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We here at Quick Stop Entertainment are true lovers of music, in all its forms. We’re also quite keen on the spirit of competition, and of spurring creativity through said competition.

To that end, we’re launching a brand new form of creative combat here at the Stop.

In this age of manufactured and painfully earnest talent contests, we’ve decided to instead shine a light on the quirky, quixotic underworld of musicians that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve.

Ah, but I did mention that there was a competition involved…

We have 20 slots open to any and all musicians across this here internet. All you have to do is be one of the first 20 to apply via the form below, and you’re in.

Once those 20 participants have been announced, the showdown will commence.

Like a songwriting version of Iron Chef, the 20 competitors will be presented with a very specific songwriting challenge. They’ll be given one week to complete their songs - however they see fit, within the parameters set forth - after which time the entries will be uploaded to Quick Stop to be voted on by you, the readers.

After one week of intense campaigning and voting, we’ll eliminate the bottom 15 vote-getters - leaving 5 competitors to move on to… ROUND 2.

That’s when things get crazy… But we’ll save the surprise til then.

Oh, and what do we call this competition?

MASTERS OF SONG FU

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To mix things up a bit, we can also announce three (well, 4, if you’re being technical) very special Masters who you’ll be going up against in this inaugural edition of MASTERS OF SONG FU. Think of them as the iron chefs of Song Fu, and your ultimate challengers:

JONATHAN COULTON

songfu-01.jpgJonathan Coulton on Jonathan Coulton: “In 2005 I left my day job writing software to pursue music full time. To keep myself busy I released a new song on this website every week for a year in a project called Thing a Week. A few of those songs became big internet hits (my folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”, a funny video called “Flickr”, a song called “Code Monkey”), and I am now fortunate enough to make my living as a musician.

I write about a lot of geeky stuff because I am a geek. Some of it’s funny, but a lot of it’s not so funny, and even more of it is somewhere in between. I’ve been compared to They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Loudon Wainwright III, and other musicians you REALLY LOVE.

I give lots of music away because I believe it helps my cause, and I love it when people use my music to create other stuff - music videos, pictures, remixes, etc. At the moment I’m unsigned, and I’m proud to say I’ve created this whole thing mostly on my own (with plenty of help from an amazingly supportive bunch of fans). But it certainly is getting busy… I will probably sell out and go Hollywood any day now…”

Official Website: www.jonathancoulton.com

PAUL & STORM

songfu-02.jpg Paul and Storm are a comedy music duo, and they have been performing as a duo since 2004. Before that, they were one half of a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook for about 12 years. A Paul and Storm show is part music concert and part standup/improv comedy–just enough of both to fit neatly in neither category. They like to engage the audience, and are known to award snack cakes and/or other prizes for good (and sometimes bad) behavior. Their show would be PERFECT as a cable special, and would make lots of money for whichever brave channel decides to air them first.

Official Website: www.paulandstorm.com

DOC HAMMER

songfu-03.jpg Doc Hammer was born in 1626 in Hamar, Norway, under the name Erik VonHamer. Being the son of a humble cobbler, not much was expected of the young man, other than to cobble and to not complain about all the cobbling. But Doc was destined for greater things. At 17, with nothing more than really well made shoes and a dream, he made his way to Antwerp to study oil painting under the great Rubens. Within a year, the two were at odds. Rubens spoke (infrequently) of Doc as “that creepy skinny kid,” and Doc spoke of Rubens’s work as “kinda unattractive if you really look at it.” By 1648, Doc had relocated to Leiden, where he found his master in Rembrandt. It was there, in his 23rd year, that Doc met “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth.” After a spicy courtship, “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth” and Doc were married. By 1650 Doc had grown weary of immortality and committed an unsuccessful suicide by burying his never-corpse in the basement of a Dutch cottage. In 1870, Doc again resurfaced. Using the name Vilhelm Hammershoi, Doc resumed his painting career with mild success. After thanking his bride for “the immortality thing” and nicely reminding her that he had “heard every one of her stories like a billion times,” “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth” and Doc split up in 1916. Again, Doc literally went underground until, now using the name Armond Hammer, he resurfaced and made a whole mess of money selling overpriced meds to the Russians. Sick of all the baking soda jokes, Doc faked his death. Biding his time till the MC Hammer thing had blown over, Doc again resurfaced as “Doc Hammer.” Today, Doc still paints in oils and writes, voices, and does other crap for The Venture Bros. (a show you can watch on cable TV).

