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Friday, June 27, 2008

Amps, Jacuzzis + Music Movies!!

Dear Friends,

Last night was the first BATTLE OF THE BANDS at the MOCA and it was awesome!! Ballots were handed out to the entire audience and they voted THE DOWN HOME SOUTHERNAIRES as the winner!! Congrats to them, and don't miss the next two battles which are on Thursday, July 24th and Thursday, August 28th. Mark your calendars!! Btw, the Southernaires will be playing Saturday night at the Upper Eastside Garden if you missed 'em at the MOCA...

Tonight at FRIDAYS AT THE VAGABOND, we're excited to bring you a live performance by Miami garage/psych trio THE JACUZZI BOYS!! They're about to embark on a huge national tour opening up for King Khan & The Shrines so this is your last chance to see them before they leave for the summer!! Showtime is midnight outside. (Don't forget next week is our massive 4th of July party - "THE FOURTH OF JOSE" with JOSE EL REY!!)

We're also excited to announce a new service we're offering... We've heard from so many people who have busted record players or equipment, so effective immediately, you can drop off your broken gear at Sweat and the MIAMI AMP COMPANY will fix them and drop them back at the shop!! They can repair turntables, all electronic decks, instrument amplifiers, mixing boards, PA's and all electric instruments, and the work is guaranteed. Most repairs turnaround in 72 hours and a portion from all jobs supports Sweat!!

MUSIC MOVIE MONDAYS starts next week (the 30th) with a screening of Dandy Warhols vs. Brian Jonestown Massacre documentary DIG!! Seating is at 8pm and the film starts promptly at 8.30. We'll provide the popcorn and of course everyone is invited to stay and discuss the film afterward!!

Last but not least, there's a great new resource for all you party people on a budget... MYOPENBAR is a great site that lists bars and clubs that have free/cheap drinks all over the city (in NY, LA, etc.) and they've just launched in Miami!! Check it out and subscribe to their list to find out where to booze it up until our economy gets back into gear. You can start with $1 Stella and PBR 10 to 12 tonight (and every Friday) at The Vagabond!!

Have a great weekend!!

Lolo, Jsin + the Sweat crew

P.S. Issue No.5 of the awesome MAP Magazine is in at Sweat!! It's free so get one while they last...

Friday, June 20, 2008

In-Stores Galore + SWEAT BOOKS Wednesday!!

Dear Friends,

Tonight at The Vagabond, we welcome one of Miami's staple indie bands - MODERNAGE!! We're also celebrating birthdays for our friends Danny Ashe and Ry so come out and join the fiesta!! Fridays at The Vagabond have been awesome, in the dance room Mike Deuce and Ray Milian play some of the most progressive indie/electro/dance music around, and it's one of the best deals for a night out in town - no cover before 12 and only $5 after!! Secure valet parking is also available for just $5 as well. Hope to see you out...

In-stores galore are ahead!!

Saturday, 5-piece soulful rock band JANUARY perform live in the store at 9pm. Then on Sunday at 4, Swedish solo artist and new Miami resident LANGE performs live at Sweat!! His album "The Gospel of Johnny" came out earlier this year on Sweden's Lobotom Records and is full of personal, melodic pop songs with atmospheric sounds - highly recommended for fans of early Paul Simon, Nick Drake or Prefab Sprout. Both in-stores are free so come check them out!!

Don't forget, next Wednesday is the SWEAT BOOKS Book Club meeting!! We've been reading "Snuff" by Chuck Palahniuk, and it's a super-quick 197-page read so you still have time to zip through it if you haven't yet. We meet at 8pm - be there AND be square!!

And for even more in-store goodness, ANNOUNCING... MUSIC MOVIE MONDAYS!! Starting June 30th, every Monday from here on out we'll be playing a different music-related movie on the Sweat screen. Grab a drink and a comfy seat on one of our couches and enjoy... For the first one, we'll be playing DIG!! - Ondi Timoner's awesome documentary about the relative successes and the love/hate relationship between Portland bands The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre!! It's an awesome film and we're happy to play it for you. Seating starts at 8pm and the movie starts at 8.30pm sharp.

Science Club announcement coming soon - we're just trying to work out the best date for it but trust us it'll be worth the wait. Have a great weekend!!

