Monday, April 17, 2017

4/29 Crown Larks (Chicago) & Dr. Girlfriend at Kaiju

Chicago psychedelic super weirdos Crown Larks will be returning to Louisville on April 29th, in support of their new LP, Population, out 5/5. local heroes Doctor Girlfriend & Insect policy will be opening.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review: Jonathan Richman @ Zanzabar

Punk crooner turned "playground punk" singer Jonathan Richman graced the stage  at 9 pm on friday night in the Dead Forest Room at Zanzabar in Louisville to a crowd of about 150.

Richman got his start, famously, in the late 1960s by tracking down the Velvet Underground and asking Lou Reed for help. He formed The Modern Lovers in 1970 in Boston with drummer David Robinson (later of the Cars) and keyboardist Jerry Harrison (later of Talking Heads). The group gained a loyal following with their loved-drenched pop tunes that would influence a multitude of New York punk bands in the following years.

By 1976 Richman ditched the love punk sound for a playful upbeat -if not stripped down- sound described as both  playground punk and groundbreaking.
Richman kept this playground sound for the next 40 years of a fruitful, albeit just under the radar, solo career.

In The Wings: Richman in yellow, and Tommy Larkins
waiting for the 9pm call to stage
Despite his embargo on amplified instruments as a way to protect his hearing and only using a classical guitar, the 65 year old rocked at times, especially during No One Was Like Vermeer, at moments Tommy Larkins, who has accompanied Richman since the 1990s, took over with drum solos while Richman grabbed percussion instruments and joined in while the crowd clapped in beat.

Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins in The Dead Forest room at Zanzabar

 Without the use of amplifiers or monitors the new "Dead Forest" room at Zanzabar was humid with 150 ecstatic fans -as Richman requested the air conditioner be turned off, as to not to have to compete with the rumble of the vents- but, besides a few overheated bouncers, no one seemed to mind too much.

 The set mainly consisted of newer songs from Richman's solo career such as When We Refuse To Suffer,  My baby loves me, Springtime in New York, and These Bodies That Came to Cavort, preceded by a quote he saw written on a wall in permanent marker: "Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a war that you know nothing about" with added sprinklings of earlier solo songs such as the crowd favorite, I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar, in which Richman would stop playing during the chorus and dance around the stage so that the crowd could sing the lines.

The set was void of Modern Lovers songs save for one,  Old World,  after which Richmen ended the night with a poem and then said "Okay, This is your last chance to say goodnight to Tommy, Thank you!"

Tommy Larkins drum set

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Winner: Jonathan Richman tickets @ Zanzabar 4/14

Congrats to Dave W. for winning two tickets to Jonathan Richman at Zanzabar tomorrow, April 14th, at 8pm. Dave shared his favorite Jonathan Richman song, Ice Cream Man!

Other songs shared with us were:

Tickets to Jonathan Richman at Zanzabar 4/14 at 8pm ($15) found here.

Free Ticket Give-A-way: Jonathan Richman at Zanzabar 4/14

This friday, April 14th, the legendary Bostonian punk crooner, Jonathan Richman, will grace the stage at Zanzabar, and we have 2 tickets to give away!

All you have to do is tell us who you would like to take with you to the show or share your favorite Jonathan Richman song by 5pm, and they tickets could be yours! Leave a comment or send an email, and good luck!

Here are some of our favorite Jonathan Richman songs:

With Tommy Larkins in There's Something About Mary (1998)

Jonathan Richman will play at Zanzabar Friday April 14th at 8pm. $15.
Tickets & Event Information Here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

4/7-9: A Weekend Of Love And Resistance

This friday-Sunday at 1007 E. Jefferson St. in Louisville, Ky, will be the Weekend of Love and Resistance, with over 35 bands and speakers raising funds for the ACLU of Kentucky and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

Bands include Catherine Irwin, Soft Self Portraits, Black God, and Pleasure Boys.

John King and Bryan Burns, members of the social activist group Electric Church Of The Tambourine's political party -The New Power Party- will be speaking on Sunday at 4pm (right before Catherine Irwin) about the importance of social programs and organizations as a tool to combat economic slavery in America.
Details here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: White Reaper "World's Best American Band" LP

White Reaper (credit: Jesse De Florio)
On April 7th, 2017, Louisville Garage Punk band White Reaper will release their 3rd LP, The World's Best American Band. They have 2 previous albums, 2014's very solid 6 track self titled EP, and 2015's White Reaper Does It Again that gained national attention for it's single Sheila.

Early reviews of White Reaper's newest effort claim a new direction for the band, abandoning their mod-punk sound for a more "power-pop" sound (both Consequence of Sound and Stereogum used the term in their reviews). While the band has expanded their sound from 2 minute garage punk gems drenched in distortion and keyboard hooks to 4 minute rompers with the inclusion of guitar solos, the core sound remains. 

The first single, Judy French, was released on January 26th on Polyvinyl, holds the classic Reaper sound, and is a high school crush-themed track that plays like a sister to Sheila, if she was enrolled at the school from Beverly Hills 90210.

Tracks like Little Silver Cross and The Stack find that sweet spot between early 70s punk rock and late 70s power pop such as Cheap Trick's perfectly weighted In Color LP placed in between 1977's punk influenced self titled album and 1978's power-ballad drenched Heaven Tonight LP.

The entire album is a soundtrack for the tragic teen experience that at once views the world as endless with possibilities and also painfully restrictive. Filled with cute girls with the best kind of secrets and days wasted on TV and daydreams of fame, The World's Best American band may be best suited for fans already acquainted with the band rather than a break-out move for world domination, but is a solid effort for a band deserving of their self imposed title, but has long struggled for acceptance in a world currently lacking an appreciation for straight up Rock N' Roll. Supporting Alvvays during a 2015 world tour, White Reaper was asked to leave the tour, sighting their wild and loud stage shows not being a good fit with the subdued reverb drenched electrona-pop headliner.

On the other hand, The World's Best American Band just might have enough of that sorely missed  classic rock n' roll braggadocio to grab the world's attention and remind us all why we fell in love with rock n' roll in the first place.  As frontman Tony Esposito claimed in a press release, “Just like Muhammad Ali was the greatest, you gotta say it out loud for people to believe it.”

Louisville's White Reaper will celebrate the release of their new album The World's Best American Band (out 4/7 on Polyvinyl Records) on April 8th at Zanzabar.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Art Auction for ACLU by Thaniel Ion Lee

Local artist Thaniel Ion Lee is auctioning off a print of his 36" x 36" drawing 'Black Mass' on Ebay in which 75% of the sale will be donated to the ACLU. The auction is up now and bidding starts at $1,000 and ends on April 13th.
Find the auction here.