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: