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News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons

2020 has been a fucking asshole. And while there were a number of disappointments emotionally and financially, the biggest highlight of a miserable year has been this site celebrating its first decade — of what I hope will be many — earlier this year.

As a result of pandemic-related and restrictions, it has understandably been difficult for the overwhelming majority of independent creatives to survive. Livelihoods and income streams have been wiped out for a significant and indefinite amount of time without any real solution or assistance from our federal government. And during a period in which people have turned to art of some sort for spiritual and intellectual sustenance, championing artists and their work seems as important as ever — especially with other entertainment options competing for your time, money and attention.

Of course, because this site has long been a DIY labor of love, I feel as though I understand the current plight of many of the musicians and artists I’ve covered throughout the past decade. Interestingly, I’ve learned — and have been reminded of — several important facts:

  • Art costs money — and without money, it can’t exist.
  • Artists are small businesses. So supporting artists is supporting a small business.
  • Sometimes a small bit of support can go a long way. A $50 or $60 purchase of someone’s work can often mean the purchase of groceries or covering the cost of a subscription they need to continue their work or anything along those lines. That same $50 or $60 doesn’t mean anything to Amazon.
  • Supporting an artist/small business can keep money within your community. Amazon or some other mega-conglomerate doesn’t give a fuck about your community or your neighbors.

I sincerely hope that over the course of this site’s decade history that it has led you to listen to music and appreciate music differently — to “listen in technicolor” as a friend once said to me; that it has led to an eclectic and diverse array of artists, whose work has become a part of your own life; that my photography has inspired you to see the world in aa new way or to take a moment to appreciate something beautiful.

As this year closes out and we begin a new one, I’m asking you once again for your support. I’m continuing to sell merch through this site’s shop. You can find photographic prints — including my live photography work, my street photography work and even some of my outdoors/nature work. I also still have JOVM bumper stickers. All of this stuff is beautiful and it could use a loving forever home on your wall — or on the walls of someone you love. Over the next few days I’ll be adding and changing some of the print options, but you can check out the store here:

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

https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

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

https://www.facebook.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. I know that many of you are also struggling to get by emotionally, mentally and financially. And like you, there are plenty of artists I love, who I would love to support with much-needed cash — but unfortunately, I can’t. If you find yourself in that situation, there are a few simple ways you can support and show love that won’t hurt your checkbook:

  • You may notice that towards the bottom of every post there’s a section with related posts. If you really dig what JOVM is about, keep following and keep reading. From my understanding, the more articles you read and the more time you spend here, really helps in terms of the various algorithms that impact ad revenue and Google Search.
  • Pass the word on to friends and associates, who may want to support independent journalism and criticism in all forms.
  • Pass the word on to friends and associates, who may actually dig the artists I’ve spent the past decade covering. And trust me, those hardworking, amazing artists would love it, too.
  • Retweets, Facebook shares and reblogs are also another wonderful way that you can support and show love. Every pair of eyeballs — both new and old — are cherished here.

All of these things mean the world to me. And I can’t thank those folks who have supported me and my work through all of these ways enough. Of course, as I do every month, I wanted to thank my Patreon patrons for their support:

Sash

Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Mike Held

In the meantime, Happy New Year! May 2021 be better than this past year — and may it offer all of us the success, love, peace, understanding, wisdom, sex, live music, friendships and experiences that so many of us were denied as a result of the pandemic. I know that a number of people have lost friends, loved ones, lovers and associates this year — and very few people were left untouched. I hope that your loved one’s memory will continue to a be a blessing.

News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons

JOVM celebrated its first decade earlier this year. And I firmly believe that I’ve managed to carve out a unique space in the blogosphere: this site is one of the few places where readers can get eclectic and personal curation and coverage of local, national and international music scenes.

During the overwhelming bulk of this site’s history, I’ve run it as a (mostly) one-man labor of love, run out of my Corona, Queens, NYC apartment while working full-time in the Editorial Departments of three different publishers as an Editorial Assistant and Acquisitions Editor. I led a rather unusual dual life: during the day, I was a somewhat mild-mannered and sleep-deprived, highly caffeinated Clark Kent sort. One of those jobs had a strict dress code, so when the business day ended, I’d find someplace to change out of my office clothes and into street clothes, transforming into professional music journalist, blogger and photographer covering shows at all kinds of joints across the Metropolitan area. I’d regularly return home in the wee hours, try to upload photos or work on a blog post if I was able to manage it. And then I’d try to get a couple pf hours of sleep and repeat three or four times a week..

