Author Archives: Robert Duffy

Done, waiting

If you strike my blog down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. – Ben Kenobi

So, now what?

For those of you just tuning in, after ten years as a B-level music blog and the greatest website to ever come out of Columbus, Ohio, we are retiring the blog and becoming a print publication. One issue a year, hopefully the first one done in the summer. We’ll keep you updated here, but you can also follow along on our new Tumblr or our brand new e-mail newsletter. Sign up here, people. And if you’d like to learn where to keep up with Donewaiting staff as they continue to produce content, go here.

Details about closing up Donewaiting’s website can be found here or an interview I did with Kevin Elliott.

Looking back at the past ten years of running a music website, the highlights that come to me are not about the mp3s we posted, the interviews, or any of the actual blog stuff, but it’s really about the people. People like Joel Oliphint, who took on a thankless job when I moved back home to New York, becoming our Columbus Music Editor and general pulse of the site, squeezing stories out of the staff and trying to keep the train on the tracks. Just the other day he wrote a great piece in Pitchfork about Musicol that you can read here. I think we were holding him back! :) If it wasn’t for Joel, I would have been lost these past three years and can’t thank him enough. (I also encourage you to read his side of the story over at the new Maura Magazine)

Wes Flexner wrote about his greatest hits over here. I love his point of view and am excited to see what he does with his new website.

Chip Midnight was with Donewaiting since the beginning. He’s launched a new Columbus-specific website too, and is molding the next generation of music writers.

The list goes on. Ben, Tankboy, Kirk, Rachael, Kim, Andrew (he was my wedding DJ, too), Han Q Duong, Leo, Steve, David, Danica, Adriana, Slaybaugh, Mike Kania and Brian Adams who built the first version of Donewaiting, Nicholas Nocera, Sunken Treasure Records, Ahmed, Benco, Reno, Dan Dougan, Jerry Dannemiller, many people I am not listing helped the site in one way or another.

Since we’re not completely closing down, I don’t want to make this too much of an obituary, but I do want to end with one final thing. Creating Donewaiting brought me to some of my closest relationships. Once I started to explore the local music scene, Miranda Sound was the first Columbus band I fell in love with. In the ten years since seeing them perform live, we’ve become close friends, business partners, and Dan Gerken even officiated my wedding. That’s because of Donewaiting. Kiesha Jenkins was also a fan of Miranda Sound, and it was because of Donewaiting.com that I met the love of my life. Everything good about the website is because of the things that happened in the real life.

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Keep in touch. The print version will come soon. Covering all aspects of culture, not just music. Limited edition.

Reminder: Donewaiting Anniversary/Farewell Website Shows Begin Tonight

I had planned to write a longer goodbye message, but figured it’d be more appropriate after this weekend. Until then, I hope to see you at one of the anniversary shows in Columbus beginning tonight.

Friday, February 15 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
DJ Detox, Fabrashay-A, Barely Eagle, Fumes, Bru Lei

Saturday, February 16 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
EYE, Miranda Sound, Cheater Slicks, Sinkane DJ Set featuring Ahmed & Jaytram

Sunday, February 17 @ Double Happiness | Facebook RSVP
Presented with Benco

Sinkane, Connections, Time and Temperature

Clinton Reno Donewaiting Artwork Archive

After the launch of the site, which my friend Brandon Whightsel helped design and come up with the original logo, Clinton Reno has been the visual identity of everything we produced. This included, but was not limited to stickers, t-shirts, advertisements, posters, album artwork for Sunken Treasure, tote bags, and even my wedding invitation. Our professional relationship was never a real money-making endeavor on either side, and I like to fool myself into thinking that Clint got something out of it, too, whether it was additional recognition or me just helping him move his printing studio from one location to the next. That equipment is heavy!

Mostly for personal reasons, I wanted to collect as many designs as I could find in one post. Putting it together was a real trip down memory lane, making me realize more than ever how vital Clint’s work was to us. He was the creator of the public interface of a website, when we took our act outside of a browser and into the real world.

Check it out, and be sure to spend some time on Clint’s site too. An amazing illustrator and great friend, Columbus Ohio is a better place because he lives there. (Now, if only I can snatch he and his family up and bring him to Brooklyn…….)

