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Record Store Day: the holiday that celebrates capitalism and the almighty record. Seems like only yesterday we were lamenting the death of the record store—when in fact for the past 12 years vinyl sales have continually increased. This, despite the music industry tanking as a whole. Overall sales have decreased at an almost equal clip. [...]
Kevin J. Elliott



Record Store Day: the holiday that celebrates capitalism and the almighty record.

Seems like only yesterday we were lamenting the death of the record store—when in fact for the past 12 years vinyl sales have continually increased.

This, despite the music industry tanking as a whole. Overall sales have decreased at an almost equal clip. And though 2017’s top LP was the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—a vanilla starter pack that would sell a million on 8-track were it released tomorrow—it seems with each successive year the nostalgia for analog entertainment grows.

No matter the records that inform your collection, Record Store Day is a boon for anyone who may own a turntable. Then again, this day, in which thousands stand in line for hours waiting for a reissue of the Rush soundtrack or lullaby versions of Beastie Boys songs, has become kind of a double-edged sword. For independent labels it can be daunting, as the production of unnecessary vinyl—do you really need the 20th anniversary press of Sugar Ray’s “Fly” on 7-inch vinyl?—clogs up the gears of the very few pressing plants left in the world. It also encourages gouging on sites like Ebay; perchance your cousin is a rural obsessive for Insane Clown Posse, whose Amazing Jeckel Brothers is being released on vinyl for the first time this year. Regardless of your opinions on the subject, there’s nothing inherently evil about getting people out to the record store, even when “they” call them “vinyls.”

And for our local merchants, in a lot of ways, that one day of worldwide notoriety is a chance to celebrate—it brings people to the store, and it generally keeps them alive. Perhaps a subjective view, but one of the reasons I’ll always fight to my core for this city is our penchant for record stores. Columbus is a mecca for used vinyl customers and purveyors who value the format and the fun of the hunt. There’s a passion for that “analog entertainment” that emanates here like no other.

In my quest to learn more about our local connection to RSD, I found many of the answers the same. Records Per Minute likened the ordering for such an event as “putting a down payment on a house,” while Used Kids said “you could buy a small yacht,” for what some owners invest in the smorgasbord. Others, like Elizabeth Records, chose to keep clear of the chaos, not participate in the hoopla, and hope that the runoff hype spills into their racks (although they will have live bands from 4–6 p.m.) It was somewhat useless to investigate as there’s no bad blood and very little competition. After all, competition is good for business and on Record Store Day—business is good.

Here’s a list of all the Record Store Day events at all your local record stores:

Lost Weekend Records • 2960 N High St.

Special events: Parking lot vendors like Alison Rose and ticket giveaways from Promowest. A four-day sale of 33 percent off of used vinyl. Nelsonville Music Festival raffles.

Experience, in a sentence: You’ll learn a new fact about Bob Dylan, meet a local musician, and get a pristine copy of ZZ Top’s Eliminator.

Records Per Minute • 2570 N High St.

Special events: Earliest opening. DJs. Used vinyl 20 percent off. Rarer, more exclusive RSD releases.

Experience, in a sentence: Store most likely to have that Teenage Fanclub import you’ve wanted all your life.

Spoonful Records • 116 E Long St.

Special events: Port-A-Johns for the campers (yes—people camp here). Grab bags. Used vinyl 20 percent off. Record Store Day exclusives.

One Sentence Review: Here you’ll get a pinball tip and the cleanest records in town.

Used Kids • 2500 Summit Ave.

Participates in Record Store Day: Yes

Special Events: Live music all day, including Nukehammer, Tommy Jay, Burial Mountain, and DJ J Rawls. Free pizza and refreshments. Deep specials announced the week of the event.

One Sentence Review: One day you’ll find it here.

In addition to the store’s celebrating, there are a number of local bands putting out Record Store Day exclusive releases:

Quemado (self-titled)

Lost Weekend is responsible for his Record Store Day release from the new outfit of Nate Farley. The Dayton transplant was an integral part of that city’s ’90s renaissance, playing with the Method, Robthebank, the Amps and Guided by Voices. That ingrained Western Ohio pop sentimentality shines through of this single four songs, but it’s cut uniquely by Farley’s own voice, one that’s seen it all, but still finds hope in three chords and an infinitely catchy melody. Like most good singles, Quemado prompts the listener to want more than is offered here.

