[NOTE: You can listen to the songs in their current form at this soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/glenn-case/sets/throw-money]
Hello there! My name's Glenn Case. I'm a self-proclaimed internet geek musician, and usually I write and record songs in my basement, releasing them online for anyone who wants to hear what I do.
You might know me as the guy who created the theme song and other music for "The New Adventures of Captain S", an online sitcom put together by PBC Productions. Then again, you might not know me at all. That's okay, too!
Some other projects I've been associated with:
* I've created several other theme songs for shows including Little Miss Gamer, Still Gaming and Trav Versus among others.
* I've sent in over 100 song submissions at songfight.org (under different project names.)
* I was the bass player for MC Frontalot at the first Penny Arcade Expo in 2004. (He was admittedly much better the next year with a proper band.)
* I created the "Hard News" theme music for Screwattack.
* My remix of "Fett's Vette" was used by mc chris on his 2005 tour.
* I was a member of the band The Grammar Club on their debut EP, "Bremelanotide".
* I'm currently the bass player for Buffalo Jones
* My song "Sweet Canadian Mullet" is available for download on the Rock Band Network for Xbox 360.
I've been working on an album called "Throw Money" for more than 6 years now, recording the songs, deciding they don't sound good enough, scrapping the recordings, starting over again, scrapping them again, wash, rinse, repeat.
Some people have been calling the album my "Chinese Democracy" or my "Duke Nukem Forever" (Both projects are infamous for taking so long to create, that people believed they would never be finished.) They've got a point: I wasn't so sure that the album would ever be finished! Well, it WILL be finished, and released on June 14th, 2013.
I'm excited at the prospect of this album FINALLY becoming a reality. Here are some things I will do as this project receives funding:
1. When (and if) this project reaches $1,000: [GOAL REACHED on 4/16/2013!]
I will re-release a newly mixed version of "Over and Out" by my musical project "tripped", and offer the mp3s as a free download. This 2001 'release' was the first album I ever committed to CD. You can see the album art in this project's video. I created the beats on my Playstation with a program called MTV Music Generator.
[UPDATE 4-18-2013: Click here to listen to the songs on Soundcloud.]
2. When (and if) this project reaches $2,000: [GOAL REACHED on 4/22/2013!]
I will set up a time to host a live acoustic concert on Ustream from my basement, taking requests and answering questions.
I will host basement concerts at the following times:
Tuesday 4/23/2013 - 2pm(PST) (This concert was fairly rough at times.)
Tuesday 4/30/2013 - 4pm(PST)
That was... rough... again. Thinking I'm going to do a proper Ustream concert at an undetermined later date when my voice is genuinely 100%.
3. When (and if) this project reaches $3,000: [GOAL REACHED on 4/23/2013!]
I will select 12 of my old (potentially embarrassing) songs from cassette recordings, and I will offer them as a collection of free mp3s. (I'm starting to see the potential benefits of this project NOT being funded...)
I have actually uploaded 13. I may trim these down and choose different songs for the finished product. Here's what I have uploaded: https://soundcloud.com/glenn-case/sets/you-gotta-start-somewhere
4. When (and if) this project reaches $4,000: [GOAL REACHED on 4/29/2013!]
I will create a video of myself freestyle rapping, thanking you for contributing to the cause. The quality of said rap may not be very good, but it will legitimately be from the top of my head.
It has been done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QkbjxVU_nU
5. When (and if) this project reaches $5,000:
I will create and record a silly song, thanking every person (by name) who has contributed to "Throw Money" up to that point.
NOTE: I'm likely to add other 'GOALS', but I don't believe I'll be able to change this main page once the Kickstarter is live. Check the 'Updates' tab for that reason.
Since I usually just make songs in my basement, you might wonder why I'm asking for funding. Well, this time I tried to create something a little more special than my usual releases. An album that would be worth buying, even if you don't buy it.
Thing is: there are a lot of expenses associated with making a proper album.
First, let's focus on the people:
Thankfully, I have friends that have donated their time and talents to help "Throw Money" become a reality, but, I'd like to pay them.
Jared Crabb gave me an insanely good deal, mixing and mastering the songs in his new, fantastic studio.
Because the studio is new, his introductory rate was around $250 per song, which is actually insanely inexpensive compared to what a band usually pays for similar studios.
Still, that would come out to $3,000 for the 12 songs on "Throw Money". Jared has recieved significantly less than that from me thus far. I'd like to pay him at least $1,000 from the funding of this album.
Ken Mahru recorded the drum parts a couple of years ago in a very nice studio in California. It would cost me $1,200 to pay Ken $100 per song for his performances, and I haven't paid him at all yet. So I'm hoping to pay him right around $1,000 from the Kickstarter funds.
I asked Mark Thorne to put together artwork for this project, and he came up with some ridiculously cool designs. He said it took him about 4 hours of work, and he'll be putting more work into editing the designs for the album layout. I haven't paid him yet, but we agreed on a price of $300.
There may be a surprise guest on the album. If that comes through, I should pay him too.
Rachael Layne sang on "Need Stilts" and co-wrote the song with me, but she's my wife, and neither one of us are looking to get paid directly from the Kickstarter funding. Any money WE make will be generated from selling the albums if the Kickstarter is successful.
Outside of that? I wrote all of the songs, and I played and sang everything else you'll hear on the album. No other people to pay, but if the Kickstarter makes more money? They make more money.
Okay, now that we've covered the people: Next, it's the production costs.
