Sunday, August 2, 2015

8/23 The Psychedelic Furs & The Church @ Mercury Ballroom

On Sunday Aug 23 at 8PM The Psychedelic Furs & The Church play the Mercury Ballroom, in Downtown Louisville. Tickets are around $40 which is kind of a shock but then you realize these two bands brought us songs like these:

Friday, July 31, 2015

8/2 Fresh Fest

The 3rd annual Old Skool Hip Hop festival, Fresh Fest, is happening Sunday August 2nd at the Belvedere. This year's fest is hosted by Ed Lover (of Yo! MTV Raps and C'mon Son fame) and will feature Kid N Play and Rakim (without Eric B.) and others as well as rap battles, B Boys (and gals), art, and what seems to be lots of fun. The price is a little steep at $40, but may be worth it.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Forecastle 2015 Photo Review


Modest Mouse
Sturgill Simpson
at the Camel Tent

Cage the Elephant

Mast Stage

My Morning Jacket


Tyler of Dr. Dundiff and Friends

Best performance of Forecastle: Jim James with Dr. Dundiff and Friends

Love at Forecastle

Ocean Stage Overpass

Ocean Stage

Funanas the Seahorse 

Beating the Heat

White Reaper with a reaper

Forecastle After-Parties

The Pass at Haymarket

Private Party at La La Land

La La Land

Saturday Night at Haymarket

The Pass

Man of the Hour Jim James on Sax

8/22 Seven Sense Fest FREE

On Saturday August 22, on the block between New Vintage and Zanzabar (and also including inside these bars) on Preston street will be a multistage FREE music event to benefit the Boys and Girls Haven. The event will host over 40 regional bands including Scott Carney, Jonathan Glen Wood Ensemble (of Old Baby),  Alex Wright & Maven Down, Quiet Hollers, The Hot Wires, The Bottom Sop, Adventure, Brother Wolves, Black Birds of Paradise, Tall Squares, and Satellite Twin.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Forecastle Day 3 Review

         It was blistering hot from the start on Sunday, but it didn't seem like anyone cared at the White Reaper set. Especially not the band, who were wearing black almost exclusively. The crowd grew as the set went on. Sometime in the middle they did a cover of "Rock n' Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter, it seemed like more and more people were on stage as the set went on too, random kids just grabbing the mic and singing the lyrics or screaming. At one point a guy in a giant grim reaper costume came on stage and danced around. The energy at this show both on and off stage was pretty nuts.
White Reaper

         One much needed change that Forecastle made this year was shrinking the VIP section at the Boom Stage. In years past, the front of this stage was divided in half by VIP ticket-buyers and regular ticket-buyers. This led to a tighter crowding of people not on the VIP side where I watched a few people get hurt. This year, the VIP section was smaller and further stage right so that the whole front barrier was occupied by non-VIP ticket buyers, who weren't as packed together as they had been before. It didn't seem to make much of a difference for the VIP concertgoers either. There were about the same amount of them as previous years, showing about the same level of engagement. Altogether it just looked like a safer environment for everybody. 
Portugal. the Man

         That being said, Portugal. the Man's performance was full of surprises. I was planning on skipping the second half to catch the beginning of Modest Mouse's set just because I've seen Portugal so many times, but halfway through their opener "Hip Hop Kids," when I noticed that Nick Reinhart (of Tera Melos, Bygones, and more recently Death Grips fame) was standing in on second guitar, I got comfortable. Though they did mostly pull from their latest album "Evil Friends," they threw a couple surprises into their set like "Floating," from In the Mountain in the Cloud, and "Chicago," from Waiter: You Viltures! and even "Day Man" from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Over the past few years I've seen them focus more and more on stringing their songs together so they don't have to stop as much during their set. When they closed, they covered "Another Brick in the Wall" into their recent single "Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue."
Modest Mouse... all of them
         I'm not a huge fan of the new Modest Mouse stuff, too many people in the band and all that, but they threw a few of the older songs into this set like "Styrofoam Boots," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes," and "Shit Luck." The whole set seemed impersonal, but what can you expect from a main-stage performance. Still it was really nice to see them play with everyone singing along to "The Good Times are Killing Me."

