Chris

Chris

Keep it weird for Chris
We’re all losers. I don’t mean that we lost a competition or that we’re down on our luck. I mean that in the sense that our community has suffered a great loss, whether we know it directly or not. We lost when Kirk Walther died in 2017. We lost when the Mill closed. We lost when Trevor Lee Hopkins passed away last year. And now we’ve lost Chris Wiersema. As a community that prides itself on art, music, literature and thoughtful culture, it’s difficult losing the spaces, and more importantly, the people that make Iowa City unique, beautiful and weird.
 
Chris was intelligent, self-deprecating, inclusive, thoughtful, exuberant, and empathetic, no matter where you happened to catch him. From behind the Tobacco Bowl counter, to behind the bar at The Picador, to Little Village articles, to basement house shows, to backyard bonfires, to his carefully curated, booked, promoted and hosted Feed Me Weird Things events – Chris always made time for everyone. Despite his depth of knowledge and esoteric tastes, when he came through the store (which was regularly for over 25 years) he always displayed curiosity and was always willing to talk music.
 
Kirk Walther used to refer to people who were music obsessed as “music heads,” and Chris was the definition of the term. He always sought new wavelengths and auditory experiences, seeming to take as much joy in the delicate sounds of an expertly plucked harp as recordings that sound like the murmurs of an industrial boiler room in action. That’s not to say he wasn’t discerning, because he was, but his open mindedness and penchant for the off-kilter, avant garde, unknown and underrepresented never waivered. Squelching synthesizers and unrelenting feedback that would drive the average person to madness not only didn’t cause him to flinch, but were enjoyed like a morning songbird. This is part of what made him an exceptional leader for booking music in Iowa City: absolute fearlessness.
 
Even when the ends didn’t meet or Chris had to use his own funds to book a faraway act, he believed in a shared sonic space that he could create for our community. When going to a Feed Me Weird Things show you were likely to hear people say things like “that was the best thing I’ve ever heard” and other people saying “that was the noisiest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s an experience I won’t forget.” It was bound to open minds and it seems that’s what Chris wanted. Never settle for the mundane when you can try something new and perhaps even weird. Some of the best music we’ve ever tasted came from following Chris into the proverbial kitchen.
 
Going forward it’s hard to imagine what things will look like for young Iowa City outcasts and derelicts who will never know the shelter that Chris provided, but from our perspective we owe it to them, and to Chris, to try to provide those spaces, to remind them the world is small, but full of new things to taste test. Perhaps the best recipes are still unknown. Go ahead and feed us weird things. (Sorry to you, dear reader, and to Chris’ memory for beating this metaphor so thoroughly.)
 
Our hearts and sincere condolences go out to Chris’ loved ones, close friends and family.
 
P.S. Thanks Chris for often name-dropping ye olde RC in a public forum, even when it was undeserved. It means a lot to know you loved us. The feeling’s mutual.
Remaining RSD Black Friday Items

Remaining RSD Black Friday Items

RSD BLACK FRIDAY 11.24.23

For those of you wanting to shop from home, remaining Record Store Day exclusives are now in our online inventory and can be ordered now for pickup or delivery. Orders will be filled in the order they were received.

Please note: The list on this page was last updated at 10:00 AM on November 25 and will not be updated again. Please search the actual online inventory list to guarantee a title is still available.

If you have checked the online inventory to make sure the item is still available, use the button at the bottom of the page to place your order.

RSD Black Friday List 2023

RSD Black Friday List 2023

RSD BLACK FRIDAY 11.24.23

Here is the list of releases we have received for RSD Black Friday. Some items have very limited quantities – we receive what we are allotted and have no control over this process. Remember: No holds or preorders on any of the items on this page. First come, first served. Only 1 copy of a title per person.

We will be open our regular hours (11 AM – 7 PM). We will have a set capacity for the beginning of the day (10 people allowed in at a time). The afternoon will not have that limited capacity. Our guidelines are here.

For those of you wanting to shop from your own home, RSD Black Friday items will go into our inventory Saturday morning and can be ordered online at that time for pickup or delivery (the list on this page does NOT represent what can be ordered online, you will need to search the inventory pages for the title you were looking for).

Please note: The PDF version of the list will NOT be updated as the day progresses.

RSD Procedures

RSD Procedures

record store day

Happy Record Store Day 2023!
Thanks for following our RSD guidelines.

Once posted, the item list can be found at a link here.

How things will work:
? Open normal hours (11 AM – 7 PM).
? Preorders and holds are NOT allowed.
? Only 1 copy of a title per person!

