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Comedian/musician Rob Paravonian, well-known for the Pachelbel Rant and more, is set to unleash more musical twistedness on the world
Comedian/musician Rob Paravonian, well-known for the Pachelbel Rant and more, is set to unleash more musical twistedness on the world
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Hey Everybody, my name is Rob, I'm a comedian and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. You might know me from the Pachelbel Rant; I've also been on Comedy Central and I had the distinct honor of opening several shows for George Carlin on his final tour. Right now I'm hard at work on my latest album of comic and satirical music–Keep Your Jazz Hand Strong!

I'm really excited for the new album, I'm proud of the material, and the tracks are sounding really good. I'm having fun dipping into different genres, from classic soul to my usual power-pop, and taking an occasional left turn for something more esoteric like a ragtime tune.

You can see a preview of some of the songs on YouTube, there's a live version of Creepy, Creepy Love, from Joe's Pub, and a low-tech, cardboard cutout puppet music video about celebutantes called I Poop Gold, to name two. You can also check out songs from my previous albums at my bandcamp site to get an idea of the kind of work I've done.

The new album will take it a step further, and this kickstarter campaign will support the album's mastering and CD manufacturing, as well as give you the opportunity to get some exclusive and unique stuff as our thanks for participating.

There are rewards for contributing as little as $5, and some fun stuff like a custom-written song for you or a 15-minute Skype concert for you and your friends.

Feel free to peruse the videos of my work, listen to some tracks from my previous records, or catch up with me online via my website, Facebook or twitter. If you have any questions or comments I'd be happy to hear them, and thanks for checking out my kickstarter campaign!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be getting the upstairs neighbor to shut the heck up long enough for me to get the vocal tracks done. I think I've figured out his work schedule though so I should be good.

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    3 Live MP3s delivered straight to your inbox (or digital download)! Recorded live at an upcoming show at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY, (April 3, if you want to attend;)

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    Digital album download! Download a digital copy of Keep Your Jazz Hand Strong! I won't be able to sign it or hand-number it, but all of the music will be there, and we won't have to get the Post Office involved. Offered by popular demand!

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    Hand-numbered and signed copy of the CD! I'll be numbering CDs for kickstarter supporters in the order that the pledges are received, starting at #11 (for the first 10 numbered CDs check out the $50 limited-edition reward)

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    CD and MP3s! Hand-numbered copy of the CD PLUS 3 live MP3s delivered right to your inbox.

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    Two CDs! Exclusive live CD recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY, plus a hand-numbered and signed copy of the studio CD! This live CD will only be available to kickstarter supporters.

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    Exclusive live DVD! Get a DVD of the live April 3rd Union Hall show plus a signed, hand-numbered copy of the CD. This DVD will only be available to kickstarter supporters!

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    First 10 CDs! Get a hand-numbered, signed CD from the first 10, awarded in the order pledges are received. Be the first to pledge and you'll get CD #1! Includes a polaroid of me numbering your CD and a personal letter of thanks confirming your number and establishing your awesomeness for all time.

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    Liner Notes Shout Out! Along with a hand-numbered and signed CD, get a special thank you with your name in the liner notes. Or make up a name! You want former US Vice President (once wanted for murder and treason) Aaron Burr to be thanked in the liner notes, you can make that happen.

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    Skype Concert! Gather your friends around the computer and treat them to a private 15-minute skype (or google+ hangout) concert. Request your favorite songs! Are you outside the US and annoyed that I haven't done a show near you in forever? I'll do a show just for you. You'll also get a hand-numbered and signed copy of the CD :)

    When the kickstarter campaign is completed I'll get in touch to schedule the show.

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    Custom Song! Do you like my tunes but feel they just aren't personal enough? Well, I can write a song just for you. Based on your suggestion I'll write and record a song at least 1-minute long.

    You'll also get a special thank you in the liner notes and a hand-numbered, signed copy of the CD.

    (I'll retain the copyright but you'll be able to use the song for whatever personal use you'd like, as well as use it in videos with attribution)

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