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Update #7

New prize! Live album!

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Hello special people. We are so very grateful for all the generosity that you all have exhibited toward us. We are simply blown away. We had no idea that we would even make our goal let alone surpass our goal before our end date.

In all honesty, we had set our goal slightly lower than we had needed to finish our 'dream studio' and record our 'dream albums' because we thought it would be very difficult to make our original goal in the first place and every bit helps. But, because of your generosity, we will be able to spend some more money on the items we need to really make our studio reach 'dream' status and in turn make the quality of our next albums that much better. Thank you.

Quality recording studio gear is SO expensive. It's ridiculous, really, but worth it. There are a few items that we have had our eye on that we will still not fit in our budget even after surpassing our original goal (better converters/better preamps/ribbon mics). Which is why we have a new deal that we would like to propose.

We have some multi-tracked live recordings from one of our last shows from Space Gallery in Chicago and some board recordings from our last show at the Cat's Cradle in NC that we are particularly fond of. By the end of our tour cycle, we had arranged some the songs drastically different from the albums, using synths and a lot of cello. We really loved playing these songs live and would love to share them.

We would like to offer a new Live Bowerbirds album for you.

(above: Photo by Cara Robbins that may be the cover of the live album)

We had planned to get this live album together eventually, but because of your wonderful response to our Kickstarter project, we have decided to include it as a limited addition release via kickstarter. For those of you who have already purchased a future album(s) from us, this will be something that you will be able to get before those albums.

We'll be mixing down the live album soon and be ready to send it out in early spring 2013. There are options to download it for $10, or to order as a limited-edition handmade CD for $25. You can also add $10 for a download, or $25 for a CD, to any other order if you've already backed the project, or if you would like to also select another reward as well as the live album.

Thank you so much for your help so far. It has meant the world. If you can let people know of our new live album or of our Kickstarter project in general, that will also help immensely as it already has. XO.

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      Creator Bowerbirds on December 29, 2012

      Hi Nick! So all you have to do is just increase your pledge by the amount you want ($10 for the download or $25 for the CD). If you want to send us an email to make sure we realize you donated more for this purpose, please email us at info -- at -- bowerbirds -- org. It's sort of tricky to add multiple things, so our plan is to just ask everyone, when we are collecting their emails and mailing addresses, whether they added extra money for a purpose or just to donate, with a box for you to type what you wanted extra.

      Sorry it's so confusing! We will add something on the main page for people to email us. Thanks so much!!

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      Creator Nick Obis on December 29, 2012

      I am interested in the SPACE recording, but when I go to Manage My Pledge, it has the option to donate more but no information about how to go about adding the new item. You can CHANGE your selection, but not add a new one to the thing you've already selected.

