Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Jack White 'Boarding House Reach' LP

This friday, March 23rd, Jack White's 3rd album, Boarding House Reach, will be released following several singles including Connected By Love, Corporation, Over and Over and Over, and Respect Commander, constituting 1/3 of the album already being released.
Mr. White is no novice to theatrics and the PR circus, delivering to the world such album stunts as the liquid record, the 3rpm record, and the tri-color 7", which was used for the one sided 7" single "Over And Over And Over" (side B having a screened Third Man image).

One could argue that White for a time lost sight of the ultimate goal of records (delivering sound) and aided in swift rise in record prices and unavailability for smaller labels and bands to press albums at affordable prices in a timely fashion. But White, in a not so like himself low key fashion, turned away from the monopoly of United Record Pressing, and the absolute destructive nature of Record Store Day, and quietly opened his Detroit store on Record Store Day 2015, without ever using the RSD wording in press releases, and announced the opening of his record pressing plant as a way to offset the monopoly created by larger pressing plants effectively edging out Independent labels and bands.

Personally this action got me back into the White camp; after all but righting him off after his wacky records turned an effective medium into a commodity that drove record prices sky high seemingly overnight. But it's been nearly 2 decades since Jack and Meg injected fresh blood into the music world and possibly saving rock n' roll with their take on Detroit House-Rockin' blues, and over a decade since he moved to Nashville and effectively saved country music with his own take on the genre while also relaunching the careers of Country greats Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson.

When White decided to kick off the motor oil sludged work boots for the rhinestone encrusted cowboy boots of Nashville we obliged and now we all have Wanda Jackson and Sturgill Simpson LPs mixed in with our Dirtbombs and Detroit Cobras 7"s.

In his latest rebirth White is trying his hand at Memphis Soul, on the heals of a soul resurgence including Curtis Harding, Charles Bradley, the late Sharon Jones and others. The difference this time is that instead of spearheading a revival like a traveling preacher (selling such snake oil treats as Detroit Blues or Nashville Country) he is joining the congregation of converts, and it shows.

For the writing process of Boarding House Reach, White hunkered down in a small apartment in Nashville; but with all the soul infusion, and lyrics about living rough, he would have done much better to have held up in a Memphis Boarding House and soaked in the world he was emulating  instead of  trying to connivence us that the rhinestone prince of Nashville could really understand the table etiquette of a Memphis boarding house.

The newest single, Over and Over and Over, starts like a classic White Stripes track fuzzed out guitar accompanied by only drums but quickly is injected (and not organically) by a southern gospel style chorus chanting the chorus with sprinklings of "ooohs" and "woahs" as almost a quick reproducing of an early Stripes tune to fit the Memphis Soul goldrush.
Most of the album in fact is built along the bones of the great white Elephant but instead of meaningful lyrics and thought out choruses, is instead spackled together with theremin howls and pocket calculator bleeps, along with Curtic Mayfield style Hammond and congas creating a disjointed album poising as Childish Gambino but still wearing the fringed western wear.

Which isn't to say the album doesn't put in it's house rockin' time as well, and will find it's way easily to the dance floor for late night shoeless bridesmaids get-downs at wedding receptions,  but for classic White earnestness in whatever genre he has lassoed, this isn't the one. But we adored him in his Red and White phase, and loyally followed him south to his Black and Blue phase, hopefully we can hang in enough to see what he has in store next; For a man who seems enamored with the number 3, there surely is the next great phase right around the corner.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

3/20: Vinyl Nite at Galaxie with Sam Sneed

Every Tuesday at Galaxie Bar (732 E. Market) is Vinyl Nite with Vectortone & Louisville Is For Lovers with Special Guest DJs and a chance for patrons to share their own music as well.

This Tuesday (3/20), will feature DJ Sam Sneed.

Event Info on Vinyl Nite here.
Event Info on the March 16th Fundraiser with Howell Dawdy, Small Time Napoleon, 1200, and Sam Sneed here.

