The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Record Store Day 2015 Columbus Ohio


Record Store Day 2015 is upon us, and there will be over 400 new and special releases Saturday, April 18th. Record Store Day has become a holiday for stores and shoppers alike.  Some stores placing huge orders, which can mean a great profit, but also a big risk.

Columbus has a number of great stores and they will be pulling out all the stops.  I have been updating events on a Facebook Page, but wanted to do a more comprehensive post for readers of Columbus Calling.

The interesting thing about Record Store Day is the stores may not even know what they are getting until a day or two before the event due to the limited run of the special items and no holds are allowed. Many stores will be having contests, bands, special sales, and even food trucks.

This guide will take you through the many events happening on Saturday.

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Salad Days opens tomorrow at the Gateway Film Center and runs through April 22. For show dates and times, as well as where it’s playing in other cities, check it out here:

“Do you remember when?
Yeah, so do I
We call those the, uh, salad days
The salad days
And do you remember when?
Yeah, so do I
We call those the good old days…”

So penned by Ian McKay for Minor Threat’s final EP, this exuberant, first-hand documentary of those “good old days” authentically portrays the complex, often not-what-it-seemed decade of the burgeoning, boisterous, clannish punk rock scene  in Washington, DC.

Director/writer Scott Crawford lays a foundation of authenticity, having experienced these early days of punk himself. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. At the age of 14, he released a 7″ compilation of local DC punk bands featuring Beefeater, Marginal Man, Gray Matter, and Mission Impossible (featuring a 16 year old Dave Grohl) before most of the bands had released albums on their own.

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Used Kids Records Interview


Used Kids: Greg Hall, Jon Witzky


Used Kids Records was started by Dan Dow and Ron House in the 1986. Since opening in the original location in the cellar, the store moved to the current location upstairs in the building next door.

While Ron has not actively worked in the store for years, Dan continued the day-to-day operations until he decided to retire last year and sell the store to Greg Hall.

Greg’s put a lot of time and effort into remodeling the store which still boasts one of the largest inventories in town and is a crate-diggers dream.

The store still has the same feel, but is more organized and they’ve have moved the stage to the back and continue to have great in-store shows (see schedule here).

I had a chance to talk to Greg about the store and his plans.

Just announced: JD McPherson at Park Street Saloon, July 26


JD McPherson came out of nowhere a few years ago with his ’50s rockabilly sound. Getting a later start in music than many (JD’s in his late-30s), McPherson’s music has universal appeal as evidenced by his sold out show at Woodlands Tavern in 2012 where he played in front of an audience that spanned multiple generations.

McPherson released his sophomore album, Let the Good Times Roll, earlier this year and will be performing in Columbus for the first time since 2012 at Park Street Saloon on July 26. Tickets are $18 and I guarantee this will sell out so don’t wait until the last minute to pick one up.

JD was also one of the first artists my daughter Olivia and her friend Connie interviewed for Kids Interview Bands.