10 Year Anniversary
with EYE, Miranda Sound, Cheater Slicks, Sinkane, DJ Detox, Fabrashay-A, Barely Eagle, Fumes, Bru Lei
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9 Year Anniversary
with Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, P.Blackk, Zero Star, Bill Fox, Sundown, Detox
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Coachella 2013: The Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Friday, April 12 & 19
Blur, The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Grinderman, Bassnectar, Dog Blood, How to Destroy Angels, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, Band of Horses, Beach House, Metric, Local Natives, Of Monsters and Men, Infected Mushroom, Japandroids, Divine Fits, Stars, Johnny Marr, Luciano, Wolfgang Gartner, Nicky Romero, Modestep, Tommy Trash, Thomas Gold, the Shouting Matches, Dillon Francis, Four Tet, Aesop Rock, Alt-J, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, TNGHT, Jake Bugg, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Sparks, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Purity Ring, Lee Scratch Perry, Dam-Funk, DJ Harvey, Jamie xx, Seth Troxler, Youth Lagoon, Deathfix, C2C, Beardyman, Lord Huron, Palma Violets, IO Echo, Skinny Lister, the Neighbourhood, Sam XL Pure Filth Sound

Saturday, April 13 and 20
Phoenix, the XX, the Postal Service, Sigur Ros, New Order, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Two Door Cinema Club, Moby, Descendents, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand, Violent Femmes, Simian Mobile Disco, Spiritualized, Puscifer, Cafe Tacuba, Portugal, the Man, the Make-Up, Bat for Lashes, Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Fedde Le Grand, Dropkick Murphys, FOALS, Ben Howard, 2 Chainz, Janelle Monae, Danny Brown, Wild Nothing, Booka Shade, Bingo Players, Allen Stone, El-P, the Selecter, Pusha T, Kill the Noise, the Evens, Biffy Clyro, Theophilus London, Baauer, Zane Lowe, Trash Talk, Birdy Nam Nam, Action Bronson, Jason Bentley, the Wombats, Guards, Mona, Savages, Shovels & Rope, Huoratron, Kurt Vile, Reignwolf, Cassy, 3Ball MTY, Kids These Days, the 2 Bears, the Colourist, Vintage Trouble

Sunday, April 14 and 21
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, Wu-Tang Clan, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Tame Impala, the Lumineers, Dead Can Dance, La Roux, James Blake, Excision Grimes, the Gaslight Anthem, the Faint, Hardwell, Paul Oakenfold, Dinosaur Jr., Raider Klan, OMD, Roni Size, the Airborne Toxic Event, Father John Misty, Tanlines, Rodriguez, Alex Clare, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jessie Ware, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, the Three O’Clock, Disclosure, Mimosa, Cloud Nothings, Parov Stelar Band, Julio Bashmore, Thee Oh Sees, Dub Fx, Maya Jane Coles, JEFF the Brotherhood, Smith Westerns, Dirtyphonics, Joris Voorn, Hanni El Khatib, Danny Avila, Ghost, DIIV, Little Green Cars, Mord Fustang, James McCartney, Unicorn Kid, Robert DeLong, White Arrows, Deep Vally, Wild Belle, Adrian Lux, Ladies Night

Donewaiting Farewell/Anniversary Events in Columbus 2/15-17

Donewaiting 10 Year

As mentioned previously, Donewaiting is ending digital production in February and will become a print only entity in the summer, releasing one issue per year. We’ve finally put the final touches on our anniversary/goodbye weekend in Columbus. Here’s the details:

Friday, February 15 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
DJ Detox, Fabrashay-A, Barely Eagle, Fumes, Bru Lei

Saturday, February 16 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
EYE, Miranda Sound, Cheater Slicks, Sinkane DJ Set featuring Ahmed & Jaytram

Sunday, February 17 @ Double Happiness | Facebook RSVP
Presented with Benco

Sinkane, Connections, Time and Temperature

More about the bands in the coming days, but for now please add these to your social calendars and please help spread the word. Clinton Reno flyer coming soon.

Donewaiting to End Digital Production, Becoming Print Only in 2013

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On February 15 and 16 at Ace of Cups in Columbus Ohio, Donewaiting will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary as a website. Wes Flexner is booking the 2/15 date and more information will come soon. On the 16th, we’ll be presenting EYE, Cheater Slicks, Miranda Sound, and a Sinkane DJ set featuring Ahmed and Jaytram. After that weekend, Donewaiting will cease digital publication and become a print-only entity, releasing one super sized issue some time in the summer. It’ll be called Donewaiting Quarterly and won’t come out on a quarterly basis. Sue me.

