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The new album by acclaimed Minneapolis-based quartet HALLOWEEN, ALASKA is being funded directly by listeners. Pre-order a copy by contributing now.
The new album by acclaimed Minneapolis-based quartet HALLOWEEN, ALASKA is being funded directly by listeners. Pre-order a copy by contributing now.
144 backers pledged $5,111 to help bring this project to life.

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We're HALLOWEEN, ALASKA. We are endeavoring to make a new album. In 21st-century indie fashion, we are cutting out the middle-people and going straight to you, the listener/patron. Pledges are welcome in any amount, of course. Five bucks gets you the full album. All options for supporting the project are spelled out pretty clearly in the sidebar to the right. The finished product is intended for release in the first quarter of 2011. (Note: The jury is still out as to whether a "hard copy" will be available on compact disc at all, hence the digital exclusivity. If that changes, so will the options here.)

Our most recent album, CHAMPAGNE DOWNTOWN, was hailed by NPR as one of 2009's "hidden gems." If that's too lefty for you, a guy at the Wall Street Journal also dug it — bipartisan support! Will the new album sound like that one? Maybe. Sort of. If you like, you can listen to some previously released music on our breathtakingly official website. As an added hello, we are also offering a free download of an unreleased track we recorded last year: a cover of Sade's "Love Is Stronger Than Pride". There's a video for it, too. Hope you enjoy.

Scroll down for some reviews of our previous work. Thanks in advance for your support. We'll try to update this page as things progress.

Best,

H,A

"You won't find Halloween, Alaska, anywhere on a map. Instead, this Minnesota band inhabits a sensual, weightless world of sweetly brooding electronic pop. ... Their third album refines that warily optimistic worldview, with drummer David King (also of the Bad Plus) adding tastefully muted beats while James Diers' abstract lyricism wraps you in a sleepy caress." —SPIN

"...like [TV On The Radio], this Midwestern quartet lays out moody guitar and keyboards bric-a-brac atop subtly quaking beats...There's understated elegance all over their third record—soft, glassy drones, worried groove glitch, a sly come-on cribbed from an old Prince song." —Blender

"[FOUR STARS]...Halloween, Alaska's emotive verve and electro-organic poise is so accomplished, you'd think you'd got your hands on The Blue Nile's mislaid comeback album." —MOJO

"[FOUR STARS] ... carefully crafted atmosphere, with all extraneous nonsense removed...so carefully picked and programmed that you dwell on their texture in the same way that you'd run your finger over the grain in a piece of wood.... Mesmerising stuff." —Sunday Times (UK)

"A lot of bands claim not to fit any preexisting pop music genre, but few can back up such claims as convincingly as Minneapolis-based Halloween, Alaska...jittery-jungly and swooningly melodic...sonically large and weirdly cathartic...Highly recommended." —All Music Guide

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    Receive digital versions of two songs -- one album track and one bonus track -- in advance of the official album release date.

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    Receive a digital copy of the complete album in advance of the official release date.

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    Receive a digital copy of the complete album in advance of the official release date, plus admission to an invite-only listening party in Minneapolis, MN.

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    Receive a digital copy of the complete album in advance of the official release date, plus a limited-edition Halloween, Alaska T-shirt.

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    Receive a digital copy of the complete album in advance of the official release date, plus a signed copy of the limited-run vinyl edition of 2009's CHAMPAGNE DOWNTOWN (double-LP including full instrumental versions of each track).

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    Receive a digital copy of the complete album in advance of the official release date, admission to an invite-only listening party in Minneapolis, a limited-edition T-shirt, signed copies of all previous recordings, a handwritten lyric sheet, and two (2) complimentary admissions to the live Halloween, Alaska performance of your choice.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Musicians: Provide audio stems and receive a full-blown Halloween, Alaska remix of one of your own tracks. You retain full ownership and rights to distribute.

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    In addition to his work with Halloween, Alaska, drummer David King has earned widespread acclaim for his work in jazz groups including The Bad Plus and Happy Apple. As such, he has been a featured guest at drum clinics and master classes all over the United States (read about one of them at http://jazzink.blogspot.com/2008/11/touch-tones-and-missing-rivets.html). As a reward for a contribution of $500 or more, David will appear in-person to lead a clinic at the school or music institution of your choosing. (Note: If clinic location is more than 50 miles from Minneapolis, MN, travel and lodging must arranged separately at your expense.)

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    Got a song you'd like us to cover? If it's your song, we'll deliver a fully produced, studio-recorded version and you can do whatever you like with it. If it's someone else's song, you can still do whatever you like with it as long as it's legal.

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    The full band will perform a private show in your home or at a mutually approved, landmine-free location. (If location is more than 50 miles from Minneapolis, MN, travel and lodging must arranged separately at your expense.)

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    Golly. For $5000, we will name the album after you or the loved one of your choosing. Unless his/her name is Quadrophenia, in which case there may be an issue or two to resolve.

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