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Help MC Lars independently finish & release his fourth album "The Zombie Dinosaur LP", intellectual hip-hop for the punk rock set.
Help MC Lars independently finish & release his fourth album "The Zombie Dinosaur LP", intellectual hip-hop for the punk rock set.
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The Laptop EP came out in the summer of 2004.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been recording and touring as MC Lars for almost ten years.  Never in any of my wildest dreams did I think I could take this as far as I have and I owe it all to you, the loyal fans. Thank you.

Crowdfunding is an incredible opportunity for independent artists like myself who chose to forge their own paths over signing with major labels -- to give their loyal core of fans something special and unique.  I’m turning to y’all again to help me complete and distribute my fourth post-punk laptop rap album, the Zombie Dinosaur LP

This project is a return to the happy, high energy, punk rock inspired songs of my first two albums (the Graduate and This Gigantic Robot Kills), picking up on some of the narrative threads of some of the characters with which you may already be familiar.  We’ll see what happened to “Hipster Girl” on a track called “Hipster Mom,” where our heroine leaves Brooklyn, gets her MBA, and has a kid.  Hearts that Hate will reappear as well, where we will find that former frontman Blake has started to produce electronic music and is trying to make a name for himself in the EDM scene on a song called “Signing Dubstep”.  Suburban Legends and I will rejoin forces on a ska song about a zombie Tyrannosaurus, complete with a classic 90s ska horn arrangement. This album also includes a few lit-hop tracks as well, with songs about Jack Kerouac and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Confirmed guests include Watsky, Schäffer the Darklord, Mega Ran, Adam WarRock, Shael Riley and of course the Suburban Legends

I am offering a lot of unique incentives with this campaign  There are chances to be a featured guest performer on the album, to own one of my Zelda cartridge chains (as worn in the photo above), to star in one of the music videos, to get an acrylic painting or a personalized drawing, a chance own one of the computers on which I created one of my previous albums, and even a chance to have me produce and co-write a song with you.  Also, for the first time ever, I’m offering the opportunity to pre-order the album on cassette tape (in case you wanted to play the album in your parents' 80s station wagon). 

As I recently said on Facebook, if you've ever bought anything from me or supported me in any way over the past ten years, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.  You're the reason why I get to keep doing this and why I get to live my dream.  No label, just friends.  With your help, I can keep creating the songs and albums from my hear that I know you will love.

Thanks again for checking out my new Kickstarter; I hope you can find a pledge level that best suits your needs.  Anything helps and I can’t wait to master and send you guys this awesome album! 

Peace and thanks from your DIY rapper homie, 

MC Lars 

P.S.  Big thanks to team Brosis (Max Isaacson and Morgan Faust) for creating the great video above and to Preston Spurlock for his awesome dinosaur animations that played during the chase sequence.  You can learn more about Max and Morgan's amazing work here, and you can find out more about Preston's artistic freshness on his Tumblr.  

P.P.S. Below are some images related to this project: some of the confirmed guest artists on this LP, an example of one of the acrylic paintings you can can get (and me painting it), a close-up shot of the Zelda bling, and some of the characters we will be revisiting us on this album (Hipster Girl and Blake from Hearts that Hate).

For more info on me, post-punk laptop rap, and lit-hop: mclars.com

Biographical background and press: press.mclars.com

Upcoming tour dates (UK and US): tour.mclars.com

Risks and challenges

As you all have seen from my last two campaigns, I always put my 100% of myself into my work. The potential risks and challenges will be overcome by my dedication to making the best album I can and getting it to you as quickly as possible.

When this project is funded, I will be working 12 hours a day on overseeing the physical mixing and mastering of the final tracks, designing the CD and booklet, making sure the album cover artwork is awesome, storyboarding and filming the first video, making sure you get the digital downloads before anyone else, and getting all of the physical reward items together to ship as quickly as possible.

Thanks again for your support - it means the world to me. I promise not to let you down! :)

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    "THE DIGITAL FAN INTRODUCTORY PACKAGE" - High resolution mp3 download link (256 kbps) of "the Zombie Dinosaur LP", complete with downloadable lyrics and album art.

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    "THE DIGITAL FAN HIGH RESOLUTION DOUBLE ALBUM PACKAGE" - FLAC / lossless format downloads of both "the Zombie Dinosaur LP" as well as my new-ish "Remixes & Rarities" compilation. The compilation contains many older and unreleased songs from the past decade that you probably haven't heard yet. :)

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    "THE PHYSICAL ALBUM & THANK YOU NOTE PACKAGE" - Everything in the $10 pledge, plus a physical, personally autographed copy of "the Zombie Dinosaur LP", as well as a signed thank you note from Lars.

