Thursday, December 14, 2017

Album Review: A Howell Dawdy Christmas

Louisville's favorite misanthrope comic hip hop artist Howell Dawdy has just dropped a digital christmas album entitled A Howell Dawdy Christmas.

Howell Dawdy, the alter ego of Louisville Musician Alex Smith, is no stranger to holiday themed music, such as the halloween-esque 'Boo I'm A Ghost' from 2013, or 2014's Flying Reindeer,  which is a Christmas themed reworking of his cult hit Fire Extinguisher, much like James Brown's reworking of Papa's Got A Brand New Bag into Santa's Got A Brand New Bag.

Howell Dawdy's Christmas album runs the gamut from slapstick Alvin and the Chipmunks style holiday tracks such as Rat Christmas, to the surprisingly meaningful Don't Ruin Christmas,  much like LCD Soundsystem's  'Christmas Can Break Your Heart' marking a strange but triumphant return from retirement on Christmas eve 2015.

Christmas is a marvelous time when we do a bunch of things we would never do otherwise, like cover our houses in twinkling lights, drink egg nog, and listen to music we forget about the rest of the year. For those like me, who revel in holiday tradition (and holiday music) there is no lack for Christmas themed music. If holly jolly music is a must in your home this December, and if you are  the good Louisvillians that we know you are,  there is no lack of Louisville Christmas music to brighten your holidays, and you could do much worse than A Howell Dawdy Christmas, or last year's Louisville Covers Christmas from This Man Records.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Louisville Is For Lovers 2018 Album & Showcase Announced

This morning Louisville Is For Lovers announced the Lineup for the 2018 Valentine's compilation, called  'Darlin Beloved', including contributions by Brenda, Bonnie 'prince' Billy, Frederick The Younger, Future Killer, Jaye Jayle, Tender Mercy, Winger Brothers and many more. View the complete lineup here. The release date is Feb. 2nd with Pre-orders available here starting Jan.1st on their website and at Louisville Record Stores.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

1/14 Girls Rock Louisville Album Release at Guestroom


The 2nd Annual Girls Rock Louisville album will be released  on Sunday,  JAN. 14TH, with an album release party at 11 AM- 2 PM at Guestroom Records (1806 Frankfort Ave). The cost to attend is free and the 9 track CD will be available for $8. The songs are the end result of the Girls Rock Louisville music camp. At the end of the camp the girls' bands recorded their songs at La La land recording studio. To learn more about Girls Rock Louisville, please visit:

Friday, December 8, 2017

New Video: Clownvis Presley "Don't Be a Bitch (Or You Won't Get Stuff for Christmas)"

Everybody's favorite "Show Me State" musical clown,  Clownvis Presley, has just released a new video for the holidays called "Don't Be a Bitch (Or You Won't Get Stuff for Christmas)."

Presley, who has gained a following over the years with his inventive music videos (and a public access TV show) with an extended universe of characters (called the Clownvis Mafia), is no stranger to holiday pomp and pageantry.

Past Presley Christmas offerings include "Coming For You On Christmas", "Mutant Boy Christmas Song", the Clownvis Time! "Clownvis Christmas Special"  and the cult hit "Jesus Christ Eatin' on a Chicken Wing."

Clownvis Presley (Left) with Santa Claus (Right)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Cindy Wilson 'Change' LP

Cindy Wilson, a founding member of the Athens Georgia party-band The B-52s, which just celebrated their 40th anniversary, recently reached a personal milestone herself, releasing her 1st full length solo album today, Dec.1st 2017.

Wilson first released the solo E.P., Sunrise, in September 2016, followed by a second E.P., Supernatural, on her 60th birthday, February 28th, 2017. If that seems like a lot in the span of 18 months,  Wilson also spent much of the year on the road on a dual American Tour with B-52s and with her solo act to promote Supernatural. Locally she played Zanzabar on June 30th with her solo outfit and again with the B-52s  (with the Louisville Pops orchestra at Whitney Symphony Hall) on October 21st before returning to Zanzabar for a second solo show on November 19th during a tour promoting her new L.P. Change.

Cindy Wilson at Zanzabar 6/30/2017
Of the 10 tracks on the full length, 2 were previously released on the first E.p; Brother and and the title track Sunrise. The first, Brother, is a throw back to the 80s post-industrial era as if Kim Deal had joined The Jesus and Mary Chain. The other, Sunrise, is rooted in the 90s dance club world, much like Deee-Lite in an art-imitates-life-which-imitates-itself, as Deee-Lite's Lady Miss Kier could be seen as a protégé of Wilson.

