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A CASE STUDY IN DYSFUNCTIONAL CORPORATE BEHAVIOR
By Nicholas Blair

Date
Message
7/25/2007
Email
David Plum, Phd
From:dplum@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy WhelanHenry Renzell
To:bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com; hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: The Birdhouse Catalog

Buddy and Henry,

Now that I'm getting settled in here at Birdhouse Records, I feel compelled to start driving this label in the right direction. As you may well know I had a hand in nearly everything that went on at Octopus Recordings and I think my record speaks for itself. Now speaking of records, although I love the UMSG I don't believe in hitching my wagon just to one horse. I've spoken recently to "Mothers Sugar", formerly on Octopus, and they have expressed some interest in moving over to Birdhouse. I have also been talking to a band called "The Measles", they originally were called "The German Measles". They are part of this whole new "pale and sickly" rock movement going on with the kids these days. I think it all dates back to the seventies to a band called "The Plague". They were the "Grateful Dead" equivalent of the times. I've also been pursuing the band "Monkey Pox" which is also part of the whole genre. In the meantime I was also thinking that we could re-release my very own "Mr. Smarmy". I've been trying to get some studio time with Timothy Corn to get him to rework some of the tracks, but he doesn't seem to have received any of my phone messages. Anyhow I just wanted to let you know that I'm exploring all possible avenues to get Birdhouse on the map, so to speak. I also wanted to let you know that since I do have some free time that I'm available to produce any bands that might be coming in to record in the Birdhouse studios.

Cheers,

David Plum Phd.

7/25/2007
Email (reply from Buddy Whelan, President)
Buddy Whelan
From: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com
David Plum, Phd
To: dplum@birdhouserecords.com

David:

First of all, as President, may I remind you not to feel too "settled" as a member of Birdhouse. If you recall, you were the one who came up with the whole "Birdhouse Records" label name and as we all know, we subsequently discovered this was already taken by someone mysteriously known as "Pimpsta":

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/7008832/a/Greatest+Hits+Vol.+1.htm

Far be it from me to insinuate that you are surreptitiously producing rap albums "on the sly" and pocketing sales royalties (expressly forbidden in your contact I might add), but the coincidence is more ominous than explainable by mere synchronicity. But, as they say in Philadelphia, irregardless.

That being said, I wholeheartedly agree with your "one horse" assessment, and Henry and I have already discussed the possibility of releasing CDs by both Johnnie Ray & Connie Francis, live concerts of which Henry has currently in his possession. Royalty agreements may ultimately prove these ventures prohibitive, and the suggestions you have outlined below are a good start. I would love to hear any tapes/CDs of the bands mentioned. Note that Henry & I also discussed the possibility of releasing a collection of work by the obscure Philadelphia area band "Autumn Carousel." I particularly feel that there is more than enough excellent writing there to support at least one, if not two releases. However, the band's rather lax recording techniques would seem to require almost a complete re-recording of the vintage material. And from what I have heard, those guys are way too old and out of musical shape to be up to the task.

Thanks for your input. Now get back to work.

7/31/2007
Inter-Departmental Memo (from Buddy Whelan, President)
Buddy Whelan
From: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com
Henry RenzellDavid Plum, Phd
J Haskell CPAN Blair
E P GVince
T Corn
To: hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com; dplum@birdhouserecords.com; jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com; nblair@birdhouserecords.com; epluribus@birdhouserecords.com; vsaxon@birdhouserecords.com; tcorn@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Three things

It has come to my attention that some of you at Birdhouse consider yourselves to be on vacation just because the weather happens to be nice. Nothing could be further from the truth! Vacation time is required to be scheduled at least 3 months advance with Mr. Blair. Emergency situations included.

Secondly, all time sheets are required to be in by the close of business, Friday. Friday evening overtime, including any recording sessions, goes on the subsequent week's time sheet. This is all in the employee manual and I find it difficult to understand why this needs to be reiterated here. Any staff member having difficulty understanding time sheet procedures should schedule a training session with Mr. Blair. God knows what else he does around here.

