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Them Damn Kids celebrate ten years of recording music together, with a community minded approach.
Them Damn Kids celebrate ten years of recording music together, with a community minded approach.
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 2012 marks ten years since the release of our first album. Since then, we have had a total of 12 releases, including four full-length albums. To mark our ten-year anniversary as a band, we organized a project unlike any we have put together before. The idea was to create a retrospective of the band, performed entirely by the amazing talents of musical friends we have made along the way. Early in 2011, we sent an email to people who we thought might be interested. We didn’t know what to expect, or if anyone would even respond. But we received enough interested replies to give a green light to this project, and the work began.

 Now, more than 400 days after the original idea was presented, we have 15 songs from 15 artists, to present to you. Everyone picked a song from the tdk back catalogue that they liked- some changed up the arrangement and feel of the song a great deal. Others left things pretty much the same. But everyone was able to make the song their own, playing and singing in their own styles. Thus, we have a diverse grouping of songs, each one representing the individual artist who contributed. 

 Most of the songs on the record are home recordings. A few were done in a more professional studio setting. But all were done on a budget, meaning that our recording costs are extremely low. However, we have decided that the best way to do this album justice is to present it in cd form, with a 16 page booklet, profiling each artist who contributed a song.

 The cost of manufacturing a thousand cds will be over $2,000. We are asking for less than half of the cost, just to help get the cd out, in the form we believe it is best presented in.

 We are personally asking you for a contribution of a few dollars to help this project come into the world. We have put together a few reward packages for this, as a way of saying thank you for your help.

 We want to thank you, so very much. Even if you are unable to contribute to this particular project, thank you for taking a moment to check out the video. Thank you for your past support over the years. Thank you for caring, about this band, and about independent music in general. You are the reason that independent music can thrive, and continue to grow. We love making music, and we are so honored that so many friends came together to help celebrate our ten year anniversary. We would be dually honored if you were able to help us release this record.

 Below is a listing of everyone who contributed a song to the project:

Nathaniel Seer

Kyle Ollah

Duck and Goose

Emily White

Heather Styka

Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray

Tom Teslik

Facing Winter

Tom Recht

Jeff Goluska

Erin Jordan

Eric Nassau

Steve Leaf

Longsleeves

Helen Kellers Ukulele

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    2 copies of the new album + digital download + your choice of any of the 4 releases still in print.

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    Copy of the new album + digital download + all four still-in-print releases. Your name will also be llisted in the liner notes of the cd as helping to contribute to the project.

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    Signed copy of the new album, autographed by everyone who contributed a song to it. In addition to that, everything above.

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    One of three remaining original copies of our second album, entitled 'Our Political Album'. This 17 song album was written, recorded, and released in a 72 hour time span in 2003. Most of the songs have never been performed live, and quite frankly, are pretty embarrassing! In addition to that, everything above, except for the limited prizes.

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    Signed copy of the Chicago Redeye newspaper that Chris Darby was on the front page of in early 2011. The front will be signed by Chris. In addition, everything above, except the limited prizes.

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    An incredibly rare VHS tape of a live practice session from the year 2000, when the band was called 'Formation Issue'. This was shot in the basement of the seminary where Chris and Rolland met, and began making music together. Please note that this will be the original tape, and not a dubbed copy. In addition to that, everything above, except for the limited prizes.

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    We will write and record a song for, or about you! Just send any pertinent details, and the song will be tailor made for you. The song will be written, and recorded just for you. In addition to that, everything above, except for the limited prizes.

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    We will write and record an album about anything you want, just for you. Album will consist of 9-12 songs, depending on inspiration. All we need from you is a subject to write about, and any pertinent details you would like us to touch on. In addition to that, everything above, except for the limited prizes.

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    House concert for you, in your home, anywhere within the lower 48 states. If you include airfare, we will also travel outside the country. The show can be for just you, or a group of friends. It's your call! In addition to that, everything above, except for the limited prizes.

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