Hey where should I send my band's rekkid?

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Right. The language of the other two I mentioned is a little more inviting, though:

Will you listen to my demo?

If you'd like to send us a demo, feel free to send it to:
Merge Records
PO Box 1235
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

We listen to everything people send us but we aren't able to give specific feedback to bands due to lack of time.


We do accept demos at the address above and we do listen to everything we receive.
Due to the amount of time and resources it demands, however, we are not able to respond to every submission personally.
Please include contact information on your demo and we will contact you if we are interested in what you've sent us.

I sent Merge something a year or so ago and I got a (generic) postcard back from them which said they got it and listened to it, which I thought was quite decent of them.

But there are of course many smaller labels you should try, too.

steve schneeberg (steve go1dberg), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Sure, Merge can't hurt, I guess, but it's kind of a hail mary pass. They're not likely to just take a chance on some random bedroom-recording schmo even if his stuff is pretty good.

Jagjaguwar might be slightly more realistic but it's hardly an unknown label. The Sub-Pop thing is right - best to build your base/buzz and bring the labels to you.

Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Even if you land a deal on a small indie, they'll be more likely to actually promote your record and give you attention if you've built/are building some buzz on your own.

Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link

famed washington post reviewer mark jenkins says "clearly [my band] is not built for mass appeal" what the hell else kind of buzz would someone need?

ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 15 February 2007 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Colour me badd. I was being more facetious than serious, but it seems like most indie labels these days have that "closed" sign on their Interwebnet doors.

In order not to lead ZR astray, I went back and checked--Thrill Jockey and Drag City def do not accept demo's. Can't tell with Carpark and Mush, Chocolate Industries does take them. And I didn't get a chance to look long enough to see if Morr does--they have a weird website. Matador doesn't accept them, Mute does. And, uh, that's all I'm doing to atone.

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Thursday, 15 February 2007 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah don't worry about it - we've got a list of places, just wondering if there were any y'all might know about that i hadn't considered. no big deal. hadn't realized that about cdbaby & itunes; that's definitely worth a shot.

ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 15 February 2007 17:56 (fourteen years ago) link

famed washington post reviewer mark jenkins says "clearly [my band] is not built for mass appeal" what the hell else kind of buzz would someone need?

I know you're being half-facetious, but one thing I've definitely learned is not to overestimate the power of a single review.

Shadowcat (A-Ron Hubbard), Friday, 16 February 2007 00:44 (fourteen years ago) link

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