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RS94109 is a record shop located in the San Francisco Tenderloin serving the Bay Area independent music community.
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RS94109

Update 11/16/2015:

We are extremely touched and humbled that we have reached our goal. Keep in mind that we have reached the bare minimum amount to open the shop doors. With only 47 hours left please continue to donate! All the rewards are still available and we greatly appreciate everyone's support. Thank you for showing us that the Bay Area independent music community is alive and thriving.

Update 10/21/2015:

Great news- We've landed a grant to replace our front/side windows, and revamp our entrance! We're also almost 40% funded-- Thank you all so much for the support so far! If you, or anyone you know is waiting to donate, now is the time. Additionaly, we may introduce a few new rewards in the coming days, so please stay tuned and let's make it happen!

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The Shop

RS94109 is a record store founded by Skander Harooni, Sohrab Harooni, and Josh Woods, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. RS is focused on serving the Bay Area underground music community through independent distribution and hosted events. Maintaining a collection of Techno, House, Jungle, Dub, Industrial, Post Punk, Hardcore/Punk, Noise, Power Electronics, Black Metal, and Experimental music. The space is designed to be a cultural event space for raw experimental music and independent artists.

Dark Entries

RS94109 is the home of Dark Entries records. Which holds the label's office and is the location for Dark Entries' mailorder and distribution.

Dark Entries was born in the spring of 2009 to release out of print and unreleased underground music as well as contemporary bands. A project of Josh Cheon, a vinyl-focused DJ and collector, Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists. All of their releases are a carry over from the DIY days of the 1980s independent record labels. Dark Entries entrusts all of their projects with the best engineer in the state, George Horn at Fantasy Studios, who has remasters each release using his 50+ years of knowledge in the industry.

http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/

Dark Entries founder Josh Cheon with Tom Ellard of Severed Heads
Dark Entries founder Josh Cheon with Tom Ellard of Severed Heads

The Original Vision

In May of 2015, RS closed its doors to repair and remodel the space to complete the original vision for the shop, with an improved floor layout, featuring a new coffee bar, bathroom, new floor, new record racks, DJ booth, listening stations, new counters, office, stock area, lighting, and exposing of brick and metal beams. Unfortunately after an intense period of remodeling RS fell short of its budget goals to fully complete the renovation, left without funding for record racks, furniture, listening stations, and a proper DJ booth.

In order to help us achieve our goal of covering the additional costs we are launching a donation campaign and hosting a series of benefit shows over the next six month period. We hope you will take part in helping us complete our vision for the shop.

We've already completed the core amount of work needed for us to reopen. Which consisted of fittings for the coffee bar, fully redone ADA bathroom, replacing damaged plywood floors with concrete floors, redone walls, interior and structural work , redone lighting and exposing once covered facade windows.

We still need to pay for our counters, listening stations, DJ booth, record racks/displays and furniture. What we will build with your help is below.

Counters : Record POS / DJ Booth & Coffee Counter

Renderings by Hobstetter Architecture Studio

Record Counter / DJ Booth
Record Counter / DJ Booth
Café
Café

Record Racks / Displays / Listening Station

Record Racks / Displays / Listening Station
Record Racks / Displays / Listening Station

 ADA Improvements

We want RS94109 to be fully accessible to everyone. Help us raise funding to improve our entrance and existing space to full ADA standards as well. This means installation of a ADA door, push bar, and entrance ramp. We did not want to leave anything out so we have made our coffee counter, dj booth/record counter, listening stations, and racks all ADA accessible. 

Arts and Events

A big part of these improvements and ideas behind RS94109 is to open up the space for live music, experimental video and art performances and installations. We are making adjustments in order to turn the space into a cultural center for arts and music. We will be opening up more exits and windows, upgrading our outlets and electrical, improving our sprinkler system, and opening up the space for performances. With also a future goal of improvements in sound and acoustics.

