It hasn't happened yet, but Shake It Records co-owner Darren Blase expects it to start occurring soon. "The next big thing will be people trading in their CDs to buy vinyl," he jokes. Yet as Record Store Day approaches on Saturday, new and used vinyl has become a booming growth area at Cincinnati stores observing the event. Shake It and Everybody's, in fact, have converted rooms entirely to vinyl.
As we approach the beginning of a new decade, I decided to try to think of 100 reasons why I've enjoyed covering Cincinnati music over the past 3,650 days. At first I was worried I might not be able to come up with enough. A couple of hours into an "off the top of my head" list, I considered changing it to 1,000 reasons. After some hard editing choices, I've managed to squeeze the decade down into 50 items.
People sure do love The Seedy Seeds. The endearing Folktronica trio cleaned up at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, claiming three trophies: Album of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Alternative/Indie. The relatively young group now has six CEAs to its name. They're performing at the Southgate House with tourmates The Young Republic and D.C.'s Vandaveer.
Now in its eighth year, MidPoint 2009 faced rain each of its three nights. But, in a testament to how much the festival's reputation has grown since its inception, attendance hardly seemed impacted by the grey, wet weather. Even on the Thursday opening night (traditionally the "slow" night of the event), a steady drizzle didn't stop local and regional music fans from packing the clubs, tents and makeshift venues.
Early fall is starting to shape up as "music festival" time in Cincinnati. After another spectacular MidPoint Music Festival, you'd think folks might want some down time. Instead, they have plenty more "fest" choices this weekend: Popopolis, Clifton Heights Music Festival, Pharaohfest and a Jake Speed-led tribute to Woody Guthrie.
On Friday and Saturday Fountain Square keeps the good vibes from MidPoint and this summer's MidPoint Indie Summer concert series going with a new incarnation of the "Popopolis" event, which was founded in the late '90s as a way to bring the best in Power Pop and other versions of melodic Pop/Rock to Greater Cincinnati. Friday is "reunion night," featuring sets from some of the festival's original performers, while Saturday has performances by Bad Veins, Wussy, The Seedy Seeds and other current acts.
They've spent the past couple of years working their orchestral Indie Pop magic to music fans and the music industry around the country, and now Bad Veins finally has a record label home. They're soon to become Dangerbird Records recording artists; the deal is in place, and papers just need to be finalized.
Tune into WAIF-FM this and next Thursday for a couple of special holiday editions of the talk/music program 'The Curved Air Show.' Hosted by veteran local musicians Roger Yeardley and Marcos Sastre, the next two shows will feature a variety of local musicians playing all sorts of holiday songs.