Posted in music on July 5, 2007

Showpaper

Showpaper is a FREE bi-weekly print-only publication which aims to list and promote all ages DIY shows in the NYC and tri-state area. We hope to spread the word about shows that would otherwise slip under the radar. Each issue will also feature a full color piece of art by a contemporary artist. Look for it in your local record store/gallery/café.
The recognizable art you see on the cover of issue 3 above was done by Best Fwends' Dustin Pilkington.

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Comments (24)

viva la showpaper!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 1:26 PM

making it easier for cops to shut down DIY shows!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 1:59 PM

If they have an online presence, why do they need the paper as well? It seems like a waste of trees and other resources to me. Are there really that many people involved/interested in the DIY music scene without regular Internet access?

(that was not meant to be a rude/sarcastic question)

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 2:20 PM

It makes for fancy wall art. Thanks!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 2:39 PM

I guess it's just something fun to do. But I tend to agree that there probably isn't really a huge need for something like this in 2007 when even the most obscure bands have Myspace and all the DIY shows are pretty much listed on Todd P's web site. Maybe they're nostalgic for those days before the kids were so hooked up. At least they get to have fundraisers!

Posted by will | July 5, 2007 2:52 PM

@ anon 2:20

I hear what you're saying, but consider that it's only one page of newsprint paper with the art on the front and the shows on the back. no ads or filler, great to fold up and carry around, and has directions to or contact info for the various places. I imagine that some people print directions and whatnot from the internet so it keeps people from having to do that.
btw, new cover is by brian chippendale of lightning bolt. yay!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 2:55 PM

Showpaper is great as a document of shows and also it's a gorgeous showcase for art - taking visual artists' work out of galleries and putting their pieces in kids' hands, for free.

But it is also totally useful.

Don't you think the internet has actually made it *more* difficult to find out about good shows?

there is information overload, most of it crap, and the internet amplifies that a million times.

Word about DIY shows is also the most likely to be drowned out in the din of slick, over hyped corporate bullshit.

Conversely to what everybody expected, the internet hasn't necessarily helped independent stuff get more play, it can make really indy stuff harder to hear about unless you know exactly what you're looking for and have a lot of time on your hands.

Showpaper works really well because it only lists the DIY and all ages shows (with some exceptions), and the people who do the listings are in the know enough to find really rad shit.

There are all kinds of gallery opening shows and house shows and party shows listed in it every week that I know wouldn't have found out about otherwise.

I find it totally useful, as well as a beautiful way to democratize visual art.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 7:17 PM

Showpaper also rewards show spaces that don't discriminate by age!

All ages shows, remember that idea? It was a good one! Why doesn't anybody talk about all ages or DIY anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 7:27 PM

...to Anonymous | July 5, 2007 1:59 PM...

are you actually suggesting that NYPD cops are going to find and read Showpaper? Give a fucking break, no chance.

the NYPD don't even shut down illegal shit if it's listed in the NY Times - they shut shit down if they're getting complaints called in only, they don't fish for shit. There is way too much going on for them to keep track of listings, and of which addresses have permits and which ones don't. They spot check that shit when they respond to a complaint.

This ain't a small town, you know?

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 8:21 PM

Showpaper doesn't have an online version, just a Myspace address. You have to have the paper itself to get the listings.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 8:28 PM

hey will - 2:52pm

why would having to put on fundraisers be tons of fun for the people who do have to do the work for them? Fundraisers are a fucking headache and a half if you've ever tried to do one yourself.

Without any doubt these people are doing Showpaper, and the fundraising to pay for it, as a labor of love. It sure as fuck couldn't be for the money - there's no advertising in the thing! So, why shit on it Mr Will?

In the month or two the thing's been around, I've used it more than a couple of times to find out about shit to do, and I tacked two up on my wall as awesome, free art. The internet doesn't do that great of a job helping me with the first one of those and totally can't help me with the 2nd.

Plus the 'I Saw You' section is terrific for over coffee voyeurism / reading!

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 8:48 PM

toddp hardly lists all DIY shows, especially since he only lists nyc shows and SHOWPAPER reaches from southern CT down to jersey.

the internet has desenseitized everyone on the planet on just about every level - who here actually checks more than 1 website for shows to go to? who goes beyond what ohmyrockness lists? no one, except showpaper, who lists shows literally every single human - or pet - can come out to.

the shows are hardly ever over $10 or $12 and are almost always run by right-minded folks who do what they can to compensate the artists as much as possible for their work/travels

showpaper also organizes things way better. of course a lot of us have the internet, but jumping from page to page and site to site in the confines of our hot apartments all damn summer is a total drag, especially with slow stolen wireless connections.
on the other hand, almost everyone can get a showpaper, i've seen it in at least 10 places beyond Bedford ave, where it's in every other shop, and it'll only get more widespread. it's a hardcopy of 2 weeks of shows that you can pinup and look at before you go to your shitty job every mornin and say 'well at least i can go to this tonight.' you can make plans and find shit to do without looking at a screen! - something that is rare since al gore invented the internet

plus, uh, it's a free art poster by some of the most prolific gals and dudes out there today. the work is made for showpaper only so it aint some excerpt from an artists previous work, it's unique for us to have for free! free best-fwends-esque posters for my walls? free paper rad and brian chippendale work? these dudes show in chelsea and sell for thousands.

it's crazy how the only negative feedback i've heard is on brooklynvegan and at shows and events all i over-hear is intense praise from band memberz and showkids alike.

