Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vinyl music a thriving Columbus industry

The Columbus Dispatch hopped on the vinyl awareness bandwagon with a great article by James Arkin just after Christmas:  

Vinyl music a thriving Columbus industry

Besides resale stores, audiophiles can get albums pressed here

Kyle Siegrist opened Lost Weekend Records nearly a decade ago, during the CD era.
Vinyl, as everyone knew, was dead. But he said he opened his Clintonville store as a nod to Columbus’ reputation for having a “great record-store scene.”
Great, indeed. Siegrist’s store is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and vinyl sales are skyrocketing.
Nearly 4.2 million vinyl albums have been sold in the United States this year, a 17 percent increase from 2011, Nielsen Soundscan reports.
Jim Johnson, a local sales representative for Alliance Entertainment Corp., a music, video and game software distributor, said the market has seen a remarkable turnaround and that Columbus is at the forefront.
A few years ago, there were three or four stores where serious collectors and DJs shopped. Now, there are at least a dozen stores across the city.
“I would say the vinyl crowd in Columbus is just as hip as the vinyl crowd in New York or Los Angeles or any other major market,” Johnson said. “The people in Columbus are on the cutting edge."
Siegrist said many new releases are coming out on records, including the Rolling Stones and Taylor Swift.
“Ten years ago, old people would joke that kids don’t know what vinyl is,” Siegrist said. “Kids know what vinyl is now. It’s the people that are 40, 50, 60 that don’t realize it’s back. So it’s flipped.
“It’s kind of a youth-driven thing, as music always is.”
Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records, said Facebook and word of mouth have brought many customers to his store, which he opened Downtown in July 2010.
“People who are into records find the stores,” Ruland said.
The Columbus vinyl market even attracts out-of-town shoppers. Siegrist said he gets customers from Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh almost every weekend. And Ruland said international customers visit his store on record-buying trips.
Despite the competition for customers, record-store owners have a good relationship, Ruland and Siegrist said. In fact, Ruland created a map showing the record stores in the city, an idea he got from a shop in Austin, Texas.
“We all know each other,” Ruland said. “We all sort of have different specialties and different areas that we know.
“If you help a store, then they’re going to, in turn, help you out, send somebody your way.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spoonful Records thriving downtown

We love this title and we love how true it is!  Our second full year has been a busy and successful one, thanks to so many passionate customers and friends.

Spoonful Records thriving downtown

It’s a familiar story− a young professional bored with their current job decides to go into business for themself. However, the way Brett Ruland went about choosing his entrepreneurial path is a bit unusual.
He filled up a piece of notebook paper with job ideas. But none of them seemed to jump off the page. Instead, it was a suggestion from his girlfriend that got the ball rolling.
“Why don’t you open a record store?” she asked.
Ruland thought it was a genius idea, especially in light of how popular vinyl records had become again, so he opened Spoonful Records at 116 E. Long St. in summer 2010.
“There is such great energy downtown,” he says. “I wanted to be located near the Columbus College of Art & Design, where I went to school, and the Columbus Museum of Art, where I worked for over a dozen years.”
Plus, the store’s proximity to LC Pavilion has made it a destination for several famous musicians.
“We’ve had The Shins, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, and Robert Pollard of Guided by voices, to name a few,” Ruland says.
The 900-square-foot store has about 10,000 records at the moment. Rock, soul, jazz, punk, metal, and hip-hop are just some of the genres customers can expect to find there.
Also, live performances by local artists, such as Nick Tolford, and international artists, such as Gabby Young, are not unusual occurrences.
Here's the rest of Melanie McIntyre's article from Metropreneur Columbus in full:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hang On, Sloopy

Dottie Sloop, from the family archives
Before I opened the store in 2010, I was working on a documentary about my great aunt & sister of the mother of my dad, Fred Sloop Ruland, Dorothy "Dottie" Sloop, who was the well-known "Sloopy" of the McCoy's hit song.  People often write to inquire about her, so I thought I would add this to the blog.

Dorothy "Dottie" Sloop (1913 - 1998) was born in Steubenville, OH, and became a well-known local piano player. She learned piano from her father, Frederick Sloop, who played organ for the silent films in town, and on occasion filled in.  Out of high school, she toured the country with an all-girl group called The Southland Rhythm Girls. In the late 1930's the lead singer, Dixie Fasnacht, opened her own club, Dixie's House of Music, which moved later to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.  Dixie brought in "Sloopy," as she was known professionally, as her house pianist.  It was there that acquaintance & songwriter Bert Berns Russell found inspiration for the song. During problems with the sound equipment and a crowd growing rowdy, he heard a regular call out to her, "Hang on, Sloopy!"  He incorporated the phrase into the song for The Vibrations, "My Girl Sloopy," (1964).  He worked with Wes Ferrell to rewrite the song and they came up with "Hang On, Sloopy" (1965). It was recorded by the Strangeloves, but in a rush to get the song out, they gave the song to Dayton, Ohio band Rick and the Raiders (who changed their name to The McCoys to avoid confusion with Paul Revere and the Raiders), and it was released then as the version that most people are familiar with, with music by the Strangeloves and Rick Derringer's lead guitar and vocals. "Hang On, Sloopy" became a #1 Billboard Pop Hit in  early October of 1965.

