Apr 142014
 

Sometimes, it’s best to let the publicist handle the description: “Watter is a new trio made up of close friends and collaborators whose collective pedigree reads like a desert island list of must-haves in experimental rock musicians. Multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter are anchored by legendary drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen) on six genre-defying pieces of monolithic mood music. For Riles and Trotter, it’s a chance to dig deeper into the sandbox in which Grails have sculpted many mercurial masterpieces in recent years; for Walford, it’s the opportunity to play a substantial role in a new active band for the first time in nearly twenty years. Written, recorded, and produced entirely in the group’s collective studios in Louisville, KY, This World is a stunning combination of heady psychedelic rock, vintage cinematic New Age explorations, and sinister Krautrock, performed with seemingly endless stamina. Born out of many late-night jam sessions, many songs also feature fellow Louisville icons - Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s) provides several of the album’s most sublime moments, and The For Carnation’s Todd Cook lays the heavy, bass-driven foundation for the penultimate epic, “Seawater.” This World is the kind of album that inspires renewed wonder in the mysterious powers of Louisville’s water supply. It draws impossibly broad inspiration from decades of Eastern and Western folk, rock, ambient, film score, library music, and neoclassical, and masterfully emerges with an ever-enveloping suite perfectly befitting its constantly curious composers.”
The track is called “Small Business”:

Feb 142014
 

WFPL posted this video of Rachel Grimes improvising on the Wendell Castle-designed Steinway Art Case piano that was on display at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft last January. A highly modified clip of the 1920’s era film “The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari” was used for visuals. Watch:

Jun 152013
 

OVer at the Never Nervous blog, Syd Bishop has the story of the Liberation Living Room series, which features invitation-only shows at the Greenhaus on Preston, hosted by Jacob Duncan of Liberation Prophecy. Said shows have featured Ben Sollee, Tyrone Cotton, Rachel Grimes and Norah Jones, plus Will Oldham and Liberation Prophecy. You should go read Bishop’s story for how to get on the invite list (good luck). Meanwhile, here’s a video for kids, with Will Oldham:

May 202013
 

Ryan Patterson of Coliseum has written a post on Chicago’s Touch And Go Records, the label that released various recordings by Louisville bands, including The For Carnation, June Of 44, Rachel Grimes and Rodan, among others. Go see what he has to say here.

Apr 152013
 

Norah Jones will come to town to play a Liberation Living Room show at the Greenhaus in Schnitzelberg, along with Rachel Grimes. The show is for kids 5-13 only, plus two guests, presumably one of them an adult. How it happened that Jones is coming is explained over at the Bluegrass Catastrophe blog, while information about tickets can be found at the Liberation Prophecy Facebook page.

Jan 102013
 

Neo-classicist composer and pianist Rachel Grimes doesn’t play in Louisville quite as often as she used to, instead spending considerable time traveling across the pond to play shows in Europe. However, on January 16, she will play for WUOL’s “Lunchtime Classics” Series. She will be joined live in the studio by Jane Halliday, violin, Melinda Odle, viola, and Felix Borges, cello. As usual, if you are a member at Louisville Pubic Media, you can get in for free, with a lunch. Details here.