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The Size Queens' new record is almost complete and only you can release, distribute, and promote it!
The Size Queens' new record is almost complete and only you can release, distribute, and promote it!
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The Size Queens have recorded their 5th record, Consumption Work: Tammy, Cybertariat, At The Aral Sea, based on the Tammy film series (1957-67) to be released as a feature-length movie this fall. Join us!



This summer, singer/songwriter Adam Klein returned to the U.S. from Kabul to work with songwriting partner Michael Mullen on the new Size Queens record. Sadly, the sudden death of long-time producer, drummer, and all-around musical collaborator, Tim Mooney, with whom the band was slated to record, led the band to cancel their studio time. After much consideration, Klein and Mullen decided to take The Size Queens to Wally Sound in Oakland, and there, with most of the rotating members of the band and some new additions, the recording was realized. A record of endless transubstantiations and resurrections, it is dedicated to Mooney.

This campaign will lead to the completion of Consumption Work: Tammy, Cybertariat, At The Aral Sea and enable the band to negotiate post-production and mastering costs. As with all The Size Queens' projects, the band has found that releasing this solely as a piece of music, while disturbing enough, may not pack the full punch of a visual project, and consequently, the band is commissioning a feature length movie for which Consumption Work: Tammy, Cybertariat, At The Aral Sea will serve as the soundtrack  The entire 48-minute song cycle will be released as a movie in the fall. This Kickstarter campaign will be your only opportunity to receive the digitally mastered music files.

You may ask: why such a title? Based on Ursula Huw’s writings on the cybertariat, The Size Queens have managed to take her theory of the ever-expanding domestic workplace, and combine it with wistful, lost dreams so eloquently embodied in Debbie Reynold’s role as Tammy. By asking you to participate in our new record, the band is exemplifying this strange period in capitalism’s tricky boast of unprofitable labor. Just like bagging your own groceries or pumping your own gas, this plea — this shaking of the digital begging bowl — offers you a way into the heart and soul of the band, guaranteeing you front and center stage, not just a place in the audience. Join The Size Queens who are doing their part to put America back to work!


While we have enjoyed unreasonable success among successful people, we are so under the radar that we require sonar for detection. Unlike other pitches for bands or musicians that just happened to run out of their record company advances a little too soon, we’ve never been noticed! This is your chance to undermine the executive A&R machine, the big industry giants, by “discovering” us. Your participation can help us take what are essentially just zeros and ones and turn them into $999 or, even better, $9,999 which is the actual cost of recording. That makes The Size Queens' new record the right project for Kickstarter. Our shortcomings should not in anyway inhibit you from going the distance!


But musically what can The Size Queens offer that others can’t? Why listen to us anyway? Well, probably, because you have more needs than you realize and each of our records is a way of putting you in touch with what you so abundantly desire but were afraid to ask for: everything from all-night drug stores to Ramada Inn room service to writing songs in the voice of Patsy Ramsey or a gaggle of over-the-top, aging San Francisco sex workers from the 90s.

In sum, The Size Queens feel there’s an unlimited way that you can do more than your part: why just buy and listen? How passé! Now you can be instrumental in the recording of the record without ever trying out for the band. Don’t try out: hand out! While supporting us, you’ll be learning the art of marketing and managing. Big donors may even discover a second career in their middle years. By contributing to this project, you’ll be putting the muscle in your hustle and learning the business of busking while grabbing the handles of panhandling. What we have to offer are all of the basic tools to really turn back time: so get hip and be retro because the 80s are back — CD Walkmans are in!


To the right you'll notice a convenient list of rewards. We offer complementary packages of contributor acknowledgments, each worth only what you put into them, as well as the opportunity to step under the hot lights for a moment of glory. In all earnestness, The Size Queens extend thanks to the many people who’ve helped us along the way. A little succès d'estime is all we've ever really wanted. We couldn’t, can’t, and shouldn't do it without you. We hope you’ll take part in our new record Consumption Work: Tammy, Cybertariat, At The Aral Sea. We guarantee rewards as rewarding as the title and a record with songs just as catchy!

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    Pledge US$ 29 or more About US$ 29

    You receive Consumption Work: The new record in digital format delivered via email as well as your very own blank CD and blank CD wallet along with a selection of art and fonts (via PDF). Burn your own CD, design your own CD wallet, and "accidentally" leave it in a ZIP car so someone new can discover your favorite band! We're shifting units the old-fashioned way: by having you bootleg them one at a time! Or, if you're a rabid fan of the band and don't want a hole in your alphabetized CD shelf, then get retro and keep the disc for yourself! You'll also receive a blank chapbook and lyrics (via PDF) so you can fill it in on your own! It's the perfect teaching tool for your volunteer youth mentoring program: teach the children to love reading while singing along to The Size Queens! In addition, because visual literacy is an important asset in the 21st century, you'll also receive links to download artistic and visually stunning video clips so you can assemble your very own Size Queens music video! Upload your creation and share it online with a handful of other fans! (Please include $10 for international shipping.)

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    You receive the all-inclusive Even More Consumption Work: Get all the consumption work listed above and at the same time earn your associates degree in marketing and communications. We'll send the necessary verbiage you need to construct a winning press release (that no one will ever read) — including quotes by famous people, excerpts of (mostly okay) reviews, and envelope labels to over 25 radio stations and websites (all via PDF) so you can promote The Size Queens' new record! Don't just be a passive consumer and don't let a media blacklist keep you from your dream of being a outspoken advocate for the band! For inspiration, you'll receive the entire Size Queens back catalog (the last of the limited, numbered edition "Is it in yet?," "Magic Dollar Shoppe" in a pre-cracked crappy jewel case, "III" in a deluxe exhibition catalogue, and the remaindered version of "Appetite for Redaction") — perfect for re-gifting! That's not all: you'll also receive a special collection of instructions (with no possibility of future value) on how to successfully engage in even more consumption work on behalf of The Size Queens from world-renowned artists Scott Blake, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Rakowitz, and Fred Tomaselli. (via PDF). (Please include $20 for international shipping.)

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