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We're recording our 5th and 6th independent releases this year. After a great start, we need your help to finish up.
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* HEAR/HERE * For the 10-Day Countdown, we are revealing one new song each day on our project's blog.  Just click the "Updates" tab up above!  After June 17th the preview posts will become "backers-only."  * HERE/HEAR *

Hi, my name is Mike Maimone.  On behalf of Mutts, we're so glad you're here.  We hope you'll take a few minutes to watch our video and learn more about us and our project - a double LP called

We just finished recording it, and I can honestly say that it has been the most ambitious, challenging, emotional and fulfilling album I've been a part of in 16 years of making records (I'm 30, and started my first band when I was 14).  The first half is a 10-track explosion that will melt your socks, and the second half is a 10-track unplugged adventure that's gonna knock your face off.

It's a huge step for our little band, but sticks to the ideals with which it all began:  We started Mutts to pour our hearts out into honest songs, record them raw and real, and give it all away...

This letter is new territory, too.  We've never had to ask anyone for money until now.  Putting our label-and-manager-and-agent experiences behind us, we started Mutts knowing we'd have to continue working several jobs, living on the cheap and maxing out a credit card from time to time to record music the way we want it, release it for free, and go on tour to spread the word.  So why change things?  Are we getting lazy, or giving up on our principles? 

It's because "this is the future of music," to quote Amanda Palmer.  It's because crowd-funding gives artists a chance to present art the way they dream it, without sacrificing parts of the vision due to budget restraints or *gag* whether a corporate executive thinks a product is commercially viable. --- and specifically ---  It's because now that we're grown-ass men, after so many bands, so many breakups, so many recording sessions, so many tours, so many jobs, so many failures, a few sweet sweet successes, so many moments questioning what the hell we're doing with our lives, and so many moments where it's abundantly clear why we do it... we've been thoroughly humbled, and as a result I believe we've come up with an album that is all-encompassingly special.  (Spell check is yelling at me that "all-encompassingly" is not a word.  But I like it, and I am not a computer.)  Anyway.  Our dreams have exceeded both our expectations and our means on this one, and that's why we're asking your help.  We'll elaborate on the recording process and more in the { BACKER-ONLY A/V FUN STUFF } this summer, so for now I'll just say, "This album is a musical and emotional trip; get ready to be whisked away!"

Now it's time to play our new music for the world, and that's where you come in... We want to give it the presentation it deserves, and also make you proud to be a part of it!  We've already paid for recording, mixing and some mastering, but we need your help to finish mastering, and then press vinyl and CDs.  If you bought Pray for Rain, you know we're all about cool packaging, and you're gonna dig what we'll do with these! 

In the name of financial transparency (I did used to be an auditor at KPMG), our expense breakdown is as follows:

  • Recording Separation Anxiety (w/ Jon Alvin @ Chrome Attic): $2,250
  • Recording Object Permanence (w/ Manny Sanchez @ IV Lab): $2,900
  • Mixing Separation Anxiety (w/ Jon Alvin @ Chrome Attic): $2,200
  • Mixing Object Permanence (w/ Manny Sanchez @ IV Lab): $2,400
  • Mastering Separation Anxiety (Chicago Mastering): $1,545
  • Mastering Object Permanence (Airshow Mastering): $1,745
  • Pressing Separation Anxiety LP's (500 @ United): $2,480
  • Pressing Object Permanence LP's (500 @ United): $2,480
  • Pressing Separation Anxiety on CD (1,000 @ Discmakers): $1,000
  • Pressing Object Permanence on CD (1,000 @ Discmakers): $1,000

Total: $20k | We pay:  $10,001 | You pay: $9,999

If we are blessed enough to fund this project, we can send Separation Anxiety to press immediately, and it'll be ready by August.  Since we have a little more  mixing to do on Object Permanence, that'll be ready in November. Which reminds me...

