Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dogfish Head + Crosley Cruiser Mobile Record Store Tour 3/18/17

On Saturday, March 18th, from 11am to 1pm:

Free Dogfish Head & Crosley Swag and chance to win stuff, in their mobile unit parked outside Spoonful Records.

In 2016, Crosley Radio launched its mobile record store, the Crosley Cruiser, housed inside a one-of-a-kind 20-foot box truck. This year, the truck will be re-wrapped in Dogfish Head x Crosley branding for the entirety of 2017. The rolling record store is equipped with mobile charging stations, multiple listening stations, comfortable seating and a hand-crafted Crosley Rocket Jukebox. It will immerse patrons in an unparalleled, interactive music, beer, and art experience.

The Dogfish Head + Crosley Cruiser journey begins in Louisville, KY, on Friday, March 3, and ends in Philadelphia, PA on April 22.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mark J. Miller, A Life of Art

In record store life, sometimes you never get to meet your favorite collectors.

That goes for Mark J. Miller, of Toronto, Ohio, who passed away on Christmas Day 2016 at the young age of 54. Mark was a multi-instrumentalist and jazz guitarist, and had studied at Ohio University. A journalist for the Steubenville Herald Star, he covered his small town of Toronto and various other topics, including music. He was awarded the AP Award for Small Market Journalism for his music column. He was also employed as a guitar teacher with DC Music in East Liverpool, OH.

Mark was a volunteer with the Team MOJO Foundation, giving free guitar lessons to underprivileged youth; their motto was "Helping Kids Shine." Since his passing, the organization has renamed the "Free Music Lessons Project" to "Mark Miller Music Project."

He was the current Board President of the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Toronto, which he helped establish.

But first and foremost, Mark was a musician, recording his own music as well as playing in many local bands over the years which included: The Hostages, Gemini, Fortune, Voices, Grain, The Inside Out Band, Soulfinger, Acoustic Lizard and Kaiju 7, to name a few.

Thankfully, Mark left some videos on YouTube for us to enjoy.
Here is a link to Mark and a friend dueting Summertime.
Here is a link to Mark brilliantly noodling a solo to the chord structure of Autumn Leaves over a recorded acoustic bass track with a Roland GR-55 to a Digitech loop station.
Here's Mark Miller and Rick Call doing a version of Shadow of Your Smile.
And one last one, Yesterday. Just beautiful.

As friend Paul Giannamore recounts, "Mark was a natural jazzman who could sit and play a perfect tune from his head, just while carrying on a conversation, almost absent-mindedly, just crafting as he talked about something that had nothing to do at all with music." Click here to read Paul's personal full tribute.

Part of Mark's jazz collection
As you might imagine, Mark's record collection is off the charts. He clearly loved all music, jazz being his primary Juliet. Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Brother Jack McDuff, Jackie McLean, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, Duke Ellington, Eric Kloss, Art Farmer, Ella Fitzgerald, Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Grant Green, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessell, Count Basie. You name it, he had it, and his collection went deep. He collected to listen, enjoy, and most importantly learn.

His non-jazz collection is what we would refer to as all-killer-no-filler. He embraced Velvet Underground, Elvis Costello (to whom his sister Michele fondly remembers Mark introducing her), Richard & Linda Thompson, Television, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Wilco, Frank Zappa, Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, Frank Sinatra and David Bowie.

He was a loyal customer to Paul's CDs, Sound Cat, and Jerry's of Pittsburgh. There's an enthusiastic video he and his friend Joe Ammon created of a shopping trip to Jerry's

Mark's CD collection
Spoonful Records will be hosting Mark's CD collection on Sat, Mar 4th (11am to 7:30pm) and Sun, Mar 5th (noon to 6pm), for two days ONLY. Thousands of rare, hard to find, out of print & limited edition CDs will be $3. Box sets will be $3 per disc. The CDs are mostly jazz, as well as rock and world music. Partial proceeds will benefit cancer research and Team MOJO Foundation.  Click here for the Facebook event.

