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BOOTLEG 21-35 Contest Winners Announced!

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It’s time. I know I said that I was going to select 10 random winners.


Because of how truly touched I was by everyone’s unique and thoughtful posts, I’ve made a change in plans. Instead, there will be no drawing.

I’ve decided that EVERYONE IS A WINNER! That’s right! Everyone who posted a comment on my blog for the contest will win a free collectible download card with a unique code to be able to download BOOTLEG 21-35 in its entirety for free from

Please check your email so you can reply with your mailing address so your gift can be sent right out to you. Again, I deeply appreciate all of your words — Skafish

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BOOTLEG 21-35 Giveaway Contest!

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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

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.

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Skafish on “Flying Around the Sun”

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I made my second appearance as a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun” on September 6, 2012 in Hammond Indiana, where I was interviewed by show hosts Mark Mybeck and Phil Rapchak.

On the show, I discussed the recent release of BOOTLEG 21-35, the first-ever live Skafish album, which was recorded August 29, 1977 at my 21st birthday party performance in Chicago at Ratso’s. In addition to premiering tracks from the bootleg. I enjoyed giving away free digital copies of the album to those who called in by phone. For more info on the bootleg and purchasing options, visit

Among other topics, I talked about the history of my band and being a bandleader, my pioneering days in Chicago as the city’s punk/new wave/alternative and indie Godfather, and my role as a co-creator of these art forms internationally. I also discussed my relationship with IRS Records chief Miles Copeland.

The interview was streamed live and captured on film by Guy Rhodes.


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

Enjoy the moment and share this with everyone who loves music outside the box!


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BOOTLEG 21-35 Giveaway Contest

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UPDATE, Friday 9-7-12, 3:26 PM US Central Time: The website went down part of the time and wasn’t able to process the comments  from last night for the bootleg giveaway contest. So sorry, but there will be another contest. Stay tuned!

Tonight I am going to be a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun” from 9pm through 11pm US Central Time. To listen online, go to You can call in by phone at 219-845-1100.

I am going to be having a giveaway contest on the show. Random callers will win a collectible download card with the image of the album cover, and a unique code to be able to download the entire album (over 2 hours and 13 minutes long) from CDBaby for free.

Also, I will be giving out a special secret code during the show. Leave a comment on this post with that code, and you will be entered into an additional giveaway where 10 lucky winners will be randomly chosen to win the collectible download card.

Keep in mind that even though you’ve posted a comment, it won’t appear till I’ve approved them after the show.

Have fun and best of luck to all!

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Skafish on WJOB radio this Thursday/BOOTLEG Giveaway!

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I am thrilled to let you know that I will be a guest on WJOB radio’s “Flying Around the Sun,” this Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 9 PM through 11 PM United States Central Time. On the show, hosts Mark Mybeck and Phil Rapchak will talk with me about the brand new Skafish release “BOOTLEG 21-35,” play tracks from the album, discuss both the backstory of this legendary record and my future plans, and take your phone calls. As you may already know, this bootleg was recorded 35 years ago at my 21st birthday concert in Chicago at Ratso’s. The album was digitally released August 29, 2012.

I am so excited about the bootleg release, that we’re having a giveaway that night on the show. Tune in for a chance to win a free download of the album (which is over 2 hours and 13 minutes long) from

Listen online at, call in with your questions or comments at 219-845-1100, or if you’re in the Chicago area and you want to listen on the radio, tune in to 1230 on your AM dial.

This should be a lot of fun!


About Those Skafish Fan Videos…

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On March 9, 2012, I asked all of you if you wanted me to release a live audio bootleg recording of my 21st birthday concert performed at Ratso’s in Chicago on August 29, 1977. Since I was so thrilled with the videos I received from all over the world, I decided to put together a clip of everyone’s contributions. I’ve entitled the video: Skafish Superfans Say: “I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG!” (with
audio clips).

Also included in the clip are two never-before released music
samples of the bootleg concert. One is the first version of the
Skafish classic “Joan Fan Club,” written by me and first performed
by my band and I in 1976. The other is “Let’s Play Doctor,” also
initially written and performed that same year.

Sorry it took a bit to get this posted, but since the videos all
came in different formats, it took some effort to get them all
edited together. To all of you who sent in a video, thanks for
letting your voices be heard! I deeply appreciate it.


Enjoy — Skafish

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Want Your Skafish Bootleg?

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I’ve been thinking about something, and I would like to get your opinion. I now have a Skafish live bootleg recording from 1977 and I’ve been thinking of releasing it. If I put it out there, this would be the first live Skafish album to ever be released.

So, would a live Skafish bootleg album be something that you, the fans, are interested in? If this is something that you want, here’s how I would like for you to let me know. Grab your cell phone, or anything you’d like to make a video with, and record a video of yourself saying: “I WANT MY SKAFISH BOOTLEG!”

You can shout it, scream it, let me know your excitement, or any way you choose to express yourself. Send your video to over the next few days. I want to use the clips you send me in several videos to promote the bootleg project and you, my friend, get to be disgracefully immortalized!

Everyone who sends in a video also gets entered into a drawing where I’m going to give away several Skafish “WHAT’S THIS FREAKIN’ $%&!?” T-Shirts. This is a rare shirt that has never been sold. Only a few people currently have them, and I get asked for them all the time. I had just 300 of these shirts made, and there will be no more manufactured, ever. Keep in mind that by submitting your video, you’re giving me the legal permission to use it.

So, send me those videos to!



I Am #3 Contest Winners

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There was a tremendous response to the “I Am #3” Skafish holiday contest, and I am so happy to be able to have the contest and offer the prizes.

