Monday, December 29, 2014

12/31 Are We Not Them: a DEVO New Year's at Zanzabar

on New Year's Eve Zanzabar is throwing a Are We Not Them: a DEVO New Year's  with members of Wax Fang, The Deloreans, and Lucky Pineapple. $10
After midnight I hear some of the players will be heading across town to play ye another NYE party, at Haymarket Whiskey Bar a their No Cover New Year's (meaning no admission but maybe meaning you do not need clothes either).

Thursday, December 25, 2014

12/26 Re-gift After X-mas dance party at Zanzabar

Merry Holidays! Join us tomorrow night with DJs John King, Ed Edward Lutz, Trevor Bowles, and Jon Wettig at Zanzabar for the Re-grift After X-mas Dance Party. Just $3 or FREE if you bring in a wrapped gift, and leave with a new gift of your very own! Tired of getting tube socks? or wonder why you don't get tube socks for Xmas? Now is your chance to turn unwanted or unwarranted gifts into something extra special (maybe)!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Events Calendar

Tis' the season for special & imaginative local music events! here is a list of some of the Christmas & New Years events that have caught our attention:

1200, Jalin Roze, Skyscraper Stereo, & Bird Zoo December 19th @ Headliners.  tickets $12 ADV/$15 DOOR. Special VIP tix are available for $20 which includes a ticket, a copy of the new 1200 album, and T-shirt.

Toy Drive Vinyl Night at Zanzabar with Jalin Roze, Sam Sneed, Arron Chadwell. $5 or FREE with a donated toy gift.

 Zanzabar Re-Gift After Xmas Get Down with DJs John King, Jon Wettig, Ed Lutz, Trevor Bowles on December 26th $3 or FREE if you bring a wrapped gift you don't want (and get another in exchange) at Zanzabar.

A Very Louisville Christmas Part 2 with Andrew Rinehart, New Mother Nature, and Dane Waters @ New Vintage on December 26th. $7.


Are We Not Them: a DEVO New Year's at Zanzabar with members of Wax Fang, The Deloreans, and Lucky Pineapple. $10

And last but not least:
No Cover New Year's at Haymarket Whiskey Bar with Lady Pyramid and Black Birds of Paradise. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Editorial: $20 Art Show

Tonight, December 13th, will be the 13th or 14th annual $20 Art Show. this year's will be hosted at Copper & Kings in Butchertown. A little while back the LEO magazine asked me to write up a history of the show which I will share with you here:

