Local music review: The Mealworms

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Mealworms: "Radio Cabinet Rabbit Hutch"

Back in 2004-05, Lost Weekend Records overlord Kyle Siegrist (Bubba Ho-Tep, Second State Butchers) teamed with Matt Duckworth and Pat Ratusz for this studio-only LP. It's finally out on multicolored vinyl, and in a show of solidarity Siegrist is hosting a listening party Friday at the competing Spoonful Records.

Duckworth called this record his "Sergeant Pepper," and while the arrangements are artful and diverse, they're never indulgent. It's mostly melancholy, Lou Reed-inspired folk pop that will sit well with fans of Tommy Jay and Mike Rep, though "Cod'ine" revs up like Pavement's loopier "Wowee Zowee" tracks and "The Blue Danube" brings in Amy Alwood to approximate Fiery Furnaces going primitive. Few hooks sink in quite like "It's a greasy spoon with cockroaches too/ But I do love the food they got down at the Dube."

The Mealworms

7 p.m. Friday, April 1

Spoonful Records

116 E. Long St., Downtown