FAQ: New Ted Leo Album
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BIG TICKET REWARDS: CAN PEOPLE CHIP IN?

Yes - as I mentioned in the reward descriptions, there should be a reasonable limit on the amount of people so that, for example, a private show doesn't become a BIG show, and a dinner doesn't become a BANQUET; but I do want to make these tiers as affordable as possible, should you want to ask a few friends to pony up!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

VEGAN DINNER: IS THE PRICE OF DINNER INCLUDED?

This is a good question that I will admit to you, i had not completely thought out. But here's where I come down on it - if you get 10 friends to chip in for it, then the cost of dinner obviously skyrockets to ten times what it would be were just one person and myself. So all i would ask is that you be willing to work with me on it to allow me to not spend all of the money for that tier on the dinner itself. because that would not only defeat the purpose of using it to work on the record, etc., but it would in fact, run directly counter to that purpose. Again, though, if you're willing to work something out with me, I'm willing to work something out with you!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

CAN I COMBINE REWARDS?

This has been a popular question, and the answer(s) is (are), NO, technically you cannot; but YES there's a pretty reasonable work-around to make sure you get the reward(s) that you want. 1. You can just change your dollar amount pledged to accommodate the cost of the extra reward level and message me letting me know you've done so. I will then make a note RIGHT IN THE SYSTEM THEY'VE SET UP FOR ME, that will remind me that you are getting x, y, AND z. 2. If you just want one extra thing, but not a whole other pledge level (like, you got the CD, but now you also want the vinyl; or you're getting the 7"s but you'd also like a CD, etc.), you can do the same thing, but message me first, and I'll let you know the specific item cost (as opposed to the whole tier package). See below for how to adjust your pledge...

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

CAN I ADJUST MY PLEDGE?

You absolutely can. To adjust your pledge level up or down tiers, or to add to your pledge for extra items as described above (or to cancel entirely, for that matter), you would do the following: 1. Head to your project page (presumably you are here already, or it is a simple back click away). 2. At the top there should be a banner with a green button that says "Manage your pledge." Click it, and you'll be taken to the Pledge Manager page. 3. There, find and click the blue button that says "Change your pledge." 4. On the following page, you can adjust your pledge amount.

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

WHAT SIZE T-SHIRTS D'YA HAVE?

ALL SIZES! At the end of the campaign, there'll be a survey sent out to everyone from which I'll gather all your necessary info, including shirt size if you're getting one!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

IS THIS A BAND ALBUM? SOLO ALBUM? WHAT.

It's a band album in that most of it is pretty fully fleshed out, instrumentation-wise. Often times more so than even the official "band" albums that I've done. It's also "solo," in a sense though, because, as I mentioned in the story on the home page here, I did make it largely in isolation, bit by bit, over time. I can tell you that I'm hoping to actually EXPAND the touring band to better reflect the layers happening in a lot of the songs. I hope that helps!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

SO HOW DOES THE WHOLE 7" THING WORK, AGAIN?

Ok. So, if you pledge to join the 7" "club," you'll get the digital download of the album, obviously, but I'm also going to break the album up across a series of 7"s with A-sides being the album tracks, and B-sides being all non-album tracks. The 7"s will come in a WELL DESIGNED box for easy storage and carrying, and each of them will be enclosed in a cover of some kind. I think we're probably at the funding level now where I can consider putting some MORE STUFF in the box as well - like offering all the album art and lyrics in a booklet, for example.
Some people have inquired about getting this and the LP or CD - it's doable - please see the "CAN I COMBINE REWARDS" question above. Some people have asked if I can sign the 7" boxes. I have to demure from answering this for the moment because I'm not entirely sure of the manufacturing and shipping process for these yet. I'll have to update when i know more.

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

YOU SHOULD RELEASE THE DEMOS FROM THE NO LONGER AVAILABLE DEMO TAPE TIER ANOTHER WAY.

Yeah... Maybe! I set a limit of 100 on them because that's about the number of blank cassettes I have on hand. It's possible that I may get more and open it up for a limited number, but I have concerns about making it generally available. I mean, first of all, I want to be fair to the people who pledged for it. I realize that some of you may just not have seen it in time, and it's with an eye toward accommodating you that I might try to open it up again or offer it as an add on. IF this happens, though, I probably won't be able to put it into effect until the last week, and I'll be sure to send out an update if I do. My other concern is just that... they're demos. There's something private and special about them to me, which is why I felt it appropriate that I only offer them in this format and with the limited number that I have. THAT SAID, the love and good will that's been shown to me through this campaign so far makes me feel like there's really no reason to hold this tuff back from anyone who'd like to hear it. In fact, I probably owe it to you. I'll figure something out!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

YOU'RE OVER YOUR GOAL. WHERE'S THE EXTRA DOSH GOING?

Ah - THE BIG QUESTION! Well, a lot of it is going to go right back into this project. Funding it so fast enables me to shift my own production goals and schedules into high gear almost a month before I would've otherwise, to consider beefing up the quality of what's already on offer, and to think about some new things to add if we want to go the stretch goal route. It ENSURES me that we can actually make all of this stuff, make it good, and make it soon. I'm going to hold some of it in reserve for tour support and tour merch (which, if you've been to one of my shows in the last 5-9 years, you know has been somewhat... lacking). I'm going to put some of it into my studio to make a more viable place for other artists to hopefully use to make their OWN stuff. And... I think I'd like to hear about something about something each person who has backed me here (and who wants to share) cares about. I'll leave that at that for now. As more comes into focus, and as I drill down on specific numbers, I'll be as transparent or as opaque as you want me to be. If you want to retain some mystery about it all (which I get), I'll make sure I head every transparency update with a spoiler alert!

