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I'm making a new album of original songs and I want you to hear it! Help me record at Tiny Telephone in SF by pre-ordering my EP.
I'm making a new album of original songs and I want you to hear it! Help me record at Tiny Telephone in SF by pre-ordering my EP.
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Hello, friends, family, fans, and anyone else who stumbles upon this page!

I am incredibly excited to announce the upcoming release of my first Molly Newman EP. After four years away from wizard rock and five years away from the Pizookies, I'm determined to share my original music like never before. I've written a number of songs in the interim, the best four or five of which will be featured on this upcoming EP. 

I'm shooting for the stars on this one, so instead of recording in my bedroom or my friend's garage, I'm taking my new band (!) with me into a studio called Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. With the expert guidance of sound engineer Jacob Winik and studio owner John Vanderslice, we'll be recording in the same studio where Death Cab For Cutie recorded Transatlanticism

I am so eager to take my music to the next level and record at a truly professional studio with amazing musicians rounding out my songs. I'll be joined by my sister Rachel on keys and harmony vocals, my brother-in-law Paco on drums, and my friend Bryan on bass guitar. We have been practicing the songs and it is so gratifying to hear them come alive in the hands of such a capable group of musicians. I can't wait for you to all hear them too. 

I've decided to try Kickstarter because on my preschool teacher salary I am unable to pay for studio time during the summer (when school is out of session), but I want to share my music with the world now, and at a level I have not attempted before. 

If I can record this EP, and record it well, I will have a truly professional release that can more accurately reflect my songs to not only better serve my existing listeners but also help me develop a wider fan base that will enable me to play shows and hopefully one day tour. 

Kickstarter is a unique and mutually beneficial way for my listeners to have an improved connection with me and my music, and for me to record at the level to which I aspire. I don't see the items listed to the right as rewards for donations - it's more like pre-ordering at a whole new level. As such, I've done my best to match pricing with things--both tangible and intangible--which you will hopefully wish to purchase. 


YOUR OPTIONS

I know that four or five songs seems like a small amount, so one of the main things you will get out of pre-ordering this EP will also be a digital EP of home recorded acoustic demos of other original songs that did not make the cut. I am hoping that on the strength of this EP I will gather enough steam to record a high-quality full-length LP in the summer of 2013. But with the combination of the two EPs from this Kickstarter campaign, you should be getting your fix of Molly music, if that's what you're jonesing for!

Other items you can buy here, besides the obvious pre-order of the album, include an embarrassing home-made EP of songs I wrote & recorded in high school, your choice of YouTube cover song, honey produced by my dad's bees, a pizza made by me, and an original song written just for you. Check out the detailed list to the right for more information and decide what you'd like to end up with!

NOTE: Every level of support receives EVERYTHING from the levels before it. In other words, if you pledge $20, you get the rewards for $20, $15, $10, $5, and $1. It's a cumulative purchasing scheme. Anyone who pledges $10 or more gets a copy of the EP when it comes out. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!

THE NITTY GRITTY

I want to be 100% transparent about the financial aspects of this, so if you're interested, the money is being raised for the following purposes.

  • For the incredible pleasure and exciting privilege of recording in Tiny Telephone's B room, I will be paying $250 per day.
  • For the guidance and technical wizardry of Jacob Winik, I will be paying $200 per day. 
  • To rent the beautiful, classic 1960's Ludwig drum kit in the studio, I will be paying $50 per day. 

In total, the two days of recording I have scheduled will cost $1000. Both Kickstarter and Amazon take a cut of the money raised through my project, totaling 10%, so to come out of this with enough money for the recording I need to raise an additional $112. So to raise the money I need to pay for the recording and mixing of my album, my goal comes out to $1112.  

The reason I've set a November release date is that in order to have the CD mastered and pressed, I'll need to put money aside from every paycheck from August - October to cover the cost. I know November is a long time away and for that I apologize. The August recording date is to give me and the band the time to rehearse and rewrite the songs over and over until they are perfect and ready to be recorded. 

