Silber Christmas Music & More

Hey Kidz,

Hope all is going well with the stress of the Christmas season.  We’re always trying to get a ton of stuff done, but of course we’re always running behind getting the word out, so here’s what’s up with us lately!

Luka Fisher
A few weeks ago we put out a new 5 songs in 5 minute EP from Luka Fisher of experimental, ambient, & primitive dance music.  Free to stream or $1 to support the music.

In other 5in5 news, the Drekka EP got reviewed in the magazine Rockerilla, which feels like a big deal to me & makes me want to really try to do some stuff to push the series a little harder.  So I’m thinking about doing a Kickstarter to get subscribers for the series so I can get the artists a budget for recording & get Silber a budget for advertising.  I’ve also got a few new folks interested in taking part in the 5in5 series like Anda Volley, Cloaca, & Bronze Eye.  So I’m feeling good.

Christmas EP
Of course it is Christmas & so this year instead of a compilation we went with the EP series again (I really think I prefer this format, compilations with hard deadlines are stressful to put together).  This time out we have EPs from Yellow6, Electric Bird Noise, Remora, Small Life Form, Baptizer, fornever, & Exercitus Dei.  All are pretty experimental & a lot have drone-iness, though this year no one did any takes on classic Christmas songs (for better or worse).  You can listen to them all on the Silber site as well as checking out our offerings from Christmases past here.

New Mini Comics
Last month we put out three new mini comics.  An auto-bio called HG about a difficult pregnancy, the second installment of sci-fi book Seabase 17, & a re-issue of Zombie Kisses #4.  You can get them all as a download bundle $1 or physicals mailed to you for $5.

In more comic news I was a featured guest on the web show Comic Culture.

I made a stop motion video for an Irata song.  I think I spent a week making it, but it was fun & I’m pretty pleased with the results.

If you are traveling this season, I have been doing my best to keep the Spotify playlist of the most recent Silber releases updated.

That’s it for now, but coming soon are a new QRD, musical debuts from Space Sweeper & Treyverb, new albums from Heaven Falls Hard & Lum, more comics, more 5in5 EPS, & other goodies.

Thanks for all your interest & support, it means a lot to us & helps us know we are doing work that is worthwhile.  Spread the word about us if you can.

Brian John Mitchell

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Two Months

Somehow I haven’t bothered to write up a blog entry for a couple months.  It’s not because nothing has been happening, it’s because I’ve been busy & exhausted.  My daughter was born on October 4 & while the amount of time it’s taking I did anticipate, the amount of emotional energy I didn’t really anticipate.  So the time I have left to work doesn’t translate well because I need to decompress before I can concentrate enough to get Silbering done.  Still, there’ve been three new music releases on Silber in the past couple months & three new mini-comics (still need to print & assemble the physicals & add them to the website) & so that feels positive & I think I am getting to the point where I’ll be able to get the work out more regularly & that’s good because there’s a ton coming up.  Some new Christmas EPs, a new QRD, a half dozen new musical releases, the Small Life Form/Bride of Silber Christmas show, & some new comics.  Watch out & probably start following us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with things since the blog seems to be neglected.

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The World Didn’t End & Things Are Good

Today is September 13.  It’s also the Jewish holiday of Rosh-Hashanah.  Back in 1988 I was in the 8th grade & September 13 was predicted to be the end of the world.  People forget about it now I’m sure, but back then the guy who made the prediction & wrote a book about it was getting interviewed on Good Morning America & they were talking about it on the local news & all that.  I assume some of the local churches in my town were preaching about it too because a lot of kids in my class were scared about it.  My english teacher even made some statement about needing to do our homework, but not needing to turn it in if the world ended.  While I grew up with a constant hope/dread of nuclear war or zombies to bring about the post-apocalyptic culture I knew I could thrive in, I wasn’t sure what to hope for in a religious armageddon. I mean, I already knew that I wasn’t living the type of life where God would tell me, “Well done my good & faithful servant,” & I wasn’t sure what kind of post-apocalyptic world would be left.  It seemed like it might be significantly darker than Dawn of the Dead or Battletruck or the third part of Robotech & not possible for a 13 year old to survive no matter how metal & punk he might be.  Of course, in the end nothing happened & I kept listening to Metallica & Christian Death.