It’s been hard work but it’s also been a lot of fun. As a result of this site, I’ve done things, seen things and experienced things I never thought would have happened: I’ve met some of my musical heroes. I’ve photographed icons and legends. I’ve seen and covered some amazingly talented artists from all across the globe. I’ve even had the privilege of traveling to cover shows both domestically and internationally. (And let’s not forget, that I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and friendliest people in the world. Many of these people have welcomed me to their hometowns or to their countries, shown me around, taken me to their favorite spots and introduced me to locals. In some cases, they’ve given me rides, fed me, gotten me drunk and offered me someplace to crash if I ever needed it.

Because of pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions, it’s difficult for the overwhelming majority of independent artists to survive without live shows and touring. Interestingly, most of us have been turning to music, art and literature to get through this historically difficult period. Right now, championing artists holds a deeper, more important weight, when there are countless entertainment options competing for your time and attention.

Since this site has long been a DIY fueled effort, I constantly see how my current plight ties into that of the musicians and artists I’ve covered throughout this site’s existence. Hopefully, my work with JOVM has brought you some respite from your troubles and some joy. Hopefully, JOVM has led you to listen to music differently — and to new artists that you’ll love as much as I love them.

Of course, because we all live in the real world, running this site as I do costs money. And your support, if you’re able to give, will help me continue doing this for long as I can. Please check out the Patreon page here:

https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

Supporting small businesses — particualrly, small black businesses and black artists is virtually important. $50 spent with a local artist, whose work you admire really makes a significant difference. In some cases, you’re helping pay for food or a photo editing program or some other desperate need, which allows creatives to do what they do best — be creative. Also, remember $50 doesn’t matter to Walmart or to Amazon. They have more than enough. And they treat their employees horribly. So fuck them. To that end, I have merch — personally curated photo prints, as well as bumper stickers.

Feel free to check out the shop here: https://joyofviolentmovement.com/shop/

You can also become a fan of this site on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

Of course, because of the uncertainty of the past few months, I’m sensitive to the fact that there are people out there who are unable to contribute or buy merch. There are so many artists and creatives I’d love to support and just can’t. So I understand. There are other ways that you can show your love and support to me, and to the artists I’m covering:

  • Keep reading — and if you can read more! Seriously, something that small adds up. 
  • Share posts you dig on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
  • Pass the word on to friends who may dig the artists I’ve covered or may just dig JOVM. Every eyeball counts for me. But it also counts for many of these amazing artists, too.
  • Pass the word on about the Patreon page to those that may be able to support.

As, I promised on my Patreon page, I also wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s kind patrons:

Sash

Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Thank y’all so much for your support and love. It keeps me — and this site going.

News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patreon Patrons

JOVM celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. During that period, JOVM has carved out a unique place in the blogosphere. To my knowledge, it’s one of the few places, where readers can obtain personal and eclectic coverage of the local, national and international music scenes.

As I’ve mentioned countless times before, for most of this site’s history, I’ve run it as a (mostly) one-man labor of love operation out of my Corona, Queens, NYC apartment while working full-time in the editorial departments of three different book publishers as an Editorial Assistant and an Acquisitions Editor. I had an unusual dual life: during the day I was a mild-mannered, spectacled Clark Kent type. At one job in particular, I would change from my office clothes and transform into professional music journalist, blogger and photographer, covering shows at venues across town. Sometimes I’d return home in the wee hours, upload photos or work on a blog post, get a bit of sleep for work in the morning and repeat three or four times a week.

It’s often been hard work. But as a result of this site, I’vedone things I’ve never expected or thought would have ever happened. I’ve met some of my heroes. I’ve photographed icons and beloved legends. I’ve covered some amazing talented artists from all over the world. I’ve seen some memorable shows. I’ve been able to travel internationally to cover music. And I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and most open people in the entire world  — and these people  have welcomed me to their hometowns, taken me to their best spots, introduced me to their favorite people and so on.

This sort of work should — and needs — to be continued and championed as much as possible. Music is the emotional center of our lives. More than ever in this profoundly unusual and unsettling time, we have to take comfort in music, art, literature and all the other things that make us human and connect us with others. Hopefully my work here has — and will continue — to bring some joy, some escape from the bleakness of our current situation or it inspires you to do something.

Of course running a site like this isn’t easy. And unfortunately, it does cost money. To that end, I started a Patreon page last year as a way to help support my creative endeavors and this site. Check out the page for more information:

https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

You can also buy merch from the Joy of Violent Movement shop: https://www.joyofviolentmovement.com/shop 

Because of the uncertainty of the past few months, I understand that for there will be a portion of people who cannot contribute. Believe me, I get it. So if you’re unable to do so — and you happen to dig my work here, you can do the following:

  • Share posts on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
  • Pass the word on to friends who may dig this site and my work.
  • Pass the word on about the Patreon page to those that may be able to support.
  • And as always

As, I promised on my Patreon page, I also wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s kind patrons:

Sash

Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Thank y’all so much for your support. Your support keeps this going.

