Indie label Riot House Records has launched an online auction to raise money for a scholarship fund set up by Digital Gym, a lab and movie theater in North Park run by Media Arts Center San Diego. Riot House owner Brian Jenkins, who also produced the documentary film Records Collecting Dust, started the auction to coincide with the release of the film, which premiered at Digital Gym on Jan. 9.
Jenkins says that after working with Digital Gym and becoming more familiar with its educational programs, he wanted to do contribute to the cause.
"They have all these programs, like working with green screens and stop-motion [animation] with Legos," Jenkins says. "I wish something like that had existed when I was a kid."
The auction, which is being held on eBay, includes a number of vinyl albums and singles donated by John Reis of Rocket from the Crypt and Hot Snakes, Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart Procession and Three Mile Pilot and Justin Pearson of The Locust and Retox. Brian Jenkins says that having rare items available gives more incentive for people to participate.
"It gives people the opportunity to find something unique," he says. "And it's not just going back into our pockets. People are willing to pay more for something if it's for a good cause."
One highly sought-after item is a vinyl copy of The Locust's New Erections , autographed by band members Pearson, Gabe Serbian and Bobby Bray. As of press time, bids on the album were up to $102.50.
"As soon as the auction went live, it got posted on a Locust fan page, and a stream of people started bidding on it," Jenkins says. "I was reading the comments, and people were, like, Let's see how high we can drive this up.'"
Other items include records by Hot Snakes, The Black Heart Procession, Night Marchers and Crime. The auction closes on Monday, Jan. 19.