Monday, November 6, 2017

Black Friday Weekend at Spoonful

For Black Friday weekend, Novemeber 24-26th, 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 of all the cool titles for Black Friday here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

Or peek at the Press Release:
http://recordstoreday.com/Page/984

All USED vinyl (LPs and 45s), used CDs, etc, will be ON SALE 25% OFF.

We have Audio-Techina turntables IN STOCK and ready to plug in and start spinning, or give as an awesome gift! All in-stock turntables will be $10 off.

Plus we will have all the great new vinyl releases stocked up!

Doors open at 8 am on Black Friday and there is plenty of street parking all around downtown at that time of day. We have five free spots, #1-5, where it says Duckpin & Pinball on the back of Pins.
 

Check our Facebook page for all the details!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Vinyl Me, Please" Names Spoonful Best Record Store in Ohio

In a state full of cool, little record stores like Shake It & Everybody's in Cinci, Colemine in Loveland, Omega in Dayton, Square in Akron, Finders in Bowling Green, Lucky's in Wooster, My Mind's Eye & Music Saves in Cleveland, and many more here in Columbus, it is truly an honor to get this shout out from the subscription service, Vinyl Me, Please. Thank you to Ian Benson, for capturing our store's spirit.

http://www.vinylmeplease.com/magazine/spoonful-records-best-record-store-ohio/#_

The 50 Best Record Stores In America is an essay series where we attempt to find the best record store in every state. These aren’t necessarily the record stores with the best prices or the deepest selection; you can use Yelp for that. Each record store featured has a story that goes beyond what’s on its shelves; these stores have history, foster a sense of community and mean something to the people who frequent them.





It was a sunny and hot Saturday in May when Jessica and Zak Moses got married at Spoonful Records in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

“How we met is musically related,” Jessica said. “[A friend] joined the band he was in. I knew him as an acquaintance and he moved back to Columbus and we got to know each other then.”

Nearly four years later, the two were engaged and planning out their wedding. They knew they didn’t want to have it at a church, despite knowing that would please their family, and instead they looked for that perfect balance of both meaning and convenience.

“It was kinda on a lark,” Zak said. “We hadn’t really been searching for venues for that long when [Jessica] suggested, ‘Hey, how about Spoonful?’” Despite living near closer record stores, both Zak and Jessica were Spoonful regulars; Jessica even knew owner Brett Ruland before he decided to open the store. By the time they reached out to Brett and his wife and co-owner Amy Kesting, they were firmly resolved on getting married in the store. Brett and Amy were surprised, delighted and accommodating. When they had gotten married a few years before, they considered holding the ceremony in the store themselves before deciding they spent enough time in there.
Photos of the wedding.On the day of, Zak wandered over with some of Jessica’s family to get the store ready, which of course included the music—it was apparently the first time the store’s audio setup handled an iPad. (All of the music they chose to play they owned on vinyl, but both Zak and Jessica felt carrying a stack of records on their wedding day was an unnecessary complication.) Amy made sure to wear a dress, Brett upgraded his usual work shirt with a blazer but kept his porkpie hat. They shut down the store down at 3:30, and any stragglers were politely asked to leave. As Jessica stood outside in her dress, people were still wandering up to the shop, unaware of what was about to happen.
The wedding was private, small and intimate, mirroring its setting. The ceremony took place in the back of the store, the stands cleared out to fit everyone, but it was still unmistakably Spoonful. The painting of Otis Redding still hung on the wall and a copy of Solange’s A Seat At The Table was on a shelf near where Zak stood, sneaking into some of the photos. Only a few family members attended, with a small group lingering outside, unable to fit in the confined space but dead set on seeing the wedding somehow. At the end, Zak and Jessica walked over to Brett and Amy, thanking them for all they had done to turn this lark into reality, and then asked them one for final favor, to serve as the witnesses.

An hour later, Spoonful Records was open and back to being just the best record store in Ohio, like nothing ever happened.
I first found Spoonful shortly after moving to Columbus. It was summer, and I was living all alone for the first time. My apartment was too large and too empty and spending afternoon after afternoon surrounded by its silence was off-putting, so I explored the city. I knew the area around Ohio State’s campus and the main drag through my neighborhood, but everywhere else was unknown. I didn’t set out to find a record store when I stumbled upon it, I just wanted to get a better sense of my new home. I paused at the door, trying to figure out whether it was push or pull and which of the two handles to grab when Brett mercifully opened it for me. I smiled to him before taking in the store’s faded lime green walls and black and white checkerboard floor that eventually gives way to hardwood. I noticed the pair of pinball machines in the corner—they were the only part of the store that wasn’t dedicated to music so they at first seemed out of place, but the more I looked at them, the more I couldn’t picture the store without them. I don’t know what record stores used to look like, when vinyl was the only game in town, but I imagined it was something like Spoonful. It looked like the platonic ideal of a record store, simultaneously both old and new, and I was certain it had looked like that since it first opened. I thumbed through the new releases, eventually buying a copy of Taylor Swift’s Red because I desperately wanted it to be fall. As I left, my heart was buoyed by finding a store like this downtown.

