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Update #22

It takes a village to make an album: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and love the Kickstarter

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Friends, We are five days and only $276 away from the end of our Kickstarter drive for: Album Deux, the new Noah and the MegaFauna album. IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE READING THE REST, JUST CLICK AND PLEDGE HERE!!!

I wanted to take a second to thank all those that have pledged. The album is sounding fantastic and I cannot wait to share it with you!!! I also wanted to take a second, and try to explain why pledging and Kickstarter in general are so cool and so important.

There is an aspect of fundraising that feels a bit like panhandling. I bother you on email or Facebook and finally you give in and hand over some of your hard earned money. This of course is an overly simplistic way of looking at this relationship. Really you are supporting the arts, and that is a most worthy cause.

The fact is that the music industry has and is continuing to change at an exponential rate. As the business side of it contracts the traditional sources of income and production shrink too. Making art and records costs money. Since they no longer make the massive amounts they used to, it has become harder and harder to find the capital needed to create a worthwhile piece of art on the level that I want to.

The market has decided that music as an ethereal form that can be distributed online and only exists in the moment you are enjoying it, essentially has no value. It can be traded over email, or listened to on Spotify, Soundcloud or Youtube for free. Artists are encouraged to give away music and content in the hopes it will somehow increase exposure and result in more tickets sold on the road. I'm not making a judgment on that conclusion. In the history of humanity, the idea that you can become rich off of music is a VERY new phenomenon.

But Art still needs to be made. As David Mitchell puts it, "One writes songs because winter is eternal and if one didn't the wolves and blizzards would be at one's throat all the sooner". I still have sounds and songs in my head that I want to get out, I'll go crazy if I don't get them out, and there's the added benefit that I think you will enjoy them! Unfortunately, it costs money to make art. From the moment I commit to recording a song, to finishing and distributing it, there are thousands and thousands of dollars spent. Studios, personnel, musicians, mixing, mastering and printing then promotions... PR, videos, touring on an on and on...

Now that our traditional model of record company makes records, then sells records, is on the way out, who pays for it? I certainly do to a very large extent. But do we really want art and music to be more plutocratic than it already is? Do we want art and music to exclusively be a medium for people who can pay for it themselves? No more John Lennon's or Jimi Hendrix's because with their humble backgrounds, they could have never afforded that first studio experience!

Luckily, we now have a beautiful tool, that in many ways democratizes the costs of making a record, given to us by the same mechanisms that took away our previous earning power. We can now reach out directly to family, friends, and fans alike and let you know, a new record is coming that you are going to want to buy eventually, so buy it now and it will be that much better! We have Kickstarter!!! And you have a chance to invest in and be a part of the creation of this record!

So rather than me asking for a favor, (which it is indeed a HUGE favor!!!) let me ask you to support the arts. My art specifically! Pledge and pre-order a record today and let's finish strong!

PLEDGE HERE TODAY

n


Update #21 - For backers only

We're half way there! Album Deux needs your support!

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Update #20

New Record Needs your support!!!

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Hello friends and happy New Year!!!

Three years ago you all helped me with complete "Anthems for a Stateless Nation" and helped make Noah and the MegaFauna into a real band. Since then we've played all over the country, preformed on NPR, were filmed by Judd Appatow, and have had countless beautiful nights of music and fun. I hope you all have caught a show or ten so you know just how great the players I get to play with are.

These fantastic players and the successes we've had inspired me to hit the studio again for Noah and the MegaFauna: Album Deux. 10 new songs with our old players, and some new friends. Lots of fun rewards, and a new run of the Tshirts that were such a big hit last time, with new designs! I'm also going to do a run of kids and baby sizes upon request. Here is the link to the new project where everything is explained better:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1724956621/noah-and-the-megafauna-album-deux

You all know the routine! Pledge today and help a group of hard working artists, and come springtime enjoy your rewards!!!! I am still amazingly thankful to each and everyone of you for the last go around, and I hope you all enjoyed the end result enough to do it again!

xo

n


Update #19

Our record is available on Itunes!

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Hi everyone!  

First, I've heard back from a few people who have not received their packages yet.  Please don't hesitate to write me at noahlit@gmail.com if there is any issues!  Also there are a few of you I am still waiting on adresses!  Please send them to me and claim your glorious prize!

Second, the review coming in have been overwhelmingly amazing!  Check out this review from brooklyn blog Impose:

imposemagazine.com/reviews/anthems-for-a-stateless-nation--noah-and-the-megafauna

And here is our record featured on The Madeleine Brand Show:

http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/2011/10/18/21056/new-music-tuesday-mayer-hawthorne-m83-noah-and-the

Finally, the album is now available on itunes for everyone else!  So thanks again to everyone that was a part of this.  Onward and upward!

xo

n+MF


Update #18

Here they come!!!

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Thank you all for your patience!!! We're done and here come your goodies!!! I'm going to really bum some postal workers out tomorrow morning, but it's all for the greater good.

Thank you so much for being a part of this adventure.  I hope you all enjoy the record, T Shirts and CD's.  Please stay in touch and let me know if there is anything wrong with the packages.

WE RULE!

xo

n+MF

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    Any donation at all gets you a digital download code for the debut record by Noah and the MegaFauna. I know times are tough so you tell me what you can afford. All I ask is you help spread the word and pass this kickstarter page along!

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    A vinyl copy of Noah and the MegaFauna's debut LP. The copy comes with a digital download code too. Don't have a record player? Me neither! But the artwork will be so beautiful (right Garza???), you'll want to frame it. Then you can use the download code for your computer, but please plug some speakers or headphones in! I'm working too hard for you to listen on little laptop speakers!

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    A limited edition Noah and The MegaFauna T-Shirt with artwork by Michael Garza, and a vinyl copy of Noah and the MegaFauna's debut LP. The copy comes with a digital download code too. T Shirts will be really good quality, since I tend to steal from my own merchandise and wear them pretty often.

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    The gold package! Two T shirts, one LP, digital download and you will be THANKED on the album!

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    There is no limit to what you can pledge!!!!! Financing art and music is in it's self a reward.

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    Platinum Package, your name in the liner notes, and possible trouble with your significant other over blowing 2500 bucks... seriously. But if anyone out there has those kind of plums... I'll come to your house and play a show for you. But really, let's donate less and spread the word MORE!

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