Thirdly, work assignments:

Renzell:
What in God's name is your purpose? Please re-read your title. It can be found on your office door and on your business card - underneath your name! I'll save you some time - it reads "Vice President - Marketing". Marketing Renzell, Marketing! That means your job is to do Marketing!! With all the sales we did from Volume I & II, we should have a VAST DATABASE OF CUSTOMER INFORMATION AVAILABLE for Volume III. Yet what did you forward to Mrs. Crouger? An email with sixteen names attached. SIXTEEN! Where is our customer database??? As far as other promotional mailings, you gave Mrs. Crouger some vague notes, names and web sites to check out, telling her to "do the same as last time". You didn't even give her mailing addresses! You are also supposed to be out wining, dining, and schmoozing with your extensive record industry contacts. I heard you went out one night, handed out some freebies, then proceeded to get drunk. Is that MARKETING??? For God's sake man, PROVE ME WRONG!

Plum:
I know from your previous emails you are excited to get back in the studio, but I am going to have to suspend your studio privileges until we get some progress on the following:

1) The Stratomatic Composing tool - 23 years in development and all I have seen is the white paper. 23 years. When the hell is this thing going to go to market??
2) The Plummer - Obviously a beta version is available as Timothy Corn used it on Volume III extensively. Forget about the bugs in the program. WE NEED TO GET THIS TO MARKET ASAP! I hope that's clear.
3) Web site Links Page - Yours is still blank. Why? Send some links to Mr. Corn for God's sake.

Haskell:
It's July 31 and I still don't have the six-month sales figures and financial statements. Word is out you have instead been completely preoccupied with Horse Racing development plans for NDG. Well that's just great, but we have a music division to run here too. Get me some figures. And stop drinking so much coffee! There is hardly any left for the rest of the staff by the time you have plowed through the kitchen.

Blair:
What do you even do here?

Gergely:
We all appreciate your incredible insight into the world of rock'n'roll, but your job title, and hence your paycheck, is "Security." 90% of the time you are either in the can taking personal cell phone calls, on Ebay checking your record sales, or smoking cigarettes in the back parking lot with Mrs. Crouger. I'm the first one in here every morning and the doors aren't even locked!

Saxon:
Are we actually paying this guy? Does anyone know who he is or what he does?

Corn:
Has anyone seen this guy since Volume III was completed? His office and the recording studio still smell like a Rastafarian bong den. I know he must be around because the web site keeps getting updated, but he hasn't returned any of my or Plum's phone calls or emails. Anyone hearing anything from or about this guy, drop me a memo immediately. We need to get him cracking on the digital transfers of the 1962 concerts by Johnnie Ray and Connie Francis. Renzell, we may need your help here as I am sure Corn will have trouble threading the tape again. So much for financing his recording engineering degree.

In closing I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea from the tone of this memo. You know I consider all of you to be like a second family. One that I don't pay too well and don’t have to live with, but family nonetheless.

7/31/2007
Message from Nicholas Blair
N Blair
FROM: Nicholas Blair
MEMO TO: Web Readers

Dear Readers:

It was at this point in email correspondence that I decided to go public with these back office interdepartmental emails as part of my doctoral* thesis entitled: Birdhouse Records: A Behind the Scenes Case Study in Dysfunctional Corporate Behavior, 1965 to 2007. At least you’ll have an idea of what I have to deal with on a daily basis. “What do I even do here?” Really.

I have been documenting inter-office correspondence here at Birdhouse for quite some time and believe me, my backlog of interesting information is more than extensive. Read on my good readers.

* Phd. in Peopleology

7/31/2007
Inter-Departmental Email Memo - Reply (from Nicholas Blair)
N Blair
FROM: Nicholas Blair
Buddy Whelan
EMAIL TO: Buddy Whelan, President

Dear Mr. Whelan:

I take direct offense at the hurtful tone of your previous email dated today, not only to myself, but several members of the Birdhouse team. By the way, I have urged you time and again to refrain from the use of “staff” and “employees” and instead use the noun, “team”. The connotations are obvious to anyone with half a brain. Not to insinuate.