A little bit of how "Hang On, Sloopy" became the Ohio State University's theme song:

On October 9, 1965 Hang On Sloopy became the first rock-n-roll song played by the OSU Marching Band.  

After more than two weeks of pestering his former percussion instructor and close friend OSUMB Director Dr. Charles Spohn, arranger John Tatgenhorst got a call one Thursday evening.  Dr. Spohn talked to John and John felt Hang on Sloopy exploited basic rock-n-roll chord patterns.  Dr. Spohn agreed and asked John to arrange the tune.  He began at 9:30 PM and after four hours of work, he was finished. The next morning he changed only one detail; he added modulation for the ending to be in the key of G flat major, while the rest of the song was in F major.  “It would only make it better,” John said, “and I figured they would only use the thing once anyway.”  The very same arrangement has been a tradition ever since.

On Saturday, October 9 at the OSU/Illinois game, the halftime show and about-to-be tradition were almost rained out.  During the second quarter, such a heavy downpour drenched the fans and the field that the band considered canceling its performance to avoid making an even muddier mess of the gridiron, which was grass.  But, Head Coach Woody Hayes had grown to appreciate the band more than he did ten years earlier when he ordered the marchers off a soaked field during the 1955 Rose Bowl.  So the 120 band members performed before a drenched but enthusiastic crowd.  The OSUMB, in the form of a giant ballerina, stepped gracefully in the mud to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers – then suddenly began to gyrate in a wild Watusi as it played Hang On Sloopy.  There are conflicting reports as to the crowd response--some say the crowd went wild, some say the reaction was a little cool, due to the weather.  However: 

Before the next game, against an unbeaten Michigan State up north, a nervous Coach Hayes took an unprecedented walk to speak to the band.  With only 38 players on the bench and a mere 3,500 Buckeye fans in the Spartan stands, Hayes needed all the help he could get.  When the Buckeyes fell behind by 18 points in the second half, the band, from its seats, played Hang On Sloopy.  The crowd went crazy and kept yelling "Sloopy, Sloopy!"  The call-to-rally role had been cast.  From then on, Hang On Sloopy would be a catalyst for comeback, a starting gun to celebrate a foreseeable victory, or a summons to change the status quo for the better.  Sad to say, the Buckeyes didn’t come back that afternoon, losing 32 – 7.  But they were undefeated the rest of the season.  It has been an OSU tradition ever since.

On November 20, 1985, HangOn Sloopy became the Official State Rock Song of the State of Ohio.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Record Store Day 2012

CCAD student Antoine took footage of Record Store Day at Spoonful Records and assembled this great little video, which features Fred.  Fred is Brett's dad, a statistician who retired just before we opened the store.  He was instrumental in getting the store ready for opening day, and afterwards, he started coming every day like it was his regular job.  You can find Fred at the store Tuesday through Saturday, usually in the back, cleaning records, mending covers, and organizing the dollar bin. By the way, in the video, Fred meant to say 2,000 record stores, not 200.

April 21st was Record Store Day.  We do our best to get the records everybody wants.  Quantities are very limited in some cases, so if there is something you have to have, getting in line early is crucial.   Next year we will have two registers running to make things go a little faster.  Thank you to everybody who braved the crowds and was so patient on our busiest day of the year.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Columbus Record Store Map

The Columbus record store map that Amy has been working on is finally finished!  It should be out in the local record stores this week.  Special thanks to Bryan Christopher Moss who did the cool artwork on the backside.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Christmas by the spoonful 11/26/11

Here's another fabulous review we dug up on the internet, and the pics by Claudia Retter are just TOO COOL:

Shame on me. I didn't know that right here on Long Street is a fabulous old-skool record shop - SPOONFUL RECORDS - complete with a checkerboard floor, pinball machines, and a penny gumball dispenser (A penny! Now that's retro). Elaine and Mike (who's a regular at Spoonful), and their little girl, Darla, decided to grab their old Christmas records for a portrait session at the store. What fun! How many kids know what vinyl is? ... now THAT's great parenting!

Here's the source:

The Premieres "She's Always There" on King Records 1966

There are some really cool unexpected aspects of running a record store, like when an original King recording artist walks through the door and asks if you can play his 7", because he hasn't owned a turntable in decades.  We were happy to oblige Ron McElroy of Columbus, lead singer of the Premieres, who recorded this track and the flipside "I'm Better Off Now" with his group back in 1966.  He said that the day they recorded it, The Casinos were also there, laying down tracks for "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye."  We hope you enjoy the video!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gabby Young and Other Animals

Andrew Williams sent in this great photograph from the Gabby Young and Other Animals in-store performance on September 4th, 2011.  What a fun evening.

