The 2nd volume of GaragePunk Hideout Comp Series leftovers. Dig it!
Featuring music by the Suspiros, the Lovesores, Party Lights, the Fabulous Go-Go Boy From Alabama, Jesus & the Groupies, T. Tex Edwards & the Saddletramps, the Revox, the Night Jars, the Meatballs, Fire Bad!, Photoroman, the Bad Joke That Ended Well, the D-Rays, the 99ers, Northside Garage, the Bluebirds, the Deltics, the Heartbeats, Invaders From Verdelha, the Spook Lights, the Frankenstein V, and more.
So several years ago when I was accepting and assembling songs for the Hideout Comp Series, I got a lot of submissions. Way more, in fact, than I ended up using. Some of the songs that got cut for one reason or another were definitely still good and worthy of being heard, they just never made it onto one of the volumes in the series. Recently I dug up a good number of these tracks that had been left on the cutting room floor and decided to throw them together mixtape-style and post ’em on Mixcloud. I probably have enough of these to do several volumes (I’m guessing four), but I don’t know if I’ll get around to making that many or not. In any event, here’s the first. It’s pretty rockin’. Hope you dig it!
Yesterday I sold GaragePunk.com to a guy named Damos from Connecticut. The sale includes the GaragePunk.com domain name, the GaragePunk Hideout (powered by Social Engine), and the GaragePunk Hideout Comp Series that were released under GRGPNK Records. The comps were included so that he could continue to use them to help pay for the hosting costs of the site. I wish him well with the site, but at the same time I am very relieved to be rid of this monkey on my back.
I originally set up GaragePunk.com back in June of 2001 as an online home for my KDHX radio show, The Wayback Machine. A short time later I set up a discussion forum there and the site quickly took on a new meaning or purpose; one that was for promoting wild and primitive garage/punk/rock’n’roll more than it was for promoting my own radio show. The GaragePunk Forums were a very successful and rather popular online forum for several years in the mid-2000s, but once MySpace entered the picture, traffic came almost to a complete hault, and I had a really difficult time bringing people to the site on a regular basis and growing the user base, even with the popularity and success of GaragePunk Pirate Radio (a.k.a. the GaragePunk Podcast Network).
Not included with the sale of the site is the GaragePunk Pirate Radio podcast network, which will continue on indefinitely at GaragePunkPirateRadio.com. This part of running the old site I still enjoy, so I wasn’t quite ready to do away with it or part with it just yet.
The Hideout, though, had been a big thorn in my side for the past few years and I am quite glad to be rid of it once and for all. In the age of social networking, it just became impossible to compete against the Facebooks and Twitters of the Internet.
I’m looking forward to using the money I got from the sale of the site to buy myself a new computer and start another podcast sometime soon. Stay tuned.