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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

WLFY Record Club

Hank and I have been running WLFY for four years now and we're still trying to figure out the best way to help the artists who create music we fall in love with.  We've come up with a way to marry our love for music, vinyl, and supporting bands that need the help.  Starting this month, we're happy to announce WLFY's Record Club.  Every month Hank and I will select one piece of vinyl that everyone in the club will purchase.  The club will only be open to 100 people and while a member we require purchasing the selected vinyl every month.  

The goal of this club is to form a supportive team of vinyl shoppers who can have an immediate effect on a band or small record label.  With limited pressings usually running anywhere between 100-500, our club will have a strong impact.  We're asking that only serious vinyl fans join as this club will only work if each member is dedicated to upholding our goal.  It will take awhile to get a strong 100 club members, but we have to start somewhere.  The selection of vinyl will all come from bands/independent labels themselves online and will range from 7" to 12".  We will never select a record that exceeds $20 and some months it will be a $10 or less 7", so at the very most your obligation will be $240 over the entire year, with twelve pieces of vinyl to show for it.

We'll be running this club over e-mail.  If you would like to join our vinyl club (please do!), e-mail (use WLFY Record Club Add in the subject line) and we'll add you to the club.  I'm very excited about the possibilities of this concept and I hope it excites some of you as well.

UPDATE: 84 members have signed up.  There are spots available.  


Christopher says:
at: November 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM said...

I think this is a really great idea. I wish I could join, alas I am in college and don't have any money :(

Pedro says:
at: November 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM said...

That seems a very good idea, but I'm in Portugal and we're in a severe money crisis and they cut off 3000$ of my salary :(
I could by some, but not all 12...

at: November 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM said...

i would love to join, question is:
what about the delivery costs. living in germany im sometimes forced to pay twice the original price for a vinyl from the us...

David B.
at: November 4, 2011 at 1:36 AM said...

This sounds like an interesting idea, but I have a couple questions.

Is the Vinyl Club a limited vinyl run produced by WLFY? Or is it merely a recommendation, akin to something like Oprah's Book Club?

I like the idea of selecting an artist to support, but what incentive is there to be a part of the 100 member club (other than supporting an artist in mass)? Are the recommendations going to be secret only to those members? If this is merely a suggestion to purchase an album from an artist, why limit it to 100 members; or have members at all? Why not just make it a feature of the site? The WLFY Pick of the Month.

Mike says:
at: December 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM said...

I'm already in a vinyl club. It's called the internet. No subscription fee. No obligation to buy music I haven't heard selected by someone else. It's awesome!

at: January 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM said...

David B. - members of the club will often get bonus goodies from the band with their purchase... anything from a thank you note to a mixtape to an original lyrics sheet.

Mike - It isn't about being told what to buy... it's about organizing our buying power like a voting bloc and collectively supporting great indie music. Although I will say that I would love it if WLFY would send out tracks from a few possible bands, so we could vote on which band we wanted to support. Something to consider going forward?

But all in all, I'm LOVING the club so far - great picks in November and December. Looking forward to whatever's next on deck for January. Thanks so much for organizing this!

Ryan says:
at: February 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM said...

How do I get into the club? I sent an email a while back but didn't get a response. Thanks!

Zach Hart says:
at: February 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM said...

@ryan please e-mail us again, it must have gotten lost the first time.

Ryan says:
at: February 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM said...

Still no luck on your end?

Ryan says:
at: March 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM said...

perhaps someone could just email me? my contact is rychilibeck at gmail dot com. Thanks!

at: December 29, 2012 at 4:51 AM said...

What about shipping and handling?

at: January 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM said...

Not sure about your comment, but we have to pay shipping and handling. This is a great club and you get some really sweet extras.

That we have any updates on the next release? I think the last email I have mentions that there was a something special in the works for Christmas...but no updates since then...

at: January 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM said...

Is the club still going?

One says:
at: April 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM said...

It's ain't running anymore, right? Haven't got any response to my mail yet ..

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