Turntabling Vinyl Road Rage Review 4/24/11

What Joe Wallace of had to say about the store:

Then there’s Spoonful, which is a bit of Rough Trade in reverse–Spoonful started off as a label and then opened the store. (I’m reading the Rough Trade Records bio Document and Eyewitness so it’s a bit on the brain as of late, heh).
Spoonful is run by another vinyl-loving collector with a clear passion for both the music he releases and the music put out by others. This shop is a treasure–it’s inviting, friendly, the two pinball machines in the back really add something to this place totally missing from other shops. Spoonful hasn’t even been open a year and deserves a LOT of support–places like this and Lost Weekend are one of the reasons to collect vinyl in the first place–music aside–there’s a warm friendly community of people out there trying to make it as indie businesses.

You can read about the rest of his journey and check out lots of other record store reviews at:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ReDiscovering Columbus - Spoonful Records - Blogpost

Sam and I love music! We like listening to it, going to concerts, playing instruments. There are so many record stores in Columbus! Yes, in case you missed the news, records are back in style!   The owner, Brett Ruland, really has a great thing going with his record shop. He has a great selection/taste in music, engages with you in conversations, and supports local and traveling musicians by hosting in store shows to promote their records. The record store itself is beautiful – the d├ęcor is funky, there are great paintings on the walls, and plenty of records to choose from! Read the rest of the review at:

Spoonful T-shirts available!

Designed by Jeff Sims of the CMA, the new t-shirt is in stock and yours for a mere fifteen bucks!  Lots of colors and sizes available.

Add five bucks and we'll ship it anywhere in the continental US. Just give us a call at 614-586-1918.

White Mystery In-Store Review 7/11/11

Random Old Records posted this blog:

After a pleasant and not-so-scenic drive to Columbus, I ended up at a semi-isolated spot called Spoonful Records, right outside of downtown and plopped between a bike shop and a couple of ominous "customers only" parking lots. Inside was a warm, comfortable space made more inviting by immaculate racks of LPs waiting to be picked over and a raggedy air conditioner that was absolutely perfect if you were in its line of fire. The night before, a fearsome garage rock twosome from Chicago called White Mystery had laid waste to The Summit, or so I'd been told. I couldn't make it to that show, but luckily Miss Alex White and her impressively-named brother Francis Scott Key White had decided to set up right in the middle of Spoonful to do a retake of the previous night before taking off for another show in Cleveland. They did so while decked out in the most ferocious Hello Kitty and Iron Maiden t-shirts and house pants that I've ever seen.  Click here to read the rest:

He closes by saying:  If you ever find yourself in Columbus, make sure to visit Spoonful. It's staffed by a cool dude and his buds and his super-cool dad who seriously lit up the room offering album recommendations, bottled water, cookies, and correct change to the appreciative crowd.

Happpy Anniversary Spoonful Record Shop! 1st Year! 07/16/11

Raymond T. Vinyl came by and took some new videos of the store!

Raymond says: Hey YouTubers! Today is Spoonful Record Shop's 1st anniversary!!! I'm so excited for the store! That's a big deal in this economy!! Rock On Brett & Family!! Local record stores are very special!! Please support them! Buy A Record Today!!

Customer Video from Opening Day 7/17/10

Raymond T. Vinyl came by on opening day to check out the opening of a new records store in Cbus and present us with the Atomic Zombie button.  Click on the pic to start the video!

Raymond says:  Hey YouTubers! Wanted to share an exciting day here in Columbus. The grand opening of a new Record Store!! Yay!! If you live near or pass through the city, please be sure to stop in. Its a really awesome place!! Buy a Record Today!

Our friend Matt snapped this panoramic moments before we opened the doors on July 17, 2010!  His wife, Stacy, on the left, helped man the register for our big day!

Shopping: Spoonful Records by Chris Deville

How crazy do you have to be to open a record store a decade after digital downloads started driving a stake through the heart of music retail?
"People at the bank are like, 'What are you thinking?'" said Brett Ruland, the former graphic designer who decided to expand Spoonful Records, the label he's run since 2003, into a storefront stocked with vinyl.
Spoonful opens Saturday in a Long Street space next door to B1 Bicycles. Ruland hopes the shop will be a cool place to hang out, both literally - he's working on air-conditioning solutions at the moment - and figuratively.
Besides new and used vinyl by the likes of Nick Cave, Spiritualized and Pavement, he installed pinball machines, a checkerboard floor, old theater seats and a leather couch to liven up the place.
"Nowadays, you can pretty much get anything you want online at the push of a button. Everything is at your fingertips," Ruland said. "I kind of long for the days when you might bump into somebody or you don't know what's going on at a place. Something great could be happening, and you just stumble upon it."

Click here to read the rest of Chris Deville's article:

Spoonful Records Brings Vintage Vinyl Downtown

The store is scheduled to open on Saturday, July 17th, and hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 8pm, Sunday, Noon to 6pm, and closed on Mondays.
“I don’t think there’s been a record store Downtown in the past 30 or 35 years”, added Brett. “It’s kind of exciting to be the first one opening up again.