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My 20th anniversary project is an ambitious, sprawling, vinyl-only, double album. Songs of love, death and everything in between.

Simon Joyner Records New Double Album

I’m nearing completion but I'm looking for backers to help fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing expenses for my thirteenth proper full-length album. The new album is being recorded all-analog in my south Omaha warehouse ad hoc studio on a borrowed 16 track, 1” reel to reel machine and will be mixed at ARC Studio soon. 

The record you're backing is experimental and sprawling, featuring some avant/psych/noise damage and songs wrestling with the ghosts of Alex Chilton, Skip Spence, and Jackson C. Frank, among other persistent influences. We’ve left in more hiss and ambient sounds and approached the record in the spirit of some of my early albums in the sense that we set up shop in a non-studio environment and took our time, working on the record on the weekends over a period of a few months. My new band features cello and violin, pedal steel guitar, organ and piano, multiple acoustic and electric guitars, Moog synthesizer, drums, percussion and bells, bass (bowed and electric), celesta, vibes, and other sounds. The album is not yet titled.

Given the current environment, I feel this could be my last opportunity to do a grand, song cycle in the spirit of double album favorites like the White Album, Blonde on Blonde,  Fly, Tago Mago, Daydream Nation, Tusk, Exile on Main Street, and Harsh 70’s Reality. Written, recorded, and sequenced as a double album, it will be released vinyl-only (with a download) and we are aiming for a Summer 2012 release date. Right now the expenses are all on battered and bruised credit cards and this project can’t move forward without real assistance.

I’ve been releasing records since 1992 so this new double album will be my 20th anniversary project. I have been fortunate that there have always been healthy independent labels willing and able to do the risky, dirty work of releasing one of my records. But times have changed, the future is now, and the music industry is looking for its face in a foggy mirror.  Regardless, I believe the tangible, physical thing, the album itself as art object, is what keeps songwriting and recording exciting for me. Digital downloads are useful but an album is much more than just a copy or an assortment of the recorded songs.

This record will be self-released, available via mail order directly from me, as well as being distributed through traditional channels with the assistance of my friends at Ba-Da-Bing Records. It will also be carried by Team Love, who graciously released my last record, Out Into the Snow. I’ve set my goal here below the actual recording and manufacturing costs but if I can reach it, I will have the financial push needed to make sure we finish up and can manufacture. If I am fortunate enough to exceed the actual recording and manufacturing costs through this campaign, I will put additional funds toward some much needed recording equipment, equipment repairs and organizing some domestic and international tours to support the album in the new year. Thank you for backing this project.

Rewards available

As you can see to the right (and see update #2 for photos), I've come up with a variety of options for backers interested in participating in getting this record completed and manufactured. If there is a combination of rewards you'd like to see, feel free to contact me at simon@simonjoyner.net and I'll see if it can be added. Thank you!

Mark your calendars

This campaign will end at 9pm (cst) on February 19th so please consider backing it now if you can or spreading the word about it to those who might, if you cannot. Regardless, thank you for taking the time to read about the new album.

Here's a video of a song from the last album

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    Choice of one of my back catalog cds (Skeleton Blues, Out Into the Snow, Lost with the Lights On, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999), postpaid via USPS media mail. (International backers please add $8 to cover shipping.)

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    Name added to the list of contributors on my website and Facebook page. Album download two weeks before release.

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    Twofer. Choice of one of my back catalog cds (Skeleton Blues, Out Into the Snow, Lost with the Lights On, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999) PLUS the brand new mind-melting, startling debut cassette of songs by my guitar player, David Kenneth Nance, called "Let's Argue." Probably the best thing I heard in 2011, still no grammy. For more information, see Unread catalog description at: http://www.unread-records.com/releases/nance.html CD & Cassette postpaid via USPS media mail. (International backers please add $8 to cover shipping.)

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    "Truckstop Records Presents Time Measured x3" hand screened poster by Steve W/Screwball Press, from March 8th, 2002. Show included Simon Joyner, Central Falls, and Scott Tuma. I'm not sure how many of these were printed. Measures 18" wide x 21 1/2" tall. Plus, the new album download two weeks before release. Name added to the list of contributors on website and Facebook page. (International backers please add $10 to cover USPS shipping.)