          Mike Ratterman (sculptor/Funeral Director) and Mike McCoy (multimedia artist/recluse) were living on the second floor in an old warehouse in Smoketown and in the late 90s began putting on art shows there of their work and the work of their friends. they called the place The 953 Gallery after the address, 953 South Clay street. in 1999 I had a glass and photography exhibit at Gallerie Hertz that Ratterman attended so he tracked me down and asked if i'd like to have a show at 953. I didn't know either Mikes at that point but I did a show with them and by the following year I was living there. By this point Ratterman had moved upstairs to the top floor with me and his cousin Kevin Ratterman and McCoy took over the second floor. 
    As apposed to the second floor that was mostly concrete and steel, the top floor was all wood with 30 foot ceilings and looked like the belly of a clipper ship. It was mostly one large room, with smaller rooms off to the side that we used as bedrooms, and Kevin turned one into a recording studio. By now Mike R. and I were planing shows monthly along with our friend Leticia (Letty) Quesenberry the painter.  we also incorporated live music (with the help of Kevin) to the events and they had grown into large 400-500 person parties. But the art was getting attention and the LEO and Currier Journal were reviewing the work.
         One thing that was very noticeable was that every show  had a dedicated audience that supported us by coming to every event, helping clean up, etc. but were not in an economic position to buy the artwork. I thought this was outrageous that our biggest supporters couldn't afford the work, and that owning artwork was (and still is) mostly for a privileged few in our society. So I came up with an idea to have our artists design quality work that could be sold for $20 each (the house didn't take a cut), and have the show right before Christmas, so folks could buy presents, and also the artists would have some extra cash for the holidays. 
      The first event I believe had mike, Letty, me, Mike McCoy, Albertus Gorman, and some others in the show. All our shows back then started at 9pm, but for the $20 art show we had people showing up 4 or 5 hours early in order to ensure they got some work. they were buying it before we could hang them. I think 90% of the work had sold before 9pm, so we decided pretty quickly to make it an annual event. I think we did it 2 more years, adding Scott Scarsboro, Shane Hull, and others. Most of us made the same work we normally do, just at a smaller size. I was doing my acid etch glass panels, but at 5" x 9" instead of 5' x 9'. Scarsboro made little robots that ran around and lit up and made noise. Shane made tiny dollhouse sized tables with little plates of food on them. Ratterman took giant polished rocks hanging from wires from the rafters and people cut them down for $20 each, I still see them hanging in trees and off of porches in people's yards. It was a good time. 
    After a few years Mike R joined the family business and moved out and the recording studio was doing well and expanded into the entire 3rd floor so it was time for me to move on as well. I found an old barber shop on main street to live and work out of and that was that for the 953 gallery. That winter I walked by Scott Scarboro's newly opened Cinderblock Gallery on Main st and saw he was doing the Annual $20 art show. At first i was offended that he had done this without asking us, but I was young and easily offended back then. The truth is it should keep going. Every art gallery should have an art show every year where anyone can afford the work. the Art world should not be just for a select group who can afford high prices, it should be for anyone who appreciates it and would like art in their lives. It would be nice to see every gallery in NULU do an annual December $20 art collective, like how the Louisville Photo Bi-annual is done. Anyway, I guess the $20 Art Show is in it's 14th or 15th year. Scott isn't doing it anymore, although he did a great job, I don't know who is putting it on at this point, but Mike R and I have both gotten calls and emails asking us about it. I'm glad it's still going on, It would be nice though if Mike, Letty, and I were invited to be a part of it some how, regardless I hope it continues and more galleries incorporate it into their Christmas  fold. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best Of: Louisville Summer Events (includes FREE downloads!)

Now that the temperature has dropped and the end of the year is drawing closer, we thought it was a good time to reflect on some of our favorite summer LOUISVILLE shows!
--please notice we said Some, as there were many great shows this year (We decided to highlight ones we had downloads for..) & please feel free to leave a comment with some of your favorite shows from Summer 2014.


Seeing Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds was a dream come true for this boy, especially since Cave finally shaved that mustache. I like a good Mustache, but it just made Cave look like the bad kind of creep, and not the kind he pulls off so well. This summer saw many great national & international acts in Louisville including several during the same week.. which may have been why People were giving away tickets at the last moment on the street for this show. weekday shows are hard to fill, especially when you can only pick one. I'd like to see these bigger acts Like Nick Cave, Broken Bells, & Elvis Costello play on a weekend,  and preferably not on the same weekend. Cave didn't play Deanna (my no.1 fav song of his), but he did play the Ship Song, which would be my second pick. And He was backed by Warren Ellis, which was also a dream come true.

SUMMER CASSINGLES SERIES VOL.1 w/ Citizens United, 1200, 2Strikes & Basement Up  AT NEW VINTAGE 6/25

Summer Cassingle Vol. II: Deloreans, Black Birds of Paradise, Plastic Bubble, Coins AT NEW VINTAGE 7/4
 Local summer shows are great, and Summer Series are better, and ones the include free music are tops! This summer LOUISVILLE IS FOR LOVERS and GUESTROOM RECORDS hosted 15 bands in a 3 part series at New Vintage, with a free Cassingle at each event. and for a holiday gift, all 3 volumes of the SUMMER CASSINGLE SERIES are available for FREE download here:  

Forecastle 7/18- 7/20

Forecastle 2014 had plenty of great national acts (would have liked to see more local bands though) including The Replacements (surprisingly backed by Billy Joe Armstrong), Outkast, & Slint, to name a few. Seeing Oukast was definitely on the Bucket List,  although I thought last years solo performance from Big Boi may have been better (and he pulled it off with a broken leg no less).
I was a little disappointed in SPOON, but in retrospect they sounded exactly like their records so I don't know what I was expecting.. Especially since I was a little disappointed in Jack White adding so many extra instruments to the White Stripes songs he covered, when back in the day he proved all he needed was a single girl backing him to slay an audience.  But I will say, that even though I wasn't overly impressed by the show, he definitely made up for it at the very end with this 7  minute slaughter of 7 Nation Army. It may have been the best 7 minutes of the entire fest.

