Friday, July 30, 2010
Many thanks to everyone who submitted and voted for our t-shirt design contest, hosted by WHY Louisville, and 37 flood!
it was a hotly contested race with Drew's Zombie City Seal being the victor! the shirts are available now at WHY Louisville!
please visit the LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE ATTACK page for information on the 6th annual zombie attack on 8/29/10.
this year, The Guinness Book of World Records is letting us run for the tittle, so get out there and put us on the map!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
TROPHY WIVES ON PIKES.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
for a truly music loving town, i have always wondered why we haven't been able to come up with an annual fest that could stand up with national festivals. we have found a nitch with small unique annuals like LEBOWSKI FEST, ZOMBIE ATTACK, and SHOTGUN FEST, but we haven't yet found our sxsw. we definitely have the numbers to support a large music fest, but we are a fickle bunch, and we don't want it to feel forced, and we definitely don't want to feel like we aren't appreciated.
this year's FORECASTLE FEST, is the first time i've been since it was free, and when they made the jump into big ticket prices (weekend pass $160-$300) i really didn't think it would make it. but last year's numbers reached 30k, and this year was the biggest yet, even as prices continually rise. But high prices seem to be the nature of the beast, and for a lot of us, we can only afford one fest per summer.
i think besides the higher prices, Forecastle has the makings for a great annual music fest (much better chances than Hullabalou with their obvious corporate prices and generic line up), if they would just realize that it's louisville that has supported them so far, and it's louisville that can make them or break them in the future.
a few years ago a writer criticized Forecastle and was told he wasn't welcome to come back, and i considered not writing this, because i largely enjoyed Forecastle this year, and would like to go again, i just think it could better, and i'd like to see it survive.
besides the greedy food and water trickery, the other obvious flaw was the stage set ups. If you were there, you know what i'm spraying here. in the middle of the Great Lawn was the "main stage" where top billing bands like DEVO and Smashing Pumpkins played. a little further up the path was the secondary stage where smaller indie bands like Lucero, and We Were Promised Jetpacks played. And at the far end of the park was the 'North stage' where local bands played to a mainly local audience. and despite grumbling from some of the local bands about treatment from Forecastle (some bands said they were paid far less than they were promised) it seemed like Forecastle thought they had to have local bands, but they didn't like it much. (i would like to say i thought Mat Herron did a great job curating the local line up, i only wished more than a hand full of people saw it).
7/23-25 hullabaLOU: Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Steve Miller Band, Jason Aldean, Al Green, 60 others. @ Churchill Downs. hundreds of dollars.
if we've forgot anything, leave it in a comment. and as always... get out there and go nuts!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
the show is packed with nearly 50 artists, including many music/art related peeps you may know, such as Leticia Bajuyo (featured artist at Forecastle), Lyndi Lou (of Zombie Attack fame), Aaron Conaway (of Lava House fame), me (john king), Billy Hertz (of hertz gallery), and Barney Bright (the late sculptor and founder of Bright foundry).
The opening will be at Berheim Forest, August 28th from 6-10pm.
Artwork will be displayed throughout the trails around Lake Nevin and
in the Lake Studio. There will be beer, food, live music and
Bernheim's 1st Pecha Kucha event (.pecha-kucha.org) at the Sunset
Amphitheatre. Regional environmental organizations will be on hand
providing education on biodiversity, sustainability and effective ways
of re-introducing indigenous species back into altered habitats. For
more information visit www.bernheim.org
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I got the chance to sit down with Scott Carney of Wax Fang on Sunday of Forecastle. Scott came with friend and fellow local musician Saredren Wells who has an album out on the louisvilleisforlovers record label. The recording of the interview begins with Wells talking about a church service he went to and the somewhat loose concept of god that was proffered there. That’s where we’ll pick things up…
Scott Carney: Now if someone could only event a God decoder ring…
Scott Carney: Now if someone could only event a God decoder ring…
Dylan Greenwood: …and put it in a box of cereal.
SC: One lucky person will find the God decoder ring!
Saredren Wells: It’s like Willy Wonka.
DG: So, how’s the festival treating you so far?
DG: What have been the highlights of the shows so far for you?
SC: I thoroughly enjoyed the Broken Spurs when I saw them yesterday. They were pretty awesome. They hit my rock bone. I caught some of Devo. They were fun. Smashing Pumpkins, I saw about five songs, but I only knew one of them. They sounded good and sounded tight, I’m just not really familiar with them.
DG: Yeah, the Broken Spurs really rock out with their cock out, don’t they?
SC: Sometimes literally, I could imagine.
DG: Well, as I told you before, I never caught one of the Purple Rain shows, so what are the chances I’ll get to see it?
SC: I’d say the chances are… cloudy with a chance of meatballs.
DG: That’s too bad.
SC: There is a possibility we might don the purple cape again, so to speak. But if we did it’d probably be just one more time.
DG: Just one more?
SC: We might take it out of town on a trip for a weekend or something, but we won’t do it again in Louisville, that’s for certain.
DG: Of all the albums to choose from, why did you choose that one?
SC: I guess, in a way it chose us. I was reading in the newspaper that that strip club downtown called “Fats” was busted on Thunder Over Louisville night in 2008 in a police ring that was entitled “Operation Purple Rain”…
SC: No fucking shit!
SW: That’s awesome!
SC: I read this like a month ago in the Courier or something. So I think then the seed was planted. And it was just a matter of time before it caught back up with us.
DG: That’s awesome! So, I know you’re recording a new album, what should the Wax Fang fans expect?
SC: Ew… I don’t know. Well, I do know. The question is do I want to tell you?
DG: Just lay it out there, man.
SC: I’m just fucking with ya.
DG: It’s just me and you.
SC: Just me and you, and your three million subscribers! Um, I’m kind of looking at it as sort of like a bridge between the first album that I made and La La Land. In that it has a little bit of both of those styles. There’s definitely some dark, heavy stuff, some bona fided doom and gloom, but there’s some fun, poppy songs as well. Trying to keep it simple really. I don’t think this album is going to have the extravagance of La La Land with all the bells and whistles. We’re trying to just rein it in and see what we can do. I can be a fan of minimalism a lot of the time. We’re actually going to the studio tomorrow morning for the next ten days and that’s the way I’m approaching it at least for now but we’ll see how it goes once the wheels get turning.
DG: So, you recorded the first album on your own, right?
DG: How do you separate that with what you’re doing now? Is it a lot different?
SC: Um, it is different once you start getting people involved, especially with this one. With La LA Land a lot of those songs were written when the band got together so it was merely a matter of me explaining how they went to the band. With this newer stuff we’ve been writing stuff as a band and I’m also bringing in songs that I’ve composed in my head, so it’s a blend. This record will be a lot more diverse, process-wise than the others.
DG: So I’ve got to ask you the question everyone asks, about influences. Besides Prince, I hear a lot of Neutral Milk Hotel in your music.
SC: I could see that.
DG: What would you say are your main influences as a band?
SC: Um (laughs) (laughs again)
DG: Cher? Yeah, I could see that, she’s got those ass tattoos. You can’t stop that.
SC: And for me it all goes back to, like, golden oldies. That’s like my overall favorite genre of music. When I’m not in the mood to listen to anything else I just put it on the oldies station. I’ve always done that, just growing up with my Dad. My parents were always big Beatles fan. My mom actually saw the Beatles play in Indianapolis or something when they toured America. I’ve just love that era of music, like late 50s, 60s music, even moreso than the 70s prog, the 80s hair metal, the 90s grunge, the aughts indie rock sweepstakes…
DG: Very cool. I know you have got the Little Big Muff on your pedal board. Is that your go-to pedal?
SC: It’s not. It’s actually a standard Big Muff and I literally use it as an on/off switch with my theramin.
DG: Oh, really?
SC: Yeah, it’s too noisy for my signal chain. I play a lot of notes so I just don’t really get a clean, crisp thing. I mean it’s a different sound on it’s own, but it’s not very versatile, it’s not versatile enough for me to use. I’m kind of looking to expand, I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but I’m kind of looking to expand my pedal collection. I’ve already got like eight pedals! I’m designing something now that I’m hoping to build a stand for and get a couple new pedals and maybe I’ll work that in. But for the time being, my thermain, the way I have it run it, cause my theramin and guitar go into a switcher that goes through my entire guitar signal chain, and if the theramin doesn’t have something in front of it, the signal is so powerful, that if something isn’t in front of it blocking it, you can still hear it. Like if you’re playing a quiet muffled guitar you hear “EEEEEEEE!” It’s not favorable to the band.
DG: That’s cool. I just remember the first time I saw you and I saw that Big Muff on your pedal board and thought, “These guys are awesome!”
SC: (laughs) Actually I use a Ratt pedal.
DG: And how do you use that?
SC: (laughing) I turn it on when I want to hear it and I turn it off when I don’t.
SW: That’s how it works.
SC: It just works really well with the Danelectro and the supercoil pickup and my Fender amp. It’s like a really smooth, creamy distortion. It sounds really nice with reverb, it’s not very noisy. It kind of sucks some of bass tone out which is unfortunate but a lot stuff I play is so high-pitched squealing anyway that it’s fine.
DG: Well, I love your stuff, man. I mean the music and the solos especially take you to another place.
DG: I appreciate you sitting down with me.
SC: Not a problem, thanks for having me!
Friday, July 16, 2010
vote for your favorite (and don't ballet stuff or your vote won't count!) and remember, it's all for fun!
we would like to thank everyone who submitted designs, we love them all, and hope to use them all in some way.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
it all starts tonight! get your coffee can costumes and get out there!
Thursday July 15
7pm - "Year's Work In Lebowski Studies" discussion with professor and author Aaron Jaffe @ Carmichael's Bookstore - 2720 Frankfort Ave
Friday July 16
12pm - Lebowski Live Lunch - Lebowski covers and original sets by The Seedy Seeds, Thomas A Minor, Softcheque & C+ @ WFPK Studios - 619 S 4th St. - Very Limited Seating - Free
8pm - Movie Party - Music by The Felice Brothers with Thomas A Minor & The Picket Line followed by a screening of The Big Lebowski with an appearance by Jim Hoosier (Liam!) @ Executive Lawn - 911 Phillips Ln - 8pm. All Ages - Children 12 and under free. Chairs and blankets welcome. No outside food or beverages, man $18 adv / $20 day of
Saturday July 17
Saturday Pass (Garden Party + Bowling Party) - $30
3pm - Achiever Meetup - Meet and greet hosted by Lebowski Podcast @ Executive Strike and Spare Bar - Free
4pm - Garden Party - Music by Iron Horse (Heavy Metal Bluegrass covers of Metallica, Sabbath, Modest Mouse, etc.), The Seedy Seeds, Kentucky Prophet, C+ and Lebowski Burlesque. Plus Lebowski-themed games and what-have-you. @ Executive Lawn - 911 Phillips Ln - 4pm to 8pm. All Ages - Children 12 and under free. Chairs and blankets welcome. No outside food or beverages, man $8 adv / $10 day of
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
23 String Band
I hadn’t planned on seeing this high-energy band from Colorado, but as I was getting some “concessions” they started into Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and I became drawn to the stage.
I love this band! The harmonies are tight and the songwriting is definitely there. We’re looking forward to the new album.
I was not really impressed with this band. I had seen them open for My Morning Jacket years ago and decided to give them another chance to no avail. How many songs can one band write with the same G-Cadd9-Dsus4 chord progression?
It’s really too bad these guys are breaking up! I really enjoyed their set. I hope to catch their final show at Vernon Lanes on Saturday.
Unfortunately I was not able to get good shots of the band because there were technical difficulties with the lights and the band played in the dark. Unfortunately Cheyenne was not with the band, but the rest of the guys picked up the slack.
Again, another band I just don’t get. They seemed bored on stage and the music didn’t move me, as much as it seemed it should judging by the people around me. I don’t know how they got the following they have. But, hey, that’s just one guy talking.
The Pineapple put on a great set with eyeballs abounding!
I didn’t get to hear the one song I was hoping for, but these guys put on a pretty good early set on Saturday.
Black Diamond Heavies
My biggest surprise of the festival and in my top 5 performances of the entire weekend was the Black Diamond Heavies out of Nashville. It’s too bad they were saddled with a 30-minute early set on Saturday. I’m definitely going to catch these guys again!
I was pleasantly surprised with these guys. Since I got three songs in the pit I ended up being there for about a half hour. Not bad for what they are.
This 30-piece marching band was a ton of fun. I don’t own a lot of music by marching bands, but this is not your normal marching band. If you get a chance to see them, do it!
Shelby Park Soul Stew Kitchen
Chef Tim Tucker and the guys from A.M. Sunday are doing something really original. As the chef cooks, the band, led by Ray Rizzo, plays behind the sounds emanating from his cutting board. The band played tunes fittingly called Popcorn, Watermelon and Bourbon, and Catfish.
What can I say about these guys that hasn’t been said before? They played three songs from their upcoming album, which all sounded good, especially the last song. I got a chance to interview Scott Carney on Sunday. The interview will be posted here soon.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This lady’s got some pipes and some legs to boot. Any gal who plays a Flying V and can pull off “White Rabbit” has my full attention.
Cake put on a fun set, but what else would you expect from this band? I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they are very environmentally conscience and that their new album was recorded totally on solar power.
I got to sit in on an interview with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh. I was taken aback by the seriousness this guy spoke with when his band, on the surface, seems like a “silly” band. There are obviously more layers to DEVO than I knew about. I enjoyed the interview and the set.
I was originally bummed that I couldn’t catch these guys’ first set because of schedule conflicts, but was excited when I heard they were offered a late night encore performance on Saturday. They play straightforward Bluegrass straight out of Cincinnati.
I was really impressed with these guys. They were joined on stage by Cheyenne Marie Mize and pulled out a great version John Prine's "Paradise" as well as a great set of original tunes. These guys are certainly worth checking out.
Although they only played with a two-piece I can’t help but be pulled in by Shauna’s performances of their beautifully crafted songs.
Mrs. Watkins has a beautiful voice. I realized when watching her perform that she always was the best thing about Nickel Creek.
This is certainly one of the most interesting bands to come out of this area, possibly since Wax Fang. Whistle Peak put on a great set to a pretty good crowd at the North Stage.
Now I see what the hype is about. Although these guys are a little more “dancy” than I’m used to I really enjoyed their set and have now jumped on the bandwagon.
She and Him
I had a great time watching She and Him up close. Yes, Zooey is a knockout and yes, M. can play that guitar.
The Ravenna Colt
It was great to see Johnny Quaid back on stage rocking out, this time as a front man. He hasn’t lost any of the energy that he used to bring to My Morning Jacket shows.
The Flaming Lips
The best was definitely saved for last. What a way to top off a great weekend of music! Part circus, part beautiful psychedelic trip, part rock show, the Flaming Lips brought beauty and positivity to a very thankful audience.
Although it was hot and I didn’t care for the amount of narcs in attendance, the festival was, by most accounts, a complete success. There were whispers that this year may be the last, but I think that rumor has been around since Forecastle began and J.K. always seems to find a way to make the next year the biggest and the best yet. Here’s hoping next year will be no exception.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
the show hit the ground running with songs from their new "music for the masses" in their new silver and blue suits (the suits and new album were all test audience approved at 82% satisfaction). after a few songs they entered into they're "DEVOlution" phase and starting working backwards, donning their 1980's apparel and playing they're 80's radio hits like "whip it" before again devolving into they're 1970's tyvek suits and their (in this humble writer's opinion) best era of song writing, before tearing their suits to bits and devolving once again into they're early 70's art damaged conceptual stage, complete with Mothersbaugh's alter ego " Booji Boy". the whole band played with vigor (unlike another 'reunion band' that hit the stage soon after) and played like it was the best day of their lives, and the crowd felt the same.. well that was until the very last second of the show when mothersbaugh yelped "good night LEXINGTON!" to an immediate silent mob. it was the worst ending to this, the best show of the festival.
up next on the main stage was the worst show of the fest (of what i saw) a group that had so much hype, BASSNECTAR. as soon as Devo walked off stage the biggest crowd of the whole weekend stormed the stage awaiting a DJ and a borage of 808 beats and distorted synth explosions. of the 4 or 5 songs i could stand to listen to, all were covers, or rather remixes, of songs i used to like. from the Beastie Boys to the pixies, he slaughtered every one as if you gave the dust brothers a disc of your favorite dance party tracks and they sped them up and jizzed all over them. i will never understand the admiration of someone who steals other people's hard work and destroys them.
the last show of the night was the newly reformed SMASHING PUMPKINS, who played every song exactly as if they were just playing the CD, except between most songs Billy Corgan spewed out self indulgent crap to himself, or maybe the crowd. he seemed to be so happy to be in front of his band again after all this time, it was hard to tell if they felt the same way or were just waiting for the check to clear. but Billy had fun, even without playing 1979, the only song i was hoping to hear.
and that, was DAY TWO!
LUCERO'S"fist full of tears" (LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT/THE BEST SET ENDING OF FORECASTLE)
everybody loves (loved) DEVO!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
next up was Cirque Bezerk!! a scaled down show from their normal LA gig, but fantastic, and strangely sexual. an old world Tom Waits meets Henry Miller kinda affair with lots of people nearly breaking their necks in barely any clothes. worth a repeat viewing absolutely.
the perfect ending to day one, was a absolute spot on lucero get down. maybe even more so, playing behind the Ohio river and singing "and this big ol' river will kill us in time, till then we'll drink it's weight in cheap beer and wine" to an enthusiastic and sloppy crowd. rumor has it, that they were stuck in traffic on I-65 and subsequently showed up late, so their set wasn't they're normal hours long sing a-long, but they played well, and with excitement, and rocked out louisville crowd favorites such as "Bikeriders" and Jawbreaker's "kiss the bottle". they ended the night with just keyboards with frontman Ben Nichols quietly singing "fist full of tears" to a grateful crowd whom joined in at the corus "if i've done one thing right, now i'm saying goodbye, so darlin don't cry". a perfect ending to a perfect set. bravo boys. (listen to this song from forecastle on "DAY 2 REVIEW" post here).
on now to day 2, with cake, and DEVO, and a reformed Smashing Pumpkins. we'll see you out there!
Adventure:small crowd/big sound
Roo from Cirque Bezerk and John king.
Lucero, white as ghosts, breaking hearts on the shores of the Ohio.