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March 30, 2010
Hard to believe we're coming up on 7 years since I last posted something to this website.  The look of the web has evolved over the past decade, so please pardon the outdated look of this site.  I just can't find the time to work on it with all the other things going on in life.  Anyway, I have a few things to share since 2003!

On the personal front, I am now the proud father of two beautiful children, Jack (age 6), and Isabella (age 3).  Ancient history by now, but figured I'd share since I mentioned the family stuff in the last posting.  When not working at my day gig in computer systems, I did form the RHCP tribute mentioned below, Funky Monks later in 2003, and we've been performing all around the Midwest and beyond ever since.  Garbo Swag's own Paul ended up joining Funky Monks a couple years later, and has been with us ever since.

Dave formed a band called My Evolution in L.A., and released two albums and an EP with them over the past several years before parting ways a couple months ago.

More ancient history by this point in time, but happy to share that Leo and Michelle had another girl - Natalie (now age 5).  Leo continued to keep himself busy with family life, but began playing guitar again with some regularity in recent months.

So without further ado, I will now get to the main reason for making an update: The four of us have decided that it's time for us to get together for a reunion show.  The big day is Saturday, August 14.  Get ready people, this is going to be a great night and I hope to see all of our friends and fans at this one!

-Jeff

August 3, 2003
It was one year ago today that Garbo Swag played our last show.  A lot has happened since then for all of us, so I thought I'd post an update to say hello and tell you what's up with each of us.

Leo and his girlfriend, Michelle, became the proud parents of a baby girl late last summer.  They named her Jessica Lianne Post, and she instantly won Leo's heart.  Leo has been enjoying his non-working hours caring for his daugther.

Paul also had a recent addition to his family.  His daughter, Zoe Teresa Claire Guziec, was born on May 11, 2003 (Mother's Day).  Between Zoe and her big brother, John, Paul's hands are pretty full.  Paul has still managed to come up with enough time for a weekly jam with some new friends he's made.  He's been playing casually with some of the guys from Chicago bands Hope Kills Fear and Greatmother.

Dave and Shanra moved to Los Angeles last August, just two weeks after our last gig.  They returned for a visit at Christmas, and the band reunited for some cocktails and a brief jam at Pauly's house.  They returned again a little while ago, and we reunited again for their wedding on June 14.  They had a beautiful outdoor celebration at Shanra's parents' house in Wisconsin.  Dave played his guitar and serenaded her with our old song "With Me" at the ceremony.  Dave has been searching for some good musicians to jam with in Cali since he's been out there, but hasn't had much luck.  So his new alternative for fun has become surfing, and he's enjoying the tasty waves every chance he gets.

Not to be outdone by the other rockers-turned-family-guys, I'm getting ready for fatherhood as well.  Tina and I are expecting our first baby very soon, with a due date of Sep. 19.  We are very excited and look forward to this new chapter in our lives.

As far as music goes, I've greatly missed jamming and performing in our time off.  I've been seeking out a new band that would be a good fit for my interests since last fall, but not much has come of it.  I actually played with an Afro-Cuban/Brazilian jazz group for a couple of gigs back in February, but I was just a substitute for their regular bass player.

After pondering my options for several months, I finally decided to start something new from scratch.  I'm currently working to put together a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band.  They're a fun band to cover and definitely a popular crowd favorite, so I figured why not?  I'm in the process of auditioning guitarists, drummers, and singers now, and hope to have the band ready to gig soon.  If you know of anybody that might be interested in trying out for the band, please direct them to my temporary website.

That's about it.  I hope everybody is doing well, and I would love to see you at a gig once I get my new act together.

-Jeff

February 28, 2003
I just can't believe it's been 7 months since our last show!  Where does the time go?!?!?!

I plan to post a more substantial news update than this one sometime soon, but just wanted to address a question that may have come up to the ones paying really, really close attention.   If you tried visiting garboswag.com in the last week, you certainly noticed that the site was down.   We have our old hosting service to thank for the outage.  In a nutshell, we were hosted on Enteract, who was acquired by RCN quite a while ago.  Well without informing me, they decided to move the site from an Enteract server to an RCN server.  In the process, something broke, and because I changed nothing, I had no idea how to fix it.  The technical support at RCN didn't know how to fix the problem either, and he wouldn't even grant me access to the new server without a signed fax request from me!  How stupid is that?!

So in spite of the fact that our hosting fees were pre-paid until September, I took matters into my own hands.   I opened my own hosting account with Genualdi System Solutions, and recreated the entire site on the new space.  Problem solved.  (Warning: Gratuitous sales pitch coming!)

In case you couldn't tell, Genualdi System Solutions is my new web design/system development business.  If you or someone you know is interested in having a website created, please send 'em my way!  We not only handle basic web content, but can design data-driven/transactional web applications as well.

