I was reading Amanda Palmer’s blog entry about what she calls virtual crowd surfing or what others have called crowd-sourcing. I followed Kim’s link to her project, and then looked around for other interesting projects.
This is the project that I went to today to add my support to. This is a biggie. Kim Boekbinder from Vermillion Lies wants to record a solo album, and figures she needs about $20,000 to do so. She has a deadline of December 1, 2009, and she’s only 6% of the way to her goal.
I’ve thrown $25 for the downloadable and the signed CD shipped internationally ($20 for the same thing to the US). $50 gets a mystery package from Kim, $200 gets a song written for you, but $10,000 gets you an adventure in Berlin with Kim and other Berlin characters. Not sure if the Berlin adventure covers food, lodging, or travel, but it would be a super deal if it were.
The sub-title “15 Punk Rockers Pounding a Piano Into Junk” is what really attracted me to this one, and made it the first project I joined on kickstarter. Listening to samples on his site, and on youtube convinced me that there’s a good chance of something interesting to come out of this one. 73% funded, it still needs $1328 in the next month and a half to go ahead.
For $16 you get the CD produced in this project, for $65 you can get all 3 of Sxip’s CDs, a bonus live mp3 download, a 7″ and a book of poetry. $400 gets you a very very special hat, and $3000 gets you a pie (among other things).
Some other projects I’ve seen that were interesting, or that have closed;
“The Quiet is a dynamic, original five-piece piano-pop band that draws comparisons to Ben Folds, Barenaked Ladies, and Elton John. With a solid, growing fan base responding to their diverse sound and high-energy live show, The Quiet regularly plays the Troubadour and has a monthly slot at Hollywood’s trend-setting Hotel Café.”
All kinds of options including $10 for a downloadable version of the album and $300 to have them record a cover of your choice, and you get a package of stalker-quality bits from the band. You can even buy publishing rights for a song at the right price.
“Dubbed the “Best Lounge Act of 2009” by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra play a brand of jazz folk country lounge that’s drawn comparisons to the music of Randy Newman, Leon Redbone and Tom Waits.”
Pledge $15 to get the CD and credit as a “micro-producer” or bump up to $50 to get an autographed CD, a credit on the album, and a brownie made by the band (with or without nuts – your call)
“Absolutely Kosher is an independent label established in 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California by Cory Brown. We release hella great music”
I’ve seen a couple of these warehouse-clearing projects on Kickstarter, and they offer some great deals. I can’t buy into this project, but $350 for Absolutely Kosher’s entire catalog is a bargain, even if I were to add the $120 for international shipping.
“Gordon Withers is a rock cellist living and performing in the DC area. He studied classical cello at Brandeis University under Rhonda Rider. From 1997-2000 he played with the Boston band Betwixt. In 2007 he recorded Jawbox on Cello: A Benefit For Cal Robbins, an album of 12 Jawbox songs arranged for cello ensemble.”
Didn’t click until after I’d signed up to fund this project that I actually knew this person via livejournal as trisloth. I really need to read livejournal once in a while; I nearly missed this one. This project ended shortly after I got in on it; had less than an hour to go.