Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Louisville Home Grown Music Series

4th Street Live may suck for music (unless you really dig on some bad 80s stuff). But Every Friday night this November it might not be so bad. Each friday night local bands will be playing for free.

This Friday November 2nd features Your Black Star, Follow The Train and The Fervor. Show starts at 7pm.

The Fervor - Overexposure
Follow the Train - Endless Summer
Your Black Star - Oh Jesus...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Interview: Wax Fang takes us to "La La Land".

First things first, the new album is called "La La Land" and in the
latest issue of Bejeezus we received a CD with a Wax Fang song
entitled California. Any special reasons for the California

s/c: The connection is purely coincidence. 'California' was a song I'd written while still in film school about my frustrations with the film industry and the Grand Delusion of Hollywood as 'Land of Opportunity'. Hillary (Hanson, editor of Bejeezus) had asked us to contribute something and it just so happened that that particular recording, which is actually several years old (2002 to be exact), was the only finished recording I had to submit. And while the term 'La La Land' originated as a nickname for Los Angeles, California, we actually chose it more for it's contemporary meanings, one such being, courtesy of the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, 'a euphoric dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life.'

37: Can you give us any inside/background info on the albums' artwork?

Jacob: The cover image was done by artist Thea Lura, she also happened to do the cover of "Black and Endless Night". When I came across this piece at the gallery I immediately snatched it up before rest of the crowd, for I sensed we could use it for something, exactly what I wasn't sure. It just seemed to contain visual elements that were similar to what was happening in the songs we were working on at the time. I brought it with us down to Ardent, and we just began to live and work with the baby. It would be propped up on the board in the control room watching us as we resumed recording back in louisville, watching us all the way through the mixing process. It's kind of hypnotic and sinister, iconic and ambiguous, even androgynous. All of these qualities we were attracted to, and felt that this figure that can be seen as a one of power due to the crown, was a keeper or a ruler of some sort, but of what world and what creatures we could not be sure.

37: In a sense this is really the first album recorded by "Wax Fang" as a
full band. Musically speaking, what kind of differences can we expect
from Black and Endless Nights?

s/c: The main difference is that it replicates, more accurately, what we sound like as live band. Aside from that, the album is much more complex, dynamically and structurally, and more dense, both in its production and arrangement.

37: Will the Theremin be making an appearance?

s/c: Unfortunately, no. Next album, perhaps.

Scott attended film school in PA, and we always hear
people raving about the 16mm film you guys show during your shows. Any chance of seeing some sort of movie/musical project on the horizon?

s/c: It's not entirely out of the question, although we have no concrete plans for anything like that at the moment. We are, however, hoping to make a series of videos for several songs from the album in the months to come.

37: Are there any tour dates in the works to support the new Album?

None yet. We're hoping that will change very soon.

If you had to describe this new album in 1 word that ended in "ness"
what would it be?

s/c: Motherfuckness.

What is Wax Fang's favorite candy to receive while trick-or-treating?

s/c: Anything made with Reece's peanut butter.

37: What kind of costumes would you like to see people dressed as for CD
release party @ the Vernon on the 30th?

s/c: So long as people are dressed up as something, that's all that matters. However, if I were to have a pick, I'd love to see people dressed up as characters from the television series, Twin Peaks, or as cats. We love cats.

Upcoming Wax Fang Events:

October, 30 2007 at Vernon Lanes - "La La Land" Listening/Costume Party Extravaganza!!! 10pm Free

November, 17th at Headliners - "La La Land" Cd Release Party with Centipede E'Est and Lucky Pineapple. Doors @ 8pm Ticket web 8 bux.

November, 20th 2007 IN-STORE @ EAR-X-TACY

Wax Fang - California (from Don't Be Afraid to Cherish It (in the latest Bejeezus Magazine) Buy it)

Wax Fang - Halloween (from Louisville Babylon Comp Buy it)

You can preview all the tracks from "La La Land" at Amazon and also purchase it there DRM free on the 17th.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ungdomskulen from Norway...

Hey Louisvillians, we have a special treat this coming Wednesday. Ungdomskulen, a Norwegian band is touring the US for their first time and making Louisville one of their few dates. A three piece that has been compared to the Melvins, Death from Above and Q and Not U. Don't let other bands speak for them though, get out and let their quirky, jazz-heavy rock speak for itself.
They will be playing a free show at Ear-xtacy at 5pm and at the Pour Haus at 8pm with The Photographic; a pretty rad sounding duo from right here in the river city that I'm equally excited to check out.
I know it's a work day for most of you but there's not many chances to see a Norwegian band on a Wednesday in the middle of the United States, is there?

Download "Ungdomskulen - Ordinary Son"
Download "Ungdomskulen - Foursome and Then Some"

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Don't Change that Channel: You Might Die.

Our local news stations really are evil. They are purposely trying to scare the shit out of the viewers to increase ratings. I'm sure every news man in town had to sit down to conceal their excitement when they heard about the storms approaching.

