Lockdown 17/18

….wup!….missed a day….

…my official line of excuse runs – was to attempting to work on stressful holiday project in limited space, in middle of night, whilst endeavouring not to wake up Dee/whole fucking neighbourhood with power tool buzz/loud swearing, then ran out of creative patience so watched shows online instead of blogging….

….we live in tense times…

….I recommend resorting to music….

…wether it be in the green room whilst you’re supposed to be helping with side chores to the stressful holiday project….

…or wether you get inspired by Grace Of Spades on mixcloud….(check her out she has excellent taste in fine soulful tunes)….and feel the need to treat Dee to a birthday set to accompany her morning exercises…live and direct no headphones selecting from the library….(after shifting 300 tonnes of stressful holiday project so you can access the decks)….

….ah…music…the proper pathway to abandoning a stressful holiday project….

…stressful holiday project?….

…what stressful holiday project?….

Process

…receive test pressing of lp in post….

….listen to lp…..

…listen to lp with band….

…say “yes please” to record manufacturer people….

…receive large box of lps….(thank you Holiday Records on so many levels….you guys rock)…..

….open all the boxes…

…mmmm…records….

….make the covers….(we already printed them but “somebody” hadn’t glued ’em up yet)…..

….find booklet you DID prepare earlier…(it’s probably in THAT box)….

…all hand folded and stapled neatly….(sorry no vid’)….

…put them all together….

…oops!…don’t forget to hand stamp the labels (first identifying which side is which)….

…small printing blocks (cheers Tracer) taped together with masking tape may come in handy at this stage…

..place lps in in inners then inners in covers….add booklet…place in outer sleeve…

…and there you have it …

…all ready for the lp release on the 28th September at The Crown Hotel….

…see you there.

Inovation Inovation Inovation

…there are no more lps to put in the recent arrivals bin….

…everything is now filed in the “General Alphabetical” or its respective “Genre” bins…img_6293…so I’ve invented this…img_6294…Ladies & Gentlemen I give you the “Recent Removals” bin…stock buried in the stacks…passed over (& over) for the last 18 months or so… destined to be thrown to the Trade Me wolves…but maybe worth one more flick thru…

…de-digit your sphincters….

…only 6 more Too Tone days until the end of reality as I know it.

And In My Spare Time

…from felt pen/highlighter roughs over photocopied pencils…IMG_1072…to inks…IMG_1643..to highlighters again…IMG_1644…and again…IMG_1645…and again….IMG_1647…to the addition of some colour coded lines….IMG_1796

…voila…. a poster.

…(if you’re in the ‘hood you should drop by…should be a damn fine gig!)…

…(ps. you should see the “hard” coloured series….coming soon to this blog and walls in the greater Dunedin area!).

How I Spent Record Store Day

…experimenting with alternative packaging…now that I can’t buy small quantities of plain bags to stamp my logo on….smallest printed batch you can get done on yucky plastic is a million billion…so it’s the old-school news print roll for me…neatly in half so as not to crease the corporate image…IMG_9561IMG_9562IMG_9563

…also trying out hiding behind the bins…(thank you for noticing Ian, nice shot)…12998723_1009751062443509_6359315822682090016_n

….both concepts are being well received.

Destination Destination Destination

…went to the secret location in the weekend….IMG_9273IMG_9275IMG_9277IMG_9268IMG_9267…the weather was Autumn…but I got a feed of field mushrooms…IMG_9280…which went well with the two and a half kgs of bacon I had to make disappear after the fridge/freezer malfunction earlier in the week…IMG_9254IMG_9262…replaced the stylus on the holiday home stereo and dug into my holiday crate…IMG_9263….mucked about in the sketch book….IMG_9266….did some shonky cider powered math….IMG_9247…and made a (second attempt) passable jig for round-frame things…IMG_9281…worked harder than when I’m actually working…IMG_9282….a marvellous break from the shop….IMG_9286…here are some directions to the secret location….IMG_9285

Some Staff Members May Contain Traces

…of boredom….IMG_6119IMG_6120IMG_6121

….original stock card from back in the olden days…(how do they end going out with the records?….I’m looking at you , junior members of staff….)….
…anyone recognise the hand writing?….

…flying knox?…is that a real label?….

….really?

If You Are Going To Steal Records

…don’t steal rarely seen cool shit like this….IMG_5950

…and don’t write your name in the cover…
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…and don’t identify who you stole it from…

…even if you do use pseudo-pet-names….

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especially in a small pond like Dunedin…

…where the degree of separation is so minimal that it is, to all intents & purposes, non-existent…

….I know who you both are and I’m pretty sure everyone else could take an educated guess!!

…(Booger Heazlemunter…we have your Lp and info’ that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrator!!!).