June 10, 2009

Slacker in Blog World = Busy in Real World

Quick update.

I am stoked to announce that I am a part of a brand new indie music distro. We are called the Independent Label Collective and we are exactly what the name describes. We are a small company so reaching out worldwide to introduce ourselves and our label roster has been a task and a half. Who is our label roster you ask? Check it:

Asian Man
Beer City
Crash And Bang
Dr. Strange
Hawthorne Street
Magic Bullet
The Mylene Sheath
New Red Archives
Red Scare
Second Nature
Six Weeks

I will be the head of sales and am really excited that I found a way to remain close to what I love best - helping indie music make it to the masses. I will spare everyone the DIY pride speech but to finally be free of any major label association is a blessing. If all goes well we also hoped to be based out of Richmond, VA by the end of this year and it is really exciting to have the opportunity to base a growing business right in my my backyard. The amount of work the ILC folks in Ohio have put into this company is incredible so I have to applaud all of their efforts. We may be a small company but I say with confidence that we have the best of the best people working to make this happen and it is really an honor to be a part of this brand new business.

If you are a store reading this and need more info or would like to open an account with us please email me at tracy@ilcdistro.com.

Onto other things - I am still way excited about this week's radio show (tomorrow!). Jonathan Poneman, head / one of the Sub Pop Records founders / old friend of mine has been kind enough to offer up a list of songs that changed his life and inspired him to start his label. In turn I have pulling out all my old Sup Pop records and trying to shrink down 20 years of amazing music to about an hour of time which is all we have left after Jonathan's track listing. I am dreading this evening which will be me having to kill songs to make it all fit in our time slot. Oh the horror.

This Friday will be the first all female DJ night I have ever been a part of. There will be 6 of us spinning records - mostly music featuring ladies spanning the past 50 years from all over the country. Our night is called Cherry Bomb and if all goes well we hope to make it an every other month DJ night here in Richmond at Cous Cous.

To add to the list of crazy projects I have decided to build a web based list of indie music retailers on line with the help of some friends. This is still in the brainstorming stage but it is going to happen - believe you me. In a few months when a business trip takes you to say... Montana and you want to know as a record nerd if there is any place to shop for music, you will be able to go to this website and locate a store in your general area, assuming there is one. At some point soon I will be hitting people up to tell me about their favorite record stores so consider yourself warned. And why there isn't already a site like this is beyond me. Weird, right?

Anyhow, one day I will go back to blogging about records again. I will if it kills me....that is if all this other stuff doesn't kill me first.

Your pal,
Lightning's Girl


  1. That's awesome Tracy, congrats! Keep fighting the good fight.

  2. i'm so proud of you, lady!! congratulations!

  3. So much great news and great things happening, I could just explode for you! xoxo

  4. Great news, Tracy. Sounds like we'll be talking buyer to sales rep soon.

  5. I just bought the Gifts From Enola Lp from Mylene Sheath...good luck T.