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    (TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED) LIFE COACHING + DOWNLOAD SET: You can ask us a question via email, about some issue in your life you need resolved or advising about, and we will write you back with our advice. You can then ask two follow up questions that we'll answer if you like. It will be fun, and we will give you good advice. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS EVERYTHING ON CD + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt, plus the entire back catalog on CD, including Danger at Sea, plus the limited edition copies of the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, and the previously unreleased tracks. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onesies (make good gifts) and add $90 for any additional sets of all the CDs. Shirt sizes listed above. New albums shipped when ready; other items shipped this December. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ONE HOUR SKYPE GUITAR LESSON + DOWNLOAD SET: Phil will spend an hour with you teaching you any Bowerbirds song you want to know or lead you through chord charts from his youth. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ONE HOUR SKYPE Q & A + DOWNLOAD SET: Ask us anything you want. Either talk to Beth and Phil together, or either individually. Find out the real meanings of your favorite songs, find out Spice's favorite snacks, ask why we'd ever want to live in the country. Things like that. [PLUS: project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    MEDIUM SIZE DOG OUTFIT + DOWNLOAD SET: We will make your medium sized (40-70 lbs) dog an outfit to keep him or her warm in winter. The outfit will make the dog feel snug. You tell us about your dog's personality and favorite activities. It can contain cargo pockets for dogs on the go, or a scarf or ascot, or stripes or badges, or other warming aspects. This is to make your dog feel loved and cool, not dorky. You provide measurements and photo of dog via email. (Scroll for small, $100, and large, $150, dog outfits.) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "INNER GREAT GRANDMOTHER" PAINTING ON SALVAGED WOOD + DOWNLOAD SET: Small painting of pregnant brachiosaurus, who is pregnant with another brachisaurus, who is pregnant with another brachiasaurus. Approx. 5x9" Ready to hang. Free shipping. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS ENTIRE BACK CATALOG AND NEW BOWERBIRDS ALBUM, ON VINYL + DOWNLOAD SET: (INCLUDES SHIPPING) Get one shirt, plus the entire back catalog on vinyl. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onesies (make good gifts) and add $50 for any additional sets of the back catalog. Add $25 for limited edition vinyl of the new Bowerbirds album. Shirt sizes listed above. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TINY ANYTHING + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will sculpt/construct you a miniature anything, out of clay, fabric, or a combination of supplies. You select the thing, Beth selects the medium. You may request a medium, and she will try to honor your request. [PLUS project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ART PRINT, "FOXENVIXEN," MEDIUM + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition archival giclée print of Beth's painting, featuring fox ancestors in a mandala formation around North Carolina's state flower, the dogwood. 12X16" (actual image size approx. 10 x 14"). Free shipping within the U.S. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    LITTLE SCULPTURE OF YOUR PET, SELF OR FRIEND + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will construct a small soft sculpture of your pet, you or your friend, using vintage fabric. You decide if you want it to be more realistic or more imaginative. About 10 inches tall. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    LARGE DOG OUTFIT + DOWNLOAD SET: We will make your large (70+ lbs) dog an outfit to keep him or her warm in winter. The outfit will make the dog feel snug. You tell us about your dog's personality and favorite activities. It can contain cargo pockets for dogs on the go, or a scarf or ascot, or stripes or badges, or other warming aspects. This is to make your dog feel loved and cool, not dorky. You provide measurements and photo of dog via email. (Scroll for small, $100, and medium, $125, dog outfits.) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS EVERYTHING ON VINYL, AND THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS AND ISLAND DWELLER ALBUM ON CD + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt, plus the entire back catalog on vinyl, the new Bowerbirds album on limited edition vinyl, Island Dweller on limited edition CD, and the previously unreleased tracks on limited edition CD. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onesies (make good gifts). Shirt sizes listed above. New album ships when ready; other items ship this December. [PLUS free download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when it's ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "MOTHER" DRAWING: Drawing of mother figure on paper with archival quality pens and markers. Approx 10" x 7" unframed. To purchase with this homemade frame, made from salvaged wood and window panes from an old door, add $150 for frame and shipping, or $200 if you live outside the U.S. PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "OF A FEATHER" DRAWING: Drawing of bird spirits on paper with archival quality pens and markers. Approx 10" x 7" unframed. To purchase with this homemade frame, made from salvaged wood and window panes from an old door, add $150 for frame and shipping, or $200 if you live outside the U.S. PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "SECRET MESSAGE" DRAWING: Drawing of mother figure on paper with archival quality pens and markers. Approx 10" x 7" unframed. To purchase with this homemade frame, made from salvaged wood and window panes from an old door, add $150 for frame and shipping, or $200 if you live outside the U.S. PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TOUR OF THE FINISHED CABIN + DOWNLOAD SET: Come on a two hour tour of our finished cabin, with a friend, where we'll show you all the different parts of the land, answer questions, show you the buildings, and let you bounce on our trampoline or go on a hike with you, or both. We will make you tea or give you other nice beverages, and give you snacks. For extra people, each with their own download set, add $75 each. [PLUS postcard, project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    PAINTING OF BIRDS COVERING ANY OBJECT WITH NESTS, SMALL + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will make you a very detailed original watercolor painting, in the style of "Rise! Flying bird people" (see image at left), in which birds re-take the Earth from humans. Birds can be covering whatever you want with nests, or just making a pile of nests. On 9x12" heavy watercolor paper. You choose the bird species. Unframed. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    MAGICAL PORTRAIT, SMALL + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will paint an original watercolor and gouache portrait of you, your friend, you and your lover, your pet, a famous person, your favorite houseplant… whatever you want, up to two people, on 9x12" heavy watercolor paper. She will include other objects in the painting, like a wreath of flowers around your cat's face, or your favorite foods and trees, if you wish. Free shipping in U.S., or add $100 if you want it framed, to cover price of frame and shipping. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    CRAZY PAINTING OF ANYTHING YOU WANT, SMALL + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will paint you an original watercolor and gouache painting of anything you want, on 9x12" heavy watercolor paper. You can either send a photo for her to use as reference, or you can just write a description of what you'd like to see, like "Cat army invades mushroom forest, carrying swords." Free shipping in U.S., or add $100 if you want it framed, to cover price of frame and shipping. [PLUS project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    HAND_WRITTEN LYRICS WITH PICTURES + DOWNLOAD SET: Same as similar option above, but with some little pictures drawn or painted in. Choose this option also if you just have a few lyrics from one song that you'd like to be incorporated into a drawing or painting. On archival nice paper. (Beth will do the drawing or painting, but you can ask either of us to write the words). [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    IN PERSON GUITAR LESSON, ONE HOUR, PLUS SHORT CABIN TOUR + DOWNLOAD SET: You come to our cabin and take a one hour guitar lesson with Phil, in which you can work through chord charts, or learn any Bowerbirds songs you might want to learn. Lessons available starting in April, 2012. You'll also get a short tour of the cabin. (Five hours of lessons available below). [PLUS project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    INGA, PAINTING ON SALVAGED WOOD + DOWNLOAD SET: This is a painting of a girl swaddled in her own hair. She is the cousin of Mungry, a lady featured often in Beth's work. Comes ready to hang. Approx. 14" x 10". (shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    BUFFALO PAINTING + DOWNLOAD SET: Watercolor and gouache painting by Beth, with cutout. Very detailed painting of buffalo guardian spirit. Unframed. Approx. 10 x 14" (shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "THE SAD ONE" PAINTING + DOWNLOAD SET: Watercolor and gouache painting by Beth Very detailed painting of earth guardian spirit. Unframed. Approx. 10 x 14" (shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "CAPTURER" PAINTING + DOWNLOAD SET: Watercolor and gouache painting by Beth. Very detailed painting of magic vision friend. Unframed. Approx. 10 x 14" (shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ART PRINT, "FOXENVIXEN," LARGE + DOWNLOAD SET: Archival giclée print of Beth's painting, featuring fox ancestors in a mandala formation around North Carolina's state flower, the dogwood. 18x24" (actual image size approx. 16 x 22"). Open edition. Includes shipping within the U.S. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ASTROLOGICAL READING WITH HANDMADE CHART + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will make a hand made watercolor star chart for you, and give you a reading of the meaning of your sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign, as well as some other interesting tidbits about you, based on your birth chart. You just need to provide the time of day, date, and place of your birth. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    PAINTING OF BIRDS COVERING ANY OBJECT WITH NESTS, MEDIUM + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will make you a very detailed original watercolor painting, in the style of "Rise! Flying bird people" (see image at left), in which birds re-take the Earth from humans. On 12"x16" heavy watercolor paper. Unframed. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    MAGICAL PORTRAIT, LARGE + DOWNLOAD SET: Same as magical portrait listed above, but on 18 x 24" watercolor paper and with more detail. Free shipping in U.S. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    CRAZY PAINTING OF ANYTHING YOU WANT, LARGE + DOWNLOAD SET: Same as above "anything you want" option, but on 18x24" paper, and with more detail. Free shipping. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "REACHING BACK" WATERCOLOR PAINTING: Detailed watercolor painting of wolves, and three human ancestors. Can be hung in any direction. 16" x 24". Unframed. Shipping is included. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    LITTLE SCULPTURE OF YOUR PET, SELF OR FRIEND, WITH ACCOUTREMENTS + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will construct a small soft sculpture of you, your pet, or your friend, using vintage fabric. You decide if you want it to be more realistic or more imaginative. Includes a removable outfit and knapsack. About 10 inches tall, and more detailed than the regular sculpture option already listed. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    USE THE CABIN AS YOUR RECORDING STUDIO (DAY RATE) + DOWNLOAD SET: Bring your band and record in our cabin for a weekend or series of weekends. This is for bands or artists who know how to record by themselves, but who lack the equipment or space to record. If you'd like additional days, just add $350 for each additional day. You can use our cabin and sleep in it or can camp in a tent nearby. We will have to make sure it fits with our schedule. Begins once construction is finished, and can schedule into 2014. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    BED AND BREAKFAST FOR VAGABONDS + DOWNLOAD SET: You and a friend can come stay on an air mattress on our floor or in a bed if it's available, or camp on our land, for one night. We will make a nice breakfast for you. We will give you snacks at night. Check in is around 5 pm, and check out is around 2. If you want the cabin to be finished or more finished, come later in the year. Must fit into our schedule. [PLUS: project updates, downloads of previously unreleased tracks immediately and new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready.]