Secondly, I myself have been in touch with Mr. Corn and he is presently doing intensive remixing of one of his latest ambient music collections entitled “chernobyl party mix” as well as doing session work for Dr. Plum on the “Mr. Smarmy” sessions. In several intense meetings with Corn (with me coming as close as ethically possible to the borderline of acting as an unlicensed therapist), I believe the stress of restoring the Volume III UMSG tapes, use of “The Plummer” notwithstanding, has caused him a personal crisis in competence. It seems that in restoring the tapes, the poor quality of the tapes themselves and the questionable recording techniques employed prohibited him from achieving the sonic landscape envisioned in his mind. Why for one full hour session alone, he held his head in his hands, staring at the floor, muttering over and over, “If only….. If only…” Any insinuations that Mr. Corn has been shirking his responsibilities are reprehensible in light of the aforementioned facts.

As for Gergely, again, your disparaging tone to one of your most dedicated and enthusiastic team members astonishes me. Though it is so typical of your management style I should be used to it. Gergely has bent over backward in order to try and instill some sense of musical taste into this Godforsaken organization (and I use the term loosely) and provided keen insights into the historical relevance of all of the UMSG tracks. There is certainly no “rewriting of history” (case in point, the recent spate of publications broadcasting McCartney as the “avant garde” Beatle) going on with Gergely. He pulls no punches and calls it like it is. . He is irreplaceable. Gergely’s place on the Birdhouse TEAM is absolutely necessary. Even if he isn’t that smart.

As for Dr. Plum, although I do agree that at times he does need encouragement and task structuring, by no means will a stick work better than a carrot. I suggest leading him to the desired tasks in a more reward oriented environment. For instance, you might say, “Dr. Plum (use of the title Dr. here is key, as ego boosting adjectives are a proven management tool), IF you can finish work on ‘The Plummer’ by such and such a date, THEN I believe that we may see fit to adjust your year end bonus to include a subscription to the magazine of your choice. Enabling the team member to chose imparts a sense of power and personal control.

Let me again remind you that referring to any team member’s drinking habits in an interdepartmental email not only is bad form, but leaves you wide open to litigation. I believed having you attend the seminar last year on worker’s rights and sexual harassment issues would open your eyes to the multitude of dangerous legal issues involved when handling employees. At least don’t leave a paper trail for God’s sake! Cut Renzell a break. I know he’s not that old, but look at him! He’s in terrible physical condition. And anyway isn’t it Ms. Crouger’s job description to maintain the firm’s rolodex?

As far as Saxon goes, no he is not on the payroll. I have his independent contractor agreement here, along with a W-9 form, and he is to be paid piecemeal, by the appraisal on an as needed basis. We allowed him web site access as part of his contractual agreement in order get a discount on his per diem rate. He’ll probably be too lazy to even write anything for the site anyway, so even our web site update fees won’t be affected.

Allow me to speak to Haskell. The whole Enron thing has him on pins and needles.

In summary, I only wish you would address your concerns to me and allow me to deal with these situations before blasting a dangerous email like that all over the company. Team morale is tenuous enough as it is. May I remind you of the documentation I have on you locked in my personal safe deposit box. I respectfully request you follow my suggestions.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Blair

7/31/2007
Inter-Departmental Email Memo Reply (from Buddy Whelan, President)
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
N Blair
To: Nicholas Blair

Team morale! Hell, people just don’t want to work for a living anymore! They just sit around and expect to be paid!

“Respectfully request” my ass! Don’t threaten me Blair. You know why.

7/31/2007
Email
T Corn
From: tcorn@birdhouserecords
N Blair
To: nblair@birdhouserecords

nick
what the fuck’s up with the big guy? last time i saw him in the hall he gave me the weirdest look and he kept sniffing like a dog. jesus, can you cover me on this? You KNOW i can’t try and rescue any more of those old tapes. i just gotta have something with a little more dimension and clarity. thanks, I owe you one. say hi to betty from me.
t

7/31/2007
Email
J Haskell CPA
From: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Auto reply

I am away from my office. If this is an emergency, please contact my secretary, Betty Crouger and leave a detailed message with a return telephone number.

