Life

return from the mat

me getting ready to work again after literally birthing a human baby

Earlier this year, I told you all that I’d be taking some time off for the birth of our first child. I’m happy to report that we have a healthy and happy almost five-month-old son named Juan Ramon, and we’ve all been doing great!

But it’s a completely different world than the one I left you all with. There is literally no shortage of things for me to worry about these days, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that feeling as well. I barely leave the house now because 1. duh, baby 2. I have asthma and I'm fucking terrified of being around any of these jackasses protesting masks and basic public safety. On top of that, there's the ongoing fight for justice against the racist police of this country, AND one of the most important elections of my lifetime just a few months away. If I had any time to sit on reddit or twitter and read about everything going on, I would fucking shatter.

Let me take you back to early March, though. I thought I’d have a quiet couple of months away from work while the majority of the No Earbuds family spent their springs on the road. I had a Ratboys show in my calendar for just two weeks after JR’s birth; a week later, Prince Daddy/oso oso/Just Friends at the Lodge Room in Highland Park.

But instead, I was actually in labor when several of my clients started announcing their postponements and cancellations. There’s no doubt that COVID has completely wrecked the live music industry, something that the majority of developing bands in the emo/punk/indie rock scenes seriously depend on in order to make a living. Behind the obvious joy of having our son, I was scared; not just for the future of my own business but for all of these bands, as well. But keeping both theirs and the fans’ health and safety was and continues to be the foremost priority.


So I had initially planned to write a post like this when I returned from maternity leave. It was supposed to be about all the awesome records coming up over the next few months, but then everything just got fucking wild. I don't care to find a better way to put that, either. I've had more heavy conversations with my bands lately than ever before; every single one of them wondering wtf they should do now. I've done a handful of consulting calls with new artists that were relying on touring to help make a name for themselves; now what?

Anyway, right now it just seems impossible to ignore the pandemic in the room. Most days, it’s very easy to find myself lost in worry over any and everything going on right now, so instead of focusing on that any further, I’ve decided to finish this post with some of the awesome things I’ve seen and experienced over the last couple months––like my own lil blog version of John Krasinski’s Some Good News :)


HAVING A BABY, DUH

Okay, so this one has to be mentioned because… duh! Nothing else will ever compare to what this experience was like, and nothing else will ever compare to how much I’ve loved being a mom and watching my husband become a dad. I could go on forever about this but it’s been incredible and we’re all very happy––and yes, tired.


Bandcamp days

Back in March, Bandcamp announced that it would be waiving their revenue share of all sales for an entire day. That first day, over 4.3 MILLION DOLLARS were spent on independent artists music and merch via the site. It was so obviously successful that they now plan to do this once a month. I love seeing the community rally behind what they’re planning to buy, and I love seeing how bands and artists are embracing this by releasing rare content/b-sides and new merch drops. Really hope this is something that Bandcamp continues because I think it’s helping to remind people just how important it is to directly support the artists you love.


TWY bracket

Of course plenty of artists are getting creative with how they’re choosing to spend their quar time, but I have to shout out The Wonder Years for a great idea. Back in April, the band shared a bracket of their most popular songs (seeded from play counts and live reactions) and challenged fans to fill out their own, and if you submitted yours along with proof of a donation to Get Us PPE (an organization providing personal protective equipment for front line workers), you’d be entered to win a super limited test press.

First off, it was fun to participate and likely ended up increasing their streams as fans likely re-listened while making their picks. Second, it’s for a good cause. Need I say more??

here's my personal bracket. this was HARD!!!!


Bread

I don’t really know why but y’all have been making a lot of bread these last few months. Personally I will never have the time to focus on making bread ever in my entire life, but my homegirl Kaity made some pretzel bread the other day and that shit was dank. Thank you, Kaity.


Getting back into WWE

Right before the baby was born, my husband wanted to sign up for the WWE Network app. I wasn’t sure if we really needed it but figured a few months would be fine. Okay well we started re-watching RAW and all the PPV’s starting back in 1993 and now I would literally die without this app. Plus, we're watching all the new episodes every week too so that's been super fun. I am 100% all in for Asuka, always.


