C.O.G. covers album about to drop...
As I write this, I'm in the final mastering throes of getting the new C.O.G. covers CD 'Strange Transmissions From Uranus' out the door. This project was different from any other C.O.G. project in that it consists entirely of cover tunes - songs written by other artists (and as it happens, mostly from movie and TV soundtracks.) As per usual C.O.G. practice, it's a retrospective, dating back 15 years or so to our first cover, 'Green Slime', which we had picked up playing the New Orleans Worst Film Festival (they showed the infamous 1968 film), without even knowing that it had been covered by local superstars The Cold some 12 years prior.
As a retrospective, it's also packed with prior C.O.G. members - most of these recordings were started years ago and recently picked up and carried through to their ultimate level. Remy Dee, Nurse Trixie, Formelda Hyde, Nurse Shark, Impersario Konstantin, Major D Struction, Dr. A Rachnid, Dr. A Pentatonic, and even the Angry Fairy are present on various songs (only Filbert Snodgrass and our original colleagues seem to have evaded their civic duty to be represented by the songs they pioneered - alas, we ran out of time!)
Anyway, this project is also a pioneering effort in going through the motions of above-board royalty reporting, which I managed through www.tuneswoon.com. Since they require advance registration and a healthy advance payment for song royalties (16 songs in all - it's 12 tracks but some of them are medleys) I've taken the currently bizarre tack of making this CD physical-only (no iTunes for this puppy!) and limiting the initial issue of this to 100 pieces. It'll be first come first served - and only at live lectures, initially!
We're planning on sneak releasing this at the upcoming 'Secret Chewluminati Ritual' concert this coming Friday in New Orleans at the Chewbacchus den at 4321 St. Claude Avenue. A proper CD release party is in the offing too, as soon as I figure out WHERE...