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:

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!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Join us for Numero Night - October 1st, 6-8 pm

All are invited to our annual exploration of the Numero Group catalogue! For two hours, we will spin great cuts from Numero Group label releases, talk about local Columbus soul/funk from the 70's (including music from Bill Moss, Wee, Suspicious CanOpeners, Four Mints and much more), and draw a winner for the Talent Expo Test Pressing. No pressure to buy anything, just come and listen! It's always a great time & good vibes. See the Facebook invite here.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

We don't sell online, because we don't have to.

Since we opened in 2010, we have made a firm stance against selling records online. Why? Because we believe that our shoppers should be rewarded for showing up. We believe in putting a fair price on a record, setting it out in the bins, and making our customers happy when they stumble into a great collection, or a rare treat.  Here are just some examples: Luther with the Beatles MOFI box set, Paul with an original Stooges first press in the shrink, and Sam with an original Throbbing Gristle 20 Jazz Funk Greats with poster.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Siesta Hours August 21 - 31st

Time for a little vacation! We used to close up shop for vacation, but this year, we will just try shortened hours….

SUNDAY, AUG 21st THROUGH WEDNESDAY, AUG 31st, we will be open 11 am to 3 pm only. Then you can go home and take a nice siesta!

Sunday, August 21st - 11am to 3pm
Monday, August 22st - CLOSED
Tuesday, August 23rd - 11am to 3pm
Wednesday, August 24th - 11am to 3pm
Thursday, August 25th - 11am to 3pm
Friday, August 26th - 11am to 3pm
Saturday, August 27th - 11am to 3pm
Sunday, August 28th - 11am to 3pm
Monday, August 29th - CLOSED
Tuesday, August 30th - 11am to 3pm
Wednesday, August 31st - 11am to 3pm

Back to normal hours in September. Thanks, everybody!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July Anniversary Sale: $1 off every record, all month long.

Spoonful Records turns SIX this month, and we are celebrating with a month long sale 
on NEW and USED records, including 10 inches, 45s and LPs. Stop in and save!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Red White & Boom hours - 11 am to 3 pm

Spoonful will be open on Friday, July 1st from 11 am to 3 pm as Red, White and Boom takes over downtown in the evening. Parking meters are usually hooded, so please park in our parking spaces located off of Lazelle. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


We are pleased to announce that Audio-Technica has lowered their prices to brick-and-mortar stores and starting today, we are able to offer the LP-60 line at even lower prices!
    Our workhorse: the Audio Technica AT-LP60        

The Audio Technica LP-60 is 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.  Silver and black available. New price: $99.

We also offer the USB version of this turntable as well (it looks exactly the same except for the usb cord coming out the back) that you can hook up to your PC or Mac and allows you to make mp3 recordings of your vinyl music. It is great for people who make music and want to sample stuff or have a collection to archive. The Audio Technica AT-LP60-USB is now $129.
    The Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB       

Last year, we started carrying the Audio Technica AT-LP120. At $285, it's a bit of an investment, but well worth it. The counter-weighted "S" arm tracks the grooves much better than straight arm models, it's a direct drive model with a professional cartridge, pitch control, and three speeds: 33, 45, & 78 RPM.

THE VINYL STARTER KIT: 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 bookshelf Dayton Audio speakers (designed right here in Ohio) and a very compact Lepai amp, for the combo price of $179. You can upgrade the amp to the Dayton Audio Amp with headphone jack for an extra $10 for the combo price of $189.

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!!  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.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Shortened hours June 4 - 6th

Please note that Spoonful will be open 11 - 5 today, Friday and Saturday this week so staff can attend Nelsonville Music Festival.
Hours this week:
Thur, June 2: 11 - 5
Fri, June 3: 11 - 5
Sat, June 4: 11 - 5
Sun, June 5: 12 - 6
Sorry for any inconvenience!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


COME TO SPOONFUL RECORDS FOR YOUR RECORD STORE DAY FUN! We will open at 8 am with TONS of exclusive vinyl RSD releases. 

View the whole list of RSD offerings here:

We alphabetize and organize the RSD selection to make your experience as stress-free as possible! Remember--these exclusive vinyl releases are only found at INDEPENDENT record stores!


We will be running our 20% OFF SALE on used vinyl. 

A PAIR OF PROMOWEST FEST TICKETS will be given away to one lucky winner (a $350 VALUE!). See for details. Enter to win from 7 am to 10 am with the PromoWest crew outside the store.

RAFFLE FOR A DOGFISH HEAD RECORD PLAYER. This year we are partnering with Yellow Brick Pizza and Dogfish Head Ales to bring you a chance to win a Dogfish Head Record Player, record crates, and pint glasses! Raffle tickets are $2. Raffle tickets can be purchased and FREE RSD posters can be picked up NOW through Record Store Day! Yellow Brick will be tapping a number of Dogfish Head Ales the evening of RSD, and winners will be drawn that evening at Yellow Brick. Proceeds will benefit Grrrls Rock Columbus.

RSD SWAG BAGS will be given out until they run out (usually the first 150 people get one.) This year's swag bags are laden with the usual music samplers, buttons, FREE PASSES TO THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, and cool stuff from AUDIO-TECHNICA. We will have 20 SonicFuel earbud sets, 1 QuietPoint noise-canceling headphones, and 1 AG1 gaming headset to give away!!!

COLUMBUS BLOOD has another release this year. This year's sampler of Columbus indie music is $10, gets you a free tote bag, AND A PAIR OF FREE ADMISSIONS TO THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART.

EXPLORER'S CLUB FOOD TRUCK will be parked out front starting around 7 am with coffee and delicious breakfast and lunch fare.

