Now that we’re all done boo-hooing over the shocking announcement that Donewaiting.com is ceasing digital production in February, let’s get to matters at hand – the Anyway Records 20th Anniversary show taking place Friday and Saturday night at Ace of Cups. We’ve covered our bases posting the lineups for these two shows but I thought I’d share this photo, a cover of the December ’93 issue (“The Final Issue?”) of The Columbus Edge, featuring two of Friday night’s performers – The New Bomb Turks and Ron House of Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.
I don’t think there’s that much to the story behind the cover. I’m pretty sure I pitched the idea of having The New Bomb Turks sit on a mall Santa’s lap and either Tony Barnett or Jerry Dannemiller put their own twist on it – finding (renting?) a Santa suit, putting Ron House in it, and taking a photo of the Turks sitting on Ron’s lap in the Stache’s bathroom.
Some noteworthy Columbus and Cleveland musicians will gather Friday at Ace of Cups to play songs by postpunk legends The Fall. Just check out these one-off lineups:
* Rockin’ Records (Arturo De Leon, Chris Quickert, Jake Wyckoff, Will Foster, Bill Heingartner)
* Eye Candy (Shirley Tobias, Chris Nini, Paul Nini)
* Ribonucleic Oxide (Jeff Curtis + friends from CLE bands Iron Oxide & Ribosomes)
* C.R.E.E.P.S. (Ron House, Bob Petric, Adam Elliot)
* Nervosas (Nick Schuld, Mickey Mocnik, Jeff Kleinman)
Your $5 cover goes to the Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC), which provides assistance to the community “through our food pantry, child and youth programs, senior services, and kinship care program.”
As Chip mentioned, Used Kids Records celebrated its 26th anniversary this past weekend with pizza, record discounts and bands playing all day Saturday. Log, which was apparently playing its final show, ended the set with a Ron House cover.
Tuesday night at Cafe Bourbon St., Columbus friends and fans will say goodbye to Times New Viking guitarist Jared Phillips before he departs to Cleveland this weekend. Before leaving, though, Phillips partnered up with Ron House to record some songs for a new project they’re calling Counter Intuits. House said he plans to release an LP of the pair’s lo-fi recordings titled Sheets of Hits on his newly formed local label, Pyramid Scheme. Look for the release in early November.
Connections, Gamma World and Ron House will play tonight’s farewell show (9pm, $5), and House says he’s trying to convince Phillips to let him do karaoke versions of a couple Counter Intuits tunes before Connections take the stage.
Still no news, though, on a new guitarist for Psandwich, House’s other post-Great Plains/TJSA band.
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Tagged Cafe Bourbon St., Connections, Counter Intuits, Gamma World, Great Plains, Jared Phillips, Psandwich, Pyramid Scheme, ron house, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Times New Viking
Paul Nini’s Old 3C Records is putting out a Great Plains DVD called Directions to the Party, chock full of Great Plains performances from Comfest 1987, Stache’s in ’85, more recent reunions in Columbus and Brooklyn in ’08, and a 1983 Cablevision TV performance, which you can preview above.
Dig Tim Anstaett’s rambling intro, which is basically a two-minute history of his TKA/The Offense zine/newsletter through 1983, along with plea for 50-cent subscriptions. All the while, behind him, an early lineup of Great Plains cracks jokes and eventually just starts playing “Cave-in” over him. It’s a priceless slice of Columbus history, as is the whole DVD.
Artwork below. No firm release date yet.
Lots going on this weekend (including Sinkane’s return), but with a stacked lineup for $5, the first ever Old 3C Fest at Ace of Cups is more than a safe bet. Here’s the order:
Happy Hour on the patio
05:00 p.m. – Ron House
05:40 p.m. – Alyosha Het
06:20 p.m. – Closet Mix
08:45 p.m. – Beetkeepers
09:40 p.m. – Randall Douglas Matson
10:20 p.m. – Stark Folk
11:15 p.m. – Chris Forbes, Keith Hanlon + Parker Paul of Orchestraville
11:55 p.m. – Log
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Tagged Alyosha Het, Beetkeepers, Closet Mix, Log, Old 3C Fest, Old 3C Records, Orchestraville, Randall Douglas Matson, ron house, Stark Folk
Not a bad way to relive some of TJSA’s surreal, even-better-than-I-expected set from our 9th anniversary show at Ace of Cups on Friday. Thanks to the New Bomb Turks’ Jim Weber for capturing this.
Update: The reunited Slave Apartments have also been confirmed to play Austin’s Chaos in Tejas on June 2.
Ron House is obviously a fixture in Columbus rock music. Columbus emcee Zero Star is also impressed by Ron House’s swag. (did the phrase Ron House’s Swag make you throw up in your mouth? sorry)
Anyway, I am waiting for you tube to make an interview I did with Zero Star and DJ Pos to exist. So I figured I would share this since TOP told you to look at our site today,
Zero Star is playing Donewaiting’s 9th Anniversary along with a band Ron House is in, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments doing “Bait & Switch” along with Bill Fox, P. Blackk & DJ Bruni, Sundown, and DJ Detox tomorrow Feb 3rd at Ace of Cups.
MP3: My Mysterious Death (Turn It Up)
The more your hear about the origin of Old Columbus bands, the more you realize how many of them formed accidentally, the result of spontaneity and serendipity. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments was one such band. On a night about 20 years ago, soon after the dissolution of Ron House’s previous band, Great Plains, a band playing Stache’s ended early.
The story could have ended right there. Everyone at the bar could have just continued to get drunk and/or gone home. Instead, though, House and Girly Machine guitarist Bob Petric hopped on stage with some friends, borrowed the idle guitars and amps and started jamming on blues riffs. “We just kind of jumped up out of sheer boredom,” Petric said when I interviewed him last year. But something clicked, and they decided to do it again. And again. (Sound familiar?)
“It was kind of a fuck-off band for a couple of years where we just got together and jammed,” House said last summer. “The Columbus scene was really taking off—like the New Bomb Turks, Gaunt. So I didn’t have to do very much, just shout and scream and people would notice us locally. The whole scene was a more brutal, punkier scene. There was enough things going on that all we had to do was just go out and play and things would happen for us.” Continue reading
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Tagged American Recordings, Bait and Switch, Bob Petric, Craig Dunson, gaunt, Great Plains, Guided by Voices, Johan Kugelberg, New Bomb Turks, Onion Records, Phillip Park, Rick Rubin, ron house, Staches, Ted Hattemer, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
MP3: We Remystify
Last week, CDR released Northren Psych, the long-awaited debut full-length from the mighty Psandwich. This local supergroup, which originally formed for an installment of the Rock Potluck, has handcrafted a fine album worthy of their oft-incendiary live shows. To celebrate the release, the band is holding an Album Release Party at Ace of Cups tonight, which will open with unannounced secret bands.
To prepare you for the show and album, check out the premiere of a new MP3 from Northren Psych entitled “We Remystify” as well as a video from a benefit show earlier this year.
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