Contains information about upcoming PE releases!
PE’s received a lot of negative flak in certain cesspools of the internet lately and I’m going to use this opportunity to call out some of the bullshit and clarify what’s been going on.
As many of you already know, Profane Existence printed magazine is no longer going to be published. The magazine has survived the last few year with an all volunteer labor force and has faced declining subscriptions, distro and “newsstand” sales and advertising income, while facing major price hikes from the printers and Post Office. No matter how we changed the format, we’ve found that it impossible to come close to a break-even proposition. With the number of visitors on our web site surpassing the number of readers of the magazine—and with the web site being a fraction of the cost of a published magazine—it’s a no brainer to put our content online. Thus we can reach even more people faster, easier and stop throwing away money and resources on a dying format. It sucks we can no longer provide free copies to prisoners (who usually can’t access the internet), but we haven’t exactly been rolling in donations to the prisoner fund either. Everyone who subscribed after September 2010 have received a credit for the amount at PE distro. People who subscribed before that date, I’m afraid you’ve made an involuntary donation to the cause of anarchy. Oh boo hoo, it’s been happening to me for the last 25 years! If you really have a problem with that, then contact me through this blog.
Next item is the griping about “high prices” of PE records and distro.
First of all, until you’ve released a whole bunch of records and run a distro, then you have no business judging what prices should be. Putting out high quality records costs money—lots of money—and we have to charge accordingly. Also, PE is too big to fit into a house or be run entirely be volunteers, so there’s things like rent, utilities and labor that must be added to to the equation.
Second, the latest “price increase” was simply bringing PE back to our pre-2011 prices. About a year ago we decided try doing all of our own distribution and cut out all the middlemen that handle our releases. The idea was that we’d be able to pass the savings on to our customers and therefore we lowered our prices accordingly. Two things happened in the last year that undermined this strategy: 1.) A big record release in the pipeline for 2011 – perhaps the biggest one ever – was suddenly sold to another label out from under us. 2.) We found that lower prices weren’t enough to lure new customers away from our former distributors. We did experience additional sales from our web store, but on the whole we sold a lot less, spent more money doing so, and earned negative net income in the process. It was cool to sell records last year for the same prices as we did in 1995, but the proof was in numbers and they just weren’t adding up.
Third, PE has always been about charging as little as possible for our products and all too often thus has been to our detriment. It takes a large crew to run something like PE and our workers have always gotten totally shit for pay or none at all. This also means PE is totally broke all the time and you constantly have to hear us complain about it . And then when something unexpected happens, we have to quit doing PE until we can scrounge up enough cash to relaunch it. I’ve use my own money to bring PE back from the brink three times now, and while I never complain that I’ve not been paid back any of it, I also don’t want to keep shoring up PE’s bank account for the rest of my life. PE is on it’s own now and it’s sink or swim. And just to be perfectly clear here: I do not get paid to work for Profane Existence nor do I have any plans to.
Fourth and most importantly, even though our new prices are higher than a month ago, WE’RE STILL WAY CHEAPER than the vast majority of record labels out there. And we put out better music too! If that’s still too expensive for you, then don’t buy or records, but also don’t complain when we stop releasing them either.
Next month PE is going to be moving to a new space and we’re actually going to have to pay all of our own rent, utilities and labor costs for the first time since 2006. Most of us are volunteers—myself included—and everyone who will be paid will receive a fraction of what their labor is worth . In spite of the illusion of PE being a giant record label, after April 1st we’ll have just two part time employees and everything else will still be done by volunteers. We’re going to continue making the most with the little resources we have, and hopefully PE will continue to grow stronger and more self-sufficient with time. In spite of the few loudmouth complainers, the general consensus seems to be that people are happy to see PE back in operation I hope we’ll keep things moving forward in a positive direction.
Ben Crew is now running PE records, but I can’t contain my own excitement about the new releases PE has in the pipeline right now. Since Ben is busy at work right now, I’m going to spill the beans as to what’s coming up…
OILTANKER / NO TOMORROW split LPs come on all kinds of whacky random colors of vinyl! This record is a ripper!
We just received a pallet of goodness from our pressing plant that includes the new OILTANKER / NO TOMORROW split LP and APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT “Armageddon…” 7″ repress. Both of these records rank high on the ass-kicking charts and I’m super excited for them to come out. It’s going to be some days before all the printing and assembly is finished and the official release date is slated for the 3rd of April. If you’re not absolutely certain these are must have releases, then do some Google magic and you’ll probably find some MP3 versions floating around. In related news, ATU is planning to tour the a good chunk of the US in June—including the big PE fest happening in San Francisco on June 22nd. We’ll have full tour dates and more info about the big PE circle jerk posted here soon.
While Minneapolis may be spiritual center of the crust punk movement, the UK is still our peoples’ birthplace and unholiest of of our unholy ground. Therefore PE is proud to announce that DEVIATED INSTINCT are currently in the studio finishing up a brand new 12″ that will be released by some rad fucking punks in Minneapolis as soon as the recording and mixing are done. DI are playing the Maryland Deathfest and some additional US dates this spring. Yes, dates to be posted here and of course we plan to have records available for DI on tour. Speaking of unholy Brits, HELLBASTARD have just recorded their side of a split LP to be joined by DRESDEN who are recording at the end of April. This platter of wickedness will be pressed by PE as soon as the recording, mixing and artwork are done. HELLBASTARD are also slated to play MDDF this year. Sell your should and buy your tickets before it’s too late! One final UK crusty bit: DOOM have agreed to let us continue repressing the “Police Bastard” EP indefinitely. Therefore there’s a new pressing in the pipeline and rumor has it that it’s going to be on colored vinyl. I know yours is worn out so you should be planning to buy several additional backup copies next month.
Last thing: PE Distribution is having a pre-moving sale right now and we’re lowering prices 5% every day until March 31st. If you are one of the people bitching and moaning about the high prices, then I expect to see a massive order from you before the month is over. In order take advantage of the sale you must use the coupon code I’M A WHINING BITCH at checkout to receive the current day’s discount. Everyone else can use the code MOVING to receive yours. As usually happens when we have a big blowout sale, the best stuff always goes first, so the longer you wait the smaller the selection. And please please please pretty fucking lease do me a favor and buy one of the last MURDER DISCO EXPERIENCE LPs. They are so awesome and totally underrated!
Take care and up the chunks!
I mean up the punx!