Jacob Haller, a bluesy singer/songwriter from Providence, is recording a CD of songs about lies, knitting, robots, and related topics.
Around midday today (Sunday September 4) my kickstarter goal of $2200 was reached. Thanks to everyone who helped me reach it! This should cover the initial cost of recording the tracks for the CDs (and will allow me to record some bonus tracks for Internet-only release too).
I do hope that people who are interested in pre-ordering the CD, or who want one of the other rewards listed on the right, will continue to pledge. There are still plenty of expenses to come -- I have a basic estimated budget further down on the page if you're interested -- and every dollar that is pledged will help to cover those expenses.
So thanks again to you all! I look forward to mailing off your rewards in the near future!
The time for a new CD is now
Two years ago I recorded my first CD, 'Mistaken Identity', and it captured my sound at the time, consisting mostly of solo guitar-and-vocal recordings of myself. Now I have a kickass band, and a bunch of new songs, and I think it is time to record CD #2 and get good studio recordings of them!
You can hear my entire first album for free here: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/655788 (where several of the tracks are also available for free download.)
To help me release album #2, click on 'Back This Project' and say how much you want to pledge and what reward you want. For $10, you're basically pre-ordering the album (and you'll get it much more quickly than people who didn't participate in this campaign). Or you can pledge more and also get one of the rewards listed on the right. Or you can pledge less than $10 and still get free admission to the CD release party, a postcard with a hand-drawn robot on it, and my undying gratitude.
The campaign ends late at night on Wednesday September 7. At that time you will be charged for the amount of your pledge, and you will be asked for whatever information I need to get you your rewards (if you asked for one).
I've got a list of songs I want to record but the final track list may differ depending on how things go. But I've got songs about a man who blames everything on public transit; a Fats Waller-inspired number about how I exclusively love each and every one of you; one about why you might want to get a robot for Christmas; a sad tale of a man imprisoned for mistreating yarn; a sort of rockabilly song about one of Rhode Island's founders, Anne Hutchinson; a song about the desirability of part-time dogs; and many others. I hope you will enjoy them! I have a full list of songs I plan to record in the F.A.Q. below.
My band consists of me (acoustic guitar, piano, and vocals), Natalie Markward (electric guitar), and Joe Auger (drums and, on one song, mandolin). Natalie's a talented jazz and blues guitarist, and Joe is a multi-instrumentalist and a talented songwriter in his own right. Both are also members of the folk/jazz vocal group Anne's Cordial. Some live recordings of my band can be found on my demo page.
In addition to recording with them, I plan to record a few solo songs and a couple of songs with my longtime friend and collaborator Chris Monti. Jack Hanlon has also played upright bass on several tracks, and I hope to get at least one other special guest in on some tracks too. It should be fun!
I've scheduled some recording sessions at Machines With Magnets in September and I hope to record thirteen tracks in all. After that I'll get the recordings mastered, I'll get the cover designed, and I'll get the CDs printed; all in all I think it will cost $4000-$6000. If I make my goal that should cover the recording expenses and put me in a good position to complete the project. Above that and you'll be helping to get the recordings mastered, the CD cover design completed, the CDs duplicated, and the musicians paid. You will also have the option to receive one or more rewards in return for your donation; see the list on the right for those options.
Additionally, if it all works out, I'll plan to have release parties in Rhode Island and in central Massachusetts, and if you're in the area, I hope you will come by and celebrate the thing you have helped bring into being!
I should note that, the way Kickstarter works, only successful projects are funded. If you make a pledge and I don't manage to raise enough to record the CD then you won't be charged a dime. This helps to guarantee that your money will not be wasted!
I should also note that I appreciate all pledges, no matter how big or small. If you only have a dollar to spare, but you want to help the project, then please do! I am grateful for whatever support you can offer.
Pictures Of Some Of The Prizes
I have previously mailed out some postcards with robots drawn on them. Here's one I particularly liked:
And here's an apple pie I made:
A simple slipper knitted by me:
Stegosauruses designed and knit by me:
And a knitted diplocaulus I also designed and knit:
One of the CW Roelle cheese wire drawings I own:
The other prizes will have to be left to your imagination, at least for now!
My current plan is to record 13 tracks for the CD and a few additional songs for Internet-only release. (Generally cover songs, as it will simplify the rights situation a bit to do it this way.)
