A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Now accepting your musics!

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Choose this year's A Raw Rock Christmas artwork!

Poll ended at Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:27 pm

1) Stylized
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2) Deal
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3) All-Seeing Present
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4) Elf
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Total votes : 59

A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Now accepting your musics!

Postby JWat » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:33 am

A Raw Rock Christmas IV: Christmas Business!

If you're joining us for the first time, here's last year's album, Christmas With Strangers, available for free download:


Notable deadlines:
  • Oct 24th // album artwork submission deadline
  • Oct 24th - Oct 26th // album artwork voting period
  • Nov 22nd // song submission deadline
  • Nov 23rd - Nov 26th // grace period for late submissions
  • Nov 28th // album finalized / cd order placed
  • Dec 1st // A Raw Rock Christmas IV
jeremy@rawrockmilitia.com for submissions / questions / cute hellos.


CHRISTMAS BUSINESS!
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Congrats to Seth Thompson for making this year's A Raw Rock Christmas artwork. What a swell dude. We can look forward to a great looking liner notes and cd layout again this year. Info/contact on the other entries are down below!

Now let's get some songs sent in!
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Send me your Christmas music!

It's finally time to really focus on the music part of this. I know plenty of people don't like thinking about Christmas stuff this early (and I apologize to any of you who may find Christmas talk before Remembrance Day inappropriate - I'm just finding out this is a thing and I really don't intend to offend anybody). This is simply how I've got to do things to have everything done in time. I hope you can all forgive me!

Information regarding submissions is all below, but here are the big things:
  1. Christmas!
  2. jeremy@rawrockmilitia.com
Okay go!

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A Raw Rock Christmas is a compilation of Christmas and winter themed songs recorded by you, the RRM Community, and its' friends. They can be covers or originals. There are only a few guidelines, listed below, but here's an important one for you who aren't on RRM with us:
You do not have to be registered on this site to be a part of this. Both members of RRM and non-members are allowed to submit to any part of this, and everyone is equally eligible for prizes.

And there are prizes! Promise! I will provide a prize for whoever submits the bi-winning album art, and then again for whoever has the top song. All entries will have a chance to win. Prizes can include: iTunes or Amazon giftcards, credit to Showbread's or Josh's online stores, bags of coffee, etc. If you have other ideas, feel free to let me know!
The bi-winning artwork designer will also receive a free, limited and hand-numbered CD copy of the Christmas album.

A Raw Rock Christmas IV, like all of our previous albums, will be available for free download on our Bandcamp page, with the option to donate if you feel so inclined. In addition to that, we will be printing a physical, limited and hand numbered CD copy of the album. Because of this, deadlines will be super important! They will be available on our Bandcamp page or in person for $10 + shipping, and available to all musicians who were involved in the album at cost + shipping. Unlike last year, I'm going to set something up for any of you musicians who would like copies to sell yourself.

What we need!
Interested? We need a ton of songs. All musicians are welcome!
  • Musicians/bands/singers/poets/etc of all genres! Without you, there will be no album. Most of the album usually ends up being indie/folk kind of stuff, but over the past three albums, we've had some cool submissions: punk rock, electronic, poetry, anger music, etc.
  • Some of you may want to do more than one song, or may have multiple bands/projects you're in. This is totally cool. We don't want there to be too much by the same person, but I'll do my best. How I decide all this is usually determined by the total overall submissions. If you can't decide what to submit, send me everything you're considering, we can discuss and try to pick together.

Guidelines!
Now that I've written another novel, here are the guidelines for submitting music:
  1. You do not have to be a registered user of this site to submit a song. Both members and non-members can contribute. However, guest posting is enabled if you wish to discuss here, and registration is free and easy!
  2. Music must be Christmas/winter/holiday related. It doesn't have to be religious in any way, but please keep content relatively family-friendly. No swears, y'all.
  3. There is a chance your submission may not be included. As you can see, last year's album had a LOT of songs, and as much as I love Christmas music.. there really was a lot. So in an effort to clean it up a bit, every song will be voted on between a few unbiased members and myself. To be as fair as I can make it, the group will be as musically diverse as possible, and every song will stay anonymous through listening. I will try to make this work!
  4. These can be covers (new or traditional), re-imaginings of other songs, or your own original piece. The content, however, must be your own.
  5. Instrumental is cool too. It may seem weird to write a Christmas song without words, but a few of our musicians in the last three years have done this quite well.
  6. Remember, I need the original uncompressed audio of your song, not an mp3. When you bounce your song, make sure you save a copy as either .wav, .aif, or .flac. This is the file that I need. If you're unsure of how to do this, please hit me up and I'm more than happy to help you out. I can use your mp3 as a last resort, but I'm hoping to avoid this altogether this year.*
  7. Please do not post your creations publicly online (before the album release), it's way more fun to wait until everything's released at once before anyone hears any songs.
  8. Submissions should be sent with the following information:
    Code: Select all
    Your name:
    Username: (leave blank if you aren't a registered user)
    Musician/artist/band name:
    Musician/artist/band location:
    Website/Twitter/Facebook/Bandcamp/anything really:
    Song title:
    Additional info:

Anything can be emailed to me at jeremy@rawrockmilitia.com - ALL submissions must go there. Discussion can stay in this thread, you can also post on our Facebook wall or @reply us on Twitter.

*Usually a lossless quality audio file will be quite large, and sometimes too large to be sent as an email attachment. If you have trouble with this, please upload to http://mediafire.com/, http://dropbox.com/, or a similar site and email me the link to download. Make sure you include the info I requested above. I am free to help if there's any problems.

Last year hit a bit of a snag at a few places, and I had the album out late (not to mention cds likely did not reach you by Christmas). I want to release the album December 1st, and I'm going to try real hard to stick to that deadline.. Hopefully we can have an album art by mid October, and everything ready to go by the end of November. Thoughts? Anybody have any cool ideas for this year?


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Album Art entries and contact info!
We had some fun entries this year, so thanks to all four of you who offered us your talents - for free, might I add! In case any stuck out to you or you really liked a particular style, here are the artists. I'm sure they'd love to hear a "your artwork was awesome" or a "I want to hire you for a job!".

Click on any picture to go to a website:

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............................Jaymie..............................................................Brent.............................

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..............................Seth.............................................................Rebecka............................
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Lettie » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:54 am

Christmaaaaaasssssssssss!


(That's not a title suggestion, that's just excitement.)
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby RobotZombieAttack » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:10 pm

Can't believe it's almost been a year since the last album.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Corvid Canine » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:46 am

The 25th of Dismember: A Raw Rock Christmas IV
I get up in the morning, divide by zero, howl at the moon and eat a bowl of surreal.

(insert blastbeat)
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Josh_Dead » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:38 pm

RRC6: Deck The Halls With Bobs Of Marley (Reggae songs only, fools)
IT'S NOT MAN MAN OR FIVE IRON FRENZY
JOSH DEAD HAS DUCKS!!!! DUGGA DUGGA DUGGA!!!!
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Thoagland » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:50 am

Raw Rock Christmas IV: It's, Like, Christmas and Stuff.

OR

Raw Rock Christmas IV: Christmas So Raw, It'll Kill You.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby JustSkiff » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:29 pm

Here Have This CD, At Least It's Better Than a Blockbuster Gift Card
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Lettie » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:12 pm

Josh_Dead wrote:RRC6: Deck The Halls With Bobs Of Marley (Reggae songs only, fools)

This. Do this.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Corvid Canine » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:40 pm

Josh_Dead wrote:RRC4/20: Deck The Halls With Bobs Of Marley


Chestnuts blazing on an open fire?
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby RobotZombieAttack » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:03 pm

Four Score and Christmas ago.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Timloney » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:19 pm

Man haven't been on in awhile! Just turned on last years album and brought me back here. Title suggestion: RRC IV: Reindeer Three EP
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby Psyvjor » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:50 am

RRC4: no more money, no more gifts, no more elephants, no more christmas!

> just random title came out of my head
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby JWat » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:38 am

I really hope we can get this stuff together soon, so far it's looking like there hasn't been much interest. :<
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby llamaiguana » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:28 pm

Good luck man. You'll at least be getting one song.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby JWat » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:50 am

A Raw Rock Christmas IV: Christmas Business
Get your artwork in!
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby JWat » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:10 am

PS please use the hashtag #christmasbusiness when talking about it because it's hilarious.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby rawADAMkills » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:19 pm

I'm so freaking excited for this.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby TorchesTogether » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:54 pm

I'm excited. I definitely will be sending a song in!
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! Community Thread!

Postby tomato » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:36 pm

I'm so stoked! Can't wait to see what people come up with.
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Re: A Raw Rock Christmas IV! ALBUM ART VOTING FRENZY!

Postby JWat » Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:33 pm

Artwork is up! Get at it!
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