Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Hours 2013

Holiday Hours 2013

Dec 17 - Dec 21:  11 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday, Dec 22:  noon - 6 pm
Mon, Dec 23: noon - 6 pm
Tues, Dec 24: 11 am - 4 pm
Weds, Dec 25: CLOSED
Dec 26 - Dec 28: 11 am - 7:30 pm
Sun Dec 29: noon - 6 pm
Dec 30 - Jan 1: CLOSED

Returning to normal business hours on January 2nd.

We have turntables and combo units (turntable, speakers & amp), loads of new & used vinyl records, and gift certificates in stock.  We are happy to work with you to help you find the right gift… for casual listeners to serious collectors alike!!!  Stop by today!  Everybody is welcome at Spoonful!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Columbus Soul Classic: The Four Mints

For over ten years, Chicago-based Numero Group has made it their mission to be the best archival record label in the world by dragging brilliant recordings out of unwarranted obscurity. We love the label and try to keep the whole catalogue in stock.

Our best seller from Numero Group is 001 Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label. Short for 'Capital City Soul,' the Columbus Ohio Capsoul label's history spans only five short years throughout the 1970's. Founded by Bill Moss, a local singer and DJ at WVKO in Columbus, Capsoul released just a dozen 45's and one highly sought after LP resulting in a few regional hits. The record is a compilation of nineteen tracks spanning the label's all but forgotten history.

This month, Numero Group put out another classic with Columbus roots. We are proud to carry this record as well and hopefully reintroduce Columbus audiophiles to The Four Mints! (If you already have the Capsoul record, you have heard a couple of their songs.)  This is definitely one of the Holy Grail releases on Columbus’s Capsoul label. Every song sounds like a hit…all killer no filler! The Capsoul house band is strong throughout the record and two of my favorite cuts are written by the late great Dean Francis: “Row My Boat” and “Too Far Gone.” Also “Keep On Loving You” by Norman Whiteside, John Primm, and Wm. Gilbert is simply incredible.

The minute “You’re My Desire” starts with a drum roll and then slows the pace with horns and tip-top vocal harmonies, you know you’re in for a treat. Then “Row My Boat” takes it up a notch and gets stuck in your head instantly with its piano roll intro, bells, and a vibe that is reminiscent of some of the best Delfonics songs. “Too Far Gone” will have you bopping your head and bouncing in your seat… and you will be too far gone, but as the next song begs… “You’ll Want to Come Back,” which makes me think of something that The Impressions very well could have recorded. ”Keep on Loving You”… is one of the catchiest songs on the album… reminds me a bit of Sam and Dave in their prime.

It’s about time this Columbus sweet soul classic LP gets the proper vinyl reissue treatment that only Numero Group can give it!

With the holidays coming up, these two records make great gifts for anyone who lives in Columbus or is seriously into vintage soul.  Please let us know if you have any questions, anytime, about any of the Numero Group releases!

--Brett & The Spoonful Gang

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mystery surrounds Steubenville native who inspired 'Hang On Sloopy'

Well, actually, there is little mystery for us!  Sloopy was Brett's great aunt and was a talented pianist.  She was friends with the songwriter, so we always go with what we know! But here is the article that ran in honor of what would have been Sloopy's 100th birthday.  --The Spoonful Gang

By  Kevin Joy  The Columbus Dispatch Thursday September 26, 2013 7:49 AM
She is synonymous with Ohio State football and the state of Ohio itself: a sturdy gal who lives in a bad part of town but doesn’t let anyone keep her down.
Immortalized in a No. 1 single by the McCoys, a Dayton rock band, she has enjoyed an enduring pop persona since the first iteration of the song 50 years ago.
The lady needs no surname — as the Beyonce of the Buckeye State, our Madonna.
Still, Hang On Sloopy remains a head scratcher: Who is the red-dress-clad character giving somebody the chills?
“I knew nothing about her,” said Chicago composer John Tatgenhorst, who in 1965 heard the tune at the Ohio State Fair and, soon after, charted the original (and unchanged) Sloopy sheet music used by the Ohio State University marching band.
“Never had the pleasure to meet her.”
Sloopy is indeed real.
As legend has it, the song’s namesake is tied to Steubenville native Dorothy Sloop, who — depending on the story you hear — either struck up a conversation about her name with young men at Dixie’s Bar of Music in New Orleans or, during a difficult moment there onstage, was cheered from the crowd with a kindly “Hang on, Sloopy!”
In 1964, her name would be cemented in history by songwriters Wes Farrell and Bert Russell Berns — the latter a co-author of the Beatles hitTwist and Shout. Both are dead but are thought to have been Dixie’s regulars.
Sloop, who died at age 85 in 1998, would have turned 100 today.
Hang On Sloopy has since been covered by dozens of artists — from the Smashing Pumpkins to a Yugoslavian band (as Hej, o Slupi).
In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly adopted the tune as the state’s official rock song.
Sloop herself remains a shadow. She has few surviving relatives with no monuments or other public tributes.
“It’s always been an interesting story in the family,” said her great-nephew Brett Ruland, the 41-year-old owner of the Downtown shop Spoonful Records — who, like many others, grew up thinking the lyrics pertained to the cartoon dog Snoopy.
Ruland has spent several years collecting Sloop’s old photos, articles and vinyl albums recorded at Dixie’s.
Still, he said, gaps remain.
“The mystery is part of the allure.”

