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Beat Radio's 4th LP is almost complete. We need your help to get the vinyl pressed and to make this our biggest and best release yet!

We’re Beat Radio.  We’ve been keeping the indie rock dream alive since 2005. This year we’ve been working on a record that feels really personal and close to our hearts, and we need your help.

Music is our dream.  We're grateful everyday for the chance to write and record music, and for the chance to share it with an audience.  We’ve found a strange but joyful way to exist as artists - putting the kids to bed and recording songs in the basement, writing lyrics on the morning commute to work, self-releasing music on the internet, always burning like roman candles.  We love the process.  Pop songs still feel like miracles to us, and every song feels like a gift.

We’re restless.  We want everything for our music.  We’re dreaming bigger than ever before and we’re not going to stop until the music burns as bright as it can burn.  We’re trying to pull off something we’ve never been able to do, and it’s not something we could ever do without your support.  We’re going to break through.  We’re putting our stake in the ground.  This is the record. 

For those of you can help us out on this adventure, we’ll be eternally grateful and we’ll love you forever.  

So we’re at the point where the album is just about finished.  We've released 2 preview EPs already that you can find here and here.  Our goal now is to put this record out in most powerful way possible.  When we were kids we dreamed about “making it” in music.  Time goes by and you do this for a while, one day you just realize you are already making it.  Now you need to keep making it bigger.  This is an important record for us.  We’re pretty DIY in spirit, and we’ve done all the recording and artwork on our own.  With your help we’ll be able to have the album pressed to vinyl by United Record Pressing in Nashville.  We’ll also have the resources available to do the things we need to get the record out into the world - shipping costs and supplies to get the record not only to our supporters, but to radio stations, press, music supervisors and more.  

We’re putting together lots of fun backer rewards - vinyl, house concerts, mixtapes, collages and photo prints, t shirts, tote bags, and more.  One that I’m excited about is an exclusive alternate version of the album, which will be made up of acoustic takes of all the songs on Hard Times, Go.  This will be a digital download that will only be made available to our Kickstarter backers.

We’re totally humbled by all the love and support you’ve all put in to Beat Radio.  The music wouldn’t exist without you, and our lives wouldn’t be what they are today.  We’ve struggled and made mistakes, and we’ve paid our dues, but each step of the way has been joyful, and we’d never trade it for anything. So here’s to keeping after it.  Here’s to more teenage anthems.  To quote Marketa Irglova, “Fair play for those who dare to dream.”

We'd love it if you could be a part of this record with us.

All the best,
Brian
wearebeatradio@gmail.com

FAQ

  • The Beer cozys will say "Beat Radio: Keeping the Indie Rock Dream Alive Since 2005."

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  • We're ok. The reason we need your help with this campaign is because it is important for us that the process of making music is self sustaining. It's very much a labor of love, and we could keep self releasing digital EPs forever I guess. But we believe in what we are doing and we'd love for Beat Radio to be able to grow and reach a wider audience. For that to happen music needs support.

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  • You can choose any song you'd like. If you have ideas about the production we're open to suggestions (after all this is your song.) Ideally, we would just follow our creative instincts to interpret the song in the way that feels right. As far as professional recording goes - it will be recorded by Brian and I in our basement studio, so it will be of the same production quality as the rest of our last few records. As to whether or not that's professional, we'll let you decide ;)

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  • Yes. Yes it is.

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  • If you can contribute financially as a backer, we'd love that of course. If not we understand that for sure - and if you're able to help us by spreading the word to people you know about what we're doing, that's also really valuable. There are only 2 of us in the band, and we don't have a PR company or anything like that.

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  • It's sort of like that in some ways. But also different. You can think of this as more of a pre-order for the new album, with lots of different special deluxe packages available.

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    $10 or more - Digital Download of the Hard Times Go LP plus download of exclusive acoustic version of full album. This will only be available to our Kickstarter backers!

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    Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, pressed on translucent red 12" Vinyl by United Record Pressing + Digital Downloads of the album and the Kickstarter exclusive acoustic version of the album

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    Hard Times Go Vinyl LP + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + Digital Download of both versions of the album

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    Hard Times Go Vinyl LP + Beat Radio T-Shirt + Digital Download of both versions of the album

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    Full BR catalog: Hard Times Go Vinyl LP + Digital Download, Exclusive Acoustic LP Download, Golden Age Vinyl LP + Digital Download, The Great Big Sea Compact Disc, Brian Sendrowitz - When it Comes on Like a Dream Compact Disc

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    $75 - Hand Numbered Photo print by Brian Ver Straten, Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, Beat Radio Tote bag + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + Digital Download of Hard Times Go + Exclusive Acoustic LP Download

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    $75 - Handmade Collage by Brian Sendrowitz, Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, Beat Radio Tote bag + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + Digital Download of Hard Times Go + Exclusive Acoustic LP Download

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    We'll make you a mix tape! You can choose the theme and we’ll make you a personal CD-R mix tape with handmade art. Plus: Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, The Great Big Sea CD, Beat Radio Tote bag + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + Digital Download of Hard Times Go + Exclusive Acoustic LP Download

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    We'll record a personal cover song for you of any song you would like us to. Plus: Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, Beat Radio Tote bag + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + The Great Big Sea CD + Digital Download of Hard Times Go + Exclusive Acoustic LP Download

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    We'll play a show in your living room or backyard. (This is limited to within 100 miles of Bellmore, NY but if you live further and are interested please get in touch and we'll try and work something out!) Also: Hard Times Go Vinyl LP, Beat Radio Tote bag + Beat Radio Beercan Cozy + Digital Download of Hard Times Go + Exclusive Acoustic LP Download. Package expected delivery is 12/2012 - performance will be some time in 2013.

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