  • Some of the incentives will be delivered in two parts because the albums will be finished at different times.  So "August 2012" is the estimated delivery on the first album, and then you'll get a second care package from us in November (including anything that involves framing both albums, but you'll at least have CD/digital ASAP).
  • Also - all of that postage is factored into the prices. 
  • Also Part 2 - The Asterisk Strikes Back - we're going to post { BACKER-ONLY A/V FUN STUFF } including more behind-the-scenes footage, updates on the project, and surprises for contributors, throughout the Summer. We're excited about making these, for real...
  • Also Part 3 - Return of the Post Script - we're definitely going to throw some random cool things into each deliverable.  We are so grateful for the support, we want to make sure that when you get our stuff, it'll be like opening a present! 

If by an unexpected showering of generosity you help us exceed our goal, anything extra will go towards our promotional budget.  We've been plugging away long enough to know that you can't just post an album online, sit back, and expect people to hear it - much less make enough money to eat a sammich or two.  With Pray for Rain we were fortunate enough to chart on the CMJ Top 200 (for college radio airplay), and get mentioned in many publications including The Huffington Post, Alternative Press Magazine, and The Deli Magazine.  This helped us reach a lot of new music listeners, opened some doors for touring, and it feels like we're getting closer to that elusive goal of making a modest living as artists.  To keep the momentum going, we're already working overtime to save $12,000 (yeah, lots of overtime) and pay for top-notch promotion of this release because we believe in it so much!  This includes press kit materials for booking shows, a PR campaign (with NoVo), college radio promotion (with Vitriol), and free sampler CDs & download cards for street teams and the folks at shows who can't afford to buy records (there's lots of us these days).

That's pretty much it...  Thanks for reading and watching and listening!  Every dollar helps, and whether or not you can contribute monetarily, please share this web page.  Every click helps too, and we can't do it without you!

LOVE,

MUTTS

[Mike, Bob & Chris]

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    { the VINYL EARLY BIRD pledge } Courtesy of United Record Pressing - you get a limited edition, advance test pressing of ONE LP! The 1st 50 backers at this level will get Separation Anxiety in August, the next 50 will get Object Permanence shortly thereafter. Plus all of the above items (2 CDs, advance downloads, special sticker, signed thank-you card, online appreciation and online fun jams!)

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    { the MARK YOUR TERRITORY pledge } Leave your permanent mark on both albums! For 100 bones we will thank you for your support in the album liner notes. Plus we'll send you copies of each album on vinyl AND CD the moment we have 'em in hand, a Mutts tee-shirt, advance downloads, the special "I KICKstarted MUTTS" sticker, signed thank-you card, a big thank-you on our websites and the backer-only Summer fun stuff online.

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    { the GUEST LIST FOR LIFE pledge } I'll give you my personal cell phone number and email address, so any time you want a free ticket to one of our shows, just get in touch. We'll also send you a "Mutts Guest List for Life" plaque with album art and one unique memento from the recording sessions. Plus you get the addition to our liner notes, limited edition signed poster, vinyl and CD copies of all 3 of our LPs, a Mutts tee, advance downloads of both albums, the signed thank you card, sticker, big ol' thank-you on our website, and yep, the backer-only fun stuff this Summer.

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    { the ONE-OF-A-KIND pledge } Here's a special one for two big donors. I (this is Mike, here) keep a notebook for each album - with song charts, lyric sheets, studio notes, mix ideas, etc. This is a special and important part of the recording to me, and I'm putting my notebooks from Separation Anxiety and Object Permanence out there for two special contributors. We'll also insert pictures from the sessions, and each of us will hand-write a little something about our contributions and thoughts on each song, making these one-of-a-kind scrapbooks on the recording of each album. Plus you'll get all of the $150 level rewards!

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    { the PIANO MAN pledge } For this hearty contribution, I (Mike) will travel anywhere in the US during the next year to give you and your friends a personal in-home concert. Plus we'll send you everything from {GUEST LIST FOR LIFE} and I'll bring a commemorative plaque to present to you in person. And if you need some yard work or anything done, hell, I'll do that for a few hours, too. PLEASE NOTE: Delivery time is August 2012 for deliverables only. Please plan on scheduling the event with me within the next 12 months. Your pledge includes my cost of travel and lodging.

