Thursday, May 7, 2015

There's a great person behind every great collection!

Well, it must be spring fever, because everybody's been cleaning out their closets, basements and garages lately and selling their old records.  We don't mind! Without the used selection in our store, there would be few surprises and fewer collectibles.

Arnita walked into the store the other day and left her name and number, saying she had a collection to sell: "Oh, a little bit of everything," is what she said.  What she meant was "a lot of everything, especially great soul, funk, disco, and jazz."

Arnita's house was a crazy visual puzzle of collecting cool stuff over 4 decades. A macrame hanging, a cassette player in the shape of a Cadillac, an oil self-portrait her son Duriel made at CCAD, an oversized coffee cup proclaiming "Huge Mug of Shut the F&(k Up," and a light-up aquarium she uses as a gigantic floral arrangement container were the first things to catch the eye. Her office literally had not a single space of wall unadorned. Post-it notes, papers, pictures, books, and piles of cool old stuff were everywhere. A vintage faux-leather suitcase full of old cameras. A Star Trek board game. An album of Lead Belly 78s. Gizmo & GI Joe dolls lined the tops of shelves. Just for starters.

Like her house, Arnita herself is a whirlwind of activity. The sweet warm scent of barbecue filled the house as she prepares & delivers meal-on-wheels for shut-ins in her area. She volunteers for the King Arts Center and spent 16 hours working the polls for the mayoral election. She's a blogger and an educator in her spare time, and that's just what we learned about her in a couple of hours.  Even as we packed up and hauled out 26 heavy boxes of records and an IKEA bookcase out of her house, somehow she still managed to keep busier than we did.

Her ex-husband was a DJ at a Columbus jazz radio station back in the day. We asked if the records were mostly his. She laughed and said, "When I met him, he was green as a pool table and twice as square." No, the collection is mostly hers.  Arnita grew up in the DC area and worked at a record store called the Harmony Hut. (She asked the owner for a job and he said, "well, who is John Lennon?," and she said, "he's a Beatle," so he hired her.) She moved to Columbus in 1979.

A keen & inquisitive mind is evident through her collection: Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis and Windham Hill recordings are sprinkled into a deep collection of the disco, funk, soul & fusion of the 70's and 80's, strongly represented by Ohio Players, Funkadelic, Parliament, Curtis Mayfield, and Herbie Hancock.

If you happen to walk into Spoonful in the next few months and we are spinning disco, you can thank Arnita. It's full on dance party time.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Record Store Day is April 18th!!

Record Store Day this year is Saturday, April 18th.  We will be open from 8 am - 8 pm with TONS of exclusive vinyl RSD releases and 20% off used records. Some of the awesome things coming out on RSD are:

The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan.  It's a double LP on red and white colored 180 gram vinyl, with a 3D lenticular gatefold, and digital download.  This is the first time it's being issued on vinyl.  We ordered over 100 copies!!!!! It is very limited, and you can only get it at independent record stores.

The Dead Milkmen’s snotty but genius “Beelzebubba” album, which includes the epic love song “Punk Rock Girl,” It's limited to 3900 Blue & random 100 White Colored Vinyl.

Brand New’s super exclusive release “Deja Entendu” on heavyweight vinyl with digital download and lyric book, patch, sticker sheet, and paper bag outer sleeve.  It's limited to 1500 copies, but we ordered LOTS!!!    

Phish - New Year's Eve 1995, Live at Madison Square Garden. The legendary performance is the first live concert released by Phish on vinyl. It's issued as a six lp box set on 180 gram vinyl, and limited to 4500 copies!!!
But there is so much more: For the whole RSD list, click here!  And we ordered LOTS of it!! Check our Facebook page 24-48 hours before doors open and we will have photos posted of the records and their placement in the store.

How RSD works: We are not allowed to sell any exclusive RSD releases before 8 am. We do not take reservations and cannot hold items. That means that those who wait in line will be rewarded! Limit one per person please on all exclusive RSD releases!

Swag Bags will be given out until they run out (usually the first 100-150 people get one.) This year's swag includes goodies from Audio Technica & CD102.5, RSD exclusive stuff like music samplers, as well as wax from Columbus' own Orchestraville. 

Explorer's Club will be bringing the food truck starting at 6 am.

We will have two registers going again and lots of helpers. We encourage shoppers to PLEASE PAY WITH CASH which helps everyone get through the line faster! 

Street parking is pretty ample around our store and free until 9am. The free lot is the gravel one we share with B1 Bikes. 

Thanks for supporting your downtown Columbus record store and all the awesome little record stores in Columbus. This is truly a great vinyl town!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy 2015!

Just a quick note to say Happy New Year!  We are so thankful for each and every customer and friend that walked through the door to help make 2014 our best year yet.  Please continue to let us know what records you are looking for and which new vinyl releases you are excited about.  We are here to serve you!

We currently have lots of AT-LP60 turntables IN STOCK.  The USB version of this model, which allows you to digitize your vinyl records to MP3s, will be back in stock next week, as it has been backordered due to high demand. Awesomely enough, Audio Technica is a Stow, OH company, so you can buy local and help support the Ohio economy as well!!

