+$10. Metro-North to Mamaroneck. End of Mamaroneck Ave. Doors at 7pm. No alcohol. All ages.
This show is taking place in an old stone brick building owned by the Town of Mamaroneck. The room is a small area fitted with a blue plastic floor because it is normally being used for children's dance classes. The building is in Harbor Island Park, a 44-acre park on the edge of the Long Island Sound with tons of grass, playgrounds, beach space, docks, a boat launching area, a giant dome filled with tennis courts(?), swing benches, baseball fields, and basically anything else you would expect a park in the town Archie Comics is based on to have. Oh, also Mamaroneck is where Archie Comics is from. Betty supporters are welcome to come, but please keep your opinions to yourself as this show is being organized by a life-long member of Team Veronica.
room rental: $375 - $450 (This is $75 an hour for 5 hours that includes set-up, the show and load out. Low end is i the show ends on time, which is on a tight schedule.)
sound engineer: $100
moving PA equipment: $50
flyer design: $50
printing flyers: $5
staff: $0? Volunteer? Do you want to help me work this show? Sign up.
total estimated overhead: $750 - $825
Want to see receipts? Want to know why these numbers cost what they do? Ask me. I’ll explain it to you.
All money made after the overhead will be going directly to the artists. As the promoter, I am not paying myself for money that would otherwise go to artists.
So how am I paying myself? Well, you'll notice that when you go to buy a ticket you will be given a few options. Here is a quick summation of them all...
+$2 - This pays for your ticket as well as pays me $2 for putting together tis show.
+$10 - This pays me $2 and pays the artists $8. This money is earmarked as going to the artists no matter what! If you donate this additional $10 that $8 will go directly towards the artists no matter how well or poorly the show does.
+$6 - This gets you a comic book! I also publish comics. Choose this option and I will pay myself $2 and sell you a comic for $4.
+$30 - This will get you dinner with my mother and I if you choose to come up to Monroe, NY where she lives. The money doesn't go towards dinner. The split of this money is $5 for me and $25 for the artists. Dinner optional, obviously. Also, I haven't told my mom I am doing this. This is a test to see how deep she goes into my newsletter.
+++Why am I doing this?+++
A lot of my time is thinking about shows, and making things needlessly complicated is the best way to express my feelings about what I do. I want you to know the work that goes into it, and how much it costs. I want you to ask why it costs what it does, and then understand the mechanics of the things you go to. If you understand the mechanics, you don't have to go to my shows anymore because you can throw your own shows.
+++These are all-ages shows!+++
I really want to stress that. In high school? I want you to come to this show.Also, don't hesitate to sign up to work these shows. You are why I am trying to crowdsource staff. I grew up in the suburbs; it was fucking terrible. I've been doing shows in Brooklyn for a long time, and I don't get why all the cool shows need to be in the same neighborhood. Let's do cool shows where there aren't cool shows, and this way you don't need carpool into the city like a bunch of disgusting animals.
Show up on time. Expect music to be on time. Respect the venue. Don't bring outside alcohol. Don't be a jerk. Any jerk-like behavior as determined by me at the time of said jerk-like behavior will lead to you being asked to leave.
+++getting there from NYC+++
There are trains leaving Grand Central at 6:05pm and 6:36pm and leaving Mamaroneck at 9:57pm and 10:27pm. Off peak round trip tickets cost $17.50. Mamaroneck Station is on the New Haven Line.
+++getting there by car+++
By car you can get pretty close by taking I-95 or the Hutchinson River Pkwy. Type in "Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, NY" into Google Maps it's 2016.
+++Where in the park?+++
Once you enter the park drive straight it is the stone brick building on the left on the water.
No Ivy League #2 continues Hazel’s journey from a sheltered homeschooled background to the open world of the parks of Portland, Oregon. Hazel finds her privilege directly challenged by her coworkers, and her heart challenged by her significantly older boss. How far will the flirting her go? Written and drawn by Hazel Newlevant, No Ivy League is a 3 issue series.
You can order No Ivy League #2 here or pick it up IN PERSON from Hazel herself at the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York tomorrow April 2nd or Sunday April 3rd at booth H254.
In this month's edition of my advice column Cleaning Toilets I write about how it is decided who opens a show and how the line-up of a show is often an conversation about worth we that have with ourselves and others.
Live taping of a new split cassette from Band Practice & Catherine Cohen.
Saturday, March 26th @ 603^
8pm - 603 Bushwick Ave, in the apartments of Silent Barn.
