Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sponsors and Other Cool Stuff

Ohhh Haiii...

So like I said before, trimming down this project in any way possible is dearly needed. If I can do it, I'm going to attempt to cut the 5-6 hour process in half. Hopefully. But in order to do that, I gotta do stuff like this. Instead of giving you all the links in the notes for the youtube video every week, you can find them here instead! Also, extended info on each organization, and the logos will still be in the video each week! Yaay!

P.S. Janet called me meandering. Jerk!

Sacramento Punk Shows:
I'm not gonna lie, I pull a LOT of information from this guy every week. Here's what I know about him.
He's old as dirt and has been around just as long.
He works his ass off for the love of the local music scene.
He's better networked than I am, and has WAY more information about bands and events than I do.
Basically, I'm just a generic ripoff of this guy. I'm like SPS light. Like the kind of heroin you can snort. Ya know, cause it's too weak for you to OD on? This guy's all Pulp Fiction, I'm gonna kill Marcellus Wallace's wife if you don't stick a syringe in her chest like RIGHT NOW heroin.

... Oh god damnit, I am meandering.

Blogger  MySpace  Facebook  YouTube

Punk Retrospective:
Doug Gaylord of Pug Skullz does a bit of journalism for his blog, Punk Retrospective. Based out of Nevada City, CA, Doug does a damn good job reporting on events he's visited. He's always looking for people to submit as well. Hell, I've even done a story or two for him. It seems recently that some of work has transferred over to the Pug Skullz page, which you can find the link for above.

Wordpress  Facebook

SacTown's Local Lics:
Not to be confused with 98 Rock's weekly show, this blog and podcast dives head first into the heart of the music. Shane and Justin take time out to sit down with local artists from varying genres of music and really pick them apart about their artistic process. With guest podcast interviewers and written reviews from Emily Montoya, it's hard to find a competing independent journalistic outlet.

Website  Facebook  YouTube

Capital Chaos:
With over 600 shows since 1998, Sacramento's longest running music show, Capital Chaos TV focuses on rock and metal, bringing you face melting television and music videos. Zee and company work tirelessly to interview bands and edit together highlights from their shows. You can still catch them every Saturday at 11pm on Local Access Channel 18. I'm not going to lie that it's not exactly my cup of tea, but those numbers are impressive as fuck. The only thing I've committed to for 15 years are socks. And even then, they don't even match.

Website  Facebook  YouTube

Rock Hard Live:
William Hodgson is another good outlet for hard rock and heavy metal. Scouring the city for the most talented of the genre, William interviews and films some of the best bands that come through the city. Rock Hard Live promotes their asses off, winning the 2013 Best New Series award on Comcast. You can check him out on Local Access Channel 18 every other Thursday at 11pm.

Website  Facebook  Twitter  YouTube, V103 Rock:
Shameless plug time. Okay, remember when I said this blog would end up being totally biased? Well, this. V103 Rock is an Internet radio station that I happen to work at. With a really strong rotating play list of both local and national acts, this decade-old powerhouse of awesomeness promotes musicians with weekly genre-specific shows, yearly band camp concerts and non-stop events around the Sacramento area. Oh, and did I mention I work there?

Website  Facebook  TuneIn  Twitter  YouTube

Sucker Punk Productions:
So back in 2011, I set up this little deal. I've since had to go in my own direction, but it seems like this gig is still going on strong without me. Brett Jordan and Jasen Koster run a mix of comedy and local music videos, ranging in genre, humor and journalistic standpoints. With a very DIY feel, they continue to delve in the local Sacramento music scene, digging up some of the most obscure shit I've ever heard. You can also check them out on V103 Saturdays from 4 to 7.

Facebook  YouTube  IMDB  Radio Show Facebook

ForNever Designs:
ForNever Design is a graphic design company founded by Adam Page. Focusing on band promotions, logo/flier design and artist networking, FND is dedicated to helping bands and artists present themselves as creatively and professionally as possible.


Phono Select Records:
Sacramento's best independent record shop! Even though they were kicked out of their midtown spot (for being too radical), they still have a monthly super sale! Which is a great opportunity for you ho head out and support struggling local businesses. More information can be found on their website. And I'm not kidding when I say it's a really bad ass place.