Photo : Nikki Greene
Photo : Nikki Greene

 Rewards

$3000 - Become A Member

  • Free Coffee for a year 2/day
  • Rent RS94109 for a night for your own private event
  • Free entry to any of our shows in and out of RS94109.
  • + All Rewards listed in this kickstarter campaign
$1500 -  Rent RS94109 For A Night
  • Rent our space for one night for a private event. We can either help you facilitate it or feel free to run it the way you would like. We will also work with you with beverages, the option of having our coffee bar operating during your event.
$200 - Shop Thank You List 
  • To show our appreciation of your donation we will be posting a thank you list at our shop with your name on it. 
  • This prize also includes, a cardstock hand screen printed poster made only available through donating to this campaign. Custom design made by the RS94109.
  • RS T-Shirt also custom design and only available through donating here.
  • Your choice between an RS hoodie or sweater. We will send you design of each and you can make your pick.
  • Choose two of the cassettes we are making available during this donation - A new mix by Vereker / Restraint ( Endangered Species)  which will be only made available through this donation. A mix by Delivery ( L.A Club Resource) , An unrehearsed live set from Further Reduction playing at RS94109. Also available are the Kemal (Berceuse Heroique) Part 1 & 2 digi mixes, Mgun, Verdigris,  Protect-U, Austin Cesear, and Vereker RS mixes. **More to come**
$150 - Records From The Shop
  • This prize also includes your name on a big thank you list posted at the shop and a set of records personally picked by RS catered to your taste and preferences. ! 
$100 
  • Includes your name on the thank you list posted at the shop.
  • A custom RS designed metal pin
  • 8 1/2 X 11" inch poster made by RS.
  • Our first available RS sticker.
  • Limited RS T-shirt. We will be releasing a shop t-shirt only through these rewards. After that we will not make them ever again.
$50  - RS Hoodie
  • We are making a new hoodie available. Get it with this reward.
  • Our first available RS sticker.
$40 - Tickets To Our Shows
  • RS does many shows in and out the shop. With this reward get two tickets to a future show.
$40 - RS Crew Neck Sweatshirt
  • New RS Sweatshirt made available first through this donation. 
  • Our first available RS sticker.
$30 - Limited Design RS T-Shirt 
  • We will be releasing a shop t-shirt only through these rewards. After that we will not make them ever again. Get it with this reward
  • Our first available RS sticker.
$30 - Limited Cardstock Hand-Screened Poster
  • This prize also includes, a cardstock hand screen printed poster made only available through donating to this campaign. Custom design made by the RS94109.
$25 - Future Show Ticket
  • RS does many shows in and out the shop. With this reward get a ticket to a future show.
$15  - RS Cassette 
  • Limited cassettes from RS94109. - A new mix by Vereker / Restraint ( Endangered Species) which will be only made available through this donation. A mix by Delivery (L.A Club Resource) , An unrehearsed live set from Further Reduction playing at RS94109. Also available are the Kemal (Berceuse Heroique) Part 1 & 2. Mgun, Verdigris, Protect-U, Austin Cesear, and Vereker RS mixes. **More to come**
  • Skander's album "Ruin" on cassette. 
$10 - RS Metal Pin
  • Metal Pin with the RS logo. 
  • Our first available RS sticker.
$10 - 8 1/2 X 11" inch poster 
  • RS94109 custom design poster. Different design than the limited screen printed poster above.
$5 -  Thank you card
  • We appreciate all of your support and generous donations. As a thank for we will be sending out thank you cards to all of our donors.

Risks and challenges

Meeting our goals by Wed, Nov 18 2015 will mean the store will have it's coffee counter, record POS / DJ booth counter, record shelves, listening stations and furniture. While this fundraiser is currently live, we will continue with renovations and getting the store closer to it's opening date.

It is exciting to think that we are only two months away from meeting our original vision for RS94109.

Construction delays are a possible challenge to our project. Although we might face these delays, our doors will be back open as soon as possible.

Thank you for all your continued support!

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    RS94109 Sticker and custom designed thank you card.

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    Limited cassette mix from Vereker (Endangered Species, L.I.E.S, TTT, Berceuse Heroique)

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    Limited cassette mix from Delivery (LA Club Resource)

    First run of cassettes released by RS94109. Custom Artwork design by RS94109

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    Special live recording of Further Reductions playing at the shop last year on cassette with artwork by RS94109.

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    Skander's album "Ruin" on Cassette.

    Limited to 100 copies. First 10 being sold here.

    Artwork here:
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    RS94109 Tote Bag

    Custom designed tote bag by RS94109

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    RS94109 slipmats

    Slipmats with RS94109 logo

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    New RS T-Shirt. Unique one off design only available through this fundraiser + Sticker

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    SEALED DARK ENTRIES TEST PRESSING :

    DE-004 ZWISCHENFALL - HEUTE EP

    Zwischenfall formed in 1982 with Michael Sass (synths), Martin Urban
    (bass/vocals) and Stephan Kraemer (guitar/drums)–all of German
    descent. They were united by musical sensibilities that combined
    electronic and traditional instruments developing the basis for their
    1982 demo recordings. By chance Patrick Codenys of the Belgian electro
    pioneers FRONT 242 heard two songs and decided to record a 4-song EP
    for the electro band’s newly formed label MASK. The Heute EP was
    released in 1983 after a week of recording in Front’s private studio
    under the direction of sound-whiz Daniel B. Bearing in mind MIDI had
    not been invented at the time, the recording involved some extensive
    sound sculpting including the use of individual synths (PPG Wave,
    Syrinx, Roland System 100, etc.) for separate drum sounds. To create
    an organic feel to the combination of acoustic and electric guitar, a
    trumpet and a bass were incorporated into the electronic arrangements.
    Sonically way ahead of their time, Zwischenfall have a distinct sound
    with hard rhythms and melancholic melodies that blend minimal yet
    catchy electronics to create a very danceable production. Remastered
    by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, the EP features two bonus tracks
    from the Heute sessions never before released on vinyl: the uptempo
    “Tausend Jahre” and “Katastrophe” the demo version of Flucht.

