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An album of your favorite video game songs recorded on guitars and accordion!
An album of your favorite video game songs recorded on guitars and accordion!
An album of your favorite video game songs recorded on guitars and accordion!
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Hi! I'm an accordion player named Careless, and this horse is actually a guitarist named Juja. We live ~2300 miles apart.

Careless & Juja
Careless & Juja

We both like video games... a lot... and after meeting on Youtube we started recording music from our favorite video games and regularly posting our stuff on the internet. We've been doing this for about two years and sound like this:

Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode

Little Nemo: Dream Master - Mushroom Forest

Cave Story - Main Theme [Plantation]

Every so often we get a few extra dollars from our day jobs we can use to upgrade our Walmart brand electric guitars, get better microphones to duck-tape to desk lamps, or upgrade other important things (like migrating away from Windows 98, or MS Paint) and we're finally at a point where we feel that we can make the final push to complete our second album, Professor Layton and the Bay Harbor Butcher. This is where Kickstarter comes in... 

This recording rig looks pretty legit, right?
This recording rig looks pretty legit, right?

There are a lot of costs associated with releasing an album, like mixing & mastering, printing physical CD's, licensing, and getting studio time to properly record drums. As you can see below, we're really close to being able to release the album we've been working on since late 2011 and the biggest thing holding us back is money. With money we can properly mix our music, record real drums in places, and have physical proof that the music exists in the form of jewel case CD's. We're not looking to print a zillion physical copies of our album. We're not looking to for crazy amounts of money to go straight into a mixing guy's pocket either, because we're working with people who are as passionate about the music as we are. We're not looking to make money on this. We're looking to release a quality album, break even, and this is what we need to do it.

The Album:

Professor Layton and the Bay Harbor Butcher:

An extensive assortment of covers to listen to while the illustrious Professor Layton pursues Miami's most infamous serial killer in the crossover we wish existed.

(All songs with a * next to the title have links to a works-in-progress you can listen to right now!)


You were also probably wondering what our Limited Edition Tee Shirts (lovingly made by Jaime of Kittens of Industry) look like, so...

Careless Juja Live band!
Careless Juja Live band!

"What's all this nonsense about stretch goals?"

Friends don't let friends use MS Paint
Friends don't let friends use MS Paint

In addition to our Prof. Layton album, we've also laid down much of the groundwork for an additional album that is strongly inhibited by financial restraints (mostly in obtaining studio time for drums). If we happen to reach any of our stretch goals we will be happy to give everyone who donates as much music as we can afford to make! ...Just give us some extra time to work on the stretch goal stuff.

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Bonus: Careless Juja Live Band EP

More details as we get closer to our goal
More details as we get closer to our goal
 

We give everyone a 5 track EP from the Careless Juja Live Set!!!

The Careless Juja Live band is made up of 9 musicians: accordion, piano (x2), Guitar (x2), acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, drums, and bass (with guest musicians too)! We'll be playing at Nerdapalooza this year, and it'd be really cool to make professional recordings of these songs...

  • Game of Thrones
  • Dam - 007: Goldeneye
  • Chrono Trigger - World Revolution
  • Cave Story - To Grass Town
  • Diablo 2 - Tristram

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Bonus: Night Prelude Album

 
Awesome art by Steven Belledin
Awesome art by Steven Belledin
 

We extend the EP to a full blown 20+ track album!!!

  • Castlevania Legends (All)
  • Warcraft 2: Human/Orc 2
  • Zelda: Link to the Past - Dark World
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Bonus: SUPER ????? Album

[Same album art as 2.5k]

We extend the aforementioned bonus album to an epic 30+ track super-album!!!


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Risks and challenges

If you are concerned over the legal use of the music we'll be covering, fear not! Built into our goal is the money required to acquire a 'Mechanical License' so we can legally record the songs.

However, if you're concerned with our ability to record all of the above songs, coordinate with a printing company, a visual artist, and practice a show with a 9 person live band you're probably a sane individual. If it comes between releasing a crappy quality CD and releasing a better quality one a little bit later we'll opt for the latter and you'll get your copy a little bit later than expected. Not too bad, right? We'll try to make sure that doesn't happen though.
You will absolutely get a copy of the album if this kickstarter succeeds, the only question is if we can pull it off before January. If the Kickstarter fails, we really can't afford to finish mixing, mastering, or print physical copies for at least a year.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A digital copy of the Prof. Layton album and our most heartfelt thanks! Seriously, thanks for not pirating it and leaving us stranded on an island like Cptn. Jack :)

    If we hit our stretch goal this will evolve into more than one album!

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    A physical copy of the album and our heartfelt thanks! This is a win/win because you get nifty album art and we're able to make better music for your album! It's like the circle of life. Mufassa would be proud.

    If we hit our stretch goal this will evolve into physical copies of more than one album!

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    A SIGNED copy of the album! We'll even draw all over -er... personalize your copy of the album! Due to animal labor laws, Careless might have to forge Juja's signature on some of these.

    If we hit our stretch goal this will evolve into signed copies of more than one album!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    A signed copy of the album, and a super sweet limited edition Careless Juja Live Band tee shirt! Now you can be the only kid on your block (or state/country) to have a Careless Juja tee shirt! It's guaran-tee'd to start at least one awkward conversation, comes extra-super soft (like, baby seal soft, though no seals were used in production), and comes in women's sizes too!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Two SIGNED copies of the album, a sweet limited edition tee shirt, and a special thanks in the album credits because you're worth it! There's also a space in the album credits for us to draw a picture of you and we'll totally do it if you send us a photograph... Otherwise it'll just be a stick figure with a cowboy hat... or the diabetes guy.

    If we hit our stretch goal this will SUPERvolve into two signed copies of each album and special thanks in both albums' credits!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Careless or Juja (your choice) will record a brief intro for your personal voicemail, computer ("Welcome back, Dave"), or whatever else you'd need a short voice recording for. Juja is a master impersonator of Hank Hill, anyone from Futurama, and pretty much anything else, while Careless is comically awful at vocal impersonation but thinks (incorrectly) he's pretty good at Morgan Freeman.

    You'll also get all the stuff promised at the $50 tier!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    We will cover a song of your choice from any video game you want (and probably feature it on an album)! You pick the game, you pick the song, and it will be on like Donkey Kong... Country... 2!

    You'll also get all the stuff promised at the $50 tier!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    If you fund the bulk of our album on your own we'll cover 5 songs of your choice and dedicate the Prof. Layton album to YOU.

    We'll also record your phone's answering machine if you want, and you'll also get all the stuff promised at the $50 tier!

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