Yesterday, newly reunited indie-pop heroes Black Tambourine sounded a Kickstarter clarion call to their fans, asking for a bit of help funding their costs in making the drooled over Chickfactor anniversary shows happen. Even for a string of instantly sold out shows like these, flying in band members and giving them beds fit for adults often barely makes any kind of economic sense. So, given a month and a relatively modest $5000 target, surely this thing will eventually...aaaand it's done. With an extra $500 cherry. Nice work everybody!
The carrot so briefly dangled for donations was a double 7' vinyl edition of OneTwoThreeFour, a yet-to-be-recorded EP of four "nuked" Ramones covers (that will eventually see a less fancy release on Black Tambourine Mike Schulman's legendary Slumberland label). Funds raised in this blitz will also help with the EP recording costs. If you've got any kind of love for the band's sweet and savage racket, you'll know what an enticing prospect that is. (I hope Pam sings "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"!)
Sort of like the Louis C.K. thing late last year, this continues to prove that the best model for crowd-sourced Internet funding is: A) Be a total famous hero with a dedicated fan base. B) Ask your fans for something pretty painless in exchange for something pretty cool. There will be more stories like this going forward. Count on it.
Updates via comments: The April 10th Bell House show featuring Black Tambourine is the only Brooklyn Chickfactor anniversary date currently sold out. You can get tickets for April 11th with the Aislers Set here, and April 12th with Stevie Jackson here. Apologies.
Also, Pam will sing "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"!