Best Local Music Website St. Louis 2008 - New Tune of the Week
Perhaps the most endearing thing about Kurt Kerns' website New Tune of the Week (www.newtuneoftheweek.com) is his notice to music critics: "Unless you have sold over a million records and have played around a thousand shows...shut your hole." Kerns would know; he's best known as the drummer from Gravity Kills. Kerns, who now toils as an architect, started the site last November as a way to help push the buzz surrounding good, underground music. His site design is clever (pal Jason Sullivan did all the back-end coding): a recently released song is featured every week and streamed right off the site. Kerns personally chooses each song; recently featured artists include Cut Copy, the Raconteurs, Foals, PlayRadioPlay! and Pink Thoughts. He offers no content or further review of the week's featured track — the presence of the song on his site is the thumbs-up. Underneath the player are links to the artist's website and to sites where you can purchase the track you've just heard (or the entire album if you're so inclined). Kerns has a slick musical aesthetic and the prerequisite for inclusion isn't based upon how obscure the tune is, only how good.