Kevin Devinestarted today, and then later today finished, a moderately lofty Kickstarter campaign to fund his next two full-length records. According to the description Devine offered up on his project page, he wanted to raise a sum of $50,000 to fund the recording and releasing of one solo and one full-band album. These funds would go toward costs like the recording, producing, manufacturing, publicizing and marketing of the records; furthermore, the funds would help Devine tour and promote the albums following their release.
When I write "moderately lofty," I mean it. Devine pegging the costs here at $50,000 is certainly not ridiculous. He's seen some success as a musician, at...
Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü) has started a Kickstarter to help release See A Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould. It's a film/concert shot at The Walt Disney Theater Hall featuring artists such as Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, No Age and more performing Bob's songs with him on stage. You can watch Bob and Dave's performance of "Ice Cold Ice" in the replies.
Valise have been in the middle of a Kickstarter for their album next year and are closing in on the full amount tonight with 5 days left. For $5, donators get a digital download of the album next year and all donators get an immediate download link for both of their previous releases Dreamcatcher and their new single "Monster." They are recording in January at The Vanguard Room in Florida.
The Venetia Fair have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album. The fund will continue for 30 days to hopefully reach the goal of $8,000. The band is offering exclusive rewards (huge screen printed posters, t-shirts, artifacts from the creation of the album, recording time, etc) to fans along the way.
Check out Static Summer's first single, "Rollercoaster," here. They have launched a Kickstarter to help fund their record with producer John Bender and mixer Jay Baumgardner. They will also film a video for their song "Heartback" and press vinyl if they reach their goal. Hit the replies for the full press release.
The Saddest Landscape have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the re-issue of the band's first two records, The Sound of the Spectacle and Lift Your Burdens High for this is Where We Cross. The band will release a limited edition 7", Redefining Loneliness, this Fall via Topshelf Records.
Black Moth Super Rainbow have started a kickstarter for their new album, Cobra Juicy. Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! has posted a video of persuasion that you can watch in the replies.
Framing Hanley has launched a Kickstarter to fund its new album and music video. The band is looking to get $40,000, to be funded within the next 28 days, and the collection is currently just over $18,000.
The Motel Life just launched their Kickstarter asking fans to help them master their next EP, Those Bruises. Among the packages fans can purchase are a limited edition poster, comics, and the band will even come to your house for a BBQ and wash your car. The artwork was done by Daniel Fishel (The Wonder Years, No Sleep Records, Citizen).
That's Outrageousrecently began asking for donations in an IndieGoGo project to fund their second record. Many questioned the $7,500 goal the band was trying to reach, so the group has outlined that budget in a blog here. The budget includes $2,500 for CDs, $1,000 for travel, $1,500 for start-up merch costs, $500 for mastering the album and $1,500+ for studio time.
A fascinating new kickstarter has been making the rounds the past week or so, it's called the gTar. Basically, it's a fully digital guitar - that you can hook up to an iOS device and it can teach you how to play as well as a few other tricks.
We Shot the Moon has launched a Kickstarter to help release their 3rd album Love & Fear. Singer Jonathan Jones has teamed up again with former Sherwood members Dan Koch & Joe Greenetz, the same lineup as the first WSTM album back in 2007. Koch co-wrote and produced the album, and Joe played drums. All backers of the project will receive immediate downloads of 4 new or remixed songs.
We reported a couple days ago the Kickstarter project of former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan, where Colligan originally said he wanted to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas to play in a new band. The Kickstarter page has changed - Colligan says the $1,000 will now be used for both record and to make a pitch for a reality TV show - and you can read a piece of the new description below.
Former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan has started a Kickstarter to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas so he can play drums in a new band. They're looking for $1,000, and according to the project description, "It would make ZERO sense to not have Alex Johnson become a part of this project that WILL CHANGE MUSIC. He knows nothing about this project, though I'm sure when we go live it will be hard to keep the secret." For pledging $100, you can get a whopping email and three tweets from Alex. We've had plenty of Kickstarter debates on this website - where do you think this falls in the spectrum of Kickstarter's niche and usefulness in the music industry?
Oceana has reached its Kickstarter goal and announced they will record in July and August. Any more money raised will go toward buying a tour van and the band hopes to have the new record out in fall. You can also see the group's full 40-minute set from RaleighPalooza in the replies.
Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls / Evelyn Evelyn fame) is funding her new record via Kickstarter and set out for a $100,000 goal. The Kickstarter currently stands at over $618,000 with over 11,000 backers and still has three weeks to go in its lifetime. What are your thoughts on Kickstarter campaigns that blow up like this? Discuss in the replies.