Patrick Locy might have just picked my favorite Things We Love yet. I'm all in with his ploy to play the entirety of Kiss' debut album on a TouchTunes jukebox, just because. When Locy's not trolling bar patrons, he is, by day, the marketing director for Cement Marketing. By night, he helps organize various festivals in Columbus, like the upcoming Red, White + Equal Rights, which takes place on the LeVeque Tower July 3. The Independence Day celebration/event will be hosted by Nina West, and benefits Why Marriage Matters and Equality Ohio.
Patrick Locy might have just picked my favorite Things We Love yet. I’m all in with his ploy to play the entirety of Kiss’ debut album on a TouchTunes jukebox, just because. When Locy’s not trolling bar patrons, he is, by day, the marketing director for Cement Marketing. By night, he helps organize various festivals in Columbus, like the upcoming Red, White + Equal Rights, which takes place on the LeVeque Tower July 3. The Independence Day celebration/event will be hosted by Nina West, and benefits Why Marriage Matters and Equality Ohio.
Playing Kiss’ debut on TouchTune in its entirety
A couple years ago, I realized how much fun it was to show up at a bar and pump $10 into a jukebox and queue up the entirety of Kiss' Kiss from 1974. It's a great record and a really fun challenge. It's only like 30-35 minutes long. If you get half way through, people just let it go. Occasionally somebody realizes it and skips it. I've had both really excited, “Man, I had no idea Kiss was so good.” And then also there was one time a late-50s gentleman across the bar wanted to have a conversation about how Kiss is bullshit and nobody should ever pay money for that. No matter what there's an interesting outcome.
Beauty and the Biker
I am a perpetual destroyer. I buy a thing and then in a month I'm like, "Oh great, I've got to replace it." Bags especially. Seth Gray is in the process of making me a hand-designed, hand-built bag that will probably outlive me. That is terrifically exciting. It started out with a bike focus — the leather chains, the bike bags, trip saddles, that kind of stuff — but has transitioned into some really amazing women's bags, business bags, wallets, all sorts of different stuff. Pretty much if you can make it out of leather it seems like he's exploring it. He runs this project out of his amazing, gorgeous farmhouse up in the Powell area, and he’s getting ready to launch the full storefront.
Sharon Van Etten's Are We There
I listened to it a couple times initially and really liked it, but then I saw her live at Forecastle, and she was amazing. Came back, dug back into it and then saw her again at the Wex not too long ago, and between those two periods of time it's been at least once a month I'll throw it on for a weekend and let it spin. It wasn't a grower record. It started good; it just went from good record to really special place in my heart. It's a record that you'll look back on in 30 years and be happy you own it. It'll never become a bad album, and just seems like it'll hold its place.
The Little Palace veggie gyro
It's $4, so any given night if I need to knock out A, B and C, I can be there for two hours, I can eat, I can drink and get some work done. That became my go-to comfort food. Really great day? Cool, veggie gyro. Really crappy day? Veggie gyro, mac and cheese. Somebody would probably say there are better options, but I don't care. It's to the point where it is just as much the actual quality of the food as it is everything that's wrapped up in it.
DK Diner's Saturday brunch crowd
A couple years ago I discovered DK despite having lived almost three years a couple minute walk away and had never been there. And then I was there almost every weekend for the entire summer. It's the perfect combination of just homey enough, just cheap enough, pretty easy to get into. The food's great, but it's also just a really odd crowd of people on a Saturday at noon. It's families who live in the neighborhood, young professionals who have wandered in trying to work off yesterday's hangover, people who have already been up since 6 a.m. and are taking a break to eat lunch and then you're going to sit next to someone who just wants a plate of eggs. Also, they have Bloody Marys with tater tots wrapped in bacon. One of the hardest questions you can ask somebody is, "Where would you like to eat?" It's impossible, at least with my particular group of friends. Well, DK has Bloody Marys with bacon-covered tater tots. End of conversation.
"High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby
Anytime somebody asks me for my favorite thing, it’s "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby. Part of that is because with a background in radio, I sort of grew up meeting and loving and working alongside those people. So when you think about the really snarky record salesman, I know those people. In fact, I can tell you exactly who that seems to be built upon. You start to get into the stereotypes that are represented, and you see that in the movie too. You see those people regularly. For me, it's got a special spot because it's very connected to this guy who has this aggressive focus on music to the point of being almost a little off but then the characters that fill in around him are really fun, especially as you start to spend any time in the Columbus music scene you start to really point and go, “That's that guy. I know who you are.” It's a book I've routinely purchased more copies of that book than any other because I will happily give it away. At this point I don't know that I have a copy in my house, but I guarantee you I've purchased 10 copies of it.