So today is a good day to me & it’s been a good week.
(1) I’ve been getting work done on a pretty epic video for Irata’s new album & I’m hopeful with it coming out on a bigger label (Retro Futurist) that maybe something I’m working on will get a little more exposure than normal.
(2) In my alerts about where people are talking about Silber on the internet, I got two new mentions of QRD interviews used as citations for Wikipedia (for John Ostrander & Devo 2.0).  It makes me feel a little more appreciated than I normally do.  Which is nice.
(3) This past week I sent out my new batch of mini-comics & solicited to reviewers & for the first time in a while, people actually responded wanting me to send them review copies.  Once again, the appreciation of work thing.
(4) When going through some old memo pads I found a half dozen comic scripts that I mis-placed that I got typed up.  Two of them went out to artists.  Two of them I’m supposed to draw.  Two of them are for series that are waiting for another issue to come in first.
(5) The new Yellow6 & Remora came out this week & I sent out the newsletter & all that.  Once again, people seem to actually care this time out.   Which makes me feel great.
(6) Celebrating my good mood, I put some new sales up on the Silber site, including downloading the ten latest releases for $20.

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New Music & New Comics

Some new stuff afoot here at Silber.

New release from Yellow6 of ambient post rock.  The digital is ready now & the physicals should be in shortly.

I recently found some recordings from a Remora radio session from 2007.  Aggressive ambient guitar stuff.  Hope you dig it.

Three new mini-comics out as well.  New issue of REH, re-issue of Zombie Kisses #3, & a one-shot collaboration with Nate McDonough called Genius Junkies.  You can order them all here.

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Videos & Daily News

Some of the Silberians have been working hard.

Here’s a video for M is We.

& here are a couple videos for the upcoming release from Yellow6.

Been running into problems lately.  I’m trying to change my mailing address on the Silber bank account (online errors out for some reason) & because I set up the account 20 years ago & the bank has been sold twice since then, the changing address thing has flagged them to ask me to do a ton of paperwork, which is ironic since my wife set up a DBA account two years ago without needing the paperwork they are requesting from me.  Going to try to go to another branch at some point (of course there is only one in the town I’m in) & see if I can find a banker nice enough to let it slide.  Hate to have to keep the old PO Box open forever.

A couple bands I’ve worked with in the past are on some other labels & getting a lot of press for their new releases.  I’m happy for them of course & I know that the labels are spending money on professional publicists that may keep the records from ever recouping costs (or at the very least would for Silber), but it still makes me feel like a bit of a failure for the consistent decrease in press interest in Silber releases over the past couple years.  I admit it, I’m old & don’t know how to relate to the current wave of taste makers (even those the same age as myself).  I really think I’m ready to go to just the comps & 5in5s & admit other people can do better jobs with albums & other important releases.  The only dilemma is all the people who do stuff for Silber are already exhausted with trying to find someone even as good as I am.

On the good news front, I finished reading what I thought would be my bleakest research book (the letters of Robert E Howard’s dad, mostly dealing with Bob’s death & the aftermath of that) & I am happy to say it is not nearly as dark as I feared & is more boring than depressing.  I also have the art in for a few more books that I need to layout.  Just need to make that happen.  I also have submissions in for my next couple comps here on Silber, so it seems they are going to actually happen, which is positive.

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Silber August Newsletter

I hope all is well.  Things are rough here at Silber, but we are still getting things done & have some news for you.

QRD #74 First off we have a new issue of QRD.  Over 25 interviews with guitarists, bass players, cartoonists, & label owners about their work plus a feature interview with Rivulets.  I don’t know why, but I think this issue is especially good.  Read through & let me know what you think.

Fathers - Balancing Family & Art I did the editing to make Fathers (the interview book about balancing art & family) available as a hardcover through Lulu.  I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s a little bit pricey, but Lulu usually has sales about once a month to give you 20% off if you keep your eyes open.

Lure of the Unknown - Day of Endings New music in our 5in5 series from Lure of the Unknown.  It’s definitely toward the experimental electronic end of the spectrum & is five sound tracks to six-word microstories.  Why not spend five minutes checking it out?

M is We - Sinking We also have a new collection of remixes of M is We’s “Sinking”.  It’s free to stream or download over at Bandcamp.  If you didn’t listen to the M is We album a couple months ago, the music is electroclash & synthpop & post punk oriented.

Some old friends of ours have some albums coming out over the next few months, I’m sure you are savvy enough to find info on the internet about the new albums from Low, Irata, & Lycia.

Hopefully we’ll have some new releases from Drekka, Kirchenkampf, Chvad SB, & Space Sweeper done soon.  Life keeps pushing things back a little, but we’re sure we’ll win eventually.

While the comics’ front has been a little stagnant lately with actual releases, a lot is going on with scripts being written again.  So hopefully the art will start to flow in & we’ll have stuff for you to read soon.

Thanks for your interest & support; as always, spreading the word about the work we’re doing can be just as helpful to us as financial support.


