If interested in anything you’ve read/seen/heard here, below are some of the related artifacts you might wish to pick up, for further exploration:
Tom Betti & Doreen Uhas Sauer – Historic Columbus Taverns (book)
I picked this one up online without knowing anything about it, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s more high-brow than expected, a concise but in depth history book as opposed to little blurbs about bars or whatever. As an added bonus, it turns out the copy I ordered online was autographed by the authors! Anyway, I would definitely recommend this if you’re interested in the subject matter.
Alvin Choate – Diamond in the Night (album)
This is one of my more enjoyable recent finds, a local musician who blends jazz, funk, rock, blues and soul into his own unique concoction. He plays all the instruments, most of them on a simple old Yamaha keyboard. Something about instrumental music can really send your imagination racing, too, if it’s evocative enough, and for me his compositions paint some vivid mental landscapes.
Counterfeit Madison – Opposable Thumbs (CD)
Pick up the latest release from this soulful Columbus artist with an amazing, powerful voice, Sharon Udoh. My favorite track, I Hope It’s Alright (found on the Spotify playlist in this here sidebar), has an old school, New Orleans jazz vibe about it…at least until she begins screaming f-bombs!
Goofy Guys – veteran jokemeisters can nonetheless occasionally play their instruments with a semblance of chops. Here are some live improvs recorded in the basement at 1795 Gerrard Avenue:
Return Of Scallop Man (MP3 download)
Daddy Dawg (MP3 download)
The Judas Cow – Golddigger (MP3 download)
Last Summer (MP3 download)
Mid Sized City (MP3 download)
Mild Depression (MP3 download)
Kevin Spain – Inspired (MP3 download)
Weave (MP3 download)
Lions Of March – Scars Scatter (CD)
Lo-fi to say the least and mostly recorded right here in C-bus, from ’01 to ’03. Released August 2004.
Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine (CD)
This 2012 effort by favorite newly discovered artist was her 2nd album, and recorded in Grove City. If you like modern alternative country, this one should be right up your alley.
Jason McGathey – One Hundred Virgins (book)
A little shameless self-promotion, here, but if I do say so this is a pretty solid piece of journalism, covering 6 months living on the OSU campus scene. I would recommend the paperback (link to Amazon above) – and yeah, you can download an e-book on Kindle, Smashwords, et cetera, too, but surely you will want a physical souvenir, right?
Tony Monaco – A New Generation: Paesanos on the New B3 (CD)
Fans of the classic jazz sound of a Hammond organ will love this, the Columbus legend’s debut disc. Also, you should definitely check out his website, http://www.b3monaco.com/, which has one of the coolest layouts of all time.
Monster Truck Five – Columbus, Ohio (CD)
Bonus points for the nifty cover, photoshopped onto the Tee-Jaye’s at Morse and High. A sign which only looks ancient because it is, incidentally, dating back to the Jerry’s Drive-In days.
The Top Heavies – Feed The Beast (CD)
Two Cow Garage – Please Turn The Gas Back On (CD)
Released in 2002, this is their debut album, the beginning of an illustrious career which has exceeded all expectations. These alt-country stalwarts continue to tour and record at a breakneck pace to this day.
Watershed – Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust (live) (CD) (1994)
vital live document not only recorded by one of Columbus’s most popular bands, but from a live gig at the Newport Music Hall, too.
Star Vehicle ’98 (CD) (1998)
The More It Hurts, The More It Works (CD) (2002)
The Fifth Of July (CD) (2005)
Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust II (CD) (2007)
On a related note, be sure to pick up Joe Oestreich’s fascinating book about his time spent with the band, Hitless Wonder. This is a terrific tome, and recommended even if you know nothing about the band. Part memoir, part a journalistic piece about life on the road, it also features some juicy details about the music industry’s inner workings and a few cameos by various well-known figures.
C-bus musicians: have your albums dropped out of print and/or never were in print? If so we should probably do something about that. Drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and state your case. It would be nice to restore some of these links in the chain, so to speak, and I can make this happen.