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    ARCTIC WOLF PAINTING + DOWNLOAD SET: Original watercolor painting by Beth, of a wolf, orangutan, all-seeing-eye, crystal magic, and other spirit quest visions. Unframed. Approx. 24" x 16" (shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    PUT OUR SONG IN YOUR FILM OR COMMERCIAL (SLIDING SCALE) + DOWNLOAD SET: If you want to use an existing Bowerbirds song in an indie film, or put it in your tv or radio commercial, contact us at info -- at -- bowerbirds -- dot -- org to find out the cost of your particular placement. Minimum $500 for student film, increases to a lot higher for a TV commercial. [PLUS: project updates, downloads of previously unreleased tracks immediately and new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready.]

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    "ON FLYWAYS USED TEN THOUSAND YEARS," WATERCOLOR PAINTING: Painting by Beth of birds diligently planting seeds to slowly cover a subdivision with trees. Large painting, approximately 28"x36", unframed. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    FIVE HOURS OF SKYPE GUITAR LESSONS: Same as above except Phil will spend an hour with you once a week for five weeks teaching you any Bowerbirds songs you want to know or lead you through chord charts from his youth. [PLUS postcard, project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    USE THE CABIN AS YOUR RECORDING STUDIO, WITH OUR HELP RECORDING (DAY RATE) + DOWNLOAD SET: Bring your band and record in our cabin for a weekend or series of weekends. This is for bands or artists who need help recording their music. If you'd like additional days, just add $500 for each additional day. You can use our cabin and sleep in it or can camp in a tent nearby. We will have to make sure it fits with our schedule. Begins once construction is finished, and can schedule into 2014. [PLUS: project updates, download of previously unreleased tracks immediately, and new Bowerbirds and Island Dweller albums when ready.]

