Games for charities

A video by the organization Games For Charities using Hope, Part 2.

Games for Charities is a group that takes in-game loot and turns it into real money for charities. 100% of the money raised by selling the games stuff and other items goes to charity. We think this a pretty cool thing that they are up to and if you are into playing games you should check them out.

Music for Microloans

A little while ago, Brian did an interview with Zidisha about our microlending. You can check it out at the Zidisha Blog

Our First Zidisha Loans

We've made our first steps in helping fight global poverty by making our first loans on Zidisha. Here's a quick introduction to who we made loans to.

Yacine Moustatpha GUEYE (Senegal)

I am a mother and married. I am a businesswoman, very entrepreneurial, serious, dynamic, and hardworking. I am a leader who fights for the promotion of women's emancipation. I have studied and am very well-read. I live in my husband's house. I am originally from St. Louis and my parents are always there. I am part of a large family. I have 4 brothers and 5 sisters of the same mother and father. 
Brian and Josh have both made loans to Yacine at zero interest for her business selling clothing and beauty products for women.

Marsiale Sami Kabrale (Senegal)

I am a breadwinner and my salary does not permit me to help all of my family and they count on me.This is why I am taking a another job in order to earn more money. I buy products in Casamance. I have already associates living there. With the trade there, it is going to be easy for me. I place my order, I send the money and my products will be delivered. My associates will help me to transport and once there, I can visit my clients. At the end of the month, I will have my money back. This is a profitable business, and with a little support I can get started out. I am counting on you very much. When someone explained how Zidisha works for me, I wasted no time becoming member. Zidisha helps a lot of people and I want to be part of these members. I hope Zidisha will help me. I have good trade skills, and all my clients are asking for merchandise. Thank you.

Josh has made a loan to Marsiale, at zero interest, who is a first time borrower from Zidisha. Her merchandise includes seafood, roasted peanuts, bread, and footwear.

We are really excited to have gotten started, and we hope that this will just be the beginning. You can help us make a difference by either purchasing our EP, Stay On Target (we will be using at least 1/2 of any money we receive to make loans), or by joining Zidisha yourself. If you join Zidisha, please consider joining our lending group so we can see how much of an impact we are making together.

The New Way We Are Doing Business

Things are changing, and we are really excited about it.

It's been a year since we released Stay On Target, and since then we've been reflecting on how we want to move forward as a project from the business side of things. We've been doing a lot of thinking about what is best for us, what's best for you, and the impact these choices have in the larger context of the music landscape. Here are the changes we've decided to make.

How you will get our music

First, we've decided to pull Stay On Target off iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify, and go exclusively with BandCamp. BandCamp is a great partner for artists like us, in that they are the fairest provider for us. They give us a ton of freedom to make decisions on things like price point, they take a much smaller cut than the big guys, and  they provide free streaming of our songs in full, which we think is great for you.

Sure, having our music on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify is cool and all, but at the end of the day, there are a lot of hands in the cookie jar. We have no control over how those companies price our music, and do we really need to be involved in getting them more money? Especially Spotify, which is one of the most unfair providers out there for artists.

How much will you pay for our music

That's up to you now. We are going with the pay what you want model, which means you get to decided what our music is worth to you. If you want to pay nothing, then go ahead. If you want to give us $1, $5, $10, whatever... We are cool with it. We aren't in this to make money, we do this because we love to make music, and we love to share that music with you. That said, money is cool, because you can do cool things with money.

Cool things we are going to do with the money

We've decided that we will take half of every dollar we receive (after BandCamp's cut) and help fight poverty in the developing world. We've joined up at Zidisha, a company that helps connect us with people in the developing world in need of capital, and lets us provide them small loans with really low interests rates (5%), especially for their parts of the world. The more you pay for our music, the more lending power we will have to either help with larger and larger projects, or help more people. When our loans are repaid, we are going to turn that money around and loan it out again. We will be charging no interest in our loans from our end. The 5% interest is a fee that Zidisha charges the borrower, and is extremely low for these types of loans. We thought about using Kiva, a larger and more popular service, but their interest rates can be 5-20 times as high.

If you are interested in joining us at Zidisha, you can sign up and join our lending group here.

We hope you will join and support us in this new venture. We think it’s a great deal for everyone. We get to share our music, you get our music and know that your money is going to a good cause, and some people that could use some help will be getting a chance.

For more info on Zidisha, go here:
To get Stay On Target, go here:

(Even if you have the EP already, we're sure it would make a wonderful gift)

Alexander Hamilton

Photo: wikipedia

The second song annotated for Stereo IQ by Brian and Josh is Alexander Hamilton. Join us as we explore consumerism and a polarizing Founding Father.

Stereo IQ

Hey there! It's been a while since our last update, and that's because there hasn't been much to update you all on. We are working on some new tracks for our follow up to Stay on Target. We were also hoping to have been able to announce another project by now, but it appears that might have fallen to the wayside for the moment.

What we can tell you is that both Josh and Brian have become verified artists over at Stereo IQ. If you are not familiar with it, Stereo IQ is the Rap Genius for rock songs and is currently housed at Rap Genius.

In case you don't know what any of that means, long story short, Brian and Josh will be breaking down the lyrics (and some other stuff) of all the Stay on Target songs.

The first one up is the opening track, The Inside Joke.

So check it out, and let us know what you all think. Leave us some comments around places where you can comment on things.


You can get actual CDs now from Amazon. Don't they look wonderful?