Posted by mike | July 5, 2007 8:49 PM

There's no online resource that lists all of the shows that showpaper has; their myspace doesn't have show listings, just info on what showpaper is. Yeah, most of the shows are listed elsewhere on the internet, but it would take hours to search for all the listings. Showpaper does the work for us. following some of the previous poster's logic theres no "need" for phone books anymore, since most all businesses have thier numbers online.


showpaper is more than just fun-it fills a gap, providing a new resource to the diy community.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2007 9:20 PM

I lived in New Brunswick in the mid to late '90s, but didn't really know who was still doing basement shows (if anyone) once I had been gone a year+. But, after reading Showpaper last weekend, I now know of three (formerly unfamiliar to me) places in New Brunswick doing shows. It made me nostalgic for those '90s days and proud that D.I.Y. is alive and well in New Brunswick. It's a shame that there aren't more 30+ year olds in this area insisting on and supporting all ages venues.

Anyway, the point is that Showpaper, regardless of format, is hella informative.

Posted by db | July 5, 2007 10:37 PM

but i fucking hate all ages shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2007 12:14 AM

If you don't get why all ages is important, then you probably over 21 and unaware that it's way harder to get into shows these days if you're under 21 than it was even three or four years ago - and incomparably harsher compared to what NYC was like 10 or 15 years ago.

The days of New York being lax on enforcing drinking age laws are totally over.

Because of gentrification, more people in this city are calling in complaints about places that make noise and sell alcohol. And because of Bloomberg's 311 system, it's very easy to make anonymous complaints about your neighbors.

You end up with the situation we have now, lots of bitchy condo owners and a really simple avenue for them to complain about anything they're worried effects their property value - rock clubs are definitely on that list.

The city reacts to these complaints by trying to find ways to shut down anywhere that enough anonymous 311 complainers say is a "problem" spot (ie - the spaces with the most organized yuppie asshole neighbors calling in excessive complaints).

When the city turns up the heat to try to smoke out a club, the first thing they go after is under-21 people drinking. Because of that, there's a lot less tolerance for under 21 people at clubs and shows than there used to be.

These days, almost everywhere that has shows and sells alcohol cards for entry, and fake IDs don't work as well anymore - places have ID scanners and take away fakes. All this, even though New York state law says you're legally allowed to be in bars if you're under 21, you just can't drink there. Even so, places don't want to take the chance of getting shut down because someone who's young has a drink in their hand.

It's a really easy, and totally unfair and ultimately scene-destroying move, but show spaces all over the city have gone strictly 21+ at the door to keep from having to card at the bar. Those under-21 people can't buy drinks anyway, so it doesn't hurt their bottom line. What do they care?

If you kick the kids out of shows and clubs, then you end up with more kids bored and binge drinking when they can get their hands on booze, and equally importantly, you end up with a stifled, dull scene because the most enthusiastic music fans, young people, can't get into see new bands play.

You may have been able to get into small club shows when you were a kid, but college kids in New York today usually times can't - whether the show's at Mercury Lounge, Cakeshop, Piano's, Glasslands, Union Pool, or wherever - they're all 21+.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2007 2:56 AM

This is a war on terror. And by terror I simply mean gumption. Go get em kids!

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2007 3:30 AM

I really like Showpaper... its a convenient and fun to look at resource. Whenever I'm at a loss as to what to do with my night I can just take it out of my pocket and then figure it out. No nasty electricity needed. Its good for luddites.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2007 3:02 PM

I really like Showpaper... its a convenient and fun to look at resource. Whenever I'm at a loss as to what to do with my night I can just take it out of my pocket and then figure it out. No nasty electricity needed. Its good for luddites.

Posted by Anonymous | July 6, 2007 3:02 PM

I heard about this married couple who met because one of them sent in a thing for showpaper's missed connections and the other emailed in and now they couldn't be happier

Posted by thanksshowpaper! | July 6, 2007 3:04 PM

i have like 15 showpapers in my room i was suppose to hand out. fucking forgot. now they're useless as they were for last month, but i like the art so i'm keeping it.

Posted by mandy | July 8, 2007 11:09 PM

Where can I find Showpaper in Park Slope?

Posted by I'm still cool | August 1, 2007 12:29 AM

issue project room in the Park Slope area always has showpaper

it's usually also at beacon;s closet and some cafes

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2007 3:13 AM

issue project room closed

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2007 8:35 AM

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