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    BEST FRIENDS PENPAL SQUAD + DOWNLOAD SET: Become our penpal for a year. We will write you actual letters, back and forth, for a year, culminating in making you a special holiday gift for next year. We will really care about you and will happily give you any advice you want, like if you are working on music or something, or we could just become friends. Penpal friends. You can pick one of us to write to, or write to us both. We will write you a minimum of once every two weeks, on average. We will also make you a special handmade penpal squad badge. [PLUS postcard, project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE NEXT ALBUMS + DOWNLOAD SET: You'll be listed in the liner notes on our Bowerbirds and Island Dweller albums, and online, as a producer. We will love you forever. [PLUS postcard, project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    SIGNED CLASSICAL GUITAR, LA PETRIE + DOWNLOAD SET (signed only if you want): This great guitar is very similar to the La Petrie Phil has played since the beginning of Bowerbirds. It's a great guitar for fingerpicking. Phil played his La Petrie as the only guitar on our first ep and Hymns for a Dark Horse, and also on both other albums. Phil will sign the guitar on request. Add $200 if you would like the hard case in the photo (to also cover extra shipping). [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "ON SKYWAYS USED TEN THOUSAND YEARS," ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING, + DOWNLOAD SET: Large painting by Beth Tacular, featuring birds planting trees in a swath that are overtaking a suburban subdivision. Watercolor and gouache on heavy watercolor paper. 36x48" Free shipping w/in the U.S. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    PAINTING OF BIRDS COVERING ANY OBJECT WITH NESTS, LARGE, + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will make you a very detailed original watercolor painting, in the style of "Rise! Flying bird people" (see image at left), in which birds re-take the Earth from humans. On 16x24" heavy watercolor paper. Unframed. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "SECRET TREASURE IN THE WOODS" PAINTING ON SALVAGED WOOD + DOWNLOAD SET: Painting by Beth Tacular, of "Mungry" tearing down trees and then discovering a cabin in the woods. Painted in the AirStream trailer on our land. Approx. 24"x36". Ready to hang. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    IN PERSON GUITAR LESSON, FIVE HOURS, + DOWNLOAD SET: You come to our cabin and take a one hour guitar lesson with Phil, on five separate occasions, in which you can work through chord charts, or learn any Bowerbirds songs you might want to learn. You may also choose to split the five hours into two 2.5 hour sessions. Lessons can begin any time after April 2012. Includes tour of cabin. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "GRIM & GRISTLE" PAINTING ON SALVAGED WOOD + DOWNLOAD SET: Magical mandala painting, by Beth Tacular, of saber-toothed tiger ancestors. Painted in the AirStream trailer on our land. Approx. 24"x38". Ready to hang. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    NORD ELECTRO 2 KEYBOARD + DOWNLOAD SET: The first keyboard we took on tour when we started incorporating keys into our set. Beautiful red keyboard in excellent condition. Local pickup is free, or add $100 to ship within the U.S. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WEEKEND CAMPOUT FOR TWO + DOWNLOAD SET: Come coze in with us at the cabin, for a two night weekend (Friday afternoon - Sunday afternoon or some other two night segment of time). You can stay in the art studio, in the loft, if you want. We will do all our favorite activities, show you around our place, make you dinners and breakfasts and take picnic lunches. Similar vibe to campout weekend with your friends, except more chill, because there are fewer of you. You won't have to pay for anything once you're here. You'll get a bed or two, or you can sleep in our tent. Nice dogs welcome. Can only be after cabin is finished. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    CRAFT TIME FUN ZONE + DOWNLOAD SETS: Come to our cabin for an evening with up to ten of your friends, where we'll make a series of crafts relating to an upcoming holiday or time of year. You can pick the holiday. We will provide craft supplies, snacks and drinks. You might want to go in on this prize with a group of people. Go home with really fun handmade crafts and new know-how. [PLUS project updates, free downloads for all participants of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ FAVORITE PERSON SQUAD + DOWNLOAD SET: You will be our best friend. We will give you executive producer credits online and on the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, send you a gift basket for the holidays (2012) with our favorite items that we want you to have, plus we'll write you a loving, handwritten note and send you postcards to update you on the project throughout the year. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    "FOXENVIXEN" PAINTING ON SALVAGED WOOD + DOWNLOAD SET: Magical mandala painting, by Beth Tacular, of fox ancestors, with dogwood in center, the state flower of North Carolina. Painted in the AirStream trailer on our land. Approx. 28"x38". Ready to hang. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WE'LL COVER ANY SONG + DOWNLOAD SET: We will cover any song you choose, (could be your song) and record it onto a CD that we will mail to you, encasing it in a handmade CD case. It will be only for you, and we won't release it elsewhere. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    LOGO DESIGN + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth and Phil will design a logo for your small business, nonprofit, or whatever you want. Priced lower than would normally charge for this work, with our design business (see examples at left). [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WEBSITE DESIGN + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth and Phil will design a beautiful and functional website for you, for your business, band, or whatever you want. No e-commerce or social networking sites or similarly huge projects. Contact us to ask if your project would be ok. (See examples at left). [PLUS project updates, download of both new albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately. Contact us at info --at-- bowerbirds -- dot -- org to make sure your website idea fits within this category. We can potentially give you a higher price for a fancier website for you.]

