Yeah, I was thinking about that the other day, and I think that a digital-only release by the Trappas on iTunes, as a single album release (meaning, all the band's 20-30 or so songs for $10) would be great. Maybe even accompanied with a PDF (iTunes can do that) that shows which songs belonged to what album. And maybe 1-2 hi-res pictures of the band from back then on the PDF too. Maybe this release would be perfect to fill up the "space" between now and the new album next year!
I mean, surely some of these songs are out there on torrents, but I prefer to buy and support the band (I've spent about $1500 on iTunes this year alone for music). I am pretty sure Eric would like a brand new 50" HDTV to watch Firefly & LOST all day long while on hiatus. ;-)
The thing about garmonbozia was that none of those recordings were ever sold (with the exception of a few silk-screened cdrs at the last gmbz show in may 2003) so its not pirating if you can still wrangle those songs somehow. I had this crazy idea in those days that if we just gave away the music it would viralize and soon the whole world would know about it. But it seems that if you give away music then people assume it's worthless; chalk up another point for realism vs idealism.
Anyway we will undoubtedly release a box set of "early recordings" some day but not in the near future. So please, trade this old stuff to yr hearts content.
Marty, I hear you. Thank you for the info!
Please let me share one of the stories my 3rd grade Greek teacher told us at school: Back in the 1820s, potatoes were still not popular in Greece (although they were started to be in the rest of Europe, after Europeans had being introduced to them by the native Americans). Because that 1820s era found Greece as a newfound country surrounded by war (after 400 years under the Ottoman Empire), the people were hungry. So that new Greek government tried to import potatoes to feed them.
Unfortunately, people at the time were not very hot in the idea of trying new foods. The government tried to convince people that potatoes were great to eat, but no one wanted to try them! So they devised a plan, playing with the psychology of [some of] the ravaged-by-war people back then: they took back all the potatoes from the market, put them in a big storage house, and put lots of guards around! And then they told the Athenians to not go there, because the potatoes are meant to be for the King and the soldiers.
When some of the Athenians heard that, they couldn't help themselves. They went out at night to STEAL them! If there was some value in guarding these so called potatoes, then there would be some value stealing them -- they thought. Of course, the guards were instructed to turn a blind eye on the thieves! It was all part of the plan. So potatoes got stolen, people cooked them, they liked them, and eventually they became widespread in the Greek cuisine.
Now, that was 1820s, but the story might -- or might not -- still have an application in your market. ;-)
I have the entire collection of Garmonbozia recordings in my music library. I downloaded them 7-8 years ago - they were available for free download. They are in ogg vorbis format, as provided. These are still some of my favorite recordings: "iBOOM!", "1940", "Duble Pepy Majic Plus+", "Perm, Porn and the Gestalt", "R L", "The Omnibus and the Baker's Man", and "Tremolopsi".
I do not know how various stakeholders feel about this music being shared, but my assumption is that because I downloaded for free with no license agreement, that I am able to share with a few folks. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, someone correct me if I am wrong.
It is nice indeed. I posted that here a month ago:
Not sure it dates back to the year 1940, although it originally appeared on Garmonbozia's self-released album titled "1940" which I believe was recorded around year 2000.
edit: your joke was not lost on me, Mock ;)
Hey there... I was in a band called Manta sometime in the early oughts who played a show in Portland and this place Berbatis. Garmonbozia was on the bill with us and I thought the band was great... really great. The other folks in the band seemed less impressed, but I think that was more due to a competition thing than anything else. Anyway, you folks were giving away a CD and though I played it a far bit many years ago (the CD was great too... as well as the show), I sort of forgot about it and only much later did I hear that the band I saw was basically Blitzen Trapper. I became a fan of BT too and though I haven't even thought of that Garmonbozia CD for a few years now, it occured to me that I still have it, pulled it out and it still sounds really nice... listening to it now.
Also, I believe I have a drum kit that used to belong to your drummer... Nice kit, I use it all the time.