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The recent torrential downpours in Chicago have flooded many a basement and ruined many a basement-based project. I'd already heard a couple of bands complain about losing some gear. Now Ryan Graveface of local label Graveface Records—home to Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Appleseed Cast, and Jason Molina, among others—has announced that around 60 percent of his stock was destroyed when the basement it was stored in flooded three feet deep. That's a couple thousand records and CDs—most of them the label's bestselling records—and the damage wasn't covered by Graveface's insurance. Double brutal.
Graveface, who performs solo under the name Dreamend and occasionally contributes guitar to Black Moth Super Rainbow, has come up with an interesting way to scrape together the money he needs to keep the label going:
He's set up a PayPal account to accept donations, and by donating at certain dollar amounts you'll be entered into a raffle. There are five tiers of donation/prize combos running from $25 for a chance to win, e.g., a limited edition Appleseed Cast tour poster or a cup of urine from Xiu Xiu front man Jamie Stewart (!) up to $3,000, a level that will guarantee you a performance from either Dreamend or Hospital Ships in your home anywhere in the U.S. Everyone who qualifies for the raffle also gets an instant download of rare and unreleased material from Graveface artists and some number of randomly selected CDs and albums.
If you just want a sure thing and don't have three grand to throw around, you can cop the digital compilation only for a $10 donation. Or you could go out and buy a copy of Dreamend's brand new So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite, which is one of the best sets of dizzy, druggy psych bubblegum to come out this year.