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Bowerbirds will record their next album, and Phil's new side project, Island Dweller, in an earth-friendly hand-built recording studio.

UPDATE (12/29):  NEW PRIZE: LIVE ALBUM!

You might have noticed we met and surpassed our goal, which is amazing!!!  We now have the funds to set up a studio, thanks to all of you!  

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.  We also have other expenses, like repairing our broken tour van, pressing vinyl, etc.  Which is why we have a new item a new live album!  Read more about it in the prize section.

If you back this project, you'll get exclusive, early versions of:

  • the next Bowerbirds album, 

  • an e.p. of previously unreleased Bowerbirds tracks,

  • a bonus album of Phil's new side project, Island Dweller,

  • plus a ton of other crazy prizes we will make for you, in a space we built ourselves.

  • and the first 100 people to donate $100 or more, get a free prize! (more about that below)

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>>>---- We just want to make you things ---->

By the time we were starting our band, in 2005, we already knew that all we really wanted to do with our time was to make music and art and put it out into the world.  For us, nothing was more gratifying for us than the process of bringing a song or a painting out of nothingness into fruition.  In order for us to spend as much time as possible on our creative endeavors, we learned to live on less and teach ourselves skills that would make us more self-sufficient.  The more skills we learned, and the less we needed, the fewer bills we had to pay, and the more time we had to work on our creative projects.

For years we went without the seeming "necessities" of running water, electricity, air conditioning through miserable North Carolina summers, or a reliable source of heat through the winter, while we lived in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse, out of our minivan and tent, and then off-grid in an AirStream trailer in the woods.  Over time, we taught ourselves how to build slightly bigger, nicer structures to live in, how to program websites to make money on the side, and how to record our own music.  It was this shift in how we lived and in our thinking overall, that enabled us to start and sustain the Bowerbirds over the last seven years.  

Living in the AirStream meant no bills. We could write songs, go on tour and then save our money to build our new home and studio space.
Living in the AirStream meant no bills. We could write songs, go on tour and then save our money to build our new home and studio space.


What we gave up in terms of ease, we gained in terms of an ability to really focus on making the music we were passionate about, and taking it out on tour, around North America, Europe, and the UK.  Also, the more direct contact we had with the land we were living on -- because of living in tiny spaces and working with our hands outdoors, writing songs or raising rafters under the trees -- the more we naturally wanted all our endeavors to reflect our respect and gratitude for the land we live on and for the other plants and animals we share it with.  We wrote reverent songs about the natural world, and we used salvaged, recycled and nontoxic materials in our cobbled-together art and building projects.    

This nature-centric mentality, along with our intense DIY ethic, are central to what our band is about.  We just want to spend all our time making things, things that express how we feel about living in a world that is made up of both an incredible natural community of living beings, and also of a culture that is ironically destroying the land base on which it depends for its very existence.  We make things because we can't imagine doing anything else, and we can't imagine living in a world devoid of songs, or devoid of visible stars in the sky at night.   

We've toured many times around North America, Europe, and the U.K.
We've toured many times around North America, Europe, and the U.K.
Last Spring, we got to play a free mini-show inside an amazing art installation in an abandoned police warehouse in D.C., put together by Monica Canilao (The Clearing cover artist) and friends.
Last Spring, we got to play a free mini-show inside an amazing art installation in an abandoned police warehouse in D.C., put together by Monica Canilao (The Clearing cover artist) and friends.

>>>---- We want to make you these things, right now.  ------>

We've just now gotten home from nine months of nonstop touring in support of our last album, and we are dying to start working on the next songs.  On long drives across Germany and Idaho, we started writing this new music, which seems to be lending itself to two different projects.  We want to put these songs out as two separate albums -- a Bowerbirds album and Phil's brand new side project, Island Dweller, and then release them both within the next two years.