The namesake’s roots

Sloop grew up in an artistic Roman Catholic family.
Her father — Frederick, the son of a music-store owner — accompanied silent films and played the vaudeville circuit until a stroke at 27 slowed him.
Dorothy tackled the piano at an early age, performing in area theaters beginning at 6 and later joining Steubenville native Dean Martin in concert.
A 1930 Steubenville newspaper story called young Dorothy the “merriest entertainer, the queen of quip and an all-around favorite.”
Contrary to the song’s depiction, “She didn’t live on the wrong side of the tracks,” said her Westerville nephew Fred Ruland, 72. “Steubenville was a pretty nice place at the time.”
After a year at Ohio University in Athens, Sloop decamped to New York, where she played piano for a fiery foursome, the Southland Rhythm Girls.
The women landed gigs in cities such as Miami and Houston. They performed in the Manhattan apartment of William Randolph Hearst. They danced, dined out and acquired fine clothes.
Sloopy let her hair down.
In time, she moved to New Orleans, hometown of Southland leader Yvonne “Dixie” Fasnacht and her namesake bar.
“Business in the club was simply rarin’ to go!” Sloop said in a typed autobiography kept by her sister, Margaret. “Those were the halcyon days.”

An entertainer at heart

Not until many years later, while working for a children’s TV program in Lubbock, Texas, did Sloop hear about Hang On Sloopy, which rose to popularity in 1964 (as My Girl Sloopy) via the Los Angeles soul group the Vibrations — followed a year later by its most familiar form, the McCoys’ rendition.
The discovery warranted just a mention in her brief memoir.
She married Joe Boudreaux, a Navy diver from Houma, La., and returned to Steubenville to finish college. They divorced amid grief over three miscarriages, although they did conceive a daughter, Jane Heflick, whose surname Sloop changed to reflect her grandmother’s maiden name.
Sloop, who never remarried, earned a master’s degree and taught special education for three decades in St. Petersburg, Fla. She sang and played the piano to calm difficult students, niece Dorothy Ruland Lupton said.
Well into her 70s, a still-fiery Sloop performed by night.

The tune’s endurance

The Rulands in Columbus aren’t sure to what extent Sloop knew of her appeal in the Buckeye State.
She didn’t seek royalties or appear at any Ohio State functions, although her daughter said friends would send press clippings.
“That really pleased her,” said Heflick, who lives in Biloxi, Miss.
Paul Droste, director of the OSU marching band from 1970 to ’83, first joined the staff in 1966, a year after Hang On Sloopy was added to the repertoire.
He never heard a word from Sloop during those years, he said.
Yet the song quickly caught on. Beginning with its debut by the band in 1965 — during a home game against the University of Illinois, with a performance that almost didn’t happen because then-director Charles Spohn opposed the rock ’n’ roll track — crowds were enamored.
“They wanted Sloopy,” said Tatgenhorst, 75. “They asked for Sloopy.”
Attempts were made in the 1980s to reduce the band’s Sloopy frequency. They failed.
Conflicting stories are still found.
Rick Derringer, frontman for the McCoys, said he was once told by Berns that “Sloopy” was a colloquialism for a Cuban woman but that he had also read an article decades ago about a man, whose name he can’t remember, claiming to be the song’s real creator.
The 66-year-old remains unsure about the famed subject: “It’s a charming story. I wish I knew more.”
Lupton, Sloop’s niece, thinks her aunt — an outspoken woman who performed with perfect pitch — would chuckle at the incidental fame.
Heflick, who lost her mother’s memorabilia in Hurricane Katrina, hangs onto the memories.
“People always raved about her,” she said. “Mom would have been really pleased to have seen where it went.”