         The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage as a full band, but halfway through the set Kristian Matsson played a few by himself including "Love is All," and "Lion's Heart." For "The Gardener," he brought out First Aid Kit to sing backup, then the full band took the stage again.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Forecastle Day 2 Review

Dr. Dundiff and Friends including Jim James 
I am going to go out on a limb (before the festival has ended) to say that the big Surprise hit of Forecastle 2015 was local hip hop act Dr. Dundiff (billed as Dr. Dundiff and Friends, which may have been an understatement with every inch of the stage covered with dozens of 'friends' including the very talented Tyler from 1200 music) who hit the Ocean Stage from 4:15-5:30. Dr. Dundiffs various mixtapes of patchwork 90s style beats such as Alphabeats vo.1 or verse heavy stylings of Page of Cups do not at all represent the electrified energy Dr. Dundiff delivered onstage on Saturday afternoon; as if 1980s era Beastie Boys and double ought era Andrew W.K. hosted the biggest house party that could fit under an expressway overpass.
Speaking of overpasses, I truly love that Forecastle has a dedicated Hip Hop stage, But I can't think of a worse genre to put under a concrete block than hip hop. The natural reverb  could work if it was an acoustic folk or Americana stage, but for hip hop it destroys the sound too much.
Dr. Dundiff and Friends and concrete overpass

This distortion was barley noticeable during Dr. Dundiff due to the excitement onstage, especially during the last song when surprise guest Jim James appeared onstage to supply vocals to a very enthusiastic crowd. The natural distortion of the underpass was much more noticeable for the next act, california's IloveMakonen, which began around 6:45 to many false starts and half songs (including The Next Episode from Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001). All these false starts and half songs may have been due to  the sound quality being poor, but Makonen kept at it, with his patented off-the-cuff style of raping over treble heavy beats. I was surprised he didn't play   "Wishing You Well" but he managed to play his hit single Tuesday (albeit in 2 segments spliced into the set) as well as brand new unreleased tracks.

Crowd at My Morning Jacket
The real draw on Saturday was, of course, hometown heroes My Morning Jacket, who played for an electric 2 hours to end the day. The band kicked off the set with Believe (Nobody Knows) the first track from their new album The Waterfall to a very enthusiastic crowd and continued on a romp through their impressive catalogue including 2005's Off The Record as well as their new single Spring (Among the Living). The band ended their set just after midnight to a packed crowd with the explosive One Big Holiday from 2006's Okonokos album. It was great finale to Day 2 of Forcastle 2015!

My Morning Jacket into the night

 My Morning Jacket finale: One Big Holiday

Forecastle 2015 Day 1 Review

        It took a minute to get down here from Cincinnati so by the time I actually got into the festival, Cage the Elephant had been playing for fifteen minutes or so. The crowd was pretty tight when the show first started, but loosened up as the band did. The last time I'd seen them was at Starry Nights Music Fest in 2012, and the difference from then till now was incredible, like their stage presence has gained momentum with their career. As I got closer to the stage one man walking past me remarked "That guy is an animal" in reference to Matt Schultz, whose stage antics displayed the energy of a four year old. Matthan Minster stepped away from the keyboard and picked up a guitar to join Brad and Nick in the arpeggios for "Shake Me Down" which hovered over the audience like a thick fog.
         For their closer, "Sabertooth Tiger," Matt sang the first verse from the stage, then took to the audience with his microphone. It took him nearly a minute to get off the stage then over the barricade to his fans, sometimes rolling around surfing the crowd, others standing on top of them to sing his final verses. It was oddly reminiscent of Ian Svenonius' antics.

         Houndmouth took the Boom Stage in the middle of Cage's set. It was cool to see a hometown band that was scheduled for the Port Stage just two years before come back to a crowd that was anxious to see them. They've maintained all the same charms that they had when we last spoke to them, but with a nuance that comes with only experience. They also had an ASL translator stage left of the band, which I thought was really cool.
         Forecastle has always had a good ear for hip-hop acts, but the bulk of these end up on the Ocean Stage. On one hand, it's cool to have a stage that's almost exclusively for rap and dance music. On the other, the Ocean Stage is located directly under an overpass, which just naturally causes a large amount of reverberation. This is only exacerbated by the loud, bass-heavy, nature of the music that's most often slated for that stage. Remember when Run the Jewels played in 2013? The same thing happened for Big K.R.I.T.'s set this year. He delivered an incredible performance, but the sound quality was awful. Talib Kweli made a surprise appearance and everyone went apeshit when he played "I Got This."

Friday, July 17, 2015

Logan's Forecastle 2015 Picks

I get so excited every time Forecastle comes around. Here's some of the bands I'm particularly excited for this year:


 Cold War Kids.
I haven't kept up with this band since their second album, but I was really into those first two when I was in High School so it'll be really cool to see what these guys have been up to these past few years.