News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patrons

JOVM turned 10 last month — and throughout its existence, the site has been a labor of love. And during that period I think JOVM has carved out a unique place in the blogosphere: it’s one of the few places, where readers can come across personal and eclectic curation and coverage of the national and international music scenes.

As I’ve mentioned countless times for most of the bulk of this site’s history, I’ve run this site as  (mostly) one-man operation out of my Corona, Queens, NYC apartment while working full-time in book publishing in the editorial departments of three different publishers. I was constantly aware of having this very odd dual life: during the day, I was a mild-mannered spectacled Clark Kent type. And when the work day was over, I’d run someplace to change out of my business clothes and transform into professional music journalist and photographer, covering shows all over town. Sometimes I’d return home in the wee hours, upload photos or work on a blog post, get a bit of sleep for work in the morning and repeat three or four times a week.

As a result of this site, I’ve done things I’ve never expected or thought would have ever happened. I’ve met some of my heroes. I’ve photographed icons and beloved legends. I’ve covered some amazing talented artists from all over the world. I’ve seen some memorable shows. I’ve been able to travel internationally to cover music. And I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and most open people in the entire world  — and these people  have welcomed me to their hometowns, taken me to their best spots, introduced me to their favorite people and so on.

This sort of work should — and needs — to be continued and championed as much as possible. Music is the emotional center of our lives. But I’ve found that finding new music  helps us grow even more. Perhaps more than ever in this profoundly unusual and unsettling time, we have to take comfort in music, art, literature and all the other things that make us human and connect us with others. Hopefully my work here has — and will continue — to bring some joy, some escape from the bleakness of our current situation or it inspires you to do something.

Of course running a site like this isn’t easy. And unfortunately, it does cost money. To that end, I started a Patreon page  as a way to help support my creative endeavors and this site. Check out the page for more information:

https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

You can also buy merch from the Joy of Violent Movement shop: https://www.joyofviolentmovement.com/shop 

Because of the uncertainty of the past few months, I understand that for there will be a portion of people who cannot contribute. So if you’re unable to do so — and you happen to dig my work here, you can do the following:

  • Share posts on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
  • Pass the word on to friends who may dig this site and my work.
  • Pass the word on about the Patreon page to those that may be able to support.
  • And as always

As, I promised on my Patreon page, I also wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s kind patrons:

Sash

Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Thank y’all so much for your support. Your support keeps this going.

News/Announcements: Shoutouts to Patrons

JOVM officially turned 10 last week — and throughout its existence, the site has been a labor of love. And during that period I think that, JOVM has been a rather unique: this site is one of the rare places where readers an actually come across personal and eclectic curation and coverage of the national and international indie music scenes.

I’ve run this site as a (mostly) one-man operation out of my Corona, Queens, NYC apartment while working full-time in book publishing for the bulk of this site’s history. And as a result, I had a very odd dual life: during the day, I was a sort of mild-mannered, spectacled Clark Kent.  And when it was time to leave for the day, I’d run off someplace to change out of my business clothes to become professional music journalist, blogger and photographer, covering shows all over town and then returning to my apartment in the wee hours. I’d repeat this three to four days a week for the bulk of this site’s existence and my book publishing career.

I never expected or dreamt of some of the thing that have happened as a result of running this site — and I’ve had experiences that would make my younger music loving self deeply envious: I’ve met some of my heroes, I’ve covered some amazingly talented artists, seen some memorable shows, traveled internationally to cover music and I’ve met some of the nicest, kindest and most open people in the world.

If I didn’t firmly believe in what this site is about, I wouldn’t bother. But I do know that this sort of work should — and needs — to be continued and championed as much as possible. Music is the emotional center of our lives. But I’ve found that finding new music  helps us grow even more. Perhaps more than ever in this profoundly unusual and unsettling time, we have to take comfort in music, art, literature and all the other things that make us human and connect us with others. Hopefully my work here has — and will continue — to bring some joy, some escape from the bleakness of our current situation or it inspires you to do something.

Of course running a site like this isn’t easy. And unfortunately, it does cost money. To that end, I started a Patreon page  as a way to help support my creative endeavors and this site. Check out the page for more information:

https://www.patreon.com/TheJoyofViolentMovement

You can also buy merch from the Joy of Violent Movement shop: https://www.joyofviolentmovement.com/shop 

Because of the uncertainty of the past few months, I understand that for there will be a portion of people who cannot contribute. So if you’re unable to do so — and you happen to dig my work here, you can do the following:

  • Share posts on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
  • Pass the word on to friends who may dig this site and my work.
  • Pass the word on about the Patreon page to those that may be able to support.
  • And as always

As, I promised on my Patreon page, I also wanted to give a shoutout to this site’s kind patrons:

Sash

Alice Northover

Bella Fox

Jenny MacRostie

Thank y’all so much for your support. Your support keeps this going.