Do you love sweet shows, awesome community engagement, and loud sounds? Read on…
Hello! If you are receiving this message you are likely familiar with us as individuals, as friends or as family, but most likely as Friends+Family. As we have grown and matured these last few years, we are now looking for enthusiastic and committed new members to our little collective.
These are our Mission Statements/Goals/What Moves Us to the Music:
-DIY or Die
-Working directly with bands, not through agents or middlemen
- Offering opportunities to bring “non-commercially viable” music and performance to the eyes and ears of the greater Burlington community
-The weirder, the better: if a band sounds like they could easily get a show at an established venue in town we are less likely to book a show for them
-Seeking out and encouraging grrrl, Queer, PoC - fronted/involved bands as much as possible
-Seeking out and encouraging the local Burlington and greater Burlington area weirdos to come play!
- Curating creative events rather than simply having shows or parties
- Creating safer, (ideally) all ages shows (when possible) that are FUN and MEMORABLE with or without responsible substance consumption
- Keeping shows affordable for attendees and financially viable for performers
~~Members will be a committed group of volunteers -proving with your time and energy that you believe in the local underground music scene- who actively organize and promote events because we’re excited about them~~
Does that make sense? If you answered “hell yeah!” to any of those non-questions, here are the steps we’d love you to take if you’re ready to take the polar plunge into “local cool kids” status (Dan Bolles’ words, not ours…):
1) Active participation in our weekly meetings (Tuesday evenings) for at least three consecutive weeks
2) Active facilitation of at least one show - set up/break down of space before/after, door duty, outdoor crowd control, letting bands sleep at your house/offering recommendations for fun Burlington things, etc.
3) Active participation in show organizing - making posters and facebook events, flyering around town, communication with bands, confirming with show space, etc.
We are also seeking:
Folks who would like to host a show in their basement or living room - make sure it’s okay with your neighbors and we’ll provide the respect patrol!
Folks who are in weirdo bands in Burlington to offer their musicalings for our shows! Send us your demo tape or myspace page or Sears portrait and we can find a fitting show for you to perform at!
Do you have an idea for a show you’d like to put on and don’t know how to do it? Come consult us! We also own a PA thanks to the generous donors to our super-hip crowdfunding campaign and want to share it with you for your next event!
++IF you’ve made it this far and are still reading, send us an email! we’d love hear from you. Please write us a little brag about yourself, how you’d like to be involved, your most formidable live music experience, your current favorite band, and which Vermonter (past or present) you’d like to take on a date to Pizza Putt.++ firstname.lastname@example.org
GOTCHYA! Were you looking for something incredible to do on Friday, August eighth? Well, you’re outta luck, because THiS amazing show is actually on SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th. Which is a good thing because my “eight” key is broken. This is a corrected digi-flier, but you might see the ones hanging around town with the incorrect date…Nevertheless, check out this beautiful lineup of talented solo musicians bestowing their gifts Saturday evening!
Caring Babies (White River Junction!)- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caring-Babies/190493484295284
Wax Mice (Burlington->Nashville->BUFFALO) - http://leopardshepherdrecords.bandcamp.com/album/stony-lonesome-2
At the incomparable PSYCHEDELiCATESSEN, on the corner of North Winooski and North. Donations for touring bands encouraged, plus being cash for dumplings.
SEE YOU THERE!
Stickshift Fest is in just three days! We have loads to do to get everything ready, but we can’t wait for this to happen - it’s going to be SO AWESOME.
We will have THREE different compilation CDs available at the fest FOR FREE (but we will take donations) featuring more than 30 amazing bands and almost 50 songs! One of these is a fresh re-pressing of our first comp, and one of them is a BRAND NEW UNRELEASED COMP that we’ve put together for the fest!
We’ll also have super cool Stickshift Recordings patches printed by our friends at Remote Screen Printing in Fayston, VT for $1.
And of course, we’ll have ALL of this at an 8 HOUR show with 10 BANDS!
It all goes down on Saturday at The Monkey House! Happy Birthday to us :)
WOO! Happy Birthday Stickshift! This fest is going to be amazing, we know there’s lots of stuff happening this weekend but put Stickshift Fest on the top of your list tonight!
TOMORRA (AS IN THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2014), we’re kicking off the actual summer (since solstice has passed) with a show at the Psychedelicatessen. Get there at 9pm, and you’ll get to hear acoustic sad-boy pop by our literal neighbors, CLARK KENT. Debuting his solo project, Burlington’s one and only cookie dough-slinging, cosmic-blinging, karaoke-singing, studly-bringing, HARVEY BIGMAN will serenade you with his sweet, sweet experimental-noise-synth music. And lastly, NIGHTMOM, self-proclaimed “rattlesnake rock” duo (hailing from Providence, RI) will getchu up and dancin’ SO DON’T FORGET TO PRE-STRETCH!!!!
$3-5 suggested. Bring mo’ fr merch and PDeli yum yums!
156 N. Winooski Ave ~ Psychedelicatessen
Doors/dinner 830ish or earlier ~ show 9pm! ~ RSVP
More posts on future shows soon. Keep in touch! <3
PS Our friends from upstairs, ATTIC RAT, were v. sad to cancel this show, but you should listen to them anyway.
SIKE, here’s one more musical act!!!!!
Now-Boston is the new Lost-Generation-Paris, except that everyone is okay with talking about their butts (s/o to Henry Miller for being 80 years ahead of the curve on this one). Once again the American Dream™ has been co-opted, this time not by war or materialism, but by our own fractured pathetic selves. Krill is our Bellow, and bellowith Krill: “If you want to feel like a failure, that’s your right” — though it would be really unfair to boil their band thesis down to that — I think the Great American Pedantic Judith Butler puts it well: listening to Krill is “a loss which is suspended and provisionally resolved through a melancholic incorporation of some ‘Other’ … the disruption of the Other is at the heart of the self” — woah — Krill is the “permanent failure of expression” incarnate, but that’s written into their constitution, and they’re also the best band on the planet i dont know go see them.
And preview them here.