News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons

News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons

Pandemic-related restrictions and lockdowns made it extraordinarily difficult for artists and creatives across the world to make a living for the better part of a year. But with three different vaccines entering people’s arms and the virus hopefully getting under control, there’s hope that we can return to doing the things we love and miss. Adding to that, I’m getting emails from publicity firms, labels and bands with actual tour dates for this summer, fall and early 2022. Both outdoor and indoor shows, y’all!

If you’re like me at all, you’ve gotten vaccinated — or will be getting vaccinated — and you’re thrilled to see live music and sporting events in person again. We shall see how that plays out, right?

Of course, during the past 15-16 months of pandemic related lockdowns and restrictions, you’ve probably turned to various forms of art for spiritual, emotional and intellectual sustenance — and to fill up all the newfound time you had on your hands. Interestingly, during this particular period, I came to a realization: championing artists and their work was an urgent and important mission — especially when there are countless other options in your life competing for your time, money, attention, energy and love.

Additionally, because this site has long been a DIY labor of love, I’ve felt that I’ve had an intimate — and deeply personal — understanding of financial and emotional plight of the artists I’ve covered throughout this site’s history. Through my own experiences and conversations with artists, I’m constantly reminded of several things:

  • Art costs money — and without money, it can’t exist. 
  • Artists are small businesses. So supporting artists is supporting a small business. 
  • A small bit of support can go a long way. A $20, $30, $40, $50 or $60 purchase of someone’s work can often mean the purchase of groceries, paying off a bill or covering the cost of a subscription they need to continue their work.
  • That same $20, $50 or $60 doesn’t really mean shit to Amazon. 
  • Supporting an artist/small business can keep money within your community. Amazon and the some other mega-conglomerate simply don’t give a fuck about your community or your neighbors. 
  • Lastly, you won’t be giving your money to companies that actively fuck over their neighbors, the environment or their employees. And that alone should make you feel better about the decision.

Throughout the nearly 11 years I’ve been doing this — seriously, 11 years! — I hope that my work has led you to “listen in technicolor” as a friend said to me about how I listen to music; that I’ve led you to an eclectic array of artists and bands whose work has become part of your lives, as it has become part of mine. And I hope that my photography has managed to add some beauty to your day, inspired you to see the world in a new world, to take a moment to appreciate something beautiful — or make you want to go and see a live show.

As I’ve done over the past year or so, I’m asking you kind readers and friends for your support. And there are a handful of ways that you can support:

You can buy photographic prints — from my live concert photography to street photography and even some outdoor/nature photos. I also still have a shit ton of JOVM bumper stickers. All of this stuff is beautiful and could use a loving forever home. You can check out the store here:

You can support by becoming one of my Patreon patrons. Every dollar means something. Seriously, it does. There are different patronage levels and different rewards for your support. For more information, you can check out the Patreon page here:

Of course, while I’m on the subject: I want to send shout outs — and thank yous — to those folks, who have supported me and my work throughout the past year with their patronage.


Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Mike Held 

Janene Otten

Thank you, y’all. Your support means so very much.

If you’re in the NYC area, you can hire me for photography work. Seriously. I do headshots, portraits and event photography. You can hire me through Photobooker. My listing is here: (If you’re outside the NYC area and you’d still want to hire me, we can talk.)

If you’re not already a fan of this site on Facebook, please feel free to become a fan here:

Of course, I’m aware and sensitive to the fact that many folks are struggling to survive in what may arguably be the most difficult personal and economic period many of us have ever seen or personally experienced. There’s other ways you can still support:

  • Keep reading! Please, keep reading!
  • Pass the word on to friends, family members, associates and anyone else, who will support independent journalism, music and criticism.
  • Retweets, Facebook shares and reblogging things you might dig. Sites need active eyeballs and clicks to survive. And everything pair of eyeballs reading and clicking on JOVM means some ad revenue in the coffers. And those hardworking artists I cover will also be grateful for your love and support, too.
  • Towards the bottom third of every post, there’s a related post section. If you dug the post you’re looking at it, feel free to check out the related posts. You might find something else you could love.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to live music — and to maybe seeing some of y’all are a show, drinking wildly overpriced beers.