Summer Cassingle Series Vol.3: Jaye Jayle, The Gallery Singers, eremy*JIrvin, Lydia Burrell & Twin Limb AT NEW VINTAGE 7/25
This last Summer Cassingle Series was a great way to button up the summer with killer performances by The Gallery Singers, eremy+JIrvin, Jaye Jayle, Lydia Burrell & Twin Limb! download this & all 3 volumes of the SUMMER CASSINGLE SERIES for FREE here:  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SAW art show at CRAFT(s) Gallery

"SAW-Contemporary Artists Explore The Tool As Canvas" is a group art show of work made from saw blades and may be exactly what you may need this holiday season. Artists include Lisa Simon, Jim Doiron, Brad White, John King, Scott Scarboro, and more.

The opening is from 6-10 this Friday at CRAFT{s} at 572 South 4th street with a special performance of Brigid Kaelin  playing a singing saw.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12/6 Music Makes a City @ Fulkner

On Dec. 6 at the new Fulkner gallery at 1512 Portland ave will be MUSIC MAKES A CITY featuring Teddy Abrams (Louisville Orchestra/Abrams Chamber Orchestra), Tiny Elephant, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and 1200 (who has a new album, find it here), as well as others. 7 pm FREE

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tonight! 10/31 Halloween

Here are some of the events going on in our grand city tonight:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Today: My Morning Jacket releases 'This Land is Your Land' cover

Today, Oct. 27th, North Face released a commercial of My Morning Jacket covering Woodie Guthrie's iconic "This Land is your Land" in the North Face's largest brand campaign in company history. The commercial is on youtube, and is also being released on Itunes, with The North Face giving a percentage to 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (up to a 1/4 a million dollars depending on the amount of downloads).

Guthrie was associated with several communist groups throughout his life, and This land is your Land, can be seen as a call to the working man to demand his or her equal rights as an American, and not so much as a call to shop for outdoor accessories but possibly Guthrie wouldn't mind the donations going to environmental conservation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Morning Jacket receives Governor's Award

My Morning Jacket has received the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s National Award in the Arts; The Commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. the Governor’s Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary and significant contributions to the arts in Kentucky. In many ways, My Morning Jacket is the reason this websites exists; our founder, Kory Johnson, started 37FLOOD in early 2007 in part to show his admiration for MMJ (our first post).
Congrats fellas.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: 'Trucker Tits' Storybook EP

  Released earlier this month, and perfectly timed with Halloween, is the storybook 'vinylette' Trucker Tits: So Much For The Scenic Route written by Jeff Shelton (The Mack/Party Girls) and illustrated by Jeremy Grizzle.
  The storybook is a 10 page account of 3 stoners on a road trip through (of all places) Florida who find themselves hunted down by maniacs after car trouble leaves them stranded in gator territory.
   The storybook is 7" x 7" black and white paperback and also contains a blood red 7" vinyl compilation record (in the Louisville standard RPM of 33 1/3) containing 6 songs that correspond to the scenes in the book, reminiscent of the cleverness of indie-rock's glory days in the 1990s where storybook 7"s and themed 7" compilations reined supreme (See Dame Darcy & The Cocktails "Tardvark" and Simple Machines 'Working Holiday' 7" Series ) which may account for so many cameos by 1990s veteran rockers on the 7" including members from King Kong, Evergreen, Cinderblock, and The Party Girls.
  The 7'' itself is a beautiful blood marble with 6 tracks (including a digital download with 3 bonus tracks). The stand out tracks include the incredibly catchy title track by King Kong (which begs the question is Ethan Buckler working on a new release since 2007's Buncha Beans?), 2 beautiful tracks by Lucky Eyes (by husband and wife duo Paul and Amber Oldham), and 'The Ballad of Trucker Tits'  performed by the author, Jeff Shelton, under the name Eyeball and is classic Shelton with an even mix of folk rock and brass knuckles with just the right amount of genius mixed in with the blood and bruises.
  In all Trucker Tits is a uniquely bizarre concept executed  with detail and care by some of the longest standing Louisville music and culture champions still willing to put in the time and effort.
Trucker Tits page 6 illustration 

Friday, September 26, 2014

10/1 Space Face & All Them Witches Tix Winners Announced!!

