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A new full-length LP full of banjo sounds, feelings, songs about guts, and more lady harmonies than you can shake a stick at.

we're funded! new goal!:

if we hit $6,000: some extras to the physical CD: additional art, photography, color inserts (lyrics insert! i've always wanted a lyrics insert!), etc. this will also ensure that i can get the CDs printed on awesome eco-friendly stock. i was already hoping to print the albums this way, but it's not easy being green (cha-ching!)

if we hit $6,800: music video land! i've been talking with some amazing yet-to-be-announced video artists. if this seems to be a real possibility, more news will come about! i would love to make this happen.

if we hit $8,000: instead of the last two options, i could additionally press this album as vinyl. that's the one i'm really, really psyched about. i don't know if we can do it in a week, but this whole process has overwhelmed me so much that at this point i really believe that anything is possible. a real LP!

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ATTENTION! NOTE! if you are backing this project after Friday 3/25/11, the limited edition Vinyl 7" is no longer available for any pledges (this applies to any and all levels over $40). I promise I will include something extra-special and awesome above the $40 level (a new t-shirt perhaps?! stickers?! box of chocolate?!) when the time comes. Thanks!!

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pals!,

Hello! Thank you for being here! Big news: I'm going into the studio in April to make my new album, Canary in a Coal Mine, and I need your help in a serious fashion.

The situation: This past week, I was given the chance to branch out on my own from the record label I've been signed to for the last year; for better or worse, it was the perfect time to seize the opportunity, pick myself up by the bootstraps, & give it a go. My label, who I'm sad to say goodbye to, had budgeted $5,000 for April's recording sessions. Now that we're parting ways, I'm without that budget.

The plan: I'm venturing to NYC for two weeks to record with an amazing producer and a killer cast of musicians, including Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls), Todd Sickafoose (Righteous Babe), Franz Nicolay (formerly of the Hold Steady), Peter Hess (Anti-Social Music), Emily Hope Price (Pearl & the Beard), Joe Arnold, Emilyn Brodsky, and Anthony Da Costa. The studio is booked, producer James Frazee and I have been rummaging through the demos, and I'm so excited to get to New York and get in the studio. The album is slated to be released in September.

Wondering what will be on this hypothetical work? Well you can expect some banjo goodness, string quartet action, sweet accordion, thumb piano galore, killer percussion, more lady harmonies than you can shake a stick at… etc. I promise it will be good. As for the songs, demo versions of Die Trying, Wishbone, & Heart Beat Faster can be heard on my Secret Cedar Room EP! & you can watch live videos of Texas, Undertow, & Volcanoes on Facebook! 

Where your money's going: Your pledges will directly fund...  * the cost of the studio time!  * costs of engineering, mixing & mastering!  * artwork & physical printing of the final CD!

Want to get involved? Want to just say hello? Either way, I can't thank you enough for being here. Seriously.

LOVE, 

anna!

anna@theanna.com / www.theanna.com

PS! 

1, the $60 level isn't listed on the video, but is a legitimate incentive, I promise! xo. 

2, for international backers, please add $10 to your donation price for additional shipping costs. thank you! 

 3, also, sadly, as of now, the house show offer does not apply outside of the US, and hypothetically costal or quite-southern shows could take some negotiating, either with far-out scheduling or covering travel expenses!

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Details & FAQs on Timeline!

* Recording will take place through April & May of 2011 in NYC.

* Album is slotted for an official September 13th release date. If all goes well, the plan is to have the release to Kickstarter Backers at least one month prior to official release!

* Your additional rewards will be shipped with your Canary CD when the album is ready (estimated, August 2011). I will contact you through the Kickstarter forms to ask for your address, prompts for your personalized rewards, and other such information! If you already own certain CDs or would like to omit (or exchange) certain rewards in your package, please feel free to message me!

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    Thanks, friend! You will receive a pre-release digital-download-copy of the album's single, emailed just to you, before anyone else gets it.

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    Oh my! You'll get a lovely pre-release digital-download-copy of the entire album, Canary in a Coal Mine! It will go to Kickstarter backers before anyone else!

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    Woohoo! You'll receive the pre-release digital download AND a physical, signed copy of the Canary in a Coal Mine CD, + the Secret Cedar Room EP (limited CD printing, usually only available at shows!) + a hand-made thank you note + 4 hand-made buttons! That's a bargain!

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    Fancier still! Since we've run out of 7" Vinyl, during this last week of the project, you can now opt-in for a personalized Mix CD + the $25 package all for the low price of $40!

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    Gettin' fancy! You'll receive all rewards listed so far + a signed, hand-numbered copy of the Marry Me 7" Vinyl!

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    Now it gets even *more* personal! You'll receive all rewards up to this point (7" dependent upon availability) + your own MIX TAPE! Well, CD. I'll ask you for a song, theme, or artist you'd like me to start with & will make you your own personal mix CD with hand-drawn art, just from me to you.

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    Ta Daaaa: Studio Polaroid Postcard! Included in your pre-order package [the 25$ reward + mix CD] will be a signed polaroid of someone doing something in the studio, most likely musical something. If you have a preferred artist you'd like a photo of, please feel free to ask!

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    The Music Extravaganza Package! You'll receive all rewards up to this point (7" dependent upon availability) + copies of four previously-released albums: Some Kind of Parade (2005), The Things That Airplanes Do (2007), the Nesting EP (2009), & Paper Boats (2010)!

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    Ahoy! The original handwritten lyrics, complete with editing & crazy doodles, to the song of your choice off the album. First come first serve for song choice. [plus 25$ reward + mix CD!]

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    I could just squeeze you! You'll receive all rewards up to this point (7" dependent upon availability) + a thank you credit in the liner notes + a personalized, hand-embroidered thank you. I will ask you for what you'd like your embroidery to read once the rewards go through!

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    Oh my, A Limited Edition Brooke Weeber print of the album art!! Only 10 will be printed! [This will also include the 25$ pre-order package + Mix CD + 4 previous CDs, + hand-embroidered thank you & album credit!]

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    Holy moly! You'll receive all rewards up to this point (7" dependent upon availability) + 3 previously-unreleased Christmas CDs made for my family (and a promise for this upcoming year's Christmas CD) + a digital download of any cover song you'd like me to perform - you pick the instrument & song, and I'll email you a copy of the song just for you!

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    You're not kidding around! Well, take all of those previously listed prizes & instead of just one cover song, you can name THREE of your choice! You will still receive these digitally, but I will also hand-craft you a beautiful cover-song-EP package! You will *also* get a different, special thank-you section in the liner notes. Did I mention I could just squeeze you?

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    YOU can own the giant-studio-song-chart that outlines instrumentation, production ideas, and probably some funny drawings to boot. Signed by all the musicians who play on the record! [Also includes everything listed above - embroidered note, mix CD, cover song, special thanks, Christmas albums, all prior studio albums & the pre-release package!]

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    You are my new best friend. Not only will I buy you a coffee (or a grown-up drink) the next time I see you, but I will also write you a song, just for you. *And* you'll receive all of the packages up to this point. A care package PLUS a song about whatever you choose! Just think of how this could come in handy for the next birthday, anniversary, or Arbor Day gifts!

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    I can't say much more than: you're my actual hero. I'll send you all of the packages up to this point + I'll come to your house and play you a show in your kitchen, living room, back yard, whatever! It might be the next time I'm in your area, or depending on the distance, we can make a special trip happen. Either way, you name the set list, we figure out a time, and BOOM, a show is happening in your living room just for you. And I couldn't thank you enough.

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