The cool kids and old purveyors of all things rock 'n' roll in Columbus have hailed "THE Rock and Roll Radio Show" (weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 1270AM) as a sanctuary from everything wrong with radio in the modern age.
The cool kids and old purveyors of all things rock 'n' roll in Columbus have hailed "THE Rock and Roll Radio Show" (weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on 1270AM) as a sanctuary from everything wrong with radio in the modern age. Ian Graham curates the crates, playing old and new rockabilly, soul, garage, punk, psych and new wave under the alias "Young Prince of the Moondoggers" - a reference to '50s disc jockey Alan Freed. Graham, a relatively fresh transplant to Columbus, is also a promotions intern at Ace of Cups (he recently emceed this year's 4th and 4th Festival) and frontman of TASTY, one of the city's newest and most exciting young garage/trash-pop bands. Here are a few things he loves.
Café Bourbon Street/The Summit
I've been told Bernie's was the closest thing Columbus has had to a CBGB, but I disagree. Bobo is everything I imagined in a small, dingy rock 'n' roll club as a kid. The club hosts a variety of fantastic, lesser-known touring bands and serves as home base for many of the city's most talented artists of all mediums. This is the holy place in Columbus for beautiful trash.
Superdreamer/Heel Turn/Lost Weekend Records
Time has revealed that the best of the best that Columbus music has to offer usually manifests itself in a physical release on wax. The likes of Hillside, Capsoul, CDR and other labels of days gone by come to mind, but since I wasn't even alive for most of that heyday, these three eclectic local labels have been making all of the right moves recently. Visit Lost Weekend or Used Kids and buy everything these labels have to offer, like, NOW!
My new home. I just moved to Columbus from Marysville and found myself living in a musician's duplex among some of the most talented and down to earth people I've ever met. Ask my neighbor Jah Nada to record your next effort. He recorded TASTY in our foyer, which we call the Dojo. He's a master of masters.
Exotic Latino Grill
The Spanish food truck outside of 14-0 on Hudson. Lot's of really great veggie options and they're always open when I need them the most.
Sick Weekend/ 4th and 4th/ Helter Swelter
Look, I know that $33 for a weekend wristband is steep, and what local band wants to play a 1 p.m. set at Ace of Cups when people haven't even tasted the hair of the dog yet? But these little festivals are some of Columbus' best efforts at creating a genuine rock 'n' roll experience comparable to a Burger-rama or Gonerfest, with little to no corporate nonsense and lineups that put other "fests" to shame.
Listen to "THE Rock and Roll Radio Show" on QT1270AM, QT1270.com or on your phone with the "TuneIn Radio" app.