Kickstarter Update #5 – 48 Hours to go!

Hello everyone! Rolling Stone just posted a premiere of a song from my new record Dagger Beach. It’s also here.

My Kickstarter is in its last 48 hours. Dagger Beach comes on June 11, if you pre-order here, I’ll ship your records a month ahead of the release date.

We have two pretty special new rewards:

DAGGER BEACH TEST PRESSING – 200g test vinyl from QRP, signed and personalized. Test pressings are the best reference and the highest fidelity. This reward includes a one-off 8"X12" print from one of my Leica photos from last EU tour. This is the only reward level that offeres the 8×12 photo. Limited to 8.
1/2" master tape from DAGGER BEACH – 30 seconds of 1/2" ATR tape on a reel and nice Ampex box from a deleted middle verse and chorus of "Gaslight." You will be the only person that will hear this section of the song. YOU WILL OWN THIS and can do whatever you want with it. Comes with an mp3 reference as well. Limited to 2.

If we cross 75k, I’ll write a KILLER song for ONLY THE BACKERS. (WE ARE GETTING CLOSE) You can play it, post it, lip dub it, make a 7" out of it, sell it, YOU OWN IT (collectively). It’ll be recorded at Tiny Telephone using the musicians you know and love. It will be a bad ass production, not a demo. It will be weird and wonderful.

STRETCH GOAL REACHED…We crossed 65K, so all packages of $100+ will receive a UNIQUE 4X6 photograph printed at Photoworks. Thanks so much for doing this. 


REWARDS CLOSE TO SELLING OUT: Diamond Dogs vinyl, House Shows (1 left), Private Listening Party (5 left), Extra In Music Video (1 left), Taqueria Tour (1 left). 

Thanks for all your help and support. It means the world to me!!!!

Below: Dagger Beach test pressings, 1/2" master tape

Kickstarter Update #4: Watercolors Into The Ocean

Wow, I didn’t expect running a Kickstarter to be quite so entertaining. We’re in the home stretch now. I just got my triple-gatefold copy of the new Atoms For Peace record in the mail yesterday, I hope you guys are half as excited to get your rewards. It’s like Christmas over here.

I have an announcement…

If we cross 75k, I’ll write a KILLER song for ONLY THE BACKERS. You can share it, post it, lip dub it, make a 7″ out of it, sell it, YOU OWN IT (collectively). It’ll be recorded at Tiny Telephone using the musicians you know and love. It will be a bad ass production, not a demo. It will be weird and wonderful.

We have some new rewards this week!

ALL THE CDs – $145. Limited to 4. You get everything I’ve released on CD, from Mass Suicide to Dagger Beach, plus burned copies of the rarities, Green Grow the Rushes, Diamond Dogs, MGM Endings, and the Pixel Revolt live to 2-track. That’s 12 records. Plus a unique 4X6 photo signed and notarized!

DISTRESSED WOOD FLASH DRIVE of EVERYTHING – $100. Limited to 8. Laser-engraved with issue number and my name. USB. 8GB of 1s and 0s. You will get everything I have, including some instrumentals and a live show or two, in the highest resolution I can fit on the drive. Plus a unique 4X6 photo signed and notarized!

We’re sourcing out vinyl cases right now, looking at archival boxes that we’ll heavily modify and alter to fit our library theme. It’s possible that all cases will be slightly different (in the best way).

Diamond Digs vinyl is in production, the cover will most likely be a chipboard jacket with a beautiful screen print on both sides. There will be a simple insert as well with credits and download codes. More details as they come in.

Thanks so much everyone!!! Spring is coming and this summer is going to be EPIC.

Below: Slovenia, October, 2012. One of the many unique photos I’ll be sending out with any $100+ bundle


Kickstarter Update #3: Diamond Dogs Track Posted! Other unbearably exciting news…

We have crossed the 60k mark!! Thanks for that, you wonderful creatures. We’ll do a high-res (as possible) live-stream of the listening party for all backers. For our next stretch goal…
If we cross 65K, all packages of $100+ will receive a UNIQUE 4X6 photograph.

Taken by me on my Leica M6 and printed at San Francisco’s own Photoworks on Kodak matte paper. I’ll sign and write some location info or other explication on the back. These are one-off prints, they are actually the only print I have of each photo. It’s a 1 of 1 kind of scenario. LET’S DO IT.

Stereogum is premiering a song from the Diamond Dogs cover record today. Here it is.

If you haven’t picked up Diamond Dogs yet, it’s getting closer and closer to selling out (we’re under 150 left).

Other things on the brink of selling out:

HOUSE SHOWS (1 left in SF and 1 in US available), the “T-SHIRT of your choice + BOTH NEW RECORDS on Vinyl” bundle (12 left), and the “DAGGER BEACH and DIAMOND DOGS on vinyl” bundle (25 left).

New rewards just posted:

I WRITE YOU AN 8 SECOND SONG WITH YOUR NAME IN IT – $75 (limited to 8, unless they are easier than I think they’ll be!)
I can also do this for someone you love (or a theme or idea you love). This is going to be a 24-track analog extravaganza, not some busted-ass demo. There will be background vocals. I can also precede the song with “You’ve reached [YOUR NAME HERE]” and I believe you would have an amazing outgoing VM message.

– $50 (limited to 7) A 200g QRP test pressing of my Bowie cover record. The extra good news: I’ll ship it to you at least a month before the full artwork versions are ready. Test pressings sound VERY GOOD.

Remember, I love you. I was seriously fantasizing about bailing from the music game this time last year. No more. With any luck, I’ll be able to pull off a remix record of Dagger Beach that will be a free download this summer.

Below: My Bowie cover of “Big Brother” titled “A Better Whirlpool.” Also, my twitter doppleganger, @not_john_vanderslice, fixed my poster for the Diamond Dogs show I did last year.

Kickstarter Update #2: JV Update, From JV Central

Hello! I hope everyone has something nice planned for the weekend. I’m working tomorrow, but I’ll be hiking Armstrong Redwoods in West Sonoma on Sunday.
Some short announcements…

If we reach 60k, we’ll live-stream the Dagger Beach listening party happening on May 2 at Tiny Telephone. We’ll make it as high-res as possible.

After that, I’ll have another stretch goal that will most likely involve exclusive content for backers only™. More on that soon. Speaking of content, I’ll be premiering a track from Dagger Beach sometime next week!

The vinyl is printed!! It sounds stupendous. The artwork is in production at Bellwether. Joe Williams did a wonderful job on the gatefold vinyl and digi-pak. They’ll both a have a nice insert that includes lyrics and extended album credits. Diamond Dogs lacquer will be shipped to QRP on Tuesday.

We’ll definitely be able to ship before the album is in stores (somewhere the God Of Delivery was just shaken from a long nap).

I added a VINYL CASE only reward.

Billboard and Flavorwire interviewed me about the campaign and Brooklyn Vegan posted something nice.

Thanks for everything, this is has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. What if I just run Kickstarter after Kickstarter because I’m so addicted to watching that wonderful counter? (That sounds awful… okay I won’t do that.)


Below: Dagger Beach Test Pressing, Miette and Clover approve of same