2500 Summit Street – Various Artists

Local podcast In the Record Store is promising a 120-inch of “all Columbus artists” including MojoFlo, Doc Robinson, Mistar Anderson, Zoo Trippin’ and former (614) Class of 2016 member, Damn the Witch Siren.

“Baby’s First Ritual”/”Rolls Royce” – Ouija Boys

Venerable punk label Heel Turn Records is releasing their first-ever “cassingle” with the new project from Terrestrials and The Thee’s member, Ian Graham. It promises to be “shrouded in mystery, danger, mischief, and all around bad vibes.”

Lick and Rings of Love – Doc Robinson

We’ve seen the members of Doc Robinson in many incantations, but this is where they shine, and releasing two EPs on the same day is proof this bro-pop band is more than prolific in their quest for the brass ring.

Post Coma Network (self-titled)

This is the first time the expansive post-rock band has released their debut on vinyl. Now a group supposedly courting major labels and cross-country tours, it’s nice to hear where Post Coma Network started in that journey. Record Store Day will also be the announcement of this album “being nationally available on TouchTunes Jukeboxes.”

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614NOW Survival Guide: Asian Festival

Mitch Hooper



Every year, the beautiful and lush space at Franklin Park Conservatory plays host to The Asian Festival. It's a festival where Ohioans come together to celebrate all Asian cultures and cuisines ranging from China to India to Vietnam. Whether it's inspired dance, martial arts, or new-to-you desserts, this festival offers a chance to explore Columbus's rich Asian culture while enjoying a day at the Conservatory.

And before you head out this weekend, here are a few tips to making the most out of Asian Festival.

Let's Just Get This Out Of The Way Now: It's Free

Obviously, food and drinks, and anything else you want to purchase costs money, but it's totally free to hang out. Bring your little ones! This time you won't have to use the classic white lie to get free admission. You know the conversation I'm talking about: "Ok, today, you guys are all 10-years-old, got it?"

Hot From The Sun? Cool Off With Dessert

Asian Festival is mostly outdoors and Ohio's summers can be just as brutal as Ohio's winters. J-Pops are popsicles, but these send your local ice cream truck guy running home to his mom. These gourmet pops come in flavors like lemon basil or watermelon mint. On the other hand, options like Aloha Ice is your stop for shaved ice in a multitude of flavors. And of course, rolled ice cream courtesy of Simply Rolled Ice Cream LLC is your Insta-aesthetic option.

So You Think You Can... Art?

You don't have to be exclusive to being a spectator throughout the weekend, there's plenty of ways to participate. Saturday is loaded from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with craft-driven activities like Chinese calligraphy at 10 a.m., or paper animal construction at 4 p.m. Sunday keeps this ball rolling with activities like kimono design at 2 p.m.

Step Out Of Your Cuisine Comfort Zone!

The classic American/Midwesterner in you might only think of that takeout joint down the road from your house when you think of Asian cuisine, but I'm here to tell you, you're sorely mistaken and missing out. Asian food spans across many different countries. Do you love Ramen? Ok, admittedly, that's an easy one, but your kids will know it and probably love it* (*no promises, kids are unpredictable).

What about Bahn Mi? Never had it? It's a Vietnamese sandwich that will change your damn life. There's also the opportunity to try the popular Hawaiian dish, poke—a rice bowl that typically features raw fish with veggies and sauces. Even your vegan friends can find a delicious Indian meal from Flavors Of India.

Have A (Tea) Party!

Saturday also plays host to tea tastings for those looking for something new in their mugs. The first of the two is slated earlier in the day while the second will serve as one of the last events to cap off the first day of the festival.

Asian Festival is happening Saturday, June 25 from 10:00AM- 8:00PM and Sunday, June 26 from 10:00AM0 6:00PM at Franklin Park.

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614 Survival Guide: Dime-A-Dog Night

Mitch Hooper



Warmer days are finally here and it's that time of the year everyone can't stop talking about. No, it isn't patio season. We aren't talking about summer festivals, either. We're talking baseball, and more specifically, we're talking hot dogs you can buy for just 10 pennies.

The Columbus Clipper's Dime-A-Dog Night is not only a chance to enjoy America's pastime, it's a chance to test your eating endurance. How many hot dogs can you put down in nine innings? To beer, or to not to beer; that is the potentially bloated question. And you do realize how many dogs you can get for $20 right? That's 200 dogs, dawg!