Thank you.

Joseph Haskell, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
New Directions Group, Inc.

8/1/2007
Typewritten memo (hand delivered)
Betty
From: Miss Betty Crouger
N Blair
To: Mr. Nicholas Blair, Human Resources

Dear Mr. Blair.

Thank you for passing on the kind words from Mr. Corn. Please wish him well from me and let him know that i am watering his plants daily. Though why he insists on keeping them locked in a microphone closet with plant lights is beyond me.

I would like to schedule an appointment with you as soon as possible to discuss my ongoing problems with another team member, who shall remain nameless, at least on paper. My nerves are shattered. I swear if he touches me again I will hand in my resignation. I have forty two years of service to this Company and can't take it any more.

On a lighter note, I have ordered new business cards for your and apologize for the spelling errors on the previous three printings. They should be arriving in a few weeks. In the mean time, I am dropping off 300 copies of the old cards, which I have manually corrected with white out. I hope these will suffice for the interim.

Thank you for all of your time and patience. You are a saint and are in my payers.

Yours truly,

Miss Betty Crouger

8/1/2007
Voice mail from Ed (shipping)
From: Ed
N Blair
To: Mr. Nicholas Blair, Human Resources
Yah, eh, Mr. Blair, this is Ed from shipping again. I guess we, ah, keep playing phone tag - hheh heh. Anyway, I know I still owe you that W-4 form, and I am working on it. There's just a lot of detail there and I ah, well I should have it to you soon. In the meantime just have payroll keep doing that ahh special thing with my taxes. I don't want my ahh, net paycheck to change any. Yeah, thanks Mr. Blair. Give me a call.
8/1/2007
Inter-Office Memo (dictated but not signed)
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
Nidorf
To: Richard Nidorf (janitorial)

1) No, we cannot reinstate your title as your doctorate was revoked and we have no control over that.

2) Pension questions must be addressed directly to Mr. Haskell. It is my understanding that the entire Octopus pension plan was eliminated in the takeover, but don't quote me on that. Yes, the 50 years service vesting requirements are unusual, but again, please contact Haskell.

3) We agreed to keep you on only as part of the NDG restructuring deal. I personally would have preferred to see you go. Have you no self respect man? What do you hope to gain by hanging around here and mopping the floors? Stop living in the past, Octopus is DONE and your days at NDG are OVER!

4) Yes, I am still on for Thursday night's card game.

5) The toilets outside Studio A look and smell horrendous. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!.

CW/bc

8/1/2007
Inter-Office Memo
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
Betty
To: Betty

We need more coffee, pronto.

8/1/2007
Email
T Corn
From:tcorn@birdhouserecords.com
David Plum, PhdBuddy Whelan
To:dplum@birdhouserecords.com
Cc:bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

dave - thanks for dropping off the list of links. i will get them up this morning. nice job, man. ps, the new mr. smarmy track is awesome. should i re-cut the harmonica or is it ok?

8/6/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
J Haskell CPA
To: J Haskell, CPA

Haskell - It's Monday morning. I still don't have the sales figures!!!! I am trying to run a business here, dammit!.

8/6/2007
Email
J Haskell CPA
From: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Auto reply

I am away from my office. If this is an emergency, please contact my secretary, Betty Crouger and leave a detailed message with a return telephone number.

Thank you.

Joseph Haskell, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
New Directions Group, Inc.

8/8/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
Henry Renzell
To:hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com

Renzell:

Once again, vicious internet rumors regarding the veracity of the Unknown Mystery 60's Group as an authentic band from the 60's are on the rise. Your press releases were supposed to address this problem! Take a look at this piece of mud slinging from some British git:

"I find it hard that a band could be given the time and patience to record three albums worth of material.. especially back in a time when bands weren't given the time unless they had a connection or one hit under their belt. I mean, look at The Koobas. They supported The Beatles and created one of the greatest psych LP's of all time (in my opinion)... and were they afforded time? No. Over the pond, looking at the bands featured on the Nuggets comps... they weren't given three LPs worth of studio time to play with... so this group must be pretty special eh?"

