In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the original CD release and final show, The Final Recordings has been re-issued on vinyl. mig50 spearheaded the project over the course of a year, and I was happy to contribute audio sources and artwork assets which were used to prepare this vinyl pressing.  

To coincide with this anniversary and reissue, the Chromelodeon Archive is proud to present:

The 10th Deathaversary Lost Media Collection


buried for 10 years, now RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE

Over the past few weeks, I have been digitizing video, ripping CDs, scanning photos and flyers, and cataloging the contents of a twenty-five pound cardboard treasure chest sent to me by Ryan Soloby. This unearthed media chronicles the band from it’s earliest incarnations, right up until the final show on April 27, 2007.  As if this wasn’t enough, there have been a few other interesting tidbits which have been added to the archive, including some upgrades, additions, and corrections to previously available content.

Ryan provided the following message to accompany the content:

Reasons why this is a thing, and why it might matter to some people:

  1. It is lucky that the following content survived. Chromelodeon was never very organized to begin with. This stuff was jammed into various boxes labeled “to sort later” and shuffled between moves for a decade. On top of that, the FORMATS of them were a nightmare. Chromelodeon existed before the era of iPhones. We had stuff spread cross analog and digital film and cameras of various formats (VHS? Why?).
  2. A brief glimpse into some of daily band life, from start to finish. Weeks and weeks and weeks spent on the road, pockets of friends across the country, enough of an occasional adrenaline rush to keep the moment up, years spent of the band cracking and repairing itself until the experience was over. A lot of the good times (and bad) are captured here. Sometimes, the two blended together. If you were a friend or a frequent show go-er, there’s a chance you are in a picture or video here.
  3. The very first Chromelodeon show video was found, and on top of that, the very first Drive Thru Pharmacy show was found (the ska band that comprised mostly of Chromelodeon members, in the 90’s). Interesting to have on record the beginning phases of this musical trip, if you can manage to get though it.

So take a browse while waiting for the upcoming 10th anniversary vinyl release, or while listening to it. Enjoy a final taste, and thanks for listening.

-Ryan

Browse all of the new content here, watch the new video footage on YouTube, or check out the highlights listed below (in rough chronological order).

2017-04-28 edit: “But wait, there’s more!” 
I just received a package in the mail containing 4 discs worth of goodies from the 3rd US Tour in 2005:

Endless thanks to Dino, Patrick, Dan, Denny, Dave, Eddy, Cameron, Brendan, Matt, and especially Ryan for their contributions of content, advice, assistance and support.

In the middle of the scramble to process this new content, both the backend and frontend of the site was updated and reorganized. If you encounter any broken links, corrupt files, or other site-related oddities, contact me at admin {at} chromelodeonarchive {dot} com. 

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