Surviving this madness, however, is an art unto itself. You can expect longer lines, but everyone is just getting hot dogs so you can also expect them to move relatively quickly. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we are here to help. Here's a six tips to making the most of Dime-A-Dog night.

6.) Bring the Tums, hun

Don't be a hero, bring the anti-acid. Hot dogs are hotbeds for hidden ingredients, and you don't know when one will drop a missile of indigestion upon you. Be prepared, pack the little chalky tablets.

5.) Bring The Little Ones

Dime-A-Dog night is a great way to change up the speed of things throughout your weekdays without having to tank a ton of money into entertainment. Beyond the insanely cheap Sugardale hot dogs, children under the age of 2 get in for free!

4.) Be Early (duh!)

This is a no brainer, but it pays to be in the know. For 7:05 p.m. starts, the gates will open 90 minutes prior to opening pitch. On the other hand for 6:35 p.m. starts, the gates open one hour before opening pitch. Being first in the gates means you have first crack at the fresh hot dogs that weren't made at lightening speed to keep up with orders. This leads me to my next point....

3.) Know The Flow

Dogs at the beginning of the game taste better than dogs later, but there is a Goldie Locks point. At a certain moment during the game, bellies are going to get full and the rush for more food slows down. This is when you should have your second wind. The hot dog slinging has slowed down and the lines aren't nearly as long. Take it easy on the first run through and save some room for dessert: more dime-a-dogs.

2.) Beer: Your Enemy, Or Friend?

This tip is more of a "check yourself before you wreck yourself" thing. For some people, beer is the magical elixir that allows them to devour hot dogs like Joey Chestnut (*not literally). If this is you, you know the fuel to your fire. For other people (me), beer and carbonation fills the stomach too quickly leaving no room for more hot dogs. If this is you, mixed drinks are your happy alternative.

1.) Go Crazy And Buy More Expensive Tickets

#NotAnAd. Seriously, though. Think of the money you'll be saving on dinner (and potentially breakfast the next day if you wear cargo shorts). Two quarters will get you five hot dogs and that's damn near an entire pack from the store. A few extra bucks could be the difference between catching a fly ball and never coming close. Protip: the seats along the third base line are nice, but make sure you bring your shades because that sun set shines directly in your eyes blocking your view... of more hot dogs.

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3 ways to fill Game of Thrones gap until next week

Mitch Hooper



In the world where Netflix has made series available in its entirety for maximum binge-watching, waiting a week for the next episode of Game Of Throne feels something like an eternity. It seems like there's not enough fan theories to dig through, reviews to confirm your beliefs (or send you into spiraling rage), and the famous three words "Winter Is Here" is practically tattooed on your forehead.

Last night's first episode of the final season has taken the world by storm, and here's a few ways to get your fill of GoT until the next episode aires.

Game Of Thrones Pub Quiz at Fado Irish Pub | 4022 Townsfair Way
Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM

So you think you're the smartest fan in the city? Put your money where your mouth is then! Hit up Fado for their quiz night on all things GoT and finally prove all those hours on the fandom wikipedia page were worth it. If you're victorious, you'll win a the King's Feast which is dinner for eight. And $10 specials on buckets of beer is always a win in our books.

Game Of Thrones Night at Ruby Tuesday | 1978 Summit St.
Monday, April 15, 8:00 PM

Let's face it, anyone who doesn't watch the show (AKA most of your co-workers who don't pay for HBO) aren't really looking forward to your Monday morning ramblings recapping the latest episodes. Instead of being avoided at the office, stop by Ruby Tuesday to discuss in-depth all the rumblings and developments in each episode with all your other fellow fans. Your co-workers are already relieved, and Ruby Tuesday will have pizza and beer.

Game Of Thrones Dinner at 101 Beer Kitchen | 7509 Sawmill Rd.
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 PM

It's a feast fit for royalty at 101 Beer Kitchen as they'll be hosting a large dinner akin to the Purple Wedding—hopefully your name isn't Joffrey Baratheon—for $75 a ticket. Your food and cocktail menu will include specialty GoT-themed entrées and drinks, and it's encouraged to wear a costume so you can have a chance to win prizes!

Looking for more ways to show off your fandom? Check back periodically for an updated look on what Game Of Thrones events and parties are going on in the city.

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