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Vinyl, Vinyl, More Vinyl


Last week featured some of our favorite releases from this year's International Record Store Day. This week we're showing our love for vinyl and music with some of our latest products: The Vinyl Record Clock and The Vinyl Cuff Bracelet



When you think of old records, what albums do you remember holding in your hands, watching as they spun around and around?



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Our Favorite 2014 Record Store Day Releases


     Saturday was International Record Store day, a holiday celebrated by independent record stores, musical acts, and fidelity-nerds across the world with performances and special releases from select artists.

     There's a deleted scene from the movie Empire Records, a lovably 90's film about a independent record store trying to keep from being converted into a franchise music store. Night manager/Gen X philosopher Lucas  is flirting with a female customer in the store after-hours. She picks a CD from the rack and says, “Oh, I love this...”. Lucas tells her she should really listen to the album on vinyl, because:

“Some people say it doesn't make a difference...but I say that it's the difference that makes it.”

    These are important words to keep in mind as the real world slowly fades into a series of ones and zeroes. Here's some winners from this years roundup:


1. Jack White- “Lazaretto”



Jack White is always doing weird stuff publicly, like making a band with his ex-wife Meg White and referring to her as his sister, or officially changing his name to "Three Quid" during a 2005 tour.

This year he issued a single "Lazaretto", which he claims is the the fastest made record in the world. He played the new song for crowd on Saturday and three hours, 55 minutes, and 21 seconds later a vinyl of the performance was available for purchase. While he played, fans could watch a live video of the recording being cut in to the acetate.

"Thank the mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar record stores all these years for staying alive, the ones that could," White said. "Now it's bigger than ever. Every neighborhood wants to have one."


 2. Veruca Salt- MMXIV

Speaking of the lovable 90's, female-fronted garage pop darlings Veruca Salt returned after 15 years with their angular harmonies and crunchy guitars blazing full force. The second track, "It's Holy" is guaranteed to make you feel like you are riding in a convertible with the cast of Clueless. 

3. Songs: Ohia- Journey On: Collected Singles



Like Elliot Smith or Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Jason Molina's lonely and intimate recordings became all the more haunting following his death. This beautifully packaged limited release from record label Secretly Canadian was definitely a treasure worth waiting in line for. 




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5 Easy Ways to Blow Your Tax Refund

 Tomorrow is the deadline to file your taxes. If you're the type to leave your taxes to  the last minute, receiving your refund is probably the only time you'll grapple with the problem of not being sure what to do with extra money. 

According to CNN the average American's refund this year is $3,034. The Average American, you'll put that money into savings or invest it.

The Average American Procrastinator, however, has likely forgotten the government was taking his money in the first place. He or she is likely to adopt a more "easy come, easy go"  approach upon receiving this money. 

We're here to help. By the end of this post, hopefully you'll be rid of all those pesky extra dollars.   

Here are five quick ways to spend 3,000 dollars (tax and shipping not included). 


One 14k Vintage Inspired Double Halo Diamond Accent Engagement Ring



Go big or go home. We recommend you start your proposal by mentioning you were looking for something to blow your tax refund on.


Two Wine Barrel Kegerators 




Nothing says "I'm classy, let's get wasted" like a keg made from a wine barrel--except, of course, two kegs made from wine barrels.
Currently, there's only one of these for sale on Etsy. If you reach out to the seller and let them know their product will be the focal point of the party of the year, I'm sure they will jump to make you a second one.  


15 Marquee Lights 





The average American name is about 15 letters long. Now the Christopher Smiths and Jessica Andersons of the world can see their name in lights.  

With some creative conciseness, you can say a lot with fifteen glowing letters. You could display YOU EAT NOW PLEASE outside your restaurant, or LET IT ALL HANG OUT in your man-cave.  


300 Sound Effects Bodily Functions Noise Boxes 




Take a moment to imagine the hellish noise that 300 of these bad boys could make. 


3,000 Button Pins from Various Etsy Sellers





Obviously this will require a lengthy mix and match session, but that's half the fun. 3,000 pins should effectively cover everything you've ever had a passing interest in. The above is from Frostovision, a great place to start. 


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Flood Warnings



The past couple days, after months of the worst California drought in a long time, it’s been pouring hard. It's as if the rain cloudsoverslept and now trying to compensate for the first 2/3 of this season. 


Above is a somewhat terrifying picture of the storm heading for California, taken by weather satallites.


While reading about the coming storm, I stumbled across this article about the New York Government is partnering with to provide entrepreneurial classes to low-income artisans and designers.

    The Rusted Key got its start 5 years ago on Etsy as a few handmade items. We’ve since grown into a day job for most of our team. What that experience of growing provided, and what I hope this New York program will provide to these artists, goes beyond money.  

     Here in the Bay Area entrepreneurship is another brewing storm—any coffee shop you enter from San Jose to San Francisco you can overhear people as young as 20 chatting about their startups, their new app, which cloud storage they plan to use. In the shadow of tech giants born from humble beginnings—like Facebook (started in a dorm room) and HP (started in a garage)—the spirit of tech is infectiously optimistic.

     This the driving force of the Bay Area growth—the idea that anyone, from any background, with a great idea, some luck, and an indomitable spirit, can break off a sizeable piece from the American Dream.  


Stay dry, everybody!

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New Products Coming Soon!


    Rusted Key HQ is a state of comfy chaos right now. Whenever we develop a new item, our office space fills with piles of knick-knacks, new tools, and failed prototypes. Going about our work means navigating these hills and mountains to find a clearing where we can fulfill the daily orders without causing an avalanche. 

     But from all the bits and pieces of crafting supplies emerges something unique and beautiful. We're proud of the pieces our resident artist Marco Quintana designs. Proud enough to forgive him for the mess. 


Here's a taste of what we're adding next week. Stay tuned!




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