Sweet Thursday! Here is the first Herman Dune album in 7 Years!

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The project

Sweet Thursday! Herman Dune!

 

 

First new Herman Dune album in 7 Years!!!

 

 

Recorded at Santa Cruz Studios in San Pedro, California

 

Out on Santa Cruz Records...

 

This Kiss Kiss Bank Bank page offers original pieces and exclusive artefacts for a limited amount of time.

 

Today music is available everywhere, free of charge, but objects and pieces of work with a real unique craft, made for art and quality are still necessary to an artist's creation...

 

"I want to share my vision of what an album can be, with a delicate sound, and a physical and artistic presence. Like a sculptor sells a bronze to his collectors, even if the whole world can enjoy postcards of his work for free on the internet..." -David Ivar Herman Dune

 

...Get a unique opportunity to collect

 

LP/Vinyl

 

 

A Deluxe 180g Tip-On Cardboard Jacket LP. Limited Edition of 500X. With Full Artwork and Lyrics and Thick "Jazz" Cardboard. Specially Mastered for great Sound Quality on the best Vinyl! Made in Nashville with legendary craft!

 

K7/Tape

 

 

A Deluxe Hi-Fidelity Audio K7 with Album Art . Limited Edition. Specially Mastered for tape!

 

A Hi-Fidelity Download album with Physical Album Art and Enamel Pins

 

A 40-Page-Magazine with Comics, Poems, Song Lyrics, Short Stories, A Crossword and Photo Collages by David Ivar (Yayathon Man) Limited Run. For Adults or with Parental Advisory

 

A Limited Edition Picture Disc of 2 songs on 7" Vinyl

 

9 Original Ink illustrations by David Ivar for the 9 songs of Sweet Thursday (Two different originals available per song, Ink and Watercolor on High Quality Art Paper)

 

3 Original Oil Portraits of David Ivar by Los Angeles artist Mayon Hanania

 

Why fund it?

This will fund the first Herman Dune album on Santa Cruz Records

This will be Herman Dune's first New album in 7 YEARS!!!

This original and limited run of physical sales will make it legendary!

"I want to share my vision of what an album can be, with a delicate sound, and a physical and artistic presence. Like a sculptor sells a bronze to his collectors, even if the whole world can enjoy postcards of his work for free on the internet..." -David Ivar Herman Dune

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Herman Dune

Herman Dune is David Ivar’s musical project. It was started in 1998 in Paris, France. David is a French/Swedish citizen who began playing antifolk in Paris at a time when no DIY scene existed, let alone with songs performed in English. Herman Dune has toured the world since then, all over Europe and in 42 US states, sometimes sharing the stage with the... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ What is an album?

An album is an artfully crafted collection of songs. The artist wrote, sang, played and recorded 9 songs as a whole, with their individual stories.
An album captures a moment in time, the sound and the feeling of a room where singers and musicians shared a special and intense part of their lives...

+ Who is Herman Dune?

Herman Dune is David Ivar’s musical project. It was started in 1998 in Paris, France. David is a French/Swedish citizen who began playing antifolk in Paris at a time when no DIY scene existed, let alone with songs performed in English. In 2001 he started the MOFO music festival in Paris which featured acts like Daniel Johnston, Bonnie Prince Billie, The Silver Jews, Dinosaur Jr., and The Moldy Peaches.

After spending years in Lo-Fi territory with the label Shrimper (The Mountain Goats), 2006 found Herman Dune signing to EMI/Source (UK Virgin) and releasing two albums. The album “Giant,” was certified Gold in France and both records had Herman Dune touring non-stop for the next two years. Herman Dune played 42 States in the USA and many festivals including; SXSW, End of the Road, Green Man, Benicassim, Primavera Sound Festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and Central Park Summer Stage festivals.

In 2008, Funny Or Die produced the video for the song “Tell Me Something I Don’t’ Know,” featuring John Hamm and a puppet made by Jim Henson’s Studio.

Through a “Never-ending” life on the road, Herman Dune has toured with Arcade Fire, Jolie Holland, Kimya Dawson, Of Montreal, and opened for Sleater Kinney and Wanda Jackson. Whenever in the UK, he was always welcome at BBC1 to record exclusive sessions, and holds a record for tracking 10 John Peel Sessions with the mythical British DJ.