I grew up listening to records, absorbing the sounds, and watching the patterns the labels made as they rotated around. I remember being so excited when I was able to record my own songs on cassette, and I was ecstatic when I burned my songs to CD for the first time. I never thought it would be possible to commit my music to vinyl, but it IS possible.
United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN manufactures vinyl records, and while the price is reasonable, a good chunk of what I am asking for will go directly to making the records. Vinyl production for "Throw Money" is going to cost at least $2,000, minimum. I'd like to make it on green vinyl, that costs extra. I'd like to make it on 180 gram vinyl, that costs extra. Realistically, it will cost closer to $3,000 (or more) to make the albums as fancy as I would like. But, for the sake of this project: Having it in a less fancy package is better than not having it at all. The more the Kickstarter exceeds the goal, the nicer the vinyl will be.
The rest of the costs will cover CD manufacturing, postage, and all of the other expenses associated with fulfilling the perks, and making this album a reality. It's this last expense that frightens me the most, because it's difficult to gauge what the other expenses will be, and to assign a dollar amount to cover those costs.
I'm not going to lie, this album will STILL be released on June 14th if this Kickstarter goal isn't fulfilled, but there probably wouldn't be any CDs, and DEFINITELY no vinyl. Plus. I would need to work out some kind of a payment plan to pay my friends fairly.
You can help me make this album so much better than that.
"Throw Money", coming out June 14th, 2013.
Arguably 12 of the best songs I have ever written, in one package.
Thank you for your consideration.
I'm not a big fan of talking myself up, so I asked other people to do it for me. Here are some of the genuinely nice replies I received:
"Mr. Case has one of the most relentless creative minds I've even encountered. His output over the last decade puts me and every other internet musician to shame." -- MC Frontalot
"I love recording and I love music. Glenn is an amazing songwriter, and getting a chance to work on his project makes me love music and recording even more. Don't miss out on hearing this amazing album!" - Jared Crabb (Crabwalk Studios)
"Glenn Case has one of those voices that is somehow sweet and rough at
the same time. He writes songs that immediately catch your ear and get
stuck in your head. The songs he chose for Throw Money are some of the
best songs he has written and deserve the kind of care and attention he
is taking on this album. The fact that many of us have already given
our time and talent to Glenn and this record show you how highly we
think of him and his music. I am honored to count Glenn among my
closest friends and implore you to support both him and arguably his
finest album to date." - Ken Mahru (Drummer for "Throw Money")
"Glenn Case is an amazing talent that is always a joy to stop down and listen to. I've had Glenn create several pieces for me and they're already exactly what I'm looking for." - Stuttering Craig (of Screwattack.com)
"Glenn Case is the hardest working musician on the internet. Whether he's making music for himself or commissioning pieces for others, his chameleon like ability to write and record in various styles astounds me. Whenever I have asked Glenn to write me a piece of music, he always manages to deliver exactly what I had in mind every time even when given an extremely small window of time. He's an immense talent who deserves a lot more recognition than he has." - Brett Vanderbrook (PBC Productions, The New Adventures of Captain S.)
"Glenn Case is an amazing musician, collaborator and overall great guy. He wrote a ton of nerd-rock anthems for our videogame webseries, 'The New Adventures of Captain S' and his demos for 'Throw Money' have littered my iTunes playlist for years. I am really looking forward to this album being done in the right way. Support this album!" - Chad Williams (PBC Productions, The New Adventures of Captain S.)
"Glenn Case always has a song that fits the mood perfectly for any film project I do. He is my one man soundtrack!" - Will Gilman (Comedian - Actor - Writer - Parakeet)
"Glenn is a talented and prolific songwriter with a very special knack for writing new tunes that sound instantly familiar. Classic guitar pop/rock is his forte. Many of us have been waiting a long time to throw some money at "Throw Money" and now is our chance to do so!" - Alex Gloworld
"It seems like Glenn Case rolls out of bed each morning with an album's worth of catchy melodies at his disposal. He writes more songs in a week them most musicians (myself included) write in a lifetime, and the songs are great. The man is a machine. He's a born performer and it's an honor to share the stage with him." - Jason Johnson (of Buffalo Jones)
"Glenn's music reminds me of Matthew Sweet, Jellyfish and Jason Faulkner. That's a whole lot of power pop goodness. He's got some killer pop smarts!" - Laura Imbruglia
"In a world filled with cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill pop music, Glenn's music shines with unexpected, yet perfect, melodies, hooks, and chord changes. His music shows us what is possible when we say yes to things we might otherwise discard." - Brandon Humphries (of Buffalo Jones)
"When viewed collectively, Glenn Case's musical career is one of prolific output and non-stop activity, so it says a lot that he's spent more than six years putting the finishing touches on his first proper album. A true pop songsmith, Case knows his way around a melody, stacking tunes with hooks and rich sound. Oh, and he'll kick your ass on the Atari 2600 "E.T." game. But his musical chops will make you feel a lot better about the loss." - Jeff Terich (of Treble)
"GC is the genuine article. Throw Money is a demo that I keep going back and listening to because the songs are stuck in my head. This dude is a great songwriter, and the project is fun, well thought out, entertaining and eclectic. There's a song on there for every mood. This is the quality music that music lovers live for, and the kind of project you'll be proud you supported." - Sum (Editor's note: "Dragon" is one of the greatest hip hop albums you have never heard. - Glenn Case)
Risks and challenges
Hopefully, I don't run into any unforeseen expenses. I don't expect to get rich from the creation of this album (or from my music in general), but it would be tremendous to at least break even, instead of owing money.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)