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Eight years in the making. Time to bring this new Put Down the Muffin album across the finish line. With your help we can do it!
Eight years in the making. Time to bring this new Put Down the Muffin album across the finish line. With your help we can do it!
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Who we are… 

Put Down the Muffin is a band that was built on an idea rather than a music style. An idea that was proposed, many years ago, to a group of good friends; 

“What if we were to start a band with the goal of making music that was devoid of the worries of making money, being trendy or even fitting any specific demographic. A band that would remember why we pursued music as our life’s work in the first place.” 

Freed from these constraints we found a real ease to creating our music, which led to the release of our first album, "The Rest of Right Now." This was followed by a rich season of concerts filled with reckless freedom, hilarious spontaneity and musical mountain tops, which became a collective treasure of musical experience for the band and our new and devoted fans. 

Life is filled with cycles and for a season the purely artistic endeavor of PDtM needed to sit on the shelf. However, a new season of stability has arrived and a brand new Muffin has been baking in the oven and is nearly ready to be consumed. This new album reflects who we are today; four guys having the time of their lives making music that matters to them on a deeper level than ever before.

 What new flavors have we added? 

Put Down The Muffin is a band who creatively throws caution to the wind. Nearly a decade after the release of our first album, we still hold that abandon to creative muses as a priority in our writing and playing.

However, time brings change, which can certainly be heard within the new songs. More emotionally expansive than the past collection, these songs cover a lot of ground dynamically and sonically. Consonant beauty finds a greater voice here than in the past, which finds a wonderful balance with the signature quirkiness of Muffin. 

While the first album can be described as Zappa OFF of drugs, this new incarnation of Put Down The Muffin could pass for Chopin ON drugs. Don’t misunderstand, there’s plenty of crazy improvised soundscapes from Matt and Charlie, and lots of mind-bending rhythms and meters from Zach and Bruce. We can’t tell you how excited we are to pass these new flavors on to our listeners who have waited for so long to taste this next batch of songs. 

 How your contribution will be used... 

The wonderful news is that over the last six years, Put Down the Muffin has been slowly chipping away at this new album and the majority of it is already finished!  

 By contributing, you'll be helping to speed up the process so we can finally get this album past these final steps; mixing, mastering, design and duplication, and into your hands. Though each piece is costly and time consuming, it pales in comparison to the time, effort, energy and monies it takes to do all the tracking, which is nearly finished! 

By contributing just $10, you've already paid for your copy of the album. But that's just the beginning, take a look at the column on the right, and you'll see that a finished album is just the icing on the muffin. 

 A band like Put Down the Muffin has enough preservatives in it to sit on the shelf for a long time...which is where it's been for the past several years.  But we're ready to crank up the heat and serve it up to you, steamin' hot.  With your help, that will happen sooner rather than later.  Order up!

Risks and challenges

There are a few things left to track and the entire album needs to be mixed, mastered, artwork finished and albums duplicated and released digitally as well.

Our goal is to have the album ready to be released at the beginning of 2014, however, personal life is a most unpredictable thing.

With fingers crossed and eyes, hearts and hands working toward the goal we will achieve that release of early 2014!

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    A PDtM sticker and a download of our first single before the album is released

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    A PDtM sticker and a digital download of the full album prior to the official release!

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    A PDtM sticker and a signed CD will be mailed to you prior to the official release!

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    All who pledge $50 or more will get their names mentioned in the form of back-masking (played in reverse) on one of the songs on the recording. 
    You will also receive a signed CD and sticker prior to the release.

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    A sticker, a signed CD, your name in one of the songs in the form of back-masking and you will be put on the guest list at our CD release concert!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    At least one of us will hand deliver a tin of muffins (flavor of your choosing) to your family on a Saturday morning (as well as a signed CD, sticker, name mentioned in one of the songs in back-mask form, and  you will be put on the guest list at our CD release concert.)

    This reward is limited to those living within 45 minutes of the Twin Cities.

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    You will get all the cool stuff mentioned in the $100 pledge, but you will also be able to come to the studio for a day while we are tracking/mixing the new album!

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    For a pledge of $500 or more you get everything we mentioned in the $250 range PLUS you are invited to record something on our new album! It can be an instrument part, it can be a spoken or sung vocal part, you can play anything rhythmic or even sample your family at the dinner table with your smart phone and we will add it to one of the songs on the album!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    We will play a Put Down the Muffin concert where ever you would like, your home, your work, your garage, your local oil-change place, as long as there is permission we will play anywhere! Oh yeah, and you will get all the other sweet rewards, like a signed CD, sticker, downloads. (We will just have to bring the tin of muffins with us to the show!)

    This prize is limited to those who live in these US states: MN, WI, IA, ND, and SD

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