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We're going on tour this Summer to promote our album, The Cost of Living. We're also coming to cook you gourmet food...if you help us get to you.

This Summer, our band Spirit Animal will be touring behind the release of our debut album, The Cost of Living. To fund this tour and make it unlike any other, we're offering to throw you an unforgettable gourmet dinner party when we get to your town.

"...a sound that praises punk, pays homage to the funk, and exploits the electronic with warmth and style." --Garth Trinidad, KCRW-FM (L.A.)

Frontman Chef Cooper's gourmet preparations draw on classic French, modern World and down-home American cultures, so your most cherished foods can be prepared for you for any number of reasons: A one-of-a-kind anniversary celebration? Your birthday dinner? Even so you can learn how to make your favorite dish while you play us your favorite records. Split it with some friends and it's cheaper than a fancy night out. Plus, way cooler right!?

If the complete home invasion isn't your thing and you still want to spend some quality time with the band, we're offering to take you out to dinner, at your favorite restaurant, before our show. Then you can come with us to the gig, take photos from the stage and hang backstage.

If you're more into making music than food, we're offering to remix one of your songs! Members of our band have remixed Devendra Banhart, Lykke Li, Ginuwine, Health, Daedelus and others, and have totaled over 100,000 digital downloads in our combined personal histories. We'll even put it up on our web pages, Facebooks and Twitters.

For the straight up music lovers, we're offering immediate, advanced downloads of the record as it's completed, extended versions of songs that won't be available anywhere other than Kickstarter, and limited edition physical items like not-for-sale promo CDs, posters and postcards.

So check out the rewards to the right if you're hungry...for good food or good music. We want to get to your town so we can make you dinner...and make you sweat.

"He's like the Naked Chef, except clothed." -- Dan Weisman, Artist Manager (Mike Posner / Wale)

You deserve a FREE ALBUM.

See and hear us right now at http://spiritanimal.us

This is our PRESS KIT with more info on the band.

This is the Spirit Animal Poster



This is the Limited Edition CD Artwork


These are some of the Postcards


Here are some of Chef Cooper's creations:



Pan-seared Pork Chop w/Black Olive, Cherry Tomato, Pancetta, Capers



CaliCajun Catfish Po'Boy on Endive w/ Smokey Blue Mac n' Cheese



Chewy Gnocchi w/Goat Cheese, Spicy Sausage, Shiitake



Sun Dried Tomato Shrimp and Crab Cake w/Red Pepper, Cilantro, Dill


This is Chef Cooper...


This is Computer Jay...


Here we are in concert...




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    CARRIER CROW - You are a messenger to the masses. You will receive an immediate download of the first two singles from The Cost of Living -- "Ants!" and "Makin' It Work" -- as well as a Spirit Animal poster in the mail.

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    STUDIOUS SALAMANDER - You have your ear to the street. You will receive an immediate download of each song from The Cost of Living as it is completed (7 of 10 songs as of May 1) -- as well as a Spirit Animal poster in the mail.

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    WABBIT - You are compact and shiny. As a result, you will receive all items from the Studious Salamander Package as well as one of 15 limited edition promo CDs that feature 4 songs from The Cost of Living and 1 bonus track. We will feel a familial kinship to you (can't put a price on that).

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    THE PICASSO OF GIRAFFES - Your name will be known. You may also be tall. You will receive all items from the Studious Salamanader Package as well as the Kickstarter-only extended versions of two songs from The Cost of Living. You will also have your name printed in the 'Thank Yous' section of our album artwork. Your name (band's name?) will also appear on the background of the Spirit Animal website when our album is released in July.

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    REALLY ATTRACTIVE STORK - You were born to deliver. You will receive all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package along with 1 of 10 limited edition "My Friend, Who You Are" Postcard Sets. The unique, sturdy and mail-ready set of 20 postcards sports beautiful and gritty images collected and created by Spirit Animal members as well as signature lyrics from The Cost of Living.

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    HALF MAN, HALF AMAZIN' - You are a creator. In addition to receiving all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package, Chef Cooper (The Gray Kid) and Computer Jay (Dam-Funk, The Pharcyde) will remix one of your songs. We will discuss with you the direction you want the remix to go. When the remix is complete, we will offer it as a free download (or you can keep it for yourself) through our email blast, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds...a truly promotional push.

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    DRAGON IN A NECK TIE - You are one good looking fire-breather. In addition to receiving all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package, we will take you to dinner at your favorite restaurant in your town before our show. Your pledge will cover your whole night as you'll be put on the guest list (with pluses!), be allowed to take photos and video from the stage and be granted full access backstage. ***Limited to 1 backer per metro area (30 mile radius): San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C.

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    ANGEL CAT (Special Los Angeles Only Reward!!!!) - You have invisible whiskers. Subsequently, Nicolas Cage adores you. In addition to receiving all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package, Spirit Animal Frontman Chef Cooper will work with you to create the three-course menu of your choice for you and 1-4 of your friends in the L.A. area. The choices will be vast and your pledge will cover all food cost including two bottles of boutique wine or the equivalent in liquor, beer or Sunny D. You'll be put on the guest list for as many Spirit Animal shows as you can attend for the duration of 2010. ****Must be within 100 mile radius of Los Angeles, CA

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    SABERTOOTH LIGER - In addition to receiving all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package, Chef Cooper will work with you to create the three-course menu of your choice for you and 1-4 of your friends before our show in your town. The choices will be vast and your pledge will cover all food cost including two bottles of boutique wine or the equivalent in liquor, beer or Sunny D. You'll all be put on the guest list, be allowed to take photos and video from the stage and be granted full access backstage. ***Limited to 1 backer per metro area (30 mile radius): San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C.

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    IMMORTAL PEGASUS - There is no power as uplifting as that which you possess. In addition to receiving all items from the Picasso of Giraffes Package, Chef Cooper will fly to your home and work with you to create the 5-course menu of your choice for you and 1-4 of your friends. The choices will be vast and your pledge will cover all food costs, the Chef's airfare and include three bottles of boutique wine or the equivalent in liquor, beer or Sunny D. In addition, we will offer to film the celebration and edit it into a one-of-a-kind "cooking show" filmed out of your kitchen that you can keep for yourself or have us post on our website, Youtube, Facebook and MySpace pages. Lastly, you will be offered two guest list slots for every Spirit Animal show in your State for the rest of your life.

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