Big congrats to Emily of Glasgow KY for winning 2 tickets to see Space Face on October 1st! We had a lot of people sign up for this one, but if you didn't win don't fret, you have another chance to win 2 free tickets for October 1st, this time for All Them Witches (Nashville) at Zanzabar. please leave a comment here or send a message to and we will randomly pick a winner and post it on Sunday. UPDATE: Jeff P. has won the tickets to ALL THEM WITCHES. Congrats to both Jeff & Emily, Have fun and please share with us pics & vid of the events!

All Them Witches FREE EP download HERE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10/1 All them Witches @ Zanzabar

Rock & Roll is alive and well and living in Tennessee. Nashville Bands like Megajoos are keeping the torch fires burning for the time when the rest of the country decides to return to the church of rock n roll. a relatively new Nashville rock band, All Them Witches, will be playing on oct. 1 at Zanzabar.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Free Tix Give Away: Space Face 10/1 at New Vintage

Flaming Lips guitarist Jake Ingalls' side project SPACE FACE will be playing at The New Vintage October 1st in support of a new EP and we have two tickets to give away.  Leave a comment here or send me a message at and we'll post a winner Friday the 26th.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Zombie Attack Line up Announced (8/29 8:29)

The 10th annual LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE ATTACK will commence this friday August 29th at 8:29 pm. Due to this being the Decade mark, the starting point will be at Bardstown & Eastern Parkway (where it all started 10 years ago) as well as a second starting point at Mid City Mall (like last year) for large groups & families. There will be a pre-party starting at 6 at The Back Door with make up artist Steve-O The Phenix, and booths and 'family friendly' activities in the parking lot sponsored by Mid City Mall. 
The End Point will be at Highland Taproom with 2 outdoor stages and an indoor stage. Main Outdoor Stage:  Dead Halos, Vice Tricks, & Nülydedz.  Indoor stage- DJ Steve Vessell, Dead Dick Hammer, Trophy Wives, & We Are Hex. Live Art, performance, & Costume Contest will be on small outdoor stage. More information at LOUISVILLEZOMBIEATTACK.ORG 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today: Mitch McConnell Protest

Senator Mitch McConnell is hosting a town hall meeting today, August 21, in Leitchfield KY, on the subject of repealing Obamacare and the Louisville chapter of is arranging a protest. Interested participants will meet at 221 S. Shelby Street at 10:30 am to carpool to the town hall meeting in Leitchfield.
a 'Ditch Mitch' protest in Frankfort Ky. Image: Hillbilly Report

Monday, August 11, 2014

Winners of the Mega ticket Give-a-way!!

Congrats to Ken, Damon, and Ryan, all of whom won tickets in our Mega-Ticket Give-a-way to see Chevelle (Weds 8pm Palace) and Stephen Marley (Weds 8pm Mercury Ballroom)!
(Thanks to Syd at the Palace!)

A few years ago we posted our averages and statistics for 37FLOOD, that shows how easy it is to win a give-a-way, as long you sign up. view our Stats here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Today: Mutantfest

Mutantfest is today at the New Vintage! If you don't have your tickets already, they're twelve dollars at the door for twelve bands (that's a dollar per!), making this event Louisville's best bargain. Gracing the stage is Plastic Bubble, Plastic Melodies, Thunder/Dreamer, Sweatermeat, The Spurts, The Suez, Bad Star, The City Grimm, Bailiff, The Hemingers, Woolie Bullies, and 37flood favorite Megajoos.
It's gonna' be a great show, so don't miss it.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mega Ticket Give-A-Way: 2 Chevelle tix & 2 Stephen Marley Tix 8/13 (both)

Hey Friends! We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for Wednesday 8/13:
 5 time Grammy award winner and son of Bob Marley, Stephen Marley will play at Mercury Ballroom at 8 pm.

