16 Apr Record Release Show

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Abraham is having their record release show this weekend at Louie’s Trophy House & Grill in Kalamazoo Michigan. We will have records, tee shirts, and pins in support of 5 False Alarms. Of course Abraham will be playing along with local bands Goat Machine & The Distorted Waltz. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces and selling you all records. See you then.

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14 Apr DIY Vinyl Sleeve Production

As you may know Ho-Made Records recently released it’s first album on vinyl, Abraham’s 5 False Alarms.
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The writing and recording of the music was obviously our first step. Once we had solid masters recorded we had to find a place to press the album to vinyl. We wanted to press a run of 100 records. Until fairly recently it was impossible to get short runs of less than 500. Lucky for us pressing plants have started manufacturing shorter runs. We had to do some shopping around for the best deal. We eventually landed on a company called Mobineko out of Portland Oregon. We specifically chose them because they included center labels in the price as well as free shipping. IMG_0321

Printing on 12 1/4″ vinyl jackets is expensive. Nearly as much as we paid for the record pressing itself. On top of that, printers don’t do runs of less than 500. Just because you can press 100 records does not mean you can print 100 jackets. Instead of going way over our budget and having 400 extra sleeves, we took matters into our own hands. First we ordered 100 blank sleeves from Bags Unlimited. Luckily for us we have connections to people with high quality professional color printers. We printed off 100 front and 100 back covers on 12″x18″ 80 lbs bond. The next step was to trim off the excess leaving us  with 12″x12″ squares.


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 At this point we had records, blank sleeves, and trimmed prints of the albums front and back covers. Our final step was to put them all together and begin selling them. After some experimentation with Elmer’s Glue we ended up deciding on using spray adhesive. For our purposes Scotch Super 77 Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive worked great.

IMG_0297We had spray the individual sheets and carefully lay them onto the blank sleeves. Then we put them in plastic poly bags and inserted download cards. The whole process took us about two hours and in the end they look great.

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When all was said and done we ended up only $18 over our budget. Now we’re left with 100 vinyl records of 5 False Alarms. The records are for sale online via Bandcamp. They are $12 + shipping. You can also purchase a record from us at our live shows or in person.

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03 Apr New Site Features

We’ve added a new Videos page where you can find music videos, live performances, animations, and short films from years gone by. As always there is more video content to come.

As well as the new videos feature we’ve also added a Active Bands page. Here you can get information about Ho-Made Records current bands.

Nick and Jake also have added bio pages under the About section of the site. We are working hard to get all of our content on the site. Hopefully in the near future we’ll be adding comics and other works of art.

Lastly, it’s softball season again and yet again Ho-Made Records is sponsoring a team. Our boys are out practicing now. We’ll post more information about that soon.

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