Work by Kim Schifino of Matt & Kim, from issue 20
In case you are a suburban yokel who only sees live music in venues with hotdog vendors, there’s this thing called Showpaper and it is awesome. A biweekly newsprint one-sheet that harkens back to the days of punk flyers and Xeroxed fanzines, Showpaper is a list of all-ages shows in the Tri-State area, events scheduled for smoky Williamsburg practice spaces, lofts with addresses sent via e-mailed requests, even the Yippie Museum Café on Bleecker. But the most unfailingly superb part of Showpaper is a regular sidebar called “I Saw You,” a kind of Missed Connections for DIY kids. These blurbs are like short stories, often heartwarming, hilarious, and horn-doggy, full of shy-people longings and lost liquid courage. Five awesome blurbs from over Showpaper‘s lifespan of 44 issues are below.
—June 19 through July 3, 2007, 3-13.
Should you have been the “tiny hardcore girl from upstate” or the dude whizzing in the corner at the Death Set (jerk), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the issue number and ID that appears after the date above; should you want to pursue that “brunette, about 10 feet from the stage, wearing jeans and a low-cut shirt” you spotted at the Todd Rundgren show, e-mail that same address, but make your blurb good because everybody reads these first.