Hey! If you are getting this email Catherine or Jeanette or I want you to come to the taping of their new split cassette that I am releasing this summer! One side is music. One side is comedy! The show is free and alcohol is provided.
Things you should bring!
alcohol - There will be free (but limited) beer & whiskey provided, but if you prefer drinking good stuff opposed to swill feel more than entitled to bring your own.
a pillow - Only if you want, because sitting rules.
a friend - Know someone who might want to come to this? Let me know when you RSVP. Space is limited, but in the case that
Is this going to be a lot of fun?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure! Definitely seems like it!
I publish comics, music and art books, and so far the biggest problem I have encountered in small & independent publishing is distribution. Starting last fall I began collecting information on every store I could find that sells independent media. Their name. Where they are. Their websites. Email addresses. Phone numbers. What they sell (in the most general sense). Now I have this list of over 1,200 book stores, comic stores and record shops in the United States, and I’m making it available for both public use in hopes that we can work together to find a collective solution. We got all this stuff made, and now what?
On top of the spreadsheet there is a form where you can add information, correct information or throw in general suggestions. If this is something you have a lot to say on the topic please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think this spreadsheet is useful, but by no means do I view it as a solution. It is the first of four questions that I hope will lead to a larger more useful way to self-distribute.
1. Who & where are the stores?
That is this spreadsheet. Who are our allies? Where are they? How do we contact them?
2. What do these stores sell? What are they like?
Are they record stores that also sell comics? Are they used bookstores that sell some small press? Are they mainstream comic stores that will sell some zines on consignment? Is it a large chain of record stores based out of DC that has one buyer for all of their stores?
We need to track of all of this information on a spreadsheet in a way that is clean and easily searchable.
3. How do I market my art to these stores?
So we know what these stores are like, but how do we know they will like us? How do we know if we will like them? Really, what we need is a matchmaking service from artists and publishers to stores. Nobody benefits from unsold records and books sitting on shelves.
4. Vibes: what are they?
Questions 1, 2 and 3 come together in a way that works for artists and works for stores. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I want to figure it out.
April 9th @ Harbor Island Park
+$10. Metro-North to Mamaroneck. End of Mamaroneck Ave. Doors at 7pm. No alcohol. All ages.
This is the first of two things I am doing for the first time. 1) Doing all-ages DIY shows in the suburbs of New York City. 2) Selling tickets using a new financially transparent community organizing platform where my pay is dictated by the audience. If you click on the ticket link you can learn more, but here is a TL;DR for you.
- I am not longer paying myself for promoting shows. You are paying me for promoting shows if you decide to. The pool of money that the promoter takes and that the band takes will be completely separate going forward.
- Every show is going to have a complete itemized list of expenses & requirements that go into making the show possible. From now on it is as close to 100% financial transparency as I can possibly provide.
- You can pay artists money that is promised to go directly to the artists even if I, the promoter, lose money on the show.
- You can sign up to work with me. I am taking on people to teach booking, promoting and working shows. If you want to hang out with me and scout locations for new shows then you can sign up for that as well! If you sign up when you buy a ticket you get a $1 discount.
I am promoting my first show with an age restriction today. I would say this was a big decision for me, but I believe that decisions should be made in under 5 minutes, so IDK whatever. It is the end to a narrative arc that has been going on since 2010 when I booked my first show. “Always All-Ages.”
The show is She-Devils + Yohuna + True Blue at Baby’s All Right. It is She-Devils’ EP release, and I am heavy into their new song. The show came to me last minute and was already happening at Baby’s, so either I was involved with the show or I wasn’t. I decided to help promote it because it seemed as if the biggest casualty of my rigid all-ages rule would be me, I’m not going to senselessly stick to a rule because it is the backbone of this identity I have found myself in. I have zero interest in brand continuity and all the interest in results that are the most consistent with what I care about.
The world is easier for me to digest when I break it down to things I want and things that I do not want. I want to work with artists I find interesting. I want to do accessible shows. I want to be surrounded by friends. I don’t want to be looking for an artist to hitch my wagon to. I don’t want to have a career tacking my name on shows in sterile bars. I don’t want shows that are inaccessible legally or culturally. I don’t want my living subsidized by alcohol sales.
