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Raising money to put out vinyl & cassette compilations of the best music we've recorded so far in New Orleans & to upgrade our studio.
166 backers pledged $16,287 to help bring this project to life.

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Mashed Potato Records aims to create and release inspired recordings of a uniquely talented music community here in New Orleans. Help support these underground musicians, bands, and songwriters this holiday season by giving the gift that keeps on giving... documented existence!  

Feeling blown away by the caliber of music being made around campfires, in small clubs, and on street corners in New Orleans, M.P.R. originated  when Bill Howard & Duff Thompson began to record these dynamic songwriters and bands on an old reel to reel - working from their vans or setting up makeshift studios in various houses around the lower 9th ward. Since then we (Sam Doores & Duff Thompson) upgraded our analogue gear, assembled an arsenal of quality studio musicians to work with, and transformed our home on the Mississippi River into a recording studio.  

Now, we've compiled two collections worth of recordings, one from 2016 and one from 2017.  We feel they deserve to be represented by the warmth & character of analogue sound - namely, vinyl records and cassette tapes.  We intend to raise enough money to produce these two compilations as the first official releases on Mashed Potato Records.  Not only will these recordings amplify a powerfully eclectic songwriting scene that's been happening in New Orleans for years, but also expose individual artists to new audiences.  

In addition to manufacturing costs, your contributions will also go toward maintaining and improving our recording studio. We need to service our Ampex 351 (2 channel 1/4" reel to reel), our Tascam 388 (1/4" 8 track reel to reel), and invest in a mixing board. We are in the process of recording full length albums for several bands and many artists wish to begin new ones this year.  Help these audio pearls and future gems make their way onto the plain of existence!

The breakdown of the money would be as follows: 

Mastering - $1500

Mixing - $500

Pressing of both compilations in vinyl - $6500

Cassette Tape Duplication - $2000

Servicing of Tape Machines - $1000

Miscellaneous Equipment Purchases -  $1500

Web Site - $500

Kickstarter's Cut - $1500

The 2016 Compilation will feature:

Twain & The Deslondes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9oxz7AQg5c

Carver Baronda, Duff Thomspon and the Full Grown Men, The Lostines, Good Gollies, Max Bien Khan, Johnathan Henley and Jackson and the Janks!

Artwork by Julia Narveson
Artwork by Julia Narveson

 

The 2017 Compilation will feature:

The Lostines, Leonie Evans, Pony Hunt, Duff Thompson, Carver Baronda, Liza Cane, Jackson and the Janks, Chris Acker and the Growing Boys, Esther Rose, Lee Walker and Sabine McCalla!

Artwork by Julia Narveson
Artwork by Julia Narveson

 

We appreciate your support! Peace and Love! Sam Doores and Duff Thompson

Risks and challenges

There is always the risk of releases taking longer than predicted due to record plants being backed up or booked up. We'll be sure to keep everyone informed about our progress.

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    Download and a Wink!

    A $1 donation gets you a download of one song + one of us will also wink at you! Though you won't be able to see ;)

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    5 Downloads!

    That's right, 5 downloads of songs from the compilations!

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    Full Compilation!

    With a donation of $10, you'll be able to download one full compilation of your choosing!

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    Cassette Tape!

    We'll send you the compilation of your choice on cassette, PLUS the download codes for it.

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    Downloads and More!

    $25 will get you downloads for both compilations PLUS screen printed limited edition original Mashed Potato Artwork!

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    Both Cassette Tapes!

    We'll mail you a copy of both compilations on cassette PLUS download codes for both!

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    1 Vinyl Record!

    We'll send you a vinyl record of the compilation of your choice, PLUS download codes for it!

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    2x Vinyl and more!

    $50 will get you both vinyl records PLUS download codes!

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    Both Cassettes PLUS Screen Print!

    You can also get both cassette tapes, PLUS download codes, PLUS a screen print of limited edition original Mashed Potato artwork!

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    The Whole Shabam!

    Signed compilations on vinyl and cassette with download codes, a signed limited edition screen print and a handwritten thank you note!

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    Recording of your choice!

    Your very own never-before-heard version of your most favourite song, recorded for and dedicated especially to you. We’ll send you the track filmed and recorded live so you can listen to it whenever you like, and show your mom! We'll also send you both vinyls (signed) and download codes!

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    Music Lessons!

    Signed copies of both records, both cassettes, download codes, a screen print, a handwritten thank you note PLUS 3 personalized video music lessons on either the guitar, drums, piano or harmonica!

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    Tour of New Orleans!

    Signed copies of both records, both cassettes, download codes, a limited edition screen print, a handwritten thank you note, PLUS a personal private tour of all our favorite spots in New Orleans. We know all the places the guidebooks have never heard of, and where the best shows are every night of the week… and where the after party is. Come and be our special guest for a whole day and night in the city that care forgot.
    (Flights and any other expenses not included)

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    We'll DJ Your Party!

    Signed copies of both records, both cassettes, download codes, a limited edition screen print, a handwritten thank you note, PLUS we'll DJ your party here in New Orleans or you can pay to fly us in to where you live!

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    Romantic Date!

    We'll host a romantic date for you and your lover on the Mississippi river, complete with home cooking and live music. You will also receive signed copies of both records, both cassettes, download codes, a limited edition screen print, a handwritten thank you note. (flights and expenses outside of the date not included)

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    Mashed Potato Bash!

    We'll throw a bash for you and whoever you'd like in a private location in New Orleans which will feature several Mashed Potato bands! You'll also receive signed copies of both records, cassettes, downloads and a screen print.

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    Private Performance

    Signed copies of records, cassettes, download codes, screen print and a private performance at a location of your choosing by either Duff Thompson or Sam Doores! (when we're already in your area or you can pay for our flights for the show) You will also get a physical copy of anything we put out for the next 2 years!

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    Everything!

    For this much money, you can get a private performance from both Sam and Duff together or on different dates -or- you can get a private performance from one of us PLUS one of us will DJ one of your parties PLUS you can have a Mashed Potato Bash or a romantic Date (you pay for the flights)! You will also receive signed copies of both records, both cassettes, download codes and a screen print!

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    Permanent Indebtment!

    Yes, we will be permanently indebted to you AND eternally grateful. Also, you may have any & all of our other incentives :)

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Funding period

- (30 days)