The iced coffee from The Village Mart

In an effort to support some local businesses in our neighborhood, I tried an iced coffee from The Village Mart & Deli in El Sereno earlier this summer and well, now I’m obsessed. I have no idea what they do to make it taste so good but I want one every single day, all day. The best way I've explained it to friends is that it's like if fast food iced coffee were actually good and not just a sugar rot.


if you live in east LA, check them out: https://www.instagram.com/thevillagemart/

I love you



NO DREAM

How could a surprise Jeff Rosenstock album not make this list?! 


Inbox zero

It’s never stayed there for long but a few times over these last couple months, I’ve been able to get my inbox totally empty. It’s a beautiful thing.


This WAP x Michael Scott remake

No words needed. This just made my whole damn summer.

Ryan Reynolds loves Bartees Strange

So the story goes that Ryan Reynolds heard about Bartees earlier this year when he dropped Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, and now they're pals and he loves the two new singles that B recently dropped?? What a world. I love knowing he has such good taste in music.

Alright, that's it for now. I only have so much time before JR wakes up from his nap and in the words of Stanley Hudson when he realizes he's in Florida without his family for a week, "I'm gonna enjoy this!"


And just a lil glimpse into the rest of the year –– aside from new releases from a bunch of new artists I'm very excited about, I’m also working on new episodes of the No Earbuds podcast AND a sub-series I'm doing with a homie that I'll tell you about eventually. I'm reviving the Get Schooled blog series with some guest writers (lawyers, managers, writers, booking agents, etc), updating the playlist on the regular, and considering launching a Patreon, too.

As always, thank you so much for sticking with me through everything! Hit me up anytime @jamiecoletta or jamie@noearbuds.com.

Love,
Jamie


Life

return from the mat

me getting ready to work again after literally birthing a human baby

Earlier this year, I told you all that I’d be taking some time off for the birth of our first child. I’m happy to report that we have a healthy and happy almost five-month-old son named Juan Ramon, and we’ve all been doing great!

But it’s a completely different world than the one I left you all with. There is literally no shortage of things for me to worry about these days, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that feeling as well. I barely leave the house now because 1. duh, baby 2. I have asthma and I'm fucking terrified of being around any of these jackasses protesting masks and basic public safety. On top of that, there's the ongoing fight for justice against the racist police of this country, AND one of the most important elections of my lifetime just a few months away. If I had any time to sit on reddit or twitter and read about everything going on, I would fucking shatter.

Let me take you back to early March, though. I thought I’d have a quiet couple of months away from work while the majority of the No Earbuds family spent their springs on the road. I had a Ratboys show in my calendar for just two weeks after JR’s birth; a week later, Prince Daddy/oso oso/Just Friends at the Lodge Room in Highland Park.

But instead, I was actually in labor when several of my clients started announcing their postponements and cancellations. There’s no doubt that COVID has completely wrecked the live music industry, something that the majority of developing bands in the emo/punk/indie rock scenes seriously depend on in order to make a living. Behind the obvious joy of having our son, I was scared; not just for the future of my own business but for all of these bands, as well. But keeping both theirs and the fans’ health and safety was and continues to be the foremost priority.


So I had initially planned to write a post like this when I returned from maternity leave. It was supposed to be about all the awesome records coming up over the next few months, but then everything just got fucking wild. I don't care to find a better way to put that, either. I've had more heavy conversations with my bands lately than ever before; every single one of them wondering wtf they should do now. I've done a handful of consulting calls with new artists that were relying on touring to help make a name for themselves; now what?

Anyway, right now it just seems impossible to ignore the pandemic in the room. Most days, it’s very easy to find myself lost in worry over any and everything going on right now, so instead of focusing on that any further, I’ve decided to finish this post with some of the awesome things I’ve seen and experienced over the last couple months––like my own lil blog version of John Krasinski’s Some Good News :)


HAVING A BABY, DUH

Okay, so this one has to be mentioned because… duh! Nothing else will ever compare to what this experience was like, and nothing else will ever compare to how much I’ve loved being a mom and watching my husband become a dad. I could go on forever about this but it’s been incredible and we’re all very happy––and yes, tired.


Bandcamp days

Back in March, Bandcamp announced that it would be waiving their revenue share of all sales for an entire day. That first day, over 4.3 MILLION DOLLARS were spent on independent artists music and merch via the site. It was so obviously successful that they now plan to do this once a month. I love seeing the community rally behind what they’re planning to buy, and I love seeing how bands and artists are embracing this by releasing rare content/b-sides and new merch drops. Really hope this is something that Bandcamp continues because I think it’s helping to remind people just how important it is to directly support the artists you love.


