TJ Slave Apartments and Park
Philip Park, best known as the electric guitarist fer the Haynes Boys and the guy from Aardvark Video, has stepped in as the bassist for Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. Meanwhile their former bassist's, Craig "Big Daddy" Dunson, plans to move to New York and possibly team up with some of his Codename: Stingray ex-cohorts are in limbo.
The Econothugs are planning a reunion show for January 31, 1998 -- New Year's in January. I'm told it will be "all original members." I'm still awaiting word on whether or not that means the original vocalist, Jake Label (Jake Houch?, now of Moviola) and original drummer, Humpy "Funky" Wheeler (Geoff Ortlip, now of Miss May 66).
Super Group, err Rhythm Section
Speaking of ex-Thugs, drummer Geoff Ortlip? is working with bassist Jeff Plavcan (Wishyfish, Mary Adam 12, etc.). Last I heard, they were still searching for guitar and, I assume, vocals.
World Wider Pastures
Just as we thought Moo was joining the Guardian by going out to pasture, it seems to be setting itself up as an e-zine -- no more hardcopies. Hmm, a little friendly competition? In any case, we gotta get these redesigns and reorganizations moooovin'.
Wasabi on Dublin
Somewhere between the hominess of the Neil House and the Legion of Doom and the converted warehouse of Mekka and raves is Wasabi. The spot has already become a stop for Bikini Kill, Tsunami and numerous other indies common to the home touring circuit. Oh, the vitals: Wasabi / 401 Dublin Ave. / Columbus, OH / (614) 297-6669.
South of the Border Street Scene
Not so long ago, the Street Scene closed its doors. Several weeks later it opened with new ownership and perty much the same format (so I'm told). A few weeks after that it closed again. Rumor is it is being converted to some type of Mexican restaurant. Will there be music? Dunno.
Skankland changed hands recently. With a bit of re-remodeling, the club has retained both the food and music, but deviating a bit more from the ska vein. Recent ads also seem to be playing up the food and "dinner club" appeals. I keep meaning to eat their, really!
A new shop has opened at Fifth and High -- Monkey's Garden Variety Playhouse. Aside from more reggae related recordings and paraphernalia than I'll ever know about, they feature movie posters, clothes and Michelle Ishida's (Wishyfish, Mary Adam 12) handmade hats. They're also hosting live jazz on occasional Sunday afternoons. The vitals: Monkey's Garden Variety Playhouse / 1202 N. High St. / Columbus, OH 43201 / (614) 294-7611.
Staying in the same neighborhood, a few months ago a new club opened near Fifth and High, called, ya guessed it, High Five. The once Chinese Restaurant next to a vacant bank and across from the Shell station has music several nights of the week. It seems to fairly open to anything in the realm or pop, rock or alternative.
It looks like Barley's has stopped with the Underground shows. The few shows they've had over the last several months have been for special ocassions and holidays. Most of those were held upstairs, not Underground.
If ya watch VH1 or maybe even MTV, ya might actually hear a little Bigfoot. They have a song or two deep in the background of a Kudos commercial. Oh, they made the connection through the NJ/NY band Ditchcroaker.
A few weeks ago I heard this tune that sounded strangely familiar, maybe even local, on TV -- but I couldn't quite place it. A day or two later I heard it again and saw the name, Marcy Playground. Now I remembered. The fact that MP is not local threw me. However, that same "Sex and Candy" song was on a 1996 compilation put out by the local Kathode Ray Music. You can find the review of the song and comp at http://www.cringe.com/cringe/7.1/reviews.htm.
Kathode Ray Burns
Speaking of Kathode Ray, they have decided to switch gears away from compilation CDs, focusing more on in depth work with specific bands, becoming a more conventional label, and other projects. What other projects? Ever visited the IndieRing?
The Neapolitan Orchestra Almost Syrup CD (Reuben Dooley Music)
Progressive Rock Band From Dayton Ohio With many fans in columbus Will be gigging in columbus after we finish current CD project. Web Site at http://w3.one.net/~gbaker/neaorch