David Ivar has also been recognized as a visual artist and his work has been seen in Playboy, Flaunt, and Spray magazines. His art has been shown at the FIAC in Paris, Art Basel in Miami, Triennale in Milano. He’s had multiple exhibitions in galleries in Paris (Nivet-Carzon, Agnes B), New York City (Cinders Gallery), Los Angeles (Small World Books), and institutions and galleries in Europe. David Ivar has written and recorded the soundtracks for theatrical movies like Mariage A Mendoza (Edouard Deluc), Blockbuster (July Hygrek, a NETFLIX film), and Chasing Bonnie & Clyde (Olivier Lambert).

David Ivar - On writing the album:

"Sweet Thursday" is the third volume of the Cannery Row trilogy by John Steinbeck. After leaving France in all kinds of clashes and hurries, I felt that in my new home in San Pedro, California, I had found my own Cannery Row. I moved to Santa Cruz Street, by the harbor, where life starts at 4AM. The nine songs of "Sweet Thursday" were recorded live with my band (Kyle McNeill & Lewis Pullman) and produced by myself and Kyle. It was then mixed by Adam Selzer (M.Ward, Langhorne Slim).”

Now an Immigrant in California, I set up a studio in my back yard, gave up my phone, stopped touring and started working intensely on music and art. I also drove around the South Bay in my 1992 Toyota with its old cassette deck. Most songs on “Sweet Thursday” are inspired by this new life, and the doubts and fears of being an alien resident in the shift of the US during this current administration.

At a recent show of Mike Watt & The Missing Men in a warehouse on the docks near my house, Mike shouted out to the audience, “Release your own stuff! Put out your own music!”. I felt like the King of the San Pedro Punk Scene was pointing at me to inspire me in my process of going back to doing things myself, my own label, my own everything!

The album has strong visual themes to me and I decided to work with video artist Brett Sullivan of the NYC antifolk band American Anymen to help realize music videos for the entire album. I really dug his editing style in connection to music, so when he came up with the idea of a video campaign for “Sweet Thursday”, almost a movie, I really jumped on the idea and we got to work filming music videos about San Pedro that inspired the album so much.

The full album “Sweet Thursday” is set to be released on MAY 17th.

+ How was Sweet Thursday recorded?

Sweet Thursday was recorded at Santa Cruz Studios in San Pedro, California.
Everything you hear happened as you ears catch it.
Everything was played and recorded live, at once, in one room, with real musicians and no machines controlled the groove, the beat, the tuning or anything for that matter.
We're hoping it shows as you listen, that humans still have a big steap ahead of computers

+ Where was Sweet Thursday recorded?

Sweet Thursday was recorded at Santa Cruz Studios in San Pedro, California.

+ Was Sweet Thursday recorded Live?

It was.
In the Recording Industry, Recorded LIVE means that the music you hear was played at once, in one take, and that the musicians didn't play separately at different times. It doesn't mean it was a live show.
Most music before the rise of machines has always been recorded live.
An album recorded live has a very different feel from albums where people are not all playing at the same time.
Everything you hear happened as you ears catch it.
Everything was played and recorded live, at once, in one room, with real musicians and no machines controlled the groove, the beat, the tuning or anything for that matter.

+ How many songs are there on Sweet Thursday?

There are 9 songs on Sweet Thursday.
David Ivar thinks it's the best running time and sequence for an album of songs.
35 minutes, 9 different stories and feelings.

+ Who plays and sings on Sweet Thursday?

- David Ivar "Yaya" Herman Dune sings and plays guitar
David Ivar is the founder and original member of Herman Dune since 1998.

- Kyle McNeill plays Bass Guitar and sings harmony
Kyle is a singer-songwriter and band leader from Venice, California. His songs are the soundtrack to many a car rides on Pacific Coast Highways.
His next album will be out soon on Santa Cruz Records...

- Lewis Pullman plays Drums
Lewis is a professional drummer who plays with many acts including Maesa and Kyle McNeill. He is from Los Angeles, California and also pursues a flourishing career in acting.

- Jason Hiller plays Hammond and was the recording engineer for the session
Jason is a producer and a musician for many acts in Los Angeles, California.

- Mayon sings
Mayon is a French painter, and singer-songwriter, from Paris. She lives in San Pedro, California.

+ What does Sweet Thursday mean?

