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Goddess embarks on a quest for $4,000 to master and press our earthy, unearthly second album.
Goddess embarks on a quest for $4,000 to master and press our earthy, unearthly second album.
83 backers pledged $5,609 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE! STRETCH GOAL

We did it!!! We made our initial goal! We are overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks to your belief in this project, Goddess will release our new album Paradise soon!

What happens now? By adding a stretch goal, we can broaden the scope of the project to create even more rewards to share with you.

If we raise $5,000, Goddess will return to the studio to record two more darkly luminous songs as bonus tracks to our new album. Backers at all levels will receive these two extra songs as digital downloads in addition to other selected awards.

Goddess is eager to get back into the studio and bring these new songs to you!

Welcome to the Goddess Kickstarter!

Greetings from the dark side. Goddess is reaching out to you to raise $4,000 in the next 30 days so we can master and press 500 copies of our new album Paradise: an exploration of the ethereal, the strange, the hypnotic and the beautiful.

We have been working on this record for nearly three years and are ready to share it with the world. But we need your help to get through the final push.

And because our community of fans has always been with us, with kind words and presence, even on weeknights in a snowstorm, we would like to reward your kindness: anything from an advance download of the album to a sweet T-shirt to a full-on Goddess house show can be yours for contributing.

About Paradise

On this record, we took time to expand our ideas and sonic palette. Our first album, produced by David Grubbs in 2006, was true to our live sound: Tam and Fran’s close, hypnotic harmonies over Tam’s homemade one-string horsehair fiddle, Andy’s lap dulcimer and aged keyboards, and our friend Jack singing and playing.

For Paradise, we called on more friends to help turn our visions into sounds. The spooky, sing-song melodies are still there, but this is Goddess in three dimensions.

We recorded at Nathan Rosenberg’s lovely Doghouse NYC studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Nathan, a jazz pianist who earned a gold record for his production on Poe’s debut album, was kind enough to lend his hands and voice to a couple of songs.

Our other main creative partner and producer was Bob Maynard: ghost guitarist, twiddler of unexpected knobs, formerly of Biirdie, a master arranger radical enough to suggest - yikes - drums. And play them.

Our other musical guests:

• Bob Bannister, wise-fingered guitarist and scholar, picker for P.G. Six, The Scene is Now, and, in days of old, Tono-Bungay, Fire in the Kitchen and Cat Power.

• Leah Coloff, cellist, mistress of bittersweet melody and member of the Scorchio String Quartet who, with her former band Lucibel Crater, recorded with Lou Reed.

• David Newman, player of the bass for the Styrenes.

Peter Zummo, the genius downtown trombonist, longtime Arthur Russell collaborator and sometime Lounge Lizard.

About Goddess

Our birthplace. Photo by Brian Davis/Faslanyc
Our birthplace. Photo by Brian Davis/Faslanyc

Goddess was formed in 2001 on an old runway at Floyd Bennett Field, a decommissioned airport in Brooklyn, by four women who shared a love of pre-20th-century folk music, scary harmonies, nature debased and otherwise, and myths ancient and modern.

Since 2004 we have consisted of founding members Fran Pado and Tamalyn Miller, multi-instrumentalist Andy Newman and a rotating cast of others. We write songs about the dark places in our heads and pasts, influenced by madrigals, Bartok, nursery rhymes, Amish culture, Sandy DennyThe Fearless Vampire Killers, shamanic trance music, a deer organ we found in the woods, church hymns, golden-age cabaret and Krautrock.

We use a lot of unconventional instruments, including homemade horsehair fiddle, toystore guitar, toy keyboard, lap dulcimer and tree branch.

In 2002, we played a tour of historic sites in New York City, including the Hanging Elm in Washington Square Park and Ladies Mile on Broadway. In 2006, we made and self-released an album, produced by David Grubbs. In 2007, we staged a ritual musical, “Golden Vines & Honey Wine,” for a week at Autoversion Ltd. Gallery in Chelsea.

We love to play in galleries and other unusual venues, preferably quiet ones. But we love playing anywhere. We would love to play at your house.

Fran says: “Goddess is for women who wake up and don’t want to start the day with a smile but keep going anyway because they see real beauty. Even in a post-apocalyptic situation, there’s still going to be something to laugh about, because zombies are kind of funny.” But Goddess is also for you.

What We Need the Money For

Pre-mastering and mastering: $1,000

Cutting and pressing 500 records on 180-gram vinyl, with four-color album cover: $2,200

Contributor rewards: $800. 

A Closing Thought

We can’t wait for you to hear this record!

From the seven-minute fiddle freakout of “Leave Here” to the three-part goth opera “Death by Owls” to the title track, a little slice of chamber-cabaret-in-hell, we have some especially dark presents for your ears and brains and hearts, and for the world.

We just need your help to get them out there.

Thank you!

