Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ben Sollee at the 930 Nov 1st

Ben Sollee starts his US tour here in Louisville at the 930 Listening room this Saturday. Ben has readied a tour only EP called "Something Worth Keeping." Here's what Ben has to say about the EP and things worth keeping:

"The beauty of people is anchored in imperfection; it is not that we are destructive but that we are ignorant to a better way. We dream big with even bigger costs. Furthermore, we learn the lesson daily that we don’t know what we have until it is gone. Combined, these two qualities are child-like but ever present.

When I look around I see a lot of things that are worth keeping: the mountain tops of Appalachia, family and community farms, art and music in schools, and, most of all, a government by the people and for the people. But how? The challenge that our leaders and us face is that we don’t know how to accomplish these goals. There are many eloquent ideas out there about renewable energy, educational systems, and governing, but realizing them means trying new things; which is daunting at least, and terrifying at most. As my generation takes the reins we should not sacrifice some qualities of this nation and the land in its boundaries to the wayfaring spirit of economy. They are important for Americans, our children, and the rest of the world.

These thoughts inspired these two new songs. But they are only songs…" - Ben Sollee

Don't miss Ben's show this Saturday as this could be the last time you see him in a room this small... Bootsie Anne comes out to open and she's not one to miss either!

$10 - doors 7pm/show 8pm

Ben Sollee US Tour dates:
1 Nov - Louisville KY / 930 Listening Room w/ Bootsie Ann
5 Nov - Nashville TN / The Basement
6 Nov - Atlanta GA / The 5 Spot
7 Nov - Chapel Hill NC / Nightlight
8 Nov - Washington DC / Iota
11 Nov - Brooklyn NY / The Bell House
12 Nov - New York NY / Mercury Lounge
13 Nov - Boston MA / Great Scott
14 Nov - Philadelphia PA / World Cafe Live
15 Nov - Pittsburgh PA / Club Cafe
17 Nov - Chicago IL / Schuba's
18 Nov - Minneapolis MN / 400 Club
21 Nov - Seattle WA / TBA
22 Nov - Portland OR / Balcony Bar At The Hawthorne Theatre
24 Nov - San Francisco CA / Café Du Nord
25 Nov - Los Angeles CA / Hotel Café

now check out a video to get you ready for the show...

"A Few Honest Words" By Ben Sollee feat. DJ 2nd Nature

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Livewire CD release show

There's a new live CD coming to town... John Torstrick's Livewire Vol. 1. The CD drops this Friday along with a CD release show for $5 (cd included in cover) at Gerstle's in St. Matthews. For those that haven't heard a recording that John has made, you're in for a suprise! John knows how to really capture the sound in any enviromment; from the small bar to the outdoor venue, he weaves the sound of the room with the multi-tracked recording of the bands seamlessly.

The show will feature The Hemingways, Arnett Hollow and Teneia Sanders and starts at 10pm.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Paradigm Pink Floyd this Halloween!

Louisville Favorites Join Forces with Some of the City's Finest Musicians to Present the Music of Pink Floyd

This Halloween, Friday, October 31st, the Louisville-based post-jazz ensemble Paradigm will be donning a "musical costume" for their performance at Headliners Music Hall. The theme: Pink Floyd. A number of special guests will be joining the group throughout the night, including Teneia Sanders, Jamie Barnes, Daphne Luster, and Dave Chandler (Arnett Hollow, Zongo). Tickets for this 18-plus event will be available for $10 at Ear X-Tacy Records and ticketweb.com, and at the door for $13 on the night of the show. The concert will begin with a set by Paradigm at 10pm (doors open at 9), with the Pink Floyd presentation to follow shortly after.

Concert-goers are encouraged to sport their best and most creative Halloween threads, as a $150 cash prize will be awarded to the person who receives the most audience votes for Best Costume. Visual stimulation will also include video art by Louisville artists Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones, collectively known as Shoot the Messenger.

Paradigm previously hosted a Halloween show featuring the music of Radiohead, about which Paradigm keyboardist Brian Healey says, "It's almost two years later, and we still get positive feedback about that show." Healey adds, "Halloween is about having fun, and, for one night of the year, being anything or anyone you want. For us, a musical costume is the perfect way to step outside ourselves and join in the Halloween spirit. This year, we're looking forward to being able to share the party with some of our friends that we respect artistically as well as personally. We'll definitely be having just as much fun as the audience."

Paradigm blends modern jazz exploration with the raw power and sonic possibilities of post-rock. For the past year, the group has been supporting their 2008 Ropeadope Records release Melodies for Uncertain Robots with nationwide touring.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wax Fang WWII (Pt.2) Music Video

Wax Fang "WWII (Pt.2)" Music Video from don't panic records on Vimeo.
Directed by Scott Carney and Ryan Daly.

Sani Hanks presents...

