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"Notion Free" is the new unreleased group of songs by Motorbikes, the project of singer/songwriter Paul Benson.

Anacortes, WA Music
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"Notion Free" is the newest group of songs by singer/songwriter Paul Adam Benson who also performs or records with varying regularity in the bands Hungry Cloud Darkening, LAKE, and Mount Eerie. 

"Notion Free" was recorded in just 5 days at "The Unknown", a new recording space in Anacortes, WA, which is rented and run by Nicholas Wilbur (Hungry Cloud Darkening, Fontee Fount Recordings) and Phil Elverum (The Microphones, Mt. Eerie). These songs were recorded, engineered, and laid to tape by Nicholas Wilbur. 

This Kickstarter campaign is to fund the mastering, pressing, printing, and packaging of the album on vinyl LP record format in an edition of 500, the shipping between these steps, and the shipping of the album to those who donate the "Basic LP Pre-order" amount or more. Finished record will include digital download redemption codes, lyrics and donor recognition inserts, and more. 

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This group of songs is to be a proper release. It was recorded using analog equipment, and should be duplicated using analog equipment. Vinyl is the best way. There is something to be said about the "small batch" craftsmanship among previous Motorbikes releases, but "small batch" is not what is good about them, and I only don't make more because I can't afford it. These songs are now just over a year old and still haven't been released, and I've already got a whole bunch of new songs. I can't keep up, and I can't keep going backward to make another 20 copies of a thing that I ran out of. 

It has been really inspiring and revelatory to see people not only support the things they believe in, but to participate in their creation for projects like my friend Karl Blau's (who raised $16,000 for his project "KLAPS" in Sep. of 2011). Also, I might say I am as excited about making the incentives as I am the record!

- Paul

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Check out this live Motorbikes performance from Paul with Ashley & Eli from LAKE! Thanks to Off Tempo and Kenneth Piekarski. Songs that appear on "Notion Free" and more here: Part 1 Part 2

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Previous Motorbikes Releases / CD Covers by Paul:

"Traits" Cassingle by Motorbikes (Aug. 2010). Edition of 20.

"Consequences Blooming" by PAB (May 2010). Letter pressed, machine sewn card stock with cdr. Edition of 25.

"New Color" by Motorbikes (Feb. 2009). Machine sewn full-color card stock with 2-sided lyrics document / poster and cdr. Edition of 30.

"How to Execute?" by Motorbikes (Aug. 2010). Full color machine sewn card stock gatefold sleeve with 2-sided lyrics document / poster and cdr. Edition of 30.

"Swell Dwellers" by Takhoma (Aug. 2010). Letter pressed / imprinted machine sewn full-color card stock sleeve with cdr. Edition of 25.

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    The "Thank You" Note:

    Digital advance copy of "Notion Free" complete with jpegs of artwork, and a 1" "Notion Free" limited button, with a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, shipped to your door long before the LP comes out

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    The Deluxe "Thank You" Note:

    CD advance copy of "Notion Free" housed in letter pressed and sewn paper sleeve, wrapped in a 12" x 18" 3-color screen printed poster, with a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, shipped to your door long before the LP comes out

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    Basic LP Preorder:

    LP copy of "Notion Free" housed in 4-color screen printed recycled card stock sleeve with donor recognition and lyrics inserts and digital download voucher, and a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, shipped to your door upon completion

    PLUS an email from me containing a download code for the songs long before the LP comes out

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    The LP/T-Shirt Package:

    LP copy of "Notion Free" housed in 4-color screen printed recycled card stock sleeve with donor recognition and lyrics inserts and digital download voucher, plus an exclusive Motorbikes T-shirt, and a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, shipped to your door upon completion

    PLUS an email from me containing a download code for the songs long before the LP comes out

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    The Deluxe LP + CD + T-shirt + Personal Song (mp3):

    LP copy of "Notion Free" with 4-color screen printed heavy canvas sleeve, lyrics and donor recognition inserts, and 12" x 18" 3-color screen printed poster, plus a classic Fontee Fount Recordings strawberry logo T-shirt, and a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, all shipped to your door upon completion

    PLUS an email from me containing a download code for the songs long before the LP comes out

    ALSO, I will write and record a song about the topic of your choice.

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    The Deluxe LP + CD + Handmade T-shirt + Hat + Personal Song / Cover (Cassingle):

    LP copy of "Notion Free" with 4-color screen printed heavy canvas sleeve with lyrics and donor recognition inserts and 12" x 18" 3-color screen printed poster, a fully hand-made multi-colored T-shirt with 3-color screen printed "Notion Free" artwork and a 1-size-fits-all 59FIFTY hat with classic Fontee Fount Recordings strawberry logo embroidered, plus the previous Motorbikes albums "New Color" and "How to Execute?", on quality imprinted cassettes with handmade tip-on style and screen printed cassette "O" cards complete with digital download vouchers, and a recycled heavy card stock letter pressed hand-signed "thank you" card, all shipped to your door upon completion

    PLUS an email from me containing a download code for the songs long before the LP comes out

    ALSO, I will write a song about the topic of your choice, and record a cover of any song (also your choice) and make it into a one-off cassingle with a letter-pressed "O" card.

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