M I S S I S S I P P I C S R
Thanks for considering joining the Mississippi CSR (Community
Supported Record program).
We started this website in order to answer a question I’m often asked
whenever I stray from my neighborhood in Portland: "Is there a way I
can sign up to some sort of subscription series and get the
Mississippi releases as they come out?" After years of resistance for
no good reason, we’ve decided to team up with our friend Raf, who runs
the excellent website Eggy mailorder, and make this a request we can
If you choose to join, you will receive every Mississippi/Change
release as it comes out. You will be guaranteed copies of every
release, no matter how limited the pressing. Your records will be
shipped immediately upon their release, at the same time that we
ship copies to stores all over the world.
The purpose of the CSR is to give people who don't live in Portland,
or do not live at their local record store, a chance to get the more
limited Mississippi/Change releases. The CSR also gives you an
opportunity to support our label in its mission to keep prices low, to
make important cultural information available to those who care, and
to support artists and their ancestors who have all too often been
screwed by the mainstream record industry. We consider the CSR a
partnership between ourselves and our customers. We will do everything
in our power to honor the trust members put in us. We plan on showing
appreciation to members by randomly including special free records and other shwag in packages, on occasion.
Here's how it works: You send us any amount of money, between $68 &
$300 (sorry not paypal – you actually mail us a check or cash). In
exchange, we will send every Mississippi/Change Record that comes out
until that amount of money is tapped out. By printing & filling out
the questionnaire below, you can customize what types of records you
get (basically punk, international and Americana). An average
Mississippi/Change title will set you back between $10 and $12. If you
sign up for this service, some specialty limited press items (usually
300 copies printed with fancy sleeves!) will be sent that could cost
as much as $13. 7" records will cost $5. Shipping per unit will vary
between $3.50 and $5, depending on how many records ship at once. If money is left over in your account that does not add up to the cost
of a single LP, we will simply send a check for your remaining balance
along with the last record you receive. International subscribers: Paypal is accepted but only from international customers. Send an email to email@example.com to get the pertinent info. If you know of a better way of transferring money, please let us know! We are also willing to accept subscriptions of up to $500 but only from international customers in order to minimize expensive transactions.
Please note that there will be no regular release schedule. You will
receive them as they arrive from the pressing plant. We try to put out
at least three records per month, but cannot make any guarantees.
Sometimes we will go up to two months without any releases and then
suddenly put out ten records at once! If this type of chaos scares you
more than it frees you, please please please do not sign up to be part
of the CSR. I can guarantee you that we are a trustworthy label that
isn't going anywhere and that we will do our best to keep a stream of
interesting records coming your way. Our track record is good and
long, with over 110 releases in the last six years. If at any point you
are dissatisfied with your membership in the Mississippi CSR, we
will gladly send you a refund of your remaining money in it—no
questions asked & no hard feelings.
IMPORTANT NOTE: No Mississippi/Little Axe Records will be included in
this series of releases, as that is technically a separate label owned
& operated by other folks.
To join, simply fill out the following questionnaire & send a check -- made out to Mississippi Records -- for between $68 & $300 to the following address:
5202 N Albina
Portland OR 97217
We only take checks or cash for payment (No paypal or credit cards)
Once payment is received, we will send out the next Mississippi/Change
record to be released. Please make all checks out to Mississippi Records. As stated above, we have no regular release
schedule or limit on the amount of records that come out at once - you
may receive as little as one record or as many as twelve! All records
are guaranteed against defects of any kind. If you just don't like a
record, you may send it back at your expense and we will credit your
account for the cost of the record. If you don't have a printer, you
can write us a letter with all of the pertinent information.
Please note the CSR is limited to 300 members. Should we reach capacity, you will placed on a waiting-list. If you are reading this sentence, that means we have plenty of room left and you can safely subscribe as soon as you please!
Physical Address -
Email Address -
Amount of money enclosed -
Please answer the following questions to help us avoid sending you
records you may be disinterested in -
1. Do you want us to send you our punk/rock n'roll releases?
2. Do you want us to send you our international music releases?
3. Do you want us to send you our American blues/roots/folk/gospel releases?
4. Is there any particular artist or style of music you do not want
sent your way?
