In advance of the Columbus Record Crawl, the Clintonville wax proprietor professes his love for house shows, podcasts and more
This weekend has plenty in store for the vinyl record lover in Columbus.Saturday, Oct. 14,is the Columbus Record Crawl, a day-long event organized by Amy Kesting and Brett Ruland from Spoonful Records, with complete cooperation from five other local, independent record stores. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Elizabeth's Records, David Lewis' Clintonville shop located at 3037 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville. From there the crawl hits every shop, with Downtown's Spoonful serving as the evening destination. All stores will offer 20 percent off used records.
And on Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 6 p.m., Ace Of Cups will host the fall edition of Elizabeth's Records' dollar sale at 2619 N. High St. In addition to Lewis' estimated 4,000 one-dollar records, three other vendors will also be on hand with dollar stock. The sale also marks Elizabeth's seven-year anniversary.
Here are a few things Lewis loves.
My new guitar
It's nothing too special (a late-'80s, Cort-produced hollow body), but it only cost me $60 at a garage sale this summer. It's so easy to play that I've been relearning how to play again. Lisa Bella Donna has been giving me tips, like, "Just practice your scales and your fingerings and it will start to come back to you!" And she's right, it is. I keep it behind the counter and play it when nobody else is in the shop.
I love this recent development in seeing bands! I know it's been going on for a while, but getting to see favorites like the Mekons' Jon Langford (who is returning to the Hogan House on Friday, Oct. 13, after an appearance back in March) and Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh/Sentridoh in Clintonvilleon Tuesday, Oct. 17, is thrilling. The intimacy and accessibility really make for a special night when it's in the comfort of someone else's home.
Dirty Frank's West and Wildflower Cafe
My wife, Laura, myself and our 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, tend to eat out fairly often. We like to eat somewhere locally owned and low-key, and these two places have become our favorites! I enjoy all the veggie-only options at both places, and at Dirty Frank's I try to try a different concoction every time we're there. Plus we totally love the artwork on the walls and the scruffy West Side appeal.
True Crime Garage podcast
Sometimes I get bored with music at the shop and listen to a variety of true crime podcasts. True Crime Garage is a favorite, partly because it originates in Columbus and they sometimes feature local cases. My friend Ron House gives me a hard time about it and recently played me his protest song! It goes, "NPR might sound great in your car, and podcasts sound great when you eat breakfast, but THIS is a record store, just put a record on!" Ron House wrote a song about me. I'm over the moon!