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Mix CD: Track #10

Hey everyone, so today we hit 50 backers and $2,000! You guys are the best. Of course, that means we have a long way to go still, but it's nice to knock out one of the benchmarks.

Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing. So if we fall short, no one's credit cards get charged and no money changes hands.

I have Track #10 of the Mix CD, but I have to do it quick. I'm supposed to go pick up a pizza.

10. A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head To The Left
Artist: Andrew Bird
Album: And the Mysterious Production of Eggs

Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers? Andrew Bird used to be part of them. He also records his albums in a big barn silo, which is pretty awesome.

Anyway, I'll come back and fill in more later, but check out this live version of the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR


-lucas

Mix CD: Track #9 (plus video)

Moving along. 8 days left.

We have a video for you about the $10 perk

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

We have 2 nice quotes to share with you. First, from David Branin of Film Courage:

People tell us that independent film is dead. They tell us there is no community and that our efforts are wasted. We must be insane because we BELIEVE, even when all indicators tell us otherwise. In this spirit, we hope that you will take a strong look at "A Year Without Rent" by Lucas McNelly. Here is a man who is willing to give up a year of his life to give back to indie film and support our cause.

And this one from Jon Reiss (@Jon_Reiss), author of THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX OFFICE, who tweeted that A Year Without Rent was "an extremely worthy campaign."

Thanks, guys!

Oh, and here's track 9 of the Mix CD.

9. There there
Artist: Radiohead
Album: Hail to the Thief

We all know Radiohead. They're awesome.

What I love about this song is how it builds, especially the shifts at 3:15 and 3:58, and how it just forces you into action. I imagine more than one person has been pulled over for speeding while listening to it.

But you don't need to hear me talk about Radiohead. What you really want is a video. Enjoy.

Here's a live acoustic version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

And the music video:

http://vimeo.com/8414966


1. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
2. The 50 States Song (Sufjan Stevens)
3. No Cars Go (Arcade Fire)
4. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan)
5. I Know Every Street (Lohio)
6. Power (Kanye West)
7. Between Days (Red House Painters)
8. Dogwalkers of the New Age (Breathe Owl Breathe)

Mix CD: Track #8 (plus some new video)

So the challenge didn't work. That's ok. I'll hold on to the clip and maybe we can do a different challenge closer to the end.

But here's what we're doing. Earlier today I had an idea while I was editing. You know what would be interesting? To really take a better look at those perks. Maybe someone's on the fence. Sometimes a paragraph isn't enough to explain why a perk is so cool.

So let's take a look at some of them. Up first, the $50 perk. (it's at the very end of this update)

Oh, and here's track 8 of the Mix CD.

8. Dogwalkers of the New Age
Artist: Breathe Owl Breathe
Album: Magic Central

I could talk for days and days about how amazing Breathe Owl Breathe. They're 3 people in Michigan who's primary instruments seem to be a guitar, banjo, and a cello. They write songs about the woods and animals and nature.

Oh, and they're the best band you've never heard of. Unless, of course, you've been within a mile of me, and then you've heard me talk about them and chances are I've forced you to listen to them.

Yeah, I'm kind of a superfan.

The new album is great, as is Canadian Shield and, well, all of them. It's all great. Kieran Roberts and I spent a good amount of time sitting in a car and waiting for it to stop raining during the filming of Up Country, during which time we would listen to Breathe Owl Breathe for inspiration.

Seriously, trust me on this one.

And if you don't, well then here's some video for you. First is this song, and then some of what's on YouTube. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Really, just go on YouTube and search "Breathe Owl Breathe". You can thank me later.


1. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
2. The 50 States Song (Sufjan Stevens)
3. No Cars Go (Arcade Fire)
4. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan)
5. I Know Every Street (Lohio)
6. Power (Kanye West)
7. Between Days (Red House Painters)

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Mix CD: Track #7 (A Challenge)

Couple things for you.

1. Our friends at Film Courage have run an article on the project by yours truly. Check it out.

2. We've laid down a little challenge that should be of particular interest to those of you who backed my film Up Country. Basically, if we can get to 50 backers today, tomorrow I'll release a rough cut of a scene from Up Country.

So...tell your friends. It's a win-win. Details at the below link:

http://www.lucasmcnelly.com/2010/12/kickstarter-challenge.html

Oh, and here's track 7 of the Mix CD.

7. Between Days
Artist: Red House Painters
Album: Old Ramon

If you saw Almost Famous, then you're kind of familiar with the Red House Painters. Basically, they're the brainchild of Mark Kozelek, who played one of the band members in Stillwater (the one who isn't a famous actor or the drummer). Anyway, Kozelek is awesome, be it via the Red House Painters or Sun Kil Moon or his solo stuff.

I find it's the sort of thing you can easily lose yourself inside of, and before you know it the album is over and you're playing it again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...


1. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
2. The 50 States Song (Sufjan Stevens)
3. No Cars Go (Arcade Fire)
4. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan)
5. I Know Every Street (Lohio)
6. Power (Kanye West)

Mix CD: Track #6

Maybe you saw this earlier, maybe you didn't, but we've become a Certified Film Threat in Progress, which basically means that the good folks at Film Threat think this is a project worth watching. It's some pretty high praise. They did a nice interview with yours truly. Check it out!
If you're scoring at home, that means we've been "endorsed" by the following: Film Courage, Film Threat, the makers of TILT, The Cutting Room Floor, Film Snobbery, and Script Chat, not to mention dozens of individuals. Hopefully we can convert that into backers and make this a reality.

Oh, and here's track 6 of the Mix CD, which is definitely NSFW.

6. Power
Artist: Kanye West
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Surprised? I would be too. The thing is, this album is really stunning. It's everything you could ask of a genius megalomaniac narcissist like Kanye West. The whole thing teeters on the edge of complete disaster. It's the sort of ballsy album people don't make anymore, especially not major mainstream stars like Kanye. And, man is it catchy. I can't get it out of my head. And I'm not really into hip hop since they stopped throwing their hands in the air. But you can't deny greatness.

Did I mention the album (and the song) is very, very NSFW?

There's a video for the song, sort of, and it's as ambitious as the album. Actually, it's a teaser for what is supposed to be some sort of 40 minute short film built around the song, kind of like the 35 minute one he did for "Runaway" (trust me, just go with it).

http://www.youtube.com/watch...


1. On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
2. The 50 States Song (Sufjan Stevens)
3. No Cars Go (Arcade Fire)
4. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan)
5. I Know Every Street (Lohio)