C.J. Boyd

is creating OBSOLETE MEDIA OBJECTS, a permatouring record label.

18

patrons

$205

per month
I've been on permanent tour since March of 2008, playing shows across North America and Europe.
Since 2011, I've also been running an independent music label called Obsolete Media Objects. The two really go hand in hand because one of the great privileges of being on a never-ending tour is the chance to hear so much new music from all over the world. Whenever I hear something truly unique that I think I can help get out to more ears, I release it on this label. 
http://obsoletemediaobjects.bandcamp.com
 
I started this Patreon account in hopes that some of my fans and supporters will make monthly pledges to this effort. This will help me be able to afford to put this new music out (much of which is not necessarily commercially successful, but nonetheless wonderful and worthy of an audience).  This will especially help considering the hand-to-mouth, precarious existence that is life on tour, where I'm always one potential van breakdown away from being financially wiped out.  If I can get the monthly pledges up to a few hundred dollars, this will help me breathe easier, and allow me to keep putting time and money into my label, which has yet to ever turn a profit.

As the name might imply, Obsolete Media Objects has a focus on physical media. We're released 1 vinyl record, a handful of CDs, a mess of tapes, and the occasional release that doesn't quite fit into any of those categories.  I've always been committed to making the most gorgeous media objects possible, which can be pricey at times.  I hope this campaign will help me take it a notch higher and put out more vinyl LPs, which I simply don't have the money to release at present.

Besides presenting a high caliber of music and visual art, I also want OMO to have a social consciousness that finds ways to effect change through music.  Some of the releases that have overt political agendas are:
OMO003: "Like Badgers and Birds: A Compilation to Support Wikileaks"
OMO055: "Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers for Reproductive Rights"
OMO081: "Baltmore or less" (Nina Simone mixtape by DJ Too Slow) benefiting Legal/Bail Support for Baltimore protesters

Each of these releases was a fundraising tool for a causes I believed in.  I'd love to do more of these, and having a steady stream of pledges would help that considerably. 
Of course, not every release will have a specific political or social purpose.  The main purpose of the label is simply to share extraordinary music with my broader community of friends and listeners, which I think is a social good regardless of anyone's politics. 
Tiers
Thank you!
$5.67 or more per month
Thank you!  Every little bit counts, and I appreciate your contribution.
Start up subscription (Limited to 6 patrons)
$7.89 or more per month (sold out!)
Digital subscription to Obsolete Media Objects for the first 6 people to sign up. (Sorry this tier has expired).
Digital Subscription to OMO
$10 or more per month
Digital subscription to Obsolete Media Objects. You will receive mp3s of all musical releases on the label. NOTE, this used to be a guarantee of new music every month. As of 10/22/18, the output of the label will be more infrequent and irregular. You will still receive new music when it comes out, but this could be anywhere from once per month to just a few times per year.  Please be aware of the change. 
Physical Subscription to OMO
$20 or more per month only 4 left
Physical subscription to Obsolete Media Objects. I'll send you everything that OMO releases. Most releases are tapes, with very occasional exceptions. (The pledge amount listed is for patrons in the US. Folks outside of the US will be asked to cover additional postage. I'm more than happy to discuss options with you so that you are happy with what you're getting and the whole pledge doesn't go toward the post office.) NOTE: this used to be a guarantee of new music every month. As of 10/22/18, the output of the label will be more infrequent and irregular. You will still receive new music when it comes out, but this could be anywhere from once per month to just a few times per year.  Please be aware of the change. 
Early access to songs from next album
$25 or more per month only 4 left
Since early 2016, I've been working on my next album, "Kin Ships," which consists of 50 songs, each one recorded in a different state, and each one is a cover of a band or artist with whom I've played shows during my non-stop decade of travel. Exclusively for people who choose this tier, I will be sending a new song every week. The album has now been mastered, so what you get will be exactly what those who buy it later this year will get. You'll just get it sooner.
Play your house
$50 or more per month
I'll play at your house (or house of your choosing) every time I come through your town, which I promise to be at least once a year.
This can be a house concert open to the public or a private concert for just you or your friends, as you prefer.
Digital OMO Catalog
$67.89 or more per month
Digital copies of the entire OMO catalog: I will send you digital copies of everything the label has released since its inception in 2010, as well as everything we release in the future, before it is released publicly. 
Physical OMO Catalog
$123.45 or more per month
The entire physical OMO catalog: I will send you a physical copy of everything the label has released since its inception in 2011, while supplies last.  I will also send you the physical copy of every future release before it is released publicly.
Goals
$205 of $222 per month
I play around 200 shows per year, and most of them pay just enough to get to the next town.  As a consequence, I tend not to be able to fix my van unless it is absolutely broken down.  Preventative repairs, which are often less costly than waiting until a breakdown, are often just not an option.  For instance, at the moment, my blinkers are intermittent. I'd say they work about 60% of the time, which means I often decide not to merge or turn where I wanted to, for fear of causing an accident.  I know what is wrong with the blinkers, but that repair is not one I have the money for now, so it has been on the long list of "optional" repairs (i.e ones that can put off without missing any shows) since January). If you're thinking, "That's ridiculous. You need blinkers if you're going to drive thousands of miles every week.", yes, I musi agree with you. Hence the Patreon.  There are always things like this. Driving like I do, there will always be maintenance and repairs that need to be done, but that are not possible with my normal income from shows and selling records. 
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I've been on permanent tour since March of 2008, playing shows across North America and Europe.
Since 2011, I've also been running an independent music label called Obsolete Media Objects. The two really go hand in hand because one of the great privileges of being on a never-ending tour is the chance to hear so much new music from all over the world. Whenever I hear something truly unique that I think I can help get out to more ears, I release it on this label. 
http://obsoletemediaobjects.bandcamp.com
 
