Posted in music | pictures on March 1, 2009

photos by Jacob Blickenstaff

The Budos Band at Le Poisson Rouge
Budos Band

Dear friends and associates,

We, the Daptone Family, have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in response to the burglary of our studio. On the night of February 15th, somebody peeled back the iron gate on our front door, broke in, and stole a lot of equipment and instruments from our studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The next day I sent a brief email out to about ten friends asking them to keep a eye out for the stolen gear and for any good deals on loaner equipment to get us by for a while. Within a day, my email had been forwarded to people around the world and had been published on the websites of Brooklyn Vegan, Okay Player, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and the NY Times, as well as numerous blogs and recording gear websites. The response has been unbelievable. We have had hundreds of emails back from people offering to donate and loan gear, studio owners offering free studio time, promoters and organizations offering to help set up benefits and donation programs, and individuals offering financial and moral support. We cannot express how much it has meant to us to see how quickly and to what extent the community has offered us support. It is truly inspirational to know how many people out there feel it is important for us to keep doing what we do.

SaveDaptone.com has collected 310 $4.00 donations so far.

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens' new full-length record, What Have You Done, My Brother?, will be released by Daptone Records on May 26, 2009.

The rest of Daptone's statement, and more pictures from Thursday's Budos Band show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, below...

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Luckily, the extent of the burglary was not debilitating. Between what was stolen and what needs repair we estimate we are probably out fifteen to twenty thousand dollars. However, our mixing console, tape machines, the majority of our outboard gear, some microphones, instruments and amps all remain. So even after the burglary, we are still operational and have much more equipment than many other independent operations. When I started making records, I had very little recording equipment - just a four track reel to reel and some Radio Shack mics. I have always stood by the premise that it is the musicians that make a record great, and though I've chosen to record everything analog and have been able to improve the quality of our equipment significantly over the years, I've tried not to get too caught up in the fetishism of recording gear. When I met the legendary engineer/producer Willie Mitchell a few years ago at his Royal Studios in Memphis, I asked him how he made all those Al Green records sound so good. He responded, "The only equipment you need is this and this," and pointed to his ears and his heart.

We are taking a handful of friends up on their offers to loan us some mics, pre-amps, headphones, and a couple of other things to keep us rolling. However, with the economy how it is and the number of musicians and independent businesses out there struggling, we don't feel it would be right to accept any monetary donations or benefit money. Our studio is functional and in the context of today's music industry, our business is relatively healthy. Though this is a major setback, it will not stop us and we fortunately will be able to survive this without having to accept charity that may be better spent on those more needy. Regardless, we thank everyone out there who has offered us support, and hope to encourage that spirit of generosity and charity towards others that are caught in bad situations. If you'd really like to help support our cause, please continue to buy independent records from independent retailers, and continue to turn on your friends and family to Daptone's music and that of like-minded independent labels.

We also realize that it was our own fault that we were caught uninsured. We have fixed the front gate and installed an additional roll-down gate, installed a good alarm system, and finally gotten insurance for the studio. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20, but we hope that our misfortune will be a wake-up call to anyone else out there who was dragging their feet about getting insurance. It's relatively cheap and completely necessary.

I'm sure as time goes by we will notice more and more things missing, but below is a slightly more complete list of what we know was stolen. We appreciate everybody continuing to keep a eye out for any of it in pawn shops and music stores, as well as on ebay and craigslist.

Mostly, we'd like to reiterate our gratitude to everybody for your overwhelming generosity. Getting a response like this was sincerely inspirational and will do much more to help us make records than any equipment ever could. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and gear or no gear, we encourage everybody out there to...

Keep putting Soul up,

Gabriel Roth, and the entire Daptone Family

Budos Band
What they got:
# Make Model Description
1 Purple Audio API style lunchbox
4 Purble Audio Biz Mic Pres
1 Summit Hills Power Supply
1 Black & Decker Battery Powered Drill
1 Custom Bass Flight Case
1 Fender Super Guitar Amp
1 Fender Pro-Junior Guitar Amp
1 Flight Case for Super
4 Shure 556 Microphones
1 Electrovoice RE20 Microphone
2 Rode NT1 Condensor Microphones
1 Studio Projects C3 Tube Condensor Mic
1 Tubeworks Tube Condensor Mic
1 Behringer Condensor Mic
3 Shure SM 57 Mics
2 Octava Ribbon Mics
1 Electrovoice 654 Dynamic Mic
6 Misc Off Brand Vintage Dynamic Mics
8 Behringer D1000 Headphones
1 Misc Wires wires
2 Yamaha NS10 Studio Monitors
1 Technics 1200 Turntable
1 Teac Stereo Receiver/Amp
1 Sony Dual Deck CD Burner
Instruments
1 Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar
1 Yamaha Steel String Acoustic
1 Martin Tenor Saxophone
Misc
1 Hewlett Packard Laptop Computer
1 Mac Desktop Computer
1 Modems/Telephone wires
1 Lacie External Harddrive
1 Safe
1 Stamps.com Mail Scale
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Pictures from Sharon Jones's recent show, HERE.

The Budos Band - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 13 - TLA (Theatre of Living Arts) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 13 - The Nightlight Bellingham, Washington
Mar 14 - Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
Mar 20 - Maxwells Hoboken, New Jersey
Apr 9 - Neumo's Seattle, Washington
Apr 10 - Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon
Apr 11 - Richards on Richards Vancouer, British Columbia
Apr 12 - The Garibaldi Lift Company Whistler, British Columbia
Apr 14 - Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, California
Apr 15 - The Independant San Francisco, California
Apr 16 - The Echo Los Angeles, California
Apr 24 - Heineken Transatlantic Festival Miami Beach, Florida
May 2 - Terrace Club Princeton, New Jersey

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Comments (8)

Fuck whoever robbed daptone! Cancer for them!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009 11:24 PM

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
cause if there's one thing that she don't need
Its another hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto

People, don't you understand
The child needs a helping hand
Or hell grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
Are we too blind to see,
Do we simply turn our heads
And look the other way

Well the world turns
And a hungry little boy with a runny nose
Plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto

And his hunger burns
So he starts to roam the streets at night
And he learns how to steal
And he learns how to fight
In the ghetto

Then one night in desperation
A young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
Tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers round an angry young man
Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto

As her young man dies,
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin,
Another little baby child is born
In the ghetto

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2009 11:46 PM

leave Elvis out of it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 12:11 AM

daptone- time to buy some insurance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 9:16 AM

I still don't know why anyone would donate to them. This is their fault. They own a studio and vintage gear in a high crime area during a depression without insurance of any kind?!?!?!

I'll still buy the great music they put out, but donate because of their stupidity? No. Just as stupid as handing banks billions of dollars because of their stupidity.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 10:53 AM

Wow. Anon 10:53, that's awful compassionate of you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2009 11:13 AM

that sucks- i used to go see antibablas and sharon jones and all those bands back in the day...thats a damn shame- I just emailed everyone i know. I wish you guys the best with recovery. \

Posted by Levy | March 2, 2009 11:38 AM

We'll keep an eye on the affected trading sites. All the best from Budapest, Hungary.
I have the majority of your catalog and look forward to buying any new stuff from Brooklyn's Soul Kitchen.

Posted by Boogie Csaba Gal | March 4, 2009 11:52 AM

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