of the musicians who participated in this year's challenge. Just like last year, there were some fantastic band names in the mix:
Anal Hymn Triathlon
Oliver Elf Army
Rainbow of Ball Sweat
Schizophrenic Bi-Polar Bear
...And even more hilarious song names:
"Dear God, Make Me Some Collar Bones"
"Vampire Space Monkeys"
"Reduced to Salad"
"I'm Finally Admitting I've Been Overcommitting to All This Knitting"
"Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science!"
"Don't Feed Him Butter"
I love the creativity that a challenge like this brings out in people. It gives musicians the perfect excuse to write an anthem to something like cereal or eating butter.
So check out Second Stage for some of the songs and let us know what you think. I think you'll be impressed -- I was.