In an attempt to stop telling everyone I know about this project, I chronicle it here.
I've already done some bootlegs of the first four lemon demon albums, which was fun. Still, I just found a site called Kunaki that purports to be able to print very cheap CDs at a better quality than I can get on my home inkjet. Of course, it can't do tray cards or multipage booklets, so there's still plenty of fun for me to do by hand.
UPDATE: booklets have been printed, stapled, and cut! Only half the disc/case art has been formatted though, so I'll wait to order them until they're all formatted.
Here's the five albums I'm looking to make and the progress I have on each:
By Rob Cantor. Fair game for bootlegging because it never got a physical release of any sort! Excited by the possibility of bonus tracks and a "contains 0% trampoline" hype sticker, or something of the sort.
Conveniently, I was able to find the font used from the lyrics booklet PDF. It's come in handy and has allowed for some minor text-editing shenanigans.
At this point, it's mocked up and ready to be sent to the printers once I get the other ones in order! Only printing the hype sticker will be left once it arrives.
By Miracle Musical.
By OK Glass. Fair game for bootlegging because it never got a physical release, and also the moment he found out I wanted to do a bootleg he sent me all the associated files plus extra font info. That was a great start! (And then he read this page and ALSO sent me the tray art. I am truly spoiled.)
I've decided to forego disc art on this one, for, reasons. I'll just burn this disc at home. I hope I have some shiny blank CDs spare instead of the white write-on ones.
By Tally Hall. My goal for this project is more of a Frankenstien than a bootleg proper. I'd already gotten my hands on (largely through the generosity of strangers and fellow fans!) some assorted orignal-pressing materials:
All I need to put this one together is the following:
This one will be a confusing little hybrid. Can't wait.
By They Might Be Giants. Fair game for bootlegging because it never got a physical release—in fact, when it came out in 1999, it made history by being the first digital-only album sold online!
This already comes with a pre-formatted booklet and such, so it shouldn't be too much of a drag to work out. The disc art promises to be the most challenging part, it seems. Actually, the back card is kind of extremely ugly, and I might redesign it just because I can.