First volume of Unwoman's cover album series. This features 12-15 of her favorite songs written between 1980 and 1995, fully arranged.
EDIT 5/23: Party time. Excellent. Stay tuned for details, Bay Area and internet!
Also, if my internet connection is working, I'll be doing a special livestream concert Wednesday 5/25 at 5 pm PDT here: http://www.yowie.com/show/3at
EDIT 5/04: We did it!!!!
After just over a week this project met its modest goal. I should probably be happy with that, but I got to thinking how much I'd love to throw a big CD release party for this and play all the songs and have a bunch of my collaborators play with me. If I reach $5,000, I will do just that this August or September and the concert-party will be livestreamed on the internet, too. Everyone who pledged $17 or more will be on the list for the party at a major Bay Area location. So please keep the pledges coming -- there are still songs to tell me to play and USB drives to be had.
(placeholder photo of Unwoman by Dave Bryan)
Here is my little covers demo album on Bandcamp so you can get some examples. It includes a badass Wham! cover, a la Sexy Sax Man.
I have been talking for years about a covers album. After 4 original full-length albums I think it's time, but there are so many covers I want to do and so many different styles I play, it makes sense to do several collections.
This one is close to my heart: all of these songs are songs that were written between the year I was born and the year I turned 15. They all recall a specific juvenile or teenage moment of musical connection and identification. Recording them now that I'm a grown-up is particularly special.
I'll be recording these all in my home studio and pressing a short run of CDs, like I did with Unremembered. The big expense here is licensing covers. Each song costs about $.10 per copy sold physically or digitally, which is fine except I plan to pay in advance all at once because I don't have the staff to keep track of these things as time goes by.
I've been floating rumors about people getting to vote for which songs are on Uncovered, but I really think it's important that I record the songs I want to record. However, I am offering the option of telling me a cover to record as a bonus track for the low, low (OK not so low) price of $300.
Here are some of the songs this release will include:
Careless Whisper (Wham!)
Ceremony (Joy Division)
Open Your Heart (Madonna) (acacella Papa Don't Preach will be a bonus track I think)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Crucify (Tori Amos)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
Let The Music Play (Shannon)
Some Kind of Stranger (Sisters of Mercy)
Do You Love Me? (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
My goal is to have this all recorded by July 2011, hardcopies pressed by late summer. If you were around for my previous two kickstarter projects, you know I rocked my self-set deadlines because I was accountable to my backers. :)
All physical rewards except The Material Ungirl $200 package include international shipping. For that one please add $10, it will be a large package.
Yes, I will do an original of yours or public domain poem for you at the $300 level, but if it's not a song that's been widely released it'll be published on a different bandcamp album (eg "Current Demos"), not a covers album.
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Advance download of complete digital album, a few days before non-backers have access to buy.
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Professionally pressed CD, 1" button, and advance download of complete digital album, a few days before non-backers have access to buy.
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New style (as yet unknown) Unwoman-branded 4GB USB drive with ~2GB of music (Unwoman's entire discography) plus professionally pressed Uncovered Volume 1 CD and 1" button mailed to backer after CDs are pressed, plus advance download for complete digital album a few days before non-backers have access to buy.
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The Material Ungirl package: 5 CDs Unwoman has guest-appeared on by other artists or compilations (including Falling You, Stripmall Architecture & more), one early Unwoman CDR (I don't even know if it will play, that's how authentic it'll be) one vial of signature unisex unwomanly fragrance (this is a new thing still under development, but it'll be badass). Also includes USB, CD, button, download. ($200 pledge includes shipping to US only -- please add $10 if pledging from overseas for this reward only)
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Tell me what to play. Choose a song for me to cover and I'll do so, either for this album's bonus tracks (bandcamp only) if appropriate to the theme, or on my demo covers bandcamp album if it doesn't fit. Cover song MUST be chosen within 1 week of funding close if it's to have a chance of appearing in bonus tracks. Also includes USB, CD, button, download. (DISCLAIMER: I can't rap, please don't ask me to try.)
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Choose the cover image. Pick an iconic album cover from 1980-1995 (please, something that fits with my esthetic) and I will attempt to cover the cover for my cover. You must tell me your choice immediately after funding period closes and ideally have a backup choice if I can't manage your first choice (though I will try!). Also includes USB, CD, button, download.
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Dinner with Unwoman! You and up to 2 friends will be treated to my favorite San Francisco dish: Mirch Salan (roast pepper curry) at Pakwan on 16th and Guerrero in SF. It's not a glamorous dining experience, but you'll get to hang out with me for a full evening. Drinks afterwards if you like. Also includes USB, CD, button, download.
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