90's Alt-Metal icons Chevelle will also be playing weds at The Palace at 7:30pm.

if you want a pair of tickets for either, please leave a comment below, or email me at and give me your name and show preference, or if you'd take either pair, just say so. We'll pick a random winner Sunday at Noon.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

8/29 Louisville Zombie Attack 10 year anniversary

The 10th annual LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE ATTACK is August 29th. Due to being the 10th year, the start of the walk will be where the very first walk started, Bardstown & Eastern Prkwy. The walk ends at Highlands Tap Room with Bands, costume contests and mayhem. Bands include Vice Tricks, Dead Halo, Trophy Wives, Nuly Dedz & We Are Hex. More information at

Video Premiere: Howell Dawdy "We Don't Eat"

Just released today: "We Don't Eat" by Howell Dawdy, Louisville's most beloved Art-Rap personality.

Monday, August 4, 2014

8/10 Maiden Radio tour kick off (& new Video)

Maiden Radio (including Cheyenne Mize & Joan Shelley) will be playing at Dreamland on Sunday 8/10 with Behind The Times (Detroit) to kick off a tour up north. 8pm. $10.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Palace Brothers Covers Album goes digital

In late 2013, for the 20th Anniversary of Will Oldham's debut Palace Brothers album THERE IS NO-ONE WHAT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU, the Louisville is for Lovers label released a covers album titled THERE IS NO ONE: A Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute to Palace Brothers with covers by Louisville bands such as Wax Fang, Cheyenne Mize, The Deloreans and even Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Originally only available on Vinyl and Cassette, this week album has become available digitally. Both vinyl ($15) and digital ($5) copies are available on or directly here:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

7/30 Now's your chance! American Idol XIV auditions: Nashville

If you have ever wondered why your 15 minutes of fame haven't happened yet,  head down to Nashville this Wednesday for the newest round of auditions for American Idol!
this guy gets it

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30 @ 7 am (there will not be a separate registration day) WHERE: Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37201

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Editorial: Forecastle Fracas (and the state of live events in Louisville)

 Now that Forecastle is over we can shower off the glitter and settle into normal living until we need to break out the fake blood next month for the 10th annual Zombie Attack to mark the end of summer.
 It's been good season for music in Louisville including Nick Cave (my personal fav), Broken Bells, Melvins, Elvis Costello, and a whole slew of great local going's on such as Poorcastle, Deloreans, Black Birds of Paradise, Twin Limb, Howell Dawdy (another personal fav), Lydia Burrell, Lady Pyramid, Old Baby, Anwar Sadat, and many many others.  I would never say TOO MUCH music, but more than any other year I can think of, almost every event I attended I had to choose between at least one or two others. For local bands playing out at bar on a night when 10 other bars have local bands isn't anything new, it may be a little frustrating but by and large it isn't going to take away from your experience too much.

For big name bands on the other hand, i have noticed a few large obstacles. Nick Cave played at the Palace on a week day, which is going to cut some people out who work early, and the very next night Elvis Costello played at the same venue, again on a week night, not only cutting out early workers but those of us who can only afford one $75 ticket a summer, much less in the same week. This may have to do with why they kept lowering the price of Nick Cave tickets, eventually doing a 2 for 1 deal.

I understand how event production works: a band says we want X amount of money to play, so the production company agrees and hopes to sell enough tickets at a certain price to pay the band, venue, advertising, etc and keep how ever much extra they can get. So it would make sense that they would sell tickets high to grab as much as they can, and eventually start to lower the price if they need to. But people see ticket prices at $100 and decide they can't go, and the result is the production company is trying to give away tickets a the door so Nick Cave doesn't walk out int a half empty room and decide to never come back to Louisville. In fact I couldn't afford to see Nick Cave but when I walked over to the Palace was given 3 free tickets inside a minute. I stopped count after I was offered 25 FREE tickets to see what turned out to be one of the best live performances I had ever seen.

