Things I Did While I Was In Debt

  • Matthew:
  • out of curiosity, how is No Age doing
  • maura:
  • 8,365
  • total
  • Matthew:
  • I guess that's relatively healthy in context
  • maura:
  • dude i think i read that many words about them just from your blog post and the responses to it alone
  • Chris:
  • god, the music industry is totally fucked
  • Matthew:
  • seriously.
  • at least yr not on THAT sinking ship
  • Chris:
  • What was list price on that album?
  • Matthew:
  • probably 12.99?
  • something in that zone?
  • Chris:
  • I'm trying to figure out which book we publish is a bigger deal than No Age
  • So what's wholesale? 40% of that?
  • Matthew:
  • No Age's packaging is REALLY nice and expensive
  • Sub Pop might have to sell a good number just to recoup on the costs of that
  • Chris:
  • $43,464.54 in proceeds at wholesale cost.
  • (If wholesale is 40% of list.)
  • So maybe they've shipped about 11,000 copies of that record.
  • Also worth noting - Robyn also outsold that record.
  • In her first week.
  • Matthew:
  • well, jeez
  • let's hope so!
  • given the push on that
  • and the relative accessibility
  • I'd hope that she'd be able to outsell a glorified local punk band
  • Chris:
  • I might be misremembering but I think Robyn did a little over 9k first-week
  • well, a glorified local punk band with the entire weight of the hipster music press behind them
  • so i guess we see how much that "weighs"
  • Matthew:
  • it's not much weight
  • it's waif weight
  • I mean
  • I'm sure it's doing great on torrents
  • what's the point of even being a hit to an audience who refuses to spend money?
  • Chris:
  • sigh
  • it blows my mind that people simply cannot accept the principle that it takes money to make things happen
  • and it always has
  • Matthew:
  • "they'll make money on the tour"
  • sure they will, those dudes sell tickets for $15 tops at small venues....
  • great math!
  • Chris:
  • And half the people who download the record wouldn't go see them anyway! While still spouting that as an excuse.
  • Matthew:
  • yeah.
  • IF ONLY EVERYTHING I WANTED WAS FREE
  • I'm sure the No Age free show at South Street Seaport will be packed
  • Chris:
  • more people at one NYC show than bought the record across the country
  • Matthew:
  • yup
  • Chris:
  • that must be depressing to think about
  • Matthew:
  • I don't know if those dudes care
  • as long as they have their vegan snack shop in LA to perform at, they're good
  • Chris:
  • "Wow, guys, we're really humbled that you like us enough to not do anything at all that might benefit us in any way"
  • That'd be a nice line for somebody to deliver from stage sometime
  • "Thanks for not buying our record, and not paying to come to our show, we really appreciate it"
  • Addendum -
  • maura:
  • the robyn album
  • sold 7100 in its first week
  • and then plopped off the chart
  • and as a benchmark
  • the lowest-selling album on this week's soundscan 200 sold 3,000 copies (iron man soundtrack)
  • so yeah
  • i would think that maybe it's somewhere in the 15k range as of now
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