Friday, April 18, 2014

This Week: Whistle Peak in Horse Play Exhibit

This week, the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs opened up their exhibit Horse Play, which documents Derby games for children and adults over the last 140 years. This interactive exhibit's soundtrack features eight new instrumental tracks from David Boston and Billy Petot of Whistle Peak. Learn more here and be sure to drop by, it's open through December.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Music for your Summer Soundtrack

The weather is changing, you are cutting your pants into jean shorts, and  you are almost ready for that summer road trip. all you need now is a soundtrack for your summer fun, and we got you covered! here is a list of some absolutely free downloads to get your summer jam started  right.

Basement Up + Jay Elly - The Get Back (2014)
The Basement Up crew from Lexington Ky has doing doing some fine work lately, including a FREE EP from nov. 2013 (Who They Thought We Were, find it here), and a brand new track released just this week called The Get Back (grab it here) with Jay Elly. their website boasts "In an over saturated art form we are increasingly mindful of quality." Hopefully you will agree.

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap (2013)
37FLOOD writer Logan Nichols told me about this album "it's the future of Hip Hop" I don't know about that but it is a damn uplifting album, and has recently hit certified platinum. If you are one of the few that hasn't grabbed this free album do it now.

It’s easy to dismiss DMX due to his off stage antics, and let’s face it; his personal life has exceeded  R. Kelly proportions.  In 2013 alone he has been arrested 5 times for really stupid things and is currently in a mental institution. But we can’t forget his first 5 albums hit like a brick before his tour of correctional facilities. And even now, exiled in South Carolina, and in between incoherent video diary rants, he is still slaying tracks. In 2012 he released 2 hard hitting LPs, the first ‘The Weigh In’ for free (in current hip-hop mixed tape style) as a prelude to ‘Undisputed’. I think both albums  are well worth any DMX fan's collection, but I keep finding myself going back to the free download, as it is more gritty and with unabashed inflections that read like a prison diary that DMX was so good at in his early albums such as ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.’ Start with the free album, it costs you nothing, and if you need more grab ‘Undisputed’ as he could definitely use a win right about now. (for further viewing, will let you know if DMX is in jail at any given time).

Logan also said "It's the future of Hip Hop" about Deaths Grips, and on this one I will agree, even if their personal future is uncertain. Logan also said "there is a 100% chance that they will be dead in 4 years." I might also agree with this. Their completely insane punk rap explosion will force you to reconsider everything you know about music. and possibly reality. and their offstage antics might make you want to smack them, but if alienating the world around them is their conduit for making albums like Exmilitary then so be it.
It's my favorite of their impressive 4 albums in 3 years, and a great introduction to the force that is Death Grips. download it for free on their website. 

Team Totoro - Invites You to Enjoy LASER BEATS (2013) 
Ok we have told you about this one before, but if you are looking for summer jams with Morris Day style antics look no further than Louisville's own Team Totoro. the tracks 'Rompin' and Stompin' and 'Southern Rep' is summer-in-the-south style certified. Download it here for free, and it comes with extra bits and pieces as well for your summer pleasure.  

37FLOOD has here by declared summer 2014 THE SUMMER OF BALLIN' and now you got the jams to prove it..  But If you need more, read our 'Best Free Downloads' list from Summer 2011.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New Release: Foxy Shazam

Foxy Shazam just announced and uploaded their new album "Gonzo" to their website this morning. In their press release, the band states:

"This is the band's first independent release since 2005, self-produced and recorded entirely live in one room in running order, vocals and all, with famed engineer Steve Albini. Gone are the theatrical backup harmonies, stripped are the multilayered guitar tracks, wiped away is the polished finish of a pop producer's mentality. In their place remains a smoldering, gutsy work of pure desire. Fervor. Agitation. Honesty. Insanity. Rock and roll, but so much more."

Along with the new release, the band announced a North American tour set to start next month. The album is available as a free download here, and there's also a vinyl pre-order option. Tour dates are posted below.

MAY 27 Harrisburg, PA, Fed Live
MAY 29 Boston, MA, The Sinclair
MAY 30 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
MAY 31 Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
JUN 02 Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
JUN 03 Richmond, VA, Canal Club
JUN 05 Nashville, TN, Exit/In
JUN 06 Columbia, SC, New Brookland Tavern
JUN 07 Charlotte, NC, Amos Southend
JUN 09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Culture Room
JUN 10 Tampa, FL, Orhpeum
JUN 12 Orlando, FL, The Social
JUN 13 Jacksonville, FL, Freebird
JUN 14 Atlanta, GA, Terminal West
JUN 17 St. Louis, MO, Firebird
JUN 18 Omaha, NE, The Waiting Room
JUN 20 Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
JUN 21 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
JUN 22 Detroit, MI, Magic Stick
JUN 24 Toronto, ON, Lee's Palace
JUN 25 Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom
JUN 27 Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop
JUN 28 Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
JUL 12 Cincinnati, OH, Bunbury Music Festival

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

3/29 Twin Limb on Belle of Louisville

This sounds like a good Saturday night: The Humana Fest Soiree will be on the Belle of Louisville 3/29 at 10 pm with music curated by the Motherlodge folks (including Louisville's Twin Limb) and it is FREE.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Megajoos, Roman Polanski's Baby, Thelma and the Sleaze at Keghunters (Lexington)

After a fiasco that resulted in The Haymarket canceling the March 22 Megajoos, Roman Polanski's Baby, and Vibrolas show just two days prior to the scheduled date, we at 37flood were worried that there wouldn't be a chance to catch some of Nashville's finest before they headed further North on tour. Luckily though, they were able to score a couple slots at Keghunters MCC Clubhouse in Lexington. With only a small handful of promotions online, one telling attendees to "bring your own bullwhip," we knew we were in for an experience. Good or bad, it's a story to tell, right?
Immediately upon entry to the clubhouse backyard all doubt was devoured, we were greeted by a single member taking money at the gate and throwing in "free limited edition beer koozies while supplies last." 
With such a small audience and most of the bands showing up early to get situated before the performance, the atmosphere was more like a community cookout than the conventional show dynamic where artists and audience are separate at all times. Everyone was just hanging out by the fire and having a good time, which provided a very intimate environment for performers and spectators alike.
Lexington natives Tenth House performing in an early slot
There were five bands total performing, including Lexington natives Tenth House and The Jive Hounds. Megajoos took the stage right as the sun was setting, opening their set with "Salads and Greens." Immediately the presence of this band was overwhelming. Similarly to their studio work, Megajoos' live performance had an energy and depth that is rarely achieved by a two piece band. We've never understood how they get such a huge sound. In a rare move, the frontman removed his mask after the second song, which added an unusual amount of familiarity to this performance. They even shared "Hungry for Souls and Funyuns" from their upcoming Culture Cringe split 7" with Roman Polanski's Baby.
Megajoos (sorry. all identities protected on 37flood)
Up next was Roman Polanski's Baby, and at this point Lexington was in the low forties with strong winds. However, this didn't deter guitarist Rachel Warrick from delivering a knockout performance with supercharged punk riffs and precision accuracy. Lead singer Katie Miller set the trend for the rest of the evening, deciding to forego the stage altogether and sing from the audience, running back and forth with a presence reminiscent of Darby Crash (sans self mutilation). RPB also shared new material from Culture Cringe's approaching split single.
Roman Polanski's Baby
For those who believe showmanship is a dying art, I submit Thelma and The Sleaze. Adorning less-than-insulate stagewear, these girls played for nearly two hours into the night with temperatures steadily declining. Vocalist and lead guitarist LG was stationed in the audience with the rest of the band playing from the stage accompanied by an illuminated nativity angel that had its face painted like King Diamond. Their sensually natured subject matter and explicit stage presence combined in a manner that was both speculative and engaging for the audience. In true rock n' roll fashion, they kept jamming until the cops arrived to break up the party.
LG rides Chase's bass drum while shredding
In all, this was a unique experience that I've never found anywhere else. Shoutout to Keghunters MCC for knowing how to have a good time, and shoutout to all the bands for being genuinely cool people.

Megajoos and Roman Polanski's Baby Spring tour dates:
3.20 Athens, GA at The Caledonia Lounge with SHEHEHE
3.21 Asheville, NC at The Skanktuary with The Dimarcos
3.22 Louisville, KY at The Haymarket with The Vibrolas
3.23 Cleveland, OH at Now That's Class Matinee show
3.23 Bowling Green, OH at BLV House with Don't Get Bored and Dog Bosser
3.24 Detroit, MI at Garden Bowl with Peach Pit
3.25 Chichago, IL at The Burlington Bar with The Holy Alimonies
3.26 Minneapolis, MN at Eagles Club 34 with VellhouseBlood Cookie, & Kitten Forever
3.27 Omaha, NE at O'Leaver's
3.28 Kansas City, MO at Mills Record Company matinee in shop
3.28 Kansas City, MO at Vandals with The Bad Ideas & Faultfinder
3.29 St. Louis, MO at Foam with SKULL & Kenshiro's

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Thaniel Ion Lee release

Louisville artist and experimental musician Thaniel Ion Lee has a a new project, A Warm Dark Place,  that combines both worlds. The project is an art album that includes an individually hand cut 6" poly-carbonate record that comes with an additional 30 min CD as well as "other objects" all  for the sticker price of just $19 (or you can download just the music for $3).

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Give-A-Way: 2 tix to The Sea The Sea 3/25

The Sea The Sea will be playing The New Vintage in Louisville on Tuesday, March 25th to support their new release Love We Are Love, and we have 2 tickets to give a way to the show! Just leave a message here or email me and share your favorite Springtime playlist (or just your name if you like) and we'll randomly pick a winner on Sunday.

The Sea The Sea
w/ Mipso
The New Vintage
Tuesday, March 25th / 9 PM

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3/27 Rachel Grimes @ Green Building

Rachel Grimes will be playing the Green Building on Thurs 3/27 with Susanna (from Norway). Grimes will be accompanied by Jacob Duncan, Helen Money, and Cheyenne Mize. This show could be just what your early spring needs.

Rachel Grimes @ The Green Building
7:00 doors, 7:30 music
limited capacity- advanced tickets encouraged
$15, available at Guestroom Records on Frankfort Ave.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Editorial: Jason Molina A Reflection

One year ago today the world lost Jason Molina; the prolific force behind Magnolia Electric Co. & Songs: Ohia, as well as countless one off and solo records. To many it was a complete shock, to his friends it was a crushing end to a long dramatic battle with alcoholism. To everyone it was an instant mourning for a life left too soon as well as a mourning for all the songs left unwritten, unrecorded, unable to console us during a time of grief.

The following are excerpts from a conversation about remembering Molina over at 500 Albums 500 Days, a unique music site the reviews music in relation to life and human emotion as well as personal connection rather than the sound theory:

i can’t tell you how much i’ve cried since i found out he had passed away. i was at work. someone came to talk to me just after i’d read the news. i think they knew. but what do people usually cry about in public? maybe receiving bad news about a loved one or a close friend – not a musician on the other side of the world who ended up meaning more to you than you could ever have imagined. it’s inexplicable and perhaps, impenetrable. 
of course, much of his music from across various releases came to mean so much afterwards – those who listened heard the lyrics anew. there’s a level of predictability that makes the pain that much greater. but i completely disagree that if you appreciate and love music such as jason molina made, you are prone to want to hurt yourself or hate yourself or slowly/quickly kill yourself. 
what layers beneath the obvious in all of his creations is a sense of resilience and sometimes paradoxical joy about the simplicity of the world and universe around us, and sometimes even the pain. you know you feel that; it makes you and it real. i think people react negatively to music like this because most can’t deal with being alone, in their own mind and body, and grasp what that truly means. it’s like the avoidance of thinking about death because of the prospect (reality) that there’s nothing there. as the sticker on the back of my car implies, the end is infinite. regardless, i’m not sure i’ll ever get over his early death. 
the fact that there will be nothing new ever again for the remaining years of my own life before that nothingness that he now inhabits, when there was probably so much more to be sung. unlike molina’s music, the pain in my chest whenever i think of him is nearly unbearable. and that’s remembering forever. 

