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Help us fund a compilation album of live music from some of Portland's best independent bands!
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Live from the Banana Stand Vol. 1 - Music from Portland

Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter page. We’re a small group of people who run a secret house-venue/recording space in Portland, Oregon called The Banana Stand. Yes, the name is inspired by our favorite show, Arrested Development. (We can’t wait for it to come back either!) And yes, it’s a joke, because in reality there isn’t any money in The Banana Stand -- hence this Kickstarter.

For more than four years we’ve been documenting Portland's live music, releasing more than three-dozen live albums recorded at our secret shows. Now, we want to share some of the best of our recordings in the highest-quality way possible. To do this, we need your help.

WHAT WE WANT TO CREATE

We will deliver a professionally-mastered live compilation album featuring some of the best live tracks we’ve captured over the years. Our goals: raise awareness of featured artists, of Portland's live music, and of Banana Stand's documentation efforts.

The CD will be produced by Cravedog. Packaging will be produced by Stumptown Printers. The album will be mastered by Chris Vita at Vita Mastering. All are sponsoring the release to help us lower costs, but we're still short on funds.

FEATURED ARTISTS / SONGS

1. Blue Skies For Black Hearts - "The Sitch"
2. Youth - "Want You To Know"
3. Death Songs - "Water in the Eyes of Man"
4. The Woolen Men - "Land of Laughs"
5. The We Shared Milk - "Drag"
6. The Angry Orts - "No More"
7. Tango Alpha Tango - "Black Cloud"
8. Log Across the Washer - "What's New Fat Man?"
9. Forest Park "Story"
10. The Polyps - "Short Song"
11. Talkative - "Front Porch Annex"
12. Tiger House - "No Bees"
13. Alex Arrowsmith & His Pugs - "Freeze Tag"
14. Curious Hands - "British Columbia"
15. The Silent Numbers - "Said So"
16. Sons of Huns - "Super Kanpai Rainbow"
17. The Hague - "Passing Cars"
18. Towering Trees - "Coolidge"
19. Modernstate - "This Is Life"
20. Jack Ruby Presents - "Old"

All songs on the compilation were recorded before a live audience at Banana Stand secret shows.

PLUS! With your support, we will hold a free, awesome release event featuring some of Portland’s best independent musicians at the Hawthorne Theater on June 10th with help from Mike Thrasher and The Portland Mercury!

Check out the line-up for our free release event at the Hawthorne Theater on Sunday, June 10th!

ALL-AGES Afternoon Show:
2:00 pm - The Woolen Men
3:00 pm - Fanno Creek
4:00 pm - The Angry Orts
5:00 pm - Sons of Huns

21+ Evening Show:
8:00 pm - Genders (featuring members of Youth)
9:00 pm - Blue Skies for Black Hearts
10:00 pm - Tango Alpha Tango

[Schedule subject to change. DJs and special guests to be announced.]

Why You Should Give Us Your Money

1. You get awesome things! Look at sidebar, Michael!

2. We really can’t do it without you. The cost of the materials to be given away is more than what we’re asking for in this Kickstarter -- though it will go along way toward helping us get things started.

3. You are helping independent artists reach a wider audience. After the Kickstarter is over, we plan to give away many remaining CDs to independent artists and local businesses. 

4. The money will be spent within the Portland community to make high-quality goods. We want to support local business for this project, and show the high-quality products our city's artisans can craft.

THANK YOU!

Please donate if you can afford it, but, remember, donating isn't the only way you can help! Whether you're able to donate or not, please post news of this Kickstarter to Facebook and Twitter (if those are things you do). You can also visit our website, check out our releases, and download any that you like. Anything you're able to do will help us document and promote Portland's live music.

Thanks for listening to us and considering our Kickstarter. Thanks also to all of the people - bands, fans, music professionals, and volunteers - who have helped us along the way. You've made this release possible.

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Kickstarter video produced by collective47.com and Ghost House Music Media. We sincerely thank them for all of their excellent work.

Background audio: "Want You To Know" from Youth - Live from the Banana Stand (forthcoming). Hear more from Youth at youth.bandcamp.com.

Live concert footage was shot by collective47, Ghost House, Jennifer Sowell, Evan R. Thompson, Aaron Mills, and Danny Felts. Concert footage features the bands Fanno Creek, Animal EyesThe No Tomorrow Boys, Youth, and Sons of Huns.

Compilation album art provided by Rather Severe.

Live from the Banana Stand Volume 1 features songs mixed by Alex ArrowsmithPat KearnsTyler Keene, Vic Lund, Nicholas Taplin, and Chris Vita.

Banana Stand Media is Louie Herr, Aaron Colter, Evan R. Thompson, Brian David Smith, Chris Anderson, and Shawn Pike.

FAQ

  • As we noted before, the cost of producing the compilation album and the other materials is much higher than our original goal. Still, all additional funding will go towards helping ensure our release event on June 10th is as professional as possible, and supporting future live albums which we will release as pay-what-you-want downloads.

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  • Yes! We want the release to be a great community event, please come. We hope you can support us at some point, but we understand that times are tough for the working class - that's why our live albums are pay-what-you-want downloads. Music for the people!

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    We'll email you a .zip file download of the 20-track compilation album, plus include your name in a special thank you on our website.

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    You'll be able to pick-up a physical copy of the live album at our special release show on June 10th at the Hawthorne Theater. CDs manufactured by Portland's own CraveDog and Stumptown Printers. Plus! We'll email you the digital download.

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    The limited-edition poster print for our release show, manufactured in Portland using the most sustainable materials available. Plus! You'll be emailed the digital download and get to pick-up your poster print along with your copy of the physical album at our release show.

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    A super rad t-shirt made in Portland, featuring the banana-man logo by Rather Severe. Plus! You'll be emailed the digital download and get to pick-up your t-shirt, poster print, and physical album at our release show. (Note: Sizes are limited.)

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    If you're unable to attend our release show in Portland, then we'll email you the digital download and ship you a copy of the physical album along with a t-shirt.

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    All of the items mentioned above, plus your choice of 4 full-length live albums! Pick from the following artists: Youth, The Woolen Men, Blues Skies for Black Hearts, The Angry Orts, Sons of Huns, The We Shared Milk, Log Across The Washer, Alex Arrowsmith, and The Hague. Plus! You'll be emailed the digital downloads and get to pick-up your t-shirt, poster print, and physical albums at our release show.

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    All of the items mentioned above, plus your choice of 8 full-length live albums! Pick from the following artists: Youth, The Woolen Men, Blues Skies for Black Hearts, The Angry Orts, Log Across The Washer, Sons of Huns, The We Shared Milk, Alex Arrowsmith, and The Hague. Plus! You'll be emailed the digital downloads and get to pick-up your t-shirt, poster print, and physical albums at our release show.

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    If you cannot make it out to our release show in Portland, then we'll email you the digital download and ship the physical compilation album, the t-shirt, the poster print, and your choice of 8 different full-length live albums to your home address along with a nice card telling you how special you are to us.

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    You'll get to pick up all of the items mentioned in the $25 reward tier at our release show, plus a full-day's worth of recording in our secret studio that has been recently been completely refitted to include an upgraded selection of microphones and professional-grade soundproofing material! Ideal for any band looking to record an EP on a tight budget. (Note: Must schedule recording session with Louie Herr or Aaron Colter. Recording times are usually limited between 11:00am to 7:00pm.)

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