We are honored & humbled to be entrusted with Mark's vinyl collection and the awesome responsibility of finding new homes for his records. We hope, in his enthusiastic, swinging jazzbo spirit, you will add these gems to your collection, listen to them, share them with your friends & children, and grow your knowledge of jazz, just as he had done.

We are still learning about Mark, his friends, his loves, and his life of art. If you have anything to share, please feel free to comment below.

Monday, November 21, 2016

$10 OFF any in-stock turntable, through December 22nd.

We are super stocked up on turntables for the 2016 Holiday Season! AND EVERY IN-STOCK TURNTABLE IS TEN DOLLARS OFF through December 22nd (or until we run out!). Regular black or silver Audio Technica LP60s are $89 (reg. $99). USB turntables are $119 (usually $129). And the direct drive model with weighted S-arm is $275 (reg. $285).

For the full description of what we carry, click HERE, or come visit us at Spoonful Records. We'll be happy to show you our display model.

Open at 8am on Black Friday, November 25th

Spoonful Records will be open from 8am to 7:30pm on Black Friday, November 25th, with an extensive offering of Record Store Day indie exclusives (at great prices), 20% off used vinyl, and $10 off any in-stock turntable.  

Like every year, we will have LOTS of RSD exclusive releases available (these are ONLY available at independent record stores!). You can check out the official list here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

All used vinyl will be ON SALE 20% OFF.

Plus we will have all the great new vinyl releases, from Metallica to Charlie Brown Christmas, stocked up!

Doors open at 8 am and there is plenty of street parking all around downtown at that time of day.  Check our Facebook page for details and updates!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Annual Dollar Sale November 11 - 13th, 2016

Over 2,000 vinyl LPs for sale for $1 each, lots of r&b, oldies, jazz, rock, pop, and more. (Basically, these are all of the records we haven't gotten around to pricing yet, from all the myriad collections we bought this year.) We will put out more dollar records each day of the sale, so don't worry if you can't make it at 11am on Friday. All dollar records will be 2-for-1 (50 cents each) on Sunday!
Come stock up for the cold winter months ahead!
Friday, November 11th - 11 to 7:30
Saturday, November 12th - 11 to 7:30
Sunday, November 13th - Noon to 6

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yes, we buy record collections!

Yes, we are always buying records! We pay TOP DOLLAR for indie rock, rock and roll, punk, grunge, metal, psych, pop, soul, bluegrass and jazz. If you have any records to sell, please contact us first and you'll be glad you did. We believe in paying well for records kept in good condition. We are especially looking for: Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Sam & Dave, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Etta James, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Neil Young, David Bowie, Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, The Stooges, Prince, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, U2, Billy Joel, Eagles, Madonna, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC, KISS, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and everything in between!!!!

If you have a crate or two, just bring them to Spoonful Records, 116 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215 on Sundays between 12:00 and 5:30 pm or Thursdays between 11am - 7pm, and we'll make you an offer. If Sunday or Thursday doesn't work for you, call us and we'll set up an appointment. If you have trouble getting around or have a very large collection, we HAPPILY make housecalls all around Columbus and as far as Marietta, Dayton, Zanesville, Chillecothe, Akron, and beyond.

The store number is (614) 586-1918, or text (614) 214-9931. Thanks!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Columbus Record Store Crawl is Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Columbus Record Store Crawl is Saturday, October 15th, with eight unique & independently owned stores participating: 

-Spoonful Records (opens at 10 am w/ coffee & donuts)
-Magnolia Thunderpussy 

-Roots Records
-Used Kids
-Records Per Minute
-Lost Weekend

-Elizabeth's Records
-Ace in the Hole

***All stores will be offering 20% OFF SALE on used vinyl!!***

Come out and see why Columbus is one of the best Vinyl Record Store cities in America!!