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Dr. Demento's most requested act of 2004 returns with a new album! Help fund it and win an Atari cartridge flash drive and other stuff!

UPDATE 6/2 - NEW REWARDS ADDED!  Handmade copper keychains featuring lyrics from Worm Quartet's nonsensical ramblings!  Choose from "Justify Your Kitten-Swallowing Trophy," "Unfurl Your Inner Kumquat," and "Why Aren't You Cake?" Available in a multitude of $21 each, or add $19 to any reward level.  All three for $51, or add $48 to any reward level. 

And here's a ridiculous video!

 For more info, check the new update!

Still a ways from that $4400 goal - let's make this happen, people!  Thank you again for all your support!

UPDATE 5/29 - KEYTAR STRETCH GOAL REACHED!!  Thank you again!  I'm thoroughly, thoroughly blown away by the continual support from you guys and gals!

Goal #3:  $4400 for a bunch of equipment upgrades that I hesitate to call a "dream studio!"  New studio monitors, a new audio interface, some new software, and a keyboard amp so's I can loudinate my forthcoming Synth-Ax! 

Check the "update" tab above for more info and a bit of video proof that I really am recording stuff!  More info, a few surprises, and a new video update coming soon!  Spread the word, people!  Let's keep this thing rolling!

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UPDATE 5/19:  FUNDED ON DAY 1!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the overwhelming show of support!  Here, have a video:

There's still more goodies, so goal #2 will be $2600 - and if I hit that, I will use the funds to purchase a new Synth-Ax keytar which I believe will vastly improve the quality of Worm Quartet's live shows!  

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"Songs of the Maniacs" is the long-awaited new album from Worm Quartet, a one-man band from Rochester, NY known for spewing hyperspeed lyrical lunacy over catchy synthesized poppy punky music.  Worm Quartet is a regular on the legendary Dr. Demento radio show, and had the most requested song of 2004 with the ex-girlfriend ode "Great Idea For A Song" and the second most requested song of 2002 with the anti-drummer anthem "Frank's Not In The Band Anymore," as well as having collaborating with Sudden Death on the most requested song of 2005, "Inner Voice."  They also collaborated with MC Lars, and appear on his album “This Gigantic Robot Kills.”  They are card-carrying core members of The Funny Music Project (www.thefump.com) and have previously shared the stage with such other artists as MC Lars, the great Luke Ski, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Marc Gunn, Tom Smith, Ookla the Mok, The Pietasters, MC Frontalot, Rob Balder, Joe Giaccoio, Carla Ulbrich, The Vibrators, and Dr. Demento himself.  They insist on referring to themselves in the plural despite the fact that the sole member of Worm Quartet is a 6'4” long-haired maniac who insists on being called "Shoebox." 

This is Worm Quartet's first album since 2007's "Mental Notes," and features the Logan-award winning "The Ballad Of Dr. Stopp," the heart-wrenching ode to the early days of Internet love "Less Than Three," the thoroughly-ridiculous singalong favorite "The Laundromat of Sin" and a veritable modest quantity of other tracks, some of which have already appeared on The FuMP and some of which have never before been heard by human ears.  Also includes guest appearances from Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad, Marc Gunn, TV's Kyle, Luke Ski, Curt Allen, Ben Dean, and other people from Shoebox's facebook friends list!

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise money to fund the mastering of the album, licensing for the album's one cover song, replication/duplication of the physical CDs, and various other assorted stupid costs.  

Donation incentives include buttons, downloads, CDs, bonus discs, and these exclusive USB flash drives mounted in Atari cartridges, handmade by me and my wife, and loaded with the entire Worm Quartet discography (available ONLY through this Kickstarter project:)

(NOTE:  This is a prototype...the final product will look slightly different.)

Prizes for high rollers include personalized songs written and recorded for you by Shoebox and Worm Quartet/Devo Spice house concerts!

Thanks for your support!  Let's make this happen!

FAQ

  • No - the $65 level is just the USB Atari cartridge flash drive and SOTM download, though the cartridge will include the digital copies of both the "Songs of the Maniacs" CD and the bonus disc.

    Kickstarter's "$X Or More" verbiage is a bit confusing - it does not automatically mean that you get everything at the lower levels, it means you have to pledge $X or more to get that SPECIFIC reward (meaning if you want to, you can contribute $1000 and just select the $5 button. Though of course you'd be confusing the living crap out of me if you did so.) Any time a reward level includes gifts from other reward levels, I've indicated this in the description.

    Very sorry for any confusion.

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    Exclusive "I (Heart) Worm Quartet But Not Quite Enough To Pay For Their Music" button. High-quality 1" button. (Outside of North America, please add $3 for shipping.)

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    High-quality download of the "Songs of the Maniacs" album as soon as it exists.

