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After posting free music all Winter long, I'm using Kickstarter to raise the final production budget. Pre-order, and get exclusive rewards! Read more

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After posting free music all Winter long, I'm using Kickstarter to raise the final production budget. Pre-order, and get exclusive rewards!

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Pre-order and pledge fund my new album by April 4th, and you'll receive an advance copy this Summer well before it's Fall release. Read on!

After sharing free music all Winter long (and into the Spring!) with my email list, my facebook page and my twitter followers, I'm using Kickstarter to raise the final production budget. If you've enjoyed my stuff, now's the time to help me make the finished album. Back this project now!

Your pledge (of ANY amount) will 1. HELP ME reach my target! 2. GET YOU the fun and exclusive rewards listed to the right (including the finished album of course) and 3. SUPPORT NEW MUSIC that you want in your hands. You'll also be the first to have the music, even before it's public release date (yep, there'll be more than just what's already posted). The amount you give is not disclosed - and every amount helps. The deadline is April 4th. Will we succeed? Back the project NOW to make it happen!

Since Thanksgiving, "Winter Songs" has logged over 5000 unique plays and 1800 downloads [UPDATE: As of March 21 we are approaching 11,000 plays and 2700 downloads], which is great. If you're not familiar with my Winter Songs, many of these songs will be on this album and are a great preview:

I have many more tracks in the works; but I won't be able to produce final artwork, create physical discs/download cards/booklets, distribute, promote UNLESS this project funds. Pledge right now, or read on for more info.

Thank you! Holcombe

Details about this Album Fund campaign:

Many of the rewards here are totally exclusive to this page. For example, I'm offering a never-before-released EP of 6 amazing songs from the "Troubled Times" recording sessions at $15 and up, and EXCLUSIVE access to my first two records (out of print) with the "ALL MUSIC PASS." You can't get this music anywhere else - only by pledging here to help make my new album.

The amount you give isn't disclosed publicly, and any amount helps move the project closer to the goal. I'll follow up with each of you after our April 4th deadline (I know we can hit the goal!) to get info - like shirt sizes, mailing addresses, your crediting or anonymous preference (everyone has the option of being thanked on my website). We'll work all those details out in the end, if the project is funded.

I'll post regular updates here, including song mixes as they come through ("Atlas," "Hardliners," "I Can Feel It" and others are all actively in the works), as well as thoughts on album title, sequencing, and ideas and images for the artwork as they unfold. As backers, I hope you'll post comments and be a part of the conversation.

Please do share this effort with any friends who like my work and may want to support this campaign. Help me fund the final mixing, mastering, design, production and marketing of the new album. Let's get this music into the world!

DON'T LIVE IN THE U.S.A? You can still contribute. Note the additional recommended shipping cost, and kindly adjust your backing amount. I'll get your stuff to you!

Details about the album release:

I'm an independent artist seeking to either self-produce a national release of my album comparable in scope and scale to an established indie label, or to find the perfect indie label to work with towards this end. I've self-released three albums since 1999, and while it's a massive amount of work, it's actually a process I enjoy and that I seek to integrate with the creative process and potential of the music and media itself. Whether fully independent or in collaboration with a label, this release will involve producing a beautiful physical and digital packaging context for the music, producing multiple videos, commissioning a modest but strategic national p.r. campaign to try to get reviews, and lining-up a tour in the Fall.

This budget will go towards all of the above-mentioned things. If I raise more than my goal (why not think optimistically), I'll be applying that towards an additional video or two or ten. I am all about making music videos, it is time.

The official album release date isn't precisely predicted yet, because it will depend on lining up some basic "team" members: a P.R. rep, and a booking agent (God willing), and any other support - with or sans label. I am aiming for early Fall. However, project backers will receive the album AS SOON AS IT IS COMPLETED, which will be three months or more BEFORE it's release. This will be around May/June. First access is a perk of being a backer.

Even more details via some articles on this project: An Oregonian Feature Q&A A Blog Post by Dave Allen A Song Review of Risk of Change A TV Feature on Portland's Channel 8 (With Storm Large) Thank you!


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    Pledge $8 or more

    23 backers

    Instant access to new tracks here (a continuation of "The Winter Songs") + a download of the final album & artwork. And good karma.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    42 backers

    Everything above + "More Troubled Times" (2010), a digital EP download: 6 never-before-released tracks from the 2005 "Troubled Times" sessions, including a cover of Dolly's "Jolene" an awesome alternate take of "Little Wrecking Ball" and 4 more original songs. And more good karma.