8. How many copies of each release would you like sent your way?
(Teaming up with a friend saves you both on shipping!)
Fill in amount ______________
QUESTIONAIRE IS OVER
Thanks again for considering the CSR. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are some answers to what I imagine will be frequently asked questions:
Q - Can I return a record if I don't like it?
A - You can indeed. The return shipping will be on your dime, but
we'll credit your account for cost of the LP or 7".
Q - How do I get past Mississippi releases if I want them?
A - We are willing to dig around for past releases if you request them from us, but make no promises that we'll be able to fill your request. It's always worth asking. If we can't get it for you, the following online stores often have some of our stock available (though I personally recommend checking your local physical record store first as the price will be nicer for lack of shipping expense and we should all support our local shops as much as possible): Eggy Mailorder, Little Axe Distribution, Dusty Groove, Aquarius, Permanent Records, Honest Jons, Forced Exposure, Revolver, City Hall, a million discogs stores & on & on.
Q - Can I sign somebody else up to the CSR as a gift?
A - Absolutely!
Q - I don't live in the US, can I still sign up for the CSR?
A - Of course, but be warned that shipping on international orders is quite expensive. Unlike US subscribers, we accept Paypal from internationals, but understand that they charge fees for cross-border payments. For more detailed information and to sign up, send an email to email@example.com
Q - How often will I receive update emails about what's being sent or other details?
A - We will only be sending out emails to confirm that payment has been received & to ask if you would like to receive or decline any items that exceed the $13 per unit price point. (Such as the 5 LP African box set coming soon) Otherwise, the only emails you will get from us are answers to emails sent to us! If you would like to bypass email/the internet completely, send a S.A.S.E along with your questionnaire and you will receive confirmation of payment via post.
Q - What happens if you go out of business?
A - We promise in that unlikely event that we will send you back all money owed.
Q - What happens if I just decide I need my money back?
A - We'll send you a check for whatever balance is left in your CSR account—no questions asked.
Q - I love the CSR but my account is running low! What do I do?
A - Just send another check!
Q - Why don't you take credit card or Paypal payments?
A - Ultimately, it's more political than anything else. We try to not
support industries that create nothing & do nothing but charge people to buy & sell. We believe a cultural shift against the banking industry is a good idea & encourage all our customers to cut those monsters out of their lives as much as possible. Beyond that, not using these "convenience services" helps us keep costs low & helps us keep track of your money much easier.
Q - Can I receive Mississippi cassettes through the CSR?
A - Unfortunately, no. We just can't find a cost effective way to make that happen without charging more for the tapes than they are worth. The only way to get Mississippi cassettes is to stop by the shop in Portland.
Q - Is the African Guitar Box still available?
A - Sadly, the guitar box was a very limited run item and is out-of-print.
Q - Can I get Grouper records through the CSR?
A - Nope. Eggy mail order has them available frequently as does the Little Axe Records distribution site.
V/A - I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
V/A - Ghost Woman Blues
Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day
Staple Singers - Swing Low
Staple Singers - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Blind Uncle Gaspard and Delma Lachney - By The Waters Edge
V/A - My Intention Is War
Nancy Dupree and the Ghetto Reality Youngsters - Ghetto Reality
V/A - Which Way Does The Blood Red River Run?
Alkibar Gignor - Le Pax
V/A - Last Kind Words
Dead Moon - Trash and Burn
Dead Moon - Cracks In The System
Lori Goldston - Creekside
Marisa Anderson - Golden Hour
Marisa Anderson - Mercury
V/A - Time Will Make A Change
Eddie Lee Jones - Yonder Goes That Old Black Dog
Boyd Rivers - You Can't Make Me Doubt
V/A - Assiyo Belema
V/A - Seven Skeletons In The Yard
The DeZurik Sisters - Sing and Yodel Their Greatest Hits
Washington Phillips - What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
V/A - Laila J'Teme
Dragging An Ox Through Water - Panic Sentry
Rita Abatzi - I'm Burning, I'm Burning
Se Rogie - The Sound Of....
Abner Jay - Folk Song Stylist
Cast King - Saw Mill Man
V/A - Modern Maya
Georgia Sea Island Singers - Join The Band
V/A - Fanafody