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    SEALED DARK ENTRIES TEST PRESSING

    DE-025 DARK DAY - EXTERMINATING ANGEL LP

    Dark Entries is working in reverse order to re-issue Dark Day’s first
    album “Exterminating Angel” originally released in 1980 onLust/Unlust.
    Dark Day is the minimal electronics brainchild of Robin Crutchfield
    following his separation with no wave band DNA. Growing up in rural
    Pennsylvania, Crutchfield was fascinated with both performance art and
    the most esoteric edges of pop music. After making his escape to New
    York City in the mid-seventies, he was inspired by Yoko Ono’s Plastic
    Ono Band and Lydia Lunch’s Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. He made the
    transition into the new music of downtown Manhattan and formed the “no
    wave” band DNAwith Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori in 1977.
    In 1979 Crutchfield left DNA to pursue a series of musical projects
    under the name Dark Day. His first album, “Exterminating Angel” is
    named after the Luis Bunuel film of the same name. On this album the
    band is Robin on synthesizers and vocals, Phil Kline on guitar/bass,
    Barry Friar on drums and guest Steven Brown of Tuxedomoon on
    saxophone. All 13 songs on “Exterminating Angel” use cheap
    synthesizers to create cyclical, machine-like keyboard riffs as a
    foundation for the moody, Teutonic music. Crutchfield sings like a
    lost member of Kraftwerk with a dry detachment creating a starker and
    chillier atmosphere. Lyrics were derived from cut-up methods similar
    to those used by the surrealists, fluxus artists, and William
    Burroughs and Bryon Gysin and pit the subjected against their torments
    and tormentors.
    All songs on “Exterminating Angel” were originally recorded at
    Sorcerer Sound, NYC. 1979 and produced by Charles Ball. This re-issue
    has been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in
    Berkeley, CA. Dark Day continue to inspire the current wave of stark,
    eerie, processional synthesizer music more than 30 years later.

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    SEALED DARK ENTRIES TEST PRESSING :

    DE-055 VICTROLA - MARITIME TATAMI 12″

    For our 55th release we are launching a special series called Dark
    Entries Editions, dedicated to 12″ singles made for the dance floor.
    The first release in this series is Victrola, the duo of Antonio “Eze”
    Cuscinà and Carlo Smeriglio from Italy. The band formed in Messina,
    but later relocated to Florence to join the rich musical scene there
    with Neon, Pankow, Alexander Robotnick and Diaframma. Beginning as a
    4-piece combo (two guitarists, bassist, drummer) in 1979, they slimmed
    down to a synthesizer and guitar-based duo a few years later.
    Their sole release was the “Maritime Tatami”/”A Game Of Despair” EP,
    from 1983. Using an array of now-classic Roland synthesizers (TR 606,
    TR 303 Bassline, Juno 6) plus a Korg Polysix and Fender Stratocaster,
    they crafted two darkwave ballads. “Maritime Tatami” engulfs the
    listener with trance-inducing synth lines and melancholic vocals over
    its epic 8 minutes. Oblique minor-key bass lines provide an anchor
    while snappy, brittle 606 rhythms propel the track along. The lyrics
    tell the story of Tatami, a boy from a fishing town who yearns for a
    new life in the big city. “A Game of Despair”, on the flipside, is a
    haunting crawl through the eyes of a woman left by her lover. An
    angular guitar riff repeats hypnotically, as fragile icy synth lines
    chime emptily above it.
    Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at
    Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Victrola’s only release is a truly
    singular and timeless masterpiece—it’s from a dimension of its own.

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    Name on a big thank you list posted at the fundraising closing party.
    RS Pin
    RS 8"1/2 X 11" print poster
    RS Sticker
    RS limited run Shirt
    Choice of one of the limited cassettes above.

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    You will be on a thank you list posted at shop and on the site for a year.
    Personally shopped/selected set of records by the RS crew based on your tastes.

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    You will be on a thank you list posted at shop and on the site for a year.
    RS highly limited hand screen printed poster
    RS Shirt
    RS Hoodie or Sweater
    Choice of any two cassette above
    RS Pin
    RS Sticker

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    All rewards above.

    RS Hoodie
    RS Sweater
    All Cassettes
    Pin
    Poster
    Hand picked records
    Slipmats
    Tote Bag
    RS Shirt
    VIP Tickets to RS Show (local)

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    Rent RS94109 for a private event + all rewards above

    We will help organize the event in anyway if needed and will find the best possible date for you.

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    VIP, Become a RS94109 VIP

    Free coffee for a year (2 coffees a day)
    Host you own private event at RS94109
    Free entry to all RS94109 events
    All rewards above

    By donating this amount, you will be reconigized as a integral part of RS94109 and RS94109 reaching it's goals.

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Funding period

- (60 days)