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    41 backers

    Everything above + get a printed CD of the album in the mail. Includes U.S. shipping/handling, add 5USD if you're international. Even more good karma.

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    39 backers

    Everything above + I'll ask you how you to whom you'd like the CD inscribed ("To [NAME]"), and I'll hand sign it as such. A great gift + GREAT karma.

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    81 backers

    THE ALL MUSIC PASS. Get over 50 tracks: everything above + downloads of my whole album catalog to date. Includes two Kickstarter exclusives: "Advertising Space" LP (1999 - sold out / out of print) and "Extravagant Gesture" LP (2001 - sold out / out of print). These are many people's favorites, and they're only available for download here. In addition, you'll download "Troubled Times" LP (2005), "More Troubled Times" EP (2010), and THE NEW ALBUM + the autographed final CD mailed to you (add 5USD if you're international). A lot of exclusive music for a great price. Karma is approaching perfection. This one's the sweet spot, my friends, I hope that you'll consider backing at this level.

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    4 backers

    THE POSTER FAN: Everything above + three 11x17 gig posters. Poster 1: a lustrous metallic silver San Francisco tour poster. Poster 2: an ornate green-hued poster from "Holcombe Waller / Gabriel Kahane Spring Tour 2009." Poster 3: a beautiful autographed full-color 2010 "Album Completion Party" poster. Add 10USD if you're international. Karma-tastic.

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    8 backers Limited (22 left of 30)

    LIMITED-EDITION POSTER FAN: Everything above + a limited-edition, hand-silk-screened 18 x 24 poster commemorating "Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest," numbered by the artist and signed by me and the Healers + one of the last existing copies of an 11 x 17 "Extravagant Gesture" tour poster from 2001, autographed, featuring a schnazzy picture of yours truly at age 25. Add 10USD if you're international. Mega-karma-tastic ephemera: you're a true fan.

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    24 backers

    A HOLCOMBE WALLER AND THE HEALERS T-SHIRT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT. Get everything listed above (except the pair of "Limited Edition" posters - there really are only 30 left) + an autographed full-color tour poster + a beautiful T-shirt hand-silk-screened in Portland to your custom size, color and style choices, featuring elements of the new album artwork and YOUR NAME listed in the class of Holcombe Waller High 2010. Feels like High School again except this time you're popular. Add 10USD if you're international. Gosh, is that your karma in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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    1 backer

    THE PROSELYTIZER. You want to give all your friends my new CD, pre-release, as a gift. Awesome. Get everything included above at the $100 level + 15 copies of the final printed CD sent to you in the mail, hot off the press. I'll kick in 15 copies to each reward level below. Add 15USD if you're international. Spreading the faith is a karma magnet.

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    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CRED. You rock. Get everything included above at the $100 level + your individual name (or your "family," "house," or "group name" - assuming it's not offensive by my own rather progressive standards) is gonna be credited as an Executive Producer in my album artwork for all of eternity, Amen + your T-shirt will have YOUR NAME HAND BEDAZZLED BY HOLCOMBE + I'll totally comp you and your "plus one" date to any live show of mine that you can attend through the end of 2012. As the Mayans say: after 2012, all bets are off! :) Karma is no longer an issue for you - you're enlightened.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    DEDICATE THE ALBUM TO A LOVED ONE. You'll get full Executive Producer Cred rewards above + fill in the names in this statement, which will be printed in the album artwork for all of eternity, Amen: "[FIRST NAME] dedicates this album to [FIRST NAME], with love" (or similar album dedication in love or memory, phrased as you'd like it). Extravagant gesture, indeed.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    EXECUTIVE VIDEO PRODUCER. You'll get full Executive Producer Cred rewards above + your T-shirt is tie-dyed in memory of your exploits in the sixties and custom embroidered with my most secret tattoo as a festive conversation starter + you will be credited as the Executive Producer of an incredible music video, just itching to be made, for the song "Risk of Change," created in homage to the Godard film "Band of Outsiders" + I'll write a happy song (really!) for a future album based on the story of your first true love (interview required) + a meloncholy song for a future album based on the story of your first true heartbreak + free copies of every album I ever release - FOR LIFE. My life, that is: Mayans be damned, I'm gonna live to see 2013 and beyond. With god as my witness, I'll never be an end-of-days conspiracist again!

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