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    WE'LL WRITE YOU A SONG: We will write you an original, normal length song, on any topic you choose, or just a surprise one if you like, and record it onto a CD that we will mail to you, encasing it in a handmade CD case. It will be only for you, and we won't release it elsewhere. We will retain copyright on it, however, so if you want to use it to sell something, that will cost extra. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WEEKEND CABIN PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS, AT OUR CABIN + DOWNLOAD SET: Bring five friends, and come camp out on our land, or stay on one of our beds or air mattresses, for a two-night weekend (Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon or another 2 nights of the week). We will provide beverages and all your food, and we will take you for hikes and outings, and have a party for you each night. We can swim in a river (or hike along it if it's cold), visit a commune, goat farm, tiger rescue, or several other fun activities. We can play bocce or bounce on the trampoline or have a jello shot egg hunt. It can be more of a party or more of a drum circle yogatime zen fest, whichever you prefer. Or a combination of the two. It will be like going to camp, but better. We will provide a bunch of food and make it super magical. This price is for six of you, but add $500 for each additional person. Nice dogs are welcome. Must fit within our schedule, after cabin is built. Probably September or October 2013 at the earliest. [PLUS project updates, downloads for everyone of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    LOGO DESIGN + WEBSITE DESIGN + DOWNLOAD SET: Need a professional logo and website for your brand new business or project? We will make you one you'll just love, with a discount from the price of logo and website design combined. (See examples at internestcollective.com). [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    ISLAND ADVENTURE LONG BEACH WEEKEND + DOWNLOAD SETS: You and up to five of your friends (6 total people) come to stay with us in a beach house for a three day weekend (any three consecutive nights) on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, an island with no cars and only golf carts. Depending on the time of year, you can go alligator watching, sea turtle scoping, riding around in a small motor boat, kayaks, or canoes, group bike rides, lighthouse climbing, general adventuring. Meet our dogs, have a magical time. We will drive you around, send you on adventures, play games with you, and pay for your food, and drinks. You are responsible for getting to the ferry and your ferry tickets to the island. Must fit within our schedule. [PLUS project updates, downloads for everyone of both new albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately, for each participant.

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    RECORD YOUR ALBUM AT OUR CABIN + DOWNLOAD SET: Your band can come record your next album in our cabin, and we'll help you record it, and help produce it if you want. It would be probably work best the quieter your band is. It can be either a ten day session, where you stay with us, we will put you up and provide you with fun times and some snacks, or we can divide it up into weekends or other shorter stints over a period of time. Ten total days of recording, with at least one of us assisting up to 12 hours a day, but you can record all night long if you want. Recording can begin after cabin is built, so probably earliest would be fall 2013. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately, for each band member.]

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    YOU AS OUR ONLINE SPONSOR/MASCOT/HERO + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will paint a beautiful picture of you (or a friend or animal of your choice), and will emblazon our website with your image and a description of how awesome and generous you are. Your face will be on every page of our website. You'll be an executive producer of our new albums, and you'll be written up in our blog, on our twitter, on our facebook page, and sent out in one of our email updates to all our fans. We will also mail you the painting of yourself. [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WE'LL WRITE YOU A JINGLE: If you have a small business that needs a jingle to be used for commercials or something, we will write it for you. Please contact us to make sure we are ok with your product or service. We may charge extra for larger businesses. (write us at info -- at // bowerbirds -- dot // org) [PLUS postcard, project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    EXEC. PRODUCDER + MASCOT + CONSTANT GIFT SQUAD + DOWNLOAD SET: You will listed as executive producer on our Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, you'll be an online mascot, plus you'll be given a copy of every album, e.p., special 7", tee shirt, tote bag, and item we ever make, plus any prints Beth makes, plus any other edition of anything either of us makes, PLUS we will give you a special birthday present every year for the next five years. And you get free tickets into any shows that aren't festivals that we ever play. And we'll put your face on our website, or your name, or your pet's face and name, surrounded by a wreath of flowers. [And you get the new Bowerbirds album on vinyl, cd, digital download, plus our back catalog and a bunch of other items now, and the downloads of the previously unreleased songs.]

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