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Published: 2013/05/09

Jon "Barber" Gutwillig Launches Kickstarter For A New "Popumentary"

photo by Jake Krolick

While his bandmates are on the road with Electron, Disco Biscuits’ guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig is busy with a new project. He has been tapped as “The Music Man” for the upcoming “popumentary” BadPuss. The movie follows a fictional all-girl band of the same name. It has been self-described as “a story of misguidance, hedonistic lesbians and leopard print bikinis.” Barber has gathered up musicians Steve Molitz (Particle), Clay Parnell, (Brothers Past) and Dave Butler to help work on original music for the project. There is currently a Kickstarter campaign going in order to raise a $25,000 goal to help produce the film. There are several different reward packages available at different levels of contribution. You can contribute to the Kickstarter here.

Barber has also posted a video talk about his contributions to the project here


There are 22 comments associated with this post

For Real May 9, 2013, 23:00:01

Jon stop partying pal. You have enough people pick up your checks on tour, which consists of like seven shows a year in the tri state area and a bender in Denver. It’s pathetic after fifteen years of bisco that you don’t have 25k saved for your own investment. Most Janitors do after fifteen years for reference. That is pathetic to come trying to sucker fans of your defunct band. It’s either that or you are to big a pussy to invest your own limited funds because you know it’s a money loser. Your lies are bad, but you tell them well.

Samantha Adams May 9, 2013, 23:25:51

OMFG I LOVE YOU GUYS SOOO MUCH! This looks DOPE! And way to support strong females in the film and music business! CANNOT wait to see this film! xoxo DB!

Tress May 9, 2013, 23:26:18

I am super excited for this film! The description alone is enough to make me want to see it. But I’m also a huge fan of Jon’s, so anything he endorses, I’m down. And I’m making a contribution. It’s great to see a collaboration of this kind among fellow artists. We should all support each other as much as possible.

Mike May 9, 2013, 23:30:32

Little bit odd. How much is Barber putting in?

Trancebeggarfussion May 9, 2013, 23:38:31

Jon has many times asked rich fans for money even for things like camp bisco. Marc asked individuals for six figure sums of money for Camp as well with no intent on them profiting by his own admission breaking even was even unlikely. Bernstein and all those guys kind of seemed to try other things like CID when the begging for projects where all they risk is their already awful reputations. Then again none of these guys are potent forces of business and wise investment.

Sean Mullins May 9, 2013, 23:42:00

I recall when the samples begged for money in a similar way, but less sleazy in format. It didn’t represent great things down the pipe.

Ben Stein May 9, 2013, 23:55:14

Hmmm…..Jon so if I give you money I get none of the upside. This isn’t a charity so it’s not a donation and if it goes well you profit off of other people’s “investment” in your “project” while we feel good about helping you recover lost time with Bisco? Read up on Charles Ponzi son.

Colin Bartos May 10, 2013, 00:08:25

Hahaha, film looks great/hilarious. I’m happy to support people coming together to create something awesome. Barber’s the man. I’m in!!

Payday Loan? May 10, 2013, 00:11:38

I’ll lend you 25 grand at 20 percent for one year. If you are trying to put money in a project grow a pair and take a loan Jonnie the Beggar. Your lack of any memorable music have given old fans like me no taste for your ability to produce more than a couple dumps a day. Why should fans give you money. You have long been a guy that snatches loss from the jaws of victory. Remember the Hampton Late Nights and post NYE “fall” that canceled a year of chances with no Phish. I was there… why should anyone give you or anybody you know money?

Really? May 10, 2013, 01:44:56

Call me crazy, but Kickstarter programs, in my mind, are for up and comers with no connections and no money. If your band has played Red Rocks and every other major festival for the past 10 years, you should have saved some grip to fund your own project. I guess, to his credit, it’s a free country and there is no harm in asking. I’m sure there are a few pill heads with trust funds that would chip off some $. Just seems tacky to me….

Bernard Shakey May 10, 2013, 08:30:56

guys like this asshat (and in a similar vein Zach Braff) have pretty much ruined the idea of kickstarter for me. Like somebody else said, this should be for up-and-comers with no money, not people who actually should have the means to get things like this done.

Tag May 10, 2013, 09:37:16

Jesus, people really ragging on kickstarter? I think it is a cool way to raise cash and give fans something in return. It’s not about an investment. And perhaps the girls do not want this to be funded solely by Barber or Emily’s mom.

me May 10, 2013, 10:29:38

Kickstarter, IMO, is lame across the board… not just for this particular piece of garbage… even guys in the subway are playing for pay… whatever happened to busting your ass to pull something together? Yea, I’m older so maybe it’s me just being an old guy but Christ, this BS of a request for cash via an online post seems like such weak sauce… like a trust fund kid, what the hell do you learn, how much passion is in it when you’re handed cash… Blood, sweat and tears… that is how you pull a project together, not begging on the internet while you sleep…

dk70 May 10, 2013, 10:45:09

Kickstarter is great in the right hands. Not a big Dicso Biscuit fan, but no need to bash the dude for using a readily available tool for raising capital.

Karl May 10, 2013, 11:22:49

Haha these comments are great. I don’t care about this project just the comments. I’m ready to fund all of you guys..

No man May 10, 2013, 12:09:25

No guy that has been in a supposedly successful band since 97-98 should not be able to come up with 25k, unless he’s well a member of TDB. It isn’t a novel way to ask people for cash. It’s actually just using the internet like a guitar case in Penn Station to collect change while he plays Magellan. This is not a charity. The fans get nothing back besides maybe a project and if its successful the people who begged for the money get the shaft and no upside. What business world do you live in Jonny the Beggar? Take an SBA loan on your own collateral, your guitars and portion of the light rig should be good, and show your own confidence in your project. Stop trying to suck off other people’s teet, it’s all you guys do in every city.

Jon---you fcuking loser May 10, 2013, 12:49:04

As much as i like tDB, this is offensive to me considering I am a lesbian. Shows how little intellect Jon possesses. Like this toolbag doesn’t have any money to fund his own douchbaggery. Don’t expect other people to fund your douchey ideas. Once a douche, always a douche.

crab____ May 10, 2013, 14:40:56

Stop stuffing benzos and cheesesteaks down your entitled face and fund your own project, UNTZ

Tom May 10, 2013, 14:52:01

Sounds like he should of been sitting on pearl street with his acoustic these past two Colorado runs

Trustee Brigade May 10, 2013, 15:07:55

Didn’t he quit playing shows because he made a lot of money elsewhere?

My work May 10, 2013, 23:16:31

If you want more of my genius like this you gotta pay up front so I can create, serfs. Yo money yo money

brian May 11, 2013, 23:35:01

when the hell did people become so negative?? the music business has changed. nobody is making money from selling records. and while the biscuits have played red rocks and host camp bisco, those things cost a lot of money. it’s hard to think that the biscuits make a ton of money when they have acts like a-trak, shpongle, dada life, sts9, and wolfgang. i think this is good opportunity for “fans” to contribute to art of another, but i guess it’s easier to be negative and bash someone who you love when it’s easy to love him. jon is a genius.

AV8R July 27, 2013, 17:06:08

WOW the negativity is amazing… you think Jon has no intellect? HA I drove the man across the country on I.D. tour… i can assure you he knows what he’s doing. Quite the entrepreneur in many ways…...

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