We saw the same thing  later that week at the Broken Bells show at Iroquois Amphitheater, they couldn't give tickets away.  One issue was so many big names playing in town that week (Cee Lo Green & Lionel Richie also played) coupled with high ticket prices, many people like myself would have to loved to have seen all these acts, but can't afford it so close together. But once upon a time Louisville had the opposite problem, we couldn't attract national acts. The Replacements mentioned this at their set a Forecastle, that they used to play Lexington. Many acts went to Lexington as it was a College town, and we weren't a big enough college and at the time, just barely under the City status.

Now we are both an official CITY and with a large college presence and the outside world is taking notice of us. We just now have to figure out how to handle it. Personally I think starting off with high ticket prices is a no go. Obviously we have a selection of entertainers to choose from so we don't HAVE to pay big prices. Start tickets sales at reasonable amounts (say the $25 the nick Cave tickets ended up being instead of starting at $75+), sell the room out in 2 days, and you won't have to scramble with discounts, 2 for 1 deals, and handing out free tickets on the streets.

And this could also be said for Forecastle, at $200 & $400 a ticket there are plenty of people who would have gone if it didn't cost a week's pay to get through the gate. I only got a gate count for Friday, which I was told about 12000, which is about half of last year's one day total. But the whole weekend seemed light. which isn't a complaint, in year's past it was cramped and nightmarish trying wade through the crowds to get from one stage to another. but for vendors, entertainers and even the event organizers I am sure they could benefit from having more people even if it meant selling tickets at a reasonable price; say $100 for the weekend and no $400 VIP passes.

I am a socialist, i can't help it. I go into debt every year doing Zombie Attack because I want a free event where everyone can be involved, but i know events like Forecastle can't do that, but they shouldn't expect their loyal patrons to go broke just by walking through the gate. and for me it's insulting to these people that they have to see the folks who can afford $400 VIP tickets get preferential seating, air conditioned lounges, free ice cream and luxury toilets while the rest of wade through exploded port-a-johns and over priced snacks while melting in the heat. Everyone who supports you and goes to your event should feel respected, and this isn't just forecastle, this special treatment for rich people business was going on at the Nick Cave show and I'm sure at all the other national events this summer.

That said, there were many changes at Forecastle this year that I was really happy to see. In past post-forecastle editorials I had some major complaints at the lack of water, the non-existence of "activism", and the steadily declining number of local acts. Although the local acts in this year's line up where reserved to the heavy hitters: Slint, Jalin Roze, Old Baby, they did have a FREE kick off event at Against the Grain with local bands such as Second Story Man. and as for activism, there were two new additions I really enjoyed seeing, one was Sober Sailing, a tent for AA and NA members to come to get away from the booze infused everything at forecastle. I get that booze companies have war chests filled with cash just to sponsor music events, and it helps pay the bills, but for someone like me who has been sober for 7 years, it is difficult when it feels like everyone around you is telling you the only way to have fun is to be tanked.
The other unique 'Activist' related tent i saw was a tent filled with nice prizes (clothes, music, etc) that you received by earning points by picking up trash in the festival.

I also noticed the Forecastle Foundation has stepped up things dramatically by working with 2 foundations: Guayakia Foundation in South America and Kentucky Natural Land Trust (after all if you are looking to help others all you have to do is look out your own door) by donating $14000 to each.

I also Liked the addition of some acts that you might not see on the other regional Festival circuits such as Slint and Dwight Yoakam, and this may be due to an idea that's been discussed lately about why try to be every other fest in the area? why not make Forecastle a fest for Louisville/Kentucky! Bunbury Fest in Cincinnati seems to be doing this, with some "festival fodder' groups like Flaming Lips  but with local and regional acts like Foxy Shazam and Cage The Elephant. and they can manage a unique  3 day music fest for a mere $100 for a weekend pass. I think we can too.
We have already proven we can run with he big dogs, now let's show them we can do our own fest, for us, that's not just the same festival bands that are at every other fest, but a unique line up, for a price that means everyone can join in the fun.
Sober Sailing

Monday, July 21, 2014

Forecastle 2014 Photo Review

37FLOOD's winner of Best Vendor: Valumarket! local, reasonably priced, delicious!
Tune-Yards Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine
Lucius. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Dwight Yoakam. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Jason Isbell. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Jack White & Co. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Louisville's own Jalin Roze. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