TWY bracket

Of course plenty of artists are getting creative with how they’re choosing to spend their quar time, but I have to shout out The Wonder Years for a great idea. Back in April, the band shared a bracket of their most popular songs (seeded from play counts and live reactions) and challenged fans to fill out their own, and if you submitted yours along with proof of a donation to Get Us PPE (an organization providing personal protective equipment for front line workers), you’d be entered to win a super limited test press.

First off, it was fun to participate and likely ended up increasing their streams as fans likely re-listened while making their picks. Second, it’s for a good cause. Need I say more??

here's my personal bracket. this was HARD!!!!


Bread

I don’t really know why but y’all have been making a lot of bread these last few months. Personally I will never have the time to focus on making bread ever in my entire life, but my homegirl Kaity made some pretzel bread the other day and that shit was dank. Thank you, Kaity.


Getting back into WWE

Right before the baby was born, my husband wanted to sign up for the WWE Network app. I wasn’t sure if we really needed it but figured a few months would be fine. Okay well we started re-watching RAW and all the PPV’s starting back in 1993 and now I would literally die without this app. Plus, we're watching all the new episodes every week too so that's been super fun. I am 100% all in for Asuka, always.


The iced coffee from The Village Mart

In an effort to support some local businesses in our neighborhood, I tried an iced coffee from The Village Mart & Deli in El Sereno earlier this summer and well, now I’m obsessed. I have no idea what they do to make it taste so good but I want one every single day, all day. The best way I've explained it to friends is that it's like if fast food iced coffee were actually good and not just a sugar rot.


if you live in east LA, check them out: https://www.instagram.com/thevillagemart/

I love you



NO DREAM

How could a surprise Jeff Rosenstock album not make this list?! 


Inbox zero

It’s never stayed there for long but a few times over these last couple months, I’ve been able to get my inbox totally empty. It’s a beautiful thing.


This WAP x Michael Scott remake

No words needed. This just made my whole damn summer.

Ryan Reynolds loves Bartees Strange

So the story goes that Ryan Reynolds heard about Bartees earlier this year when he dropped Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, and now they're pals and he loves the two new singles that B recently dropped?? What a world. I love knowing he has such good taste in music.

Alright, that's it for now. I only have so much time before JR wakes up from his nap and in the words of Stanley Hudson when he realizes he's in Florida without his family for a week, "I'm gonna enjoy this!"


And just a lil glimpse into the rest of the year –– aside from new releases from a bunch of new artists I'm very excited about, I’m also working on new episodes of the No Earbuds podcast AND a sub-series I'm doing with a homie that I'll tell you about eventually. I'm reviving the Get Schooled blog series with some guest writers (lawyers, managers, writers, booking agents, etc), updating the playlist on the regular, and considering launching a Patreon, too.

As always, thank you so much for sticking with me through everything! Hit me up anytime @jamiecoletta or jamie@noearbuds.com.

Love,
Jamie


Life

return from the mat

August 15, 2020

me getting ready to work again after literally birthing a human baby

Earlier this year, I told you all that I’d be taking some time off for the birth of our first child. I’m happy to report that we have a healthy and happy almost five-month-old son named Juan Ramon, and we’ve all been doing great!

But it’s a completely different world than the one I left you all with. There is literally no shortage of things for me to worry about these days, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that feeling as well. I barely leave the house now because 1. duh, baby 2. I have asthma and I'm fucking terrified of being around any of these jackasses protesting masks and basic public safety. On top of that, there's the ongoing fight for justice against the racist police of this country, AND one of the most important elections of my lifetime just a few months away. If I had any time to sit on reddit or twitter and read about everything going on, I would fucking shatter.

Let me take you back to early March, though. I thought I’d have a quiet couple of months away from work while the majority of the No Earbuds family spent their springs on the road. I had a Ratboys show in my calendar for just two weeks after JR’s birth; a week later, Prince Daddy/oso oso/Just Friends at the Lodge Room in Highland Park.

But instead, I was actually in labor when several of my clients started announcing their postponements and cancellations. There’s no doubt that COVID has completely wrecked the live music industry, something that the majority of developing bands in the emo/punk/indie rock scenes seriously depend on in order to make a living. Behind the obvious joy of having our son, I was scared; not just for the future of my own business but for all of these bands, as well. But keeping both theirs and the fans’ health and safety was and continues to be the foremost priority.


