On September 6th 2010 Ross Harman took his own life. Ross was an amazing musician and live performer known mostly for his work in the dance pop duo "The Gaskets", the band I managed for 5 years.
At his memorial service many of his friends and fans gathered and we played music from Ross' solo project "Ballpoint Pens". Few people had heard much, if any of Ross' solo work but everyone was blown away. As I walked around the room I realized how many of Ross' friends were musicians we had met through the 7 years that The Gaskets were a band. I started talking to people about doing a tribute album in Ross' name.
A year later the album, Love Me When I'm Gone: A Tribute To Ross Harman was finished. We had created an album of 18 tracks from 15 different artists. The plan was to put on a big show on the 1 year anniversary of Ross' death and release the album for free online but as I played the album for people involved in the project it was clear that this album was way too good to just release into cyberspace. We decided to try to raise money to put it on on vinyl.
On September 5th, 2011 we held a fundraiser at Edo's Squid in Richmond, VA hoping to raise about $200 which was less than half of what we needed to release the tribute album properly as a double LP vinyl release with all the bells and whistles. We had a big party and had many of the artists on the tribute album perform their cover songs. Edo's not only donated their space for use but donated 100% of bar sales and the bartenders donated 100% of their tips to the project. We ended up raising over $4000 in one day.
So why are we doing this Kickstarter when we almost have the money we need to put out the record? Well we decided to go one step farther with this project and put out both Ballpoint Pens albums on vinyl as well.
Ross' life long musical collaborator and best friend Teddy Blanks curated the best of Ross' solo music into two albums. The first album, Calcutta, was released online before Ross' death. The second album, Symphony was released online after Ross' passing from songs Ross had sent Teddy and music found on Ross' computer after he died. Both albums are available for free at http://www.rossharman.com.
We want raise money to have these songs properly mastered and released on vinyl a few months after the tribute album is released.
We are only asking for $2000 which is probably close to $3000 short of what we need right now to put out the two solo albums, but I am confident that through further album sales and a big release party we will have no problem raising the rest of the money. We just want to get this started right and at the same time use this as a way to pre order the tribute album so we know how many to print.
That being said the goal is to raise more than $2000 so just know that any extra money we raise will be put to very good use. Also any money we raise from future sales or Ross' music will go to promoting his musical legacy and towards a scholarship fund we plan on setting up in his name when it's all said and done.
Now here's what you get out of it....
We have a bunch of rewards to offer, the most obvious is the Double LP vinyl release of Love Me When I'm Gone. You will receive this album with any donation over $25. Most new LP's are sold for close to $20 so to get a double LP for $25 with shipping included is a pretty good deal.
Anyone who donates more than $5 will receive the digital download of the current version of the album RIGHT NOW. Within 48 hours of your donation you will be sent a link to download the album even if the project doesn't get funded.
Current Track List:
Schnitzel - Symphony
Teddy Blanks - I Will Find You
Novios - RIght Here
Emily Chapman - Whats That Noise Around
VCR - Only Love
Greenland - Structure Fire
Rabbits - 9 Times Out of 10
James Wallace - Arthur
Ex Patriots - Tell Me Not To Worry
Atkinsons - Left Hand
Brian Grosz - My Lord
Thomas Danbury - Say What You Will
Igor & Patrick - Posture
White Laces - Calcutta
Novios - Robot Love
VCR - Fight For Your VCR
Gaskets - Appliances
Ballpoint Pens - Will You Love Me When I'm Gone
Our good friends at Revolve-CD in Richmond, VA donated a bunch of copies of the album on CDR to help raise money at the Edo's fundraiser and we still have about 40 left so anyone who wants the copy on CDR instead of vinyl can do that as well.
Shortly before the Gaskets broke up they released a DVD called "Loose Change Live". It is an hour long performance from the insane album release show for their second album "Loose Change" plus music videos, live performances and a bunch of rare photos. We still have several boxes of DVD's left so anyone who wants a copy can get it with the LP for a $35 donation.
Also for a $35 donation you have the chance to get the album on a very limited green vinyl. I know there are a lot of record nerds who love to get the rare editions of every record, myself included. Now is your chance.
For $40 you can get the LP plus a Love Me When I'm Gone T-shirt designed by Teddy Blanks and donated by our friends at Kill Shop Kill who did a lot of the Gaskets printing back in the day.
For $50 you can get a "Gaskets Pack" which gets you the LP plus a Gaskets T-shirt (sizes and colors are limited), the Loose Change Live DVD, Gaskets stickers and a rare promotional item from the Gaskets archives. This may be rare demos, a DVD press kit, old posters or something else amazing I have laying around my office!
For $100 you can get the LP, the Love Me When I'm Gone T-shirt and a 11"x14" print of the photo use for the cover of Love Me When I'm Gone. The photo was taken by me at one of the last Gaskets shows and will be signed and printed on archival paper.
For $250 you will get the LP the shirt and a 16"x20" version of the print signed and numbered out of just 10. I sell unnumbered prints this size for $250 on their own. On top of that you will be listed in the special thanks in the liner notes of the album.
- (45 days)