Yes, it’s true. Hydra Head Records is selling basically everything that isn’t pinned down as they transition to a catalog label.
“As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious,” says a lengthy statement on the label’s blog.
“Between the downturn in sales of music in recent years, our tendency of releasing artists whose work is too challenging to be commercially viable, our collective insistence on high standards for recording and packaging, and an intentionally artistic but admittedly financially unsound approach to running a label, we are no longer able to function as we have for almost two decades.
“We’ve arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we’re hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years.
“In order to do this we’re asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity – we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.
“These ‘somethings’ we’re offering as part of our fundraiser range from the small and accessible (stickers, pins, etc), to the large and costly (lots of 150+ rare records and test pressings, musical instruments, original artwork, 7″ box sets, etc), and a whole lot in between (t-shirts, subscriptions to our future vinyl represses, box lots of highly discounted CDs, etc.). The selling off of all these items will allow us to do several things: fund future represses and reissues, pay our artists and remaining staff members to realize these projects, clear out our offices so we can downsize to a more functional level of operation, and provide some special artifacts to those that appreciate and support what we and our artists have built over the years.
“While it’s not easy to part with some of these things, we do so with happiness knowing that it may allow us to continue doing what we love to do, and ensure that a lot of the great music we’ve been entrusted with disseminating continues to be available for any and all that want to hear it for years to come.
“While we’re well aware that much of this music can and will be obtained in digital format for free from various internet sources, we firmly believe that these musical documents are best experienced in their original intended forms, and that as physical artifacts lend a greater depth of experience to the listeners as well as the creators.
“Thank you in advance to any and all who are willing to assist us in our effort to make sure important music continues to be heard, that the artists responsible for its creation are supported for their work, and for helping keep underground music alive and thriving.”
If you have an Isis fan on your list, take note of all the goodies available.
There’s also Cave In stuff I’d like.
Go here, and help the Head.
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