Is this guy a moron or what? The Koobas? Studio time? Most of this stuff was recorded on a crappy reel to reel in a Philadelphia basement. The only studio time involved was Kara's Song, and that was never paid for. Recall that the guitarist, high on acid, bluffed his way into a recording studio full of orchestral musicians, handed out hand written sheet music, and recorded Kara in one take. Then, on pretense that the tape needed to be "cleaned", made off with the 2 track before the engineer was any the wiser. Luckily, the band booked into the studio did not show up until an hour later.

Then he goes on:

The analogue warmth isn't there, the fug of drugs'n'love isn't there.

Analogue warmth!!! Are you kidding - this was all on tape, albeit shitty tape! Maybe it's that damn "Plummer" software. Drugs & love?? From the memo's I have from Matus in Spain, the group was stoned for practically every session and walking around in their underwear! and I damn well know that Corn was practically comatose on whatever he indulges in while mixing that stuff.

Enough is enough. It's time to do a full press release, with pictures of the band, interviews, the whole works. Get that Matus guy to work on the Spanish connection. I don't give a damn about the band's whole 'Dylan line' excuse. If they want their royalties, they are going to have to get in line. No more nice guy stuff. It's time to play hard ball. I don't want to hear any more guff from any limey. We kicked their ass 200 years ago.

Now get cracking.

8/8/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
David Plum, Phd
To:dplum@birdhouserecords.com

Plum:

You better go over your software algorithms on "The Plummer" software. We are getting some complaints about "Analogue Warmth" on the latest CD.

8/8/2007
Inter-Office Memo
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
Betty
To: Betty Crouger

Tell Corn to set up that Matus guy with an email address. I want direct communication with him ASAP. And if he doesn't have a computer, get him one. Make sure it can translate Spanish to English too.

8/8/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
T Corn
To:tcorn@birdhouserecords.com

Corn:

We are getting some complaints about "Analogue Warmth" on the latest CD. I suggest you lay off the pipe for a while and get your ears cleaned.

8/9/2007
Email
T Corn
From: tcorn@birdhouserecords
David Plum, Phd
To: dplum@birdhouserecords

yo david, the big dipshit is on the warpath again. what's up with this "analogue warmth" thing? i am so sick of people throwing that fucking term around. most people wouldn't know analogue warmth if it bit them on the stick. who is dissing my mixes anyway? i'll shove a tape reel so far up his ass he'll spin. 99% of the listening being done is on freaking i-pods with earbuds with shitty mp3s anyway. shit man, i have to chill. anyway, do NOT do any changes to "The Plummer". that code is the shit man. don't worry this will all blow over.

ps: when's that Mr. Smarmy track going to be done? i am dying to hear the re cut harmonies.

8/10/2007
Inter-Office Memo
T Corn
From: tcorn@birdhouserecords
Betty
To: Betty

hi beautiful. i was in late last night after you left to check the closet. could you ease up on the water a tad this week? i also left some special plant food. just a tad will do. you're a doll. hope to see you real soon.

T

8/13/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President <bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com>
Henry RenzellDavid Plum, Phd
J Haskell CPAN Blair
E P GVince
T Corn
To: hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com; dplum@birdhouserecords.com; jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com; nblair@birdhouserecords.com; epluribus@birdhouserecords.com; vsaxon@birdhouserecords.com; tcorn@birdhouserecords.com

Timesheets everyone! It's Monday morning!

8/13/2007
Email
J Haskell CPA
From: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Auto reply

I am away from my office. If this is an emergency, please contact my secretary, Betty Crouger and leave a detailed message with a return telephone number.

Thank you.

Joseph Haskell, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
New Directions Group, Inc.

