January 21, 2004
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Dearest friends, I just received this letter from my friend Virgil at Suburban Home Records. I truly feel he is one of the last good guys in indie music. If you can help in any way possible, it would be much appreciated. Please read and forward to all. Peace always, Mike Park
Subject : SUBURBAN HOME IN TROUBLE, WE NEED YOUR HELP
Ifm writing this letter today out of necessity. For all those that know me, I am not the type of person that enjoys discussing the day to day finances of my business, so please know that I would not be approaching you if it was not due to a dire situation.
As the retail music industry continues to go through hard times, we have just been informed this week that our biggest record distributor will be sending us a substantial retail return. This is the second return in two months, and they total $40,000. Without getting into specifics, this means that we will not be expecting a payment for quite some time.
For an independent business like mine, this could prove to be the end of Suburban Home if we donft do something about it. Imagine if your household did not receive any income for three months.
To get to the point, we need your help. We need to raise $20,000 over the next month and a half, or Suburban Home could be forced to close. This means that if 400 of you can find it in your hearts to each spend around $50 on our compact discs, t-shirts, and zines,(we are always adding new merch and records to our site) this would be enough to get us through this hard time. Also, there will be a series of benefit shows to save Suburban Home, and I want to thank all the bands that have already agreed to donate their time and talent.
The future of Suburban Home Records is bright if we can get through this. We have so many great releases planned in the near future including new records by The Gamits, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Stereotyperider, Mike Park, Laymen Terms, Adventures of Jet, and others. Our distributed labels(Negative Progression, Fastmusic, Double Zero, Law of Inertia, Goodfellow, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dying Wish, Soda Jerk, Status, and Grey Flight) will also be releasing new independent music throughout the year, and I would hate to see this be the end of our relationship together.
In closing, if you could find it in your hearts to help us out, we will be forever in your service. On behalf of everyone at Suburban Home Records and myself,
Your friend through music,
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p.s. PLEASE forward this letter onto your friends and/or anyone you think would be appropriate. THANKS.