SPOONFEED ARTICLES

CLIFFS EP

There are many of us (myself very much included) who miss the throat busting, guitar wailing sounds and styles of the White Stripes. As we turned into the year 2000,  it was the Stripes who brought us into their act with the dashing colors of red and white, bluesy yelps and a vigorous energy for music. However, we live in a world without the White Stripes now. Hearing a Stripes hit like “Icky Thump” or “7 Nation Army” will bring a lurch to many dedicated fans’ hearts when heard every now and again on the radio, but so far… the world seems to be recovering pretty well, and bands have started to step up to fill the two-piece rock outfit hole they left last year.

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SPOONFEED’S GUIDE TO YOUR WEEKEND - 4/6

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

It’s Easter weekend… a time of year where many (dare I say most?) lay low and observe with loved ones. You might even think that things will be quiet around town this weekend, but this is Columbus, people. We couldn’t be quiet if we tried. And luckily for you, the only Easter traditions I observe are fabulous fried fish dinners on Fridays and gorging on candy, although the latter is sort of a yearlong thing. Consequently, I’m left with ample time to bring you up to speed with a brand new WEEKEND GUIDE to maximize your next few days’ potential! Trust me when I tell you it’s a good one.

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SPOONFEED’S GUIDE TO YOUR WEEKEND - 3/30

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

        The weekend is here. This city is afraid of it. I’ve seen its exhaustion before firsthand. The streets are full of life and there are so many options for things to do and just when you think a decision has been made for the night, something else comes along and it’s back to the drawing board. The accumulated awesomeness of all the talent and fun populating Columbus will leave its citizens overwhelmed, wishing for a guiding light to show them the way to their best option, and all the hipsters, Hip Hop heads, drunks, and academics will look up and shout “Save us!”…

…and I’ll look down, and whisper “yes.” For who watches the weekend? I do! And I’m back with another fresh and clean edition of the Spoonfeed Weekend Guide!

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SPOONFEED’S GUIDE TO YOUR WEEKEND - 3/23

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

         The heat is turned way up in Columbus, unprecedented for March, and the streets are alive! I feel like I’ve never seen the bars and restaurants as crowded as they’ve been this week, with appreciative Ohioans rushing out of their homes and jobs and straight into the sunlight! After all, what’s a measly tornado warning when we’ve hardly seen a flake of snow since early February? And the best part is it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere, so secure a cold beverage and meet us outside… we’ve got a choice cut of WEEKEND GUIDE on the grill!

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All You Have To Do Is Shine :: My Evening with Billy Elliot

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

        When I was told that I’d have the opportunity to review Billy Elliot: The Musical on its opening night of an eight show stand at Columbus’ historic Palace Theatre, I immediately had recollections of the film off which it was based. It was these recollections — the dismal, dreary gray of the titular character’s hometown, the opening sequence where he dances awkwardly to T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” — that found me hard pressed to believe that Billy’s story was one that could be translated successfully into a Broadway musical. I remained skeptical until midway through the first act. I write to you now as a believer.

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DANE TERRY’S “7 SONGS” EP - THE SPOONFEED REVIEW

BY JEFF MEYERS JR.

@JeffMeyersJr

"…and if you’re thinking of leaving,

well, don’t go just yet. 

I can do a great impersonation of,

a bee with no sting. 

I could give you my love, courtesy of

My heart, that tired old thing.”

Pff. Dane. As if we were thinking of going anywhere.

Not after anyone sits down to even a short preview of your opening track, “My Heart, that Tired Old Thing” (which the above quote is taken from). No Dane, I think we’re going to stay seated at this bar, order another round, and keep rocking back and forth to the sounds pouring out from your piano.

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SPOONFEED’S GUIDE TO YOUR WEEKEND - 3/16

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

                Hello Columbus! We’re back for another edition of the Weekend Guide and as always are so grateful for anyone who’s stopping by to stock up on solid tips for succeeding this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! It’s just as busy around HQ as it is in our fair city, so let’s not waste any time and get right down to business!

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NEW TOOTH “SAY AH” EP - THE SPOONFEED REVIEW

BY JEFF MEYERS JR.

@JeffMeyersJr

Spring time is teasing us.

Every now and again, the spring season seems to roll in long enough to wipe their shoes off and crack open a soda. Just when we begin to enjoy the good conversation, Spring gets a text from someone clearly more important, drops a quick apology and strolls out leaving their open soda on the table, mostly full. This leaves us to deal with Winter, who is sitting too close to us on the couch and keeps sneezing in our laps.

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SPOONFEED’S GUIDE TO YOUR WEEKEND - 3/9

BY JULIAN SMITH

@DANGERSMITH

        If I judged solely on Facebook statuses alone, it would appear that this week was a disappointing one in the lives of many Columbus denizens. I read angry tirades rallying for poltical candidates who bombed on Super Tuesday and against those who prevailed. I observed many a bro, totally stoked on Wednesday’s gracious and beautiful weather, let down by the rain on Thursday, for it was not nearly as conducive to shirtless cornhole playing or Natural Light drinking. I practically felt the frustration of what were likely thousands of music fans as Radiohead announced tourdates, consequentially and anti-climatically revealing that they’d be skipping Ohio’s capital yet again. Times were indeed grim, but this writer did his best to stay optimistic. I am here now to tell those people, consecutively: “Chin up, that guy who won or lost was probably a fraud anyhow!”, “It’s cool bro, cornhole is super fun to play indoors. Try moving your couches into the middle of the room for an extra challenge.”, and lastly, “No worries, Cleveland and Cincinnati pre-sales are sold out already!”

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SHARP WIT - A SPOONFEED INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN HENDRICKS

PHOTO BY KATE SWEENEY

by Julian Smith

@DANGERSMITH

        One day, in my dreams, this site will have reached a level of importance where people will care to ask me how it began and I will tell them “with a restaurant”. In January 2011, I began training to be a server at the then unopened Bravo in the Lennox Town Center and met Larry and Kate. As the months flew by, we toiled and triumphed in Bravo’s trenches and forged tight bonds over music and indifference towards serving pasta to often unappreciative people. Eventually, we started tossing around the skeletal ideas that eventually, with the introduction of Jeff’s leadership and guidance, became Spoonfeed. It was at this same restaurant that I became acquainted with Kevin Hendricks.

        Kevin is one of those people that I feel like I got to know in fifteen minutes. He could wax forever when presented with any topic of conversation, a constant and talkative source of knowledge laced with a dry, often humorous insight. He was also sort of goofy, a physical presence that might be imposing if you hadn’t discussed Ocarina of Time long enough with him to know he wouldn’t hurt a fly, unless of course it was attacking him in 1080p. Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised when, later that year, Kevin told me he was beginning to dabble in stand up comedy. Dabbling has since given way to regularly performing about town, his name one of the many that is beginning to rise in an already prosperous comedy scene in Columbus. He brings to the stage the same distinct sort of observation he brings to one on one conversations and does so with a confidence that cannot be broken… even if the jokes don’t land.

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