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Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts hits studio this August to record LP with producer David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts hits studio this August to record LP with producer David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
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Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts have a handful of singles and a couple of self-produced EPs under their belt (listen HERE), and the band is preparing to record a full-length album this August. Their signature sound recently caught the attention of David J, renowned solo artist and founding member of legendary bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. Through a series of amazing events, a couple of crazy questions, and a string of great luck, David J is going to produce the upcoming Intra-Venus & the Cosmonauts album. All they need is a little kickstart, and their rocket will be on its way into the cosmos.

Once the album is recorded and mixed, it will be pressed on vinyl and CD. Record production comes at a cost, however, so the band is turning to you, the audience, to help make this unbelievable dream a reality. Please contribute as much as you can to the project. There are several tasty rewards available to you, starting at the $10 level. Those who really want to see the project soar (and get some really cool stuff in the process) can contribute at higher levels. However, any contribution will be helpful and gratefully received.

One of the band's favorite rewards is one contributed by David J himself: for $500 (check current Dutch auction price), you'll get vinyl and CD signed by the band AND DAVID J as well as a digital download of the album, a T-shirt, and other items, including a signed copy of David's latest work, "An Eclipse of Ships." The kicker for the whole package is a signed NASA T-shirt, worn by David J during the 1996 Love and Rockets tour for "Sweet F.A." In David's words...

"It's the NASA T-shirt that I wore onstage in 1996. It was given to me by [an] astrophysicist who worked at NASA. Weird story this! The band was driving to our next gig in San Francisco [and] I said to Daniel that I would love to get hold of a NASA T-shirt as we had this song called 'Clean' that contained the line, 'Higher than NASA'. Low and behold, after the gig, this guy turns up with the shirt!"

UPDATE: This reward went into Dutch auction; every day, the price came down $20 until it sold for $400 to one lucky fan.

David J in the famed NASA shirt
David J in the famed NASA shirt

The album art will be taken from "Gods Will Be Gods I" by artist Ike Bushman:

"Gods Will Be Gods I" by Ike Bushman
"Gods Will Be Gods I" by Ike Bushman

One reward for backers includes an original painting by Ike. Once the project funds, Ike will paint one-of-a-kind pieces that are at least 18"x18". The style of the pieces will be similar to the one shown here:

"Science Drawing 2" by Ike Bushman
"Science Drawing 2" by Ike Bushman

Ike normally charges $100 for these, but these are available to you for only $50, and they each come with a digital download. UPDATE: These are now sold out!

NEW REWARD: Our drummer, Brian Cutler, is also an artist, and he is offering to create a charcoal portrait sketch (16" x 20") of a subject of your choice. (Did you know Brian designed our logo?) See the information to the right for full details. Here are two samples of his portrait work:

Portrait by Brian Cutler, 2011
Portrait by Brian Cutler, 2011
Portrait by Brian Cutler, 2011
Portrait by Brian Cutler, 2011

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Hear previous releases at http://intravenusandthecosmonauts.bandcamp.com/

Risks and challenges

There are several challenges inherent when recording any album. Scheduling can be an issue when it comes to the studio, the producer, and the band, and manufacturing can create its own difficulties with timelines and availability of product.

However, the producer and studio have been scheduled, and we don't foresee any issues there. The main hurdle could be getting the vinyl and CDs pressed in a timely manner. We have set our estimated release date for December, which should allow for any challenges that arise. If any delays occur, we will communicate clearly and openly about them.

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    UNIQUE, EMBOSSED POSTER (Signed) AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Each numbered poster is hand made and unique from all of the others. The 10"x10" heavy duty poster will be embossed through a manual process by artist Sean Bauer.

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    GUEST SPEAKER/TEACHER: Vocalist/guitarist Scott M. Stringham is a certified secondary teacher of English and theatre. He will come teach as a guest in your classroom or to a group of people at $25 per hour. He'll also do private acting lessons for teens for the same rate! Scott would love to teach you something about creative writing--especially playwriting and screen writing. Other options could include a lecture on Shakespeare or whatever your heart desires. If you want a specific topic covered, contact him with questions first. You will also receive a digital download of the album. For every hour beyond the first, you will receive additional rewards. Backer understands that scheduling will have to be worked out after the project funds; lecture/teaching site must be in Utah Valley or Salt Lake Valley.

