Aural-gasm: My Gold Mask giveaway.

13 November 2009

I cannot live without music.

Okay. Hyperbole. But I seriously never want to attempt to live without music.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll notice there’s two bands in particular I’ve been talking about a lot the past year.  Both of them are Chicago bands comprised of absolutely amazing musicians.  I have so much love for these bands, it simply cannot be contained.  Therefore, I’ve decided to have a giveaway so that I can share some of my love for one of the bands with you.

Aural-gasm: My Gold Mask

As my treat to you, in what is the first of hopefully a great collection of Aural-gasm giveaways, is kicking it off with not only one of my favorite Chicago bands, but one of my favorite bands of all time: My Gold Mask.

This two-person kick ass ensemble is hauntingly beautiful; the combination of Gretta’s vocals and percussion, along with Jack’s guitar (and also his complimenting vocals) is… well, perfect.  I haven’t found any other group quite like them.  Top it off with the duo being just simply awesome people — seriously, I love going to shows not only to hear them, but because I enjoy spending time with them too.

So, what do you get?

1- My Gold Mask cassette tape.
It’s their self-titled album. Limited edition. Seriously, it’s numbered.  (You’re getting #71/100.)

2 –My Gold Mask download card.
because some people might not have a cassette player…

What you need to do…
(only #1 is required. the rest are optional suggestions for more entries.)

1- leave a comment.
tell me about one of your favorite local bands, if you don’t have one… then your favorite band you wish everyone knew about, even if it means sharing them.

2- tweet about it.  .. then leave a comment.
tweet about a band you stumbled upon accidentally and fell in love with, or any other music related post. And yeah, I’d like it if you linked back to this post.

3- donate to any charity of your choosing, even if for another contest, and again, leave a comment.
Honor system guys. Just let me know which charity, and why too if you want but it’s not necessary.  And you know what, you get 5 more entries for this.

I’m going to put everyone’s name into a spreadsheet, and make it available in google docs, then use that number picker generator thing other people have used for contests to pick a winner.  Your first comment without any other actions counts as one, you can tweet up to twice a day about it, and donate as many times as you want.

You have until (US) Thanksgiving – midnight (CST).  I’ll announce a winner the following Monday.

I’m thankful for awesome music, by stellar people who are genuinely great and truly talented.  I’m thankful for friends who introduce me to new bands, and who inspire me to pay it forward.  Hopefully you’ll do the same and we can keep sharing some amazing music.

Just so you can get a taste of them, I’ll be posting some videos from their most recent concert this weekend (or feel free to click on their tag for previous concert videos)…


the boring stuff… the cassette tape and download card were purchased at a discounted rate for the sole purpose of this giveaway.  I do indeed have consent from the band to do this giveaway as well.
  • My favorite local band is gone now – but they were my guys in college. I designed their first t-shirts and drew them for all the groupies with Sharpie. The band was called “Hazard to Ya Booty” (yeah, I know) and they played mostly funk. It was a bunch of the goofy band nerds I hung out with, so those boys could PLAY.

    I miss them now.

  • ive never heard of them, looks like i need to listen to them! my favorite band? local? OH well mine of course 🙂

    • Rebekah – a couple of my college favs (like 4 of them) are all gone… Two of them were from my hometown (one of which is doing a small reunion tour, and will be in Chicago at the end of the month, Arrah and the Ferns — I have a story with this band, for later)… and two were from my college friends… It’s sad to see them go, but I’m glad I’ve got the memories I do, and the cds too!

      Chealsea – I’ve seen you tweet about your band, definitely going to check you out! 🙂 Also, I’m going to be posting videos of My Gold Mask soon. I’ve got a lot on YouTube already, but their last concert (Wednesday night) was absolutely awesome. A lot of the media stuff will be posted on Tumblr (

      Thanks for entering!

  • I actually have been meaning to get a post up about my very own first giveaway 🙂 But anyways my favorite local artist is probably Rachel Ries, but I haven’t gone to one of her shows in a long time (silly me…). However the group I am most excited about right now is Swell Season (the couple from Once) because I am going to see them in December.
    Anywhos, great giveaway Erini, totally good work!

    • Wait. what?! the people from Once are performing, and coming here… next month?!

      (And thanks Abby!)

  • I like fake babies it makes me rock

  • I’d be a fool not to mention a group of great guys that I met while I worked as a clinical research technician. All but the drummer were regular participants in our research studies as their “second” jobs. Their band is called Farewell Flight and not only is their music great but they have an awesome energy on stage as well. You can check out some of their latest music (they just recorded a new album) on their myspace page I highly recommend them

  • Music is an obsession of mine for sure. Not local by any means, but I love Camille. She’s French pop and creates a lot of awesome beats! 🙂

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