While we were plotting out how to release both these albums in that short amount of time, we figured out that for the same amount of money that we spent to record our last album, we could instead build our own modest recording studio, and record both new albums ourselves in that space, as well as any other music we write, into the future.  Which means more music for you, now as well as later.

Possible new album art, and the cabin where we'll record it.
Possible new album art, and the cabin where we'll record it.

Backers of this Kickstarter project will have the opportunity to hear these new songs before anyone else.  We will send you digital downloads or physical copies of both albums as soon as they are finished, plus we also have something for you to listen to now, to tide you over until the new records come out.  We've got an e.p. of previously unreleased Bowerbirds tracks, including never-before-heard songs that didn't make it onto any of our records, and alternate versions of some songs from our last album.

Because we really want to see these new albums happen, we've come up with a ridiculous number of other rewards for funders of this project that allow us to use the various skills we've developed over the years, to make things and do things, for you.  Think of it as you employing us, to make you these albums, to write you a personal song, make you a website, paint a picture of your cat, sculpt you a tiny anything, or give you totally unqualified relationship counseling, among a million other really dope prizes.   Seriously, hit us up.  We love making things.

We love playing our songs live.
We love playing our songs live.

>>>---- Our almost-finished studio space ----->   

We are so close to being finished with building and setting up our studio inside the room with high ceilings and log walls.  We have the beginnings of a bunch of new songs that we can't wait to flesh out and record, and we have learned a great deal about recording our own music during the process of making our last three albums, including our time working alongside the incredible engineer, Brian Joseph, who taught us a lot while recording part of our most recent album, The Clearing, the rest of which we recorded ourselves. 

There is a certain magic that you can only get when working alone, on your own time, but which can sometimes be offset by less fidelity in the recordings, if you don't have good enough equipment to work with.  That's why we want to be able to work in our own space, with a modest amount of good recording equipment, so we can work when the inspiration strikes, and make final recordings at any step in the process, rather than making detailed demos, and then having to start over to make final recordings.  We believe that recording our music in a place we created especially for that purpose, by ourselves, will result in better, more inspired, recordings, for less money and in less time, than it would to make an album in rented space, on rented time.

We built the whole first story of the cabin without power tools.  It's come a long way since then.
We built the whole first story of the cabin without power tools. It's come a long way since then.
We finally got a hold of some power tools, and it's now almost finished.  The log room with vaulted ceilings will be the recording room.
We finally got a hold of some power tools, and it's now almost finished. The log room with vaulted ceilings will be the recording room.

As you can see, the cabin is almost finished.  We have already plumbed and wired the space, and fitted it with recycled denim insulation, which is better for soundproofing, and for our health, than fiberglass, and we've stockpiled almost all the materials we need to build the kitchen and bath.  This winter and spring, we'll be sealing up and plastering the walls, installing the lights and electrical sockets, and then, if this Kickstarter project is funded, setting up our new recording equipment and getting to work. 

Here's a little schematic layout of the cabin that Beth made, so you can see how we'll be using the space, and where the recording will take place.

When the cabin is finished, it will run on solar power, use rainwater catchment and a greywater system, be heated with a combination of solar and wood from our land, and use very little energy overall.  It will also be built with recycled and nontoxic materials.  For example, all the windows, doors, fixtures, appliances, roofing, and flooring, used to be part of someone else's house, and someone else's life, at some point.  We like the idea of working in a place with such history, even though it will be new.  It will be an inspiring space to make music inside of.

We are incredibly grateful for and indebted to our friends and fans everywhere, who helped us get this far.  You can be a part of making the new Bowerbirds album, and Phil's exciting new Island Dweller side project a reality.   We hope you'll back our project.

Sincerely,
Beth and Phil

...and now for the prizes!

>>>------------------- RAD PRIZES FOR YOU---->

We came up with a ridiculous amount of reward options, so you don't have an excuse to not get something. We've got descriptions in the column at right, a little chart (below) to help you make sense of them, and pictures of lots of them further down the page.

THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO PLEDGE $100 OR MORE GET AN EXTRA PRIZE!  Choose either: an "Spice Squad" or "Team Olive" lapel pin (modeled after our small dogs, Spice and Olive), or a collector's set of autographed out-of-print albums. (Danger at Sea, & self-released version of Hymns for a Dark Horse)

If you would like a combination of rewards that is not listed in the options on the right, just email us to ask how, at info-at-bowerbirds-dot-org.

We've priced the rewards at a variety of levels, so hopefully everyone who wants to contribute can afford to.  And if you want to donate to our band something above the suggested amount, that would also be super rad of you.  We'll put it to good use.

But whether or not you contribute money, you can help by spreading the word about our new album project to all your friends, sending out a quick email with this link, or posts about us on facebook, twitter, or your blog.  The more people that hear about this, the better the chance we'll be fully funded, and the sooner you'll be sitting back, eyes closed, listening to new Bowerbirds songs.

You can also sign up for our mailing list, to make sure you know when we are planning future tours or other fun surprises.

TWO NEW REWARDS:

  • Spirit animal Mitts in two designs!  Only two sets available! (all gone!)
  • A signed (on request) La Patrie classical guitar, like Phil's!
  • a Live Album, recorded at the end of nine months of touring!

These aren't in the chart below yet, but scroll to see more under the chart!   

NEW LIVE ALBUM!

We just decided to also mix down some live recordings of our band, recorded this last November and December, at the end of nine months of touring this year, with our superb cellist and drummer, Leah, and Yan. We're really excited to share these versions with you.

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. [Please email us at info -- at -- bowerbirds -- dot -- org if you would like to make sure we know why you added the extra money to your existing order.]

Guitar generously donated to us by Jonathan Wakely to sell on Kickstarter, because he had one just like Phil's!  $550, domestic shipping included.  Case is extra.
Guitar generously donated to us by Jonathan Wakely to sell on Kickstarter, because he had one just like Phil's! $550, domestic shipping included. Case is extra.
Gray wolf and hare mitts!  Hand-made by Dani Gallagher, of Roam into the Woods:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/roamintothewoods . $48 includes shipping and downloads.
Gray wolf and hare mitts! Hand-made by Dani Gallagher, of Roam into the Woods: http://www.etsy.com/shop/roamintothewoods . $48 includes shipping and downloads.
Nord Electro 2.  The actual one Beth's played onstage for years.  $1,000.  Signed on request.
Nord Electro 2. The actual one Beth's played onstage for years. $1,000. Signed on request.

NEW!  The SPICE SQUAD and TEAM OLIVE LAPEL PINS!

Beth's making these Team Olive and Spice Squad lapel pinsffor the 1st 100 people who donate $100 or more!  Also available for $35 each, or both for $70.
Beth's making these Team Olive and Spice Squad lapel pinsffor the 1st 100 people who donate $100 or more! Also available for $35 each, or both for $70.

We have the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, both as digital downloads and limited edition Kickstarter-only versions on CD, and the Bowerbirds album on vinyl.

We've also got this e.p. of previously unreleased Bowerbirds tracks, to give you something to listen to while you wait for our new album to come out!
We've also got this e.p. of previously unreleased Bowerbirds tracks, to give you something to listen to while you wait for our new album to come out!
Our first ever e.p., Danger at Sea.  Out of print for years, but we're bringing it back just for you!  Hand-printed, cut, colored and sewn.
Our first ever e.p., Danger at Sea. Out of print for years, but we're bringing it back just for you! Hand-printed, cut, colored and sewn.
We have an out of print version of our first album, Hymns for a Dark Horse, from when we were self-releasing it, before signing to Dead Oceans.
We have an out of print version of our first album, Hymns for a Dark Horse, from when we were self-releasing it, before signing to Dead Oceans.
Bowerbirds entire back catalog on CD or vinyl.  Also comes bundled with the new album, unreleased tracks album, Danger at Sea, etc.
Bowerbirds entire back catalog on CD or vinyl. Also comes bundled with the new album, unreleased tracks album, Danger at Sea, etc.

Part of the reason it seems like we have so many prizes is that we have several options for bundling a shirt or onesie with different combinations of the music packages. 

This last poster was made by Beth, who is a visual artist as well as a musician.  She's offering up a lot of her artwork as rewards, and you can commission her to paint or sculpt a miniature version of anything, to make you a magical amulet, to sew an outfit for your dog, or a zillion other fun things. 

Wolf power earring.  Beth made this earring from vintage chains, a wooden charm, wrapped with thread, and a canine tooth.  Meant to be worn alone or with a different earring.
Wolf power earring. Beth made this earring from vintage chains, a wooden charm, wrapped with thread, and a canine tooth. Meant to be worn alone or with a different earring.
Beth made this adjustable necklace from bits of chain, vintage beaded fabric, a deer bone and three canine teeth.  $120 with download set.
Beth made this adjustable necklace from bits of chain, vintage beaded fabric, a deer bone and three canine teeth. $120 with download set.

She'll be making all this art in the little 200 square foot art studio we already built, downhill from the cabin recording studio, where we are sleeping while we finish the cabin.

Beth's little art workshop.
Beth's little art workshop.

Beth loves to make miniature items out of clay, fabric, or a combination of found materials.  Below are some examples of her work.  The submarine sold, and the house is not for sale, but you can see these are full of miniature things Beth made.  She will make you something small as well.  Check out the small options. 

The small items will not be as big as the house or submarine, but more like one of the items inside the house or submarine.

When we were first starting the Bowerbirds, we were running a web and graphic design company, creating specialty websites, logos, posters and other work for a range of clients.  We take pride in creating work that expresses each business or organization's personality, mission and values.  Each design project is very different, and requires a unique approach.  We will design a logo for you, or a website, or a both.  If you want us to design something else, let's talk about it.  We can probably work it out.

Here are some examples of our work.

Besides all these prizes above, we have a lot of made-to-order prizes, plus hang time options with us.  We will write you a song, or have a party with you out here at the cabin, or a number of other fun things.  Be sure to read through all the options in the column at right. 

If you are one of the first 100 people to donate $100, you'll get a free gift.  Either a set of collector's edition CDs, or a handmade lapel pin, proclaiming your membership on either TEAM OLIVE or the SPICE SQUAD.  Olive and Spice are our dogs.  Olive is the larger one, Spice the smaller and fatter.  You decide.

We hope you find something you like!

Olive and Spice are stoked about the idea of us recording out here.
Olive and Spice are stoked about the idea of us recording out here.

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>>>>------ How we'll spend the money ----->

Buying recording equipment - $10,000
We need to buy several nice microphones, pre-amps, better converters, a desktop computer (our old laptops are always crashing when trying to run recording programs), some nice monitor speakers, a computer monitor, a large desk, a few percussion instruments and pedals.  We also need to get our piano tuned and buy materials to construct baffles.

Fulfilling rewards, and postage - $9,800
Printing the albums on limited edition CD, Bowerbirds album on vinyl, making all the other prizes that require materials, buying food for the ones that require food, and postage for mailing out all the rewards.  If you want to donate extra for the reward you are getting, that will increase the amount we can spend on the recording project itself.

Creating a sweet acoustic environment to record in - $4,000
We are very close to finishing our live-work space.  We've already collected, over the last several years, all the fixtures, appliances, sinks, tub, kitchen cabinets, slate for the floors, and pretty much everything we need to put in the bathroom, sleeping loft, and kitchen, for our cabin-studio space.  We will be putting together these materials at the same time that we are building the room that will house the studio.  This money is just for the recording space.  The cabin is also already plumbed, wired, and insulated. 