If enough people purchase items from the list on the right, I may be able to push the release date up to October or even September. If the amount surpasses the goal of $1112, here's where the money will go! 

  • $500 - professional mastering 
  • $600-1000 (depending on amount raised) - pressing 1000 copies of the album ($600 for sleeves, $1000 for digipaks or jewel cases). 
  • Anything else - paying the rest of the band for their time and effort, saving for recording a full-length album, touring, etc.

Thank you so much for your time reading this and/or watching the video! Most of all, thank you for your support!

Questions? Email me at mollyllom@gmail.com
Interested in hearing some of my music? Check out my YouTube account.

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    Thank you! You're now on my official Kickstarter email list, where you will receive updates, photos, mp3s, and videos between now and the album's release!

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    The digital-only B-sides EP, an acoustic, home-recorded collection of 6-8 original songs that did not make the final cut. You'll also be on the Kickstarter email list!

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    The hard copy of the new EP, which will be recorded in August and released in November. You'll also receive the B-sides EP and be on the email list.

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    The Let's Potato EP, my awkward collection of songs written and recorded in high school. Plus everything above.

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    A mix CD that I will make just for you. If you have any genre, mood, or theme requests, I can do that. You'll also receive everything listed above.

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    A hard copy of either Muggle Knitting Patterns (the first Roonil Wazlib CD) or the Putting Fluffy to Sleep EP (from the 2007 Wizard Rock EP of the Month Club). Plus everything above.

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    I will record a YouTube video of any song you want. Really. Any song. It'll be on my YouTube forever, there for the world to see. You'll also get everything listed above.

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    You will be invited to a special concert in the south Bay Area in California, open only to those who pledge $50 or more! Plus everything above. (If you're not close enough, you'll be invited to a live stream performance online!)

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    I will make you a pizza! Come over to my apartment, meet my adorable kitten, and eat some pizza with me. I make a mean pizza. You'll also receive everything listed above.

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    Too far away for a pizza date? Then enjoy another Newman-produced speciality...a jar of honey, harvested from my dad's beehive. No kidding. It's good stuff! (You'll also get everything listed above besides the pizza)

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    I will write a song for you and put a video of it on my YouTube channel. I can write it all about you and who you are (like the Pizookies' "She's Grace"), I can write it for someone else on your behalf (like when The Pizookies asked a girl to prom for our friend, in song, at a school assembly), I can make a melody for lyrics you wrote, I can rap about types of cheese....it's really up to you. (You'll also get everything listed above - you choose pizza or honey)

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    Hard copies of all five of my CDs. This includes all three Roonil Wazlib releases, the Pizookies self-titled album, the new EP I'm recording, and a digital single by my short-lived screamo band from 2005. It's called "Oh, The Things One Learns While Visiting The Public Library" and our band was called Rollie Pollie Ollie and the Suicidal Dream Machine vs. Bad Attitude and the Dirty Diapers. It's seven minutes long. I'm not making this up. I'll also throw in handwritten lyrics and music for the songs on the EP, and a guitar pick. (Plus everything above, of course!)

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    Already have my old CDs or just don't want 'em? Okay! I'll make you a one-of-a-kind band T-shirt (you choose the size, color, and style!) I'll also throw in the handwritten lyrics and music for the songs on the EP, and a guitar pick. And I'll give you the screamo song... if you can handle that. (Plus everything above!)

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    Want it all? All right. You can have it all. You can get everything in the prizes here -- and that includes both $60 prizes and both $100 prizes -- and I'll thank you personally with either a froyo date (if you're in NorCal) or a Skype date (if you're far away).

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    Want me to play in your living room? Backyard? Dorm common room? Basement? If you live within 50 miles of Sunnyvale, this option is for you! [If you live between 50 - 100 miles away, please add $25 ($200 total) for travel costs :)] Oh, and you'll get all the stuff above too (I'll bring the honey, CDs, and shirt to your show!)

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