Brian John Mitchell

Silber Media

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QRD, stuff coming up, & a couple gripes/compliments

Last week the new issue of QRD came out.  Forgot to post about it in the blog.  I feel it’s a pretty strong issue with a lot of good interviews.  It’s got guitarists, cartoonists, bass players, label owners, & even a feature interview with Rivulets.  I’ll probably start working on the next issue next week.

A couple releases should be coming out pretty shortly.  A remix collection of the M is We song “Sinking” & a 5in5 EP from Lure of the Unknown (Joeseph Simon).  Then a couple more things I’m trying to prepare as well.

Lately I’ve been feeling somewhat inspired to get back to work on my comics.  We’ll see what happens, but some collaborations with Nate McDonough (Grixly) & Jason Young (Veggie Dog Saturn) seem likely.

So a band I’m pretty good friends with is on a label that hired out the promos to a publicity company.  A fairly highly thought of company at that.  The promo company actually solicited me about the release because of QRD.  The press release the label paid money for (which in the end the band is billed for) is pretty awful.  Verbose & long & hard to read without even really hinting at what the music sounds like.  WTF?  Now I get why the few reviewers & DJs I’m in personal touch with tell me my press releases are good.  I mean, I get it at the same time.  If I were writing around 1000 press releases a year (sometimes the publicists sends me 8 emails promoting 8 different releases the same day) they would probably turn into something derivative & formulaic & hard to read also.  Sometimes I feel like they are already doing that.  I wish I’d just written the whole thing up for them.  It’s both frustrating & a compliment.  In a related compliment & frustration a band that I put out a 5in5 by that got only a couple reviews & a couple sales & I was apologetic about the lack of interest I could find complimented me on being the best label they’d ever worked with.  WTF?

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QRD & Facebookery & Fathers

Man, I never seem to post to the blog these days, in part because it seems like I work on things that take longer to get done or maybe because I’m slower than I used to be.

So I laid out the Fathers book to get printed versions made through Lulu.  I haven’t gotten my copies in yet, but I’m excited about having it as an object.  I’m still hopeful about the collected editions of the interviews from QRD making longtail money ($5 a month for life or something), but it hasn’t happened as of yet.  We’ll see how it all goes.

In other QRD news I’m working on the new issue.  It has around 30 interviews & should be out sometime this week.  I am going to try to get some other websites to co-publish some of the interviews to generate more exposure for the bands & of course for QRD as a whole & I’ll try to get the co-publishing going from here on out.  We’ll see what happens.  I’ve been kinda putting too much time & energy into QRD for the payoff the past couple of months, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ve been taking this social media course through Cyber PR & while a lot of it is review of what best practices are & stuff I already know & do or stuff I already know but I’m not going to do, I learned a bunch of features about Facebook ads that they didn’t used to have.  Now you can import email addresses from a newsletter & advertise specifically to those people.  So I’m running a $1 ad to get people on the Silber mailing list who don’t follow Silber on Facebook to like it over there.  They also now have a thing where you can put a little tracking script on your page & you can advertise to Facebook users who’ve looked at a particular item.  So I’m thinking about paying a penny a click to push the Silber catalog on Spotify (which pays around half a cent a song) to anyone who’s been on the Silber site.  Or running a link to the QRD Patreon to people who read QRD.  It really does seem like those raise possibilities of ads so highly targeted they can pay for themselves.  It’s interesting if nothing else.

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Back to School

So yesterday I started taking a nine week social media course from Cyber PR (not sure, but I think the sign up window for the course is now closed).  I get down about the lack of sales & the seeming lack of interest at Silber a lot.  So I signed up for the course hoping to learn some tricks & week one is mainly a reminder of some things I’ve let slide.  & while obviously one day later I haven’t really generated a lot of new interest or new sales, it has helped me feel a little more excited about what I’m doing & who I am.  So I’m keeping it positive.  First project I came up with is this if you want to follow along:

Starting to post daily gear lusts & such on the Remora Facebook page if you want to follow along.

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Remora, Philip Polk Palmer, & Heaven Falls Hard

So the live Remora EP Swash is available pretty much everywhere.  Listen on Spotify or even download for free from Bandcamp.  I even made a couple videos for “The Doctor’s Wife” & “Nevada Smith.”

We also have available Philip Polk Palmer‘s Here in the Deadlights.  Available everywhere soon & available from Silber right now.  He has a couple videos for “Better in the Books” & “The Call.”

Our 5in5 EP series is back going with Heaven Falls Hard doing some pieces that would fit in a John Carpenter soundtrack.  We have three more installments of the 5in5 series coming super soon as well.

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