Lolo, Jsin + the Sweat crew

P.S. Are you registered to vote yet?? Sweat has Florida Voter Registration forms on the front counter!! We'll even save you a stamp and turn it in for you so register today!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pretty Please, New Vinyl + CONTROL!!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to the 1000+ of people who came out to The Vagabond last week!! Hope you liked the cupcakes and spiked sno-cones (we sure did...). Tonight, we've got Miami power-pop trio PRETTY PLEASE performing live!! Showtime is at midnight in the Garden.

Also, thanks to everyone who came out for PURE IMAGINATION LIVE on Saturday!! Sweat was packed, the stories and music were captivating and Raffa's vegan chili was hearty and delicious. The next one will be in August but in the meantime you can download and/or podcast past episodes at

SCIENCE CLUB is indeed returning!! We'll announce the date next email (we promise!!) but we've got a fantastic guest speaker lined up and we're sure that you're going to love it. For other clubs, Sweat is available as a meeting/event space for a variety of needs. In the last week alone we've had live bands, movie screenings, meetings for craft guilds and gardeners, and so on. Just email us to see which dates are available for your idea or event. Don't forget about our free wi-fi!!

Also... ATTENTION VINYL JUNKIES!! We just got in an AMAZING new loads of used records - mostly 70s and 80s stuff so there's tons of David Bowie, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Stevie Wonder, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and other essential classics. Almost all of them are priced to move (under $10 a pop) so come and get 'em while you can!! Each one will also come with a free high-quality poly vinyl sleeve to keep it nice for years to come.

Last but not least, the next part of our summer-long collaboration with the MOCA's music-infused exhibition "Sympathy For The Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967"... Tomorrow the 14th at 2pm they'll be screening the highly-anticipated new film CONTROL by Anton Corbijn!! This film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis has been getting rave reviews and is a must-see for any JD fan. While you're there, check out MOCA's gift shop for the Sweat Mini-Store featuring tons of CDs related to the exhibition. See you tomorrow!!

Lolo, Jsin + the Sweat crew

Friday, June 6, 2008

New Toys, More Books + Lolo's Bday Tonight!!

Dear Friends,

We've got some cool new arrivals at the shop!! Check out the amazing new Friends With You "WISH COME TRUE" toys!! Each one is an adorable plastic weeble-wobble type toy with bells inside, created in true FWY style. These are flying off shelves around the world but we've got 'em at Sweat. Also, check out most of Bob Dylan's back catalogue lovingly reissued on high-quality vinyl!!

We're happy to announce that Sweat Records has recently doubled it's book section!! We've been complimented on our unique selection of hard-to-find/interesting/obscure music, art, fiction and pop culture titles so now we're bringing you even more literary and visual goodness.

Speaking of books, the SWEAT BOOKS Book Club meets Wednesday, June 25th at 8pm and we'll be discussing "Snuff" - the new book by Chuck Palahniuk. It's out now and a pretty swift read so grab a copy and turn those pages!! The SBBC has a Facebook group and you can join it by clicking here.

Tonight at Fridays at The Vagabond, it's my birthday as well as our good friend Nicole Chipi's birthday so we're having a big ol' GEMINI GET-DOWN!! There will be sno-cones, guest DJs Hottpants and Carmine P. Filthy (Even Further, NYC) along with our awesome residents, veejay Chris V doing "Music Video Request" on the back patio, and of course... CUPCAKES. It's FREE before midnight so come party with us tonight!!

Tomorrow evening at the shop, we welcome back the crew of PURE IMAGINATION for another awesome in-store!! In case you still haven't heard, Pure Imagination is Matt Gajewski's series of intriguing original short stories read over live local music by Nick Kruge and others - highly recommended for fans of This American Life. In addition, Raffa (hostess of Can You Rock A Little Softer?) will be selling her famous vegan chili so come out for homemade dinner and some unique live entertainment!! Everything starts at 9pm.

FYI: RAG*TRADE's summer hours are 1PM TO 7PM, WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY and we've got new stuff from FACTION, SO-ME and more so come by and grab some new rags!!

Coming soon, new Science Club meeting announcement, Kraftwerks 4, and other summer surprises...

Lolo, Jsin + the Sweat crew