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    Poster, tape, back catalog cd, and download of new album. The poster is not hand-screened but still cool and advertises the HEAR HERE day long festival at Islington Mill in Salford, U.K. Saturday November 17th. Early 2000's sometime. Myself, Picastro, Julie Doiron, Former Bullies, Beach Fuzz, Nathaniel, Innocents Abroad, Neil Burrell, Sean Vinylment and Beat Unhappening. Also, your choice of one of my back catalog cds (Skeleton Blues, Out Into the Snow, Lost with the Lights On, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999) PLUS the brand new mind-melting, startling debut cassette of songs by my guitar player, David Kenneth Nance, called "Let's Argue." Probably the best thing I heard in 2011, still no grammy. For more information, see Unread catalog description at: http://www.unread-records.com/releases/nance.html. Download of new album two weeks before release. (International backers please add $10 to cover USPS shipping.)

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    Simon Joyner & the Fallen Men: The Motorcycle Accident 7" (1999), on Roomtone. Features the tracks: thoughts of a dog, flowers on her birthday,i ask of you these things,sad stories, tom paine #1/#2,& there was a time. This is lo-fi city, I'm afraid! PLUS, any one of the in-stock back catalog CDs, AND the download of the new album two weeks before release. Name added to the list of contributors on website and Facebook page. International backers please add $8 to cover shipping.)

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    Don’t have a turntable? Receive a Simon Joyner themed tote bag or t-shirt designed specifically for this campaign by a couple of my artist friends, Christopher Fischer (see www.unread-records.com under “i am cancer”) and Joey Lynch (see joeylynch.com). Only available to those who supported here. Album download two weeks before release. Your name will also be added to the list on website and Facebook page. (International backers please add $8 to cover shipping.)

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    Name added to the list of contributors on website and Facebook page. Album download two weeks before release. Plus, a photo postcard designed by artist and friend, Dana Damewood (who photographed the cover of my record Lost with the Lights On), mailed from me to you with a hand written thank you. See Dana's photography at danadamewood.com.

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    Great moth poster for my Out Into the Snow album release show at The Slowdown with Hubble and Outlaw con Bandana. Designed and hand-screened by Joey Lynch. Measures 12" x 18" tall. Plus, the new album download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $10 to cover USPS shipping.)

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    New double album, signed, postpaid via USPS Media Mail. Your name added to the list on website and Facebook page. Digital download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $15 to cover shipping.)

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    Hand-written photo postcard thanking you for your pledge. Download of new album two weeks early. T-shirt or tote bag. Name added to list on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $8 to cover tote or t-shirt shipping.)

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    Exclusive limited edition 7” with two songs not included on new album (pressed just for this campaign and limited to the number of people participating here). T-shirt or tote bag, only available here. Download of the new album. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $8 to cover shipping.)

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    Receive the album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Also, your choice of one of my available back catalog CDs (Out Into the Snow, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, Beautiful Losers, Lost with the Lights On, or Skeleton Blues). Album download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $15 to cover shipping.)

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    Download of my daughter, Frances’ directorial debut, the 2011 film “Nobody Makes Love on Thursday,” a hilarious and touching 17 minute film. Written and directed by my fourteen-year-old daughter in the manner of her hero, Buster Keaton. It’s a silent, black comedy about a girl who falls in love with a dog. I make an embarrassing cameo! Her dog, Bates, plays the objet d’amour. My brother, Duncan, plays the villain. Shot on location, cinema verite, in picturesque Omaha. Plus, the download of the new album and a tote bag or t-shirt. Your pledge will also assist in funding the next Frances Joyner film! Name added to list on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $8 to cover tote or t-shirt shipping.)

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    Last couple of these signed and numbered (only 20 made) Lucy Jones and David Bailey designed and screened posters for a show I did in Manchester at SCUBAR. "Simon Joyner Plays Guitar and Sings on Thursday the 18th of November." With Enablers and Land Ahoy! Early 2000's sometime. Measures 11 1/2" wide x 16 1/2" tall. Plus new album download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $10 to cover shipping through USPS).

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    Three poster set from my Living Rooms and Discrete Spaces tours of 2010. Includes the Southeast, Northwest, and Northeast. All designed and hand-screened by Joey Lynch. Each measures 12" x 18". Plus, the new album download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $10 to cover USPS shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Choice of one of my available back catalog LPs (Out Into the Snow, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, Beautiful Losers, Lost with the Lights On, or Skeleton Blues). Download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    Limited edition 7” of two songs not included on the album. New album, signed, shipping included. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Download of the album two weeks before release. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    Two copies of the new album, shipping included. One for you, one for a loved one. Download two weeks before release. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $22 to cover shipping--two double albums are heavy!)

