What’s not to love about Double Happiness? With its cheap Japanese food, nightly rock shows, and unnervingly red lights, it’s got it all! On Friday May 1st Wolfman and the Airship Captain will be releasing their new EP “Models” at Double Happiness. It’s $3 to get in, doors are at 8pm and music will start around 9pm. They’ll be playing with The Up All Nights (Columbus), Factory Class (Columbus), and The Sunshine Bandits (Athens) It’s sure to be a weird and wild good time for everyone in attendance.
Month: April 2015
Sufjan Stevens’s show at the Palace Theatre last Friday was breathtaking, devastating, brutally intimate and cathartic. Carrie and Lowell, his album-length tribute to his late mother, was performed in its entirety, already a classic in the eyes of his audience. Some of the songs remained faithful to their recorded versions, some (“No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”) somehow managed to be even more desolate, others (“All Of Me Wants All Of You”) were transformed entirely. Backed by a quartet of multi instrumentalists (including Brooklyn-songwriter Dawn Landes), Stevens breathed new life and insight into his most personal work yet. Throughout the night, flawlessly executed light and video design only added to the performance.
The group took the stage to the rising tide of “Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou”) before launching into the new material. He didn’t say a word to us for the first half of the night, tenderly and methodically working through the new record roughly in order, occasionally choking up on some of the lines. “Fourth of July” was riveting, the disruptive seismic drone from the studio version moved to the forefront. All Delighted People’s “The Owl & the Tanager” was adopted into the album sequence before he broke the spell and told an amusing story of his childhood understanding of death (and how his college job in a waste treatment facility helped him reconcile it).
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.
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: http://saladdaysdc.com/screenings/
“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.
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.