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A new record label gearing up to reissue two rare LPs: Kenneth Higney "Attic Demonstration" (1976) & Sound Ceremony "s/t" (1979)

One Kind Favor is a vinyl only record label specializing in music from all corners of this strange and beautiful universe. Expect us to release legitimate reissues of private press loner-folk classics, archival compilations of "out there" punk/noise, unearthed free jazz oddities, maybe even a contemporary cassette or LP here and there. After two years managing the Western Massachusetts label and record shop Feeding Tube Records, I've decided to light out on my own, starting One Kind Favor and making a new home for myself in beautiful coastal Belfast, Maine. The label's name is inspired by a line from the song "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" as recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson, but also found in many American and British folk songs over the last few hundred years. The name is especially fitting for a number of reasons, not least being that the first two planned releases are from America and Britain, respectively. Both are official vinyl reissues of very rare private press records from the 1970's: Kenneth Higney "Attic Demonstration" (US 1976) & Sound Ceremony "s/t" (UK 1979).  The video above you contains a special mix tape of four songs from each of the two albums.  Continue reading on for detailed descriptions of the music.

I'd like to release both LPs at once, the total cost of which will be close to $5,000, more than double my stated pledge goal.  I've decided to use Kickstarter as both a means to help fund these projects and as a method for individuals and retailers to pre-order copies, which I expect will sell fairly quickly.  You're pretty much paying for what you get here, and I'm trying to give fairly priced rewards.  I have both of these projects practically ready to go to the plant.  There's just one kind favor I'll ask of you...consider making a contribution and sharing this page with other music lovers!

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Kenneth Higney "Attic Demonstration"
LP edition of 500 copies

Often considered the Holy Grail of "real people" records, Kenneth Higney's "Attic Demonstration" was never actually intended to be an official release. It was recorded in New York City by Higney and his accompanist Gordon Gaines (R.I.P.) as a vehicle with which to sell Higney's songs to other artists and was only pressed to vinyl in 1976 when he grew tired of duplicating cassette tapes. Apparently the Jandekian dissonance of the "A. Demo." sound was an unintended by-product of the one take demo sessions. Be that as it may, "Attic Demonstration" is a strange sonic world all of it's own. It is neither too weird to be unappealing to "regular" music listeners nor is it one of those "discoveries" that leaves you wondering what all the hype was about. Acoustic guitar ballads of nearly atonal desolation mix readily with rock 'n' roll numbers featuring hiccuping drums and alien sounding electric guitar. Hingey's vocals are by turns sneering and mournful as he sings about lost love and the desire for fame all filtered through his uniquely bent worldview. Although a few ads were placed for the record in The Village Voice and The Aquarian, the fame that Higney sought eluded him (a semi-positive review in Trouser Press notwithstanding). That is, until the album was discovered and distributed by record dealer Paul Major. "Attic Demonstration" has been featured in the Acid Archives and copies of the original LP have soared in price over the years, but you no longer have to pay $100, $200 or even $300 to obtain a copy of this monumental album on vinyl. One Kind Favor and Kenneth Higney have teamed up to bring you an official reissue of "Attic Demonstration" remastered and with all the original artwork.

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Sound Ceremony
LP edition of 500 copies

Canadian born guitarist and songwriter Ron Warren Ganderton self-released three LPs with his group Sound Ceremony while living in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and 80s. First came "Guitar Star" (1973), then "Sound Ceremony" (1979) and finally "Precious As England" (1981). Despite some modest distribution and frequent gigs, the band never seemed to really take off and Ganderton eventually returned to his native Vancouver (where he still resides), leaving hundreds of unsold records in the attic of his house. While these copies seem to have been lost to the ravages of time, One Kind Favor will now reissue the second Sound Ceremony LP. All of the group's efforts are undeniably unique, but "Sound Ceremony" (1979) is the true brain-damaged winner of the bunch. The record surely fits somewhere into the UK punk explosion of the day, but it's also looks back to the mid-sixties rock that Ron cut his teeth on and ahead to some sort of maniac future form of entertainment that perhaps has not been invented yet. Ganderton's truly "out of it" stream of consciousness lyrics show a clear lack of self-censorship and that's really one of the albums strongest assets. He has created this character of himself as a huge rock star and a sex symbol, and who are we to deny his claims? This stuff is eerily convincing. Like Lou Reed, the man's ideas often can't be contained by something so limiting as the bar line. The band chugs along amiably as Ganderton's vocals wander all over the place.  If you've never heard a singer do a count-off all the way up to seventeen, then now is your big chance!  Features what is perhaps the greatest anti-cigarette song of all time.

Thanks for your time and for any assistance you can provide me in helping to make One Kind Favor a reality.  If you can't contribute, please consider passing this page along to your vinyl loving friends.

~Nick

www.onekindfavor.net

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    TEST PRESSINGS: If you select this reward I will send you copies of both the Sound Ceremony AND Kenneth Higney test pressings as well as a download of the Sound Ceremony MP3. The test pressings will come in hand made art sleeves and be shipped to you as soon as they are approved by me. The test pressings are not available with any other package. For instance, you will still need to contribute an extra $30 (for US backers) if you want to get the final versions of both albums. If you live outside of the USA, I will require an extra $10 to cover the shipping costs.

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    WHOLESALE PACKAGE 1 USA: This is a great package for you if you have a record store or a distro. This will get you 7 LPs (any quantity of either title, just as long as it adds up to 7). That's $10.71 per LP including shipping. This is for backers in the USA only.

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    WHOLESALE PACKAGE 1 Non-USA: This is a great package for you if you have a record store or a distro. This will get you 7 LPs (any quantity of either title, just as long as it adds up to 7). That's $15.71 per LP, not a bad deal seeing as it includes international shipping. This is for backers outside of the USA.

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    WHOLESALE PACKAGE 2 USA: Same as the other wholesale package, but you get a better deal. This will get you 16 LPs (any quantity of either title, just as long as it adds up to 16). These are the lowest wholesale prices that will EVER be available for these releases ($9.38 per LP including shipping). This is for backers in the USA only.

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    WHOLESALE PACKAGE 2 Non-USA: This is a great package for you if you have a record store or a distro and you want to get a better deal. This will get you 16 LPs (any quantity of either title, just as long as it adds up to 16). That's a great deal: $12.50 per LP including international shipping. This is for backers outside of the USA.

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    SET FOR LIFE CLUB USA: This is for backers who have a lot of faith in the direction One Kind Favor is heading. Contributors on this level will receive physical copies of every release the label puts out, until my heart stops ticking. This includes vinyl copies of both the Kenneth Higney and Sound Ceremony LPs and vinyl copies of all releases from then on out. I already have a number of really great projects in their early stages and I plan on releasing roughly half a dozen albums per year. This is for backers in the USA only.

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    SET FOR LIFE CLUB Non-USA: This is for backers who have a lot of faith in the direction One Kind Favor is heading. Contributors on this level will receive physical copies of every release the label puts out, until my heart stops ticking. This includes vinyl copies of both the Kenneth Higney and Sound Ceremony LPs and vinyl copies of all releases from then on out. I already have a number of really great projects in their early stages and I plan on releasing roughly half a dozen albums per year. This is for backers outside of the USA.

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    With a $1000 backing pledge you will get to join the Set For Life Club (regardless of where you live in the world) AND I will promise to do everything in my power to reissue one of your favorite private press records in as faithful and official a method as is humanly possible. You submit to me a list of ten of your favorites with as much information as possible and I'll work down the list until I hit gold.

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