REDUCED PARKING RATES AVAILABLE: We have arranged with the powers that be to have the parking lot behind us and the parking lot at the NW corner of 3rd and Long to be only $3 from 12am to 7:30pm, so you early campers can park directly behind the store for only $3. Pay at the machine on 3rd. Of course, street parking is also available and free until 8am. Also, the old NTB lot (the ten unnumbered spaces at the corner of Long & Fourth) are fine to park in as Pins Mechanical is not using them yet.

PORT-A-JOHNS: Yes, let's be real. Some of you will choose to get there early and will be drinking coffee, so it's good to know, there will be a men's and a women's facility available. Drink up!


We will have two registers going again and lots of helpers. Shoppers are strongly encouraged to PLEASE PAY WITH CASH, which helps everyone get through the line faster. Please present your ID if you pay with credit card.

Check Facebook the night before RSD; we usually post pictures of the layout of exclusive records so you can get your bearings! Click here:

Thanks for supporting your downtown Columbus record store!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

SPIN ART opens at Columbus Museum of Art Friday, Feb 26th

We recently had the great pleasure of working with the CMA on the forthcoming SPIN ART exhibition, which runs Feb 26 - Aug 21, 2016.

Here's a bit from the Dispatch article:

Long before digitized music, when album-cover artwork wasn't scaled down to fit the tiny screen of a handheld gadget, the tactile and visual elements of a vinyl record held a distinct appeal.

The covers had a certain sight, feel, even smell.

An exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art will revisit this corner of the past at a time when the vintage audio format is again enjoying heavy rotation among old- and new-school listeners alike.

Set to open Friday, "Spin Art" will showcase album covers of varied styles and significance via the musical works of artists from Bob Dylan and Funkadelic to Sonic Youth.

Sizing up the oft-intricate details of a 12 1/4-inch-square jacket takes a lot more work than does assessing the shiny case of the much-smaller compact disc.

"The music and the artwork can almost seem intertwined," said Paul Langhirt, a 51-year-old record collector from Worthington who offered 22 titles from his collection of 6,000-plus albums for the show.

Still, with the "Spin Art" rotation encompassing only 90 records, "it's just barely scratching the surface of what's out there," said Jeff Sims, a creative producer for the museum.
"We were looking for album covers that went on to really define the visual identity of the artist or the music that’s on the record."

That sentiment could apply to countless albums through the decades whose facades are nearly inseparable from the melodic content within, including Velvet Underground's 1966 debut featuring the peel-able Andy Warhol banana print or David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane" (1973), which shows the glam-rock performer in his iconic lightning-bolt makeup.

Sims worked with Brett Ruland, co-owner of the Downtown shop Spoonful Records, to round up a predetermined list of records for the display. It is staged in the museum's recently renamed Open Gallery, a space highlighting pop culture and graphic design.
Like any good record collection, the pieces in the exhibit aren't all pristine: Many of the beloved albums have been listened to countless times — which is part of the point.
"These are things you might have in your house," Sims said. "I was very happy to see ones where someone had written their name on them."

Accompanying each piece will be a placard bearing information about the musicians as well as the artists who helped conceive the cover designs.

Among them: the English design group Hipgnosis, which specialized in progressive album covers for rock bands such as Pink Floyd ("A Saucerful of Secrets," "Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" all are featured).

Also in the show are other conceptual Warhol covers: "Sticky Fingers" by the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin's "Aretha," a colorful 1986 release that was one of Warhol's last works before his death a year later.

There is a focus, too, on the continued connection between hip-hop and comic-book artists, as underscored by releases ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Run the Jewels.

Such aesthetics had drawn in curious listeners long before the record's legacy found its place in popular culture.

"They always say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but a lot of people do," said Ruland, 43, a former Columbus Museum of Art employee who, with his wife, Amy Kesting, handled much of the gathering of album covers. "It's a very good selling point."

That notion, in fact, is what inspired the concept of album art in the first place.  Vinyl records featured no exterior decor until 1938, when graphic designer Alex Steinweiss began crafting visual identities for releases on Columbia Records (several are included in the exhibit). The works of Steinweiss, Ruland said, were "very funky, suggestive of jazz and the rhythms ... very mod, very weird and very personal."

Last year, Ruland said, was Spoonful Records' busiest since the store opened six years ago.
The upswing matches a national spike in vinyl sales: Nine million records were sold in the first half of 2015 (a full tally for the year is expected in mid-March), according to the Recording Industry Association of America. By comparison, 14 million were sold in all of 2014.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

RHINO Reissues Released Today!

Start your ear off right!  The folks at Rhino Records have released a bunch of great records for Rhino Day: Tuesday, January 19th (today)!! 

Jackie Brown - Soundtrack (limited yellow vinyl $22)
Devo - Freedom of Choice (limited red, white and blue vinyl $20)
The Cars - debut (clear blue vinyl $20)
Grateful Dead - Shrine Exposition Hall LA, California 1967 ($69)
The Velvet Underground - Live at Max's Kansas City (2LP version $32)
Cibo Matto - Viva! La Woman ($22)
The Replacements - Let it Be ($20)
The Replacements - Stink ($18.50) 
The Replacements - Sorry Ma ($20)
The Replacements - Hootenanny ($20)
Bad Company - Rock n Roll Fantasty (very best $32) 
The Monkees - Cereal Box Record Set ($20)
Blue Man Group - Giacometti (blue colored vinyl 7".. $8.50)

FREE CALENDAR with purchase of any of these limited releases! Happy Rhino Day! Please let us know if we should reserve you a copy of any of these releases at 614-586-1918.