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Any local fan of vinyl has no doubt spent some time digging through the crates of Lost Weekend Records. And anyone who has spent time digging through the crates of the store has been audience to the yarns of owner Kyle Siegrist. That’s part of the charm of his Clintonville mainstay: whether you browse or [...]
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Any local fan of vinyl has no doubt spent some time digging through the crates of Lost Weekend Records. And anyone who has spent time digging through the crates of the store has been audience to the yarns of owner Kyle Siegrist.

That’s part of the charm of his Clintonville mainstay: whether you browse or buy, you’re going to get an earful from Siegrist—aphorisms on Dylan, ruminations on the health of the local scene, debates as to which Fleetwood Mac album is the best, or just general observations on the weather.

In recent months though, you may have been privy to a new voice from Siegrist: his first proper album.

The cheekily titled “Solo” Album, was a labor of love written and recorded over the last two years at Musicol Studio, with engineer Keith Hanlon, and the help of myriad local talent.

“I didn’t do it for ego,” says Siegrist, when pried about the title from the Country and Oddities section of his store. “I just wanted to have some control and to call all of the shots. But it’s in quotes, because it’s not really a true solo record—most solo records aren’t. I think overall there are like 15 people playing on the record.”

Indeed, only Siegrist could birth the goofy fun of “Audrey Hepburn” and “Scary-Go-Round,” and a sound that veers between ’60s psych, Husker Du, the Ramones, and the Archies, with that patented peculiar Columbus bent inherent within. Most comfortable behind a guitar, Siegrist wanted the freedom to “just sing” the songs that he had written for the record, so he enlisted a revolving cast of players—including, but not limited to: Brian Baker (Brat Curse), Mickey Mocnik (Nervosas), Nate Farley (Quemado), Chelsea Simmons (Kizzy Hall), and Matt Duckworth (Orchestraville)—to serve as his band. He soon found that the configuration would elicit even more songs, written in the sessions, and the sessions took on a spontaneous “rock potluck” vibe that really shaped the record.

“In many ways, I’m the weak link on my own project—and yet my crazy ideas [are] what made it all happen,” he said. “I think my main strength is bringing people together. I knew getting the right combination of people together would could create what I heard in my head.”

Finding that balance wasn’t a matter of scouring clubs, putting up want ads, or groveling on Facebook. Instead it happened quite organically, with Siegrist rarely having to leave the stool behind his register. As a hub, Lost Weekend has become more than just a record store in the 15 years since it has opened. The sunless and cramped hovel (two redeeming qualities of a record store) Siegrist took a chance on—after leaving a career in major label music management and promotions—has regularly hosted shows, hootenannies, and mini-conventions, flaunted its Columbus and Ohio sections, and always has at least one local musician on paid staff. If being surrounded daily by the physical history of music itself wasn’t enough to influence his album, the presence of the Columbus community in his store, and now life, certainly shows in the grooves. His service to the community was reciprocated in great performances on “Solo” Album, most notably by Simmons, whose drums appear on nearly every track.

The collaboration became big for Siegrist. He knew he wanted the record to be a blueprint for future albums and set the stage invite even more people on board in the future. Though he talks like a lifelong fixture among the fabric of Columbus lore, he readily admits that he didn’t even consider playing music—let alone being in bands—until he was 28.

“I always put musicians on a pedestal and thought they were magical,” he says about life before the store, “but being in the business and meeting so many people, like Bob Dylan and Tommy Stinson, I found that those people were all real people, too. They were human. In the ’90s all of my friends were in bands, so I decided that I could do that too.”

Call it osmosis. Lost Weekend just seems to be a place the music community gravitates towards. Siegrist shows his gratitude and what he’s absorbed in every note of “Solo” Album. And the weekend of shows he’s put together for the store’s 15th anniversary—featuring Vacation, a reunited Brainbow, Counterfeit Madison, Sega Genocide, Corbezzolo, and of course Siegrist’s “Solo” band—reflects the breadth and diversity of musicians stepping up to celebrate. With a little help from his friends, it’s certain Siegrist will be around for 15 more years.

Lost Weekend 15th Anniversary

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Local rocker Angela Perley shines on solo debut

Mike Thomas

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Folk, alt-country, or indie rock—however you choose to categorize her sound, Angela Perley remains a pillar of the Columbus music community—and highly in-demand as a national touring act, to boot.

(614) caught up with Perley to discuss her new album, life on the road, and what it takes to make it as a musician in the Capital City.

Photos: Brian Kaiser

(614): YOUR NEW RELEASE, 4:30, IS YOUR FIRST AS A SOLO ACT. WHAT LED TO THIS CHANGE?

AP: Since 2009 until last year, I had the Howlin’ Moons. It’s always been myself, Chris Connor on lead guitar, and then we had bassist Billy Zehnal in the band up until last year. We’ve had a rotating extended family of drummers. Billy’s not in the band anymore, and we were also on Vital Companies, which is a studio/label in Columbus that did our previous albums.

https://open.spotify.com/album/04pKByd2ygDHXdvl1TcdWP?si=6njCmRpfR5GRWe5kLNghVw

So this one—it’s a solo one, it’s my first independent release. There’s no label involved, I own the masters to the songs. It’s hard to keep a band together, so Chris, who’s been in the band since the beginning, and I, we’re kind of the only members, and we have an extended family of really great and talented people who have other projects they’re in. It just works a lot better with what I want to do.