Just this weekend I was traveling with a friend through the Appalachians in North America on a road trip; and as long roads normally remind me of Jason Molina, we went through many of his most popular albums: Magnolia Electric Co., Fading Trails, Sojourner, What Comes After The Blues.. 
We began speaking of his prolific catalogue and began speaking about his many solo projects, as well as his many sides from Near-Country as Josephine, the Lo-Fi beginnings of Songs-Ohia, and the sort-of Singer Songwriter recordings such as Pyramid Electric Co. 
I had forgotten about Pyramid, and was a little embarrassed, especially since it holds one of my favorite Molina tracks, Honey, Watch Your Ass. My friend also admitted that two of his favorite Molina songs, Red Comet Dust and Spectral Alphabet, were also on Pyramid Electric Co. It wasn’t until I read Cydde's wonderfully insightful eulogy that I saw Mr. Molina’s work sectioned into different categories as well, in lyrical content. 
Which you are absolutely right, my traveling buddy is decidedly on the side of the in “astronomical and philosophical” side of Molina where as I tend to fall deeply for the “everyday experiences” songs (which could also be called Confessional songs)  such as Just Be Simple, Don’t Fade On Me, and The Dark Don’t Hide It. Whatever your preferences, it’s truly a testament to Molina’s wide scope and ability to speak to a large variety of people. Why Pyramid Electric Co. was met with such skepticism is beyond me. It has that unabashed personality that I so love from In The Human World/No Moon On The Water with the clear warm and unique guitar sounds from Magnolia Electric Co. Demo recordings. 
Honestly I picked up Pyramid due to a conversation I had with Molina; I can’t recall exactly how the conversation went, as after his death I have been trying to recall all our conversations but as experiences go, we aren’t aware of the true value until other experiences remind us that we have lost the chance to experience them again, but anyway he didn’t give the normal musician’s pitch about it, just saying they were songs he needed to record. 
I too was completely shaken by his death. I called a mutual friend to offer my respects, although in retrospect I needed consoling myself, even though I didn’t know him really, and definitely not nearly as well as my friend. My friend said “John, people are leaving this planet, aren’t they?” which at the time didn’t help. But later I found these words strangely consoling after all; and possibly something Molina would have agreed with, considering his astral affinity. He has left this world, but not before giving us some consoling for the all darkness we are bound to encounter before we leave this world too. And now it’s not just the long road that reminds me of Molina, but also the vast night sky and the idea that he might be there in some Philosophical/Metaphysical way.
 Read the full text here.

an incredibly unique Documentary on Magnolia Electric Co.

Members of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia are now playing as Songs Molina: A Memorial Electric Co.
recordings of their live sets as well as Magnolia Electric Co. live recordings can be found here.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Black Birds of Paradise

          Ever since I first heard Black Birds of Paradise cover Washington Phillips’ song “I Had a Good Father and Mother” on There is No One I wished they had more of a catalogue. Tonight marks the release of their first full length release, a DIY self-titled LP pressed by the drummer himself.

            Since their only other track before now was the upbeat summer-y song “I Love You (But I Don’t Know Why)” on Gubbey’s Head Cleaner compilation, I was pleasantly surprised with the needle-drop opener “Future Man,” which is reminiscent of a Sergio Leone score with Scott Carney on Theremin. The heavy bass and steady ride imply a sinister, mischievous presence.
One of the things that sets Black Birds of Paradise aside from other young rock bands right off the bat is Regan Layman, who plays vibraphone, percussion, and sings backup. Throughout the whole album, her textures and frequencies add a depth to the sound that plays a large part in shaping the tune around them. “Exotica” is an instrumental track torn between Regan’s vibraphone solos and Nick Layman’s synth styles. Despite the song’s major key and more positive demeanor, there’s a tension between the two that is really special.
Right in the middle of the record, the entire band backs out for a quieter, more somber acoustic song titled “The Way, The Truth, The Light.” This only accentuates the band’s diversity by providing contrast to the following louder more aggressive “Pour a Drink.”

With their first release, Black Birds of Paradise have proved that they are capable of effortlessly playing a wide range of musical styles without compromising or betraying their vision. Let’s hope their second album has the same charm. Come out to the New Vintage tonight for the release party with Lady Pyramid and Murals.