Congrats to two of Miami’s best — Sweat Records and O, Miami — on the (intentionally?) synchronized launch of their new badass websites today. The perfectly named sweatshopmiami.com is “a custom-built online web store to sell local music, books, fashion, and gifts to customers around the world. The site will create revenue for local artists, act as their mail order ‘back end’ (relieving the artists of chores such as packing, shipping, and billing), and create a centralized place where the true size and breadth of Miami’s creative output becomes undeniable.” Good for the artists, yes, but a game changer for Miami en general. Where else can you get Otto Von Schirach’s “Pukology” 2×7″, Jai-Alai Magazine #10, and a sexy red Churchill’s tank top? Before today, the answer was nowhere.
The official website for the O, Miami poetry festival, omiami.org is a stark, minimal beauty designed by artist David Reinfurt. The site has been up for a while but is now stocked with everything you need to know about O, Miami, “a hurricane of poetic activity” featuring James Franco, U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, Anne Carson, rapper Jean Grae, and Broken Social Scene’s Andrew Whiteman, to name just a few of the amazing folk involved in the month-long verse fest that starts April 1.
From this morning’s press release: “And just because we’re unveiling the site now, doesn’t mean we don’t have more surprises up our sleeves. Expect more big announcements as April approaches and keep your eyes open: Poetry is coming.”
Here’s one announcement: We’re an O, Miami partner, and we can’t wait for this hurricane to touch ground.