An Open Letter To Columbia Records – Advice From A Former Employee

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After writing a post about the band ‘Broken Bells” and their new song I received a comment that follows,

Who You Gonna Call
Tel 44-(0)208-323 8013
Fax 44-(0)208 323 8080

Hi Rainfall8,

On behalf of Columbia Records, Monotone and Broken Bells, many thanks for plugging “Broken Bells” / the artists’ eponymous album on your site (street date 9th March and ‘Host Listed’ by Billboard for 2010) … thanks, also, on behalf of the label, management and artists for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then full length versions of “The High Road” (as already featured by you) and “Vaporize” are available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc at … .. for further details of the new album, special pre-orders, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the artists’ MySpace at and YouTube channel at … .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions and check-out the official video for “The High Road” – out now.

Thanks again for your plug.




Which was a great source of information and links about this band,

but somehow the moniker of Web Sheriff is a real buzz kill, now I’m sure someone at Columbia studios thought it was a great idea to use a big brother-esque reference in this semi -commentary about pirating music but …

Music is fun adding the element of fear to a promotional statement kills the buzz, I know you are trying to create.

Fun works in the entertainment business, fear does not… it never does!

So as a former employee of Columbia studios, (albeit a brief tenure in the 1970’s counting patrons as they entered the theatre to see ” Close Encounters Of the Third Kind” Ah those were the days) my advice to you is to drop the Web Sheriff moniker and go for a more playful and creative way to talk about pirating- believe me it will work just as well.

Leaks and free listens to new music produces interest and buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,

So again thanks for stopping by and I look forward to any info ya got on new bands, Mr. Web Sheriff!




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3 responses to “An Open Letter To Columbia Records – Advice From A Former Employee

    Who You Gonna Call
    Tel 44-(0)208-3238013
    Fax 44-(0)208-3238080

    Hey TaP,

    Many thanks for your post and, rest assured, no Big Brother here … .. just passin’ on info from the artist and label to fans and bloggers about where to find bona fide preview / promo material for this release and so y’all can enjoy without gettin’ into trouble (so to speak).

    All The Best,

    CITIZEN SHERIFF (aka Web Sheriff)

  2. Citizen sheriff I can live with that! hope to hear from you again, adios mi amigo!

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