We recently finished up a slight website modification (and clean up) in addition to finally launching our very own shopping cart using the fine folks at Big Cartel. Check out our available releases, all of which are super limited vinyl runs. We’ve even got some specials on there. And to top things off, we’re offering 20% every order until February 15th, just use the code “GRR2013” at checkout. Long live vinyl!
THE YEAR IN GOLD ROBOT VINYL RELEASES
One of the great things about a year ending is that it gives us a chance to sit back and reflect on all that has happened in our little world. Here at Gold Robot, 2012 has been fairly epic, no matter how you measure it. We released 9 vinyl records over the last 12 months (out of a total of 30 since the label was founded in 2007). The growth of the label is a testament to the artists and their talent. I’d like to think that GRR occupies a small spot of the music landscape where we support creative artists and projects that might not have been made otherwise. So, thanks for everyone’s support thus far, and we hope to continue to bring you interesting and entertaining releases for many years to come. Here’s a chronological snapshot of our year in vinyl, meant to introduce us to folks who might not have ever heard of Gold Robot or to remind the longtime fans of some releases that might have slipped past their radar.
[Feb 21, 2012] Yalls - Fantasy 7”
I have loved working with Dan Casey (aka Yalls) over the last 1+ years, the dude is amazingly talented and prolific. In my eyes, this is the perfect 7” as it has three brilliant tracks that showcase the Yalls sound. I’m really looking forward to his proper debut LP, tentatively scheduled for 2013. (buy the record)
[Feb 28, 2012] Roman Ruins - Homebuilding 12”
Seeing this record finally come into existence was one of the highlights of my year, as I’d been hearing drafts and glimpses for a long while. While Graham Hill (aka Roman Ruins) might be better known as the drummer for Papercuts or former tour/session drummer for Beach House, he’s also the primary reason this label exists. I can’t recommend this album enough. (buy the record)
[March 20, 2012] James & Evander - Let’s Go b/w Welcome to Planet Dance 7”
Another local act which was an amazing pleasure to work with this year was James & Evander. I loved how they approached this 7” as a concept piece to explore new sounds, and the success of their recent LP makes it that much sweeter. (buy the record)
[May 15, 2012] Conveyor - Mane 7”
I was introduced to this amazing band early in the year and couldn’t be happier for these talented guys out of Brooklyn. The two tracks on this beautiful 7”, combined with the artwork, are an example of why we’re in this business in the first place. I’ve seen their debut LP on many year-end lists already, which is wholly deserved. (buy the record)
[June 19, 2012] Monster Rally - Beyond the Sea 12”
Over the last few years, no other artist has pushed the label harder than Monster Rally. His design sensibility is perfectly matched for what we try to do, his output is unparalleled, and his aesthetic vision continues to inspire us. His latest LP marked our first gatefold LP (and largest 12” run to date), and the sounds add to his growing and impressive portfolio. (sold out, download here)
[September 4, 2012] RUMTUM / Catamaran - New Goth Gypsies 7”
You’ve probably heard it before, but we love to make split 7” records. Their place in the music culture has a special spot in my heart, and the ability to pair artists and perhaps expand their respective audiences is really intriguing. The two tracks on this 7”, combined with some gorgeous packaging, make it an important part of our catalog. (buy the record)
[September 11, 2012] Seamonster - Baldessari 12”
This is exactly the type of record which Gold Robot aspires to release. When Todd Webb (aka Seamonster) and I started working together 3 years ago, first corresponding with letters and packages and eventually resulting in the Two Birds 7”, I knew I had found an artist who really understood what GRR was trying to do. This LP was dreamed up by the artist, and the principles and story behind how it was made couldn’t be cooler. (buy the record)
[December 4, 2012] Monster Rally & RUMTUM - Coasting 12”
This 12” featured our first full-sided etching along with a collection of sounds foraged by a couple of talented musicians with similar passions. From this end, it’s really amazing to see how the tracks take shape and how each artist puts their stamp on the final sound. (sold out, download here)
[December 4, 2012] Seamonster - Neighbors 7”
Our only collaborative release of 2012 found us working with the amazing Turntable Kitchen on this limited edition record as part of their pairings box subscription series. Seamonster recorded a couple of tracks that had previously never been released, and they’re both quite arresting. (buy the record)
Thanks again for a wonderful year of vinyl, we couldn’t have done it without the fans, the writers, the collaborators, and (of course) the artists.
Our good friend, the director Chad Hartigan, has a new kickstarter campaign going to finish up his second feature film called “This is Martin Bonner”. It looks like an amazing piece of art, and if you’re into independent cinema then please check out the fundraising campaign.
You might remember Chad as the director of a number of Seamonster videos, including “Bearsuit”, “Oh Appalachia”, and the newly released “Normandy Landscape”. Seamonster’s new Baldessari LP drops on September 11th and you can pre-order the limited edition vinyl 12” right now.
Want to design the next Gold Robot Records sticker? We’ve got loads of releases coming out later this year, and we’d love to have one of you amazingly creative folks come up with the design! Here’s the details:
1… The winner will receive an extra special vinyl prize pack, which rumor has it will include some sold out releases and a test pressing!
2… Use the templates provided on Sticker Robot for your design. For square designs use the 3” x 3” size, for circles use the 3” x 3”, and for rectangles use the 2” x 4”. Art specs/requirements are found here.
3… The only requirement is to include the words “Gold Robot” somewhere in the design.
4… Submissions required before August 15th, 2011. Email them to goldrobotrecords (at) gmail(dot)com with the subject header “sticker design contest”.
We’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing artists during the life of Gold Robot, and we’re looking forward to seeing what you guys create. Thanks for all the support!
[photo credit: question-josh, at the smell in LA]
Well, the last copy of Monster Rally’s Coral has left the building. It was a pleasure babysitting them until they found the right homes. Thought it would be fun to share some of the sales statistics:
Total Run = 250
Internet Sales = 175
Reserved for Live Show Sales = 60
Small Distribution = 15
Geographically speaking, the majority of internet sales were in the United States. However, purchases were made from the following countries: Denmark (3), Ireland (1), Netherlands (1), Canada (9), Thailand (1), UK (5), Belgium (2), Germany (4), Russia (2), Australia (7), Sweden (1), Greece (3), France (4), Italy (1), Israel (1), and Lithuania (1).
Downloads directly from the artist on Bandcamp were also a popular avenue to get the record (aside from all those great sites that give away the album for free without asking). Here’s those statistics:
Total Downloads = 1510
Paid Downloads = 120
Average Paid Download = $4.00
We all know that these limited runs don’t make a ton of money. In round numbers, it costs about $1700 to press 250 12” vinyl records with all the bells and whistles. Since we sold the records for a reasonable price of $12, this comes out to a total project profit of about $1300. Add in the digital sales and subtract miscellaneous overhead (internet hosting, etc) and you can see won’t be running out to the nearest Porche dealership anytime soon.
I guess this is just a long-winded way of saying thank you for supporting new artists and small labels, we are certainly in this business only because we love it. Rest assured that you’ll be seeing some new music from Monster Rally in the near future; we’ve got a couple things up our respective sleeves that we can’t wait to share with you all.
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to email goldrobotrecords (at) gmail (dot) com. And, to keep abreast of the latest/greatest Monster Rally news, sign up for our mailing list.
Hunter (Gold Robot) and Ted (Monster Rally)