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    Demo CD (or download) of guitar/vocal takes of songs that ended up on the album, recorded for my band to hear before we began rehearsals. Recorded at my dining room table, full of mistakes and featuring some nascent interpretations of songs while they were incomplete. Plus, new album and download. Name added to list on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    DVD of Simon Joyner & the Fallen Men performing a benefit concert for the Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Dec.15th, 2006. 51 minutes, 8 songs.This was filmed by a professional film crew using 10 cameras and directed by my brother, Duncan Joyner. The show also included the Bruces and Bright Eyes but their footage has not been released and isn't on this DVD (or download, your choice). PLUS, the new double album, signed and shipping included. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    Trifecta deal. New album plus limited 7” plus tote bag or t-shirt. Name added to list on website and Facebook. Download two weeks before the album is released. (International backers please add $19 to cover shipping.)

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    Limited edition 7” of two songs not included on the album plus two additional previous 7" records (Time Slows Down In Dreams b/w Sean Foley's Blues on Team Love and The Motorcycle Accident EP on Roomtone). Plus, the new album, signed, shipping included. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Download of the album two weeks before release. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    Get your name in the actual album credits! You will be thanked in the album artwork because contributing $50 or more really helps make this happen (faster). New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to list of contributors on website and Facebook. Download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    Download two weeks before the album’s release. Signed and numbered, limited edition print of one of my drawings (if you've seen the Christine ep or the cover of Skeleton Blues, you get the idea). See for yourself why I am known mostly for writing songs. Name added to list on website and Facebook and in the actual album credits. (International backers please add $12 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. All five available back catalog CDs. Thanked in the actual album credits. Download two weeks before the album is released. (International backers please add $22 to cover shipping.)

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    Last few of these signed and numbered (only 58 made) Joey Lynch designed and screened posters for a benefit concert for the Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Dec.15th, 2006. Simon Joyner & The Fallen Men with The Bruces and Bright Eyes. Measures 15" x 22 1/4" tall. Plus new album download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $10 to cover shipping through USPS).

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added on website and Facebook. Choice of any one of my available back catalog LPs. Thanked in the actual album credits. Download two weeks before the album is released. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    Demo CD (or download), New Album, signed, new exclusive 7”, name added to the list on website and Facebook. Also, thanked in the actual album credits. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    Demo CD (or download), New Album, exclusive 7”, AND tote bag or t-shirt. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Thanked in the actual album credits. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    Demo CD (or download), New Album, exclusive 7”, AND a back catalog LP of your choice. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Thanked in the actual album credits. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Choice of TWO available back catalog LPs OR both the new t-shirt AND tote bag. Thanked in the actual album credits. Download two weeks before the release. (International backers please add $22 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Signed and numbered, limited edition print of one of my scribbly drawings. Thanked in the album credits. (International backers please add $15 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Signed and numbered, limited edition print of one of my scribbly drawings. Thanked in the album credits. Plus, exclusive 7" AND t-shirt or tote. (International backers please add $19 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Signed and numbered, limited edition print of one of my scribbly drawings. Thanked in the album credits. Plus, exclusive 7" and acoustic/vocal Demo CD or download. (International backers please add $19 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. All five of my still-in-print back catalog LPs. Thanked in the actual album credits. Download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $45 to cover shipping.)

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    Out-of-print 5x7" boxset "To Almost No One: Singer-Songwriter Series, Volumes 1-5" by Simon Joyner & The Fallen Men. Boxset came out on Scottish label, Wee Black Skelf in 2000, includes covers of songs by Townes Van Zandt, David Blue, Anne Briggs, Gene Clark, Jackson C. Frank, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jim McCarthy (of the Godz), Paul Siebel, and Phil Ochs. Plus, the new double album--signed, postpaid via USPS Media Mail. Your name added to the list on website and Facebook page and download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $16 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Original, unopened (still in the shrink-wrap) copy of my first cassette, Umbilical Chords, from 1992, just found in a box in my basement! This is the last of its kind as far as I know. Thanked in the actual album credits. Tote bag AND t-shirt. Download two weeks before release. (International backers please add $20 to cover shipping.)

