More than "are you sure you need another drink?" and "is Bill Cope real?" the question we're asked the most here at Boise Weekly is "why don't you write about my band?"
This is usually followed up by assurances that "we totally rock," and accusations that "BW should do more to support the local scene." On rare and special occasions, wild conspiracy theories about various section editors trying to keep bands out of the paper for personal reasons crop up.
We always answer these questions with: yes, probably and we'd love to write about your band. But we'd love to do so with one big caveat: There has to be a reason. That's what sets journalism apart from PR.
What does that mean to musicians trolling for coverage?
There's an old cliche in journalism that says dog bites man, not news; man bites dog, news. To put that in a local band perspective: local band plays gig, not news; local band releases album, news.
BW does its very best cover new releases from all local artists. If you are having an album release show, we will write about it. If you send us your album, we will review it. If you make a video, we will blog it. If you sign a record deal, score a big opening slot on a tour, get accepted to a prominent festival ... you can expect us to be rapt with interest because those are all newsworthy events we would love to write about.
Email, call or stop by BWHQ. Or buy us that drink the bartender is holding out on. We'd love the chance to talk about your band.
Another thing we're talking about this week are the Top 12 stories of 2012, the things that dominated the headlines across sections of BW: Food, politics, music, theater, etc ... it's all in there. We now look forward to reporting what will inevitably become the biggest stories of 2013.
However, those of you in Mountain Home, Twin Falls and Wood River Valley may have to wait a little longer to read those stories. Beginning in 2013, Boise Weekly will be delivered to those communities on Fridays instead of Wednesdays. Don't worry, it just builds the suspense.
And finally, you may remember that BWHQ is closed through Tuesday, Jan. 1. We'll all be back in the office on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when we'll be happy to talk about your band.