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    Thank you! ALL funders at this level and above will receive an mp3 of an otherwise unreleased non-album song (and not the one in the video, either), and my gratitude.

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    The Human Hearts "Art Books"/"Last Words of Her Lover" vinyl 7" (Fayettenam Records). Picture sleeve and insert designed by Mark Givens of Wckr Spgt; comes with a code for high-quality downloads of both tracks.

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    High-quality download of the new album, with accompanying file of credits, art, and lyrics. Depending on our production schedule, this may be distributed several weeks in advance of the physical release.

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    CD (on Shrimper Records) of the new album.

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    A signed copy of either of my two books: (a) my first full-length poetry collection, The Accordion Repertoire (published by Washington D.C.'s Edge Books); (b) my rock-critical book about Elvis Costello's Armed Forces (published in Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series).

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    Limited edition double 10" vinyl edition of the new album - the whole reason for this project. Signed and numbered; high-quality mastering and pressing, with letterpress sleeves and insert. Includes high-quality download.

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    CD of the new album + 4-song digital-only EP ("Flag Pin" + 3) of new, post-album studio recordings.

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    Limited edition double 10" vinyl edition of the new album + 4-song digital-only EP ("Flag Pin" + 3) of new, post-album studio recordings.

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    12 backers

    Limited edition double 10" vinyl edition of the new album + "Art Books" single/download + 4-song digital-only EP.

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    6 backers

    Limited double 10" vinyl edition of the new album (with download) + either book (The Accordion Repertoire or Armed Forces) + 4-song digital-only EP.

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    Limited double 10" vinyl edition of the new album (with download) + "Art Books" 7"/download + 4-song digital-only EP + either book (The Accordion Repertoire or Armed Forces) + Civics (The Human Hearts' 2006 debut CD). At this level and above, you'll also be thanked by name in the vinyl packaging. [If you already have an item in this package, you can substitute one of my back-catalog CDs.]

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    Limited-edition double 10" vinyl edition of the new album + "Art Books" 7"/download + 4-song digital-only EP + both books (The Accordion Repertoire and Armed Forces) + up to four available back catalog CDs of your choosing. Currently available: [The Human Hearts] Civics; [Nothing Painted Blue] Placeholders, Emotional Discipline, Monte Carlo Method, Taste the Flavor; [Franklin Bruno] A Bedroom Community, Kiss Without Makeup, Local Currency; [Human Hearts] Civics; [Jenny Toomey sings Franklin Bruno] Tempting; [The Extra G/lenns] Martial Arts Weekend; Undercard. (Please note: I have more copies of some of these than others, and could run out of one or two.) And you'll be thanked in the vinyl packaging.

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    VINYL PACK: Limited double 10" vinyl/download edition of the new album + "Art Books" 7"/download + LPs of A Bedroom Community (Franklin Bruno, Simple Machines, 1995), The Monte Carlo Method (Nothing Painted Blue, Scat, 1998; includes bonus 7") and Undercard (The Extra Lens, Merge, 2009). Package will also include a selection of out-of-print 7"s, and a thank you in the vinyl packaging.

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    A one-on-one songwriting tutorial. For New Yorkers (or Southern Californians, if you're willing to do this in July), we'll get together (at a location TBD) for a 90-minute session where you'll play me up to three of your songs (finished or not), and I offer my thoughts on structure, chord changes, rhyming, and the like. For those who live elsewhere or can't do it in person, we'll do it by Skype. Either way, you can send me demos (any recording quality) in advance, if you like. My aim won't be to make your songs sound like mine (unless, for reasons best known to you, that's what you want), but to suggest ways to think about making them more effective and memorable, given your own aims and chosen genre. WARNING: Even though I have a pretty firm grasp on the formulas and conventions of several genres of pop and rock songwriting, it would be foolish to claim that anything I say is likely to make your songs more commercial. Possibly the opposite. But, beyond my own practical experience, I've spent a lot of time thinking about what makes songs tick, and it's quite possible that my input could be of use. PLUS everything listed at the $75 level (new album on vinyl/7"/digital EP/books/one more CD), and a thank you in the vinyl packaging.

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    An unplayed copy of my solo cassette Etudes for Voice and Snackmaster (1992, Shrimper). (I can't say "sealed" because the early Shrimper tapes weren't shinkwrapped.) Never released in any other format; these are the last copies remaining from the original run. Plus a selection of original promo/tour posters and flyers from "back in the day," vinyl or CD (as you prefer) of the new album, and everything else listed at the $75 level, and a thank you in the vinyl packaging.

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    An unplayed vinyl copy of A Baby, A Blanket, A Packet of Seeds (1990, Jupa Records), Nothing Painted Blue's first, self-released LP from 1990. Never released in any other format; these are the last copies remaining from the original pressing. Plus a selection of flyers and tour posters from "back in the day," vinyl or CD (as you prefer) of the new album, everything else listed at the $75 level, and a thank you in the vinyl packaging. (Please note: these copies are sealed, but corner-punched.)

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    HOUSEGUEST PACK: For $750 + airfare or car rental depending on distance and schedule, I'll play a solo show at your home (or other modest venue) anywhere in the continental U.S. It can be just for your invited friends or "the public," paying or otherwise; all that is your call. We can discuss my (simple) equipment needs. Travel costs will vary with scheduling, depending on whether I'm coming from Queens or (this summer) Southern California. Despite the title of this "package," I'll happily take care of my own accomodations - especially if the lyrics to "Houseguest" creep you out. I'll take advance requests for solo, Human Hearts, or Nothing Painted Blue songs, but I reserve some veto power. I'll be happy to go out to breakfast (dutch!) the next morning, if your schedule permits, unless one of us turns out to be a dangerous maniac. Plus, of course, everything listed at the $75 level, including a thank you in the vinyl packaging.

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