International Songwriting Competition 2014


The International Songwriting Competition is back for another splendid year and the good people at the ISC have extended the time you have to enter, that’s right, you now have till November 4th 2014 to get your songwritten attempts into the fine folks and see if you have what it takes to catch the ears of some very influential minds of the musical world.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts – ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced…

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Cyndi Nelson (General Manager, ZANIES Comedy Club); Shannon O’Neill (Artistic Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY)

Please visit for an entry form or more details.

ISC is sponsored by:

Ableton, Airplay Direct, Berklee College Of Music, Celebrity Access, D’Addario, Disc Makers, George Stein, Esq., Hammond USA, Indie Pro Mix and Final Mix, Inc., Gauge Microphones, Indie Venue Bible, Lowden Guitars, Lurssen Mastering, Slate Digital,, The Music Business Registry, Taxi, and Thayers

The Captain SIB Show Episode 82 – Going back to pieces



The Captain SIB Show is back with another episode of new and exciting music from around the globe. We have peeled back the translucent slices of bread this week to reveal a beard full of musical medication for your joys and woes. Continue reading

Captain SIB’s Psychedelic Freakout Chapter 76 – Toking It Slow


Captain SIB’s Psychedelic Freakout returns this week with a healthy injection of new musical medication to wet your whistle and your tin-foil granny.
Join with us as we pay homage to some superb talents this week, including some new acts to the Freakout. Listen out for Kole Lyra, Holy Wave, The Movements and many more.

Also this week we bring back some favourites from the past including an excellent new track from Tuber, a cracker from Brain Candies and another wooshy, jingly number from the amazing Chalk Dinosaur.

Sit back, share with all your friends and enjoy the musical journey. Please help us to continue our discoveries by donating what you can to the running of the site via the Donate button.

Also check out our official Psychedelic Compilation CD that you can own for only $10, all proceeds split between the acts, in association with Russian Winter Records.

For any new and aspiring artists looking for that extra edge in the music industry the visit our friends over at where you will find tips and links to labels and industry professionals.

Peace and Love.

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Mega-Freaking with us this week will be…

  • Brain Candies – Take It Slow
  • The Luck of Eden Hall – The Happine$$ Vending Machine
  • Tuber – Sucker Punch
  • Chalk Dinosaur – Chasms
  • Kole Lyra – Tropical Heights
  • Sun Tailor – Who’s At Your Window
  • Richard In Your Mind – Love Grows
  • Holy Wave – Do You Feel It
  • The Movements – The Death Of John Hall D.Y.
  • E Gone – Blind Tribe
  • Infinite Walrus – The Thin White Duke And Don Ultra Travel Through Space Via An Infinite Wormhole In The Milky Way Galaxy
  • Known To Collapse – The Grey Area
  • Shippa 63 – There and Back (Again)
  • Something Like A Monument – Birds of Prey
  • Gentian – Without a Choice
  • Lifecycle – The Big Picture
  • Walrus – Banger
  • The New Pollution – Skull and Bones
  • Retlaw – Southpaw Mood
  • Astro Bats – Bodysuit

    Show Notes.

  • Brain Candies can be found on Facebook and you can check out their new single “Finding The F” from Soundcloud.
  • The Luck of Eden Hall can be found on Facebook
  • Tuber can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Desert Overcrowded” from Bandcamp.
  • Chalk Dinosaur can be found on Facebook and you can pick up his new album “Passeges” from Bandcamp.
  • Kole Lyra can be found on Facebook
  • Sun Tailor can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their music from Bandcamp.
  • Richard In Your Mind can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Ponderosa” from Bandcamp.
  • Holy Wave can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Relax” from Bandcamp.
  • The Movements can be found on Facebook and you can find their music on iTunes
  • E Gone can be found on Facebook and you can find them out on Sunrise Ocean Bender Records
  • Infinite Walrus can be found on Facebook under Wizard Farm Music
  • Known To Collapse can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Collectives” from Bandcamp.
  • Shippa 63 can be found on Facebook and you can hear his music on Soundcloud
  • Something Like A Monument can be found on Facebook
  • Gentian can be found on Facebook
  • Lifecycle can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their music from Bandcamp.
  • Walrus can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Glam Return” from Bandcamp.
  • The New Pollution can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their album “Solar Power” from Bandcamp.
  • Retlaw can be found on Facebook
  • Astro Bats can be found on Facebook and you can pick up their music from Bandcamp.
  • Special thanks to Emma Scott over there at Pluggin Baby Promotions, go check their funky stuff out.
  • The only soap safe to pick up in the shower and we thank Andrea Lynch at Blue Soap Music for sending over some crackers.
  • The Captain SIB Show Episode 81 – Poke Yourself In The Eye Challenge


    The Captain SIB Show returns this week with an eye poking serving of musical medication for your delight. Gather round and lets place on once more those tin foil suspenders for this weeks amazing collection of talents. Continue reading

    GLASGOW PSYCH FEST 2014 – Sep 6th from 6:00pm to 2:00am


    By jings it’s that time of the year settle down with your favourite tin-foil scarf and discover some fantastic new Psychedelic music live at the amazing Glasgow Psych Fest 2014.

    This event is now in it’s second year and the line-up is outstanding, not to mention it features one of our own Psychedelic bands from Chapter 53 of our popular podcast series. Full details are given below and although this is not a Captain SIB event, we would love for you to show your support and head along for a smashing night of live entertainment and tin-foil.

    This festival will be held in the Afro Caribbean Center and the 13th note on Saturday 6th September, doors 6pm-2am followed by after party at DOOR 24.


  • Trembling Bells
  • Helicon
  • Eagles Gift
  • Tut Vu Vu
  • Galoshins
  • The Beatroots
  • Woven Tents
  • M!R!M
  • Velvet Morning
  • The Belly Buttons
  • Uncle Judas
  • Courtly love
  • The Cherry Wave
  • Battery face
  • Kabobo
  • The Green Tambourine Band
  • The Yawns
  • His Name is Codeine
  • The Mushroom Club
  • The New Fabian Society
  • Ride A White Wave
  • Stewart Traquair
  • The Dave Mckenzie Trio


  • The African Carribean Centre – 66 Osborne St
  • The 13th Note 50-60 King St
  • 6pm-2am followed by psychedelic after-party (??DOOR 24??)


  • £10 Adv price from Ticket Scotland
  • £15 on door Sat, 6th September

    Don’t forget to keep up to date with all things Psychedelic in our amazing Captain SIB Podcasts for the world of swooshy sounds and woogly minds.