We have added to our offerings inner and outer paper and plastic sleeves for LPs and 45s and replacement cartridges for Audio Technica LP-60 turntables.

We get a lot of questions about buying collections. YES!  We are always buying records, new and used.  We invite persons with large collections to sell to call Amy at 214-9931 to schedule an appointment.  If you have a manageable number (just a handful or a few boxes) of good, used records (jazz, classical, bluegrass, pop, punk, rock n roll, metal or soul), please stop by on Sundays between noon and five o'clock.

And lastly, Record Store Day is April 18, 2015!  Mark your calendar!  Once again, we will be open 8am to 8pm and fully loaded with RSD exclusive releases. In central Ohio, nobody offers a wider or bigger selection of RSD special releases than Spoonful Records!!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2014 Holiday Hours

FRIDAY, NOV 28th - 8AM – 8PM


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Numero Night 001

Numero Group releases
Started in 2003, Numero Group is small label out of Chicago that has been putting back into circulation some very cool tunes, with a focus on localized old soul, psych, and gospel. We love them because they do great work, give you the back story, package everything immaculately, and did this:

On October 4th, Spoonful Records hosted "Numero Night." Owner Brett Ruland dusted off the turntables and deejayed selections from across the Numero Group catalogue, along with cuts from their first Eccentric Soul: Capsoul Label 001 & the new Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul 051 releases.

Daniel Moss, son of Bill Moss, founder of Capsoul Records of Columbus, Ohio, finished off the night with a 20-minute talk about his dad and the Capsoul label.

Brett deejays Columbus' own The Four Mints
Numero Group liked our idea for the event so much that they sent us three test-pressings to give away, including the 3-LP Way Out Label and Bonus 12" and the Sensational Saints' You Won't Believe It. Winners were drawn that evening.

We enjoyed the event very much! Thank you to each of the 60 people that came out that evening. We hope to do it again soon and would love your suggestions! Which releases are you curious about?

SPECIAL THANKS to Numero Group for the test-pressings, Daniel Moss, and Reece Thompson who took these photographs!! Reece also videotaped the Daniel Moss talk, so we will post that in the near future!

Getting a closer look at the gorgeous Light on the South Side coffee table book

Brett puts down the needle on some Purple Snow.  
A sort of pre-quel to Prince, Purple Snow chronicles the 
70's Minneapolis sound known for dance/funk/glam fusion. 
There's a whole lot of head-bopping going on!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where to buy a turntable in Columbus

    Our workhorse: the Audio Technica AT-LP60        
In 2014, Spoonful became an authorized Audio Technica dealer.  We've been carrying the Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable for 4 years, but now we get them factory-direct!  It's a great little turntable!  It's easy to use, compact, belt-driven and plays at 45 or 33 1/3 RPM.  With its built-in preamp, you can actually connect it directly to powered speakers (like computer speakers) or other components that have no dedicated turntable input.  Our price: $105.

Please note: we assemble each turntable we sell, so you never have to struggle with putting a belt on a turntable.  We sell turntables ready-to-go out of the box!!

We've done a lot of research and really wanted to offer an affordable, complete set-up solution for those first-time buyers, so we have paired the AT-LP60 with a couple of Dayton Audio speakers (designed right here in Ohio) and a very compact Lepai amp, for the combo price of $180.

So if you are looking for a turntable in the Columbus area, come to Spoonful Records.  We are happy to show you how it works, play the display model for you, and, you might notice, it's the same turntable we have behind the counter--our daily workhorse!  If you stop by during the week, ask Fred to show you!

Replacement cartridges are also available.  Questions? Call us at 614-586-1918.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Southside Speakeasy

Barkeep on duty
On Sunday, March 31st, two guys walked into Spoonful carrying a handful of random soul records and a wire rack of 45s.  Amy looked through the stack and didn't even offer a price.  Where's the rest of these records!?, she demanded.  The two guys looked at each other and chuckled.

That night after we closed, we (Brett, Amy & Bryan) headed into the basement of a former southside speakeasy, near Deshler and Lockbourne.  The owner passed away ten years ago, and the house had been sitting empty for quite some time.  Well, not totally empty.  The basement was pretty much untouched, evidence of after-hours parties on full display: the 20 foot bar, bar stools, and lots of liquor bottles lining all the walls, mostly still full!  In cabinets we found a box of shotgun shells, firecrackers, and a flare gun, an added bonus for a nights' adventure.  The speakeasy was in operation for twenty years, and the owner was a city worker, so most of the clientele were, you guessed it, on city payroll.  It looks like it was a fun place to kick back after a long day of bureaucratic BS!!!

Some local 45s in the collection
Needless to say, the place was stacked with tons of soul, r&b and jazz.  In the 600 LPs and 1500 45s we pulled out, we found an amazing Jimi Hendrix collection, a couple Capsoul 45s, and a lot of things we look forward to investigating and getting on the turntable.  Vinyl never lets you down!!!  We also dragged out 2 big bags full of 8 tracks.  These treasures are coming your way, Columbus!