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The New Space – 1520 N. Main St.

September 1, 2007

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Here we go.  Tony Allegreti, Ian Rainey and myself recently got a great space at 1520 N Main St.  Inertia will be moving to this location.  Tons of parking.  The working title of the whole building is the Buyers Market Lodge, though Inertia will be situated with it’s own signage and entrance.  Actually the address on our door was 1520 1/2 N Main.  Our alley leads directly to a pub called Shanty Town, perhaps you’ve heard of it?  Ian Rainey, of Hip Hop Hell and Shanty Town, will have his record shop located just across the commons area in Buyers Market from Inertia. So… records! records!

We’ll be open as soon as possible but dates have not been announced.

Concerning our old space – Heartworks is not closing.  Some investors are giving it a much needed push to be open full time and ship shape.  Having a record store in the middle just didn’t make much sense.

Back to the new space, and what a space it is! More space means more projects for the community. 

* Tim, from the Jacksonville Film Festival / San marco Theatre, will be doing a film series at the new space.  Right on Main St – a group of late night picnicers watching a movie on the big screen outside.

* Steve Sikes, after finding his land legs from 2 years aboard the Sea Shepherd, and whom has always been enthralled with our Freeschool programs, has decided to be the primary organizer of the Freeschools.  Day and time pending, but it will be the same day and time every week.  The classes will offer the same programs we’ve had before such as bike repair, silkscreening, plumbing, composting, as well as programs like how to handle debt, how to write a resume.  So, stay tuned for that.

* Bizarre Market.  We’ve had a few people interested in being the primary organizer of Bizarre Market, and now we have TONS more space for it. Good things will happen with this.

* Wi-Fi. Free.

*  The Riverside Health Resource Center is super down for using some of the space for an outreach location.  So weekly free STD testing is on the roster.

* We’ve procured a projector, so video game competitons on the side of building are a full reality. Guitar Hero, or that 007 Golden Eye for the N64. Classic. 

* Oh, and speaking of games, the commons area will have a free / donation pool table, foosball (Europeans call it kicker man!) , ping pong, some swank couches, that Double Dragon Game from Shanty Town, and, as a friend described it in a bar to me last night, “a shoot em’ up video game with those two big guns.” Said friend promised she could procure that game for us.  So come play games and listen to records! 

* I mean, we are a bookstore.  Author discussions are going to happen, but until we can procure anyone big (at least to us) to come and talk about a book they wrote,  get a $1 cup of bottomless free trade coffee and talk to your friends about books you’ve read.

* We have space for shows. Live music. Think of those shows at The Pit in Riverside we’ve set up for the past 5 years… And the shows we’ve set up at our old store location… get stoked.   

This project is only possible because of benevolent landlord Mack Bissette of SRG Homes and Neighborhoods.  Also a big thanks again to Tony Allegreti and Ian Rainey, who, with this project, are helping to keep Inertia going.  

Tony talks about it more on his blog here. Thank to Joey Marchy of Urban Jacksonville for mentioning the space and taking that picture. I’m still kinda bummed my camera got stolen on tour in Europe.

Click on our New Items page here to scope out some new things we’ve ordered for the new space.

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Followups on Bizarre Market and other tidbits…

June 2, 2007

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Bizarre market was a total success and super-fun. Lots of people were asking when it was happening again – someone even asked “is this happening every Saturday?” I wish I had that kind of time! It will be a quarterly thing, so start saving your voltrons, sharks in bottles and records you wish to reliquish to the masses.  Thank to everyone who came out to sell stuff and everyone who came to just hang and look at stuff. 

Ryan Sweeney wins the “holy shit tons of free/donation records in the back on a pickup truck” prize,  Joey and Mackenzie Marchy win the “I’m still finding LED throwies stuck to anything metal” prize.  Flo raised some money for her cat bills with her psychedelic frosting cookies. All Laura’s kittens were given away.  The new faces both of vendors and people coming to see what’s up was great.  That’s seriously the best part – new people.  Joey from Urbanjacksonville.info posted some Bizarre Market pics here.

The tidbits part…

12×12.jpgJune 6th Artwalk is having an artshow featuring record cover artwork called “12×12”.  It’s at the Thief in the Knight building at 115 W. Adams.  Inertia Records is sponsoring it, which really only means Chaz said we can have a table there, and we get put on this sweet flyer.  I have no idea what I’m bringing to it.  Records come to mind… I’m actually really excited about this event and very glad it’s happening.  Reminds me of the Skate Deck art show that we had at The Pit, and then got moved to TSI. 

