Happy 7th Birthday What’s This

coverI am thrilled this compilation finally was able to be born! Featuring the first underground/punk/new wave/alternative/indie recordings by a Chicago artist (dating back to 8/76), liner notes by rock legends Cheap Trick, and so much more, this is a timeless document of the multidimensional rebellion that has always been Skafish. Enjoy!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/skafish2


 

Skafish Podcast Conversation on Eclectic Max with Sheldon Snow

From 12 years of bullying and abuse in Catholic school to the controversy and violence that followed my band and I in the early days, to where the saga is at today, including industry tips for up and coming musicians, it’s all here in my recent Podcast conversation with Sheldon Snow on Eclectic Max! I hope you enjoy the candid conversation and let me know what you think! — Skafish


BOOTLEG 21-35 Review in Roctober Magazine

Check out the recent review of BOOTLEG 21-35 by Jake Austen in Roctober Magazine. As many of you already know, the bootleg is a live recording of my 21st birthday party concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977.

The recording was released digitally 35 years later to the day on August 29, 2012. Click here to read the review:

Enjoy the madness — Skafish


BOOTLEG 21-35 Giveaway Contest!

I’ve been itching to do a giveaway, so let’s do it!

Ten lucky winners will win a collectible download card with a unique code to be able to download BOOTLEG 21-35 in its entirety for free from CDbaby.com.

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is to leave a comment here on this blog post that says why you wanna win!

This is the first giveaway for this project and the contest ends May 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM, United States Central Time. Enter now, and I hope you win – Skafish

BOOTLEG 21-35, is the very first official live Skafish album. This recording documents Skafish’s 21st birthday party performance at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. The concert spotlights avant-garde musical concepts and an aesthetic vision that began in 1973, and features songs that were mostly composed and first performed throughout the Chicago area in 1976. This music, (along with the groundbreaking tracks from What’s This? 1976-1979), gave birth to the Chicago punk, new wave, alternative, indie, and underground scene, and helped to co-create these art forms internationally.

The bootleg concert consists of 27 total songs, 15 of which are original Skafish compositions that have never been released in any form prior. The album also offers 8 new Skafish-narrated commentary tracks that accurately capture the historical events of that time period. The album was first released digitally on August 29, 2012, thirty-five years to the day of the original concert.


“The 35th Anniversary” (Video Commentary Track 8 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

“The 35th Anniversary” is the eighth video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the milestone of releasing my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago from August 29, 1977 exactly 35 years later to the day. I also share the difference in my perspective from then to now.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec.

Enjoy! — Skafish

“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” (Video Commentary Track 7 From BOOTLEG 21-35)

“Set 2: Tracks 6-10” is the seventh video in a series of nine clips (including the complete version), which tell the story of the Skafish release, “BOOTLEG 21-35,” the first ever official live Skafish album.

In this clip, I discuss the musical, conceptual, and lyrical components of tracks 6-10 of the second set from my 21st birthday concert at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. I also talk about the personal, emotionally-driven and often cathartic aspects of why I wrote each of these pieces, and the contributions of my incredible band.

For more information on “BOOTLEG 21-35,” visit http://www.skafishbootleg.com/

Commentary performed by Skafish.

Engineered by John Carpenter at Thunderclap Recording, Hammond, Indiana.

Filmed and Edited by Guy Rhodes.

Special Thanks: Scott Cameron, Glinda Harrison, and to the band: Larry Mazalan, Karen Winner, David Prochazka, Greg Sarchet, and Larry Mysliwiec

I hope you enjoy the story — Skafish