Posts Tagged ‘record store’

Astro Black Records opening Friday

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Some news I’ve been sleeping on like a moron… Jim Marlowe (Sapat, Tropical Trash) is opening up a new record store this Friday. It’ll be named Astro Black Records. Apparently, Jim’s not opposed to doing some shows at the new shop once he gets settled in. They’ll be selling new as well as used records, so if you have some old stuff to sell off, keep them in mind. And the stuff on the shelves – tax is already marked in the price, so none of that awkward adding up in your head on the way to the register.

Phil Olympia, who runs the Never Nervous blog, recently ran an interview with Jim. You should definitely check it out ASAP.

There are quite a few triumphs that residents of Louisville have to be excited about this Summer. For instance, we have a new record store on the brick-and-mortar horizon called Astro Black Records, and we also are looking forward to the much anticipated debut seven inch record from post-rockers Tropical Trash. My friend Jim Marlowe is behind both of these happenings and was nice enough to sit down and answer a few questions about his new shop, the upcoming Tropical Trash record, and so on and so forth…

– Jim Marlowe/Astro Black Records on Never Nervous

Astro Black Records
930 Baxter Ave,
Louisville, KY.

Contact Jim Marlowe
Email: Gmail
Hours: 12:00 – 8:00
Website: Facebook


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RIP Ear X-Tacy

Monday, October 31st, 2011

RIP Ear X-Tacy

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Sean Bailey, so long and thanks for all the beard.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Sean Bailey At Ear X-tacy 2011

Sean Bailey At Ear X-tacy 2011

Have some sad news to report… Sean Bailey is stepping down from Ear X-Tacy. Sean was a big force behind the After Dark series of shows as well as handling a lot of us when we had records or shirts to sell and buyer for punk/hardcore records. And I’m sure I’m missing 200 other tasks that he’s had. Hopefully Ear X-Tacy will still be doing shows and have all the great services and products we have come to expect, and it’s not like they don’t have other great employees as well. But regardless, Sean’s presence will certainly be missed. From Sean’s Facebook announcement:

After careful thought, reflection, and much consideration – I have decided to step down from my position at ear X-tacy Records. I have so much love and respect for this shop, my colleagues and friends that make ear X-tacy so remarkable, and the countless number of kind souls that I feel so fortunate to have met because of my involvement with this incredibly special place. For eight years, nearly a quarter of my life, the experiences I’ve gathered here have been endlessly influential and enriching. This is one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve ever had to make in my 33 years, but this is what needs to happen in order for me to pursue certain and specific goals that I’ve set for myself personally, academically, and professionally. I would like to thank my good friend and ear X-tacy owner, John Timmons, for affording me the opportunity to work with his shop in the first place; Rebecca “Reba Reebs” Mercer, one of my dearest friends, for her guidance and counsel throughout the years; Douglas Miller for putting up with my multiple phone calls a day over eight years ago, and for taking the leap in hiring me on full-time; Randell L. Bolton for his unwavering friendship, ceaseless joking back and forth, and commitment to ear X-tacy over the years; every other member of this exceptional staff, both current and previous, all of which I consider wonderful and close friends; and last and certainly not least, to those artists, musicians, and folks that I have had the pleasure to work with and get to know over the course of my tenure. All of you, and all of the dedicated patrons and friends of ear X-tacy throughout the years have constituted some of the best memories and relationships of my life, and I look forward to continuing and cultivating those for many years to come. It both heartens and disheartens me to announce that today, September 10th, will effectively be my last day at ear X-tacy. From one music lover to another, thank you… See you all on the B-side!

A note from Ear X-Tacy

Monday, February 15th, 2010
Ear X-Tacy

Ear X-Tacy

From today’s Ear X-Tacy newsletter:
“Dear friends, fans and lovers of ear X-tacy.

Thank you for dropping the LOVE BOMB on us. All of us at ear X-tacy have been TOTALLY blown away by your outpouring of support, well-wishes, ideas, suggestions and comments. We really had no idea just how much this meant to the Louisville community, not to mention other cities around the country through their online support. This past weekend, we saw business like we haven’t seen in years, and we can’t thank you enough for coming in and shopping, or making an online purchase. We were absolutely NOT prepared for your support. We are working to restock the store with everything you want that we may be out of today. Hang in there with us. We are going to do whatever it takes to keep ear X-tacy alive. You have show that you really do care, and all we can ask is that you continue to support local independent businesses wherever you may live. Trust me, this problem is not just ear X-tacy’s. ALL small businesses need you now more than ever. Please continue to spread the word about ear X-tacy. Sign up for our weekly e-mail if you haven’t already. Come to the store if you never have.

This store truly belongs to the community, both here in Louisville, and nationwide.

We thank ALL of you, and we send out extra special love to Becca Barhorst who took it upon herself to start the “Save ear X-tacy” Facebook initiative. Send her some love!

Stay tuned.. there’s a LOT more to come.
John Timmons and the entire ear X-tacy family”

Possible Ear X-Tacy closure?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Ear X-Tacy

yes, it’s a bit of an alarmist title – After John Timmons sent out a press release, there’s been a flury of activity fearing that on Friday morning, Ear x-Tacy will be facing a major shakeup. At 10AM on Friday, John and staff will host a press conference at the 10,000sq ft  store to announce future plans. Hopefully (though regrettably), we’ll just see the Bardstown Rd. landmark restructure and maybe move and not lose this valuable institution. Their current lease is apparently up in March, so let’s hope they’re just moving. It’ll be a shame to see that space cut up and turned into something else though.

A number of people around the punk/hardcore scene have complained a lot about the place in recent years. “They don’t have any good hardcore” “All the punk stuff is the same stuff from 10 years ago”. If you value having a local store of this type then get in there and ask for things. They’ve always been down to order records for you. (Well, maybe not something like Skrewdriver, but be realistic.) I know you can buy the new Municipal Waste in there as well as that Trapped Under Ice record you’ve been looking for. Looking for Future Of The Left, Massive Attack, Nile, or Integrity’s Walpurgisnacht record from last year? Get down there and pick it up. (yes, I just pulled that list out of my ass) As stated in the press release, “I think the store is a place that makes Louisvillian’s proud.  It’s been a community effort to build it and it’s going to take a community to sustain it.”

For more news, please see the following sources:

http://thevillevoice.com/2010/02/09/ear-x-tacy-faces-closure-speaks-out/

http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/vel23/blog.html

http://bluecat.leoweekly.com/2010/02/09/ear-x-tacy%E2%80%99s-timmons-issues-wake-up-call-friday/