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Update #7

Ready For Rewards? Plus MTV + CD Release Party + My Definition Of Success

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They're here! 

The records! They have arrived. 

The album will be released under our new name:

AVIDYA AND THE KLESHAS (read more about it below). 

Please save the date! Our NYC CD Release Show will be on June 5 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, at 7:30pm. It will be FREE.

Fun press: MTV Hive premiered our latest single "Body Of Lead" in March on their homepage...

Plus... WE'RE READY TO SEND OUT REWARDS!!!

Please fill out the questionnaire sent to you so that I can ship the rewards out in the next 6-8 weeks. Thank you for being so patient. Great work really does take time, patience, and a lot of learning. It was worth it. As Hugh MacLeod says,

You might be wondering why it really took this long. Here's a little insight into the past nine months and what I've walked away with:

A SUMMARY OF THE LAST 9 MONTHS A.K.A. DEFINING SUCCESS 

 “I don’t really know,” admitted the president of the record label I was meeting with. I had just asked him if what our plan is after we sign the contract. Who will the album be distributed with? Where will we begin touring? Who are some potential booking agents? What will the general press campaign look like? 

And he doesn’t know. Awesome. 

He did say, however, that he’d like to be in the band. 

So obviously I put this record out by myself. 

While wrapping up Tree Of Series, I realized I did not have a definition for my own success. In the past two years I have walked away from two producers, five band mates, two licensing deals, a dear manager and the record label of my dreams. But through those learning experiences I still ended up with a record filled with depth, substance, nuance, and intense feelings.

What do I want to use it for? 

Do I want fame? I know I want my work to be recognized in the world, but fame inflates the ego and endangers truthful ambition. 

Do I want money? I know I need to make cash, but the fusion of those two worlds will inevitably compromise my art. And compromising art to pay the bills would be a tragedy. 

Alain de Botton says in his TED talk that “we should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it's bad enough, not getting what you want, but it's even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn't, in fact, what you wanted all along.” 

The thing about success is that there are so many external figures trying to define it for me (us): television, managers, publicists, teachers, the talent buyers at Bowery Presents, bosses, mothers…. 

The mind is like a crystal. It takes on the colors of whatever is near, reflecting it’s nearby environment. 

So take care in who you expose your ideas to. 

They all want me (you) to be something different. 

But my environment, my community, my thoughts, words, and actions… they should all make me happy. These things, they should serve you -- so that you can serve them. 

This is what I decided: I am going measure success with the apexes and valleys of how I understand myself, accept myself, and grow into myself. While all along the way, guiding and connecting to others. I am going to measure success by my own authentic happiness

I highly suggest this method of success. I suggest it so whole-heartedly that from here on out this project will be devoted to exploring

Avidya And The Kleshas

There are five spiritual roadblocks, or KLESHAS, that all humans experience. 

The Kleshas block us from living in truth. 

The Kleshas are often depicted as a tree. Ignorance, or Avidya, is the Mother Klesha. It is the trunk of the tree from which the four others grow. 

The four other Kleshas? Egoism, attachment to desire, aversion to pain, and the fear of loss (and of death). 

These are very real, very universal, very subconscious darknesses that we all cling onto dearly. They drive us to produce and enable karma. 

Hold the carving knife up and cut through each KLESHA. Take control and sculpt your self. Explore what they are in your life, through your veils and blinders. Do the work. Practice. Fail. Practice. Succeed. Learn. Clean, purify, heal. 

You are not born wise, you become that way. Time gives your work power, and whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing slowly and deliberately. 

So, thanks for your patience while I made this record and figured some things out. It took a long time, and thank goodness for that. 

Love, Stephanie 

PS – I invite you to follow other ramblings on my blog.

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Update #6 - For backers only

happy thanksgiving! album update + songwriting workshop

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Update #5

Album = Finished Recording!

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ALOHA KICKSTARTER BACKERS ---

i'm alive. i know, i left you hanging for a few months. i'm sorry - but i bring good news. this week i wrapped up tracking my/our/the album "tree of series" - 12 songs, all performed live (the way music should be, ya know, with sick sweet energy and juicy vibes, all the right nectar yum)

many of you heard about how this project went through many ups and downs on the way to the studio. i ended up producing this album myself, and i'm so glad i did. I want to thank the following people for helping to shift and shape the sonic forms in my head onto tapes and hard drives: YA'LL NEED TO KNOW THE MONSTER BAND - bassist russ flynn, drummer wes reid, guitarist xander naylor, and pianist javi santiago - they are sublime, each in their own right. go buy their albums.

much gratitude to: saxophonist josiah boornazian and trumpeter brandon sherman; kristin hoffmann for the sub/conscious singing bowl (no one will know and everyone will feel); the lovely back-up vocalists kim foxen, melissa johnston, and tara stephens; my fierce manager liza lee at inherent artist music management; and an extra special guttural roar for the king of the mixing board, sir pete thompson of hoboken recorders.

the full band will be playing a FREE show in NYC on saturday february 4 at caffe vivaldi, 32 jones street (at bleeker) in the west village from 8:30-9:30pm. we would love to see you there.... it's a candlelit, intimate cafe with a fireplace, dinner, drinks, and great vibes. for directions visit caffevivaldi.com.

once the project is mastered next month and we set a release date, i'll start redeeming rewards! your patience and support means so much to me, and this couldn't have happened without each of you helping me reach my $5k goal.

love and light,

s

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Update #4

August 14: Album Debuts Live @ Cornelia Street Cafe

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The studio dates are inching closer!! To prepare, the full band will be at Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC on Sunday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m. We will be performing the entire album from start to finish - I sincerely hope to see you there. This will be a very special evening.

Cornelia Street Cafe is one of my favorite venues in New York City, and I really hope we can pack the place out! Reservations can be made in advance at 212-989-9319, and tickets are only $10. Dinner and drinks are delicious and available at this cozy, intimate club.


Stephanie Carlin - vocals, guitar

Alan Hampton - bass

Josh Mease - guitar

Nate Wood - percussion

+ special guests TBA


Update #3

104% funded! Let's party.

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My sweet backers,

I bow humbly at your feet. Thank you for your faith in this project. 

We are currently scheduled to go into Flux Studios the last week of August and the first week of September to record this beast. If all goes according to schedule, you should receive the album and other rewards by the end of the year. I will contact you once they're ready.

If you happen to be in New York City this Saturday evening, I urge you to come dance, drink, sing, and celebrate with us at my Kickstarter Concert:

8pm - MIdnight

Abigail Cafe & Wine Bar

807 Classon Ave (at St Johns Pl), Brooklyn

Featuring acoustic performances by: 

Public transportation: (2) or (3) train to Eastern Parkway; (4) or (5) train to Franklin Avenue; (S) train to Franklin Ave (connects to A/C/Q/B trains); (B45) bus to St John's and Classon.

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