New Market Hardware

March 7, 2008 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay, shopping | Comments Off on New Market Hardware
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Don’t believe the signs, the storefront for New Market Hardware is still there. This 90-year old business was once a fixture surrounded by factories and saloons, but today is surrounded by the loft apartments and trendy restaurants popularized by SLU’s off-campus students.

Some people get excited by every opportunity for an Ikea to move to town, but this is probably one of St. Louis’ best stores for DIY. In a day and age where community hardware stores have been run out by chain stores with acres of home-improvement products that make it impossible to find anything, the friendly staff at this tiny corner store know exactly where to find all the part necessary for your project. That would probably explain how this local business became the RFT’s best hardware store a couple years back.

If you’d like to learn more about New Market Hardware, Living Saint Louis has an excellent documentary explaining the store’s history, or you could pay them a visit next time you’re in midtown. Maybe they can help you figure out how to make that bike rack you’ve been considering.

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Links with Your Coffee

February 24, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Coffee links, Matthew Hurst | 3 Comments
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chris using a Coffee Press (brought to you by WordPress)With the videos finally uploaded, and FlickR photostreams being populated, the internet can safely chalk up this last week as a success for Diggnation and Highway 61 – and a moral victory for everyone in Saint Louis who survived cabin fever.  Now that last week’s live taping of Diggnation has been released for public consumption, the world will once again rejoice in their ability to pass along valuable links to stories.  To celebrate the victory of hyperlinks we thought we’d pass along a few of our favorite stories from the past week (or so) for a recurring feature we call Links with Your Coffee.

And so next time you get snowed it, or just landlocked in Saint Louis, you can always warm up over some Links with Your Coffee.

Record, release, and Party!

February 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst, music | 1 Comment
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75s cd release flyerWith one foot firmly in the past and the other foot stepping forward, local phenomenom The 75’s are already releasing their first record, “Extra Fancy”, in style with a party this Saturday night (February 23rd).  And I say in the past very deliberately, because it remains a good possibility that as this flyer alludes to (conciously or not) you may someday get the same blank looks when you mention a Compact Disc in the future (but they might instictively know what a vinyl record is).

Formats aside it’s sure that this genre-bending Rock’N’Roll group has something to celebrate even without the CD release.  Since their first show a half year ago, lovingly documented by LoFiSTL, the band has arisen quick as one of Saint Louis’ most unique and catchiest bands.  You can start to understand their appeal by reading Mike Appelstein’s interview with the band in the Riverfront Times, or you could come out Saturday night and keep yourself entertained from 9pm until it’s closing time (around 1am). 

That priveledge will only set you back a $5 cover charge, for which you’ll recieve aural enjoyment from the likes of The Blind Eyes, Kentucky Knife Fight, and of course The 75s themselves.  But you’ll probably want to bring a little extra change for a cold beverage. Or at least bring $7 to buy a copy of your host’s recorded likenesses, for which the night’s coronation is being held at Lemmon’s in south Saint Louis.

Of course you already knew about this show, because you’re subscribed to the Highway 61 (revised) calendar.  I promise I keep plugging it for a reason (because you can use it, and we did the work for you).

Snow Day Spin-Off

February 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst, mixtape, Winter | 1 Comment
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According to AtoZ blog’s highly reliable Annie Zaleski (who is sick with the Flu), the DJ Spin-Off at the Atomic Cowboy is still going on tonight in spite of the inclement weather.  So if you want to slide, try to keep it on the dance floor starting at 8pm tonight and until midnight. 

Some of St. Louis’ best DJs will be spinning their best sets as they compete for the honor to win a free trip to Miami for the Ultra Music Festival.  Annie has taken the courtesy to provide detailed interviews (and even some mp3 mixtape action!) for each of the finalist contestants in the Spin-Off for tonight:

Keep up with events before we get time around to write about them: subscribe to the Highway 61 (revised) calendar.  It also has one of those SMS text alert thingies, if that’s what you’re into.

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