Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dumbest Idea Ever!

We have officially lost or bananas over here at BLDGs and have decided to just blow it out of the water with the worlds dumBEST idea ever!  What is the worlds dumBEST idea ever?  Well, sit tight real quick and we will tell you in good time.  First, let's bring you up to speed about what's shaking in this bacon.

We recently got uber lucky and were able to snag up a beautiful 16 track 1" tape machine!  Ba-BOOOOM!  We have also done a few sound re-inforcement projects to help make the live room ambience even more tasty to your earbuds.  Add on top of that a few new compressors and reverbs as well as a new 16 track portable digital recorder for remote recording projects (more on this in a future post), and you might say we are up to our ears in awesome!  However, with these upgrades comes a lot of maintenance and upkeep across the board, and to help off-set these new costs we are having to increase our rates ever so slightly.  What exactly is "ever so slightly"?  Well, in this case it means $35/hr and $350/day (day rate is set at 10+ hrs). 

However, that's where our dumBEST idea kicks in.  We know that for some bands even $350/day can be grueling to come up with.  When we started BLDGs, it was to help bands create AMAZING sounding records with pro-level gear on affordable budgets. So, to help ease the new rates in we came up with


Starting today, Jan 1st, 2013 thru March 31st, 2013, we will be offering a special 2 for 1 day rate to all bands who book time starting RIGHT NOW!!  That's a serious amount of savings, and one that might come back to bite us in the ass...  But we are willing to take an ass biting to help you make amazing records without the stress of time constraints.  For you nerdier types, here's the same offer in a math equation:

$350 x 2 / 2 + U = $$$saved!!! 

It doesn't just stop at 1 day, though.  Book 2 days paid, and get an additional 2 days free!  Thats 4 days of recording/mixing for $700!  Keep adding paid days on and keep getting more days free. 


Think of how handy that will be when it comes to mixing.  Really, think about it.  Talk about zero stress, and tons of time to make sure everything is exactly how you want it.

Since we had to increase our rates, we figured we'd help you save a bit of cash by giving you the 2nd day free!  This super awesome deal only applies to the day rate.  That means you CAN NOT book an hour and get a 2nd hour free.  Sorry...  It's gotta be the full day. 

But, with that said, think of what you can get done in 2 days! 

Day 1: record.  Day 2: MIX! 

Think of the overdubs you can do with all that time! 5 part harmonies, horns, string sections, CHAMBER CHOIRS!!!  The sky's the limit people!

So, get on the horn with your band mates and get your beautiful butts in here!!!

Oh, and happy new year:)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Collect all 8!

We have added 8 awesome posters to our bandcamp merch store and we want you to have them all!  When you buy the poster of your choice you will also receive a digital download of the 12bandPROJECT!  How exciting is that?  Go ahead, get some posters!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Free Music - Limited Time

All live releases on BLDGs bandcamp page are FREE until MIDNIGHT!

The time has come to pump up the prices.  But not by that much.  Tonight at midnight we will be raising the Live Series releases on our bandcamp page from "pay what ya want" to $5.  Why?  Because we've been getting a lot of traffic, which we really appreciate, but the goal was to help local Seattle bands make some extra cash, and being that most of the downloads are coming in w/ a "0.00" in the price column, we don't really think that's all that fair to the awesome people in said bands.

With all that in mind, we are giving you until midnight tonight to take advantage of this 'pay what ya want" fiasco that bit us in the ass so politely.  After that, the $5 will be the minimum price you can pay.  However!  With all that in mind, if you want to pay more for the records, a $10 or more donation will get you not only the live recording in digital form but also a really cool poster from our collection for you to hang on your wall!  Or music room, or beer drinking room, or bar, or kitchen, or car, or butt, or WHATEVER!!!

A quick run down:
$5 - digital download - all money after PayPal expenses goes directly back to band
$10 - digital download & super awesome cool poster - $5 goes back to band
anything more than $10 - digital download, super awesome cool poster, and our love and kisses - all money split evenly with bands

Now, that's kinda a awesome deal, yeah?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just Added To radioBLDGs

We just added another amazing chunk of music to the radioBLDGs player!  Check it out!  So many great LIVE SETS!!!  What would you do without WFMU?

