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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. [...]
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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. 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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Cedar Point, Kings Island are suing to get you back

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It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are allowed to re-open but Cedar Point and Kings Island have been snubbed in Gov. Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement that Ohio’s entertainment venues were allowed to re-open.

After being left out of the party, Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort and Kings Island sued the director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday, arguing that Dr. Amy Acton doesn’t have the authority to keep the state’s amusement parks and waterparks shut down and in doing so is violating the park’s rights.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The county health departments for both parks were also named in the lawsuit.

No word yet from the Ohio Department of Health as to when, or if, either amusement park will be allowed to open in June.

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Updated hours for North Market as first Farmers’ Market of the season opens Saturday

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Get excited Columbus foodies - this Saturday marks the beginning of North Market’s Farmers’ Market season! The Farmers’ Market will tantalize your taste buds every Saturday this summer through October, from 8 a.m. until noon at the North Market outdoor plaza at 59 Spruce Street.

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Market provided customers with fresh pick-up bundles. Now they’ve updated their operating hours to give consumers who want to shop again a chance to pick their own culinary delights.

"The hope is that a gradual reopening will strike a balance between the desire to serve the public and still respect the very real health concerns still shared by merchants, public, and staff," said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market's executive director, in a press release Thursday.

The updated hours, which will go into effect this Sat., June 6, are as follows:

  • Monday - Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All of those in attendance will have to observe the following guidelines as outlined in a press release by North Market:

  • North Market's mask requirement that applies to indoor merchants and guests will also apply to all outdoor vendors and guests.
  • Access to each farmers' market booth will be limited. Markings on ground will indicate this requirement and will show the distance required between people. Only one person/group traveling together may be in each box at a time.
  • Several farms and vendors will offer contact-free shopping and pre-orders. North Market asks that guests pre-order and plan out shopping trips when possible. This helps keep crowds to a minimum and lines moving smoothly.
  • Farms and vendors will provide hand sanitizer for guest use.
  • North Market farms and vendors are committed to helping prevent the spread of illness by washing hands frequently, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick, and avoiding exposure to others who are sick. We ask that all guests follow the same protocols and do not visit North Market or the Farmers' Market if feeling ill.
  • North Market farms and vendors will continue to strictly follow all local public health guidelines, safety protocols, and best practices.

If you’re interested in which merchants will be open on what days, North Market has been dedicated to providing you with that information during the pandemic. You can find the list, which is updated daily, here.

Although there are still limitations on indoor seating, outdoor seating on the porch and the farmers’ market plaza are currently available.

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Weekend Getaway: Ohio State Park lodges reopen

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Cooped up inside of our homes for the past few months, everyone could use a change of scenery. Luckily for those that love the great outdoors of Ohio, the perfect getaway is now possible once again.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on May 28 that all nine Ohio State Park lodges would be reopened by June 5.

The places where you can escape to are listed below in order of closest proximity to Columbus to furthest:

  • Deer Creek
  • Burr Oak
  • Mohican Lodge
  • Salt Fork Lodge
  • Shawnee 
  • Hueston Woods
  • Maumee Bay
  • Punderson Manor

Director of State Park Lodges Tom Arvan had this to say in the May 28 press release:

“Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that guests return to a safe and sanitized environment following the CDC safety guidelines. Our goal is for our guests to feel comfortable as they enjoy the fun activities and relax in the natural beauty of the lodges and all the state parks have to offer this summer.”

Visit https://www.greatohiolodges.com/ to secure your much-needed wilderness adventure today.

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