Lots of people have asked about the day-to-day workings of an indie label, so I thought I'd start giving a little running commentary of just exactly what it is I do around here.
Captain's Logs are written sporadically and tend to get skipped if I'm insanely busy or am doing a lot of computer consulting (and hence very little Racer work).
I'll try to post this as consistently as possible until I forget to do it, I run out of time, or I find out people think it's incredibly pretentious and boring.
Comments and questions are heartily encouraged.
* got a call from a TV production company that wants to use Garden Variety's "Beats" in an upcoming episode of a new TV show called "Land's End". They need all television and video rights (non-exclusively), internationally, for 5 years with options (or in perpetuity, which they would prefer). We discussed a possible deal but I told her I'd need to get in touch with Dug from Garden Variety, since he owns the publishing. I said I'd call Dug and call her back in a few days.
* picked up the full shipment of Utechma from the mailbox
* uploaded sound files to CompuServe (2-3 hours)
* invoiced clients
* processed mail orders
* talked with Amy X Neuburg about promo copies and getting signed contracts from one of the Men.
* took an order from a Racer fan who's bought other CDs from us before. He's a real power pop fan, so I gave him the number of the woman who used to run Pop Sunday Newsletter so he could get on her mailing list. He suggested I get in touch with an artist who used to be in a pop band in the 80's that I had heard of, and recommended I call Jordan Oakes (of Yellow Pills) to track this guy down.
* spoke with a woman from a TV production company who wanted to get clearance to use a Garden Variety song, "Beats", in an upcoming TV show, "Land's End". We discussed terms and it sounded like we had a deal; she said she'd get back to me.
* left a message for Jordan Oakes of Yellow Pills magazine to try to track down this musician mentioned to me. He called back later, gave me the info I needed, and suggested a band in the San Francisco area that he thinks I might like.
* left a message for the musician mentioned in yesterday's phone calls
* spoke with a consulting client
* spoke with a guy who does a 'zine in Florida who wants review copies of stuff, which I don't think we can afford to send
* spoke with Dug in Garden Variety about the song being used in the TV show
* did over 4 hours of consulting work
* met with a distributor to get him copies of the new Utechma CD
* spoke with the manager for the musician I was trying to track down; we discussed what his artist is doing now and what Racer's all about. He sounded interested, and will send me a tape next week.
* spoke with a consulting client
* spoke with the people doing the "Land's End" TV show; the deal is set and they'll be sending us paperwork right away
* spoke with Dug from Garden Variety; told him the paperwork for the TV show is on the way
* spoke with a woman in A&R at a major label, who had recommended a favorite artist of hers to me (who I ended up liking a lot), and who listened to the latest from Big Umbrella. From what she's heard so far, she likes them, but wants to listen more before saying anything for sure.
* left a message for Gino Robair of Splatter Trio and the Potato Eaters. I told him I'd try to get artwork for the Potato Eaters album to him by next Wednesday.
* took an order for a CD
* did some consulting work
* met with Amy X Neuburg briefly
* spoke with a woman at Rykodisc about the copyright on Richard Thompson's "Calvary Cross", which the Potato Eaters cover on their forthcoming CD. I have been trying for MONTHS to track this copyright down; I can't legally use the recording until I get the mechanical license agreement. The woman at Rykodisc confirmed that they do own the copyright, and we agreed that I would just send them my standard license agreement. She was very nice and helpful. I suggested that they update their information at BMI, since they aren't handled by Harry Fox and the info that BMI had for them (address and phone number) was wrong.
* did lots of bookkeeping
* did more bookkeeping (it's really a little disturbing how much I enjoy doing bookkeeping ...)
* spoke with one of my distributors about getting some copies of Utechma into local record stores