I know many of you are expecting the release of my fourth album, Albatross soon.  I too hope to get that record out to the public as soon as possible.  The hold-up has to do with financing.  The record is just about all tracked, but in order to have the album mixed, mastered, and released, I'm going to need to raise some money.

Now, I know lots of other people have gone in for "Kickstarter" style campaigns, but that's not me.  I'm not going to ask you to donate money for the purpose of me doing what I love to do.  I appreciate the idea of it all, but it's just not something I'm particularly interested in.  So how do I reconcile the lack of funds with my desire to continue to release new music to you the fans, and to release in my preferred format, which is to "name your own price"?

I'm hoping this will help.  I've released today in my bandcamp store a rarities record.  It's 19 songs of previously unreleased material.  Some are solo or full-band demos, some are live tracks, and there are even a handful of songs you've never heard before in any form.  I combed through the vault of recordings from 2006 to 2009 (ie: the years in which my first three albums were written and recorded) and I only selected tracks that I feel are interesting or unique in one way or another. 

If you think you'd be interested in this record, AND you'd like to push me toward my goal of mixing, mastering, and releasing my fourth full-length LP, please consider going to marcmcogman.bandcamp.com and downloading your copy.  I have listed the price as $5.00, a helluva deal for 19 tracks.  I've also enabled the option to give more than $5 if you'd like, and if you enjoy the rarities record, I hope you will.

The nineteen tracks are available for download along with a beautiful deluxe booklet in PDF form.  The booklet has short essays about each track, explaining what makes it unique and why I chose it for the collection.  Alongside these essays are some lovely black and white photos taken over the years of me and my band. 

If you're a fan, I think you'll like it.

So, I invite you to check out my new release: Kill the Messenger: Live & Rarities (2006-2009).

It's music for you to enjoy, and a chance for you to help me get my fourth LP out as soon as possible.  Every dollar earned from the sale of this rarities collection will go straight to the mixing & mastering fund for the next album.

Thanks for listening,