Website  Facebook  Twitter

Let's add to this page! You can contact me at with inquiries about this page. And do everyone a favor and go visit some of these awesome DIY companies.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Whatnots of What You're Doing Here

Ohhh haiiii!!!

It's difficult to start. Lemme clear my throat. 

Ahem. So welcome to my Video Flyer blog. 

Why a blog? I mean, I have a youtube channel and a facebook page. Now a blog? What the fuck, Ben?

HEY! Why don't you bring it down a notch and let me explain a few things before you get all jumpity, alright? It's like I'm dealing with a Zimmerman in here. All "pew, pew" now, all "whoops" later. Take a Valium and chill, man. You're harshing my buzz. 

The truth about it is, doing a video every single week is hard. Especially when you're doing it alone and you don't feel like it's enough. I started the videos because I have a love and appreciation for the thought, talent and trouble people go through to make, pass out and post show flyers. It truly is a labor of love, and 
not many people out there still go through the trouble of "passing out" flyers. It's understandable, considering how easy it is to just stay home and post things on a computer. It's impersonal. There's no going outside of a box on that one. Even if you try to engage in a conversation, you're in a comfortable place to do it in.

Which is why I think I began getting so many requests from people to put in more sponsor type stuff. Ya know, you scratch my back, I'll do you...

No thanks, I got it.
It was something I didn't mind.. at first. But what it ended up doing was take up more of my time than I originally intended. Now, look. This isn't something I blame on the entities that asked (or I offered) to bump on the videos. I blame myself for not being able to say no. And hey, I did have some perks for helping out some of these entities.

But like I said before hand, it is a lot of work. And not to fault anyone besides myself, things began becoming a remembering game rather than the original idea of puting flyers in a video. What I mean is, there was so much to do, that the original idea behind the videos was beginning to get lost. That's where the Facebook page came in. Now I have two platforms. It'll be easier for people to contact me about the videos, and if I miss anything throughout the week, I can post it there, so no one will miss out!

Yeah, that didn't work.

I mean, the idea was solid, but the amount of flyers I was missing every week was just... Shitty. It became frustrating that I was missing my own friends' show flyers, along with the fact that the videos were getting lost in a slew of Sucker Punk stuff. And I committed myself to do this Sacramento punk shows/punch and pie thing where I posted a flyer from that day on the Facebook page... Listen. Some stuff is easier for people to do than others, okay? I can't help it if I'm not good at getting up in the morning and being all peppy about life and the world and computer work. Kudos to those who can, I cannot.

Top it off with a nice thick layer of 'professional disagreements' rounded out with a cherry of 'new girlfriend thinks I'm too busy to spend enough time with her' and just a few sprinkles of 'hey, my computer's dead and I have no cash to fix it,' and there you have it. A six month hiatus I never planned.

Okay, well. It's time to stop being such a whiny bitch about it.

Seriously, I wouldn't even be mad if you made this for me.
The majority of all of that bull shit is worked out. What isn't worked out is how to streamline this process so that it's easy for me to do and easy for you to access. Which is why I'm stripping out almost all the extra crap on the video and putting it here.

Each week, I'll have videos with flyers about local shows, per usual. There will be ONE link in the video and notes section that will bring you here, where you will find a list of everything that I'm talking about. The video will have it's own blog, where throughout the week I will explore different bands playing around town. This info will gradually come out during the week, possibly before the show date, possibly after. I'll have show footage, song or album reviews, pictures, links, whatever I can find that I like. Also, the Facebook page will still work for what it was originally intended for. Posting missed flyers and a conduit to contact me. You can find that here if you don't already know about it.

Oh, and there's gonna be a new address for the Video, which I'll come back here and edit in shortly.

Now, will it be biased? Yes. Will you agree with everything I say? Probably not. Will it be helpful for bands, music fans, promoters and venue owners? For fucks' sake I hope so. But I make no guarantee. All I know is that this is something I love doing, I have a passion for it, and I'm somewhat decently good at it.

Keep a look out for other changes I'll be implementing over the next few weeks as I try to get everything organized for the next round of videos. Suggestions can be sent to the Facebook page with the link above, as well as submissions. Hopefully this whole thing will roll out shortly, so fingers crossed!

And as always, enjoy yourselves.