So I had initially planned to write a post like this when I returned from maternity leave. It was supposed to be about all the awesome records coming up over the next few months, but then everything just got fucking wild. I don't care to find a better way to put that, either. I've had more heavy conversations with my bands lately than ever before; every single one of them wondering wtf they should do now. I've done a handful of consulting calls with new artists that were relying on touring to help make a name for themselves; now what?

Anyway, right now it just seems impossible to ignore the pandemic in the room. Most days, it’s very easy to find myself lost in worry over any and everything going on right now, so instead of focusing on that any further, I’ve decided to finish this post with some of the awesome things I’ve seen and experienced over the last couple months––like my own lil blog version of John Krasinski’s Some Good News :)


HAVING A BABY, DUH

Okay, so this one has to be mentioned because… duh! Nothing else will ever compare to what this experience was like, and nothing else will ever compare to how much I’ve loved being a mom and watching my husband become a dad. I could go on forever about this but it’s been incredible and we’re all very happy––and yes, tired.


Bandcamp days

Back in March, Bandcamp announced that it would be waiving their revenue share of all sales for an entire day. That first day, over 4.3 MILLION DOLLARS were spent on independent artists music and merch via the site. It was so obviously successful that they now plan to do this once a month. I love seeing the community rally behind what they’re planning to buy, and I love seeing how bands and artists are embracing this by releasing rare content/b-sides and new merch drops. Really hope this is something that Bandcamp continues because I think it’s helping to remind people just how important it is to directly support the artists you love.


TWY bracket

Of course plenty of artists are getting creative with how they’re choosing to spend their quar time, but I have to shout out The Wonder Years for a great idea. Back in April, the band shared a bracket of their most popular songs (seeded from play counts and live reactions) and challenged fans to fill out their own, and if you submitted yours along with proof of a donation to Get Us PPE (an organization providing personal protective equipment for front line workers), you’d be entered to win a super limited test press.

First off, it was fun to participate and likely ended up increasing their streams as fans likely re-listened while making their picks. Second, it’s for a good cause. Need I say more??

here's my personal bracket. this was HARD!!!!


Bread

I don’t really know why but y’all have been making a lot of bread these last few months. Personally I will never have the time to focus on making bread ever in my entire life, but my homegirl Kaity made some pretzel bread the other day and that shit was dank. Thank you, Kaity.


Getting back into WWE

Right before the baby was born, my husband wanted to sign up for the WWE Network app. I wasn’t sure if we really needed it but figured a few months would be fine. Okay well we started re-watching RAW and all the PPV’s starting back in 1993 and now I would literally die without this app. Plus, we're watching all the new episodes every week too so that's been super fun. I am 100% all in for Asuka, always.


The iced coffee from The Village Mart

In an effort to support some local businesses in our neighborhood, I tried an iced coffee from The Village Mart & Deli in El Sereno earlier this summer and well, now I’m obsessed. I have no idea what they do to make it taste so good but I want one every single day, all day. The best way I've explained it to friends is that it's like if fast food iced coffee were actually good and not just a sugar rot.


if you live in east LA, check them out: https://www.instagram.com/thevillagemart/

I love you



NO DREAM

How could a surprise Jeff Rosenstock album not make this list?! 


Inbox zero

It’s never stayed there for long but a few times over these last couple months, I’ve been able to get my inbox totally empty. It’s a beautiful thing.


This WAP x Michael Scott remake

No words needed. This just made my whole damn summer.

Ryan Reynolds loves Bartees Strange

So the story goes that Ryan Reynolds heard about Bartees earlier this year when he dropped Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, and now they're pals and he loves the two new singles that B recently dropped?? What a world. I love knowing he has such good taste in music.

Alright, that's it for now. I only have so much time before JR wakes up from his nap and in the words of Stanley Hudson when he realizes he's in Florida without his family for a week, "I'm gonna enjoy this!"


And just a lil glimpse into the rest of the year –– aside from new releases from a bunch of new artists I'm very excited about, I’m also working on new episodes of the No Earbuds podcast AND a sub-series I'm doing with a homie that I'll tell you about eventually. I'm reviving the Get Schooled blog series with some guest writers (lawyers, managers, writers, booking agents, etc), updating the playlist on the regular, and considering launching a Patreon, too.

As always, thank you so much for sticking with me through everything! Hit me up anytime @jamiecoletta or jamie@noearbuds.com.

Love,
Jamie