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    { the YOU PUPS CLEAN UP NICE pledge } You can shave one of our heads (what you do with the hair is up to you). First come, first serve on picking whose head you wanna shave... we'll update you here if and when each of us goes down. Plus you get everything from {GUEST LIST FOR LIFE} . PLEASE NOTE: Deliverables will arrive in August 2012, we will plan on meeting for the head-shaving sometime within the next year.

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    { the TAKE MIKE OFF OUR HANDS pledge } For 2 GRAND, I will be your servant for not one, not two, but THREE days. The guys will appreciate me being gone... For starters, I will travel anywhere in the US during the next year to give you and your friends a personal in-home solo piano concert (I'll bring a keyboard if you don't have a piano). I will also spend THREE days doing yard work or chores you need done around the house (anything safe and legal for up to 8 hours/day, and you provide any necessary supplies or tools - I specialize in landscaping, painting, cleaning, dog walking, bookkeeping, and many other things). I'll also go grocery shopping and cook you two delicious meals/day for ALL THREE DAYS - I specialize in breakfast (I make DELICIOUS eggs) and Italian food!
    Plus you get all the goods from {GUEST LIST FOR LIFE} and the album mounted on a plaque for you to proudly display.
    PLEASE NOTE: Delivery time is August 2012 for deliverables only. Please plan on scheduling the event with me within the next 12 months. Your pledge includes my cost of travel and lodging (although if you want to let me crash on your floor while I fix your house/yard/whatever that'd be great!).

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    { the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER pledge } For this generous donation, your name will be prominently featured on the back cover of the album. It'll go: "Produced by Mutts. Executive Producer: YOU." And then the track list, and that's it. It's the best seat in the house! We'll also send you a commemorative plaque with signed and dedicated vinyl mounted for you to proudly display. Plus we'll send you everything from { GUEST LIST FOR LIFE }.

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    { the PRIVATE PARTY pledge } For this generous contribution, ALL THREE OF US will travel anywhere in the US during the next year to give you and your friends a personal in-home acoustic Mutts concert. Plus we'll send you everything from {GUEST LIST FOR LIFE} and bring a commemorative plaque to present to you in person. PLEASE NOTE: Delivery time is August 2012 for deliverables only. Please plan on scheduling the event with us within the next 12 months. Your pledge includes our cost of travel and lodging (although if you want to put us up for the night of the show that'd be fun and much appreciated; we don't take up much space).

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    { the YOURS FOR A DAY pledge } NEW! With 4 days and $4K left, if you bring it on home we will be your servants for a day. For starters, we will travel anywhere in the US during the next year to give you and your friends a personal in-home acoustic Mutts concert. We will also spend a full day doing yard work or chores you need done around the house (anything safe and legal for up to 8 hours/day, and you provide any necessary supplies or tools - we specialize in landscaping, painting, cleaning, tutoring, dog walking, bookkeeping, and many many other things). We'll also go grocery shopping and cook you three delicious meals - we're excellent cooks! Plus you get all the goods from { GUEST LIST FOR LIFE } and the album dedicated and mounted on a plaque for you to proudly display. PLEASE NOTE: Delivery time is August 2012 for deliverables only. Please plan on scheduling the event with us within the next 12 months. Your pledge includes our cost of travel and lodging (although if you want to put us up while we fix your house/yard/whatever that'd be great!).

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    { the YOU OWN US NOW pledge } For TEN GRAND (WOW), we will be your servants for not one, not two, but THREE days. For starters, we will travel anywhere in the US during the next year to give you and your friends a personal in-home acoustic Mutts concert. We will also spend THREE days doing yard work or chores you need done around the house (anything safe and legal for up to 8 hours/day, and you provide any necessary supplies or tools - we specialize in landscaping, painting, cleaning, tutoring, dog walking, bookkeeping, and many many other things). We'll also go grocery shopping and cook you three delicious meals/day for ALL THREE DAYS - we're excellent cooks!
    Plus you get all the goods from {GUEST LIST FOR LIFE} and the album mounted on a plaque for you to proudly display.
    PLEASE NOTE: Delivery time is August 2012 for deliverables only. Please plan on scheduling the event with us within the next 12 months. Your pledge includes our cost of travel and lodging (although if you want to put us up while we fix your house/yard/whatever that'd be great!).

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