This week, a little gossip regarding honest-to-God rock stars making an impression in Columbus...

This week, a little gossip regarding honest-to-God rock stars making an impression in Columbus...

Positive reflection

Clintonville upstart Central City Recording scored a major coup last month when Talib Kweli and his pals stopped in for an overnight recording session.

The rapper is collaborating with longtime creative partner Hi-Tek on a new album under their alias Reflection Eternal. They wanted to get rising pop duo Chester French to sing the hook on one of the tracks, so they all met up in Columbus after Chester French's April 13 gig at Capital University.

"They talked to [acclaimed local DJ and producer] J. Rawls and got pointed our direction," Central City co-owner Andy Dodson said.

Kweli, Hi-Tek and Chester French showed up at Central City around 11:30 p.m. and stayed until shortly before sunrise, said Austin Briggs, the freelance engineer who worked the session.

With Kweli overseeing the process as producer, Briggs recorded Chester French's vocals, guitar and bass as well as a hand-clap session by the pair of singers and Kweli.

"It's definitely a step in a new direction for Reflection Eternal," Briggs said. "This was a pop song. It wasn't just a hip-hop track."

Kweli and Hi-Tek were so pleased with Briggs' work that Hi-Tek invited him to do more on the Reflection Eternal album and other projects. The plans haven't been firmed up, but Briggs is visiting Hi-Tek's Cincinnati studio this week.

"To get to kick it with a guy like that is pretty incredible," Briggs said.

Franz goes for the sleeper hold

The local rock community was abuzz last weekend after Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos was allegedly involved in a scuffle at North Campus rock club The Summit.

Kapranos and his band were in town a day early for a gig last Saturday at Newport Music Hall with Born Ruffians, for whom Columbus expat Ahmed Gallab has been drumming lately.

When the Franz Ferdinand and Born Ruffians guys went to The Summit Friday night to see The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a drunken fan allegedly started taunting Kapranos, accusing his band of ripping off English post-punk pioneers Gang of Four.

At this point accounts of the incident diverge, but all versions of the story conclude with Kapranos putting the instigator in a headlock and both of them getting kicked out of the bar by Summit owner Lou Poster. Poster was unavailable for comment at press time.

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