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"The End is Not The End" is the most heart shattering, epic rock record of my career. Join me in bringing it to the masses!
"The End is Not The End" is the most heart shattering, epic rock record of my career. Join me in bringing it to the masses!
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...and it's only just beginning!

I'm incredibly thrilled to bring you my newest project directly, and independently, through Kickstarter. This is gourmet listening material, brought to you by the most talented team I've ever assembled. I made certain every note and frequency of this recording sparkles and thumps like some monumental monster movie. Personally, the last three years of my life were like being stranded on an exploding space station in a some midnight movie, and the only way to survive was to learn that there's a difference between difficult and impossible. This album is the document forged in rock

... AND  ...the cover looks like THIS:

The artwork above was drawn by artist Aaron Leonard Gall and colorized by graphic designer, Matt Kamilar. Here's a lyric video of the title track you won't find anywhere but on this page...

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Here's the true account of facing my deepest fears, amid great despair, and forging the courage to overpower them through the power of music. It's a record bleeding with quivering synthesizers, frantic drums, and melting tape echo guitars. The sounds reflect the lyrics reflect the story reflect my heart. 

AND NOW THE REWARDS!

One of the coolest parts of all of this is right here: EVERYONE who invests in any reward at any level gets a digital download of the record before the official release in early 2016. I've always followed the steadfast rule of putting in 150% of my heart and energy into any project I commit to, and I think you'll find these rewards vary from super fun to super personal. There's lots to choose from. Also, feel free to you use the "OR MORE" feature when choosing any one of these rewards. My gratefulness has no limits either.

On the wall to the right you can see this massive list of reward options like an album T-shirt or exclusive poster (you can do both) we've got everything from "Bowling with Mallman" (me) to a 40+ song, 4 CD set of unreleased material. 

 WOAH you can get one of my custom made stage coats, even the famed "Mr. Serious" jacket from Marathon 3, and countless dive bar stages across this great land. 

 NEW END OF CAMPAIGN REWARDS:

3 new rewards have been added as of NOV 25: MINI GOLF WITH MALLMAN, The Master CD of "HOW I LOST MY LIFE AND LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT (REMASTER PRESSING)" and this super cool MINNEAPOLIS 3D JUMPSUIT:

 ....but wait there's more....!!!!!

 IT GET'S CRAZIER/FUNNER

My big hope is that we can achieve double or even triple this goal, which would mean more videos made, more tours toured, and more fans made through publicity and advertising. That being said, I've created some higher tier rewards for those of you who really want to support my cause of preserving rock and roll for our children and our children's robot children and alien half breeds. I'm grateful for every dollar that comes into this campaign, big or small or really really really big that's fun too. 

Here's a nice spreadsheet I prepared that shows how the rewards fill out so you get an idea of what you'll be getting when you get the stuff. (JUMP SUIT, MASTER RECORDING, and MINI GOLF not shown but all are + T-shirt + CD, + digital download)

There comes a point when a musician realizes, "I did not choose music for my job, music chose me." After all the many miles I put one those ivories paying my dues over seventeen years, I'm ready for more action. I can't wait for you to hear this music. If you are new to what I do, or a long time fan, get ready for a Mallman classic... "The End Is Not The End" 

Special thanks to Sam Thompson, Wilson Webb, Ian Rans for shooting videos, Ed Ackerson for co-starring, photography by Darin Kamnetz, and Erik Hess, drawings by Aaron Leonard Gall. 

Risks and challenges

As many of you know, it takes sacrifice and hustle to make a go of it in showbiz, let alone to make an art of it. "The End Is Not The End" is not only metaphysical, but a literal commitment. I been chasing the music dragon for so long, that now it's chasing me. Together, we can feed it. But once we succeed, that's only the beginning for me. I anticipate a full year (at the least) of shows and videos and promotion behind this album, after all even after the Kickstarter, "The End is Not The End"

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    #2 THE CD + download of the album before it's release date.

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    #3 T-SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (For the people who wanna keep it green and eliminate the plastic CD medium)

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    #5 11x17 PARASITE EYES AUTOGRAPHED DIGITAL PRINT, T-SHIRT + CD + Digital download

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    #6 HAND SCREEN PRINTED, SIGNED POSTER of "The End is Not The End" + T-shirt + CD + download.

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    #7 BOWLING WITH MALLMAN!!!

    Me and you and a couple other winners will hit the lanes on a weeknight for Cosmic Bowling (on me baby!) This will be super fun and you will probably beat me! + CD + T-shirt + download. (you'll get your stuff in December, but the bowling will be in Jan/Feb sometime.)

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    MINI GOLF WITH MALLMAN! Go head to head for a fast paced, fierce game of INDOOR miniature golf. Paid in full. DO YOU HAVE THE MULTICOLORED BALLS to play against the master? + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

    (you'll get your stuff in December, but the golfing will be in Jan/Feb sometime)

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    AN ORIGINAL CD MASTER OF "HOW I LOST MY L IFE AND LIVED TO TELL ABOUT IT" After the first pressing of this album in 2000, a bonus track of Better People Do It Better was added as well as Waking the Neighborhood edited to a shorter version. This is the shiny master CD (no art, no grphx, hot from my personal box of collectible historic items) + CD + T-Shirt + Digital Download

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    #8 UNRELEASED SONGS 4 CD SET - 40+ tracks that never made it onto MM albums, raw, rough, and rare! Most of these haven't even been heard before and are exclusive to this set of 4 CDs + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    #9 MALL-EAPOLIS TOUR: Let's get in the van on Saturday afternoon and hit all the spots from my history in the Twin Cities - I'll be your tour guide as we go from the Marathon site at Turf Club to my Star on First Ave to houses/churches I've lived in and studios where the records were made. We can take selfies together too - as many as your phone can hold + T-shirt + CD, + digital download. (you'll get your stuff in December, but the tour will be in Jan/Feb sometime.)

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    the SINGING AND DANCING PLUSH MALLMOOSE is all dressed up in camo for...hunting season? Prototypes from my personal collection of singing animals I sang on and made music for in the mid 2000s. Press the paw and who's that singing? "Why it's Mallman's shameless voice!" + T-SHIRT + CD + Digital download

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    #13 ROAD ROGUE SKULL VEST was worn on the worlds first transcontinental music webcast, maybe you were marathoning along online. It was also worn in the "Dirty Dishes" video. This is the only piece of clothing on my Kickstarter that I've slept in (passing out doesn't count) You may have also spotted me in it on tour + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

    note: it's been washed

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    #10 MALL-EAPOLIS TOUR + UNRELEASED CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download. Oh geez now that's a VALUE PACK! (as above you'll get your stuff in December, but the tour will be in Jan/Feb sometime.)

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    #11 MARATHON III FINALE SPORT COAT - This cream colored suit jacket with brown velvet color and custom "Mr Serious" with palm trees painted on the back was what I wore from hour 77-78 of Marathon III, completely zonkered out of my mind. It's ripped and tattered from years of touring and shows there after. This is a real steal for a piece of my personal history + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    MINNEAPOLIS 3D JUMP SUIT: This hand airbrushed jumpsuit was made for the release party for "Minneapolis" the song! You can wear it to work on Friday, then look extra on point when you're getting low down at the clurb later that night + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    #12 THE SERIOUS 3D MEMBERS ONLY JACKET w/3 D GLASSES. This coat has only been worn on stage twice for my historic 3D New Years Eave Concert in 2011. Quite a unique piece of art by Steph Rodney from my personal collection + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    #14 MONSTER MOVIES VEST from the "Monster Movies" video. On the back it has a tiger fighting a dragon. The Epaulettes are made of denim. This was my first denim vest envisioned by Katrina Haugen. You may have also spotted me in it on tour + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    #15 WHITE LEATHER DAYS is a song that I wrote about this very jacket. It was a really fun summer. It's a vintage "Berman's" brand, pure white leather history. I'm also wearing this coat in the video and in some Ruby Isle stuff. You may have also spotted me in it on tour as well + T-shirt + CD, + digital download.

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    #16 I'ma DJ YOUR DANG HOUSE PARTY till the cops break it up or your grandma comes home! This can happen any time that works for both of us in 2016. We'll make a set list and figure a way to get some big ass speakers (I got my studio speakers, but...) + Unreleased CD Set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD, + digital download (those come in December 2015)

    BUT you can't get mad if I bring your Grandma home with me again!

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    #17 PRIVATE SOLO CONCERT in your living room, den, basement, kitchen wherever on a night in 2016 that works for both of us. Pick your favorite MM songs and invite your besties and we'll make a night of it. I'll even bring a swell instrumentalist to accompany me at crucial moments + Unreleased CD Set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD, + digital download (those come in December 2015)

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    #19 FULL BAND ROCK SHOW in your basement, garage, cabin, castle, anywhere you want it! In Mpls/St Paul I'll even sign the PA. Make some fancy dishes and the band and I will eat and party afterward on a date in 2016 that works for the both of us + Unreleased CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download (those come in December 2015)

    Note: I'm more than happy to bring the band outside of minneapolis, but the purchaser must also cover travel/lodging. *no ticket sales allowed plz

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    #18 THE MR SERIOUS JACKET. Aside from my star on First Avenue, this is for certain my favorite piece of personal history. Not only has it been worn on tours, but also from hour 1 - 77 of Marathon III. I really can't put a value on it, but this new album means so much, that it's a worthwhile reward to you + Unreleased CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download.

    Note: This jacket HAS NEVER been washed.

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    #20 A SOLO PIANO ALBUM OF REQUESTS OWNED BY NOBODY BUT YOU. Choose 12 - 15 songs from my catalog or somebody elses, and I'll record them on a top notch piano in a top notch studio in MPLS early in 2016 (You can even come to the sessions if you'd like) Then this material will be pressed onto one VINYL ALBUM only (and a USB drive for your backup). Then the master recordings will be DESTROYED. This will be the only album of it's kind in the world, exclusive to you + Unreleased CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download (those come in December 2015)

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    #21 STARLORD, PHILANTHROPIST, BENEFACTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, whatever you want to call it. This is just a VERY NICE way of sharing some of that big chunk of cheese you got sitting in the bank with a fella who's been cutting his teeth on the cold hard road all these years. And, of course you get the Unreleased CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download. If you want, I'll even throw in the bowling, cause you're a real champ!

    (If you'd like, I'll even credit you on the album with whatever title you choose. "Bossman" "Big Kahuna" "Grillmaster" "Starlord" whatever - you're a giant!)

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    #22 A 500 PAGE HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENT OF MY ENTIRE 2016. A memoir? A tell all? An epic poem? Yes, it will be all these things, hand written and delivered to you in person. Only a crazy person would pay for this and only a crazy person would offer this - SO IT'S A PERFECT MATCH! My lawyer will sort out all the details at the end of the year so nobody gets sued (that's covered by the 10 Gs) and I'll retain the rights, but it'll be the next best thing to owning Jack Kerouac's on the Road Scroll. If somebody actually pledges this one, it's gonna be so epic and weird. If nobody pledges this one, I will cry a little, because a historical will be lost, gone, kaput. Also (in 2015) you'll get the unreleased CD set + BOTH exclusive posters + T-shirt + CD + digital download + my favorite pants.

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