Official Website: www.myspace.com/dochammer

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If you triumph, not only will you win remarkable (and potentially off-putting) bragging rights and a clutch of fantastic mystery prizes, you will also become the proud owner of the magnificent, one-of-a-kind MASTER OF SONG FU TROPHY, designed and handcrafted by [adult swim] superstar Dana Snyder. Yes. Dana Snyder.

Remember, you must be able to realize a song both lyrically and musically. This competition is open to both singer/songwriters and bands - but since space is limited, only enter if you truly accept the challenge. As stated above, we’ll be accepting the first 20 valid applications we receive.

Are you ready to bring your Fu? If so, fill out the form below:

THE ENTRY PROCESS FOR ROUND 1 IS NOW CLOSED. ALL CHOSEN COMPETITORS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA E-MAIL, AND THE ROUND 1 CHALLENGE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, MAY 19th.

Comments:

19 Responses to “MASTERS OF SONG FU - The Battle Begins!!!!”

  1. Thaahum Says:

    …in a smokey mist Thaahum enters the room and asks “Are Quick Stop writers eligible to enter the competition?” , and then vanishes into thin air…

  2. germ Says:

    I so hope I made it in the first 20!
    I am a solo musician and a pizza delivery guy and I’m ready to do this.
    Sounds like a blast!

  3. Cloakie Says:

    I gotta be in this, man this is sweet tits.

  4. Paul and Storm » Masters of Song Fu Says:

    [...] So it’s just been announced that we’re taking part in a brand new musical contest, courtesy of Quick Stop Entertainment: Masters of Song Fu [...]

  5. Let the Battle… BEGIN! « To Serve Mankind Says:

    [...] the Battle… BEGIN! Today, we entered a contest called ‘Song Fu.’  They describe it as Iron Chef for musicians.  We are going to take a crack at writing a [...]

  6. Jonathan Coulton » Blog Archive » Masters of Song Fu Says:

    [...] and powerful Ken Plume over at Quick Stop Entertainment continues his mysterious machinations: Masters of Song Fu is a song writing contest. They’re accepting 20 contestants, who will all compete against [...]

  7. Ben Walker Says:

    I am ready. Bring forth the first challenger.

    Nobody writes a quirky comedypop song like I write a quirky comedypop song. Except JoCo, and he can’t enter cos he’s a judge. ;o)

  8. filkertom Says:

    I’m there.

  9. Lowell Says:

    To borrow a line from Star Wars “Let the Filker win” . . . Ben Walker must have never heard any of Tom Smith’s songs! I know that Tom can match Ben and he is a good match for Jonathan! I can’t wait to hear the songs!

  10. BC Says:

    My FU doesn’t suck. That’s all I’m saying.

  11. Mike Says:

    Thanks for doing this.

    With respect and kindness,
    Mike

  12. GarageSpin Says:

    Argh! I totally missed this. Psyched to see the entires, and hoping to be able to participate in the next contest…

    -M

  13. World of Arcana » Acceptence…By 6:00 EST Says:

    [...] at my e-mail inbox, and was delighted to discover that East Carolina had been accepted into the Masters of Song Fu [...]

  14. Ben & Pete Says:

    So, when does this thing start? I’ve been waiting for some kind of contact about the first challenge…

  15. BC Says:

    Waiting for contact here as well. I’m patient…and busy.

  16. BC Says:

    Ooooo-kay - I’m beginning to suspect that one or more of the following may be in play here:
    a) I wasn’t selected as one of the participants, even in a redshirt role
    b) The means of notification where so subtle that I may have been selected and yet, I am unaware
    iii) There is a Secret-He-Man-Woman-Haters-Master-Of-Song-Fu website with complete challenge descriptions and active contest dialog that I am unaware of
    - or -
    4) I am….the last remaining human being alive on planet Earth…..

  17. Erin Says:

    BC you are funny. Too bad that you are not in the contest. Here is the secret place that everyone is at right now….this may change once you are on to us though. : )

    http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/05/20/masters-of-song-fu-1-round-1-challenge/

  18. k Says:

    Waiting…

  19. Ian Johnson Says:

    Yo when’s the next song fu start?

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