July 17, 2002
Holy cow, it's been too long since this section has been updated.  So many things to say:

  • First of all, we are taking a major hiatus after our August 3 show at Durty Nellie's.   We are unsure of what will happen next with the band at this point, but we do know we need a long break from gigging.  We can all use some time to spend with our families, and the time has come.  We hope to have a great turnout for the next two performances, and we also hope all our friends and fans continue to enjoy our music through our CDs.
  • Building on the point above, we are recording two new songs this week.   The plan is to have free copies of the Two From The Ghetto CD available at the Confetti's and Durty Nellie's shows.  We will also make the songs available on the web shortly after August 3.
  • The Tour Diary is complete - please read up if you wanna hear all about our road experiences.
  • Our postcard mailing list has come to a close.  The effort and costs of sending out about 800 postcards every month has just become too much.  Please check this website for the most current information on the band.

May 22, 2002
Garbo Swag can now occasionally be heard on XM Radio.   They've been playing us on their Unsigned channel - check it out if you can!

May 6, 2002
We are featured again for the May show at One Kind Radio.   There are some very cool local and national bands on there with us, so tune in.

April 23, 2002
Well it sure took long enough, but the cheesiest Tour Diary ever is on-line now....read up if you're bored!

April 18, 2002
Check out this sweet review of our CD from the Toledo City Paper!  This was run in support of our Toledo Fest show in the April 4-10 issue.

April 10, 2002
Help Garbo Swag get into Summerfest!  This great Milwaukee tradition can be a real cool gig for us.  We've already made it to the semi-finals in their Big Break competition, and now it's up to our fans and friends to help us make it to the next level.  Please vote for us on-line!  And please forward this info. on to your friends, co-workers, hairdressers, etc.  

April 2, 2002
In addition to the traditional radio stations that have been spinning some of our tunes, we are now featured in the April show at One Kind Radio on the web....check it out!

March 14, 2002
For anybody interested in our not-so-secret past, MP3 tracks for the entire Stone Diam CD are now available on MP3.com.  You can link directly there from the WCLOG Music page.  The good ol' days of grunge!

March 11, 2002
I'm sleepy weepy.  We drove from Cincy to Chicago immediately after our gig last night, and then went right back to work this morning just a couple hours later.  But there's so much to say!  A lot has been happening with the band since our last news update - this is long overdue....

  • First of all, I'm sure our regular site visitors are quickly noticing the message board is no longer around.   Eliminating the board was a tough decision that we've contemplated for a long time.  In the three years of its existence, our message board had 4,395 postings.  Unfortunately, the majority of them had nothing to do with the band or even with music in general.  The website is a tool to market/promote the band, and the utter nonsense cluttering up the message board was finally decided to be cause for its removal.
    To all of you who made constructive contributions, thank you.  The rest of the message board users will have to find a new forum to discuss your random thoughts.  As always, you can communicate directly with the band via email.
  • Another hot topic is the first of our weekend tour series started last Friday.   We've had a lot of our Chicago fans asking how it went for us.  In summary, let's just say that the road can be tough!  Local bands that we were supposed to play with didn't show up, and we counted on them to draw up a crowd.  Basically all three gigs had small enough audiences that we questioned if it was even worth our while.  The decided answer is yes, it can be chalked up to experience.   We are confident that there will be much better promotion for our upcoming dates, and we are again excited to get out and play for new people.
    On a more positive note, we met some really nice people in both of the towns we visited.  A lot of pictures were captured, so I'm tentatively planning to add a "Road Diary" to the website to share our experiences.   More on that when the concept solidifies.
  • We are now signed up with The Orchard for distribution of the Sight For Sore Eyes album.  You can order our hot new CD through CDNow, Amazon, B&N, and more.  No more dealing with our pokey responses to mail order - go with one of these fine services!
  • The last point before I hit the sack - we are really trying to push our radio exposure.  Please call and request us on any station listed on the Radio Radio link.  And spread the word to your friends and family in the listening areas we may be available!  The list will continue to grow over the next several weeks.

January 21, 2002
As mentioned in the previous update, we made it into the Broadjam Illinois Top 10 a little over a week ago.  We've moved up a bit higher since then, and now have the #1 song in both the Illinois Top 10 and the Rock Top 10.  Pretty cool, eh?

January 10, 2002
A few quickies....

  • Happy New Year to all, and a big thanks to the folks that came to support us at our first gig at Double Door!
  • In case you haven't already heard, we will be returning to the fun and wild Ski Like You Drive.   We're the Friday night feature this year, and Rubber will be the live entertainment for Saturday.  Rooms are still available, but they are expected to sell out soon.  Do not miss this event!  Visit the official SLYD website for pictures from last year and all of the information you'll need to join in.
  • Our entry of the song "Smile" has climbed into the Illinois Top 10 at Broadjam.com!  Click Top 10, View By Region, Illinois, and there we are.
  • An in-depth interview was recently held with the band, it was quite a pleasure for us.  Check it out at DynamicRock.com.   A big thank you goes out to Robert Thompson for spending the time with us.

December 4, 2001
This item is about a month overdue, but just to let it be known....

Garbo Swag has formed a partnership with a publicist and booking agent based in El Paso, TX.   Little King Productions will be the primary contact for Garbo Swag for national publicity and booking.

We look forward to a great relationship with LKP and are excited to take our show on the road in 2002!

