Kickstarter and steampunk
Kickstarter.com is one of the coolest things I have seen online in a long time. It’s a way for a lot of people to pitch in a little money each to bring something they believe in to life. For instance, I recently pitched in to help Reading With Pictures get their project off the ground. Will it succeed? I have no idea. The guys behind it are motivated, the cause is righteous, and if nothing else, they sent me a copy of the book in return for my donation and that’s wicked cool.
I mention it because I now have another project to push on Kickstarter because my friend and severely talented hip hop artist Mad Hatter is seeking help for money to press his next album on vinyl. If you’re a hip hop or independent music or underdog fan, you owe it to yourself to check out his record label, Scrub Club Records. This man has been giving away music for free for years, and has been encouraging others to do the same. Scrub Club has added a ton of new artists in the past year, and any one of them meets or exceeds the quality of ANY mainstream artist — that’s not bragging for my friend, that’s a fact. So, if you can spare $1 for an up-and-comer who deserves some recognition for his hard work, please give it here — http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madhatter/bring-john-henrys-legend-back-to-life-in-a-unique
I should probably also mention that this is a Steampunk album. For those that don’t know, steampunk is a division of geekdom that has been seething underground for a long time. It’s basically Victorian sci-fi, if you can swallow that. Think: the Will Smith version of Wild Wild West. Think: the airship scene in The Mummy Returns. Think: Automated Alice by Jeff Noon (which is actually like steampunk tastily mixed with cyberpunk). Think: my latest narration project, The Phantastic and Wondrous Adventures of Mr. Jonathan Darby. It’s fun stuff, and if you’re at all inclined to sci-fi, I highly encourage you to check it out.
Enough for now. More rambles later…