Music Saves in Cleveland

Last night we played at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland and we visited Music Saves – a very cool little record shop around the corner from the venue.  I talked to owners, Kevin and Melanie.  Here’s a pic of us after the interview in front of their very cool neon signage.

JO’C:  This is your store, right?  How long have you been at it?

K&M : 4 years.

JO’C:  What’s the best thing about running this store?

Kevin:  All the money you make from selling independent records.

JO’C:  Ha!  Right… I’m familiar with that perk as well.

Melanie:  Seriously, we are fans and it is really awesome to be able to be in the unique position where we can really help bands out in a way we couldn’t if we didn’t have this store.  If we love a record or a band we can really push them and turn people on to them.

JO’C:  How does being in such close proximity to the Beachland Ballroom affect your business?   I assume that’s why you chose this location, right?

Melanie:  Yes, that’s why.  We work together with Beachland.  We sell tickets to the shows and help promote the bands that play there.  We put on shows with them sometimes.  We are all good friends and part of the same community.

JO’C:  Do you stay open late on show nights?

Melanie:  Yes, sometimes.  We did recently for the Neko Case show.

Kevin:  We once stayed open until 3:30 in the morning for a Guided By Voices show.

JO’C:  That’s awesome.  I love the idea of being able to shop for records before, after or during a show.

Do you guys have a prized record in your own personal collection(s)?

Kevin:  I’m not so much of a collector.

Melanie:  Yeah, but we do have some stuff.  We have like 6 copies of that first Menomena record where it folds out into a monster.  There are only like 500 copies of those.   We each got that for eachother for Christmas that year.

JO’C: Aw, that’s sweet.  You guys are married, right?

K&M: Yes.

JO’C:  Ok, just a couple more questions.  What’s your favorite place to eat in Cleveland?

Kevin:  Probably Melt.

Melanie:  It’s full name is Melt Bar & Grilled.

Kevin:  Grilled cheese sandwiches.

JO’C:  Yum!  And its getting to be the time of year for this question….What’s your favorite record of 2008?

Kevin: Bon Iver.

Melanie:  We both love the Frightened Rabbit record too

JO’C:  They just did an instore here today right?

K&M: Yup.

Kevin and Melanie also professed a love for the new Marnie Stern record but thought maybe it was too soon to add it to their favorites of the year list.

Jon Langmead got some used Willie Nelson vinyl and we went and played our set at the Tavern.  Nick Lowe was playing the big room next door and I got to hear half of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” before we went on – which was pretty cool.  I also met Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric who were in attendance.  So, all in all, a pretty chockful day.

Love from Pontiac, MI where we will play with The New Year tonight,

Jennifer O’Connor