8/15/2007
Inter-Office Memo (dictated but not signed)
N Blair
From: Nicholas Blair
Nidorf
To: Richard Nidorf (janitorial)

Mr. Nidorf,

I believe the issue of restoring your preferred title, Dr., has been addressed already by Mr. Whelan. Although I sympathize with your position, state licensing requirements and my position as a member of the Birdhouse team prohibit me from crossing lines demarcated by company policy. I cannot help thinking a man of your former position will be able to maintain, psychologically, spiritually, and financially, your current post for long without suffering some serious damage. I do understand the benefits of manual labor, especially after a long hard career in more cerebral and desk oriented pursuits. I myself love to garden and carve lawn gnomes as hobbies. However, there may be subconscious self image issues at work in your choosing to remain in such close proximity to your former colleagues. Surely this type of work could be done anywhere.

May I suggest we continue or weekly meetings. Note that my Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT) machine is back from being repaired. I think you will find the new LED's less likely to cause seizures.

8/16/2007
Email
T Corn
From: tcorn@birdhouserecords
David Plum, Phd
To: dplum@birdhouserecords

yo david. that latest piece from Gergely about Clapton is nasty. what is wrong with that guy? i downloaded the latest mix. how can you get Sir Byron to to backing vocals when he is not even on the internet? what do you have to mail him a disk? tell that guy to get wired! we need to talk about the final mix soon. i am thinking of a "less production is more" type of thing.

8/16/2007
Telegram
Juan Matus
From: Juan Matus
To: xxxxxxxxxxx Era Alta, Murcia 30168, Spain

xxxxxxxxxx:

Whelan is upset. The situation may compromise your identity if not handled correctly. We may be able to buy time by releasing some photos but he wants an interview with full disclosure. PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY.

8/24/2007
Telegram
From: xxxxxxxxxxx Era Alta, Murcia 30168, Spain
T Corn
To: Timothy Corn

Hi Tim!
I'm really sorry that I didn't get back to you sooner, but I was forced to hang out in a house by the Mediterranean for a couple of weeks with my wife and daughter. It was rough, but I somehow managed.
How are you, the family? Dave...I mean DR PLUM has sent me some of the stuff you guys have been working on. Sounds great, and the job you did on the 3rd CD was incredible. I guess the age old question about polishing turds has been answered. I would love to receive my royalties. You can send them to my house or ingress them directly to my swiss account.
My address is:

nº xx c/ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Era Alta, Murcia 30168
Spain
Thanks a lot and hope to hear more from you soon.
xxxxxxxxxx

8/24/2007
Telegram
From: xxxxxxxxxxx Era Alta, Murcia 30168, Spain
Juan Matus
To: Juan Matus

Juan:
Do your best to stall. I will talk to the others, but I don't think they will cooperate.

8/24/2007
Email
From: xxxxxxxxxxx Era Alta, Murcia 30168, Spain
Juan Matus
To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.com, xxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.com, xxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.com Cc: Juan Matus

See the attached. How much longer can we hold out?

8/27/2007
Email
T Corn
To: tcorn@ birdhouse records.com
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8/28/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
J Haskell CPA
To: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com

Haskell - SALES REPORTS!!!!!! - TODAY!!!!!

8/28/2007
Email
J Haskell CPA
From: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Auto reply

I am away from my office. If this is an emergency, please contact my secretary, Betty Crouger and leave a detailed message with a return telephone number.

Thank you.

Joseph Haskell, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
New Directions Group, Inc.

9/4/2007
Email
From: dxxxxx@xxx.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: On line consulatation

Dear Mr. Whelan:

You ask a very loaded question.

Yes, presuming that the songs performed had previously been released commercially in the US, then you would likely be able to secure compulsory mechanical licenses ad would have to pay royalties under them.

The more difficult issue is that of who owns the copyright in the master recordings on the tape you have. Merely owning the tape does not mean that you own the copyright in the recordings that are on the tape.

If the band at issue was signed to a recording agreement, then it is possible that the record label might own them (that was a long time ago and
record deals were not as all inclusive as they usually are these days).

Regardless of who owns the masters, it is very likely that it is not you and therefore you would need to secure the permission of whomever does own them.

Another issue is that the artist that is featured on those recordings may not want them to be released. That could be for various reasons, not the
least of which is that they may not be of the best quality (either the technical aspects of the recording, or the artist's actual performance).

