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  1. Reward Season

    Happy holidays! All of us at Kickstarter would like to wish you a happy new year and a great holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. We’re going to keep things pretty quiet until January, but first we wanted to share a few recent rewards we’ve received. (This is the season for giving and receiving, after all.)

    Sam Winston — A Dictionary Story

    Sam’s project video set the expectations high for his A Dictionary Story art book, and we are not disappointed:

    Robin Sloan — Annabel Scheme

    Thanks to Robin’s excellent project updates, we’ve been highly anticipating the arrival of his novel Annabel Scheme, and the packaging and delivery are even better than we imagined.

    Love the return address: “Committee to Find and Rescue Annabel Scheme.”

    Jerry Paffendorf — Loveland

    Also in the mail is my deed for 12 inches of property in Jerry Paffendorf’s Loveland creation. Loveland, for those who aren’t familiar, is a 1,000,000-square inch space in Detroit that Jerry is selling off for $1/inch. It’s a fascinating art project, and Jerry’s execution is madcap brilliance, of course.

    Remedy Quarterly

    We’ve heard numerous reports from folks impressed by the rewards from the Remedy Quarterly project. We just got our copy, and we readily agree.

    Awesome stuff. Thanks to all of the creators. Happy New Year!

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  2. Creator Q&A: Acid Marshmallow

    Matt Kimmel has archived hundreds of live shows from up and coming indie bands for his live video website Acid Marshmallow. His rapidly growing archive includes sets from indie darlings Girls, Blank Dogs, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Real Estate (above), Vivian Girls, and more — a collection that doubles as a comprehensive reference of underground music over the last few years. Fittingly, Matt’s rewards include a lot of cool visual paraphenalia. Backers of $35 or more will receive a copy of Matt’s brand-new filmTropical Depression, which features unreleased music from his band and “a bunch of exotic animals for your zone out visual pleasure,” while backers donating $50 will receive a custom-made DVD with any combination of live sets they choose. 

    Read about Matt’s adventures in live music below (at one point a ceiling fan is almost destroyed). Support his project here.

    What made you start doing this? What was the first show you ever recorded?

    After being involved in underground music for so long I eventually started thinking that each time a performer performs it is special and worth keeping track of. I started documenting shows for my own personal viewing and then decided to share with the folks that weren’t able to be there. I think that everywhere on earth there is incredible art and music being made. It is my personal duty to document the stuff I am exposed to. Since some bands exist for only a few performances it is important to show evidence of their existence. I am happy my collection provides a way to experience these literally one-of-a-kind musical instances. Aside from that I really enjoy experiencing live music and this has given me a way to relive the shows after the fact.


    When I was living in NY I was in an experimental group called Miami Beach and we had a show in the back of a short-lived Polish dive called The Place in deep Greenpoint. I brought the camera and passed it to a friend to video our set. After we played I had some extra tape left so I video’d some of the Slasher Risk (also from Brooklyn) set… that was the start. I posted it to Acid Marshmallow Strawberry Sugar — my early blog that just collected strange experimental youtube clips and other random weirdness. In under two years I have collected hundreds of complete sets and I update the site with new videos everyday.

    Any favorite shows you’ve recorded thus far?

    It is really hard to pick favorites. I am constantly impressed by the stuff people are making and performing. I saw Teengirl Fantasy at Silent Barn in Queens and that really ruled.

    One of the first shows I saw when I relocated to Chicago was Nobunny with Smith-Westerns at a D.I.Y. space called Crystal Rock House. The place was packed with kids that were having so much fun dancing and jumping it felt like the floor was going to collapse. I spent a good portion of the set holding the PA speaker with one arm (so it wouldn’t come crashing down) and the camera with the other. At one point the ceiling fan was almost ripped out.

    Sky Limousine is a Chicago dreamy experimental jammer and his recent set at The Mopery was great.

    Dominant Legs are a minimal two piece group with members of GIRLS and they were excellent at the Empty Bottle (I caught their first two shows outside of California).

    Tiger Hatchery are a Chicago free-jazz noise explosion that really have the right idea.

    Birth Refusal have two of the three Wolf Eyes guys and they blew my mind making noise with ramshackle non-electronic objects at The Mopery.

    Mickey are my current favorite local band… they are technically garagey punks, but man are they energetic and fun to watch.

    Honestly, though, there is very little I have posted on the site that I don’t (at the very least) really like. I am really happy that I have been able to see and capture so much incredible stuff. I would really encourage everyone to check out the ever-growing archive…there are so many killer jams on there.

    You’ve slipped into a rip in the fabric of time and come out in an alternate universe where anything is possible. Under these completely plausible circumstances, what is the dream show you would conceive to record (wait… did that make sense)?

    As far as going into the past I think I would like to go to Kingston (Jamaica) in 1965 and stay for a few years with an endless supply of video tape. I think having a definitive archive of mid-to-late sixties Jamaica would be endlessly amazing. So much talent and innovation was going on in such a small place… important modern musical foundations were being laid and people were dancing the entire time.

    As far as modern hard-to-fathom sets are concerned… I would really love to video Shakira playing a house show. I stick mainly to small venues, but a huge stadium pop performance in a tiny room would be incredible and Shakira is just too good (I don’t care what that does for my experimental noise credibility).

    Any particularly interesting (scandalous?! no, just kidding) footage you’ve managed to capture over your time spent doing this?

    I feel a little corny saying it, but really every time someone performs I think it is at base level interesting. Creating sound that is designed to exist for a few moments right then for these random people is just endlessly fascinating to me.  

    How has using kickstarter as a funding tool been for you so far?

    I am still in the middle of my campaign so I am not entirely sure if things will work out. So far things are looking good. I feel terrible begging for financial support, but I feel that the Kickstarter community and the overall mentality really helped encourage me to have faith in my work. It gives me a real sense of pride that people find what Acid Marshmallow is doing worthwhile enough to pledge.

    Closing thoughts?

    There are so many people doing so many interesting things and I am really happy Kickstarter is here to help them achieve their artistic goals. My goal is within reach and I know if it works out and I obtain better equipment my archiving abilities will be infinitely improved. I am grateful that Kickstarter has granted me that opportunity and has been so supportive of my and other important projects.

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