Northside Record Fair Returns

Northside Record FairThe hugely successful Northside Record Fair returns on Saturday, May 10. The event takes place at the Northside Presbyterian Church at 4222 Hamilton Avenue. Hours are 11am to 4pm, and it costs $5 to get in the door. Those people who’d like to get first pick can pay $10 and start shopping at 10am.  According to the Northside Record Fair’s Facebook page, this event promises “1,000’s and 1,000’s of amazing LP’s, 45’s, 7“‘s, 10“‘s, flexi’s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s, zines, magazines, posters, and all sorts of fun music memorabilia.”  The Record Fair also encourages people who want to sell records to contact them as well. Tables are $25 and half tables are $15. A good way to downsize…and make some quick, easy cash.

Only a couple years old, the Record Fair was an immediate hit, and it’s already morphed into a bi-annual instead of an annual event. Every time I’ve gone I’ve seen different vendors and a different mix of records. Definitely a buzz was in the air for the first Record Fair, as I stated in this blog entry with lots of photos of the event.

I live in Clifton, one neighborhood over from Northside. On that same day I’m going to set up records in my front yard. They’ll be cheap – 25 cents to a buck – and there will be a ginormous quantity of them. I’ll have 33s, 45s, and 78s, with really high numbers of 45s. I’ll also have lots of twelve-inch singles from the 70s and 80s, and other stuff related to music (speakers, etc.). The address is 315 Terrace Ave.; it’ll start at 10 (don’t come early; it’ll take me until 10 to lug them all out) and I reckon I’ll go until 3. So feel free to stop by after the Record Fair.


Clifton Plaza Farmer’s Market Returns

1898225_10151971573343036_399450311_nClifton Plaza Farmer’s Market (located in the courtyard next to Om Eco Cafe on Ludlow Avenue) is back, offering a chance to show some support for local farmers and shop for fresh produce that takes place EVERY MONDAY from 5:30pm to 8pm. The Market blossomed into a fun and popular event last year,  making it one of the things that makes Clifton a special place. So come shop and mingle, and tell your friends too! One of the vendors returning from last year, Amanda Bowman, is a Gaslight Property resident. Amanda has created a blog devoted to growing and preparing food, “I’ve seen the life of food from seed, to seedling, to growing up in the soil,” she writes in her blog. “I’ve seen what I’ve worked hard to maintain become a bountiful harvest, delivering colorful and vibrant specimens to chefs, who appreciate the pure flavor, and the fact that what they are using is grown close to where they artfully craft it.” That spirit is there in spades when you visit the Clifton Plaza Farmer’s Market. Here are some photos from my visit there yesterday:

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The Hold Steady Are Coming to Bogart’s

Hold SteadyTouring in support of their new album, Teeth Dreams, The Hold Steady is playing Bogart’s on Tuesday, April 22. People like to compare The Hold Steady to Bruce Springsteen, but at times I hear a much stronger resemblance to Husker Du (who performed at Bogart’s at least once, on their Warehouse tour). Of the new Hold Steady album, one critic stated, “Blue-collar rock and gritty story-songs of desperation and sketchy connections infuse the Brooklyn band’s powerful sixth album….Ferocious, chiming guitars frame Craig Finn’s half-spoken narratives of lives on the edge.” A review of a Hold Steady concert that took place last week stated, “Folks don’t show up to a Hold Steady show looking for melody or crooning. They want sweat and shouting and all sorts of catharsis.” So, if you’re looking for a full-fledged musical catharsis, catch The Hold Steady at the better-than-ever Bogart’s next Tuesday. It’s possible, too, that this catharsis could be free: if you go to the Facebook page for Gaslight Property and “like” our posting about the Hold Steady, you’ll be eligible to win free tickets to the concert. Here’s a video of their lead-off single from Teeth Dreams, “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You:”


Tunes & Blooms Kicks Off With Jake Speed & The Freddies

Tunes & BloomsCincinnati Zoo’s Tunes & Blooms free concert series kicks off this Thursday April 10 with a concert by Cincinnati’s Americana favorites Jake Speed & The Freddies. Opening the show is Shiny & The Spoon, another Cinci band with a rootsy sound. Make sure you catch the opening act, as it features the talented Pete Brown on upright bass; Pete also happens to be a long-term Gaslight Property employee. Again, the shows are free, although there is a charge for parking; here’s the lineup for these extremely popular Thursday night concerts:

  • April 10 -Jake Speed & the Freddies & Shiny and the Spoon
  • April 17 – The Cliftones
  • April 24 – The DAAP girls & Green Light Morning
  • May 1 – Comet Bluegrass All-Stars & Bulletville

To give you a taste of this Thursday’s show, here’s a video of Jake Speed & The Freddies performing Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd:”


A New CD by The Tigerlilies

TigerliliesThe Tigerlilies are a Cincinnati power-pop band that’s been together almost 25 years. During that time they’ve countless shows and recorded several full-length releases. When I first saw them they were playing Sudsey Malone’s during a period when short Vine was hopping. Already they showed evidence of tight songcraft, good live energy, and an ability to combine pop melodies and rich harmonies with crunchy rock n’ roll. Everything they’re able to do live comes through on their studio recordings, and their latest, In The Dark, is solid from start to finish. Their chief influence (and they’d be the first to tell you) is Cheap Trick. At times I hear echoes of other bands as well – The Ramones, Big Star, and (on “Pull You In”) REM. Just to throw in one arcane reference, the background vocals on “Green Eyes” make me think of a French pop group named Indochine, who are (or were, at least) huge in their native country but not so big here. People I’ve played them for have usually found them too sugary for their tastes.  I’m a fan, though, for the same reason that I like the Tigerlilies: their albums string together one well-crafted pop melody after another. In The Dark can be purchased online at or at Shake-It Records. From the album, here’s “Sweetheart.” It may sound nice on your computer or your phone, but another thing I like about the new Tigerlilies release is its rich, layered sound, so grab the CD to get the full experience.