Do we really need 8 hour coverage of these radar screens? Really, what is the point? We already have the Weather Channel. We already have sirens that go off in each town when The National Weather Service deems necessary. We also have the Emergency Broadcast System which comes across every channel. Not only that but if you are trying to watch your On-Demand on cable it kicks you off and sends you to an emergency channel! (BTW Insight: It doesn't work properly).

They do all this for what? To save your life. These news channels convince you that you need them. With out these local news channels keeping you safe and interrupting your regularly scheduled programing you would surely die. Or would you? Lets get some facts straight:

Chance of dying from a car accident: 1 in 18,585
Chance of getting struck by lighting: 1 in 244,000
Dying from flesh eating Bacteria: 1 in 1 Million
Dying From Bee Sting or Snake Bite: 1 in 1 Million
Odd of winning the Kentucky Lottery: 1 in 18 Million
Chance of getting hit by a Tornado: 1 in 70 Million

You are actually increasing your chances of death by leaving your house if the storm is headed directly for you. It might be more dangerous to walk down some streets than to ignore the tornado warnings. More directly it might be worse for your health to sit on your couch getting fat while increasing your blood pressure because you are scared out of your scrotum by these news people.
Thats right Dawn Gee we don't need you. The other night I heard you tell your viewers umpteen times not to touch downed power lines. You were like a broken fucking record of saving lives. Is there anyone on this planet who doesn't know not to touch downed power lines? (maybe thats how you catch the Downs Syndrome..durrrr) And if there are people that dumb on this planet how the fuck were they smart enough to even turn on the television and tune into you Dawn Gee? And another thing. If my power lines are down I wouldn't be watching the fucking news because I would have no fucking power. In turn, I would probably die never being able to hear your life saving message. How sad.

Your Black Star - Little Storms
Purchase the album Beasts by Your Black Star from Hawthorne Records.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Murals Rudyard Kipling Performance

Quick little post to get you guys some photographs and mp3s of Murals kick ass performance at the Rudyard almost a week ago. Sorry to keep everyone waiting, while I don't mind paying for a place to host pictures, I like to find free places for music files.

I only have one more thing to say and that is there were far too few people at the show, these guys need to be playing to packed rooms, people will learn soon enough I guess.

Show me more pictures!!

Murals - Stab Wounds
Murals - Skipping Track
Murals - Square Prism
Murals - Untitled Jam

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Louisville Babylon returns October 12th!

Round about 7 years ago this awesome, awesome cat named John King had a vision to start a unique compilation CD to showcase the bands of Louisville, as well as his own band Team Totoro. He called it "Louisville is for Lovers" and it is now working on it's 8th (due out Valentine's Day, 2008).

As if that wasn't enough, John has organized the reissue of the original Misfits cover album from 1994, "Louisville Babylon" and in just 9 more days, its spawn, "Louisville Babylon 2." The cds will be hand packaged just like all Louisville is for Lovers releases and be of a limited run of 666 pieces each. (can I buy number 666 John, please!!) The city thanks you John!

You can read more about the releases here and buy them locally at ear x-tacy or here.
The CDs are $10 a piece or both in a extra special box for $16 and come with a fancy poster.

Tracklistings from the Louisville is for Lovers website:

Louisville Babylon 2 (2007)

track listing:
1)black kerouc “night of the living dead”
2) the slow break “attitude”
3) my morning jacket “hollywood babylon”
4) ronnie mack “horror hotel”
5) pont’ys camper “astro zombies”
6) chemic “return of the fly”
7) tamara dearing “hybrid moments”
8) one small step “20 eyes”
9) dave pajo “angelfuck”
10) wax fang “walloween”
11) the gallery singers “cough/cool”
12) gaj mustafa cell “ we bite!”
13) ultra pulverize “where eagles dare”

Louisville Babylon 1 (1994 reissue)

track listing:
1. sunspring-where egales dare
2.crunchy cereal-london dungeon
3. endpoint-attitude
4. plunge-death comes ripping
5. cherube scurge-nike a go go
6. content zero-last caress
7. crain-teenagers from mars
8. leaf pile-20 eyes
9. deadline-return of the fly
10. da yodellin’ taxidermist-skulls
11.hulla hoop-20 eyes
12. falling forward-she
13. slate-die die die my darling
14. lg&e-some kind of hate
15. 84 lumber-mommy, can i go out and kill tonight?
16. slo-pok-night of the living dead
17. rodan-who killed marlyn?
18. hedge- halloween
19. gravel blind-devil lock
20. gyotaku-horror hotel(live)
21.munsen -braineaters from mars

The Murals at the Rud tomorrow

It's been a few months since seeing the Murals play and that is a few months too long. If you haven't heard from these guys, come out and give them a listen tomorrow at the beautiful Rudyard Kipling at 9:30. A band that simply goes by the moniker "Goat" from the NYC will also play a set.

These guys are playing out more and more but this promises to be a good gig for sure!