Oh yeah so… TSI.  That’s a weird bird. Brendan Clark was interviewed by Urbanjacksonville’s contributor Adrienne here.  He’s the guy who sets up the shows at TSI.  He’s nice, we lived together briefly – and he was almost my new roomate where I live now.  So, nothing personal here.  I have to admit, I’m not really into TSI though.  I went to the Mono/Grails show and got to watch bands with 20 people while everyone else was outside drinking.  And the internet being the great scene equalizer/informer/sheepherding tool it is, I’m sure the Dean Deacon show was packed.  Many thanks to Pitchfork combined with the recent mall sale on white belts / black hair dye and peoples desire to be seen.  I could see how “Hey that could happen y’know? These kids just show up” factor is a possibility, but catering/pandering/profiting off this crowd is a mixture of just ridiculous and ‘someone has to do it’ I guess.  I must admit, more choices of things to do in Jacksonville is appreciated.  

I saw The Show is The Rainbow at Miami’s 305 Fest in 2003/2004 (?) – Dean Deacon minus the hype. And a great human being.

I went to see Mice Parade at Jackrabbits last night – and although I’m no fan of Jack Rabbits, it was very refreshing to be a in a place with a clean slate – a place with no preconcieved notions about who occupys the space and why.  I think it’s a great that a place has been around that long and still defys being pigeon-holed as one thing, or intentionally pigeon-holing itself as a means for marketing.  Also, Mice Parade is a great band.

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American Cheeseburger, Bizarre Market, new items

May 23, 2007

I’m madly condensing posts here since I’m madly handling other stuff – mostly record label and Europe tour stuff. Getting that Environmental Youth Crunch LP done before tour as well as represses of the split 7″ with Defiance Ohio. Having no internet at home is starting to take its toll I think, but no way in hell I am buying it. I’d rather release records and get new stuff for the store – plus I am only home to garden, eat and sleep.

The freeschool on bike repair had a small turnout – but that actually worked great. Every person got to bring their bike inside and address individual problems one on one to use as examples for everyone else. Very rad. Thanks again to Joe Gaskin, who squeezed this freeschool in-between some traveling with the punx and an upcoming 6 month trip to Africa. Joe is amazing.

Ok, just a gentle reminder of some rad happenings for this week. Tonight at Shanty Town is a free show. American Cheeseburger bring flannels and thrashin punk from GA. Dylan with the fancy French last name I can’t spell made this rad flyer.  Listen to American Cheeseburger here.  

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And then this Saturday..

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Scanning my brain for some particulars…. The people from Assemble will have a table and are teaching classes on making LED throwies and Fabric Pinwheels, I’m not even too sure what these are, but I’m excited to find out. More info here. Flo, Becky and Alex are making baked goods to sell as a fundraiser for Flo’s cat, who recently died but left her some expensive vet bills.  Librarian Laura has rescued some kittens and will be giving those away. She said they are even potty trained.  A lady with an engraving machine will be there. I think (I hope!) she can engrave bikes – that’d be rad! Gilmore St and represents strong with a full table of records and punk-a-phernalia.  Hand blown glass vases and glass sculpture.  Lots of hand made amazing things.  Tables of comics, clothes and randomness.  I think this will be wonderful.  

Speaking of wonderful things, last Sunday EYC played in Tampa with The Ergs and Lemuria and loved it. We have new albums by both these bands at the store.  Alex Kerns, drummer of Lemuria, runs a rad label called Art of the Underground (more drummers who run labels, yes!).  Anyway, the label has a great mailorder 7″ single series, which people subscribe yearly too.  More info on his label and all here. He’s also a really nice guy.

Seven Inches to Freedom

Another brilliant part about that Tampa show, I mean besides listening to lots of Madonna and Infest and getting to drive back that night for 3 hours of sleep before work, was seeing those wonderful Ft. Myers guys from the band Merkit. They played The Pit a while back, and I released a 7″ with them. 

Long story short, Joe of Merkit has a zine called Seven Inches to Freedom.  I’ve gotten the past issues, and love them. And now we have the issue in the store.

From the site – “This one looks killer and I think has the best content yet. In this one there is a history/HUGE discography story on the mighty ENEMY SOIL, Tips of DIY touring, A feature on some of the worst records i’ve ever bought…and some tips that will hopefully save you from making the same mistakes i did. There are 3 “My First Record” Stories, a write up on the NO SECURITY/DOOM split for the Best Record Ever!?! contender, Reviews, Columns & I asked a group of punks about their Top 5 NON-PUNK records! That plus some stuff I know i’m forgetting. The cover to this was done by Sean Fitzgerald of Protest Zine plus some awesome art from Kris Garcia inside! All of this and suprisingly, NOT THAT MANY TYPO’S!!!” More info here.

Upcoming interviews with Brett of… that corn field, on the corner of Park and Forest St, and The Firefly show and community space in Miami.  Let’s learn from communities at home and abroad!  

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Bizarre Market Coming Soon…

April 22, 2007

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