The Louisville music and arts scene has for a long time needed someone to come along and breathe into it new life... the time has come and our savior has arrived. Sani Hanks, younger brother of the great Tom Hanks has helped inspire a concert and arts show series to revive the Louisville scene and bring an "underground" to everyone who desires such. Join in this celebration/tribute to Sani for his inspiration and devotion to reviving unity amongst the Louisville culture and it's people. Who knows, if he's not too nervous, you may even get his autograph...

a little background info on Sani:
Sani Hanks (1960 - ) - the younger brother of Tom Hanks. For most of his life, Sani has lived in the shadow of his older, more successful brother and has struggled to make an acting career of his own. One main obstacle that he has tried to overcome is the fact that he is illiterate and has trouble writing. He also, on occasion suffers from extreme social anxiety.

His filmography to date includes:

"ER" (3 episodes)
- "Breach of Trust" (2007)
- "Collision" (2007)
- "Friends or Enemies" (2006)

"The Wire" (2 episodes)
- "Safety Threat" (2008)
- "Undercover" (2007)

"Eight Legged Freaks" (2002) [victim #2]

"3rd Rock from the Sun" (1 episode)
- "My Mother the Alien"

Show this Friday to include the Kodiaks, Murals, Dude Plays Sax and Anton Mink at Skull Alley. Art will also be displayed by Eddie Santigo, Frank Martinez, Joshua Vance and Makeshift Clothing. Doors are at 7 and bring a crisp (or crinkled) 5'er to get inside.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Young Republic EP realease show at The Brick House

The Young Republic will be playing a show at the Brick House this Friday the 17th. They have recently come off a tour of the UK with the likes of Bon Iver and The Mountain Goats where the released an EP entitled Idiot Grin. The show this Friday will celebrate the US release of that EP and having had a sneak peek of the EP, I'm happy to say it's an awesome release! The band has recently relocated from Boston to Nashville which puts them in a prime location to trek up to Louisville to earn some new fans. Chris Miller, bassist, also has roots in Louisville so that'll hopefully keep them coming back to give us more and more. Also playing the show... Staging the Area and Josh Napier, show starts at 6pm.

The Young Republic's new EP, Idiot Grin will only be available at the show or online but be sure and pick up the most recent album, 12 Tales from Winter City available at iTunes.

Extra Media:

Check out this video from the infamous "Black Cab Sessions" across the pond (such an awesome concept):

The band had a session at Woxy this summer as well, hear it below:
The Young Republic @ Woxy 7/18

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Your Black Star tonight at the Nach

Late breaking news... I hate when the news channels say that. I just found out that Your Black Star is playing the Nach Bar tonight at 11 with Parms from Tokyo, Japan. Go see some local and not so local music tonight.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Peak Summit this Saturday!!!

This coming Saturday, Peak Summit will once again shine upon our fair city. This year the groove and dance festival will be held in the heart of St. Matthews on 10 stages spread across 6 bars. 25 bands for $10... that's a hell of a deal!

Check out the flier above for the bands playing and visit Peak Summit for more information.

Peak Summit Sampler Podcast

Monday, October 6, 2008

Squeeze-Bot at the CBGB fest? You decide!

Local "Germantown Jazz" quartet, Squeeze-Bot has been entered in a contest to be a part of the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues festival. If Squeeze-Bot wins, (aside from a cash prize) they'll be asked to play along side legend David Grisman and musicians like the Avett Brothers and Ha Ha Tonka at this year's festival on November 22nd.

I know what you're asking... what can I do to make sure Squeeze-Bot makes it? All you have to do is vote online and vote daily! They are currently in first place but only by a small margin so I'm asking you to do your part to help out some of the home team win a spot in the big show.

Vote here, tell your friends and please vote daily. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


October 1st is here and 37 Flood is your exclusive location to listen to tracks available from the upcoming release from the David Bowie cover album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spidermonkeys from Mars" or T.R.A.F.O.Z.S.A.T.S.F.M. as Louisville will soon refer to it. You can thank John King, the brainchild of the Louisville is for Lovers series and last year's wildly popular release of Louisville Babylon I & II on cd.

track listing:
1. “Five Years,” Phantom Family Halo
2. “Soul Love,” The Slow Break
3. “Moonage Daydream,” The Gallery Singers
4. “Starman,” Six White Horses
5. “It Ain’t Easy,” Trophy Wives
6. “Lady Stardust,” Whistle Peak
7. “Star,” IamIs
8. “Hang On To Yourself,” Milky and the Stones from Earth
9. “Ziggy stardust,” Black Kerouac
10. “Suffragette City,” Wax Fang
11. “Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide,” Joe Manning
12. “All the Young Dudes,” The Crooked Old World
13. “Space Oddity,” Tamara Dearing
14. “Cracked Actor,” The Ladybirds

You can also head over to www.louisvilleisforlovers.com to hear an addition Ladybirds track "Cracked Actor" from the album and pre-order the limited edition cd. Enjoy and thank your lucky stars we have such a wonderful soul in John taking care of local music in our city!

Whistle Peak - Lady Stardust
The Gallery Singers - Moonage Daydream
Dangerbird - Five Years [bonus track not on album]