The crowd going coconuts over Outkast


Andre 'Ice Cold' 300. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Big Boi! Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Art Wall & Artist

Special thanks to Kristen Luther & NA James of Eleven Music Magazine for sharing photos with us for Forecastle 2014.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Logan's Forecastle 2014 Day 2 Review

Day two began similarly to day one, overcast, breezy, but no misting like the day before. Completely exhausted from Friday's events, I didn't make it down to the waterfront until a little before Jalin Roze started. But once he did, it seemed like the day was finally in full swing. There was a crowd of a couple hundred in attendance when The Grand Nationals started into "Give it Up." Roze's crowd engagement and the Grand Nationals' intensity kept momentum until the Pass joined them on stage for a song. It was great to see so many people come out for a local hip-hop act, whether the audience was full of Louisvillians or not, he delivered an exceptional performance and got some much-needed exposure for Louisville's expanding hip-hop scene.
Jalin Roze. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine
An hour or so after Jalin wrapped up, Jason Isbell took to the Boom Stage with his band the 400 Unit. What struck me about this band is the quality of the songwriting itself. Having formerly been involved in folk music, I've had a limited exposure to Isbell's work, hearing a track here and there, receiving countless recommendations over the years, I knew that his was a set worth seeing. He played some of his songs that I'd recognized like Codeine, Alabama Pines, Cover me Up. I was really impressed however with Elephant, a song about a lover's diagnosis with cancer. 
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Here I have to say that there were two acts that I never expected to see at Forecastle. Often, it seems, a lot of the bands selected are safe bets. Bands that people will definitely show up to see. But Forecastle took a risk this year with Dwight Yoakam and Slint, unfortunately they had conflicting showtimes, but these things cannot be avoided. During this time, I bounced back and forth between Slint's set (which featured original members: Brit Walford, Brian McMahan, and Dave PAJO) and Yoakam's set. All bets aside, I'd probably say the highlight of the day was Yoakam's cover of Elvis' "Suspicious Minds" which soared for about six minutes with crashing highs, nearly silent lows, and one hell of an organ solo.
Before I begin my review of Jack White's performance, let me just say that I have been a fan of his before. When Great White Northern Lights came out, I busked in front of the record store until I had enough money to buy it. Before the Dead Weather released their first album, I'd already bought a single and saw them perform live. When the White Stripes officially broke up, I sulked around the house with my red guitar playing their songs all day. That being said, Nashville has ruined Jack White for me. I'm not sure exactly what prompted the Detroit Rocker's transition to pseudo-country frontman, but the Harvey Dent quote comes to mind, "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
Throughout his set White sprinkled in Dick Dale, Hank Williams, and nine White Stripes covers (most of which felt contrived or obligatory). Though on a more positive note, he did run twenty minutes over curfew after leaving the stage for ten minutes around 10:40, and end with a stripped-down and intimate cover of "Seven Nation Army" before joining his band to take a bow and leaving the stage.
Jack White. Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine

Special thanks to Kristen Luther and Na James of Eleven Music Magazine for sharing images of Forecastle 2014.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

John's Forecastle 2014 Day One Review

Lovely Mermaids (ART side of Forecastle)

Although the weather was dark and rainy,  to the thousands who attended the first day of Forecastle, it sure beat the overwhelming heat of Forecastle Past. It was a little too chilly maybe for the Mermaids and Dancing Lifeguards placed around Waterfront Park, but they didn't show it if they were cold, and these little living art installations added to the atmosphere as well as larger than life sea-creature puppets that roamed the grounds.

Against Me! brought in a large crowd despite being on the boom stage, and despite playing at 4 pm, and was a huge success. Possibly not intentionally there as part of he "Activism" side of Forecastle, transgender front woman Laura Jane Grace (born Thomas James Gabel) spoke frequently about tolerance and acceptance for the LGBT community to great support from the crowd.
Spoon also played on the Boom stage to a large crowd at 7:45 pm. Being around for more than 20 years, it's no surprise they drew in a crowd. I remember several Forecastle's ago, there was a wooden half pipe by the entrance with people skating to I Turn My Camera On (my favorite Spoon song) and thought this is a band i'd like to see at Forecastle.    So i was pleased to see them on the roster this year, and they played I Turned My Camera On! I will say they sounded just like their albums, they were technically perfect, which may be a compliment, but for a live performance it would have been nice to see something with a little more pageantry.