What we still need to buy is mostly the materials that will make the space work well acoustically for recording, and that will create a climate controlled environment, safe from wild animals and muggy summertime heat, which can hurt recording equipment (for our last record, we had to keep putting a bag of ice under our laptop to keep it from overheating).  We need wall board, plaster, natural treatments to seal the flooring and log walls, a small solar air conditioning unit, paint, nails, screws and other hardware, and other random materials to finish out the space.  The entire cost to finish the building project is not included here, because we will cover that with our other income.

Percentages to Kickstarter, Amazon, and our record label - $4,200
Kickstarter takes a cut of 5%, Amazon charges a small percent for processing credit card payments, and Dead Oceans charges a small percentage for the use of songs on our previously unreleased tracks e.p.

If we can raise more than $28,000, we will use the money to:
Manufacture more albums ($4,000+), fix our broken tour van ($5,000), pay for publicity for our new albums ($4,000+), construct a structure to hold the extra solar panels and batteries ($1,000), screen in the porch to create more bug-free space for working ($700), buy other building supplies to finish other parts of the cabin or to build small outbuildings for visiting bands to stay in ($10,000+), and if there's any left, pay ourselves something for our time writing the music and making the art.  We are dreaming big, but what really matters here is that we at least make the goal of $28,000.

>>> MORE DETAILS, FOR THE CURIOUS <<<

We'll have a lot more pictures and details for you to read more about our project, and the cabin project that preceded the setup of the recording studio, over the next few weeks, if you are interested. 

Sign up for our mailing list, and check out  our blog at olivehearts.tumblr.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With any recording project, there are things that can go wrong along the way that slow down progress on the album. Someone can get sick, you can decide to redo a whole song, or sudden expenses can arise. The good thing about this project is that we will be creating our own space to work, and we already know what we need to buy to set it up properly.

We have also recorded a lot of our early music ourselves, and we learned a lot from working with talented people on our last record. We feel confident and excited about doing this one in the space we've been preparing for it.

Getting started on recording will have to wait for us to complete the interior finishing of the cabin space, but we have already done that same kind of work, when we built the smaller art studio on the land. We tried to overestimate how long we think this will take to complete, so we won't be disappointing anyone. We are super excited to get to work on the new music, and to setting up the perfect space to record it.

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    GRAY WOLF SPIRIT ANIMAL MITTS + DOWNLOADS: Beautiful hand-knit mitts, made by Dani Gallagher of Roam into the Woods. Very soft. One size fits most adults. Includes shipping. Add $5 for all three downloads. [PLUS project updates, and download of choice of either: new Island Dweller or new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    HARE SPIRIT ANIMAL MITTS + DOWNLOADS: Beautiful hand-knit mitts, made by Dani Gallagher of Roam into the Woods. Very soft. One size fits most adults. Includes shipping. Add $5 for all three downloads. [PLUS project updates, and download of choice of either: new Island Dweller or new Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one or more of our rad tee shirts or onesies, designed by street artist Nick Mann "Doodles," and printed on super soft, pre-shrunk American Apparel tee shirts. Womens' sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL. Men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. Child's size: 10 yr in the grey shirt only. Baby and toddler sizes for blue or yellow shirts and onuses: 3 mo, 6 mo, 12 mo, 2 yr. Shipping included. To add additional shirts or onesies to this order, add $25 each. [PLUS: project updates, download of the previously unreleased songs immediately, and Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready.]

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    WOLF POWER EARRING + DOWNLOAD SET: Handmade by Beth, special canine teeth and vintage jewelry parts earring, with hand-wrapped wooden charm. [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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    BOTH NEW ISLAND DWELLER AND NEW BOWERBIRDS ALBUMS, LIMITED EDITION CD PRINTINGS + DOWNLOAD SET: Special Kickstarter CD version of the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, both to be recorded in our new cabin, which should come out sometime in 2014, with a cover we design just for KIckstarter supporters. The albums you will have helped make happen. Super exciting. (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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    LADY POSTER + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition tour posters, printed and signed by the artist, for our show with Efterklang and Buke and Gass at the Mohawk in Austin, TX. Approx.24"x16" (Includes shipping; signed by band on request.) [PLUS: project updates, download of the previously unreleased songs immediately, and download of Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds album, when ready.]

