Archive for June, 2010

Letter from Steve / Cave In

Posted in Letters with tags on June 21, 2010 by letterstothelabel

This was an interesting find to come across. A nice 16 year old kid. He and his band, Cave In, who he mentions on the second page have done pretty well for themselves since he sent this letter in 1996, releasing a few albums. He’s got some side projects as well, including some solo stuff. He even sent a stamp, which it looks like I used. I assume I sent him something nice back.

After finding this, I might have to track down a Cave In record and check it out.


Letter from Tony Wong

Posted in Letters on June 20, 2010 by letterstothelabel

Looks like this high school kid had some sort of distro with his buddies, and may or may not have opened some sort of store in Indianapolis. I tried googling his name to see if I could figure out what he is up to know, but it’s far too common. This letter is from 1996, so he should be about 30 at this point.

$3.50 seems damn cheap for a shirt. Must have been the wholesale rate. I don’t think Tony understood that you had to buy more than one shirt to get the wholesale rate. If I was in a good mood, I probably sent it to him anyway.

Letter from Dustin / Hot Hot Heat

Posted in Letters with tags on June 19, 2010 by letterstothelabel

On tour in NY in 1995 Amber Inn played with a band called Breakwater from Victoria, BC. We hit it off, and when Jode from Breakwater had a new band, I hooked them up a show with us in Sacramento. His new band was called Letter to the Lord Himself. They managed to release one song on a comp before imploding.

I got this letter from Dustin, who was in Letters with Jode. His new band, Fuck You I’m Stealing Home (possibly the best band name ever,) was coming down. Dustin ended up being a solid dude, and we have kept in touch since then. I booked his next band, Hot Hot Heat in 1999, and always tried to come out and see them when they would come through town. He quit that band in 2009 and moved to Montreal.

As a bonus, here is a picture of me and Dustin going at it in an intense game of air hockey in 1999 in Seattle. If memory serves me right, I pitched a shut out.

Lumberjack invoice

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 by letterstothelabel

At some point, some larger distributors started popping up here and there that had an interest in the stuff I was releasing. I was weary because most all of them took things on consignment, and did not have the best track record in terms of payment. Not sure how I ended up using Lumberjack, although I feel like I probably knew Eric before he started the distro. They were always great with paying me.

At some point, Eric sold Lumberjack to the Doghouse dudes who subsequently ran it to the ground leaving tons of labels owed lots of money. I took a bunch of records for my own collection as payment and didn’t have any stock there when they went under. Eric went on to start Furnace Manufacturing, a middleman for CD production.

Even more interesting than record of a payment from Lumberjaclk is how low my distro rates were. Dirt cheap.

Letter from Ian/Subjugation

Posted in Letters on June 15, 2010 by letterstothelabel

For quite awhile, the majority of “distro” of my records came from trades with other labels. I would take the records I got in trade (after pilfering a copy for myself) and set up a table at shows and sell them. Lots of these trades were with Europeans. Ian and Helene ran Subjugation Records, one of the better labels out of the UK.

This letter is from 1996. Not sure if that comp. ever came out. We talked to Ian about booking the Amber Inn European tour. I’m not sure how far he got, but Amber Inn managed to break up before going over there. Sorry about that, Ian.


Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by letterstothelabel

I released these records/CDs:

(1) Elegy – s/t 7″ (100 clear blue / 1300 black) 1990

(2) Platypus Scourge – s/t 7″ (100 clear purple / 800 black) 1991

(3) The Yah Mos – “Right On” 7″ (100 clear blue / 2400 black) 1993

(4) Sinker – s/t 7″ (2000 black) 1993

(5) Exhale – “Itching, Burning, Irritation” 7″ (100 pink / 600 black) 1993

(6) Pot Valiant – s/t 7″ (1500 black) 1993

(7) Bureau of the Glorious / Pivot – split 7″ (1000 black) 1994

(8) Amber Inn – s/t 7″ (2000 black) 1995

(9) Popesmashers – “This is a Test” 7″ (1000 black) 1995

(9.5) Bureau of the Glorious – s/t CD (1000) 1995

(10) Land of the Wee Beasties – “Simple Pleasures in the…” 7″ (1000 black) 1996

(11) Sinker – “Finality” 7″ (1000 black) 1997

(12) Land of the Wee Beasties – “Wild Dogs Will Kill You” LP/CD (500 black / 1000 CD) 1997

(13) Exhale – “Ends in A” 12″ EP (100 light blue / 900 black) 1999

(14) Giving up the Ghost – s/t 7″ (1000 clear green) 1999

(15) Exhale – “Sacramento Slump” CD (1000) 2004


Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by letterstothelabel

I’ve been going through some old boxes of stuff as we clear out a bedroom to move baby #1 in, and soon to be babies #2 and #3 into baby #1’s vacated room.

Turns out I kept a couple boxes of letters sent to my label from about 1994-1996. The label itself, Sunney Sindicut, existed from 1990-2004 (or thereabouts) but really the “heyday” was from 1992-1995. So these letters partially cover the heyday.

I thought it was interesting how different things were back then running an independent label. People almost always wrote something with their order, and I always included a letter with the record.

There is also some other interesting label related stuff that will go up here and there. I look at this more of a documentation of a period of time more than anything else. Hope you stop by here and there.