3/17 Pogues Tribute at Mile Wide

Aside from a promise of absolutely no green beer, there are plenty of worthy St. Patrick's Day Events in Louisville, including Mag Bar's annual Saint Paddy's Day fest with Planetary Overdrive, Bruised Fruit, and New Moons; $5), and a Pogues tribute at Mile Wide Brewery (636 Barret) headed by Jaxon Swain; FREE. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

3/17 St. patrick's Day at Mag Bar with Bruised Fruit & New Moons

In support of their new EP "Blood in the Waves", Northern Kentucky Post-Hardcore band New Moons are heading to Louisville on St. Patrick's Day and joining Bruised Fruit for The Mag Bar's St. paddy's party, on March 17th.  also playing is The Great Affairs (Nashville).

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: The Breeders 'All Nerve' LP

There is a short list of musicians that can consistently dish out relevant music over a 30 year career, and Kim Deal is definitely at the tippy top of the short list.

Joining The Pixies in 1986, the 56 year old Deal has been in several groups since including The Amps and The Breeders, which produced a no. 2 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart with "Cannonball'' from 1993's Last Splash.

Last Splash arrived on the heels of the critically acclaimed 1990 album Pod, but a slight departure of Pod's melancholy sound for the more pop-punchy feel of The Pixies.
Since Last Splash, The Breeders returned to a more Pod-eque sound on 2002's excellent Title TK, and 2008's Mountain Battles.

The Breeders newest, All Nerve, being released tomorrow March 2nd, consists of the 1992 Last Splash line-up including Deal's twin sister Kelley, and unsurprisingly echoes the feel of Last Splash with mostly upbeat fuzed out tracks such as the single 'Wait In The Car' or the title track which mirrors "Drivin' on 9" (from Last Splash), but also dips into Deal's dream pop world such as "Walking With A Killer" reminiscent of Title TK's "Off You".

Wether you fall within the melancholy pop side or fuzz pop side of the Breeders, All Nerve will surely not disappoint fans of Kim Deal and her twin Kelley.

  All Nerve is released March 2nd. A small edition on 180gm Orange Vinyl edition is available for a limited time. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

2/26: Brett Dennen @ Headliners

Happy-go-Lucky singer/songwriter Brett Dennen heads to Headliners next Monday during a U.S. tour in support of “Let’s…” EP. 8pm $25.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2/20: Vinyl Night at Galaxie with Frederick The Younger

On February 20th, at Galaxie on Market street from 8pm-midnight Frederick The Younger will serve as guest DJs at the tuesday weekly Vinyl Night hosted by Louisville Is For Lovers, which will also be giving away a Louisville Is For Lovers album every hour starting at 9pm including a Deluxe Edition boxset of the new 2018 Valentines album. Event info here.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Photo Review: Louisville Is For Lovers 2018 Showcase at the Louisville Free Public Library

Mother Runaway photo by Jenny Martin

Mother Runaway photo by Jenny Martin

Mother Runaway photo by Jenny Martin

Mother Runaway photo by Jenny Martin

Mother Runaway photo by Jenny Martin


Winners of the Valentine's Date Giveaway

Soft Self Portraits

Mother Runaway

Mother Runaway

Mother Runaway

LFPL Staff

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Adventure photo by Jenny Martin

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2/10 The 2018 Louisville Is For Lovers Valentine's Showcase

The 2018 Louisville Is For Lovers Valentine's Showcase will be on Saturday Feb. 10th at LFPL (301 York street) Featuring AdventureSoft Self Portraits, and Mother Runaway6pm-10pm FREE.
 The event is sponsored by the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and the Louisville Underground Music Archive (LUMA). The event will start at 6pm with the Wild And Wooly Film Series with a screening of Breadcrumb Trail: The Story Of Slint
Facebook Event Page

Also, the Winger Brothers and special guests will be performing songs from the new Valentine's album on Friday Feb. 9th live on 91.9FM WFPK's Live Lunch at noon.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Photo Review: Louisville Is For Lovers Instore at Guestroom with Brenda and Frederick The Younger

Photo Review by Jennifer Martin

Frederick The Younger



Louisville Is for Lovers 2018 Valentine's Compilation information here.

2018 Showcase at the Louisville Free Public Library will be on Feb. 10th.