Nothing quite like opening your front door, wearing your dressing gown and slippers, to be met with disdain by a burly delivery man already four hours into his working day. Nice. Shortly after he'd finished looking me up and down with barely-disguised contempt, and informing me of eight boxes with my name on it, I was proudly standing in my hallway wondering where I could store 800 CDs.
I've already annoyed the staff and patrons in the local Post Office by shipping the dozen or so pre-orders, so they are now well on their way to their new homes! A big thanks is in order to everyone who pre-ordered -- I hope you received your instant downloads trouble-free (you've got to love Bandcamp!).
As usual, I've also sent a bundle of Lemodies to CD Baby, to make the postal fees a little easier on the pocket for US fans. I've added them to my Amazon seller account too, so if you'd prefer to order through Amazon's checkout you're free to do that (though you'll have to put up with a slightly higher price and no download). Speaking of Amazon, if anyone wouldn't mind dropping a quick review there, I'd hugely appreciate it (for any of my releases, not just Lemodie).
Anyway, I've ceremoniously updated the html in my shop to mark this momentous occasion, and hereby declare Lemodie in stock and on sale. :)
No doubt you're all recovering from your festive excesses, possibly even suffering from some post-holiday blues. Well, some good news---Lemodie CDs will soon be back on the shelf.
At long last, after being out of print for over two years, I've finally managed to scrape together enough cash to organise a re-press of my 2006 sophomore album. It's being manufactured as I type by DMS, and shouldn't be longer than two or three weeks away, fingers crossed.
In preparation of its arrival, I'm taking pre-orders via Bandcamp here, which also covers an instant download in a variety of formats (I've also thrown in the CD hidden track as a bonus).
Now, I'm under no illusions as to how the market has changed in the past three/four years, and so have set the price at £6 plus P&P, which seems to me like the sweet-spot for CDs sans middleman.
And it needs you! Yes, I know you may have already done this (and I do apologise for the inconvenience), but it'd be awfully nice of you to click on it again.
Following my traditional of sporadic and occasionally regrettable social media suicides, I had removed my Facebook profile after inadvertently hosing the Ochre page (I thought it would be 'hibernating' along with my personal profile, but I guess not!). Now while I'm not missing MySpace, Facebook was a much handier means of getting snippets of news updates out there, and although Twitter has become increasingly useful for this, there's no denying Facebook's convenience and popularity.
I think it'd probably be a good idea for me to install some admin other than myself though, just in case I get trigger happy while aiming at my feet again.
Oh, and I am working on some new music by the way too, if I may self-consciously steer this post towards something a little more newsworthy. More details to come soon (demo track deleted from post).
If you've been following Bandcamp's Twitter/blog updates you'll have probably noticed a rather major update: the ability to sell physical products alongside your downloads. Needless to say, I sorted out a bundle for my remaining Midsummer Nice Dream vinyl, pairing up the double vinyl and an instant download for the current sale price of £5. I'll keep it at that price until next week, so if you were thinking about either purchasing it on FLAC or picking up the vinyl, now's the time to act. Consequently, I'll probably retire the Ochre shop in its current state, and divert traffic to Bandcamp for sales.
I've also sent some vinyl to CD Baby, enabling stateside fans to get a better deal on shipping than ordering from me, although at the current sale price it's probably still cheaper to buy direct.
Just a quick note to let you all know that my Benbecula releases are now on Spotify; I've added direct links for each release on the music page. 'Midsummer' will hopefully follow once Emubands hammer out a deal with Spotify.
Yes, actually. Time for an autumnal sale! The AMND double 12" will be half-price, at just a fiver plus P&P, at the Ochre shop. For a limited period of around a week, until I thereafter hopefully remember to put the prices up again.
All proceeds will go towards a CD repress of either AMND or Lemodie. Not sure which yet!
I shared this on Twitter last week, but I thought I'd leave a note about it on the blog too (given I don't have a ton of other news right now). I recently got a one-off vinyl dubplate carved up for a certain designer who's been helping me out a lot lately. Can't say I've ever held or played one before, but it's quite interesting---a bit different from your garden-variety vinyl. I don't know how it compares to a lacquer dubplate, apart from being much more resilient, but it does resemble a slab of perspex quite a bit---certainly thicker and more transparent than any 'clear' vinyl I've seen before.
It'd be nice to be able to sell odd one-offs like this, as they really are quite unique. Maybe start a line of Ochre 'Auratic Artefacts'...
Now that I'm back in the land of music-making after a summer of ridiculous humidity, pink flamingos and pastel-coloured houses (guess where?), I've re-opened my shop and resumed mastering. Current mastering rates: £12 per track (plus £12 for CD compilation). Current shop inventory: double AMND 12" vinyl for £10 (CDs now sold out). As ever, if there's anything you'd like to see in the shop (more CDs etc.), I'll try and make plans for it.
Along with my previous albums, you can stream the whole thing in its entirety here, and can purchase downloads through Bleep and Amazon mp3, with iTunes et al following whenever they get round to it. If you missed out on Lemodie CDs, Bleep now has Lemodie available in lossless wav, for a proper CD-quality download. I had hoped for a repress, but as Benbecula are closing their doors in November, that’s probably now not going to happen.
As for ‘Like Dust’ CDs, your best bet at the moment is to order directly from Benbecula, though I’ve noticed Juno, Norman Records and Rough Trade also have it up for sale. Hopefully the CDs will filter through the usual retail outlets in time, but as it was with Lemodie, distribution is expected to be somewhat spotty for a while.
A Midsummer Nice Dream CDs have now completely sold out; if there's sufficient demand for a repress, I'll organise one down the road at some point.
The Ochre tees and hoodies have been selling quite nicely, and I've added some more designs for the fairer sex too. Send me some pictures of you wearing your Ochre threads and I'll put up a gallery of the best ones.