Paying some bills....
Karate Party Black Helicopter LP (S-S, 2005)
I am kind of reluctant to use this thing to push "product," but I am thinking, what the hell. I'll give you a song and if you like it you visit the website for the label I do and if you don't, oh well. So figure this to be kinda like one of those paypal thingies that you see on blogs more and more.
Okay, so what you are going to here is the band Karate Party. They were active in Sacramento in the mid to late 90s. They played mostly in Sacramento, but had a few shows out of town. I put out a 7" of theirs in 1997, which was poorly mastered. It took me three years to sell 300 of them because no one knew what the hell a Karate Party was and there was a vinyl glut at the time. One hundred copies were bought by a band from Seattle called Bend Sinister, after a KDVS deejay named named Sakura Saunders played it for them while they were on a short West Coast tour. Bend Sinister soon morphed into the A Frames and when they were ready to record, they contacted Chris Woodhouse - him being the brains behind Karate Party - and asked him to record them. They came down to Sacramento, I sat in on the session and mixdown (which happened in Woodhouse's apartment - across the hall from me) and we had a grand ol' time. It was a great recording and I figured why not put it out. I was broke so I got ahold of Sakura and asked if she wanted in on a record label. She said, sure. We called it S-S Records and put out A Frames "Plastica" 7". Now, four years later we are back to where this whole S-S saga began, back to Karate Party.
What you are about to hear is one cut from the Karaty Party discography LP, Black Helicopters. If you like it, check out the S-S Records website.
Listen to Donut Room.
This track is superb - will be ordering asap.
Check out a band I've recorded called Montana Pete. They're from London and they give away all their records for free (a bit of old vinyl, and the recent stuff is all proper production run CD's - not CD-R's). Listening to KP and A-Frames, I think you'd almost certainly enjoy it.
Thanks for the great fucked-up mp3's, and also the great records.
I think a detailed walkthrough of getting a record pressed would make for an interesting enough blog entry, if you'd consider it. It could maybe keep other people from re-making the same mistakes, at least...
Golden's turnaround usually is 2 weeks, if longer they tell you. They are good at that.