"Sweet Thursday" is the third volume of the Cannery Row trilogy by John Steinbeck. After leaving France in all kinds of clashes and hurries, David Ivar felt that in his new home in San Pedro, California, he had found his own Cannery Row.
The people of "Sweet Thursday" are not consumed by greed or material wealth, but they are hungry for love, sex, music and wine...
After years of "working" and "touring" for the "Rock & Roll Industry" it was time for David Ivar to take a step back and live the Rock & Roll life instead.

+ Why a Vinyl LP?

The difference between a recording mastered for Vinyl, and K7 and a digital file is a fundamental one. The pleasure of putting a record on your turntable, or inserting a tape in your car's stereo is toppled by a sweet, warm sound that only analog media can convey.
A Vinyl record is big, and so is the Jacket it comes in, which gives great space for nice Album Art, lyrics. A nice vinyl jacket is like a nice work of art you can hang above your fire place.

+ Why a K7 Tape?

The difference between a recording mastered for Vinyl, and K7 and a digital file is a fundamental one. The pleasure of putting a record on your turntable, or inserting a tape in your car's stereo is toppled by a sweet, warm sound that only analog media can convey.
David Ivar's own 1992 Toyota 4Runner has the sweetest K7 Deck he's ever had. He re-discovered albums by Van Morrison, Bob Dylan or Lucinda Williams through this medium and cherishes everyday anew...

+ Why an Enamel Pin?

David Ivar "Yaya" is also well known as a visual artist.
He had to find something visual, physical, that people who listen to "Sweet Thursday" on their phones, on their computers, or who would stream it could set their eyes upon.
The enamel pin shows Yaya and his cat Morrison, like on the album cover. It comes with a wallet-size card with the album art, and the album info.
Wear the Pin to show you heard "Sweet Thursday" first, and keep the card with you for when you stream or download the album!

+ What is the fanzine YAYATHON MAN?

Especially edited for the release of Sweet Thursday, YAYATHON MAN compiles Poems, Aikus, Short Stories, Comic Strips, Drawings, Collages, ans Song Lyrics (Including for the album Sweet Thursday) by David Ivar "Yaya" Herman Dune.
48 Pages of ART, for mature readers or with parental advisory

+ Why 18 Original Illustrations by David Ivar "Yaya"?

David Ivar "Yaya" Herman Dune is a well known visual artist in addition to his musical career.
Here, you get the opportunity, for a very special price, to own original drawings, made with india ink and watercolors on high-quality Art Paper.
The drawings will illustrate the 9 songs of Sweet Thursday.
Each song will have 2 different illustrations
For a total of 18 Original Pieces

+ Why 3 Real Oil Paintings, Portraits of David Ivar?

Artist Mayon Hanania, born in Paris and living in San Pedro, California, will paints especially for the release of Sweet Thursday, three ORIGINAL COLOR OIL PAINTINGS showing David Ivar "Yaya" Herman Dune, sometimes with his cat Morrison.
The process is very long so only 3 paintings will be offered, there won't be any more!
Oil Painting is the Rolls Royce of paintings, it is meant to last centuries, looks smooth and vibrant with beautiful colors, it is also a rare and expensive medium.
This item is for Art collectors, as well as music enthusiasts.
Mayon's work is regularly shown in Los Angeles, and she is a professional painter.

+ Why no CD?

The difference between a recording mastered for Vinyl, and K7 and a digital file is a fundamental one. The pleasure of putting a record on your turntable, or inserting a tape in your car's stereo is toppled by a sweet, warm sound that only analog media can convey.
The CD is not very different from music you can download or stream, so it was not physically relevant to the project.

+ What is SANTA CRUZ Records?

Santa Cruz Records is an emerging Record Label founded by David Ivar "Yaya" Herman Dune in San Pedro, California
Sweet Thursday is the first album on the Santa Cruz Catalogue, but more releases wait in line
Santa Cruz Records wants to promote art, songs and poetry recorded in a human way without machines to impose the beat or the groove

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Similar to a previous comment, I’d love to be able to add the 7” to my LP order without having to make a second pledge and pay all the additional international postage. Is there a way I can add the 7” to my order with reduced shipping?
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Any chance you create a combo with the Europe 54$ Pack + the 20$ Picture disk ? KissKiss BankBank is made so that you can only choose 1 reward, even if you increase the amount of your contribution... and I so much would want both items!
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Any chance you create a combo with the Europe 54$ Pack + the 20$ Picture disk ? KissKiss BankBank is made so that you can only choose 1 reward, even if you increase the amount of your contribution... and I so much would want both items!