A couple noteworthy items on Columbus musicians with national ties that popped up while I was gone:

First of all, local lo-fi standard-bearers Times New Viking, whose fourth LP Born Again Revisited is out Sept. 22 on Matador, lent a hand to labelmates Yo La Tengo by starring as Georgia, James and Ira in YLT's new video for "Something To Hide." The clip was shot at Lost Weekend Records here in Columbus and features a cameo by shopkeeper/stalwart local music support Kyle Siegrist. It's silly, warmhearted fun, and hopefully it cements Lost Weekend's status as an iconic local music hub. (By the way, you can download "Move to California," a new TNV track from Born Again Revisited, right here.)

Secondly, Philadelphia resident/Columbus native RJD2 is starting his own record label to reissue a bunch of his older material and release his fourth album early next year. RJ's full statement after the jump:

A couple noteworthy items on Columbus musicians with national ties that popped up while I was gone:

First of all, local lo-fi standard-bearers Times New Viking, whose fourth LP Born Again Revisited is out Sept. 22 on Matador, lent a hand to labelmates Yo La Tengo by starring as Georgia, James and Ira in YLT's new video for "Something To Hide." The clip was shot at Lost Weekend Records here in Columbus and features a cameo by shopkeeper/stalwart local music support Kyle Siegrist. It's silly, warmhearted fun, and hopefully it cements Lost Weekend's status as an iconic local music hub. (By the way, you can download "Move to California," a new TNV track from Born Again Revisited, right here.)

Secondly, Philadelphia resident/Columbus native RJD2 is starting his own record label to reissue a bunch of his older material and release his fourth album early next year. RJ's full statement after the jump:

Hey folks, im writing with some pretty big news in the world of rjd2Ö. Iíve had a busy year, and have waited what seems like an eternity to talk about this stuff. I wanted to have a little music to put on the table as well, so you donít think im just some windbag thatís wasting your time blabbing away left and right. So much has changed in the last 12 months, so lets just get to the point: After much legwork/lawyer hours/busting ass, I announce to you that I have started my own record label, RJíS ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS, and the first signing isÖÖ.RJD2!!! I am now a free agent, working for myself. Been a long time coming, and it is truly one of the most exciting moments of my career. The hardcore completionists out there may know that I have previously done some ďsmallerĒ releases on my own, under the label Bustown Pride. That was small peanuts; this time out, I have FULL worldwide distribution through The Orchard (world digital, US physical), and !K7 everywhere outside of the US (physical). Furthermore, I also have acquired the first 3 RJD2 releases for my label; my first 3 babies-Dead Ringer, The Horror EP, and Since We Last Spoke. But thatís not allÖ. This past Tuesday (technically today, as I write this at 11:30pm; running a label is no joke!) saw the first ever digital release of 3 cds of b-sides and rarities I had previously released on Bustown Pride: Your Face Or Your Kneecaps, In Rare Form, and Things Go Better Instrumentals. Your Face Or Your Kneecaps also features 2 brand-new, previously unreleased tracks, as a bonus. But wait, thereís moreÖ. On October 20, there will be the release of a box set commemorating close to 10 years in the game: RJD2 2002-2010. A strictly vinyl affair, it will include full length LP versions of Dead Ringer, The Horror EP (first time on vinyl!), Since We Last Spoke, The Tin Foil Hat EP (a BRAND NEW EP of 7 unreleased songs!), a hand silk screened, signed and numbered poster, a download card for exclusive treats, plus a beautifully printed box. Oh, and lastly, my new album is done. I know I said before it would be out in 2009-you did know I meant FISCAL year, not CALENDAR YEAR, right? You wouldnít want me to rush this out all willy-nilly, would you? good, I didnít think so. One last thing before I go; just to be forthright, this is only a portion of what Iíve got lined up for you. I have been SERIOUSLY busy in the last 2 years; and very little of it has to do with twittering. At the risk of sounding all corny, I feel the need to say something thatís important to me: Iíve realized recently that I do music, make records, LISTEN to records, tour, and generally hole myself up in the studio because I love it, not cause its my job. Its become as natural as breathing, and keeps me sane-most of the time. Im much more concerned with making a timeless record, than with how to sell a record nowadays. Also, if you donít see me posting left and right on whatever the most current social networking site is, its not cause I donít like being social, its cause I feel like our time on earth is very very short, and that the most I have to offer this planet in my little window of time here is through the vessel of music. I would rather leave behind something you can hopefully use a little more than an update on my belly button lint. Hopefully, a catalog that speaks more volumes than all the blogs I could possibly write in a hundred years. Alright, thatís it for the moment. What are you doing here? Mad Men is back! -rj