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Summer is slowing down…

August 26, 2007

…at least for me.

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Save this evenings Wayward Council Benefit show with Environmental Youth Crunch in Gainesville, I’m done.  The summer has been jammed packed with shows, tours, records and the naturally accompanying great times. But it’ll be nice to recede into the cooler months with a much needed deep breath.  

Part of this is my decision to not do mailorder.   I was so excited about everything in Europe, and I come home and add to my already busy life by trying to do mailorder?  No thanks.  An error of exuberance and excitement perhaps, but an error none the less.  Concerning mailorder, I’ll only be dealing with Dead Tank releases and friends releases as I always have.  

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Speaking of the label, the Environmental Youth Crunch “Let’s Ride” LP has been completed and copies are available at Inertia. The CD version on Bakery Outlet Records will be available at the store soon.  Other upcoming releases on the in-house label include Gomek’s “What The Hell Happened?” 7″, from Orlando, and New York’s Dessert Storm on a 7″.  For good measure, Gomek’s myspace page is here, and we posted previously about Dessert Storm here. I’ll be doing an LP version of the Cassette LP on Bakery Outlet Records, with the bakers themselves – that is, a split label release. Cassette is Samantha Jones of Bitchin/Rumbleseat/Slang. Listen to her songs here.

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Lily from Tampa, who rode with us to Best Friends Day, sent me some pictures BFD stuff. Check out our flickr page, linked to the right.  Playing with Environmental Youth Crunch at Richmond’s Best Friends Day was unbelievable. Thanks to all of Richmond for everything and the massive amount of Floridians who made the drive.

Oh yeah…

All this talk… sometimes I lose sight of the fact that this is a blog for a record store.  Here’s the cut n’ dry of it.  We’ll have these new two great records soon from Richmonds Rorschach Records.

* Brainworms / The Catalyst split 7″ 
* V/A – Best Friends Day Compilation feat.  Brainworms, Pink Razors, Snacktruck, Kylesa, Ultra Dolphins, Deadfall, Environmental Youth Crunch, Tigershark, Best Fwends, Iron Lung, Rager, Dynamite Arrows. All proceeds go back to the bands, Best Friends Day(so they can keep stuff cheap), and Marty Zanin’s efforts in El Salvador.

And some not so great news…

Don’t have any big orders for new records on the horizon, we recently did that a bunch and still have something for everyone in the bins. 

Otherwise, summertime commerce, as it were, has been slow.  And while I’m not sweatin’ that by any means, it’s been slower in fact for the Heartworks Cafe with whom our fate as a record store resides.  We opened the store a means for them to stay open,  and despite Inertia’s fruitful efforts at earning rent, dutifully paying taxes, and increasing general interest in the space – Heartworks is still sort of plodding through these hot months of drippy AC units. 

That being said, swing by for a carrot dog or for weekend brunch.  I’m not even sure what plan B is at this point.  Though believe me I’m working on it. Right now all it looks like is one less vegetarian/vegan place to eat, a town with no independent record store, and my garage having a lot more records.  Sticking to plan A sounds good.

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Gainesville’s “The Ark” is closing

July 24, 2007

As you may or may not know, Gainesville’s “The Ark” is coming to a close this week. A showspace, community center and home to many – it will be celebrating its last run starting this Wednesday. A very sad, yet celebratory, time for many people. This is a tentative list of shows this week.

THE ARK
22 NE 11th St.

Wednesday July 25th:
Grabass Charlestons
Des Ark
Tubers
Fourth World
Towers of Hanoi

Thursday July 26th:
Holopaw
Beat Buttons
DJ Rastacakes

BBQ @ 8pm
Strawberry Daiquiri bike ride @ 2pm

Friday July 27th:
Young Livers
Pink Razors
Erin Tobey
Laserhead
Dead Friends
Reactionary 3
Nervous Systems

Saturday July 28th
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
Japanther
Apeshit
Fiya
Savage Brewtality
Stressface
Burnman
(Played the first show of the Ark and now the last)

Conversely, and with no competitive notions, this Thursday in St. Augustine is a show featuring these bands (perhaps if you can’t get to Gainesville on Saturday this is a good idea?)…

Thursday July 26th in St. Augustine
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
Japanther
Environmental Youth Crunch

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Monsters + Art = Friday the 13th…of July

June 15, 2007

On July 13th there will be a house show going on in Riverside! For one night only, anything from Monsters and Goblins to Creatures and Zombies will be covering the walls of 2646 Herschel in Riverside. Featuring over 20 artists from all over North Florida, the Monster Show will feature an OPEN call for entries. Thats right, YOU, can submit something. The only rule being, the work has to be about monsters. What kind of monster? you decide. Drawing, painting, or sculpting? its up to you. if you can dream it we will take it. All entries must be dropped off at Inertia Records by Wednesday July 11th. All skill levels will be represented at the show so dont let your crappy drawing skills keep you from submitting. its a monster. you cant mess it up. the uglier the better. so go grab your crayons, pipecleaners and paper bags and get working. you have less than one month!

all questions can be emailed to Clay:
claydoran(-at-)gmail(-dot-)com (put monster show as subject (spam sucks) )
or buddy up with the artshow’s myspace here

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Photo Roundup

June 11, 2007

In order of events..