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    BOTH THE SPICE SQUAD AND THE TEAM OLIVE LAPEL PINS + DOWNLOAD SET: Two very nice and attractive handmade lapel pins, to let everyone know ou are on the Spice Squad and on Team Olive (our two dogs). Made by Beth and Phil with clay and ribbon. Hand painted. [PLUS: project updates, download of previously unreleased tracks immediately and for downloads of both new Island Dweller & Bowerbirds albums when ready.]

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    ALL THREE LIMITED EDITION CDS + DOWNLOAD SET: Get all 3 of the special edition Kickstarter versions of the CDs: The previously unreleased tracks, the Island Dweller album, and the new Bowerbirds album. The albums you will have helped make happen. Super exciting. (Shipping included) New albums won't come out till at least sometime in 2013. [PLUS: project updates, download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TOTEM TOUR POSTER + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition of 75 tour posters, designed by Beth Tacular, screen printed in two colors and signed by the artist. Hand lettering by Nick Mann. Approx. 36x24" (Includes shipping; signed by band on request.) [PLUS: project updates, download of the previously unreleased songs immediately, and downloads of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, when ready.]

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    ACROSS THE FIELDS TOUR POSTER + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition tour posters, from the Bowerbirds/ Dry the River show in Boston last spring. Screen printed in two colors and signed by the artist. Approx. 30"X12" (Includes shipping; signed by band on request.) [PLUS project updates, free download of new albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately, and download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, when ready.]

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    OBSCURED WORDS TOUR POSTER + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition of 30 tour posters, screen printed in two colors and signed by the artist, for our show with Dry the River at Lincoln Hall in Philadelphia last spring. Approx.36"x24" (Includes shipping; signed by band on request.) [PLUS project updates, download of new albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately. and download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready.]

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    THE ENTIRE BOWERBIRDS BACK CATALOG, ON CD + DOWNLOAD SET OF NEW MUSIC: All three of our full length albums: Hymns, Upper Air, The Clearing, plus our out of print e.p., Danger at Sea, on CD. (Shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    THE ENTIRE BOWERBIRDS BACK CATALOG, ON VINYL + DOWNLOAD SET OF ALL NEW MUSIC: All three of our full length albums: Hymns, Upper Air, The Clearing, on vinyl. (Shipping incuded) [PLUS project updates, free download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS CHOOSE A LIMITED EDITION CD + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt or onesie, plus either the previously unreleased tracks, the Island Dweller album, or the new Bowerbirds album on CD. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onesies (make good gifts) and add $15 for additional limited edition CD. Shirt sizes listed above. [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," SMALL+ 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. 8X12" (actual image size approx. 6x9"). Free shipping 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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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS NEW BOWERBIRDS ALBUM ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt, plus the new album on vinyl, plus all the downloads of new music. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onsies (make good gifts) and add $20 for any additional new albums on limited edition vinyl. Shirt sizes listed above. New album shipped when ready; other items shipped in December 2012. [PLUS postcard, free download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when they're ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    WINE BOTTLE OUTFIT + DOWNLOAD SET: We will make a dashing outfit to fit on a wine bottle, Nalgene or other water bottle, or other bottle-like item you have. Choose between: sweatsuit, 90s sweater dress, little house on the prairie style, pirate, Spice the dog-like, or name your own style. [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, "WHY WE ARE HERE." + DOWNLOAD SET: Limited edition (75) collector's edition three-color screen print, hand-pulled by Beth Tacular. Only three left. [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 + DOWNLOAD SET: We will hand write the lyrics to any song, on a nice piece of paper, in a sort of calligraphy magical way, or some other sort of magical handwriting. Choose between several styles we will show you. Choose either Beth's handwriting (neater) or Phil's (messier). [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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    TOURING BAND BED & BREAKFAST (ONE NIGHT): Stop off at the cabin on your next tour through the Southeast! This is only for touring bands (other people pay normal rates). Much better than a hotel, with its stupid continental breakfast that you sleep through anyway, and much cozier. We will cook you breakfast and let you sleep like hippos all over the place in our cabin, or art studio or outside in a tent. We have a couple beds and some air mattresses. This is for a band of 1-4 people. Please add on what you think is fair if you have a big band, and if you're staying more than one night, please add that in. Must fit in with our availability (like we have to be home). Write us at info -- at -- bowerbirds.org to make sure it works. You can come before the cabin is done if you don't mind sleeping in a construction zone or outdoors. [PLUS: project updates. If you'd like more than one download set (the previously unreleased tracks, the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums, please add the discounted $10 band rate per set.)

