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.
* Dave of Wonderboy called about an item in the last artist newsletter - I ran an article (which, word for word, had appeared in the PREVIOUS artist newsletter) asking band members to call and tell me what was going on with them, so I would have info to post online and would know what everyone was up to. I said I'd give a free CD to the first person to call after May 15 (I wanted everyone to have a chance to get their newsletter before starting to take calls). Dave was the only one who called, so he got a free CD (he picked the latest Big Umbrella CD).
* A guy from a promotion firm called. They're not a booking agency but handle booking and publicity for bands on tour. They charge $2000 for 20-25 dates. He said he had sent me information, which I couldn't find, so he said he'd send it again.
* Russ of Big Umbrella called to tell me he'd confirmed a couple of shows in Los Angeles.
* A guy who had sent me a tape called to ask if I'd listened and whether I'd stopped laughing yet.
* I called my mail-order computer place and asked to return a trackpad I'd bought; had to go through some wrangling but finally got an authorization.
* Got a call from my friend Tommy in Alabama; he's graduating high school this week.
* Got a message from a consulting client about the current project.
* Swapped messages with Jill of Cactus Motel about the status of getting the album out; I told her about the problems with the artwork.
* Another guy who had sent me a tape called to ask if I'd listened.
* backing up my hard drive
* Spoke with a guy who has a concept album he'd like to get out in time for the November elections. I told him it would be pretty tough to get something out that quickly but that he was welcome to send a tape.
* Talked to Dick (Big Umbrella's friend up in Washington) to give him details for Big Umbrella's show in San Francisco this week.
* Spoke with a guy who does a cable access show and is interested in getting a copy of Big Umbrella's latest CD for review on the show.
* Talked with one of the Caroline sales reps.
* Left a message with my buyer at Caroline asking about getting the problem with Big Umbrella's CD straightened out; I'd also like to ask her about payment for Wonderboy sales.
* Spoke with a musician who's visiting from Canada; he'd like to submit a demo.
* Talked with Russ of Big Umbrella about some bookings he's working on.
* Got a call from Bruce of Not Lame, who placed an order for more copies of Wonderboy's Abbey Road To Ruin.
* Left a message for Scott at Club Cocodrie to get some people from the local AAA station, KFOG, on the guest list for Big Umbrella's show.
* Left a message for the San Francisco Caroline sales rep inviting him to the two Big Umbrella shows.
* Left a message for the designer who worked on the Cactus Motel artwork about trapping and file problems.
Big Umbrella headlined at Club Boomerang. They sounded great, as always; the audience was a little sparser than I would have liked, but that seems to be typical at that club.
* Left a message for the A&R rep at Atlantic that I talk to occasionally.
* Spoke with a woman who wanted to send me a demo package.
* Got a message from a guy who used to be in a band that I liked and tried to sign. He saw that Big Umbrella's playing in town and wanted to come see them, and also wanted to get back in touch and see what was going on with Racer. He's in a new band now.
* Got a message from a guy who had sent me a demo package and was now sending lyrics that I had requested.
* Got an order for some cassettes, based on an ad I had placed in Goldmine.
Since the band was in town, I spent part of the day (after making all my phone calls) taking Russ and Steve of Big Umbrella out to lunch (I would have taken Derek and Eddie, too, but they were hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf with Dick). We had a really good talk about strategy, budgets, how things are going and what direction we'd like things to go.
* The music director of KPAC called for details on Big Umbrella's Sacramento show.
* Old Ironsides called, confirming Big Umbrella's June 14 show.
* I talked with one of my consulting clients about giving them a bid for an extra component of the project I'm doing for them.