Apache Dropout - Live_on_WFMUs_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_9-15-12
Apneu_- Live_at_Purple_Pop
CAVE - Live_at_OCCII
Cheap Time - Live_at_WFMU_on_the_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_11-6-12
Dikes of Holland - Live_at_WFMU_on_Talks_Cheap_Aug_28th_2012
Fujiya_ Miyagi - Live_at_WFMU_on_Underwater_Theme_Park_February_2_2012
Gay Witch Abortion - Live_on_Brian_Turners_Show_on_WFMU_10-2-12
Los Vigilantes - Live_at_WFMU_on_Three_Chord_Monte_April_26th_2012
Mark Sultan - Live_at_WFMU_on_the_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_May_26th_2012
Night Beats - Live_at_WFMU_on_Three_Chord_Monte_with_Joe_Belock_on_April_17_2012
Obits - Live at_Primavera_Sound_06012012
OBN IIIs - Live_at_WFMU_on_The_Evan_Funk_Davies_Show_June_6_2012
Pink Reason - Live_on_Distort_Jersey_City_92612
Pow Wows - Live_on_WFMUs_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_9-15-12
Royal Headache - Live_on_WFMUs_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_August_11th_2012
Spider Bags - Live_On_Cherry_Blossom_Clinic_9-22-12
The Mess Around -_Live_on_WFMUs_Three_Chord_Monte
Trepanning - Live_on_WFMUs_Distort_Jersey_City_10-3-12
Xray Eyeballs - Live_on_WFMU_from_Beerland_in_Austin_TX_March_17_2012

Benjamin Bret - Jirai_Molarder_sur_vos_Urnes
Blast and the Detergents -_Brain_Time_NowHisko Detria - Static_Raw_Power_Kraut_demoNoise to Silence - Acid_Stasi_House

Thursday, November 8, 2012

posters on the loose!!!

New posters that, starting on Nov. 12th, will be shipped to you when you purchase one of the many live recordings we have up on our bandcamp for $10.00 or more.  You'll be able to choose from one of the following.  Collect them all!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I wanna get digital, di-gi-tal

If you've been to the BLDGs bandcamp page then you know that we have a collection of live releases from bands around the Seattle area and a bit beyond.  If you haven't been to the bandcamp page yet then we would like to strongly encourage you to go check it out this week!

We've had a great deal of traffic over the last few months plus a good amount of downloads,  and as you may or may not know, all the money generated from purchasing the live recordings goes directly back to the bands.  The releases are set to "pay what you want" with the hopes that those who can, will put in an amount that is comfortable for their given budget. However, do to the high traffic count and the countless downloads with "$0.00" put in the amount window, it defeats the purpose of actually being able to give back to the bands.  So, what does this mean?

Well, we have decided to go ahead and put a minimum amount of $5.00 for each of the live releases.  We love that we are helping get bands we believe in out to a larger audience, and to watch them be shared with places as far away as the UK, Germany, and Spain is mind blowing to us.  However, the purpose of the live releases was to help the bands generate more income for their talents, art, and hard work.  

We are also going to allow you to pay more for each release if you are of the mind to do so, and give you a bit of a reward for doing so.  If you choose to pay $10.00 or more for any release on the BLDGs bandcamp you will also be mailed a very special BLDGs logo poster, or one of our many collage posters we have made over the last few months.  Don't know about the posters already?  Color me surprised!  We haven't actually mentioned them in official terms, until now, and we will have the posters up later today for you to click through.  Why $10.00?  For printing, packaging, & shipping fees, and also to make sure that each band still gets their 5 bones from the deal.  

You might be asking to yourself, "When is all this going to take place?"  EXCELLENT QUESTION!!!  The live releases will remain "pay what you want" until 11:59pm, Sunday, Nov. 11th.  Starting Monday, Nov. 12th all live releases will switch over to the $5.00 minimum with the option to pay more if you can/want to.  

Hopefully, you still love us, and if you have any thoughts or comments on our decision to make this change, please, feel free to let us know!  contactBLDGs@gmail.com  if you think you have an idea that can improve on ours we'd love to hear your suggestions.