After a weekend in the studio, here are the songs that are mostly or completely recorded:
1. The Ballad of Anne Hutchinson: I play acoustic guitar and sing, backed by the band. Special guest upright bass player Jack Hanlon also plays on this track. We're talking about maybe adding a little organ to the end ...
2. Blame the Train: I'll sing and play acoustic guitar with the band. There will be backing vocals.
3. Circumstantial evidence: Me singing and playing acoustic guitar and piano with the band.
4. Just You: I sing on this backed by the band and guest upright bassist Jack Hanlon. (I don't play any instruments on this!)
5. Stale Tequila [bonus track]: Me on acoustic guitar and vocals, plus the band. Joe Auger is adding some extra percussion here and there.
6. Dear Santa: A solo performance on acoustic guitar, air organ, and vocals.
7. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy (by Pete Seeger): Me on acoustic guitar and vocals with the band. I also play a little keyboard on this (using a Wurlitzer). This track will be for Internet release only.
8. Big Road Blues (by Tommy Johnson): Me on acoustic guitar and vocals with the band. This track will be for Internet release only.`
And here are the ones that have yet to be recorded:
1. All Alone: I will play piano and sing, and my band will play. I also hope to have a guest trombonist and some backing vocalists.
2. Part-Time Dog: Me on piano and vocals, plus the band and a guest trombonist.
3. Relatively Human: Me on piano and vocals, plus the band, plus a guest electric guitarist.
4. Codependent: Me on acoustic guitar and vocals with a guest who will also play acoustic guitar and sing backup.
5. Avocados and Beer: A solo performance by me on accordion and vocals. Maybe some guitar?
6. Soft Spot: A solo performance on acoustic guitar and vocals.
7. Mistreating Yarn Blues: A solo performance on slide guitar and vocals.
8. Railroad Bill (by Andy Breckman): A solo performance on acoustic guitar and vocals. This would be for Internet-only release.
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Aug 5, 2011 - Sep 7, 2011
Pledge $1 or more
All donors will receive a signed postcard from me with a picture of a robot on it. I will also link to your website (or your business's website) on the 'links' page of my website if desired, and if you come to either of my CD release parties I will waive the cover charge.Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
Pledge $10 or more
A signed copy of the finished CD, plus digital downloads of all tracks as soon as they are available (probably a month or two before the CD itself is).Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $20 or more
Signed copies of my first CD, 'Mistaken Identity', plus the new CD, 'Circumstantial Evidence', plus digital downloads of all tracks from both.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $30 or more
Tee shirt available exclusively to contributors to this campaign! All womens and mens sizes available (we will ask what size you want later). Plus the CD and the downloads.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $35 or more
8 backers Limited (2 of 10 left)
A freshly-baked apple pie (it may be possible to substitute other fruit if they are in season) cooked by Jacob Haller, plus the 'Circumstantial Evidence' CD, plus the digitial downloads. You will have to pick up the pie in Providence.Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
Pledge $40 or more
4 backers Limited (6 of 10 left)
Jacob Haller will knit and mail you a simple but warm and comfortable pair of slippers, based on your foot measurements, using this pattern: http://snbprov.livejournal.com/117613.html You'll also get a signed CD and digital downloads of the recordings.Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
Pledge $50 or more
Get six copies of the new CD for $50. Christmas is coming, after all! The CDs can be signed if desired, and you'll also get digital downloads of the tracks when they are available.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $75 or more
5 backers Limited (3 of 8 left)
Jacob Haller will hand-knit and mail you a stegosaurus or diplocaulus using a pattern of his own design (http://jwgh.livejournal.com/475358.html or http://jwgh.livejournal.com/553961.html). You'll also get a signed CD and digital downloads of the recordings.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $125 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
One of artist CW Roelle's 'Cheese' wire drawings, plus the 'Circumstantial Evidence' CD, plus the digitial downloads. Photos of some of the works in this series can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cwroelle/sets/72157617037296805/ . (Roelle is designing the front cover of 'Circumstantial Evidence'.) Jake only owns two of these, and it will be his choice which to send you.Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
Jacob Haller comes and plays at your event (only available within 3 hours drive from Providence) at a mutually convenient date and time. Jake will play up to three hours. Plus the CD and the digital downloads.
Pledge $350 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
Jacob Haller comes and plays at your event (outside the greater Providence area). You would need to cover travel expenses and provide a place to sleep if necessary. Jake will play up to three hours. Plus the CD and the digital downloads.