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    Just found, long out-of-print, hand produced, letterpress copies of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sleep, a children’s book I wrote in 1997 when my son, Owen, was a sleepless toddler. Now he’s sixteen and it’s hard to get him up at all! Illustrated by local artists Bill & Renee Hoover. This was produced in a very limited edition of 150, hand-printed by Amy LaVarnway, completed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as part a hand-produced books course. Amy printed all of the books but a handful were never sewn together and sat shelved all these years. We are sewing up these last copies now. Receive this rare book, signed. New album and download. Name in the album credits and on website and Facebook. (International backers please add $18 to cover shipping.)

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    New album, shipping included, signed. Name added to the list on website and Facebook. Five of my still-in-print back catalog LPs. Thanked in the actual album credits. Limited edition 7” (pressed just for this fund drive). T-shirt AND tote bag. Download of the album two weeks before release. (International backers please add $48 to cover shipping.)

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    Extremely limited lathe-cut LPs (made to order) of my first release, “Umbilical Chords”, with hand-screened jackets. Previously only available on original cassette from 1992. These will be exclusively limited to whoever gets them here, I won’t be making extras to sell elsewhere. Plus, the new double album. It’s the 20th anniversary package, first record+latest record. Name in album credits and listed on website and Facebook. Download two weeks before release. Plus, tote bag or T-shirt! (International backers please add $19 to cover shipping.)

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    Receive a 2012 subscription to Grapefruit Record Club, a subscription-based vinyl-only label I run with my friend, Ben Goldberg. More info at grapefruitrecordclub.com. Included is four hand numbered LPs in a series, and a hand-screened box to hold the set. The 2012 series includes LPs by Bruce Russell/Roy Montgomery, Dump, The Baird Sisters, and Eric Chenaux. Alternately, you could choose the 2011 series boxset with records by Lambchop, Richard Youngs, L. Eugene Methe, and 200 Years. Also, receive the new album with your name listed in the actual album credits. Name listed on website and Facebook. Download two weeks before the album is released. Tote bag AND t-shirt. (International backers please add $50 to cover shipping.)

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    Commission your own song. I won’t promise that it’s a great song, but it will be one-of-a-kind. You supply names, background info and anything important you want me to work in, and I’ll write and record the song and send it to you as a digital file. Plus, new album, signed. Name will be added to the list on website and Facebook. Thanked in the actual album credits. (International backers please add $14 to cover shipping.)

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    I will write and record a song for you and have it pressed on a limited edition lathe-cut 7” record. You will receive two copies of a limited run of four (the other two will be archived, not sold). My family will hand-design your one-of-a-kind 7” covers. New album, shipping included, and signed. Name added to list on website and Facebook page. Thanked in the actual album credits. Download of the new album two weeks before release. (International backers please add $15 to cover shipping.)

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    Come dine with me, my wife Sara, and other contributors to celebrate a successful Kickstarter campaign. Dinner will be at my favorite Omaha restaurant, The Boiler Room, located in the Old Market area of downtown Omaha and managed by my exceptionally handsome brother, Jesse Donovan Joyner. Transportation not included but come to Omaha and we’ll have a delicious, multi-course meal and engage in wine-stained conversation. Plus, receive the new album along with vinyl copies of ALL my currently available back catalog albums, the exclusive 7", tote bag AND t-shirt, all provided at dinner (can be shipped, if needed). You will also see yourself thanked in the album credits as well as on the website and Facebook.

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    For $1250 plus airfare, I will fly to any city in the continental U.S. and play a concert in your home (or a small venue of your choosing--the details can be arranged). You can open it free to the public or it can be for just you and your friends. Set list requests accepted. Plus, new album, signed. Name added to website and Facebook page. Thanked in the album credits. Download two weeks in advance of the release. Tote bag AND t-shirt.

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    For a $2500 pledge plus airfare, I’ll fly internationally (within reason, email me at simon@simonjoyner.net with questions) and play a concert for you in your home (or a small venue of your choosing--the details can be arranged). You can open it free to the public or it can be for just you and your friends. Set list requests accepted. Plus, new album, signed. Name added to website and Facebook page. Thanked in the album credits. Download two weeks in advance of the release. Tote bag AND t-shirt.

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