Last updated: February 28, 2017 15:51

BIG TICKET REWARDS: CAN PEOPLE CHIP IN?

Yes - as I mentioned in the reward descriptions, there should be a reasonable limit on the amount of people so that, for example, a private show doesn't become a BIG show, and a dinner doesn't become a BANQUET; but I do want to make these tiers as affordable as possible, should you want to ask a few friends to pony up! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

VEGAN DINNER: IS THE PRICE OF DINNER INCLUDED?

This is a good question that I will admit to you, i had not completely thought out. But here's where I come down on it - if you get 10 friends to chip in for it, then the cost of dinner obviously skyrockets to ten times what it would be were just one person and myself. So all i would ask is that you be willing to work with me on it to allow me to not spend all of the money for that tier on the dinner itself. because that would not only defeat the purpose of using it to work on the record, etc., but it would in fact, run directly counter to that purpose. Again, though, if you're willing to work something out with me, I'm willing to work something out with you! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

CAN I COMBINE REWARDS?

This has been a popular question, and the answer(s) is (are), NO, technically you cannot; but YES there's a pretty reasonable work-around to make sure you get the reward(s) that you want. 1. You can just change your dollar amount pledged to accommodate the cost of the extra reward level and message me letting me know you've done so. I will then make a note RIGHT IN THE SYSTEM THEY'VE SET UP FOR ME, that will remind me that you are getting x, y, AND z. 2. If you just want one extra thing, but not a whole other pledge level (like, you got the CD, but now you also want the vinyl; or you're getting the 7"s but you'd also like a CD, etc.), you can do the same thing, but message me first, and I'll let you know the specific item cost (as opposed to the whole tier package). See below for how to adjust your pledge... Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

CAN I ADJUST MY PLEDGE?

You absolutely can. To adjust your pledge level up or down tiers, or to add to your pledge for extra items as described above (or to cancel entirely, for that matter), you would do the following: 1. Head to your project page (presumably you are here already, or it is a simple back click away). 2. At the top there should be a banner with a green button that says "Manage your pledge." Click it, and you'll be taken to the Pledge Manager page. 3. There, find and click the blue button that says "Change your pledge." 4. On the following page, you can adjust your pledge amount. Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

WHAT SIZE T-SHIRTS D'YA HAVE?

ALL SIZES! At the end of the campaign, there'll be a survey sent out to everyone from which I'll gather all your necessary info, including shirt size if you're getting one! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

IS THIS A BAND ALBUM? SOLO ALBUM? WHAT.

It's a band album in that most of it is pretty fully fleshed out, instrumentation-wise. Often times more so than even the official "band" albums that I've done. It's also "solo," in a sense though, because, as I mentioned in the story on the home page here, I did make it largely in isolation, bit by bit, over time. I can tell you that I'm hoping to actually EXPAND the touring band to better reflect the layers happening in a lot of the songs. I hope that helps! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

SO HOW DOES THE WHOLE 7" THING WORK, AGAIN?

Ok. So, if you pledge to join the 7" "club," you'll get the digital download of the album, obviously, but I'm also going to break the album up across a series of 7"s with A-sides being the album tracks, and B-sides being all non-album tracks. The 7"s will come in a WELL DESIGNED box for easy storage and carrying, and each of them will be enclosed in a cover of some kind. I think we're probably at the funding level now where I can consider putting some MORE STUFF in the box as well - like offering all the album art and lyrics in a booklet, for example. Some people have inquired about getting this and the LP or CD - it's doable - please see the "CAN I COMBINE REWARDS" question above. Some people have asked if I can sign the 7" boxes. I have to demure from answering this for the moment because I'm not entirely sure of the manufacturing and shipping process for these yet. I'll have to update when i know more. Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

YOU SHOULD RELEASE THE DEMOS FROM THE NO LONGER AVAILABLE DEMO TAPE TIER ANOTHER WAY.

Yeah... Maybe! I set a limit of 100 on them because that's about the number of blank cassettes I have on hand. It's possible that I may get more and open it up for a limited number, but I have concerns about making it generally available. I mean, first of all, I want to be fair to the people who pledged for it. I realize that some of you may just not have seen it in time, and it's with an eye toward accommodating you that I might try to open it up again or offer it as an add on. IF this happens, though, I probably won't be able to put it into effect until the last week, and I'll be sure to send out an update if I do. My other concern is just that... they're demos. There's something private and special about them to me, which is why I felt it appropriate that I only offer them in this format and with the limited number that I have. THAT SAID, the love and good will that's been shown to me through this campaign so far makes me feel like there's really no reason to hold this tuff back from anyone who'd like to hear it. In fact, I probably owe it to you. I'll figure something out! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

YOU'RE OVER YOUR GOAL. WHERE'S THE EXTRA DOSH GOING?

Ah - THE BIG QUESTION! Well, a lot of it is going to go right back into this project. Funding it so fast enables me to shift my own production goals and schedules into high gear almost a month before I would've otherwise, to consider beefing up the quality of what's already on offer, and to think about some new things to add if we want to go the stretch goal route. It ENSURES me that we can actually make all of this stuff, make it good, and make it soon. I'm going to hold some of it in reserve for tour support and tour merch (which, if you've been to one of my shows in the last 5-9 years, you know has been somewhat... lacking). I'm going to put some of it into my studio to make a more viable place for other artists to hopefully use to make their OWN stuff. And... I think I'd like to hear about something about something each person who has backed me here (and who wants to share) cares about. I'll leave that at that for now. As more comes into focus, and as I drill down on specific numbers, I'll be as transparent or as opaque as you want me to be. If you want to retain some mystery about it all (which I get), I'll make sure I head every transparency update with a spoiler alert! Last updated: Tue, Feb 28 2017 6:51 pm EST

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