So, you can see that it is a pretty complicated issue, and I have only scratched the surface of the issues you face. You might note that while
artists do up to a couple of hundred live performances per year, there are VERY few live recordings that are available and there are good reasons for that, some of which I have touched on above.

Who is the artist?

Best

d

9/4/2007
Email
From: dxxxxx@xxx.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject:: On line consulatation

Dear Mr. Whelan:

It would likely mean you paying both an advance and also a royalty to the artist/estate, and possibly the record label they were signed to at the
time.

Also, you have the issue of if the suspected house band signed releases and if you can get your hands on those or not.

There is very often a "board tape" made of performances. It could have even have been made for purposes of later use as a live recording for radio. Or, the gig itself may have been broadcast and that was the tape made, although the performers would most likely have mentioned that during their sets.

I really do not see any of those artists having a significant enough following to sell many units and hence am not sure of the value of jumping
through the necessary hoops to get the ability to release this legally, however if you would like to do so, I am happy to assist you in trying to do so.

Best

d

9/5/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com
Henry RenzellDavid Plum, Phd
To: hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com; dplum@birdhouserecords.com

Subject:: On line consulatation

See the attached. These fucking attornies will be the death of me. I say we screw the ownership issue. Full speed ahead. Let's not pussy around. What say you?

Buddy

9/7/2007
Email
Henry Renzell
From: hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Re: More Airplay

Look:

http://www.kdhx.org/index.php?option=com_kdhxradio&task=playlist&show=Etiquette%20of%20Violence&Itemid=268&date=2007-08-26

Renzell

9/7/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com
Henry Renzell
To: hrenzell@birdhouserecords.com

Re:' Bobby Rydell

I can't find out who wrote the B side of THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC which is "DON'T BE AFRAID TO FALL IN LOVE" or "DONT BE
AFRAID" or something like that.

Do you have a book that shows that?

9/10/2007
Email
From: xxxxx@xxx.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject:: xxxx

Hi
Got the CD today ,Put it in the machine and was totally blown away.I was expecting something like an audience member with a stealth tape recorder.I don't remember us doing this but it is obviously above studio quality. As you may know in the studios the tracks are laid separate. To hear this live performance is beyond words. xxxxxxx sounds fantastic. It was recorded on one of his better days. You have a piece of gold there.It won't be hard to sell with four active fan clubs all with cyber capabilities and magazines, including ones in England and Australia which were our biggest attractions of fans.

I will let them know it is in the planning stage and will actively promote the Cd. xxxxxxx still works here in Vegas. I don't know much about the following of xxxxxxxxxx anymore. Maybye i will check the web. I will keep the CD under lock and key. The xxxxxx is a sxxxxx. xxxxxx probably the best shot. He can give you the name of the Atty in xxxxx hat handles xxxxxxx. I have offered several times to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..
But our websites are getting over 100k a year hits here in the US alone.
Keep in touch so I can get everyone as excited as I am.
Tad

9/14/2007
Email
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
J Haskell CPA
To: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com

Haskell

Excellent job on the mission statement. I had Corn put it up right away.

Now where are the goddamn sales reports?????

By the way, my tax estimates are due Monday. Will the withholding on the NDG options cover the Birdhouse distributions tax wise?

Buddy

9/14/2007
Email
J Haskell CPA
From: jhaskell@birdhouserecords.com
Buddy Whelan
To: bwhelan@birdhouserecords.com

Subject: Auto reply

I am away from my office. If this is an emergency, please contact my secretary, Betty Crouger and leave a detailed message with a return telephone number.

Thank you.

Joseph Haskell, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
New Directions Group, Inc.

9/14/2007
Confidential Memo
Buddy Whelan
From: Buddy Whelan, President
E P G
To: E Pluribus Gergely

E:

I am getting the weird feeling that my emails & memos are being interecepted, and someone is listening in to the inter-office phone system. Please investigate immediately and let me know what is going on.

Buddy

PS Don't mention this to anyone. Especially Blair.

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