YOU USED KICKSTARTER TO HELP FUND THE ALBUM. WHAT WAS THE CROWDFUNDING EXPERIENCE LIKE?

Before, with Vital, they had a studio and video production, and they took care of all of our recording in-house. We didn’t realize how expensive everything was. We had paid for studio time [for 4:30] through show money, but to look at all of the other expenses of making a record happen and trying to get it out there, it’s pretty intense! There have been a lot of independent artists that we know that will do Kickstarters, and I’ve never done anything like it before, so I was really nervous doing it. But it was a success, and I actually just finished sending out all of the preorder vinyl that people ordered.

YOUR SOUND IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS ANYTHING FROM AMERICANA, TO ALT-COUNTRY, TO PSYCHEDELIC ROCK. WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITHIN THOSE TRADITIONS IN 2019?

You kind of have to make your own path, because although there is a resurgence of rock ‘n’ roll, everything’s been done before. It has those roots, but we’re not breaking the mold or anything. You just have to be true to yourself and to the music, and just go from there. Everyone’s voice is important as an artist, so that’s important to remember.

YOU’RE ON THE ROAD TOURING QUITE A BIT. DO YOU STILL KEEP TRACK OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE COLUMBUS MUSIC SCENE?

Columbus is definitely growing, and moving toward doing things independently. I’ve seen a lot of bands touring, which is good. It’s an affordable place to tour out of, and there’s a community here for sure. Whenever I have a chance, we go out to the shows. We love The Cordial Sins, and we’re having them as our special guests for our album release. The High Definitions, Souther—there are just so many good bands.

When I go to other cities and I realize that there’s not really much of a scene going on, it is kind of cool to see that in Columbus, people are very aware and supportive of musicians. Even the businesses around here, everyone’s trying to work with musicians in some way. There are so many gigs, be it at breweries, at restaurants, or little festivals that pop up. There’s work for musicians here. And some other cities, there’s really not.

IN THE PAST, YOU’VE PLAYED SOMETHING LIKE 150 SHOWS A YEAR. ARE YOU KEEPING UP THE SAME PACE THESE DAYS?

I’m glad that we played that many shows at that time. We were playing anywhere and everywhere, and a lot of that was pressure financially. If that’s the way you’re making a living, you’ve got to take every gig. We’ve spread out the shows since, especially since we have been doing it for this long. We’re kind of gearing more towards quality shows. I will say, playing that many shows—I needed that. We needed the experience, and just the repetition. Every venue is different, every environment, every crowd. You cut your teeth and it makes you stronger.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO LOCAL ARTISTS HOPING TO MAKE A CAREER IN MUSIC?

It’s tough, because for each person it’s so different. Getting out there and working hard, playing as many shows as possible—that's all really great experience. But also focus on the music itself. If you’re going to make a music video or a recording, take your time—don’t half-ass it. Wait until you know what you’re doing. Although, you kind of have to learn from your mistakes, too.

Catch Angela Perley with special guests The Cordial Sins on September 6 at Skully’s Music-Diner for the release show of her new album, titled 4:30.

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614 Sessions: Doc Robinson

Mike Thomas

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Doc Robinson, the collaboration of Columbus music stalwarts Jon Elliott and Nick D’Andrea, joined us for this session in the 614 offices to share their unique brand of "Backyard BBQ Breakup music."

While here, the duo played stripped-down acoustic versions of their songs "Wilderness" and "Wild Beauty."

To hear more from Doc Robinson, follow them on your streaming platform of choice, or visit https://www.docrobinsonofficial.com/

Be sure to catch the group at Woodlands Tavern on Saturday, September 21, when they'll be joined by Hebdo, Parker Louis, Honey and Blue and many more for their Family Jamboree.

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5O0efDEpkqEmWbXD2zpkjz

Apple Music:
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/doc-robinson/1116027164
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Producer: Mike Thomas
Videographers: Adam Fakult, Mitch Hooper, Mike Thomas
Audio Mixing/Mastering: Jared Huntley
Video Editing: Mike Thomas
Contact: [email protected]
Website: 614now.com

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(614) Sessions

(614) Sessions: The Turbos

Mike Thomas

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The Turbos’ high-octane heroics have earned the group a fierce following in the Columbus rock scene and beyond. Combining shredding guitar virtuosity with soaring, anthemic vocals, co-frontmen Alex D. and Lucas Esterline lead the group in a sound that combines the best of the old and the new. Rounded out by the multi-talented Cameron Reck on bass and mononymous local music veteran Jahrie behind the kit, the Turbos are leading the charge for a new generation of rockers.

For the first of what we hope will be many in a new music series we're calling The (614) Sessions, The Turbos joined us in our offices for a stripped-down acoustic set. Despite leaving the electrics at home, the power of their performance was still enough to garner multiple noise complaints (sorry, neighbors).

For show dates and more, be sure to follow The Turbos on Facebook. Big thanks to the group for sharing their music as our first-ever guests in this new endeavor!

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Producer: Mike Thomas
Videographers: Mike Thomas, Adam Fakult, Mitch Hooper
Audio Mixing/Mastering: Jared Huntley Video
Editing: Mitch Hooper
Contact: [email protected]

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