About

Beatnik Turtle is a horn-powered geek rock band based in both Chicago (US) and Dublin (Ireland).

In One Paragraph: Formed in 1997, Beatnik Turtle has released nearly 500 songs/18 albums in part by succeeding at their self-imposed challenge of releasing a song for every single day for a year, throughout 2007, at TheSongOfTheDay.com. They have written music for TV shows, commercials, films, podcasts, theater (including Chicago's Second City), have licensed music to Disney/ABC Family and AtomFilms/Viacom, and have written two books on being an indie band, "The Indie Band Survival Guide" and "The DIY Music Manual".



Sounds Like: They Might Be Giants, Fountains of Wayne, Barenaked Ladies, and The Saw Doctors. 



If You Had To Pick Only One Song: Tell Me Ma (from the album Sham Rock, one of the "Top Ten Celtic Albums of 2008" by Celtic MP3 Music Magazine). 

Notables: In 2008, National Public Radio dubbed Beatnik Turtle "remarkably prolific and fiercely independent". That’s because they've:

  • Produced 18 albums
  • Released nearly 500 songs.
  • Successfully completed a song-of-the-day project where they released 365 songs every day of 2007 as a daily podcast from their website, TheSongOfTheDay.com.
  • Written two books as a how-to guide for musicians in a post-label world, The Indie Band Survival Guide (St. Martin's Press/Macmillan, US) and The DIY Music Manual (Ebury/Random House, worldwide).
In addition, Beatnik Turtle has written music for TV shows, commercials, films, podcasts, theatre (including Chicago's Second City), and have licensed music to companies such as Disney/ABC Family and AtomFilms/Viacom.

Other notable achievements include:

Creative Commons: Beatnik Turtle is a big supporter of Creative Commons. All of Beatnik Turtle's music is podsafe and sharable under a Creative Commons license. That means it can be used in any non-commercial podcasts, videos, remixes, mash-ups, and shared with your friends. 

Indie Contemporaries: Jonathan Coulton, George Hrab, Nice Peter, and Brad Sucks.