There’s a perception of Columbus as a small town that doesn’t fit with its reality anymore, but shedding past labels is nigh-impossible. In truth, it is the largest city in Ohio, and the second largest in the Midwest behind only Chicago. It was founded as a compromise in 1812 so the capital would have a permanent home as opposed to being yanked around by some of Ohio’s early, prominent politicians. At the time of its establishment, the land was a thick forest that was used for hunting, but now the city is a beast of square footage that swallowed its suburbs and surrounded those that refused to incorporate it. Still, its called Cowtown and mostly known for being the capital and home to Ohio State. Ohio’s cultural cache is torn between Cleveland and Cincinnati, Columbus getting the scraps—there’s a reason the city’s pro teams are in the less popular leagues (sorry, Blue Jackets). But the area has been on the definite upswing for a few years.

Still, Downtown Columbus was mostly empty when Brett was laid off from his graphic design job. Like countless people before him, his response to this upheaval was to steer into it and do something completely different with his life. So in 2010, he started Spoonful Records, taking the name from a record label he ran as a hobby. When it opened, Spoonful was between a faith mission and a YMCA. Now its prominent neighbors include a bike shop and a massive barcade.

When I first heard about Zak and Jessica’s Spoonful wedding, I thought about how unique it sounded—who gets married in a store? But the more I thought about it, the clearer it became.
Brett chose downtown for Spoonful for a variety of reasons: it was cheaper, it was a neighborhood he already knew, and it was away from the other stores in the city. There’s a handful of stores in Columbus, each one spaced far enough away from one another that it feels decidedly territorial, but to Brett, the local vinyl scene isn’t filled with competition but rather collaboration. When someone comes in looking for a record that’s sold out, he’s just as likely to check with the other stores in the area as he is to offer to place an order for it. That’s in part because he feels that Spoonful’s prominence is a credit to the record culture in the city and he wants that environment to thrive just as much as he wants his own store succeed, and also because he’s just as much a collector as he is a store owner. He knows what it is like to have your heart set on a new release, and he works to avoid that disappointment.

They do a lot for you at Spoonful. There’s no feeling of gatekeeping and no superiority complexes readily on display. Brett and Amy are unflinchingly accommodating, going from showing first-time buyers the intricacies of vinyl to opening their lives to the regulars who stopped being regulars and instead just became friends. When I first heard about Zak and Jessica’s Spoonful wedding, I thought about how unique it sounded—who gets married in a store? But the more I thought about it, the clearer it became. There are places that are fundamentally important to our identities, that serve as second homes that fit just like skin, so of course someone would want to start a chapter of their life surrounded by that feeling of comfort.

That comfort is apparent to all who set foot in Spoonful Records, as is the undeniable romanticism that is so intertwined with the mechanics of vinyl. Record stores attract a diverse lot, but they are all united by their passion for collecting. After all, you really have to love music and love this medium to start a collection. But once that love is awoken, it is a short leap to suddenly have it become an obsession. When you step through the doors at Spoonful and the light shines through the shades and dances off the plastic-covered records, it isn’t hard to see why so many have made it their life.

Written by Ian Benson

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ANNUAL DOLLAR SALE BLOW OUT THIS WEEK

OUR BIGGEST DOLLAR SALE OF THE YEAR.

Over 3,000 vinyl LPs for sale for $1 each, lots of r&b, oldies, jazz, country, big band, classic 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 every morning each day of the sale, so don't worry if you can't make it out right away. All dollar records will be 2-for-1 (50 cents each) on Sunday!

Come stock up for the cold winter months ahead!
Weds, Oct 25 - 11 to 7:30
Thur, Oct 26 - 11 to 7:30
Fri, Oct 27 - 11 to 7:30
Sat, Oct 28 - 11 to 7:30
Sun, Oct 29 - Noon to 6 (2 for $1)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

OUR ANNIVERSARY SALE...STARTS....NOW!