 Big K.R.I.T.
That dirty south hip hop. This is a weird one for me because Houndmouth is playing at the same time as KRIT so I'm gonna' be bouncing back and forth. Seems like a good problem to have.


 Dr. Dundiff and Friends.
I've been telling everyone for the last few years to keep an eye on Louisville hip hop and all my northern friends look at me like I'm crazy. Hyped to see another local act after Jalin Roze last year. I'm also curious who's gonna' be with him.

 Twin Peaks
Some feel good summer music. I haven't had a chance to see these guys yet, and I feel like I'm in the minority...

 Fat Tony.

White Reaper.
So proud of these guys. Excited to see what they do with an audience this size.

After that it's kind of tough because everyone else I want to see on Sunday is overlapped with someone else that I want to see.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

John's Forecastle 2015 picks

Look Out! Forecastle 2015 starts with a bang tomorrow! Here is what I am looking forward to seeing:

Friday July 7th:

JEFF The Brotherhood 3:15pm Boom Stage
4 years ago 37FLOOD writer Camille turned us onto this band and we've been keeping track of them ever since. Read her review here.

Cage The Elephant 7:30 Main Stage
(Last year We suggested they bring in this Kentucky band, and glad to see them on the roster).

Saturday July 18th

Ilovemakonnen 6:15 Ocean Stage
This L.A. hip hop pop candy has a way of digging in with juicy hooks and off the cuff lyrics.

My Morning Jacket 9:15 Main Stage
Hometown heroes closing saturday night on the big stage.

Sunday July 18th
For my money, sunday is the best bet if you are planing to go for just one day..

The WFPK stage starts with a bang with
Twin Limb at 1:30
followed by White Reaper at 2:45
and Diarrhea Planet at 4:45.

at 5:45 Portugal. The Man plays at the boom stage

and Modest Mouse begins at 6:45 on the Main stage

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: The Melvins @ Mercury Ballroom 7/6 (Louisville)

King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and Jeff Pinkus: The Melvins
The Melvins graced  Louisville at The Mercury Ballroom on July 6, to the loudest show to ever be preformed on a Monday.
Led by Buzz Osborne (King Buzzo) The Melvins -consisting of Osbourne, drummer Dale Crover, and Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers fame- hit the stage at 9pm with an interesting, and yet not so out of place, a cappella intro before blasting into 'Hag Me' from their 1993 album 'Houdini'. The entire night was packed with their signature avant and experimental sounds that inspired a teenage Kurt Cobain back in the early1980s in Washington state.  It was in The Melvins practice space that Cobain met bassist Krist Novoselic, and the rest as they say is history.
In fact Cobain's first band, Fecal Matter, included both Osborne and Crover, Crover even suppling drums for the newly formed Nirvana before before the two relocated The Melvins to San Francisco in 1988.
Crover and Osborne have been consistently playing as The Melvins for over thirty years; astoundingly remaining creative and releasing relevant albums, so rare with bands after even reaching the decade mark.
Monday's show was an enthusiastic explosion with Buzzo dressed like a past and future space priest from both Egypt and Europa, romping around the stage, playing songs mostly from the 2014 album 'Hold It In', such as 'Bride of Crankenstien' and 'Sesame Street Meat' and the experimental 'Onions make the Milk Taste Bad' -with captivating drum solos by Crover- as well as gems from their extensive catalog  such as 'The Bit' from the 1996 album 'Stag'.
Jeff Pinkus and the Flying V bass
Jeff Pinkus, famed bassist for The Butthole Surfers, joined the Melvins in 2013 and appears on the 2014 album Hold It In, both as bassist as well as sharing lead vocal duties.  On monday night you would have hardly noticed that this trio hasn't been performing together for decades, melting seamlessly with each other, all three sharing lead time throughout the set, as if extensions from the same Sludge-Rock beast. Two Butthole Surfers songs were also played, 1987's 'Graveyard' and 1985's 'Moving to Florida'.

The Melvins with Teri Gender Bender 
Aside from continuing to release albums, The Melvins are credited with influencing many bands and genres including the widely successful Grunge movement of the Pacific Northwest.  Crover and Osborne have also collaborated with many artists and bands including Tool, Cows, and even with Mexican punk band Le Butcherettes; who opened for The Melvins at Mercury Ballroom, with front woman  Teri Gender Bender joining The Melvins for a cover of Pop-O-Pies "Fascists Eat Donuts" and Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl" before the show devolved into a highly entertaining feedback/knob-turning experimental explosion by Jeff Pinkus.

Pinkus & Bender

the Jeff Pinkus Feedback Experience
(notice the Flying-V bass resting against the live cabinet)