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Record Store Day in Columbus, Ohio

Mark your calendars!  Record Store Day this year is April 20, 2013.  Spoonful Records will open at 9 am with hundreds of limited edition releases.  Most will be snatched up before noon, so we recommend getting here early.

Originally created to bring music lovers back to brick and mortar stores, Record Store Day has grown bigger than just a day to snag a limited-release rare piece of vinyl before the price blows up on eBay.  Record Store Day is a day to celebrate, connect with like-minded collectors, and discover individuality and community all-in-one.

Columbus Monthly did this nice article about it, so read more:

Vinyl Fantasy

Shops, bands and music fans celebrate the charm of favorite albums during Record Store Day.


Downtown’s colorful Spoonful Records will pay homage to vinyl with exclusive releases, discounts and other Record Store Day specials.
The picture sleeves are creased, the grooves worn gray, but I still have nearly all the 45s I played on a plastic turntable my parents gave me at roughly age 5. When you’re a kid, anything that’s yours is automatically important, and a record felt like a personal letter from the band.

I’d blast “Yankee Rose” while studying the chest hair beneath David Lee Roth’s unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt, then gaze longingly at Belinda Carlisle’s flirty portrait on the sleeve that held The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed.”

My lifelong love of vinyl was born. It edged into obsession during college when I inherited a family-room cabinet of rock, pop and R&B from my parents and spent days introducing friends to the arty glam of Roxy Music or the minimalist jazz of Thelonious Monk in my small Waldeck Avenue apartment.

On April 20, people like me will celebrate vinyl’s singular charm during the fifth-annual Record Store Day, when shops worldwide offer sales and host in-store concerts. They also sell scores of exclusive releases such as colored vinyl or elaborate box sets that bands prepare specifically for the event.

Die-hard collectors are known to camp on the sidewalk overnight to get limited-edition items, but the event’s designed to bring back anyone who’s ever had a record he played too loudly, wore through and had to replace. At many stores, the day feels more like a low-key house party than a shopping trip, with owners and customers playing and discussing favorite songs.

As customers ditch downloads for a day, store owners encourage music fans to recall the allure of the hard copy—liner notes about an epic recording session, poster inserts designed for a bedroom wall. They want customers to remember vinyl’s rich, warm sound, but also the ritual of sitting down and putting needle to groove for the first time.

Read the whole article at:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sundown "Mansion Burning" 2012 release on Spoonful Records

Sundown Mansion Burning

Neil Young once said: “People [used to] close their eyes and listen to music. Today there’s a lot of images to go with music. A lot of music is crap and it’s all commercial and the images are all trying to sell the record.”

If this quote is important it’s because Neil Young and Crazy Horse may be Sundown’s closest musical relatives. And the kind of music Young is harkening back to—the kind you close your eyes to—is exactly the kind of music Sundown is making. Mansion Burning is the kind of record you listen to on wax, through headphones. And the only images associated with the album are the ones your mind invents to go along with the music.

Sundown’s six songs are a slow burn. Mansion Burning is a short album that takes its time and its music seriously. Droning guitars and feedback match up nicely with T.K. Webb’s hang-dog vocals of small towns and hard living.

Sundown’s sound is hard to pin down. Psych. Folk. Rock. They call it “new cosmic American music.” Who are we to argue? Mansion Burning is muscular without being overtly manly. And it’s dreamy without being boring. Difficult feats both.

The standout track is the six-minute “Sleepy Song.” Webb sings about wanting change, hoping to see things differently than others around and before him. But for all his trying, he is unable. He sings that he “wears the same shirt my father worked in,” and “wears the same jacket my dead brother fought in.” Everything just ends up the same.

“Sleepy Song” is anything but sleepy. It’s a big song full of reverb and gauzed-over guitars and a mournful harmonica. It’s a song that makes you feel small. Makes you feel trapped in a world writ large. It makes you long for a safe place to curl up and sleep through the trouble.

Listeners who like their music high on the intensity meter and a little dirty might not dig Mansion Burning.  It's a more nuanced and dusty sound.  It's a record that is plugged-in to the Midwest: a little twang in its voice and a little sleep in its eye but knows exactly what it holds dear.

--Brock Kingsley, Fort Worth, TX, writer and music critic

Sundown "Mansion Burning" is available exclusively at Spoonful Records, Columbus, Ohio for $10.