Tuseday, July 18th through Sunday, July 23rd, we are celebrating SEVEN years of doing this crazy thing! Thank you to everyone for supporting your little downtown store. Whether you make time out of your lunch break for us weekly, or only swing through once a year, we are so grateful for every single one of our customers!!!

SALE:
$2 off new LPs
20% off used vinyl and CDs
20% off Spoonful t-shirts & totes
$10 off any in-stock Audio-Technica turntable


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We Buy Records...a lot of them!

People ask us all the time, do you buy records? The answer is YES, YES, YES!


We sell about 40,000 records a year, so we have to buy records EVERY DAY. 

Sometimes people are cleaning out their closet or basement, sometimes they are the executor of an estate, sometimes they are moving; and we are BUYING! We invite people with a crate or two, to just bring them to Spoonful Records, 116 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215 during these times below when our used buyer is working, and you'll receive a cash offer:

BUY/SELL HOURS
Sundays - 12:00 to 5:30 pm
Tuesdays - 3 pm to 7 pm
Wednesdays - 3 pm to 7 pm 
Thursdays - 11am to 7pm
Saturdays - 2 pm to 6 pm 

If those times don't work for you, text 614-214-9931 and we'll set up an appointment. If you have trouble getting around or have a very large collection, we HAPPILY make housecalls as far as Marietta, Dayton, Zanesville, Chillecothe, Akron, and beyond.

How much do we pay, you ask? We pay TOP DOLLAR for indie rock, rock and roll, punk, grunge, metal, psych, pop, soul, hip hop, rap, bluegrass and jazz. We believe in paying well for records in good condition. We are especially looking for: Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Etta James, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Neil Young, David Bowie, Prince, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Wu Tang, Run DMC, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, U2, Billy Joel, Eagles, Madonna, Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC, KISS, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and everything in between!!!! The price we offer is based on the condition of the cover, condition of the vinyl, and overall desirability of the title. We try to be fair and competitive!

We also buy CDs, tape cassettes, 8 tracks, 45s, and nice vintage turntables.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Taking our annual break....and having a wedding?

Spoonful Records will be CLOSED:

Saturday, May 27th from 3:30 - 4:30 for a wedding. Yep, two crazy kids want to get hitched in a record store. The wedding is at 4 pm, so shoppers are asked to make their purchases by 3:45. We'll open right up again after the quick ceremony.

May 29th - June 5th. We try to take an annual vacation every year in June or August, and also our staff and most of Columbus like to head to the Nelsonville Music Festival that first weekend in June. So we're taking a break, don't hate!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Record Store Day 4/22/17 at Spoonful Records

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:
http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases


We have just about everything on the list, and good quantities of the ones people asked about, like Space Jam, Bowie Promo Box, Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, U2, Gerard Way, Prince singles, Marcy Playground, Neil Young, RTJ totes, Alice in Chains, DMB, Bruce Springsteen, AND SO MUCH MORE.

We alphabetize and organize the RSD selection to make your experience as stress-free as possible! Please look at our Facebook page Friday night to see photos of the store and the layout.
Our Facebook event page is HERE.

COUPONS: There are always items that are too expensive/heavy/scarce to put in the bins, like the Dave Matthews Band box set and the Star Wars Crosley record player, so we have devised a coupon system that works really great. At 7:30 am, Amy will go through the line and offer coupons for the items in the showcase. If you get one, put it somewhere safe, and shop the bins confident you are getting the item on your coupon. When you get to the cash register, present your coupon. Simple as that! The list of coupon items will be listed on FB the night before.

All RSD exclusive records are one per household.





IN ADDITION!

We will be running a 25% OFF SALE on used records.

RSD SWAG BAGS will be given out until they run out (200 in total!) This year's swag bags have 200 free admission passes for the Columbus Museum of Art, 200 free admission passes to the Gateway Film Center via CD102.5, $1 off coupon for Roosevelt Coffee and more, like stickers, buttons, and music samplers. So the first 200 shoppers will get a really nice swag bag/canvas tote!

PROMOWEST PRODUCTIONS will be giving away free tickets from 7am - 9am for Bunbury, Foster The People, My Morning Jacket, Brit Floyd, The Black Angels and Everclear.

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!

PARKING: Street parking is still the cheapest around our store, at 20 minutes per $.25, with meters turning on at 8 am. However, the lot directly behind us will be reduced to $3 to park from 12:01 am to noon on Saturday, April 22 for RSD. After noon, it goes back to $7 per day.

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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!

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

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.