The @1000TimesYes 2009 Tweet Box is a handmade box set of music critic Christopher R. Weingarten's record-breaking run of 1,000 Twitter record reviews
CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN is a Brooklyn-based freelance music journalist whose work regularly appears in the Village Voice, RollingStone.com, Revolver and much more. In 2009 he vowed to review 1,000 new releases over Twitter. His acerbic, foul-mouthed speech at the 140 Characters Conference on the death of music criticism became a viral video smash, and brought enough attention to his project that it was covered in the New York Times, The Onion, Nashville Scene, Eye Weekly, Flavorpill and pretty much everywhere but Wired.
At the end of 2009 Weingarten set out to collaborate on a book version of the Twitter reviews with us here at Article, a music, zine, T-shirt and art group also out of Brooklyn. The resulting book is not really a book at all. It is a physical representation of Twitter. Twitter in the raw. Each of Weingarten's 1,000 tweet reviews from 2009 will be individually typed out on to a single index card and the mass of them will be held together in a wonderful natural oak index card catalog.
Because of the monstrous amount of time it takes to type up everything we are looking to hire a typist, someone who can knock out "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" on a typewriter faster than your little sister can update her Facebook status. We'll probably get our typewriters out and spend some quality time with them, too, but we're not professionals. As well, a nice wooden card catalog and a branding iron don't come cheap these days. We're trying to raise money here because it will allow us to offer a product that we are proud of at a price we'd be able to purchase it at.
The boxes will be a limited edition set and numbered as such, though we are not sure what the edition will be right now. I assure you that each box will be very special.
To review, each box includes:
--1,000 hand-typed 3 x 5 index cards, each featuring one 140-character record review, as well as some extra goodies thrown in there.
--A handsome, 12" deep wooden box of the finest oak, branded with the @1000TimesYes logo, comfortably fitting all 1,000 tweets, as well as some extras, in the vintage style of your favorite library card catalog.
--Approximately 1.6 ounces of "indie cred"
--Boxes can be arranged in the order of your pleasing. Do you want them chronologically? Done. Alphabetically by band name? Done. Autobiographically? Done. Well, maybe.
"If you’re a fan of opinionated music criticism and/or comic brevity on the Web, you have probably encountered Christopher R. Weingarten" -- The New York Times
"If there were a congressional medal for rock criticism, this year’s recipient would be Christopher R. Weingarten." -- Eye Weekly
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Jan 21, 2010 - Feb 21, 2010
Pledge $2 or more
Christopher will hand-type your favorite tweet review of 2009 on a collectible, silk-screened Article Magazine postcard. Go to 1000TimesYes.com to search for your tweet of choice!
Pledge $9 or more
8 backers Limited (12 of 20 left)
Christopher will call you on the phone and you guys can totally bullshit about bands. Plus your favorite tweet-review of 2009 hand-typed on a collectible, silk-screened Article Magazine postcard.
Pledge $15 or more
Get a signed copy of Christopher's 33 1/3 book on It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. Plus your favorite tweet-review of 2009 hand-typed on a collectible, silk-screened Article Magazine postcard.
Pledge $22 or more
We'll send you any shirt that is in stock from Article and a copy of Article Magazine Issue One. Check out at the shirts at http://www.articleclothing.com
Pledge $40 or more
Christopher will review your band's demo or album on @1000TimesYes! [IMPORTANT NOTE: Proceeds of this package go STRICTLY to the construction of the very expensive 2009 Tweet Boxes. All tweets resulting from this package will be accompanied by a FULL DISCLOSURE DISCLAIMER that they are, in fact, pay-for-review tweets]
Pledge $75 or more
You will receive the 2009 Tweet Box of 1000 hand-typed tweets!
Pledge $85 or more
The 2009 Tweet Box of 1000 hand-typed tweets, a signed copy of Christopher's 33 1/3 book on It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, and your favorite tweet-review of 2009 hand-typed on a collectible, silk-screened Article Magazine postcard.
Pledge $165 or more
You will receive two copies of the 2009 Tweet Box of 1000 hand-typed tweets, two copies of the Nation Of Millions book, two postcards sent wherever you'd like and you will be really, really helping out! Chris will call you on the phone and talk about bands and whatever else, actually. Probably mostly a lot of "thank you." Really, everyone involved will think you're awesome.
Pledge $875 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
The 2009 Tweet Box in a deluxe custom box, rich in the history of era, and made for you especially by Christopher’s own father, a woodworker from the golden era. The box floor will be made from rich Virginia cherry especially selected for this project. The oak sides come from Connecticut old growth where cold winters enrich the handsome grain. The top will be made of select American black walnut of gunstock quality. The corners will be carefully mitered and cross-tailed with hand-rubbed African baku. The Nitrocellulose lacquer finish will be hand-rubbed from new old stock circa 1955. It will be the same finish used on Martin, Gibson and Fender Guitars of the era. The select woods have all been air dried for at least 15 years. Rich brass furnishings will also be installed from new old stock unopened since their careful New England Manufacture 50 years ago. There will only one of these sets crafted and signed by both Weingarten and his father. The buyer will be consulted as to production time and delivery.
Pledge $1,000 or more
Chris will hand deliver a copy of the 2009 Tweet Box to you anywhere in the continental USA. He will bring a copy of the Nation of Millions book and will sign it in front of you. Chris will also spin an all-1988 DJ set at your hometown bar/concert/party of choice!