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We want to put our new album on vinyl, but we need your help.

Having previously released two EPs (The Early Years, Hermosa), both over a year ago, Vox and the Hound is proud to release our first full-length album entitled Courage. But without your help, there may not be any release of which to be proud. 

In February, we returned to The Living Room Studio for our newest project, and a few days in, we could already tell we were creating something we would all be proud of long into our twilight years. So we wanted to release it in the best form possible for us and our fans: vinyl. And to get the best, of course, we must pay for the best. That's where you can help us.

Here's how it breaks down. Pressing the initial batch of 250 vinyl records will run us about $1,640, and printing 250 full color 11x17 poster inserts (liner notes, lyrics, etc.) for these units will run us another $240. Shipping and handling for these puppies will cost around $200. And lastly, we realize not all our buyers are equipped with turntables at home, so we will also be pressing 300 CDs, which will cost us another $420. Those of you with calculators handy have already figured out where our goal of $2,500 came from. That's what we need for that lil' release package.

But it could be even cooler than that! Dream big with us for a second. There are a couple of songs that we recorded which won't make the Courage track list, but that doesn't mean we don't love them just as much. So we decided to also release a B-Sides EP, complimentarily entitled Cowards. Our default plan is to release Cowards solely in digital form, but wouldn't it be neato if we could release it on a 7" vinyl to go along with its big brother? That, of course, would cost us another $1,200. So if this Kickstarter project soars right past $2,500, and your generosity keeps it trucking all the way to the $3,700 mark, we will press and release Cowards on 7" as well. BONUS!

What's in it for you?  Well even though you all want nothing more than to see us succeed, we won't let you donors walk away empty handed. Down the right side of this page, you'll notice we laid out the rewards for helping us out. Obviously, the more you pledge, the more you get. Start at $5 and you get your name listed in the liner notes of the album in the "Thank You" section. After that, a rapid succession of digital downloads, CDs, vinyl records and t-shirts get thrown at you one after the other, and then it starts to get interesting. $75 gets you free admission into the Courage album release show (date TBD), and then there's a biggie at the $100 level.

Shortly after this Kickstarter (successfully) ends, we will be holding a private event at The Living Room Studio where we recorded this album. We'll be performing Courage from beginning to end, and then a little more, I'm sure. This will be an intimate, limited seating event, and pledging $100 or more guarantees you a ticket. In the event that we don't get enough $100 or more donors to fill the seats, a lottery will be opened up to every other donor for the remaining seats. We think this night's going to be special, so we hope it sounds as appealing to you all as it does to us.

Want to give us $250? Well then we want to sing songs with you and buy you food. Anyone who pledges $250 or more is in for a special treat. Our treat. We will join you for a night of sushi and karaoke at Little Tokyo on S. Carrollton Avenue. Now if that doesn't sound like fun, we don't know what does.

And for those of you who are generous enough to hit that $500 or more level, well, our talent is all yours. We will cover ANY song you can think of at a Vox and the Hound show of your choosing. And we do mean ANY song. Whether it be Perry Como or Lady Gaga, we will learn how to play it for you. You just better be there to cheer us on.

* Special note as far as rewards are concerned. If we do happen to hit that aforementioned $3,700 mark where we're able to press Cowards to 7" vinyl, everyone who pledges $25 or more also gets a free copy of that 7" vinyl. BONUS!

Why Courage?  When we were writing and recording this album, we drew a lot of inspiration from the amazing scores of the old Spaghetti Westerns (particularly those by Ennio Morricone). We studied his music, soaked in the moods he created, and even went so far as to constantly stream Western movies on our laptops at all times in the studio. While surrounding ourselves with this genre, we noticed that a huge theme in these larger than life protagonists was their, you guessed it, courage. We started repeating the word over and over again. Courage, courage, courage. Short, sweet and says a mouthful. It seemed all too fitting.

We are proud of what we have done, and we would deeply appreciate your help in getting this vision all the way to the general public by Fall of 2012. Help us put Courage on vinyl for mass turntable enjoyment. Thank you for your time.

We all sing. We all bark.

V&tH

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    We will cover ANY song you want at a Vox and the Hound show of your choosing + Sushi and Karaoke at Little Tokyo + Ticket to private Living Room Studio show + Free admission to album release show + T-Shirt + "Hermosa" on CD + Digital Download of "Cowards" (+ 7" if we reach $3,700) + "Courage" on Vinyl, CD and Digital Download + Your name in the "Thank You" notes

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