I might book more shows at a place like Baby’s or Alphaville because there are a lot of artists that I work with that need to play at a place like Baby’s. The Silent Barn (I love it) is a marginal venue. A large chunk of The Silent Barn’s audience are artists, but a growing performer needs to make the jump from playing to other artists to people with day jobs that have money to spend. The Silent Barn is a confusing place. Baby’s is safe, but cool enough to make people feel like they’re going out.
You know who else are normal people with a jobs that don’t like to be made to feel uncool? Booking agents. Mangers. Label representatives. Now, do I think I am cooler than these people because I am in the trenches more than they are? Fucking, of course I do, but that is exemplary of this giant flaw we keep making where ethics and cool have been married in narrative, so we talk about them interchangeably when they are very different things.
Nobody argues against all-ages shows. Often when people talk about all-ages or (uuuuuuuugh…) “DIY” they create this invisible villain that is some jealous square in an oxford shirt who is driven mad by people having fun. That person doesn’t exist. The villain is us. We make compromises like “I play by other people’s rules so I can continue to participate in the thing I care about,” and then forget the corrective action to balance out the give with the take. Making compromises is not what hurts us. What hurts us is conforming to systems we don’t believe in and calling it “compromising.” Deciding you don’t give a shit anymore isn’t a compromise. That is caving in. People who don’t compromise are stranded on an island, and people who cave in abandon their cause.
Here is what I am going to do: pop-up shows in the suburbs & shows in NYC public schools. I have been meeting with high schools and looking at every Elks Lodge, church basement and parks department building I can find. I can promise you that when this actualizes I will make the logistics and finances entirely transparent so you can replicate it, because what is the point if I’m the only one doing this?
Here is what I need from you: Drive my ass around. Seriously tho, I need people who want to work on shows with me, and knowing how to do sound or having access to a car are huge helps! At this stage the biggest hep is sharing information. Know an available space that can fit over 100 people (300 ideally) within an hour’s drive of NYC? Show it to me! Know any cool administrators at a public school? Give me their email! Know a kid in high school in Huntington or in Yonkers or in Paramus with good taste? Have them text me. Nine one four, two six one, three one nine nine. Most of all, I need you to stick with me.
Two years ago I did this homework thing which adults thought was funny, but only 2 kids ever took me up on, and that bummed me out! I was doing it to make the process of going to Bushwick on a weeknight less intimidating to young people. What I have realized is a lot of the all-ages shows I do are still inaccessible to the people they are for, regardless of the nonexistent age regulations. If I want young people to go to shows I need to go to them. So I bought a PA system and I’m dragging it to where the kids are. JMC is for the children, or at least until I get it right.
Anyway, the show on tonight is free. You should come.
No Ivy League is the story of Hazel, a homeschooled teenager venturing into the world with her first job working for the Portland Parks Department. Her idealistic outlook hits her sheltered life head-on as she is confronted by culture gaps within her coworkers, embarrassment, harassment and a gorgeous 32-year-old boss. Written and drawn by Hazel Newlevant, No Ivy League is a 3 issue series.
Retro Slam Jam is the weekly episodic television program for Wrestling Alliance Entertainment. Nineteen Ninety-Two was a banner year for kayfabe, but just as there was Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Randy Savage there was also Big Joe Reddy, Bobby Gaines, and Uncle Sammy. Follow the action-packed world of old school professional wrestling week to week and issue to issue, brother. Written and drawn by Blake Sims, Retro Slam Jam is a 4 issue series
Organechs is a series of six short albums released on cassette. Each part of the series features music by a different band of artists and a visual piece by James Moore. Why are these albums collected together? I think it is cool.
No seriously, that is why I am doing this is - because I think it is cool. Last fall I had the idea to book a show, but instead of playing live the bands would play on tape. People have been doing this for years and that it was called "a record label", I realized later.
Four of the bands are local, and two of them are from out of town. Each is similar in aesthetics and influence to another, but also entirely different from some. If you like one band then there is an 85% chance (roughly) you will like 66% of them all, which if you think about it aren't bad numbers.
The artists are Trabajo (sampled world music - Queens, NY), Cigarette (quiet psychedelia - Washington, DC), Palm (progressive song collages - Hudson, NY), Palberta (no wave bounce - Brooklyn, NY), Big Neck Police (experimental skater punk - Brooklyn, NY) and the Sediment Club (absurdist grunge - Providence, RI). Album art by James Moore.
The cassettes are due out June 12th, and all six bands are performing a release party at Shea Stadium, but you can preorder them or buy downloads on my website or Bandcamp. To listen to all the cassettes in one place in order I made a giant SoundCloud playlist with everything on it.