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    "THE TWO CD AND BEAUTIFUL POSTER / THANK YOU NOTE COMBO" - Everything in the $15 pledge, plus a physical, personally autographed copy of the "Remixes & Rarities" compilation, and a Kickstarter only silkscreen poster designed and signed by Lars.

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    "THE ZOMBIE DINO SUPER PACK" - Everything in the $30 pledge, plus a Kickstarter only MC Lars t-shirt and a limited edition cassette release of "the Zombie Dinosaur LP".

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    "THE 'MY LAPTOP NEEDS YOUR HELP' LIMITED AVAILABILITY PACKAGE" - Everything in the $50 pledge, plus a personalized 8.5" x 11" ink drawing by Lars. This pledge level also gives you the chance to perform as a guest musician on the album! Here's how it works: you record yourself playing an instrument (harmonica, drums, flugelhorn, anything!), and send it to me. I will use it as part of an awesome beat and credit you in the album liner notes as a featured performer. Ever wanted to be on a indie rap classic? Now's your chance! :)

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    "THE BLINGED OUT ZELDA BALLER LIMITED AVAILABILITY PACKAGE" - Everything in the $100 pledge, plus one of those fresh "Legend of Zelda" necklaces I was rocking on Warped. The game still plays! (Disclaimer: neither the chain nor the cartridge are real gold, but we can pretend they are for joyful smiles.)

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    "THE 'LARS ATTACKS (YOUR WALL WITH A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING)' LIMITED AVAILABILITY PACKAGE" - Everything in the $250 pledge, plus a personalized acrylic painting of any of the characters from any of the albums. See photos to the left for examples.

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    "THE 'BLAKE FROM HEARTS THAT HATE WILL BE VERY JEALOUS' LIMITED AVAILABILITY PACKAGE" - Everything in the $500 pledge, plus the chance for me to co-write and produce an entire track with and/or for you over Skype. Yes, you heard that right! I will be the Dr. Dre to your Eminem. :) This package includes musical and/or lyrical consultation and a guest vocal from me (if it makes sense on your song). Also, if you live within reasonable driving distance of the LA area, there is the possibility of me traveling to your home studio to work on this song in person. I can bring my production set-up or we can use your rig, either or both is fine. Contact me for details on this one! I'm super stoked for it.

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    "THIS GIGANTIC PACKAGE THRILLS" - Everything in the $1,000 pledge, plus the actual MacBook Pro on which I recorded part of "Lars Attacks!", "Indie Rocket Science" and most of "the Edgar Allan Poe EP". You will be drawn as a character in the liner notes of the CD and if you can get to LA, you will have the change to be featured as a character in one of the album's music videos!

    Laptop specs:

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
    Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB
    Hard drive size: 750 GB

    (Note: there are a few pixels that are less dark than others in the middle of the screen but otherwise everything working perfectly. Contact me for details.)

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    "THE T.P.F.R. PACKAGE" - (NOTE - the monitor and desktop that used to be part of the $3,500 pledge are now standing alone in this one) Everything in the $1,000 pledge, plus the actual Mac Pro desktop on which I wrote and recorded most of "This Gigantic Robot Kills", "Indie Rocket Science", "Lars Attacks!" and part of "the Edgar Allan Poe EP". This offer also includes the actual 30" DVI HD Apple cinema display monitor that I used while mixing and recording these albums. If you can get to LA, you can star in one of the album's music videos! Desktop specs: Mac Pro (early 2008) Processor: 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Memory: 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB Hard drive space: 320 GB (Note: the monitor has a few scuffs on the front but still works perfectly and you can see everything on it fine; it simply adds some charm! Contact me for details.)

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    "THE ULTIMATE T.P.F.R. PACKAGE" - Everything in the $1,000 pledge, plus the actual Mac Pro desktop on which I wrote and recorded most of "This Gigantic Robot Kills", "Indie Rocket Science", "Lars Attacks!" and part of "the Edgar Allan Poe EP". This offer also includes the actual 30" DVI HD Apple cinema display monitor that I used while mixing and recording these albums. You will be listed as "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" on the back of the CD and if you can get to LA, you can star in one of the album's music videos! The biggest, and most amazing MC Lars fan pledge opportunity to date. :) Please contact me for more info on this one.

    Desktop specs: Mac Pro (early 2008)

    Processor: 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Memory: 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB
    Hard drive space: 320 GB

    (Note: the monitor has a few scuffs on the front but still works perfectly and you can see everything on it fine; it simply adds some charm! Contact me for details.)

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