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I'm making my first album in eight years, in Boston, with my longtime band of Lyle Brewer, Jamie Edwards, Jim Haggerty, and John Sands.
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Hey everyone!  For the first time in eight years I'm writing, performing, and producing a brand new, full-length studio album, and for the first time ever I'm partnering with all of you, via Kickstarter.  I'm excited to have a brand-new batch of songs all written and ready to be recorded by my amazing band The Meds, in my hometown of Boston.

With Jamie Edwards on keyboards and Dan Cardinal engineering
With Jamie Edwards on keyboards and Dan Cardinal engineering

The record's been a long time coming. This group of songs was written in planes, hotel rooms, on runs, walks, in cities, in the woods, and at home; some were written a number of years ago and many of them came pouring out in the last year. They tell the story of lives in a tumultuous decade, of loves, politics, travels, and are my attempt to cope with a modern world that is alternately exhilarating and frightening. There’s a through current that is emerging that suggests being above ground, or in the air; I can’t put my finger on it yet, but it may have to do with the feeling that flying is a place to put aside life’s worries, even though, paradoxically, flying can also be anxiety-producing.

It's an intimate group of songs, with some mellow tunes and rockers too, and contains some of the most personal lyrics I’ve written. I feel so fortunate to be working with a band that is as dexterous and brilliant as these guys are — they play with incredible nuance and can shift gears from really quiet, introspective stuff to over-the-top rock and roll at the drop of a hat. They are, alphabetically: the virtuosic Lyle Brewer on guitar; sonic wizard Jamie Edwards on keyboards; the mighty Jim Haggerty, commander of low end, on bass, and master-of-feel-and-groove John Sands, on drums.  It is one of life's great joys to make music with all of them at the same time, in the same place. 

Amid all today’s technological choices making records in real time in real studios may seem expensive and even old-fashioned.  But outside live performance, it remains the most exciting and efficient way to bring real music to real ears. Recording this way allows us to capture those moments of "harmonic surprise" (to quote composer John Adams), the unplanned collective magic that only a live band recording can spark and inspire. Your Kickstarter contributions will fund the hardworking people who make this album: the musicians, engineers, artists, and designers who bring it to life, from the performance, mixing, and mastering to the artwork, packaging, pressing, and promotion.

I can't thank you enough for considering a contribution. I promise to work as hard as I can to deliver the most ­vibrant and honest piece of work I can make.   

Lyle Brewer on guitar
Lyle Brewer on guitar

Jim Haggerty on bass and John Sands on drums - all photos by Laura Hajar Photography
Jim Haggerty on bass and John Sands on drums - all photos by Laura Hajar Photography

Risks and challenges

The challenges for this album are significant. I don't have a record label to fund it, nor am I a high-profile artist with a big following, so raising a large sum of money is a daunting task. If the monetary goal isn't met this record won't get made. But with your contributions I know that a fully-realized, hi-fi studio album is within reach.

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    Digital Copy of the New Album

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    CD + Digital Download

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    Bonus Single: "Vitamin V!"

    You'll receive a digital copy of a brand new, unreleased song, Vitamin V, featuring Kimon and all the Meds. This song will not appear on the new album and is only available to Kickstarter backers. This tune was written in response to Jim Fitting's song Vitamin T that Session Americana recorded a few years back and was recently recorded at Dimension Sound by Dan Cardinal and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie with artwork by Jesse Adelman. You'll also receive a signed CD + digital download of the album.

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    Your Name in the Liner Notes

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    Unreleased Home Demos

    You'll receive a zip file of never-before-released early acoustic demos of songs including Cowboy Coffee, Baby Who Knows, and Not Where I'm At, and several others. You'll also get a signed CD and digital download, the Vitamin V single, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Handwritten Song Lyrics

    I'll personally write out the lyrics to a song of your choosing and send it to you in the mail. You'll also receive the album on CD and digital download, the Vitamin V single, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Bass Lesson with Kimon

    A one-on-one bass lesson with Kimon -- any and all levels are welcome. We'll talk about technique, style, tone, approach to learning songs, and the kitchen sink. Available in person in Boston and LA, or by Skype if you're in another city. In addition, you'll receive the CD, digital download, the Vitamin V single, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Vinyl Record Shopping with Kimon

    Wanna go record shopping? I'll take you on a tour of a few select haunts in Boston or LA to look for the grooviest grooves (or CDs, if you prefer and/or are old fashioned, like me!). You'll also receive a signed copy and digital download of the new album, get the bonus track Vitamin V, and have your name printed in the liner notes to the album.

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    Tennis with KK!

    I love tennis. For this reward we can play a set, practice groundstrokes, serves, volleying, or just hit! Does it have to do with music? No! Is tennis awesome? Yes. Available in the Boston area or Los Angeles. You'll also get a signed CD, digital download, the single, Vitamin V, and your name in the liner notes.

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    House Concert (Solo)

    I'll come to your home in either Boston or LA and perform a solo concert for you and a select group of your friends. I'm happy to discuss performing in other locations if you can cover travel, lodging, and PA system expenses. You'll also get a signed copy of the album, digital download, the Vitamin V single, and your name in the liner notes.

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    Trio House Concert

    The KK trio will perform for you and your friends at a mutually agreed upon location and time. Woohoo! If you're outside of LA or Boston please provide travel, lodging, and PA.

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    KK with full band house concert

    A special performance with KK and full band at a mutually agreed-upon location. This one will likely have to be in greater Boston because that's where the gang is based. For other locations please contact me to discuss possibilities.

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