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Well, technically I've already made the record. Now I just need to release it. And to do that, I need your help!

Hey everybody!

A few days ago this campaign reached the 20k mark! Woo hoo! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have a real budget to release this record. Thank you SO much for your donations and your support! 

Now everyone who donates $15 by the end of this project will get a digital copy of an exclusive acoustic record with bonus tracks! And everyone who donated $30 and up will get a physical copy, signed and numbered. I'm excited to make this and I hope you enjoy it!

AND I will be making a music video for Touch My Booty with Andrew Futral and Dan Romer!! SO EXCITING! #butts

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This is all still kind of blowing my mind especially because there are still 17 days left in this campaign - it's not even half way over! So I figure, why not keep this momentum going?

Presenting: the $25k goal!!

If we get there, it would allow me to make...

An Apocalyptic dance video for my song, Water and Dirt: I've been playing this song live lately, so if you've seen or heard me play recently, you have probably heard it. Well I have an elaborate idea for a music video that involves CHOREOGRAPHED DANCING and THE END OF THE WORLD. It's the kind of thing that, were I to make it, it would need to be done right. I would need to rent a set, hire a choreographer and dancers, pay for dance lessons for myself (just kidding {or am i}), etc. SO, if we could reach 25k, that would give me a small budget to work with. Any more would just mean a bigger budget and a better video! Either way, I'm pretty excited about making this, and I would love your help! 

In return...

I'll do a free Flux Capacitors web show for everyone who donates $5 and up + a recording of the show for everyone who donates $15 and up! For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, the Flux Capacitors is my side project band that takes hits from the 1980s and makes them country songs. It's really fun, and if you've heard me play "Pour Some Sugar On Me", that's a small taste. Well Chris Kuffner and I (and possibly a few friends) will perform a whole set of our favorites for you and only you! We'll also record the whole performance and send everyone who donates $15 a digital copy. We only ever perform in NYC, so for those of you who live elsewhere, this is for you!

Thanks so much for helping me raise so much in such a short time! You are seriously the wind beneath my wings.

xo

Bess

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[3rd POST]

Hi friends,

     Once again, I'm amazed! It's only been a week into the campaign and we've been able to raise over $17,000! Woo hoo! Thank you to everyone for your donations and your help spreading the word about this. Because of you I can get the record mixed, mastered, pressed, and now I can hire some awesome radio people too! I truly appreciate your help with this. 

    Now everyone will get an mp3 of the Kickstarter song and people who donated $15 and up will get an exclusive Out of the Ocean Acoustic EP! Just for you!

     But there's still another peice of the puzzle. If I can make it to 20K, I can hire a PR company to basically tell everyone that I'm cool and that they should listen to me. Well, it's more than that... but whatever it is, it costs money! There are 22 days left for this campaign to get there, and I think we can do it!

THE 20K BONUS PRIZE: Out of the Ocean Acoustic LP with unreleased bonus tracks!

If we reach 20K, I will take the Out of the Ocean Acoustic EP, and make it a full length... doing acoustic versions of the whole record! PLUS I will add 3 extra songs that I love but didn't make it onto the record. There are no other recordings of these songs, so you'll be the only ones to own them! 

[Everyone who donated $15 and up will get a digital copy. Those who donated $30 and up will get a signed and numbered physical copy!]

ALSO...

I WILL MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE MOST RIDICULOUS SONG I'VE EVER MADE.

At the end of my first record, Decisions Based on Information, there is a secret track. It's actually backwards, but if you reverse it, it's a sexy song about butts called Touch My Booty! It was produced by the amazing Dan Romer and also features his widely acclaimed rapping skills! If you go to the "Project Updates" page you can listen to it. (It has some cursing in it, so don't listen to it if you're below legal cursing age, whatever that is.) If we reach 20k, I will enlist the help of Andrew Futral (who directed and my video for Favorite Day) and we'll make a video for it! I can't divulge many more details but I promise it will involve butts and sluts, so get ready. 

And if you were considering doing the $1000 prize and getting a cameo in the video, now is the time! You can even split it up with your friends and all be in it together!

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So thanks again for helping me to reach these goals so quickly and for enabling me to release this record the right way. It means so much to me and I'm so thankful for your support!

xo

Bess

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[2ND POST]

WOW!

I can't believe that we reached the goal of 10K so quickly! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. I now have enough money to get this record mixed, mastered and pressed. This is seriously amazing.

But there are still 25 days left! Here's the thing - if I can get this thing up to 15K, I can afford to hire a radio team to get my record some airplay! I would be so grateful for your help to get to this level. And in order to reach it, I've added a few extra bonuses for you all!

IF WE CAN REACH 15,000...

1) EVERYONE WHO DONATES $15 or more will get an exclusive "Out of the Ocean Acoustic EP" (Out of the Ocean is the name of the record, btw). It'll be 5 songs from the new record but totally stripped down. Acoustic guitar, ukulele, maybe some mandolin, and lots of singing. For kickstarter backers only!

2) EVERYONE WHO DONATES $5 or more will get an mp3 of my kickstarter song, "How a Record is Made". So if you ever forget the ins and outs of record making, you can just put on this song and refresh your memory! 

And I've added a new donation level and awesome prize!