Environmental Youth Crunch and Alligator 4 day weekend 07 tour pics are at flickr page.


Joey of Urban Jacksonville posted up some rad pics of the 12×12 art show last artwalk. here.

Saturday June 9th brought some party times when Soulman and Breeze, The Yusge and (almost) Roargan played on Ernest St.  Deland (before time) was in full effect, broken fingers and all. Pictures from this show are at the flickr page.

And yesterday, June 10th, Joel Land celebrated his gabazillionth birthday.  Tuffy and Chase Capo played and Joel told jokes. Pictures are at the flickr page.

The flickr account I’ve been using is beyond full.  I’ll be putting up European tour pics in a separate flickr.  Until then, here’s a flyer for one of shows across the pond.

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Summertime Tours, Inertia

June 2, 2007

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Summertime tours are upon us. I’m not even going to start listing all the tours coming through – all the great band coming to the States – and all the band going abroad. I recently updated the tours page for the bands I’ve worked with via Dead Tank and love.  Bands hitting the road pretty heavy here include Environmental Youth Crunch, Fiya, Merkit, I Object and Gomek. 

Matt Welch, who books the shows at the Transitions Gallery at The Skatepark of Tampa (in Tampa!) does a nifty little column called “Tips for Bands” in a very great local / independent and FREE magazine from Tampa called Reax. Read it here. We actually got copies of the magazine in the store, to give out for free. Nice!

Touring is one of the most important things you do in a band. Right? You share the music you make with other communities and get to see how other music scenes are different.  I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want you to take being in a band seriously, since being serious about it means you get to tour, and that means fun.

That being said, here’s why this past month, and the one upcoming, you won’t be seeing much new stuff in the store at all.  Of those four bands I mentioned touring, two of them (EYC and Gomek) have records coming out on our in-house label, Dead Tank.   Due to some not-so-fun personal financial issues, money normally alloted for buying new items for the store had to be used to release these records before tour.  And there’s the obvious reason that, since I do all the buying for the store, that while I am away in Europe with EYC – I won’t be buying anything.

When I get back though, I should be full of inspiration form all sorts of different music scenes.  And frankly, the store is going to kick so much ass.

For example – I was searching out information on the Environmental Youth Crunch tour and found this message board post about a fest we’re playing called Thrashfest. Seein Red, Phoenix Bodies, Clorox Girls, Down to Nothing, Framtid (Japan), Morser, A.N.S, Ed Gein, Brutal Truth, Vae Victis – too many to mention. They have these ridiculously awesome shirts listing every band. And the bands may not even be the most important part. They have football teams listed for a competition during the day. And workshops by Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam (AGA), Anarchist Black Cross Amsterdam (ABC),
Luke Blackburn –> situatie in Cuba, Le Sabot –> veganistisch koken, and a few organizations I can’t figure out due to the language barrier. They are showing films like “The Weather Underground”, “The Yes-Men” and “American Hardcore” and over the three day festival they will have camping available. AND they have “KaKaKaraoke”, which is essentially punk rock karaoke. Wow. The homepage for this fest is here. The opening page has a neat map where you click on the countries and it brings up the bands playing from that country and links to band pages.

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A Taste of Four Day Weekend – EYC / Alligator Tour

May 14, 2007

Here’s some random Four Day Weekend tour highlights.  More to come with words from all 13 people we brought with us.  My camera broke halfway through tour.  And a few people let me know that 2 megapixels is old technology.  

youguyscantdothis.jpgPolice at New College say no drinking on campus. Bathroom party.

p5050377.jpg We got these great shorts for $1.

p5050380.jpg Wait, here’s a better picture of those shorts.

p5060399.jpg Costume contest at the Firefly in Miami. A little girl was a mermaid and won.

p5050311.jpg Champagne for Johnny Z every night.

eycrage.jpg Sarasota 3-way band battle. Ridiculously awesome. Three bands all set up at once rotating songs. Tallahasse representin’ hard.  Confetti.

p5050351.jpg The lending library at The Firelfy in Miami.

p5060441.jpg Gomek at The Firefly. This place is a huge house in downtown Miami a bunch of great people rent out.  A building with no roof is outside (we called it the Funder-dome) and that’s where the show was at.

p5060438.jpgMore Gomek at The Firefly.

p5060388.jpg Inner funder-dome.
More later.

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Biodome show! Brooklyn Development

April 30, 2007

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Saturday’s show in St. Augustine at The Biodome was amazingly rad.  I haven’t played 500 in forever (you know, that game with the football) and I still can’t catch well. 

The first band, Secretary of the Future, was really good. It was the Secretary’s first show. Then Alligator played (they played here at Shanty Town once I know – with Tigershark).  Followed by Lily, aka Inertia, and Environmental Youth Crunch.  It was a benefit show for St. Augustine’s Collective Press, a great non-profit publication. The show raised over $100. Oh, and it was at a house and a total blast.  Look at our flickr page for some more pictures.

Totally unrelated (or not?) … I saw this biking home from work yesterday.  Corn!Corn!

I seen lots of drawings and proposals about development in the Brooklyn area (that’s the area of town by The Pit), but I didn’t know how promising it would be until now. 

Corn Corn!