Things We Love: Picks from Lost Weekend Records' Kyle Siegrist
Kyle Siegrist, owner of Clintonville's Lost Weekend Records, could have gushed about dozens of things he loves, locally or otherwise. Two things he'll tell you: “I love Ohio” and “I like stuff.” He tries his best to avoid talking music too much, but having been slingin' records at Lost Weekend since 2003 — and being involved in the music industry in some fashion or another since 1986 — that's a pretty difficult task. Among the plethora of subjects on which Siegrist is knowledgeable, here's a sample of five things he can give you an intriguing spiel on.
I've just stuck with them. I've been following them since the late ’80s, early ’90s, and they went through some OK years there, then I got really excited when LeBron was there and it was awesome. Then I had a team I could actually hate [when LeBron left for the Miami Heat]. Until LeBron left, I never really had a nemesis as a basketball fan. Now you know he's back. I just love the Cavs — they're Ohio, they're basketball, and I stick with them through thick and thin.
I got more interested in Native American culture, then I started realizing here in Ohio there are all these burial and ceremonial mounds. No one really studies them, you don't learn about them in school. So I started just driving around Ohio and checking them out. The Serpent Mound has become my favorite ... It's a weird, spiritual energy there. You don't know why the Indians built this thing. It's kind of like our own Stonehenge.
Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp
[Jorma Kaukonen, from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna] had this dream to open a guitar camp. It's not a fantasy camp — you really learn there. They opened in 1998. I've been going there since the first year. I go there at least once a year as a student. They have shows there and concerts. It's probably my favorite place to go … It's in Pomeroy, it's about 30 minutes south of Athens. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere, it's a beautiful guitar camp.
“Just Kids”by Patti Smith
I'm really looking forward to this Patti Smith book. This covers her in her [Robert] Mapplethorpe, New York era. It should be pretty good. She's an artist beyond just a musician, so I'm really looking forward to that … I find Patti Smith both sexy and not sexy at the same time, which is kind of an odd combination … I don't know a ton about her, so I'm looking forward to reading more about her.
I love the Columbus music scene. Obviously, music's a huge part of my life. I love listening to music. I love playing music. I love making records. I love record stores. The Columbus scene just has all that … We have so many great bands from Columbus. Everybody supports everybody. There's always something going on … We have a pressing plant [Musicol], we got great bands, we got records stores — what more do you need?
I love the snow, and I hate the cold. I'm kind of jealous of Buffalo. I'd love to have seven feet of snow.
Owner, Lost Weekend Records
2960 N. High St., Clintonville