Month: December 2013

The Beatles Marathon – my new holiday tradition

By Chip Midnight A few weeks ago I caught wind of a “holiday reunion” at a hometown bar on the west side of Cleveland where I grew up and bemoaned the fact that I wouldn’t be able to attend. It’s what the holidays are all about – getting together with family and friends – and sharing in the spirit of the season. Little did I know that the annual Beatles Marathon, now in it’s fourth year, would fill that reunion void. While there’s no denying that it’s the love of Beatles music that got so many people together (rumored attendance for the 12-hour marathon held at The Bluestone was just shy of 1,000), I suspect that many people had ulterior motives for attending, just as I did, and didn’t want to miss out on the chance to bump into somebody they haven’t seen in a while. At any point in the day, a scan of the crowd revealed familiar faces. Generations of club owners. Musicians, young and old. Local music scribes, from the print era through the digital era. Record store owners and employees. On-air talent, past and present. Music fans. The lifeblood of the Columbus music scene was brought together by the common admiration of The Beatles catalog, played chronologically and in it’s entirety (stop and think about that for a minute … over 200 songs were performed),...

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Todd May – Rickenbacker Girls

In the stack of CDs I was sent by a magazine I write for was an album I was already intimately familiar with, Todd May’s ‘Rickenbacker Girls’. I’d like to think that a few kinds words in this magazine might lead to a record sale or two though I’m not sure that’s how it works in 2013. Unfortunately, a few of the reviews I submitted were cut due to space issues, ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ being one of them. As I’m scrolling through iTunes, trying to make some semblance of a year-end list (I think my theme is going to be “CDs I listened to more than 5 times in 2013”), I stumble upon ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ which will obviously go on that list and then remember that I still have this review that nobody has seen. So, while it’s not in an internationally distributed magazine, here’s what I have to say about Mr. May’s release. Todd May – Rickenbacker Girls – (Peloton) As Americana as a mesh trucker hat and flannel shirt, ‘Rickenbacker Girls’ is Todd May’s first solo album as the singer/songwriter has been occupied the last few years writing songs and performing with The Mooncussers, Fort Shame (with ex-Scrawl bassist Sue Harshe) and Lydia Loveless. Songs like the Steve Earle-sounding “Alphabet City” and “Mercy” (think Jay Farrar fronting Wilco) establish May as a peer rather than an imitation and, with...

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