November 7, 2001
This just in from our very own Swagman:
Do you like to voice your opinion about the new music out there today?  There are a couple of great forums to do just that.  If you have RealPlayer, you can visit Garageband.com.  If you have other media players or prefer not to use RealPlayer, you can visit Broadjam.com.  Listen to some music created by those out there that no one has heard of and make your voice count.  Someone can end up with a recording contract and you can say it was based on your reviews.  You'll find some Garbo Swag songs on both sites available for your harshest or most gentle critique.  So do your part today to shape the music of the future.

In other news, a stack of about 10 unopened We Can Live Off Grass CDs from Stone Diam was recently handed over to us.  They will be available at shows and by mail order while they last.  We are of course far more excited about our latest album, but this is a chance for newer fans to explore us in our early days of grunge.

October 27, 2001
Another new music site has been added to our Links page.  Check out RockAndRoll.Net, where our very own Smile has been featured as their first band video.  The video is encoded for RealPlayer formats, so if you haven't already seen the video from our new CD, this may be your chance.  Note that streaming video works best with a fast PC and Internet connection, so patience may be required.  Enjoy!

October 20, 2001
Well "several days" turned out to mean almost three weeks, but it's done - the bonus tracks are now available.  Follow the new link at the bottom of the Sight For Sore Eyes page, and you'll be on your way to some more new Garbo Swag music.

October 1, 2001
The new album, Sight For Sore Eyes, is now on sale at all shows and by mail order.  Sample the music right here on this site if you haven't already checked it out!  Two bonus tracks will be made available exclusively on this site in the next several days, so stay tuned if you already have the album!

September 20, 2001
The music page is being updated throughout the week leading up to the release of Sight For Sore Eyes.  Check back each day to see what new songs and samples will be unveiled!

September 10, 2001
The new album is on its way!  We sent it off for manufacturing last Wednesday, and our big CD Release show is scheduled for September 29 at Cubby Bear.  Get ready for Sight For Sore Eyes!

August 9, 2001
Our Links page has been revised to include a few bands - bands that we have played with, will play with, or want to play with.  This list is expected to grow quickly, so be sure to check it out every now and then.  Also, the Music Sites portion of the Links page has been updated to drop dead links and add a few new ones.

August 1, 2001
Just a few quickies here -
1. Our new album is all recorded and mixed, and we all think it is our best work ever.   An official CD release date will be announced soon!

2. Garbo Swag tank tops are on sale at all shows - come get 'em while they're hot, ladies!

3. The Take One CD is on sale at all shows and now in another new store, Unabused Music in Bridgeview. Click here to view all store information.

June 18, 2001
Not much to report, but wanted to say thanks again to Shanra Kehl and Wayne Genualdi for their contributions to our new promotional picture (featured right on the Garbo Swag homepage).

This is also a good time to thank the Swaggers for the live photos they've submitted.  Several of them have finally been added to our Photo Album - from Ski Like You Drive, Sideouts, and Durty Nellie's.  And while we are thanking everybody, let's not forget about the new Garbo Swag stickers available for free at all of our shows.  Thanks, Roadstar!

Our final thanks goes out to Robert Loerzel for the great article he wrote on Garbo Swag.  It was featured in several NW suburban newspapers in May and June.  It's a great addition to our press kit!

May 17, 2001
The Pioneer Press article turned out to be pretty sweet - read it here!

Word has it that Richard Milne from WXRT has been enjoying our Take One album.  Be sure to tune in to 93.1 FM for their Local Anesthetic program.  We may be featured soon, and Mr. Milne is planning to come see the band live!

May 6, 2001
The recording project is progressing nicely - seven songs are all done, but we have a whole bunch more to go.  It's hard to keep the project on a fixed schedule because we are still tweaking a few of the tunes.  Please be patient with us - the new album will definitely be our best yet!

We recently had a brief interview with a writer for Northwest suburban Pioneer Press newspapers, so keep an eye out for an article on Garbo Swag in their Diversions column in early May.

March 21, 2001
Not much to report today, but things are brewing.  New pictures are on the way - a promise from the webmaster!   And to thank you all for your patience, some video will be coming soon as well!

Please take a moment to vote for us at barstar.com - we debuted there in the last week, and we are already fighting for a top position!  We are at #4 at the time of this update, but we were actually at #3 last night.  Let's show everybody who has the most supportive fans in Chicagoland!

February 15, 2001
A news posting was overdue, so here we go....

The Ski Like You Drive show was a major success for the band.  We had the wonderful pleasure of rockin' out in our pj's with 1300 drunken lunatics.  We look forward to the video and photos that should soon be available.

The Take One CD is now available at the Tower Records in Schaumburg.  We'll actually be in their listening station next week, so check it out if you are in the area.  Here's a complete list of stores that carry the album.

And finally, many folks have been asking about a new album from us.  While we are extremely anxious to share our latest musical creations with the world, we want to make sure we do it right and not rush through the process in haste.  If things go well throughout the process, we will have the entire recording done in May and should have another full-length album out by June.  Sit tight for now and keep your fingers crossed for us!

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