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I made an awesome record with my buddy Masaru 'Masa' Mitsu from Tokyo, Japan. Help us bring him back to L.A. for the album launch!!
I made an awesome record with my buddy Masaru 'Masa' Mitsu from Tokyo, Japan. With the help of 44 backers we're bringing him back to L.A. for the album launch AND I get to go to Japan later in the year!! :)
I made an awesome record with my buddy Masaru 'Masa' Mitsu from Tokyo, Japan. With the help of 44 backers we're bringing him back to L.A. for the album launch AND I get to go to Japan later in the year!! :)
44 backers pledged $2,784 to help bring this project to life.

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'The Duellists' is the new album from Morello (a.k.a. Malcolm 'Sir Mal' Cross) and Masaru 'Masa' Mitsu (see press release below). Fate brought Masa from Tokyo to L.A. for the recording sessions - now we need YOUR help to help bring him back to Los Angeles to celebrate the album's release!

Your pledge money will help cover Masa's plane ticket to L.A. Any additional funds raised will go towards a second ticket for me to go to Japan later this year and play a release show with Masa in Tokyo - my dream!! :)

We've worked hard to create some truly awesome rewards - some of the items listed are unique to this campaign and available here before anywhere else - so this is absolutely the best way to pre-order the new Morello album. See design proofs and test pressings here: http://www.pinterest.com/malcolm_cross/mo-merch/

Morello vs Masaru Mitsu 'The Duellists'

"Cultures collide and musical sparks fly in this unique collaboration between Morello - aka British songwriter/producer Malcolm 'Sir Mal' Cross (drummer for Pete Yorn/The Olms, Minibar and Spiritualized) and Japanese multi-instrumentalist Masaru Mitsu (Chocolat, Northern Light, Cymbals). What began as a long distance online friendship (cemented by a mutual love of 'obscure guitar bands and 80's synth-pop') blossomed into a creative partnership as early demos bounced back and forth between their respective cities of Los Angeles and Tokyo; when the Fukushima disaster happened in 2011 'Masa San' took an extended vacation to California, and plans were formed to finally meet in person and record in L.A. with engineer John Would (Fiona Apple). The resulting sessions yielded this celebratory record - chiming guitars, old school synths, R&B horns and songs about 'modern life and modern love'."

Risks and challenges

We are totally 'betting the farm' on this project - meaning we've sunk every bit of our savings plus all available lines of credit on getting to this point (mixes, mastering, pressing, merch, etc.) so there's no 'extra' funds available to cover travel costs for either Masa or myself. The album will still be released on 4/14 - it would just be the (Morello) cherry-on-top to celebrate it with the guy who helped me create it - so please, Pledge, Support and help us to BRING MASA BACK!! :)

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    HAPPY TO HELP

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Plus, custom designed #TheDuellists 4-pin set (+ postcard).

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download of 'The Duellists' one week before release, and a hand-signed postcard

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    SIGNED CD COPY

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Signed hard copy of the album one week before release (+ postcard).

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & SIGNED DRUM STICKS

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download of the album one week before release, plus signed drumsticks (+ postcard).

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    SIGNED LIMITED VINYL

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    A signed vinyl copy of the album (+ postcard). Includes pull-out lyric sheet.

    "This is an extremely limited, hand numbered first run; the cutting of the vinyl lacquer was overseen by legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundmann (Thriller, Purple Rain) and sounds Phenomenal. If you are an audiophile Morello fan This is the one you want!" (Sir Mal)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + T-SHIRT

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download of the album one week before release, plus a men's or women's t-shirt designed by Sir Mal (+ postcard).

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + TOTE BAG

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download of the album one week before release, plus a custom designed Tote bag by Sir Mal (+ postcard).

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download of the album one week before release, plus handwritten lyrics of "Some Families" (+ postcard).

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    SIGNED CD + T-SHIRT

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Signed hard copy of the album one week before release, plus a men's or women's t-shirt designed by Sir Mal (+ postcard).

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    SIGNED CD + TOTE BAG

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, VINYL + T-SHIRT

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Digital download one week before release, a vinyl copy of the album, men's or women's t-shirt designed by Sir Mal and signed postcard.

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    LITHOGRAPH & SIGNED CD

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    A limited edition 18x24" high quality lithograph art print of 'The Duellists' album art (painted by Emilie Cross), a signed CD and postcard, all one week before release.

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    MERCH GALORE

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Signed CD copy of the album one week before release, plus a men's or women's t-shirt designed by Sir Mal, tote bag and custom designed #TheDuellists 4-pin set (+ postcard).

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    SIGNED LIMITED VINYL TEST PRESSING

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    A signed vinyl test pressing of the album (+ postcard). Super limited: first come, first served!

    "This is an extremely limited, one-of-a-kind item; the cutting of the vinyl lacquer was overseen by legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundmann (Thriller, Purple Rain) and sounds Phenomenal. If you are an audiophile Morello fan This is the one you want!" (Sir Mal)

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    'ALL IN' PACKAGE

    Immediate download of two tracks: "Some Families" and "Keys, Wallet, Cellphone."

    Signed CD copy of the album, plus digital download, one week before release, a men's or women's t-shirt designed by Sir Mal, tote bag, custom designed #TheDuellists 4-pin set, a limited edition lithograph print of 'The Duellists' album art (painted by Emilie Cross), handwritten lyrics of "Some Families" and Vinyl (+ postcard)!

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    HOUSE PARTY PERFORMANCE

    This package includes a 45-minute acoustic duo Morello performance in the beauty of your own home! Location needs to be within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles. Plus, you will receive everything listed within the "Merch Galore" package.

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    ROUND TRIP

    This package would buy Masa's plane ticket from Japan to Los Angeles and back! For this posh package, you will receive everything mentioned within the "ALL IN" package, plus a personalized "Thank You" video, signed drum sticks, and handwritten lyrics to all tracks featured on 'The Duellists,' instead of just one.

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