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A new Pocket Vinyl album focusing on all things about death: what it is, feels like, leads to, and how the idea of God fits into it.
A new Pocket Vinyl album focusing on all things about death: what it is, feels like, leads to, and how the idea of God fits into it.
75 backers pledged $4,678 to help bring this project to life.

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PLEASE NOTE: IF THE GOAL ISN'T MET, NO MONEY/REWARDS ARE EXCHANGED.  ONLY IF THE GOAL IS MET WILL ITEMS BE DELIVERED.

UPDATE #4:

OK so BOOM.  We did it!  We reached our goal!  The album can be made and WILL be made in the coming months. 

HOWEVER WE ARE NOT DONE HERE QUITE YET.

If we get to $4000 in the next few days, all backers will receive a copy of the album that is similar to the live show, just piano and vocals, in JULY.  We're planning on releasing the full album to the public in October so you'll get to hear all the songs from it months earlier. 

If we get to $5000, the album comes out on vinyl!  Yay! 

Boom.  Let's do this.
Boom. Let's do this.

UPDATE #3:

Here's something I do for money:

UPDATE #2:

Good news, everyone!  So we've decided that every backer on every level is going to also be receiving an EXTRA DIGITAL EP of 5 more songs!  These songs will be just piano and vocals, but they're all extra songs not appearing on "Death Anxiety"

BOOM. 

UPDATE #1:

Some have asked if this is a "religious" album.  I want to give a fairly firm "No".  At least, in the traditional sense.  I am far more concerned with questioning ideas about God and death than I am about giving answers, which I feel most other "religious" material is about.  I simply find the two topics endless interesting in how they pertain to life and want to talk about it with the listeners.


Pocket Vinyl's 3rd album

We're going to be recording and coming out with a new album called "Death Anxiety".  It will be our third record.  I always put a lot of importance on 3rd albums growing up.  "OK Computer" by Radiohead, "Mutations" by Beck, "One Plus One Is One" by Badly Drawn Boy, "Unofficial Biography of Reinhold Messner" by Ben Folds Five, "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire.....the list goes on.  Somewhere in my youth, I was convinced that the 3rd album a band puts out is one of the most important in that band's career.  Regardless of if this is true or not, it's ingrained in my head.  So to me (Eric), this album has a lot of weight on it in terms of my own songwriting.


Death Anxiety

The album will be called "Death Anxiety".  I spoke with a songwriter friend a year ago about what subjects she couldn't write about.  She answered "death".  I took this as a challenge.  Plus, in the last few years, I realized that I've been thinking about death quite a bit.  Not in a depressing way, but more in an analytical, curious way.  I often wondered what it would be like, what happens afterwards, how it feels, what I'll leave behind, how the idea of God works in, and anything else connected to it.  I had many conversations to others about death and how it's affected them in their lives.  It often led to conversations about God, religion, spirituality, feelings, faith, and all that good stuff (the fact that many folks aren't too comfortable freely talking about death and God made me gravitate towards the topics more).  Then, one friend of mine told me that he thinks all religion and faith is simply people dealing with "death anxiety".  I found this phrase compelling, and almost instantly I knew I wanted to use it as an album title.

Regardless of where you come from in relating to these topics, whether you're a Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Agnostic, Scientologist, or whatever, I hope you'll converse with me about these things.

After I started writing about my relationships with death and God (whatever it is), more and more came.  I wrote about the death of my grandmother, the death of kids at school shootings, the death of our pets, the stories of death from others, and how God/Love/Light/faith fits into it.  I started to get scared about what I was writing about, since it was mining parts of myself I wasn't sure I was comfortable sharing in song.  But I learned from my musical heroes growing up that those feelings usually mean you're heading in the right direction creatively.

So now we have the songs.  I believe they're the best we've ever written (but of course, every band says that when releasing a new album).  But honestly, I really do.  They're the most honest lyrics I've come to write, and from feedback we're heard from fans at live shows, they seem to connect with people.  Death seems to be an issue everyone is interested in, and I think we all need to speak about it a little more.  I'd encourage you to go out right now and talk about death, God, faith, and all that with someone.  It will most certainly be a memorable, enriching, and valuable conversation (assuming both parties aren't jerks).

Backer T-shirt Info

The shirt will feature a woman who's head is an octopus.  YES, AN OCTOPUS.  Not an octopus face like that guy in those pirate/Johnny Depp movies, but this woman's head will be an actual octopus.  Here's a picture of a painting Elizabeth did on stage recently.  It won't look exactly like this, but will feature this character in some way:


Rewards

As you can see to your right, we have many, many potential rewards for you donating to the album's budget.  Things include a backer only t-shirt, the new album on CD, homemade socks, paintings, homemade cookies, hair color demands, children's books....a whole lot. 


Above and Beyond the Goal

If, for some insane reason, we reach the goal and people are still donating, here are some bonus goals we're made:

Oh man what if...
Oh man what if...


