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Racer Records Captain's Log - Sep 3 '95

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.

Continued to revamp my computer system and my office, and did some preliminary contact work with radio and distributors for Utechma ...

Captain's Log, Monday, August 28, 1995

* faxed some info (about the Racer WWW site and Tower Records locations) over to Amy's publicist

* cleaned up the office

* captured more sound files from Utechma for CompuServe and the WWW site

* worked on writing an AppleScript utility that would make it easy to launch applications and documents; I'm doing this both to replace a utility that doesn't work under my new system software, and to learn some new programming skills

Phone Calls:

* spoke with an artist who was following up on his demo CD. Told him I'd gotten it but hadn't listened.

* spoke with an artist who had sent me a demo in the past and wanted to know if I'd like to hear her more recent work. I said sure, so she'll drop a tape off at my mailbox.

* got voice mail from a woman who had gotten our sampler and wanted to know if we had any punk artists. I called back and left a message saying that the artists we had were all on the sampler.

Captain's Log, Tuesday, August 29, 1995

* worked some more on the Utechma sound files

* worked some more on my file-launching utility

* did some errands (went to the bank and the office supply place for extension cords)

* printed blank labels for the upcoming cassette bulk mailing (it goes a lot faster if I print the labels in two passes: first, printing the return address on all of them, then printing the individual mailing address on each one)

Phone Calls:

* spoke with a couple on consulting clients

* left a message on KFOG's program director's secretary's voice mail. KFOG's PD is now seeing visitors on Thursday mornings, and I wanted to make an appointment.

* left a message with one of my distributors; asked about getting an order for Utechma, getting paid for previous CDs, and getting info about returns she said they were planning to send.

* spoke with one of my other distributors, who just got back from Budapest! I invited him to pick up a Utechma CD and asked him for a good-sized order. He's working on increasing the number of outlets for the labels he represents.

* got a message from Tony, the guy behind the Bubblegum Crisis shows in LA, who gave me a phone number for one of the guys in The Negro Problem, an LA band I've heard lots of good things about. They're going to be playing in San Francisco soon.

* left a message for the guy from The Negro Problem.

Captain's Log, Wednesday, August 30, 1995

* spent some more time cleaning up my hard drive

* lots of scanning so I'd have more gifs to put online

* lots of WWW development, mostly for Utechma

* listened to a couple of demo CDs

Phone Calls:

* spoke with someone at Caroline about some CDs they want to return, and about getting a check from them. I'll need to check back next week about the check.

* spoke with KFOG's program director's secretary about meeting with the PD on Thursday morning. She said I don't need an appointment; I should just show up.

Captain's Log, Thursday, August 31, 1995

* met with the music director and program director at KFOG.

I showed up about 10 minutes before the PD actually starts meeting with people; I was the only one there. While I was waiting, he came in; he said he'd be back in a few minutes after he took care of a few things. The MD came by; I'd met him before and had a very nice lunch with him several months ago. He's extremely nice and helpful. He and I talked for a few seconds, and he went off to take care of a few things, saying he'd be back to meet with me shortly.

The PD came back in and we went into his office. He looked over the copy of Utechma I gave him, then put the CD in and asked which track I wanted him to listen to. I told him about the label, and we talked a little about KFOG and WWW sites and local music. He listened to the first track all the way through, then asked for a second track, and he listened to that as well. He said it would definitely get played on the local music show coming up that weekend, and he'd consider playing it more than that.

Then, I met with the MD, who also listened to two songs in their entirety while we talked about the label and KFOG and music stuff.

They were both very nice and fairly encouraging and I was very pleased that they had taken the time to listen while I was there.


* completely rearranged my desk setup, moving my filing cabinet and shelves to different positions.

Phone Calls:

* left a message for the new editor of Musician magazine, who wrote a terrific review of Amy's first album when he was editor of Keyboard

* spoke with Russell Osiecki of Big Umbrella. He mentioned that he'll be moving soon, so he'll call to give me his new address and phone number. I told him that I had sent out the tickets to the Whiskey show as he requested. We discussed the new album; the band is planning to have a final master ready for me in mid-October.

* spoke with Amy X Neuburg; told her about airplay on KFOG's local music show and asked her to fax her bio to them.

* spoke with the CD duplicators to see if the Utechma booklets had arrived. They did, and the completed CDs should be shipped to me tomorrow.

Captain's Log, Friday, September 1, 1995

* spent 7 hours trying to reformat a hard drive

* cleaned up a bunch of boxes, throwing out some old stuff that was in them and restacking them

* did some miscellaneous office work

Captain's Log, Saturday, September 2, 1995

* filled an order

* processed the box of returns that Caroline sent me

* did lots of work on artwork for the upcoming Potato Eaters CD

* assembled the cassette sampler bulk mailing

* listened to three demos

Captain's Log, Sunday, September 3, 1995

* did lots of work on artwork for the upcoming Potato Eaters CD

* checked out The Negro Problem at a local club

* taped KFOG's local music show, since they were playing "Money in the Sky" from Utechma

* cleaned up some more boxes

The Captain's Log is an inside look at the day-to-day operations of an indie label. Contents may have settled during shipping. Questions, comments, ideas, and thoughts are encouraged (whether or not they're related to the log).



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