After a robbery back in July forced Silent Barn to close its doors, the future of the Queens D.I.Y. venue seemed bleak. However, support for the performance space/art gallery/independent video game arcade/zine library/artist residence stretches far beyond the Ridgewood neighborhood, and last Monday Silent Barn reached its Kickstarter goal of $40,000. If you haven’t already donated, you have until September 18 to do so, and now there’s a new way to help out: purchase a special Silent Barn benefit compilation from the Obsolete Units label!
The album features new and exclusive tracks from 43 different artists of the noise persuasion, including Aaron Dilloway, Telecult Powers, Andy Ortmann (Panicsville), Ben Miller, Phil Julian (cheapmachines), Millions, MV Carbon, Tom Smith (To Live and Shave in L.A.), Bunnybrains, C. Spencer Yeh, Excepter, The Tenses (members of Smegma), Pregnant Spore, Chapels, Cellular Chaos, Mike Shiflet, Derek Rogers, Long Distance Poison, Id M Theft Able, WZT Hearts, and Fossils, plus album artwork by the esteemed Graham Lambkin.
The Noise from Ridgewood is currently available for digital download, and a limited number of CDs (which include extra inserts, artwork, and handmade packaging) will be available October 1. All proceeds will go directly to Silent Barn. Information about future plans can be found on the Kickstarter page.
[Disclosure: the owner of Obsolete Units freelances for Tiny Mix Tapes]