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Risks and challenges

Here are some risks that we may encounter in delivering what you order:

-Depending on how many things Elizabeth needs to create (paintings, socks, etc.), the delivery time will be subject to change. We're hoping to get everything delivered by December 2013, but it may be a few months later than that.

-The album "Death Anxiety" is being aimed to be fully released in October 2012, but it may be later than that depending on how the recording process goes. We'll be recording in May/June 2013. Additional recording may be required, thus pushing back the release date of the album.

-If that absolutely insane goal of $10,000 is hit, we cannot give a concrete date as of right now as to when the bonus album would be released.

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    Eric will mail you a handwritten thank you note on a card he created. (International orders add $2.50)

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    Digital copies of our first album "Protagonist" and our first EP "PV EP". (If you don't have them, you're missing out)

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    Digital copies of our second album "Monsters Talking" and "MP1", the world's first ever MP. (oh man if you don't have them yet, you're missing out)

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    A physical CD copy of "Death Anxiety" mailed to you 2 weeks before the official release date. You'll also be sent the album digitally on that day. (International orders add $5)

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    Oh man, a new EXCLUSIVE PV handmade t-shirt only available to Kickstarter backers! PLUS, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks before it's official release. (International orders please add $7)

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    Elizabeth will make you a dozen of her awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies and mail them to you! (Plus a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early) (USA folks only)

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    Your choice of one children's book that Elizabeth made for the Naskapi people in Quebec, featuring English and Naskapi written words. (browse them here: http://bit.ly/YUJQUH) PLUS, the new album "Death Anxiety" digitally 2 weeks early. (International orders add $7)

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    Elizabeth will make you a dozen wonderfully decorated sugar cookies and mail them to you. PLUS, the new album "Death Anxiety" digitally 2 weeks early. (USA folks only)

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    Youtube Song-a-gram! If you want to send someone a message, anything at all, and would like Eric to make a short song about it, record a video of it, and upload it on youtube for the person to see, get this! The song message will be about a minute long and will feature original music created by Eric. You can write exact words for him to sing, or give him the main point of the message and let him create words around it. PLUS, the new album "Death Anxiety" digitally 2 weeks early.

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    Elizabeth will knit you a scarf! You choose the general colors. PLUS, the new album "Death Anxiety" digitally 2 weeks early. (International orders add $8)

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    Elizabeth will knit you a pair of socks! You choose the general colors. PLUS, the new album "Death Anxiety" digitally 2 weeks early. (International orders add $8)

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    EARLY BIRD PAINTING SPECIAL - Be among the first backers to get an 6"x6" painting for cheaper than everyone else! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $15)

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    A 6"x6" painting by Elizabeth! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $15)

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    Elizabeth will design your tattoo! Anything you want within reason. Elizabeth has the right to deny your ideas if it is offensive, tasteless, crude, etc. Black and White designs only, no bigger than 1'x1'. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early.

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    Personal Skype concert! Pocket Vinyl will perform via Skype for you and whomever can fit around your computer. Elizabeth will make an ink drawing that will then be mailed to you. Eric will play 5 songs which you will request and will last about 20 to 25 minutes. The set date of the concert will be decided with PV to find a good time before December 2013. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $10)

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    Private House Concert! Eric and Elizabeth will come to your home next time their in your area! Invite all your friends and have a wonderfully up close and personal time with them. 1 hour long show. Limited to those in the eastern USA (pretty much any states we're already toured through). Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early.

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    All 5 of Elizabeth's children's books! Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $20)

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Get a 1'x1' painting from Elizabeth at a cheaper price before anyone else! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $25)

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    A 1'x1' painting from Elizabeth! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $25)

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - A 2'x2' painting from Elizabeth! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $50)

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    A 2'x2' painting from Elizabeth! You choose the colors and general subject matter you'd like Elizabeth to use. Plus, a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks early. (International orders please add $50)

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    UNIQUE ITEM ALERT - This lucky backer will receive the painting that Elizabeth did on plexiglass on our award winning music video for "A Little Joke". This is definitely a one of a kind and a sweet piece of PV history. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFZoL9lOlvU

    Plus, you'll get a digital copy of "Death Anxiety" 2 weeks before it's released. (International order should add $50)

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    Purchase this and Eric will dye his hair the color of your choosing. Also, you'll receive the entire Pocket Vinyl discography, including the new album, digitally. AND the backer-only t-shirt.

    You will also receive all of Eric's dignity as your play thing.

    (International orders please add $15 for shipping the shirt)

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    Elizabeth will come and paint a huge mural on one of the walls in your home, office, restaurant, DIY space, venue, whatever! Have some of Elizabeth's art permanently raise the value of your space! You can decide the subject matter, colors, characters, whatever you want!

    This is limited only to folks in the Northeast USA (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland).

    You must also provide a bed for Elizabeth (and Eric) to stay in while the mural is being made. Limited to one wall less than 150 square feet, but if you want something bigger, that can be arranged with Elizabeth.

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