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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS ALL THREE ALBUMS ON LIMITED EDITION CD + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt or onesie, plus the Island Dweller album, new Bowerbirds album, and previously unreleased tracks on limited edition Kickstarter versions of the CD. Shipping included. Add $25 for any additional shirts or onesies (make good gifts) and add $45 for additional set of limited edition CDs. Shirt sizes listed above. [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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    EVERYTHING ON VINYL!! THE ENTIRE BOWERBIRDS BACK CATALOG, PLUS THE NEW BOWERBIRDS ALBUM, ON VINYL + DOWNLOAD SET: All three of our full length albums: Hymns, Upper Air, The Clearing, on vinyl, plus the limited edition Kickstarter version of the new Bowerbirds album (when it's ready). (Shipping included) [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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    TEE SHIRT(S) OR ONESIE(S) PLUS ENTIRE BACK CATALOG, ON CD, + DOWNLOAD SET: Get one shirt or onesie, plus the entire back catalog on CD, and the new downloads. 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, 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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    EVERYTHING ON CD + DOWNLOAD SET!! THE ENTIRE BOWERBIRDS BACK CATALOG, PLUS THE NEW ISLAND DWELLER AND BOWERBIRDS ALBUMS AND THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS, ON CD: All three of our full length albums: Hymns, Upper Air, The Clearing, plus our e.p., Danger at Sea, on CD, plus the limited edition Kickstarter versions of the new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums (when they're ready) and the previously unreleased tracks, also on CD. Includes four special collectors' edition CDs, made and put together by us. Back catalog and previously unreleased tracks shipped immediately; Island Dweller and new Bowerbirds shipped as they are ready. (Shipping included) [PLUS project updates, download of new Island Dweller and Bowerbirds albums when ready, and of the previously unreleased songs immediately.]

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    DARK NIGHT AMULET NECKLACE + DOWNLOAD SET: Handmade necklace, made by Beth, incorporating canine teeth, bits of vintage chain, a deer bone, and some vintage and antique beads and fabric. [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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    PRETEND INTERVIEW + DOWNLOAD SET: You can pretend you are a journalist and send us an interview over email, and we will spend two to three hours answering your questions, about whatever you want. Ask all the questions you wish other journalists would ask us, or things you want to know. [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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    HANDMADE FANCY ONE-OF-A-KIND AMULET + DOWNLOAD SET: Beth will make you a detailed magical talisman or amulet with special healing or powerful properties. We will use Reiki to embed it with posi-vibes and magic. If you would like it to also function as a piece of jewelry, we can make it into a necklace, hair comb, earring or set of earrings, or bracelet. We will incorporate materials such as gemstones, bones, feathers, antique fabric and lace, herbs, etc. You tell us what you want the amulet's special powers to be, or why you need an amulet. [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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    SMALL DOG OUTFIT + DOWNLOAD SET: We will make your small (up to 40 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 down for medium, $125, and large, $150, dog outfits.) [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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    (TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED) RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING + DOWNLOAD SET: You can ask us a relationship question via email, 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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    (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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