It’s been a while since we checked in on Dischord. And dammit if we didn’t miss a few important news items from last week.
- The label recently announced that it is now selling a remastered version of Fugazi masterpiece Red Medicine (remember hearing “Do You Like Me” for the first time and being blown away?).
- Last week, the Medications begin a tour of Brazil. Maybe its next album will boast a heavy Tropicalia influence?
- And check out the label’s take on the new postal rate hike vs. indie media! The hike spells some very bad news: “We at Dischord have always tried to keep the prices of our records as low as possible because we feel strongly that people should be treated fairly and encouraged to experiment with new sounds and ideas. Since the price of our mail-order records has always included domestic shipping charges these new rates will have an immediate adverse affect on our ability to maintain our current mail-order structure. Rather than the 11.7 % increase first proposed, our costs are scheduled to go up 20-30% for our most basic service. We have resisted raising our prices along with previous postal rate increases but with the current changes it is likely that we will have to either raise our prices significantly or do away with our “Postage Paid” (free shipping) mailing policy.”