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DC's Rocksteady and Reggae architects, The Shifters, are making their venture into vinyl in the form of a collectible 10 inch record.
DC's Rocksteady and Reggae architects, The Shifters, are making their venture into vinyl in the form of a collectible 10 inch record.
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The Shifters have one question for you: have you ever owned a 10-inch record? They seem to tell a story all on their own: muted from the hustle and bustle of the LP, yet slightly more sophisticated than their 7-inch brethren. Even the 10-inch history is fascinating. The first records ever printed were 10-inches, only to have the format phased out in the 50s to near extinction, and revived during the later portion of the 70s as entry-level albums for up-and-coming bands.

When The Shifters decided to go back in the studio for 2012, we wanted to do something different; something with tact and style that would let the listener know they are listening to a completed album, but subtly remind you, our family, friends, fans, and drinking partners, this is our first entry into the vinyl world. Right now, we're in the studio with that 10-inch goal in mind: lay down 7 or 8 tunes in the realms of Rocksteady and Reggae to the best of our ability. Make it count. Make it great. And I think we’re almost there.

However! Recording, mixing, pressing records... These activities require money and lot of dedication. As a working band, we have a little bit of the prior and a ton of the latter. We'll be completed with the recording process by March 5th. The majority of the studio time we've paid for out of our own pocket. Theoretically, we then move on to the pressing phase... Except woah (!!!), there's no way we can incur these plant prices all at once - especially if we print them here in the United States (our intention). Also, take into account record labels (remember those?) are not lining up around the block to put out independent albums these days. The entire project lives and dies by this band.

Here's the skinny: in order to press this album as intended, we are turning to you - the fans! Many of you have expressed interest in Shifters vinyl. It’s almost here. Let’s get across the finish line together. Please, please, please find a Reward listed that fits your needs and income level. No amount is too small because every little bit does count. And if you can’t help out – no big deal. We love you guys and girls no matters what. Promise.

So thanks. Thanks for reading the dribble above and expressing interest. Your participation is humbling. And thanks for being a Shifters fan.... Period.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Got a dollar? Get a sticker and a heart-filled 'thank you' from everyone in The Shifters. Sit back and feel the love. Who says a dollar can't buy you anything these days? (Only available in the United States.)

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    A seven dollar entry will yield you the limited-edition Shifters Live at DC9 compact disc, released February 16. Only a 100 ever made! The perfect gift for that special Shifters stalker who can't make it to our shows. (International orders, please add 2 dollars for shipping.)

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    Congratulations! You just bought yourself a copy of our debut 10-inch, working title: Letters to Jodie Foster. Hope you own a record player. (International orders - please add 2 dollars.)

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    Congratulations, you just bought yourself a 10-inch copy of Letters to Jodie Foster and a CD copy of Live at DC9. I can't begin to tell you how proud of you I am. (International orders - please add 2 dollars.)

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    Get The Shifters on your back! This reward comes complete with a Shifters official Tshirt and a brand, spanking new copy of our 10 inch. Damn, you look good.

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    This entry will land you a 10-inch copy of Letters to Jodie Foster, signed by the whole band! You can even specify the color of marker we use (markers only available in black and midnight grey). (International orders - please add 2 dollars.)

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    Hey superfan, you just got a signed 10-inch of Letters to Jodie Foster and a CD of Live at the DC9. Isn't that super? (International orders - please add 2 dollars)

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Well, this is it for the stuff we normally peddle before things get funky: a signed copy of the 10-inch, the limited-edition Live CD, and an official Shifters t-shirt. (International orders - add 2 dollars)

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    2/25 SPECIAL REWARD - ONLY 1 AVAILABLE. This entry will land you a signed 10-inch copy of Letters to Jodie Foster and a copy of the much sought after clear vinyl 2-Face/Tonight 7-inch from The Slackers (only a 1,000 ever made).

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    Don't have a record player? No problem! Pledge $60 or more and you will get a limited edition test pressing of the 10" courtesy of United Record Pressing, as well as YOUR VERY OWN RECORD PLAYER to play it on.

    Owning a record player will instantly make you cooler.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    This is for a Shifters megafan (read: family member who just found out their loved one is in this band). All the other goodies (record, t-shirt, Live CD) a free test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing, and I have one last copy of our debut EP from 2010. That's it. NO MORE. You will now own everything The Shifters have ever produced musically.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You seem like the type of person who needs to be recognized. For a 150 bones, you get the Live CD, the t-shirt, and the new 10-inch where we personally thank you on our record sleeve. And a free test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    The Shifters will write you a song. It's just that simple. You give us the subject matter, we give you something to get you out of jail. You'll also get the Live CD, t-shirt, a free test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing, and 10-inch. I (Duncan) would even come over your house and hug you forever, but the police told me that they're done letting me off with simple warnings.

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    We'll play a show for you in VA, DC, or MD. College dorm rooms, wine tasting festivals, nursing homes - it doesn't matter to us. Impress your friends. You'll also get a copy of the other junk, including a free test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing.

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