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An album of diverse songs, all written by Seth Kibel, inspired by the events of November 8, 2016 and the months that followed.
An album of diverse songs, all written by Seth Kibel, inspired by the events of November 8, 2016 and the months that followed.
137 backers pledged $7,619 to help bring this project to life.

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Seth Kibel Presents "Songs of Snark & Despair"

This album is a collection of songs written and recorded in wake of the 2016 Presidential election.  With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, these songs traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more.

With an all-star cast of local musical luminaries, including the following:

Arch Alcantara -- electric guitar, vocals
Flo Anito -- vocals
Simone Baron -- accordion
Christopher Brown -- electric bass
Daniel Brown -- double bass
Billy Coulter -- vocals
Wes Crawford -- drums
Jared Denhard -- trombone
Damon Foreman -- electric guitar, vocals
Ira Gitlin -- banjo
Adam Gonzalez -- cello
Helen Hausmann -- violin, vocals
Tom Holtz -- tuba
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, tenor saxophone, flute
David Kitchen -- guitar, vocals
Jenny Langer -- vocals
Sean Lane -- piano
Aaron Malone -- violin
Bill Neri -- viola
Cristian Perez -- acoustic guitar
Russ Rodgers -- electric bass
Nick Ruggieri -- drums
Steve Steckler -- electric guitar
Tom Teasley -- percussion
Chris Urquiaga -- vocals

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Steve Steckler at Asparagus Media, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Produced by Seth Kibel & Steve Steckler

25% of all proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign will be donated to the ACLU!

Risks and challenges

All of the tracking for this album project has been completed. What remains is mixing, mastering, and pressing. As well as artwork and design.

Additionally, I will use some of these Kickstarter funds to help promote this project, ideally by hiring a professional publicist to assist with a radio and media campaign.

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    Digital download of the album

    I'll send you, via the series of tubes commonly referred to as "the internet," the complete album.

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    The actual album!

    You'll be one of the very first proud owners of "Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair." You'll be able to blare it from your car stereo while driving through the heartland long before it makes its way onto the Top 40. This includes shipping and handling.

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    The actual album, signed!

    Tired of messy shrink wrap? Well, with this reward, I'll send you a copy of the finished CD sans shrink wrap, with the added bonus of my indecipherable chicken scratch across the font cover.

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    Two albums

    Yep. One for you, and one for your next door neighbor. Sure, they voted for Trump, but once they hear my witty and insightful lyrics, I'm sure they'll come to their senses.

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    Five albums

    Nothing says "I value and treasure your friendship" like giving people an album of liberal musical rants. And, as an added bonus, they make great gifts, since you can rest assured that your friends and family don't already own copies.

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    Ten albums

    C'mon! These make the BEST party favors! Or, you can give 'em out to kids on Halloween. Or just stick 'em on people's windshields. Or, maybe you've got a table with one leg shorter than the others...

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    1 hour music lesson with Seth

    Any musical topic you like! Clarinet, saxophone, flute. Improvisation. Music theory. Songwriting. Or I can just blab about music history at you for an hour while your eyes glaze over.

    If you're in the B'more/DC metro area, I can come to you. Otherwise, we can do the Skype thing!

    Oh, and yes, I'll send ya a copy of the album, as well.

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    Coffee with Seth

    Yeah, that's right. $200 may seem like lot for a cup of coffee, but I have it on good authority that that'll be the price of a "venti" at Starbucks by 2043.

    With this reward, I'll personally take you out for coffee anywhere in the DC or B'more region. My treat. And we can talk about music, politics, the next season of Stranger Things -- up to you!

    And yes, I'll give you a copy of the CD. You'll need something to put your coffee on.

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    House Concert with Seth Kibel Duo

    ***additional travel costs may apply for locations outside of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area***

    Please note -- this performance will most likely NOT consist of the songs on this album. Instead, it'll be my usual repertoire -- jazz, klezmer, swing, etc. With yours truly on assorted woodwinds, along with piano or guitar accompaniment. Suitable for a house concert, or background at an event. No more than 3 hours.

    And, if you REALLY want, I can warble out some of the tunes from this album. But you might not like the result. You've been warned.

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    House concert with Seth Kibel Quartet

    ***additional travel costs may apply for locations outside of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area***

    With customizeable instrumentation and repertoire, depending on YOUR wants, needs, and desires! Jazz -- sure! A swing dance -- why not? The tunes from Snark & Despair -- sure! Lemme know what you have in mind, and we'll figure out a way to make it work!

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