Here’s a video of “Dead Friends”:
Here’s a video of “Dead Friends”:
The August issue of Louisville Music News features a profile of singer/songwriter Joan Shelley by Kevin Gibson; Sue O’Neil remembers the Tuesday Night Blues Jams at the Rudyard; Eddy Metal has a long story about his trip to see Iron Maiden and Alexander Campbell has a piece on Indian (Asian) dance in Louisville, plus there’s Martin Kasdan’s take on various jazz doings in town, Mike Stout on country music, Djinn Shockley on street dancing and Berk Bryant noodles on bluegrass. Read it all online or pickup a print copy all around the town.
As Derby fever builds heading into Saturday’s peak, the music blurs into all the rest of the noise of the festival. Nonetheless, there is plenty, although not of the level of some years back, when Derby Eve shows were seriously major events. For a list of some of the more interesting shows over the next few days, check the main Louisville Music News site (or just look to the left column on this one.) Notably, though, is the Waterfront show featuring Walk The Moon and Ha Ha Tonka. With the storms past, it should be a night to head over to the river, as it will be hot. Oh, yes, and there’s that steamboat race, too.
Meanwhile, Peter Berkowitz has his list which includes the debut show at the new, very large Art Space/Warehouse named The Mammoth at 744 S. 13th Street, featuring Faun Fables, Ohlm, Ford Theatre Reunion, Opposable Thumbs, Parlour, Madame Machine and Softcheque on Derby Night. Berkowitz also has an interview with Faun Fables.
Berkowitz also interviewed via animo, playing a house concert on May 8.
Alt.country artist Alabama Brown gets the cover of the February issue of Louisville Music News. Elsewhere inside, Mike Suttles remember the Cherokee Inn; Mike Stout has the latest country awards news; Alexander Campbell discusses the fusion of Latin and mountain music, Martin Kasdan mourns the loss of the Seelbach Jazz Bar and Eddy Metal has his usual collection of rants, raves, shout-outs and complaints about the Louisville metal/hard rock scene. All in the February issue of LMN, now available around the city.
The publicists working for the Louisville Science Center are doing triple and quadruple duty plugging the “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” exhibit. There have been features in the C-J, on various TV shows, on this blog (here, here and here), in Louisville Music News and now in LEO. Peter Berkowitz does the honors.
The December issue of Louisville Music News is out on the street, featuring Kevin Gibson’s cover story about the other four record stores on Bardstown Road. (Of course, there are also other stores that sell CDs as part of their business, but the four are designated as record stores.) Ben Jones of Better Days Records is on the cover. Elsewhere in this issue, Keith Clements writes his last Ramble column; Eddy Metal tallies up the results (and lessons learned) of his seventh Rock For Kosair event; Mike Stout has the latest Country music news; Alexander Campbell reviews Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba; Martin Z. Kasdan covers all the latest in the Jazz field and Gretchen Stein Henry waxes ecstatic about Over The Rhine. Grab a copy today at your favorite spot (but not ear X-tacy.)
Yesterday, I was scolded in a comment for posting a video of Nicole Sherzinger on the Conan O’Brien show, during which Sherzinger instructed Conan to stop staring at her cleavage. The scold was not for the sexual content; rather the commenter asked if this was ‘news’ and did this ‘contribute to the betterment of the community’? My immediate reaction was that I was not blogging for ‘the betterment of the community,’ having long ago. given up on the notion of ‘doing good’ as my primary (or secondary or tertiary) focus of writing about the music business. Rather, I have chosen to bring to the attention of readers of this blog news about the activities of Louisville-connected musicians out in the national and international market, be that news good or not so good or too sexy, as well as news about music in Louisville generally.
Why do I do this? First, I have been and continue trying to raise the over-all awareness of Louisville’s contributions and influence in the national scene, in order to attract attention to performers here, who then might find better opportunities in the national music industry. I am not ‘doing good,’ I’m doing business. Think of it as free-lance economic development. The more money Louisville musicians make on the road and bring back here to spend is a plus for us all.
Second, and, notably, with respect to Ms. Sherzinger, men and women both like to see photos and videos of beautiful, sexy women and, to a somewhat lesser extent, handsome, sexy men. Add ‘successful’ to that list of adjectives and people tend toward an obsessive interest. This attracts readers, pure and simply, which is good both for the LMN blogs and for Louisville Music News.
Finally, I add this: I am not a hipster fan, a superior jazz cat, a down-with-the-hood rap lover or any other sort of music fan for whom only the music they love and only certain performers of the music they love are worth writing about. I am, in short, not a ‘music Nazi.’ I have long held the position that musical exclusivity merely shuts one off from the vast array of available music and narrows one’s experiences of the world. It’s a bad practice all around, so give it up and open your ears to all the music that’s out there. It’s phenomenal. And if sexy photos bother you, look away. Nobody will mind.