It’s 15:24 on Saturday afternoon, generally I dislike weekends unless I’m on the road or otherwise distracting myself from my home life. It’s the end of the first week of the new year and I’m looking forward to getting on with it. The holidays can be a drag sometimes. I spent the better part of the fall and early winter working on the new Tombs record either at the rehearsal space or down in Dallas working with the outstanding John Congleton. I returned a few days before Christmas and it felt like the whole world was moving in slow motion.
It has been said that all good things come to an end. Doing Black Box Recordings has been one of those “good things.” It was a great time and I feel proud of each record that I was fortunate enough to release over the past 5 plus years but it’s time to pack it up and move on to other things.
In some ways, I feel like the era of being able to successfully run a label with the old ways of doing business has come to an end. That has been more or less verified by the disappearance of distributors like Lumberjack, Mordam as well as the slow extinction of brick and motor record stores. That’s not to say that kids shouldn’t release records by great bands, it means that a new way of thinking must be implemented.
I’d like to thank everyone that has help support the bands on Black Box Recordings by purchasing the records, going to shows and just sending along a kind word. The webstore will still be up for a few more weeks and everything is severely discounted.