? At the beginning of the day, we will be allowing 10 people in the store at a time. After an initial rush, we will be open as normal.
? Items are organized by artist last name or by title for soundtracks and compilations. RSD layout will be the same as previous dates (titles with more copies will be on wall in front room).
? Anyone waiting outside should be respectful of other groups (no loud music, leave some space, etc).
? Masks are no longer required but recommended if you have been feeling ill.
? Remaining RSD exclusives will be posted in our online inventory list and available for order on Saturday. Once they are available we will make a new Update on the website.

Remaining Record Store Day Items

Remaining Record Store Day Items

For those of you wanting to shop from home, remaining Record Store Day exclusives are now in our online inventory and can be ordered now for pickup or delivery. Orders will be filled in the order they were received.

Please note: The list on this page was last updated at 7:30 PM on April 22 and will not be updated again. Please search the actual online inventory list to guarantee a title is still available.

If you have checked the online inventory to make sure the item is still available, use the button at the bottom of the page to place your order

Record Store Day 2023

Record Store Day 2023

Record Store Day April 22, 2023

Below is the list of releases we have received for Record Store Day. Some items have very limited quantities – we receive what we are allotted and have no control over this process. Demand always outweighs supply on popular releases like Taylor Swift! You can see the quantity we have in stock on the list Friday night into Saturday morning. Quantities will be removed after that.

Remember: No holds or preorders on any of the items on this page. First come, first served. Only 1 copy of a title per person. The full list of RSD procedures are here.

We will be open our regular hours (10 AM – 7 PM). We will have a set capacity for the beginning of the day (10 people allowed in at a time). The afternoon will not have that limited capacity (and will have live music!).You

For those of you wanting to shop from the comfort of your own home, remaining Record Store Day items will go into our inventory Sunday morning and can be ordered online at that time for pickup or delivery (the list on this page does NOT represent what can be ordered online, you will need to search the inventory pages for the title you were looking for).

Trouble viewing the spreadsheet? Click here to view the PDF.

Please note: The PDF version of the list will NOT be updated as the day progresses.
The updated list above will display best on a computer or tablet.

Remaining RSD Black Friday Items

Remaining RSD Black Friday Items

RSD black friday 11.25.22

For those of you wanting to shop from home, remaining RSD Black Friday exclusives are now in our online inventory and can be ordered now for pickup or delivery. Orders will be filled in the order they were received.

Please note: The list on this page was last updated at 10:00 AM on November 26 and will not be updated again. Please search the actual online inventory list to guarantee a title is still available.

If you have checked the online inventory to make sure the item is still available, use the button at the bottom of the page to place your order

RSD Black Friday List

RSD Black Friday List

RSD black friday 11.25.22

Here is the list of releases we have received for RSD Black Friday. Some items have very limited quantities – we receive what we are allotted and have no control over this process. Remember: No holds or preorders on any of the items on this page. First come, first served. Only 1 copy of a title per person.

We will be open our regular hours (11 AM – 7 PM). We will have a set capacity for the beginning of the day (10 people allowed in at a time). The afternoon will not have that limited capacity. Masks are optional at this time. Our guidelines are here.

For those of you wanting to shop from the safety of your own home, RSD Black Friday items will go into our inventory Saturday morning and can be ordered online at that time for pickup or delivery (the list on this page does NOT represent what can be ordered online, you will need to search the inventory pages for the title you were looking for).

Please note: The PDF version of the list will NOT be updated as the day progresses.

Order Remaining RSD Drop Items

Order Remaining RSD Drop Items

For those of you wanting to shop from the safety of your own home, remaining RSD Drop exclusives are now in our online inventory and can be ordered now for pickup or delivery. Orders will be filled in the order they were received.

Please note: The list on this page was last updated at 12:00 PM on June 19 and will not be updated again. Please search the actual online inventory list to guarantee a title is still available.

If you have checked the online inventory to make sure the item is still available, use the button at the bottom of the page to place your order.

RSD Drops June List 2022

RSD Drops June List 2022

RSD DROPS 2022 JUNE 18

Here is the very short list of releases we received for the RSD June Drop. Some items have very limited quantities – we receive what we are allotted and have no control over this process. Remember: No holds or preorders on any of the items on this page. First come, first served. Only 1 copy of a title per person.

We will be open our regular hours (10 AM – 7 PM). We will have a set capacity for the beginning of the day (10 people allowed in at a time). The afternoon will not have that limited capacity. Masks are now optional, but still appreciated. Our guidelines are here.

For those of you wanting to shop from the safety of your own home, RSD Drops items will go into our inventory Sunday morning and can be ordered online at that time for pickup or delivery (the list on this page does NOT represent what can be ordered online, you will need to search the inventory pages for the title you were looking for).

Please note: The PDF version of the list will NOT be updated as the day progresses.

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