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Goddess at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, 2006
Goddess at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, 2006

Risks and challenges

In reality, the likelihood of something going wrong is quite small, as everyone involved in the manufacturing process is top-of-the-industry. The record is being mastered by Alan Silverman of Arf! Mastering (http://www.arfproductions.com). Paul Gold of Salt Mastering (http://www.saltmastering.com) will cut the lathes. Rainbo Records (http://www.rainborecords.com) will press the lovely 180-gram vinyl and make the covers from our own artwork. We expect smooth sailing all the way out to the horizon.

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    Goddess Gets Personal: You'll receive a personal email of thanks from Tam, Fran, or Andy letting you know how much we appreciate your help in getting our record made and oodles of good karma will be sent to you!

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    Goddess Downloads Love: You'll receive a digital copy of our 2006 self-titled release produced by Drag City's David Grubbs. 13 songs in your inbox immediately. Over 40 minutes of Goddess music! Plus, you will also get a personal emailed note of thanks.

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    Goddess Goes Digital: Get a digital download of our new album, Paradise. That's six sensual, spacey songs to dream along to.

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    Goddess Vinyl Paradise: We'll mail you a shiny new heavy 180-gram pressing of our new release, Paradise, snuggled in a thick full-color cover with art work by our own Tam Miller, downloads of gossipy liner notes and band photos. With all this, you also get everything from rewards #1 & #2.
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    Goddess Dresses You Up: We'll send you a Goddess T-shirt with our roaring wolf logo by artist Tara Young. 100% cotton in small, medium or large. Printed at Brooklyn's Kayrock Screenprinting. Choice of Cheery Cherry red or Keep-It-Punk black. These shirts are soft, light cotton, very sexy. Basically, wearing this T-shirt is like going on a slightly naughty date. Don't forget, you get that other album download and a note from Goddess, too.
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    The Spell: Cute T-shirt or vinyl album PLUS a handwritten letter written to you by either Tam or Fran. Letter will contain lyrics to one Goddess song, hand-lettered. Think of it as a really personal zine. And yes, you still get everything you deserve in rewards #1 & #2. Shipping costs outside US vary according to country and whether you pick a t-shirt or vinyl.

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    Goddess Gala: You'll get a private listening party! Goddess will Skype with you and play you a 30-minute set from Goddess Headquarters here in Gowanus. You'll get a private concert. All. For. You.

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    Goddess Full Moon Ritual: Join Goddess at Goddess Headquarters in Gowanus, Brooklyn, on Friday, June 13th to celebrate the Strawberry Moon. We'll play a set for 20 select guests in our lush, tree-filled backyard. As the moon rises, we'll have a short ritual honoring the turning of the Wheel of the Year. And after that? Feast on seasonal fruit, cooling juices and vegan hors d'oeuvres. Plus, you and your guest can pick out a T-shirt AND an album and take it all home, hands and head happily full of memories and swag.

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    Goddess Writes Your Song: Ever dream of being in a band, of being the creative force that generates music out of nothing but thoughts? Realize your dream with this great prize. You give us an idea (a lyric, a melody, a concept) and we'll write a song, record it, and send it to you. You'll get a co-writing credit! Oh, and you'll also get a copy of our new album.
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    Goddess House Concert: We'll pack up our gear, a copy of the album, a T-shirt and Tam's homemade fiddle and bring the whole thing over to your house in NYC (or tri-state if you spring for transport). We will play you and your friends a show you will never forget. 45 minutes of Goddess live in your home. No two shows are alike. This kind of experience can never be replicated. The magic and glamour of Goddess in your living room singing our otherworldly songs for you and your closest friends. VIP only.

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    House Concert Plus Your Name On Back of Album: Did you ever sit on a bench in Central park and notice someone's name on it? Well, that could be YOU, except your name will be right on the cover of the album and no one will be sitting on it. Be one of only five backers to claim this exclusive reward. Your name on a limited edition vinyl release: we would be really, really grateful.
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    Hand-Painted Goddess Hex Sign: You'll own an original painting by Goddess's Tam Miller. Tam is an accomplished artist who has shown at Houston's Project Row House and various NYC galleries. This is a hand-painted limited edition Goddess hex sign. Approximately 10" diameter, acrylic on birch plywood, signed on back. Shipping extra.

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    Angel of Pasta: You'll help women (and 1 man) artists make our dream come true- to put out an album we've been working to complete for three years. We'll come to your house in the 5 boroughs (tri-state springs for transport) and cook you a spaghetti dinner for 6 fit for a goddess.We'll provide homemade red sauce, garlic bread and salad...yum! Once you're in a haze of carbs, we'll set up our gear and play you all 6 songs on the album. Truly a night to remember. Your name will be on the back cover with a sincere "thank you". You'll get a vinyl album and a T-shirt. Mostly, you will get our gratitude. and we really, really mean it.

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