About this project
Yes, we have reached our goal!! But remember, this is a pre-order for the record and many of these items will sell out. Let's run these numbers up!! (Says me, the now ruthless record label owner.)
Here's "Raw Wood" from Dagger Beach.
Here's "Diamanthunde" from Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs
WE HAVE CROSSED 75K, SO I WILL NOW WRITE YOU A SONG.
You can play it, post it, lip dub it, make a 7" out of it, sell it, YOU OWN IT (collectively). It'll be recorded at Tiny Telephone using the musicians you know and love. It will be a bad ass production, not a demo. It will be weird and wonderful.
STRETCH GOAL REACHED...We crossed 65K, so all packages of $100+ will receive a UNIQUE 4X6 photograph. Thanks so much for doing this.
Taken by me on my Leica M6 and printed at San Francisco's own Photoworks on Kodak matte paper. I'll sign and write some location info or other explication on the back. These are one-off prints, they are actually the only print I have of each photo. It's a 1 of 1 kind of scenario. WE DO IT.
Stereogum has the DIamond Dogs track.
Vanderslice Plays Diamond Dogs - "A Better Whirlpool"
NEW REWARDS: ALL THE CDS, GREEN GROW THE RUSHES 180G VINYL
REWARDS CLOSE TO SELLING OUT: Diamond Dogs vinyl, 1/2" master tape (1), Dagger Beach Test Pressing (4), House Shows (1 left), Private Listening Party (3 left), Extra In Music Video (1 left), Taqueria Tour (1 left).
SOLD OUT rewards: I WRITE YOU AN 8 SECOND SONG WITH YOUR NAME IN IT, DIAMOND DOGS TEST PRESSING, MY COPY OF MOON COLONY BLOODBATH, DISTRESSED WOOD FLASH DRIVE
We crossed 60k so we'll live stream the May 2nd listening party.
You can easily combine rewards: just type in the total amount for both rewards, but select just one of them. When the campaign ends I'll send out a survey getting necessary info to be sure everyone gets what they requested.
----------- The story-----------
In the winter of 2011, after lots and lots of White Wilderness touring, I returned home to an empty house and a chaotic Tiny Telephone. The years of relentless recording and touring had inflicted some psychic costs that needed to be accounted (and paid) for.
So I lost my mind for a few exciting months, and then made some hard decisions about how to best maintain a healthy relationship with creativity.
I decided to tour much less (with the exception of house shows, which always feels right to me) and release music on my own label, Tiny Telephone.
For me, the best part of making records and touring was always the friendships I made with fans. Many of you reading this will know exactly what I mean.
There were only two aspects of what I was doing that had to stay: recording my songs and nurturing the relationships with people who have supported my music. That means you.
So you see, it's now just you and me. The label has one employee, and you're looking at him. I'm trying to bring this stuff back to its essence.
Honestly, I'm terrified to put out my own records. For a week after I made the decision, I had intense insomnia and deep regret. Later, I moved to something like terror + incredible excitement. Now, after further reflection, it's clear to me: I was born for this.
Needless to say, there are costs associated with self-releasing. (Wow, I really took those label advances for granted!) My crew at Tiny Telephone (which includes the engineer, all the musicians on the record, and Magik*Magik Orchestra) has let me run up an impressive tab, but that tab is now due.
The costs of the initial vinyl printing are around $12,000. Without your help, it will be impossible for me to release the record.
I love Dagger Beach. I spent 10 months writing and recording this record. It's construction was very similar to Cellar Door and Pixel Revolt: songs were written over existing free-form drum parts, or tracked at home and meticulously overdubbed at Tiny Telephone. We kept the roughness and frayed edges in (when they worked) and leaned on early takes and performances that teetered on perfection.
Like all my albums, Dagger Beach is a linear, analog production. The 200g pressing is superb and might be the best sounding vinyl I've made yet. Joe Williams did a wonderful job on the gatefold artwork.
Dagger Beach will be in stores this summer. If you support this Kickstarter, you will receive your (digital or analog) copy of both records at least a week before they hit stores.
Dagger Beach Track Listing
10. Sleep It Off
12. North Coast Rep
13. Interlude #2
Covering Diamond Dogs was instructive and inspiring. We made it in five days, top to bottom, with the same band as Dagger Beach: Jason Slota on drums, Jamie Riotto on bass, and Rob Shelton on keyboards. Ian Pellicci recorded both. It's probably the most out, weird, and chaotic thing I've done. And I've NEVER played so much guitar on an album (that was a blast for me).
Having a template to work with (and then disregard if we needed to) provided an enormous amount of freedom. Avi and John from Avi Buffalo (who were recording in the A room during the tracking) guest star on it. I think the record is pretty fantastic. The heavy vinyl pressing will be limited to 500* and will sell out pretty quickly.
*We initially limited this to 300 but QRP has a 500 minimum for 200g LPs.
Diamond Dogs Track Listing
1. This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Suicide
3. Jump In The River Holding Hands
4. Juvenile Success
5. Would You Possibly Rock and Roll With Me?
6. Be Elusive, But Don't Walk Far
7. The Savage Jaw
8. A Better Whirlpool
9. Shake It Up, Shake It Up
One side benefit to self-releasing is the quickness of the process. It's clear to me that this will increase my productivity (I miss those days of a release a year!!) and certainly bring me back closer to why I started in this game to begin with.
Self-releasing facilitates a high level of productivity and quickens the production process- I also believe it provides an ultra-genuine, unmediated connection to people who care about what I do. I also strongly believe it helps me make more honest and more daring music. I have untethered myself to the ways I have released records in the past decade (this is both good and bad!). But I really need your support in order to make this functional. With any luck, I'll be able to release twice as much music. I will also try to release as much free music as possible.
I'll be running the label out of my unfinished basement, where I also have a very modest studio. I would LOVE to personalize any of these rewards.
If you have any other ideas for rewards, email me. Jason and I will tour Dagger Beach in October.
Much love to you in advance for your support and help!!!!!!
Risks and challenges
Both records are done and mastered. I am an anti-flake. I am easily reachable and 100% responsible. Your rewards will be promptly and responsibly delivered upon completion. I will ship your rewards AT LEAST a week before the summer release date of Dagger Beach.
All domestic shipping is included. UK/EU customers: I'm sorry about the additional shipping charges but the USPS has just substantially raised rates.
I will be directly answering your questions. There will be no confusion.
If you want to grab more than one reward, just add the additional money into the pledge and write me a note via Kickstarter and I'll make it happen!!
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