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Thanks for considering joining the Mississippi CSR (Community Supported Record program). If you're reading this, the CSR is still alive!
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 make this a request we can fill.
If you choose to join, you will receive every Mississippi Records 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. Most releases will come with a CSR member discount off the retail price and some records will only be available to the CSR (& in the Portland shop).
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 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 (cash, check, or paypal). In exchange, we will send every Mississippi record that comes out until that amount of money is tapped out. By filling out the questionnaire below, you can customize what types of records you get (basically punk, international and Americana). An average Mississippi title will set you back between $12 and $14. 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 $15. 7" records will cost $5. Shipping per unit will vary between $5 and $7, 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 or paypal for your remaining balance along with the last record you receive. International subscribers: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the pertinent info.
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 one record per month, but cannot make any guarantees. Sometimes we will go up to three 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 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 $88 & $300 to the following address:
3231 S Halsted, #197
Chicago, IL 60608
You can also paypal us at email@example.com Once payment is received, we will send out the next Mississippi 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 anything arrives damaged, we will replace or refund ASAP. If you don't have a printer, you can write us a letter or email 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 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?
5. Do you want cassette releases as well as records (including new mixtapes)?
6. 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 - 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 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): Little Axe Distribution, Dusty Groove, Domino Sound, Lagniappe, Contact, Breakaway, Harvest, Reckless, Spin Cycle, Jive Time, Jankuland, Cabin Floor, Love Garden, Goner, Old Paint, Autumn, 1234GO, Hinter, Going Underground, Waterloo, Brickbat, Sweat Records, Deep Thoughts, 606 Records, Tone Deaf, All Day, Landlocked, Econojam, Honest Jons, Juno, Bongo Joe, Permanent Records, Wooden Tooth, End Of An Ear, End Of All Music, Audiopile, Dandelion, Steady Sounds, Angry Mom, a million discogs stores & on & on.
Q - Can I receive Mississippi cassettes through the CSR?
A - YES! If you include tapes in your preferences, we'll send new tapes as they come out. If you are looking for any older tapes, just ask, we may have em.
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. 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 $14 per unit price point. 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! Or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org (friends/family mode, please)
Q - Can I return a record if I don't like it?
A - At this time we are not accepting returns. At heart, it defeats the purpose of the CSR, which is a form of blind trust and support for the label. We recognize there is a lot of variation in the kinds on sounds we release and they aren't all for everyone, and that a record membership service can be a serious luxury! Again - if this form of chaos scares you more than it frees you, we are probably not for you and that's just fine.
MISSISSIPPI TITLES STILL IN PRINT
A. Kostis - The Jail's a Fine School LP
Anderson, Marisa - Traditional & Public Domain Songs LP
Brother Theotis Taylor - S/T LP
Dead Moon - In the Graveyard LP
Dead Moon - Unknown Passage LP
Dead Moon - Nervous Sooner Changes LP
Dead Moon - Crack In The System LP
Dead Moon - Stranded In The Mystery Zone LP
Eddie and Ernie - Time Waits For No One LP
Frank and His Sisters - S/T LP
Hurley, Michael - Armchair Boogie LP
Jay, Abner - Man Walked On The Moon LP
Jay, Abner - True Story of Abner Jay LP
Jay, Abner - Depression / I'm So Depressed 7"
Little Bob and the Lollipops - Nobody But You LP
Mike Hanapi with Kalama's Quartet LP
Meek, Joe - The Emotional, Cosmic and Occult World of Joe Meek LP
Moondog - On The Streets of New York LP
Mukabi, George - Furaha Wenye Gita LP
Part, Arvo - Fur Alina LP
Politissa, Marika - All Parts Dark LP
Range Rats - Range Rats LP
The Space Lady - Greatest Hits LP
V/A - Bulawayo Blue Yodel LP
V/A - Six Feet Under LP
V/A - American Patchwork 2xLP (Alan Lomax field recordings 1978-1983)
Aurita Y Su Conjunto - Chambacu LP
Savila - Mayahuel LP
V/A - Wallahi Le Zein!! LP
Kiko Kids LP
Clara Rockmore - Theremin LP
Clara Rockmore - Lost Theremin Album LP
Abner Jay - I Don't Have Time To Lie To You
John Fahey - Bestiary 2xLP / book / tape box set
S.E. Rogie - Volume 2 LP
Chrissy Zebby Tembo - My Ancestors LP
Mississippi Fred McDowell - Alan Lomax Recordings LP
Blind Owl Wilson - S/T LP
The Rats - In A Desperate Red LP
Roscoe Holcomb - The Old Church LP
Dead Moon - Destination X LP
& lots more!!