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Year end wrap up…

Hello friends. It’s been a year full of surprises as well as a fun and interesting first year of existence for Invertebrata Records. We learned a lot through trial and error, put out two 10″ EPs by our dear friends in Photo-Curio and Vamplifier and we relocated to new digs. I’m excited about 2017 and have a few updates to share with you regarding recent goings-on and what we’ll be up to in the coming year.

First off, Vamplifier are currently working on a second 10″ EP follow up to Rogue Moon. The record doesn’t have a name yet but so far it’s taking the band into new musicalVamplifier territory and, if everything goes well, we’ll be sharing it with you sometime in the first half of 2017. Vamplifier is also rounding out 2016 with a couple of Chicago shows at Quenchers and the Empty Bottle. Come out, show Scott, Jane and Chris some love and give 2016 the big kick in the ass that it deserves.

Second, I’m excited to announce that IR will be releasing the new solo record from Nathaniel Braddock entitled  Quadrille & Collapse early in 2017. Nathaniel is currently based out of Boston (after a couple years spent in Sydney, Australia) but many of you will know him from his time as a fixture in the Chicago music scene both as a performer and as a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music. We’re super excited to be partnering with Nathaniel on this release, which will also be the first full length 12″ vinyl release on Invertebrata. Don’t worry, we’re not abandoning the 10″ format…sometimes you just have too much music and have to give yourself more room to stretch out.

Third, we’re happy to announce that we’re also going to be releasing an as-yet-untitled 10″ EP with Chicago-based band Phantom WorksPhantom Works. Phantom Works has been around since 2008 and their last release at the end of 2015 was a great record called Stunrise. Guitarist Kris Poulin was invaluable in mastering the first two IR releases so you can imagine how thrilled we are to have a chance to return the favor and put out their next EP. Look for it in the early spring.

Lastly, IR has recently been involved in opening a new rehearsal space/recording studio in Chicago. Salt Lamp Studios Salt Lamp Studiosis now the permanent home of Photo-Curio and a handful of other bands as well as a place to record small and medium-sized DIY projects on ridiculously thin budgets. We’re still hard at work getting everything set up and there will be more details after the first of the year but we’re looking forward to a productive and creative 2017 in the new space.

Well, that about covers it. We know 2016 was a challenging year for many people and in many ways but we’re going to put it behind us and look to future. In closing, we want to wish you, your friends and your family the happiest of holidays.


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Knagglig Rock!

I’ve been pretty bad about posting lately. There is news round these parts that I’ll be sharing soon but for today, I wanted to share a recent, most excellent discovery of mine.

It’s no secret that I think that 10″ vinyl is the finest format for releasing music but once you’ve got a passel of 10″ records, it can be a little frustrating to find a good way to store them. It’s not hard to find a record crate that your 12″ vinyl fits snuggly and safely in but those precious 10″ records just tend to slide around and look so uncomfortable in such a large crate. I’ve been looking around for a solution and it seems that 10″ vinyl crates are as rare as hen’s teeth. You can imagine my surprise and pleasure then when I discovered a new item at my local IKEA called the Knagglig (of course).

KnaggligThe Knagglig is just the right size and shape to house roughly 80 10″ vinyl records. It’s assembled quickly (took me 20 minutes) using 12 wood screws. Thoughtfully, the screws are all countersunk so you don’t have to worry about them scratching a wood floor or damaging a record. It seems reasonably strong after putting it together but if you’re at all worried or you move your records a lot, you could easily reinforce the construction with some wood glue. It comes in natural, unpainted (but smoothly sanded) wood so you could stain it or paint it however you like and best of all, it’s $10.

The only thing I don’t like about the construction, which you can see in this picture, is that brackets that are screwed together are on the inside of Knagglig Interiorthe crate rather than on the outside as on a traditional record crate. This means that the last 10″ of the bunch is only supported along it’s right and left sides. I may put some kind of backing behind my records to provide support across the entire back  as it seems that over time, this could prove to be a bad thing.

That complaint aside, I think these crates are a Knagglig with records in itfantastic solution to the problem of 10″ vinyl storage. They even have handles built into them that makes moving your records a little easier. For $10 they’re kind of a no-brainer.