OUTKAST killing it!
The pageantry came in droves with OUTKAST who played for more than a hour and a half with all the fervor and excitement of FREAKNIK past. also celebrating 20 years, Outkast opened with an amazing version of Bombs Over Baghdad  and blazed through their impressive catalog including Miss Jackson, ATLiens, Speakerboxxx, She Lives In My Lap, Caroline, Rosa Parks, and Hey Ya! while bringing up girls from the audience to dance along with them. They also had  video to go along with the songs, including footage of a woman stripping along to Ghettomuisck. Big Bio played last year at Forecastle from a chair due to a leg injury and slayed it, so it was amazing seeing him in full force! He brought with him some of the same musicians from last year's performance including  the uncompromising drummer Omar, and Debora Kelly on bass. They also brought a horn section, dancing girls, and back up singers Kesha Jackson and Joi: the Neutron Angels (complete with black angel wings). Despite lack luster reviews of this tour I can tell you Outkast has not skipped a beat, and if you missed them yesterday be sure to catch them at another fest such as Lalapalooza (Chicago 8/2) or OVO Fest (Toronto 8/3) before they head overseas or take another hiatus that may last waaay too long. And that was DAY 1!  

Big Bio (Photo by NA James/Eleven Music Magazine)

Andre 3000 (Photo by NA James/Eleven  Music Magazine)

Special thanks to Kristen Luther and Na James of Eleven Music Magazine for sharing images of Forecastle 2014.

7/25 Summer Cassingle Series Vol.3: Jaye Jayle, The Gallery Singers, eremy*JIrvin, Lydia Burrell & Twin Limb

The Very Last Louisville Is For Lovers & Guestroom Records 'SUMMER CASSINGLE SERIES' will be friday July 25th at The New Vintage with Jaye Jayle, The Gallery Singers, eremy*JIrvin, Lydia Burrell & Twin Limb with Special guest opener Scars On 45 (England). Tickets are just $5 ADV at Guestroom or $7 at the door, and comes with a cassette compilation (and download) of new music from the bands; and you can pick up the other 2 Comps from the first 2 events too.

The Gallery Singers at the Electric Church of the Tambourine 'Terror Starts at Home'
from Summer Cassingle Series Vol.3 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tonight: The Gallery Singers & Black Birds of Paradise $2

Tonight, July 18th, at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Black Birds of Paradise and the Gallery Singers will play at Midnight (just in time to walk over from The Waterfront after the Outkast show is over) for just $2. you can't beat that with a stick. Sponsored by Get Out Louisville and Louisville is for lovers.

Midnight Getdown

Thursday, July 17, 2014

9/12 Drive By Truckers @ Iroquois Amphitheater

90's alt-country rockers Drive By Truckers will be stopping in at the  Iroquois Amphitheater  on 9/12 with the North Mississippi All Stars.

they will also be playing these dates with Houndmouth:
10/23 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
 10/24 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
10/25 - Springfield, MO - Gillioz Theater
10/28 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
10/29 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
10/30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/1 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore

Forecastle: 2014 What to See (Logan's Schedule)

Forecastle starts tomorrow! Have you made your schedule yet? These are a few of the stops I'll be making at the waterfront this weekend.

Old Baby- 1:45 WFPK Port Stage
Black Lips- 2:15 Boom Stage

Gary Clark Jr.- 5:00 Mast Stage
Action Bronson- 8:00 Ocean Stage
Outkast- 9:20 Mast Stage

Anwar Sadat- 1:45 Ocean Stage

JaLin Roze- 4:00 WFPK Port Stage

Jason Isbell- 6:00 Boom Stage
Dwight Yoakam- 8:00 Boom Stage
Slint- 8:30 Ocean Stage

Blue Sky Black Death- 2:15 Ocean Stage

Nickel Creek- 6:30 Boom Stage
Tune-Yards- 7:00 Ocean Stage

Check back all weekend, we will be doing daily updates here and on twitter at @37FLOOD