Category: KickstarterLOLZ

Kickstart a sign on Trimtab, if you’re into that sort of thing

Trimtab Brewery, in association with the Magic City Mural Collective, is asking for your help. They want to put a sign on the roof of their brewery, visible from Red Mountain Expressway, with the iconic, yet modified to fit the space version of the famous sign that nearly everyone who lives in this city likes.

If you’d like to give them some scratch and get some Trimtab goodies, Kickstart away.

But hey, while we’re here, let’s ask a question- is this weird? Trimtab is by all accounts a pretty successful new brewery in Birmingham. This sign, for all it’s nonTrimtabness, will still draw people to their business. So is it weird that they want you to pay for it?

The one thing I’ll say in their favor is the old adage, there’s no harm in asking. If people want to give, they give. That’s kind of the beauty of Kickstarter. But there’s a small part of me that says that this feels a little off. If the Mural folks, all fine people, put up a Kickstarter instead saying “Hey, we want to paint murals across town” I think¬†that would be a fine thing and would probably donate to it.

But a business, which charges $5 a pint of beer made 20 feet away from me? I don’t know.


Kickstar: Trey Hill Band

jebusUPDATE: The goal has been reached. I hope Trey Hill Band enjoys the BHAMFM Bump..

Once again, I set out to make fun of lame Kickstarter projects, and once again I stand before you not actually doing that.

I’m starting to wonder if I’ve lost my edge. Maybe in my old age I’ve mellowed, and can’t bear to mock people on the internet. I’ve really got to examine my life and see where it went wrong. I used to be mean, you know. At some point this irregular feature is going to turn into actually highlighting good and interesting things from Birmingham on Kickstarter instead of mocking stupid ones. That’s terrifying.

I have found the occasion on this very site to talk about how dumb some “Christians” are. And without going too deep into that territory, let’s just say there’s not any DC Talk in my iTunes library. I have a relatively low opinion of Christian music unless it is sung by Johnny Cash. So seeing a Kickstarter for Christian music, I expected the worst. I braced myself, and hit play on their video.

Dammit, Trey. (sorry). 

Ya’ll are alright. I still don’t know what your music sounds like, and honestly I probably wouldn’t like it. But I can’t hate on you.

As of this writing they are perilously close to not meeting their goal. I don’t remember much about church but I think if you help them reach it you get an indulgence, and then you don’t have to go to purgatory. Or something like that.

Let’s pass the offering plate around and get these boys the money. Maybe they’ll just make more videos instead. I’d be ok with that.



Kickstar: Jimlapbap

I have a secret shame. I like to troll (in the traditional sense) Kickstarter for projects based in Alabama and chuckle at them. After doing this on perhaps a monthly basis for the past year or so, I thought there were no surprises. I was wrong.

Before you ask, don’t worry, this video has hit it’s $47 goal and is already fully funded. Put your wallet down.

Jimlapbap is from Birmingham, and he records barbershop quartet videos with himself singing all four parts, and uses modern songs as his template.

Hey here’s a They Might Be Giant song:

The thing is, I can’t hate on this guy. He doesn’t seem to take himself overly serious (the fatal flaw/entertainment in most local Kickstarters), his videos are inventive, and he’s actually pretty good at the singing part. I don’t think I could listen to more than 3 of these songs back to back without caulking up my ears with Green Glue. But it’s hard not to appreciate a guy who finds his niche, and makes hundreds of videos. He says he’s a Phd of Music and teaches at a university, which are two things I cannot say.

So this first in what will be a long line of us being bewildered at Kickstarters will end on a positive note. Jimlapbap got his $47 so you will soon be able to purchase his cover of Radioactive on iTunes, Amazon, et al. You can find more about him at Let me also say that I am available for tips about how to green screen if Jim needs some pointers.