Make Shearwater Lodger LP a reality
$13,756 of $8,000 goal
When we decided to cover a few songs from David Bowie's weird and wonderful Lodger album as part of our tour for Jet Plane and Oxbow this year, we meant it as pure fun— a way to tip our hats to a record we loved. We were rehearsing it when Bowie died, and it suddenly felt different; heavier, of course, but even more meaningful, and ultimately even more joyful.
This spring, we played a few songs from Lodger on tour each night in Europe and North America, but we only played the entire album as a piece four times - in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and for the Onion's A.V. Club, who filmed us playing it in their office. (To the best of my knowledge, DB never performed about half the songs on the album live, though he often mentioned it as one of his favorites.)
As it turned out, the A.V. Club caught us at just the right moment - relaxed, intent, and a little goofy. You can see the videos of the entire performance here.
Since it was posted, a number of people have asked me if we had thought about releasing this performance in a high-quality, limited edition. And though we're not a cover band, we've decided to do it, both as expression of gratitude for Bowie's work and to document a special performance we're proud of.
We'd like to press a one-time, limited edition of 500 copies on good-quality vinyl LP. (Each LP will also include a code for digital download of the album.)
Normally we would fund this ourselves, but touring this year has stretched us to the limit financially, and we can't put up the cost of pressing this in advance. So if you'd like to see this in the world (or on your turntable), we're asking your help in raising the up-front costs of producing it.
Part of the cost includes licensing fees for Bowie's songs and a mastering job by the great Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Greg has worked with us on all our albums since Rook—but he also mastered the original Lodger in 1979, a symmetry that's too tempting to pass up. The record would be pressed by RTI in California.
If you can contribute $45 or more, we'll make sure you receive a copy of the LP (and a download code). If you can do $15 or more, you'll receive a code for a high-quality digital download of the Calbi master.
Many thanks for reading, and for supporting us.
Jonathan Meiburg / Shearwater
The final backer copies will be sent off tomorrow. Many thanks from all of us to all of you for making this record a reality. We hope you enjoy it!
- the IT guy, filling in for JM
We arrived back from our European tour yesterday, and so have closed the Shearwater Plays Lodger GFM project.
It has been a success far beyond expectations - we owe huge thanks to all of you for supporting this project, and the fact that we were able to raise some funds over and above the pressing costs means that we will be able to make a little unexpected progress against debts we incurred touring this year. Our music may be mighty, but as a business we are very, very small; a few thousand dollars goes a long way, and is deeply appreciated.
As of this writing, the Shearwater Plays Lodger LP has been mastered by Greg Calbi, the lacquers cut at Sterling Sound and sent to the pressing plant, the artwork completed, the licenses purchased. (It sounds great, by the way; appreciably better than the unmastered version on YouTube, to my ears).
Greg really seemed to get a kick out of it; it was the first time he'd ever mastered a cover of a record he mastered earlier in his career, and he thought we did a great job. I noted that on the original Lodger sleeve they'd misspelled his name, and he said "Well, in those days, I was happy to get my name on anything, however they spelled it!"
Given the backlog of orders for vinyl pressing these days, the plant (RTI in California) estimates 10 to 14 weeks from the day that all parts are received for delivery; they're waiting on our printed sleeves to arrive, so assuming that happens in the next couple of weeks, I estimate we will see delivery of the LPs in November. I'll send out another update when I have a more fixed date so that you can know when to expect them.
Codes for the digital downloads of the mastered files, however, should arrive by email to everyone who donated $15 or more (including those who put up for the LP) within a week or two.
Thanks again to you all, and all best—I hope 2016 has been a good year for you. It certainly has been for us.
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Hi, is -it possible to have a vinyl copy of those incredibles covers ! I have missed it ... :-/
Spinning now guys, sounds superb! Many thx. Cheers, Wil
@David, we will be putting the ~200 remaining copies up for sale on our website once they ship out to preorderers. I will announce the purchase link via the SW mailing list before anywhere else, so subscribe to that if you want the earliest possible notice.
Can't wait to receive it...Listened several times to MP3's and sounds great!! Wonderful gift..
So it has come to my attention that you cannot create an account on Bandcamp without buying something. I could have sworn that you've bought stuff from us on Bandcamp before, though. Huh. (There *is* a lot of downloadable stuff there for purchase... ;) I'm sending them strongly-worded messages about this deficiency, but for now you can just redeem your download code at the standard link. The only thing we are likely to update is the artwork, sometime in the next couple weeks. Feel free to ping us at the email on the website and we can send it to you.
do I need to be logged into bandcamp to use the download code? I don't have a fan account and it seems to only want to let me create one if I buy something. Am worried about doing something wrong and still invalidating my one-shot download code.