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    High-quality download of the "Songs of the Maniacs" album as soon as it exists, plus a physical CD. (Outside of North America, please add $5 for shipping.)

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    Handmade copper keychain stamped with lyrics from Chutney songs! Choose from "Justify Your Kitten-Swallowing Trophy," "Unfurl Your Inner Kumquat," or "Why Aren't You Cake?" Available with a brushed finish (clean and shiny,) a patina finish (distressed and sanded with hammered edges,) or a sanded finish (with hammered edges) Handmade by Manic Metals! (Outside of North America, please add $5 for shipping.)

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    High-quality download of the "Songs of the Maniacs" album as soon as it exists, plus a signed physical copy of the CD, an exclusive bonus disc (with outtakes, demos, live tracks, and other stuff,) and a Worm Quartet sticker, plus your name will appear in the "Songs of the Maniacs" liner notes. (Outside of North America, please add $8 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $25 level plus an exclusive DVD of Worm Quartet's Guest of Honor concert from MarsCon 2011 (featuring appearances by Devo Spice, Luke Ski, Soggy Potato Chips, and Possible Oscar,) and a signed 8x10 print of the cover art, plus your name will appear in the "Songs of the Maniacs" liner notes AND in a special "Thank You" track I will record for the album. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for shipping.)

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    Instant Digital Collection - High-quality digital downloads of Worm Quartet's entire five-disc discography (including the new "Songs of the Maniacs" and its exclusive bonus album as soon as they exist)

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    Everything at the $35 level plus a signed page ripped from my lyrics notebook. May contain stuff I wrote and eventually recorded, may include stuff I wrote and rejected due to it sucking. But rest assured it WILL have lyrics that were written by me at some point in the last few years, it won't just be a page of doodles and such. (Outside of North America, please add $8 for shipping.)

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    Three handmade keychains stamped with lyrics from Chutney songs! "Justify Your Kitten-Swallowing Trophy," "Unfurl Your Inner Kumquat," or "Why Aren't You Cake?" Available with a brushed finish (clean and shiny,) a patina finish (distressed and sanded with hammered edges,) or a sanded finish (with hammered edges,) or choose a combination! Handmade by Manic Metals! (Outside of North America, please add $10 for shipping.)

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    High-quality download of the "Songs of the Maniacs" album as soon as it exists, plus an exclusive USB Atari cartridge 4GB flash drive - handmade by Shoebox - featuring the art from Worm Quartet's "Stupid Video Game Music" and containing the entire five-album Worm Quartet discography (cartridge shown is a prototype - final product will look slightly different. Please note that these will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter.) (Outside of North America, please add $10 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $35 level plus the entire Worm Quartet discography on CD ("Sumophobia 2," "Stupid Video Game Music," "Faster Than A Speeding Mullet," and "Mental Notes") and the Baldbox "The Dumb Album" CD, Shoebox's collaboration with Erfworld creator Rob Balder. (Outside of North America, please add $18 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $50 level, plus an exclusive USB Atari cartridge 4GB flash drive - handmade by Shoebox - featuring the art from Worm Quartet's "Stupid Video Game Music" and containing the entire five-album Worm Quartet discography (cartridge shown in the video is a prototype - final product will look slightly different. Please note that these will ONLY be available through this Kickstarter.) (Outside of North America, please add $22 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $100 level, plus I will give you a phone call on your birthday or prank-call your mom. Your choice, I guess. (Outside of North America, please add $22 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $100 level, your name will appear in a "Better Than Those Other Peons" section of the CD liner notes and the "Thank You" track, plus I will write and record a song about any subject you choose, and you will get a digital recording of said song. (The song may be released on a future Worm Quartet album, or may not! Ah, the excitement of uncertainties!) (Outside of North America, please add $22 for shipping.)

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    Everything at the $100 level, your name will appear in a "Better Than Those Other Peons" section of the CD liner notes and the "Thank You" track, plus I will perform a concert at your house (Continental U.S. destinations only - if more than a 3-hour drive from Rochester, NY, you must cover gas or airfare and lodging- this unfortunately varies by destination, so please send me a note for a total. Time and date availability dependent on my schedule.)

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    Everything at the $100 level, your name will appear in a "Better Than Those Other Peons" section of the CD liner notes and the "Thank You" track, plus I will perform a concert at your house with Devo Spice (Continental U.S. destinations only. You must cover gas or airfare and lodging, and this unfortunately varies by destination, so please send me a note for a total. Time and date availability dependent on my and Devo's respective schedules.)

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    "Adopt-A-Keytar" level - I will name my Roland Ax Synth after you! Or give it the name of your choice. Either way, I will use this name to refer to said keytar both onstage and off for the duration of its use. I will also send you my Yamaha SHS-10 (signed if desired, unmolested if not) and everything at the $100 level.

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