For $200 you can get an exclusive "Net Made of Spaghetti" t-shirt - with the image "Spaghetti Netti" (as seen on tv) on the front. The back will say something like "I helped Bess Rogers buy a Net Made of Spaghetti." You'll have a choice of two colors, and fellas can choose between crew and deep v-neck styles. Printed on American Apparel!

And also included in that prize is your choice of 1) I'll make a personalized Youtube video for you! I will recite a poem that I wrote for you about your greatness, and then perform a cover (or original) song of your choosing, while a picture of you hangs on the wall behind me. OR 2) You can be on the guest list with a plus 1 to a show of mine, come hang out during soundcheck, chat about life over a beverage that I will buy you, and I will dedicate the set to you and insert your name somewhere into one of my songs!

(CORRECTION: please not that the $200 donation level also includes "everything above" except the Japanese edition CD.)

Anyone who has already donated ABOVE $200 will get this prize! And remember... if you have already pitched in (thank you!) you can always increase your donation level to get more stuff! 

So please keep spreading the word and hopefully we can get to 15K! I think we can do it!!

And again, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Over and Out.

Bess

[ORIGINAL POST]

Hello.

My name is Bess Rogers. I just made a new record and am so so excited about it! HOWEVER, I have pretty much spent every penny that I own recording it and now I don't have enough left to finish it and give it a proper release. That's where you come in!

Here's the real breakdown.

If I can make 10,000 - I will be able to get the record mixed, mastered and pressed into a real physical disc that you can hold! If I was able to reach this goal, I would die of happiness. Except I wouldn't really die... I'd continue living and just be really happy.

Any more that I can make would help me to pay the cost of hiring a radio team to get it airplay across the country, and to hire a publicist to tell everyone how awesome I am. It's all very expensive and your help would be SO SO appreciated!

Like I said in the video, I don't have a financial backer or a record label to give me the money I need to make this record. So it would be incredibly awesome if you would back this project, get some cool stuff in return, and be a part of this record with me!

Thank you!

Bess

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    You'll get to attend a private web show for kickstarter backers only! I'll play the whole album (with the band who played on it) through and through, talk about each song, answer questions, dance, or do whatever we feel like, gosh darnit! You'll also get an exclusive DVD about the making of this new record! From our 10 days up in Maine, to finishing back home in Brooklyn: you'll get to see all the good stuff that no one else will. All the tears. All the love. All the drama. Just like Jersey Shore. (except more muscles) [plus everything above]

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    My ENTIRE catalog of music signed and mailed to you with love. That includes digital copies of 2 unreleased EPs I made when I was a wee little singer/songwriter. They are not available anywhere else! [plus everything above]

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    You'll get a signed limited edition poster for kickstarter backers only AND I will thank you in the liner notes of the record. Also I will call you and sing you happy birthday on your day of birth! AND the first 10 to order will get a copy of my record that was released in Japan! (compilation of all 3 records that I've made) [plus everything]

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    $200 - You get an exclusive "NET MADE OF SPAGHETTI" kickstarter T-SHIRT (American Apparel in your choice of crew or v-neck {for the guys}) plus one of two CHOICES! 1) I'll make a personalized Youtube video for you! I will recite a poem that I wrote for you about your greatness, and then perform a cover (or original) song of your choosing, while a picture of you hangs on the wall behind me. OR 2) You can be on the guest list with a plus 1 to a show of mine, come hang out during soundcheck, chat about life over a beverage that I will buy you, and I will dedicate the set to you and insert your name somewhere into one of my songs!

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    I'll give you a Skype guitar or ukulele lesson for 30 minutes. I can teach you one of my songs or another song you want to learn (as long as you tell me in advance). I taught lessons for 5 years before I became a full time musician and I really loved it, so I'm especially excited about this prize! [plus everything above except Japan CD]

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    You can have the BIG CHART OF STUFF we used to organize the making of the whole record! It has a list of the songs and every single instrument played on each track. You'll get to see all the ideas we had, notes and changes we made, the things we did and the things we didn't do. Plus scribbles, to do lists, some foul language, etc. Signed by everyone who played on the record! [plus everything above]

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    You can have my ukulele that I wrote Travel Back and Everything to lose (from my Travel Back EP) on. It's the first uke I ever purchased and for a long while I kept it in my car and would play it while I was in traffic. (Don't try that at home). Complete with Jenny Owen Youngs and Bess Rogers stickers. Yes, I put MY OWN sticker on my Uke. And if you want I will sign it too! [plus everything above except chart and Japan CD]

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    I will record your voice mail message or ring tone in the form of a song. You can tell me what you want me to to say, or I can just make something up. Either way it will be awesome and you will be the talk of the town! [plus everything above except chart, uke and Japan CD]

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    If you live in LA or NY (or are willing to travel there) you can have a cameo in one of my next music videos! And while you're in town, Chris Kuffner and I will take you out to a romantic dinner for 3! [plus everything above except chart, and car uke and Japan CD]

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    I will officiate your wedding and sing a song at it! Yes I will go and get licensed by a real church and perform a legal ceremony for you on your special day! Totally legit! Or if you don't have any plans to get hitched, I can come to your house and do a living room concert for you and your friends. You can pick the set list too! For continental US only [plus everything above except chart and car uke and Japan CD]

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