Mat Herron Quits As LEO Music Editor

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Mar 312011
 

Word comes via LMN Jazzin’ columnist Marty Kasdan that Mat Herron as resigned as the Music Editor for LEO, to focus on his own business. at least some of which includes playing music in The Fervor and working at Karate Body Records. We wish him the best of luck.

The Fervor Heading Out On Tour

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Mar 312011
 

Following their excursion to SXSW, The Fervor will be the latest Louisville band to take it on the road, promoting their new CD, Arise, Great Warrior. As a teaser and preview, they’re offering a free track, “Let’s Get Loaded” at http://download.themusebox.net/the_fervor/lets_get_loaded.mp3. The new album was produced with help from the busy Jim James, so it should get some listens out in the great, wide music market. Cheers for the Fervor crew and let’s hope they bring back lots of moola to Louisville, plus make themselves a bit of a name for the next excursion. Here are the tour dates:
Tour Dates:
4.7: Off Broadway; St. Louis, MO with Union Electric
4.8: News Room; Kansas City, MO with Union Electric
4.9: Blue Agave; Belleville, IL with Union Electric
4.10: Darkroom; Chicago
4.12: Treehouse; Columbus with THE (OR)DEAL, KYLE SOWASH
4.13: Howler’s Coyote Cafe; Pittsburgh
4.14: Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar; Charlottesville, Va. with HUNTER SMITH & THE DEAD MEN
4.15: The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC with Gentle Robot, The Drowning Lovers
4.16: Village Tavern; Mt. Pleasant
4.21: The Five Spot; Nashville, TN with Colorfeels
4.29: Zanzabar; Louisville, KY with Wussy
5.13: Secret Stages; Birmingham, AL

Musical Credibility – Do You Have It?

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Mar 292011
 

The issue of credibility in the music-performing field is a hot and often-debated subject, with charges of “sell-out” being the usual fare. Will Oldham addressed it in a recent interview with the foggedclarity.com blog. Bob Lefsetz frequently addresses the matter and a recent post is a very clear wrap-up of the problems and possible ways to address them. It’s worth a look, if you’re a player.

A Crash Avenue Wrap-Up Of SXSW

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Mar 272011
 

Self-described Crash Avenue lackey Michael Powell has a wrap-up of his excursion to Austin for SXSW. He took a crew, to wit, Sean from Buzzgrinder.com and Backseat Sandbar photographer Joey plus a female publicist from Nashville, poor thing. They have beaucoups pix.

The “Songs for Japan” Compilation Artists, Publishers And Labels Waive Royalties

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Mar 262011
 

Not only will the sales from the Songs for Japan compilation go to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but no royalties will be paid to the artist whose songs appear on the CD: 38 top-selling artists from Dylan to U2 to Gaga, along with their record labels and publishers are waiving 100% of royalties. The compilation is available on iTunes for $9.99.

The Things We Didn’t Know – Record Pressing In Kentucky?

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Mar 252011
 

Thanks to the folks at ear X-tacy for passing along this little bit of info – there is a vinyl record pressing plant right here in Kentucky, specifically Palomino Record Pressing in Shepherdsville. They’ve even posted an exciting video of tne record pressing process at work. They have a Facebook page, of course, plus a website: www.dosado.com/pressinghome.htm. Who’da thunk it?

Fund For The Arts Muddles On

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Mar 232011
 

With the relatively abrupt departure of CEO Allan Cowen from the Fund For the Arts, Board members are scrambling to figure out a way forward, with the usual committee to find a replacement on the top of the list. With the turmoil currently afflicting various arts groups in town, including the serious financial problems of the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet, the need for new leadership and direction seems to be clear to the Board, if the comments that Elizabeth Kramer reports are any indication. The C-J also has an editorial about the matter, plus there’s a letter from Craig Kaviar, who organized a recent protest at the Fund’s offices. Stay tuned for more fun episodes!

Allan Cowen ‘Retires’ From The Fund For The Arts

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Mar 222011
 

Allan Cowen, CEO of the Fund For the Arts for the past 35, has been ‘retired’ from his position and a new CEO is being sought by the Fund’s Board. The public uproar over his threatening answering machine message proved to be his undoing. Gannett’s Louisville Profit Center has a story.