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A few years ago, I set out to make a record with my good friend and frequent collaborator Mike Poorman at the then-new location of Strangeways Recording, in Providence, RI; itching to get new music out and build on the work that Mike and I had done with 2006’s Ellipsis. Though Ellipsis was mostly a tight-knit affair, as we’ve tracked and re-tracked the group of songs that we eventually whittled down to become the upcoming LP, and as I’ve traveled far and wide playing shows and sessions with artists from all over, the recording sessions have become more and more like an open house party (or traveling circus, depending on how you look at it).
From the weeks we spent at Strangeways to the marathon sessions at Q Division to our trek to Baltimore for a mind-blowing string session with Greg Watkins and Brian McTernan at Salad Days, all the way up to the final days holed up in Charlotte, VT with Erin “Syd” Sidney and Dylan Allen as we tore the entire thing apart and all but started over, the cross-country mixing process with Brian Scheuble of Los Angeles and the mastering expertise of Doug Van Sloun in Omaha, NE, this has become a family affair.
I’ve spent pretty much every cent I’ve made in the better part of this last decade on making this record, and battled with indecision on how to put it out, ultimately wondering how my creations, or any creations, are relevant as products in this day and age. The answer, for now, lies in keeping the question open, and PledgeMusic has provided the perfect platform for that process. This whole campaign is about taking a more direct approach to releasing music, giving you the biggest reward possible for your continued support, and manufacturing copies of a record that will benefit an amazing organization, Burlington’s Cancer Patient Support Program (www.cpspvt.org) with every sale for as long as there are still copies in existence.
Friends, fans and family: YOU are the record label. Music is so much more than just sound on plastic or vinyl- it’s an experience and a community, and it’s something no one can do alone. I’m so excited to bring these songs to you in conjunction with a cause that’s close to my heart, and round up the final funds necessary to have copies of this record available for spreading these ideas and the awareness of a new way to look at cancer treatment and support.
Completed in bits and pieces over the course of five years, in seven states, with the talents of countless musicians, Young Volcanoes is a ten-track LP that tells the story of my musical journey and contains traces of every step along the way.
All of the digital access, plus a copy of the album on CD (signed, if you’d like) and a “thank you” note sent straight to your door.
In addition to a signed copy of the CD, I’ll take out my finest quill and ink (or trusty Smith Corona) and scribble (or type) out the lyrics to a song of your choice… this could be from the new record or any release from the past.
Get a one-of-a-kind polaroid taken by me or one of the band members during the sessions for the new record, some taken on the road in between sessions, some of places you’ll recognize, some that may even be part of the album artwork.
A copy of Young Volcanoes on CD and a t-shirt hand-selected for you and hand-screenprinted by yours truly. Let me know what size you would like (XS-XL).
All of the digital access, plus a signed CD + 11×17 poster.
A handmade gift box containing a copy of the record on CD, a photo and lyric booklet and handwritten lyrics to a song of your choice.
A copy of Young Volcanoes on limited edition, deluxe 180-gram colored vinyl.
United Record Pressing is offering an extremely limited (only 50 made, tops!) test pressing of Young Volcanoes on vinyl to those of you who pledge $50.
Inspired by the record, Jean Fogelberg created this piece, Little Volcanoes, and we’re printing a limited run of posters, signed, hand-numbered and ready for framing. Comes with a copy of the CD.
This one’s for you if you like vinyl, but you need a copy of the CD for the car, and you’re hoping to decorate your walls with the Young Volcanoes cover art, though you’d really like to have some handwritten lyrics too… and you’re shirtless. CD, vinyl, poster, lyrics and a custom t-shirt all shipped to your door, you indecisive but unbelievably generous soul, you.
Want me to play you a private concert over Skype? Teach you to play piano? Work on a song with you? Give you advice while seated at an 88-key percussion instrument? You tell me..
You and I will chat about you or your band’s upcoming song/project/LP/rock opera via phone, email or some combination, and I’ll record piano and/or vocals for our sure-to-be-glorious upcoming collaboration.
This one is a blank slate- I’ll record you a personal, one-of-a-kind version of your favorite song of mine, write you something new according to your exacting specifications, anything you want!
In addition to a signed CD, I’ll show up at your house/school/place of business in the greater Burlington area and play you (and your friends/family/neighbors/fellow students/coworkers) some tunes.Transportation fees may apply- we’ll talk!
I just unearthed the toy piano that I used on most of Young Volcanoes – I’ll personalize it just for you, with your art direction…. This thing has traveled along to every step along the way – it’s a blank canvas awaiting your imagination – I’ll sign it, draw something on it, write the lyrics to your favorite song on there… let’s get wild.
In addition to a signed CD, I’ll show up at your house/school/place of business in New England, and play you (and your friends/family/fellow students/coworkers) some tunes, and as a special thank you for supporting the project, your name will appear in the credits! Transportation fees may apply- we’ll talk!
In addition to a signed CD, I’ll show up at your house/school/place of business anywhere in the continental U.S., and play you (and your friends/family/neighbors/fellow students/coworkers) some tunes.Transportation fees may apply- we’ll talk!
I will put together the most outrageous package I can think of, including but definitely not limited to most things listed here, and plus a bunch of copies of the new record on CD & vinyl (so you can pass them around to friends who want to know what projects you’ve executive produced lately), and play a private house concert for you anywhere in the continental USA… plus you’ll be listed in the credits as an Executive Producer for the album.