I started this Patreon account in hopes that some of my fans and supporters will make monthly pledges to this effort. This will help me be able to afford to put this new music out (much of which is not necessarily commercially successful, but nonetheless wonderful and worthy of an audience).  This will especially help considering the hand-to-mouth, precarious existence that is life on tour, where I'm always one potential van breakdown away from being financially wiped out.  If I can get the monthly pledges up to a few hundred dollars, this will help me breathe easier, and allow me to keep putting time and money into my label, which has yet to ever turn a profit.

As the name might imply, Obsolete Media Objects has a focus on physical media. We're released 1 vinyl record, a handful of CDs, a mess of tapes, and the occasional release that doesn't quite fit into any of those categories.  I've always been committed to making the most gorgeous media objects possible, which can be pricey at times.  I hope this campaign will help me take it a notch higher and put out more vinyl LPs, which I simply don't have the money to release at present.

Besides presenting a high caliber of music and visual art, I also want OMO to have a social consciousness that finds ways to effect change through music.  Some of the releases that have overt political agendas are:
OMO003: "Like Badgers and Birds: A Compilation to Support Wikileaks"
OMO055: "Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers for Reproductive Rights"
OMO081: "Baltmore or less" (Nina Simone mixtape by DJ Too Slow) benefiting Legal/Bail Support for Baltimore protesters

Each of these releases was a fundraising tool for a causes I believed in.  I'd love to do more of these, and having a steady stream of pledges would help that considerably. 
Of course, not every release will have a specific political or social purpose.  The main purpose of the label is simply to share extraordinary music with my broader community of friends and listeners, which I think is a social good regardless of anyone's politics. 

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Tiers
Thank you!
$5.67 or more per month
Thank you!  Every little bit counts, and I appreciate your contribution.
Start up subscription (Limited to 6 patrons)
$7.89 or more per month (sold out!)
Digital subscription to Obsolete Media Objects for the first 6 people to sign up. (Sorry this tier has expired).
Digital Subscription to OMO
$10 or more per month
Digital subscription to Obsolete Media Objects. You will receive mp3s of all musical releases on the label. NOTE, this used to be a guarantee of new music every month. As of 10/22/18, the output of the label will be more infrequent and irregular. You will still receive new music when it comes out, but this could be anywhere from once per month to just a few times per year.  Please be aware of the change. 
Physical Subscription to OMO
$20 or more per month only 4 left
Physical subscription to Obsolete Media Objects. I'll send you everything that OMO releases. Most releases are tapes, with very occasional exceptions. (The pledge amount listed is for patrons in the US. Folks outside of the US will be asked to cover additional postage. I'm more than happy to discuss options with you so that you are happy with what you're getting and the whole pledge doesn't go toward the post office.) NOTE: this used to be a guarantee of new music every month. As of 10/22/18, the output of the label will be more infrequent and irregular. You will still receive new music when it comes out, but this could be anywhere from once per month to just a few times per year.  Please be aware of the change. 
Early access to songs from next album
$25 or more per month only 4 left
Since early 2016, I've been working on my next album, "Kin Ships," which consists of 50 songs, each one recorded in a different state, and each one is a cover of a band or artist with whom I've played shows during my non-stop decade of travel. Exclusively for people who choose this tier, I will be sending a new song every week. The album has now been mastered, so what you get will be exactly what those who buy it later this year will get. You'll just get it sooner.
Play your house
$50 or more per month
I'll play at your house (or house of your choosing) every time I come through your town, which I promise to be at least once a year.
This can be a house concert open to the public or a private concert for just you or your friends, as you prefer.
Digital OMO Catalog
$67.89 or more per month
Digital copies of the entire OMO catalog: I will send you digital copies of everything the label has released since its inception in 2010, as well as everything we release in the future, before it is released publicly. 
Physical OMO Catalog
$123.45 or more per month
The entire physical OMO catalog: I will send you a physical copy of everything the label has released since its inception in 2011, while supplies last.  I will also send you the physical copy of every future release before it is released publicly.