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    VIP PACKAGE:
    Two VIP Passes to Release Party.
    The band will greet VIP guests and spend time with them before the general public is admitted.
    (Backer must provide own transportation to and from release party and understands the event may conflict with the backer's schedule.) ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    SUPER DELUXE PACKAGE:
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    JUSTIN EVANS POETRY PACK: Receive a signed copy of a book of poetry by Cosmonaut lyricist Justin Evans. Backer chooses from one of four titles: 1. "Friday in the Republic of Me"; 2. "Working in the Birdhouse"; 3. "Sailing This Nameless Ship"; or 4. [not yet titled work to be released in May 2015]. Also includes signed vinyl and a digital download. ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    ORIGINAL IKE BUSHMAN PAINTING: Once the project funds, Ike Bushman (ikebushman.net), the artist whose work will be featured on the album cover, will paint a one-of-a-kind painting for you. The painting will be at least 18"x18". See the information to the left for more information. You will also receive a digital download of the album. ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    BEADWORK BAND LOGO: Once the project funds, fan Cynthia Call will make a beadwork band logo just for you! The beadwork will be 5" or 6" square. You can choose custom colors. You will also receive a digital download of the album. ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    DELUXE VIP PACKAGE:
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    DAVID J MEMORABILIA PACKAGE:
    Two VIP Passes to Release Party, Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download.
    Signed items include the autograph and a personal note from producer David J. Backers also receive a SIGNED COPY OF DAVID J'S ALBUM "AN ECLIPSE OF SHIPS."
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    CUSTOM PORTRAIT BY BRIAN CUTLER: One 16" x 20" charcoal portrait sketch of a subject of your choice. The drawing will be made from photographs provided by the backer or, where possible, arrangements can be made for the artist to photograph the subject as well. Framing will not be included. See info to the left for sample portraits. Reward also includes everything from the DELUXE VIP PACKAGE.

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    PRIVATE SHOW (Local): Price dropped from $500... Backers within 75 miles of Salt Lake City can book a private show and after party. We'll even learn a new cover of your choice to play just for your private show. The backer provides the venue, audience, snacks/food/etc, and access to power; the band will do the rest. Backer also receives Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download. Scheduling and other details will be figured out between the band and the backer after the project funds. (We have a similar reward for those who live farther away.) ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    YOUR NAME IN A SONG: Along with a Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download, your name will be immortalized as it is sung or spoken on one of the tracks on the new album. ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    DAVID J COSMONAUT PACKAGE: In addition to EVERYTHING in the David J Memorabilia Package, one lucky backer will receive the NASA T-shirt worn by David J during the Love and Rockets "Sweet F.A." tour in 1996. The shirt is signed by David and comes with a letter of authenticity. This is the story of the shirt in David's own words: "...the NASA T shirt that I wore onstage in 1996... was given to me by a astrophysicist who worked at NASA. Weird story this! The band was driving to our next gig in San Francisco & I said to Daniel that I would love to get hold of a NASA T shirt as we had this song called 'Clean' that contained the line, 'Higher than NASA'. Low and behold, after the gig, this guy turns up with the shirt!" ... NOW IN DUTCH AUCTION: This reward will drop by $20 every day until someone snags it.

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    PRIVATE SHOW (Distant): Backers roughly 75-750 driving miles away from Salt Lake City can book a private show and after party. We'll learn a new cover of your choice to play just for your private show. The backer provides the venue, audience, snacks/food/etc, access to power, and a safe place to sleep (even if it's crashing on someone's floor); the band will do the rest. Backer also receives Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download. Scheduling and other details will be figured out between the band and the backer after the project funds. ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    VIP LIMO RIDE AND DINNER:
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    Backer and one guest will have dinner with the band and ride in the limo with the band from the restaurant to the release party.
    (Backer must provide own transportation to restaurant and from the release party venue; backer understands the event may conflict with the backer's schedule.) ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    ULTIMATE COSMONAUT PACKAGE:
    Fly-on-the-Wall Studio Guest, Two VIP Passes to Release Party, Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download.
    Backer will spend a day in the studio with the band and producer to observe the recording process.
    (Backer must provide own transportation to and from studio and release party. Dates in the studio are somewhat flexible--sometime during August 2014--but backer understands the events may conflict with the backer's schedule.) ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART PRINT: (Dropped from $3,000...) Own one of two original prints of the piece "Gods Will Be Gods I" by Ike Bushman. You also get the DELUXE VIP PACKAGE: Two VIP Passes to Release Party, Signed 180-Gram Vinyl, Signed CD, T-Shirt, and Digital Download. (Backer must provide own transportation to and from release party and understands the event may conflict with the backer's schedule.) ALL PLEDGES OF $50+ WILL GET THE BACKER'S NAME IN THE "SPECIAL THANKS" SECTION OF THE LINER NOTES.

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