Here are the 10 winners who each won an autographed copy of my first ever holiday jazz album, “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas”:

Diane Brennan of Germany

“Boris” Boden of Illinois

Wayne Mitchell of New Jersey

Mark Medley of Missouri

Melissa Brewer of Georgia

Mary Rizzo of Italy

Ressie Richards of Indiana

Gabriella Hanstein of Georgia

Jim Dvorak of Illinois

Kasper Mussche of Belgium

Ron McPeak of California is this year’s grand prize winner. Ron won a $100.00 gift certificate, an autographed copy of “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas,” and an autographed “Tidings” poster, which has never been sold.

To everyone who won, I hope you enjoy your prizes. If you haven’t won yet, there will be more contests in the future, and I’d love to give you a prize. To a prosperous and magical season for you! — Skafish

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I Am #3

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It’s that time of year again, and this time around, I wanted to try something a little bit different. Since this is my third annual holiday giveaway contest, I dubbed it “I Am #3,” where I’m giving away these three items to the grand prize winner:

*A $100.00 gift certificate (which the winner can spend any way they wish),

*An autographed copy of my first ever holiday jazz album: “Tidings Of Comfort And Joy – A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas,” and

*A never-before-sold autographed poster for the album!

In addition to the grand prize, ten other lucky winners will each receive an autographed copy of the “Tidings” CD sent to their door, completely on me, completely for FREE — and everyone throughout the world is eligible to enter!

Here is something else that makes this contest special: When the album was originally recorded at Chicago Recording Company (CRC Studios) in Chicago Illinois, we filmed a 30 second promo clip on December 3, 2005. This video has never been seen before, and it will be first unveiled for this contest.

Featuring a medley of my arrangements to “Deck The Halls” and “Joy To The World,” I didn’t edit it from the existing album recordings. My rhythm section and I just sat down and recorded the music for the spot as its own new piece, so that is also something everyone will be experiencing for the first time. To complete the video clip, I recently recorded a new voice-over on September 7, 2011 at Thunderclap Recording Studios in Hammond, Indiana.

Here’s the video:

Here are the ways to enter the contest and its rules:
If you want to enter the contest, it is mandatory that you leave a comment on this contest post that features the video. Your comment will count for one entry.

The contest will run from November 15, 2011 through December 1, 2011. The winners will be randomly selected by December 3, 2011, and will be announced as soon as all winners have confirmed their prize. For this contest, each contestant is eligible to only win once.

In addition to the mandatory comment required, here are additional ways for you to enter the contest where you can gain more entries. First, for any of these additional entry options to count, you must leave a comment on this contest post which indicates all of the additional places and ways that you have entered, and the link(s) for your entry/entries to be verified.

You can leave a comment on any or all of these sites in response to the posted video. Each of these places that you leave a comment on will count for one more entry:

*You Tube:



*Google+: Google+ SkafishGoogle+ JimSkafishGoogle+ Skafish Holiday  Google+ LaBefanaRecords  

*Twitter: You can post a link to the video and tweet a comment from your Twitter account. You will be able to post the video to Twitter via: YouTube – Vimeo – Ustream – – Twitlens – Twitvid

Follow and Like:
You can Follow and/or Like “Skafish” as indicated below, and each of these options will count for one more entry:

*Faceboook: You can Like these Facebook pages:

*Google+: You can Follow me at: Google+SkafishHolidayGoogle+Skafish Google+LaBefanaRecords

*Twitter: You can Follow me at:

Sign up for my newsletter:
You can sign up for my newsletter at any or all of the addresses below, and you will gain one entry by doing so:




*La Befana Records

*829 Records

Embed the Video and write a post about it:

*You can embed the video and write a post about it on your website, on your blog, and on your Facebook pages as many times as you wish. By doing so, you will gain a total of five entries.

I am thrilled to be able to offer this contest to all of you, and I deeply appreciate everyone who has bought the CD and the digital album. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to leave a positive review for “Tidings” on such sites as iTunes,,, and anywhere else you feel moved to. I hope you enjoy the contest, and the best of luck to everyone.

To a fantastic holiday season for all! – Skafish

(FYI, ships to practically every country in the world, but if you’re concerned over whether they would ship to your country or not, you can click here to make sure.) 



Two Winners: Two Skafish Contests!

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Jim Ryan tshirt pic4To all of my disgraced family: Here are two winners from two Skafish contests!

First, we have Jim Ryan from Chicago,  who is proudly wearing his “WHAT’S THIS FREAKIN’ $%&!?” Skafish T-Shirt which he won in that giveaway contest. Jim, who loves music that defiles the straight and narrow, attended his first Skafish show in the mid 1970’s, and has been a fan ever since!

In this pic, we see Jim sporting his conversation starting, (or ending, depending on how squared-pegged one is) Skafish T-Shirt in Record Breakers, a FAB independent record store located in Chicago that is selling the Skafish “What’s This? 1976-1979” CD.

gabriella hanstein prize pic compressed

Second, we have Skafish contest winner Gabriella Hanstein from Kennesaw, Georgia, who won a personally autographed promo copy of the Skafish CD “Wha’t This? 1976-1979” in the “No Liberation Here Day and a Giveaway” contest of July 2010. 

Along with her husband Scotty, they recently found the Skafish IRS Records Debut LP (recorded in 1979), for just a single dollar at American Thrift in Kennesaw, Georgia. In this picture, Scotty is holding the inner sleeve to that subversive classic LP. As Scotty posted on my Skafish Facebook Fan Page, “Every other album was Christian worship music. Truly an amazing find.”  Now I just think that’s a divine act of God Almighty!

To everyone who won, send in pics of you with all of your Skafish prizes, and they will get posted here. To being an utter social outcast and compete disgrace, Skafish

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