Change follows Sunrise's recipe of a total split between industrial dance noise and early nineties post-pop dance tracks.  No tracks from the second E.P., Supernatural, made it onto Change, which is notably different than the others; mixing these two genres into a post-noise dance bopper, making Supernatural the most interesting of the three releases. Which is not to say the others are not worth a listen. Change envelopes and slows down the musical themes of Sunrise creating chill-wave tempoed dance club tracks heading into Nu-Disco tropes reminiscent of Drugdealer or Poolside, as evident on the track Things I'd Like To Say. While Supernatural sails back and forth from calm seas to tsunamis, Change keeps the pace through a turbo chilled Post-Adult Contemporary afterparty.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Louisville Is For Lovers Releases 1st Pressings For Original Retail Price

At 12:01 this morning (November 27th) local record label Louisville Is For Lovers gave the city an early Christmas gift; releasing digitally remastered downloads of the Louisville Is For Lovers Valentine's Series vol. 3, 4, and 5 (Volumes 1 & 2 were re-released last year).

Every release has the original album in it's entirety (with contributions from Bonnie 'prince' Billy, My Morning Jacket, Papa M, Tara Jane O'neil, and many others) as well as bonus tracks of alternate song versions, hidden tracks, and/or bonus disc tracks and scans of the original artwork.

 But the big news is that they are also releasing a limited number of the original pressings long thought to be out of stock. The the original hand packaged, numbered CDs, from the original pressings, will be sold for the original retail price at the time of release: $8 (+S&H)! Quantities vary greatly depending on availability.  Each will also come with an immediate download of the digitally remastered reissue with all of the bonus materials.

As part of Louisville Is For Lovers 15th Anniversary in 2016 the label began the process of remastering their entire back catalog and releasing digital versions online. To date  half of their releases (nearing 40 total releases since 2001) are available digitally through their website for $5 or less, and half of the releases are free.

Friday, November 10, 2017

11/11 Veterans Day Music Showcase With Kelly Newton at LFPL Southwest

As part of a Veterans Day event at Louisville Free Public Library Southwest (9725 Dixie Highway), at 2pm Saturday November 11th, local musician Kelly Newton will be performing and releasing her debut album Lady Liberty.

The local community outreach and activist group The Electric Church Of The Tambourine will also be on hand collecting donations for a project to support the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana Mexico.
Event  information  here.
More  information  on  the  Electric  Church fund  drive  here.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

New Protest Album by Louisville Hip Hop Artist MC Hijack Released

Today, the 5th of November, The Electric Church Of The Tambourine in an ongoing series with the Louisville is for Lovers label released an album called the Truth Church EP, by longtime Louisville hip hop recording artist MC Hijack (as a part of the electronic music duo Team Totoro) in support of those who fight daily against injustice and inequality. This in an ongoing series of protest and activist music. All releases in this series are FREE of charge.

 This anti-capitalist anthem laden album was created by MC Hijack using the break beat turntablism technique which was the  technique of music making that was the catalyst for the early Bronx incubator of American Hip Hop. Funk, Soul, and Disco were the primary records used in break beating; as what was primarily used on this album.

 Other releases in this series include:
The Gallery Singers 'Power to the Poor' 
Team Totoro 'Democrasexxy: Demand an End To Economic Slavery'

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Give-A-Way: Simply Saucer Show Package

1970s post-Velvet proto-punk/psychedelia rock band from Hamilton, Ontario, Simply Saucer are landing at Kaiju on Wednesday November 8th and we have 2 tickets and a tour shirt to give away! To enter the drawing just share with us a fact about Canada in a comment or send us an email and we will pick a winner on Monday!

Founded by guitarist and vocalist Edgar Breau during the early punk wave of 1970s, Simply Saucer reformed in 2006 and are currently on a U.S. tour joined by Cleveland rocker Craig Bell from the seminal punk groups Rocket From The Tombs, X_____X, and Mirrors. Local favorites Tychoon$ of Teen will be opening.

  Ticket info here.
11/8 Kaiju. $10. 8pm.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Open Call For Artists: Artist In Residence at Louisville Free Public Library

The Louisville Free Public Library is now accepting applications for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence COLLIDER program at the South Central Regional Library in Okolona. All disciplines including visual, performing, written word, music, and beyond will be considered for residency. Visit the LFPL website here for details.

The application deadline is December 1, 2017.