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A concept album! North College Hill - a lower/middle-class enclave in the northern Cincinnati suburbs - takes center stage this time.
A concept album! North College Hill - a lower/middle-class enclave in the northern Cincinnati suburbs - takes center stage this time.
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We’re The Minor Leagues. We live in Cincinnati. We make pop music with big melodies and interesting arrangements. We’ve often been compared to Belle & Sebastian, the New Pornographers and the Apples In Stereo. We are pleased by those comparisons.

Here's some of our MP3s for reference:

The Love That Never Was

Projections Of A Person

Different Planet

French Canadia

Cut The Company Ties

You may have heard of us. Maybe you haven’t. Either way, we have a new album out this fall! And we’re really excited about it, so listen up!

It‘s our sixth full-length. And we‘d like to think it‘s our best yet. Notably, it’s our first album recorded outside of Cincinnati (Nashville, Tenn.); it’s our first album done in a studio (the famed Butcher Shoppe, owned by John Prine and Dave Ferguson); and it‘s our first album recorded with a real, live producer (the famed Sean Sullivan).

And while the recordings were sewn in the summer swelter of Music City, USA, the music within captures the melancholy of slate-gray autumn in Cincinnati. Or autumn in North College Hill, to be precise.

Yes, it’s another TML concept album. North College Hill -- an enclave in the northern Cincinnati suburbs -- takes center stage this time. During the course of a 10-song cycle, we address the notion of “hometown,” while trying to cope with a childhood that seems to slip farther and farther away with every old store in town that goes out of business, with every old friend that splits town.

Wow, that sounds pretentious. Perhaps it is. We‘d like to think of it as an artistic statement. With guitars!

Point being, we want as many people to hear this artistic statement as possible. So we really need your help. We‘re putting the album out this fall through Datawaslost Records, out of Chicago. But our funding isn’t exactly overflowing.

With your kind Kickstarter donation, we can press and promote this album like crazy. We‘re asking for $1,250. If we meet that goal, we can make more copies of our new record than any previous TML album. We can send more copies of the album out to the world than any previous TML album. We can tour the country. We can conquer the world!

Really, thanks so much for any help! The English language can’t adequately express our appreciation. We’re so excited about this new album, and we hope you are too. Hopefully we’ll see you soon at a show. Thanks!!

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and a list of ten famously hilarious Ben puns on the topic of your choice.

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and two digital tracks from the album before it's released.

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and a signed copy of our DVD that we released earlier this year. It includes original music videos for three of the songs off our last album, as well as the best live footage imaginable of The Minor Leagues.

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and then you get to request any TML song and we'll play it at our next show - and dedicate it to you.

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and a signed hard copy of the new album before its release, with track-by-track written commentary by the band about the writing and recording process.

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    A liner note thank-you, a personalized and signed postcard, and all five of our previous albums sent to you online in MP3 form, with a brief word from each band member explaining which is their favorite.

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    The Completist’s Obsession pack: we send you rare and limited-release Cds of the Datawaslost TML/Morals Galore split single, the Inifinite August (Ben’s side project) EP and the Project Idora (Patrick’s solo project).

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    A knit TML hat made by Amanda Lee. Pick the color and style [http://ilovelifeiloveyou.etsy.com]! Plus a signed hard copy of the new album before it's released.

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    Merch pack spectacular: you get signed hard copies of two CDs from our back catalog, plus a vinyl sticker, TML pins and a TML T-shirt of your choice!

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    We will record an acoustic cover of any song you choose and send it to you along with a signed hard copy of the new album before its release!

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    We will write and record a song on the topic of your choice.

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    We’ll come play a private show for you -- so long as you live within an hour (ish) of Cincinnati.. And we’ll bring two merch pack spectaculars for you AND send you a signed copy of the new album before its release. Sweet!

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