Since day one, this site has always evolved. We started out as a collection of columnists around the world writing about our hometowns, with Columbus always being the focal point. In fact, one of those sections became its very own website. Over time we flirted with video, film reviews, podcasts, monthly concerts, and even released a few albums. There never was a master plan for the site, if that hasn’t been obvious. Donewaiting has always been a collection of my favorite people posting about the music they loved while not being restricted by deadline, format, or even a spell checker. It was the website I wanted to exist and I’m thankful for all the contributors who have been a part of it.

With the 10 year anniversary staring me down, it seemed like an appropriate time to evaluate the state of things. Since I moved back home to New York three years ago, Joel Oliphint and the team have done a great job of keeping the site alive, getting bigger traffic than we ever had before. At the same time, trying to maintain the site every day (even with the loose format) has become strenuous, so it seemed appropriate to make a drastic change now rather than let the site slowly fade away in an agry fashion. So here we are.

(Donewaiting has been around longer than Velvet Underground was a band, counting reunions. Did you know that Donewaiting wasn’t the most successful music blog of the past ten years, but everyone who read it eventually went on to start a Facebook account? Think about it.)

The new print publication will be more than music, will have local and international content, and that is all I really know. I hope to have it done by the time Comfest rolls around. Some newspapers and magazine stop their print publications and go digital only. We are doing the opposite. You can’t retweet paper.

So allow us to indulge in some nostalgia in the coming weeks as we gear up for our two shows at Ace of Cups, as well as some regular postings of videos and mp3s. Once we put the website on ice, all of the content here will still be available to read, and the Friendship Farm will be around as well as READONLY. Updates about Donewaiting Quarterly will be posted on this blog as well as our new Tumblr. We’ll be using the DW Facebook page to keep you posted on what the writers are up to as well (including a very significant project by Wes Flexner). Donewaiting All-Stars Forever.

Stay tuned, don’t abandon us just yet. Now you know we’re working towards an ending, and a beginning.

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“Rock Torch” Book Features Artwork by Columbus’ Nick Nocera, Contributions by Two Cow Garage, Mike Doughty, Sean Lennon, more

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Nicholas Nocera, designer for Alison Rose, and Randy Abramson, creator of Rock Torch website, got together and released a new, full color book featuring contributions from the site and new illustrations by Nick. All proceeds go to charity, and would make a great last minute Christmas gift. Express ship it, yo!

About the book:

Despite the Internet providing a bajillion new music critics, many music fans still find themselves asking, “who are the great bands and solo artists I should be listening to?” Rocktorch.com founder Randy Abramson reached out to the people who know music best – the artists themselves and asked them what musicians and songwriters move them the most and why.

This book captures their passionate recommendations in over 100 essays that are complimented by beautiful, full-color illustrations.

Contributors include:

Mike Doughty
Sean Lennon
Two Cow Garage
Kate Nash
Joe Grushecky
Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums
Mojo Nixon
John Wesley Harding
Melora Creager of Rasputina
Jill Sobule

Here’s Nick’s illustration of Matthew Sweet and Alex Chilton:

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Wilco headling 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

Each year this festival seems to be getting bigger and bigger bands to perform. They continue to not disappoint.

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival on May 30th -June 2nd, 2013 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. The first round of announcements for this years lineup includes one of the biggest bands in rock and roll, Wilco who will headline the festival on Saturday, June 1 and folk legend John Prine will close the festival out on Sunday, June 2nd. Described by Andrew Bird from stage in 2012 as being “a hell of a lot better than Coachella”, the Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience.

Other acts currently announced include Reigning Sound, Cotton Jones, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Nick Tolford and Company, The D-Rays, and The County Pharaohs with many, many more to still be announced. The 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will feature 4 days of music featuring over 40 bands on multiple stages all weekend long along with camping, kids activities, local artisan vendors, food, a beer garden, and much more. Weekend passes for all four days will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:00am for $90, the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival of $130 for a weekend pass. Earlybird tickets are currently available for Members of Stuart’s Opera House by calling (740) 753-1924. Tickets and more information can be found nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.

Video: A.C. Newman – “I’m Not Talking”

From one of my favorite albums of 2012, Shut Down The Streets.

Video: Kate Nash “Death Proof”

Inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s film, this is the latest song from singer/songwriter Kate Nash. Her latest EP is out now with a full length coming soon, which you can help fund.