The Iron Rail is an Anarchist Book Collective. We are currently without a physical address, but are still active in the New Orleans community. We (were and will be) the oldest Infoshop in the U.S. South, and the were first New Orleans library to reopen after the Katrina tragedy.

Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering, August 21-23, 2015

Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering, August 21-23, 2015

From some comradz @ Twin Oaks:

“Come join us for the 31st annual Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering, August 21-23, 2015! The Gathering is a three day celebration where more than a hundred women gather to learn, explore and play together at beautiful Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA. Workshop themes will include DIY music, art, movement, sexuality, gender justice, positive relationship building, and more. In addition to scheduled performance spaces and workshops, there will also be lots of free time to network, drum, dance, meditate, strategize, roll around in the mud-pit and generally live it up with new and old friends at the Gathering. In a rustic, wimmin-loving environment. Sliding scale.”

June 29, 2015 0 comments Read More
Summer Time in New Orleans 2015!

Summer Time in New Orleans 2015!

Hey friends! In case you didn’t know, the Iron Rail is alive and well and living in New Orleans. If you are interested in Anarchy, Literacy, or Renovation Projects, you might want to check out this collective.

We are in the early stages of fixin’ up an old house to make it suitable for our library and anarchist space. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, please get in touch.

We still have open meetings Wednesdays at 8 pm, on the 2700 block of Architect St, and are doing some  Sunday morning workdays, some Friday evening dinners, as well as email, text, get togethers, and occasionally sending letters and tabling events, so if you want to make some new anti-authoritarian friends or come see your old anti-authoritarian friends please get in touch.

Unfortunately there isn’t a place you can just drop by anytime and say hi right now, so shoot an email (@ iron rail book collective gmail), and eventually a volunteer will check the gmail account. I promise that if you try to get involved, eventually you will be involved.

June 7, 2015 0 comments Read More
Iron Rail – Call it a Roadshow! Call it a Pop-Up!

Iron Rail – Call it a Roadshow! Call it a Pop-Up!

Attention! The Iron Rail will be vending radical books and sundries at Gasa Gasa on Wednesday and Friday, January 28th and 30th, from noon until 6pm. So there!

Gasa Gasa is located at 4920 Freret Street in New Orleans.

Sisters in Christ is located at 4920 Freret Street in New Orleans, too. So there!


January 27, 2015 0 comments Read More
Iron Rail @ O.C.H. Art Market -Saturday, 3/8

Iron Rail @ O.C.H. Art Market -Saturday, 3/8

The Iron Rail will be tabling at the O.C.H. Art Market this Saturday. Stop by and grab some books and zines and ephemera, why don’t you? Need coffee? Church Alley Coffee Shop will be there selling coffee.

The event takes place at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. We will be there from 10am – 3pm.

wellness market logo

March 6, 2014 0 comments Read More
Lupercalia: The Werewolf Ball – Thursday, February 13

Lupercalia: The Werewolf Ball – Thursday, February 13

Of interest to friends of the Iron Rail:

Come out this Thursday the 13th to this building in the CBD where the Loup Garou werewolf crew will be holding their 4th annual masked ball. However costumes are not strictly necessary, & in fact the reason I’m sending this e-mail is that the lycanthropes of Loup Garou have generously agreed to split the proceeds of their party with a new quarterly print publication, The Ark of New Orleans.

Named after the former 511 Marigny, The Ark’s still-evolving mission (in a highly subjective nutshell) is to carry on the work of our city’s many anti-establishment publications from previous decades (The NOLA Express, The Outsider, The Word et al.) and host a deliberately intergenerational conversation about our city’s past and future, and to smash down those seeking any future that would exclude the poor and fucked-up. Plus an environmental angle. Plus more. The Ark will be beautiful and full of poetry, art, original sheet music by local musicians– it’s very worth supporting, I promise!

The Ball will be lovely in its own right and is in a fun space. Enjoy the fusty ol’ CBD before it’s all loft apartments… Here is the “Facebook Invite” and the flyer with gorgeous art by Happy (who is also one of the people involved in The Ark)!


February 9, 2014 0 comments Read More


All of the records are currently living at my house. I took this break time to update the online list. I already knocked out all the LPs. Other formats to come over the next couple of weeks.

Suck My Distro (E) Lick My Clitstro // “Vinyl is my sexuality”

Newest stuff you wouldn’t have seen at the shop:

  • No – Great Space LP (UK weirdo hardcore)
  • Creem – Collection LP (collects the full length and the two 7″s)
  • Pity Sex – Dark World LP (excellent EP before Feast of Love)
  • Khanate – Capture & Release LP (very heavy)
  • Nausea – Condemned to the System LP (grindcore)
  • Man is the Bastard / Bizarre Uproar – split 10″ (grind/noise)
  • Defend Hamilton: Eat Shit 7″ (great Canadian hc/punk compilation)

Maybe I’ll have people over soon for brunch and record browsing. KYEO.


February 5, 2014 0 comments Read More
Iron Rail Closing Party / Potluck – Friday 1/31/2014

Iron Rail Closing Party / Potluck – Friday 1/31/2014

When: 7:00pm – Friday, January 31, 2014

Where: 503 Barracks St., New Orleans
What: Closing party and potluck event
Why: The Iron Rail is moving to a new location in the very near future. On Friday evening, after the party is over, we will be closing the doors for good at the 503 Barracks location . . . stop by and say hello before we say goodbye . . . 
January 30, 2014 1 comment Read More
End of an Era

End of an Era

Happening NOW! Today! 1/30/14! Everything Must Go! Head on down to the Rail today for our last regular business day at 503 Barracks! Noon – 6pm . . .

January 30, 2014 1 comment Read More
The Morality of Capitalism.

The Morality of Capitalism.

Some may be interested in this debate tonight at UNO. It’s rumored that the “Professor of Free Enterprise” will defend the thesis that capitalism is “very” moral, while the “Bank One Professor” will argue that it’s “extremely” moral. However, you’ll have to find out for yourselves if this is accurate, and if the speakers’ names are indeed “Hobbs” and “Payne.” Here’s the announcement:

“Tonight, Thursday, January 23, the Tocqueville Project at UNO will host a panel discussion on morality and capitalism. Joining us as panelists will be Bradley Hobbs, BB&T Professor of Free Enterprise and Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University, and James Payne, Bank One Professor in Business and Provost at the University of New Orleans. The panel discussion will take place at 6:00pm in room 236 of the Liberal Arts Building. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Liberal Arts Building.”

January 23, 2014 1 comment Read More
Reality is a cult.

Reality is a cult.


Just got a handful of great records from Nathalie from Rat Storm’s excellent hardcore label Reality is a Cult, including the wonderfully queer and abrasively harsh Closet Burner LP…

  • Closet Burner LP
  • We Must Dismantle All – Decathect LP
  • Rat Storm – Fractured 7″
  • Rat Storm / Chaotic Neutral split 7″
  • Cheap Art – Desocialized 7″ (playing with MYSTIC INANE on Feb 4th!)
  • Falter – Descent 7″
  • Falter demo tape
  • Occultonomy tape
  • Chud tape

You can check out all this stuff and more on the label’s bandcamp.


January 19, 2014 0 comments Read More