This is a term of art
among music trader
s. Commonly referred to as a "B&P
", one party offers a blanks
deal to another, usually via a usenet
group or mailing list
. See etree.org
for an example of a mailing list on which one can find B&P offers.
The exchange works as follows: the party who is "getting" the B&P sends the one offering the B&P blank discs in a number sufficient for the concert in question, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The offeror burns the discs for the lucky guy and sends them back. Detailed instructions can be found at http://www.mcnichol.com/bnp/, but that is the jist of it.
This type of arrangement is generally in keeping with the taping and trading policies of bands like Phish and the Grateful Dead. They allow trading of recordings of their shows, so long as no money changes hands.