Archive for December, 2007

This Week’s Music: After 5, Thalia Zedek, more

Posted in Happenings, Music on December 12, 2007 by stateofthecommonwealth

After 5 Flier

DJs Kim Sorise and Pat Luebbers (aka Electric Amish) are starting a new, early night called After Five at the Pink Door in the Douglass Loop. As you can see from the flier, it’s from 5 to 9 pm, perfect for getting an apres-work drink, or a start to your Friday night partyin’.

Thalia Zedek

Saturday night, one of my all-time musical heroines, Thalia Zedek, will be performing at the Pour Haus, 1481 S. Shelby Street in Louisville. Thalia’s been a member of some amazing bands over the years, including Come, Live Skull and Uzi — all of which have been characterized by Thalia’s excellently intense singing and guitar-playing. Her connection to Louisville is well-documented, having once recruited Tara Jane O’Neil and Kevin Coultas (both formerly of Rodan) to play on Come’s excellent 1996 release, Near Life Experience. Opening the show are local heroes Parlour (featuring Tim Furnish and Jon Cook, once of Crain), and Second Story Man.

Last but not least, the following record-buying information comes courtesy of Brett Eugene Ralph:

My dear friend Michael O’Bannon, world class artist and Louisville punk rock legend, is having a garage sale to raise money for Xmas. He’ll be selling lots of vintage vinyl records, including a huge collection of rare early punk rock picture sleeve singles, as well as books, movies, knick knacks, and his incredible paintings at affordable, ’tis-the-season prices. The sale will occur every weekend, noon to six, between now and Xmas. You won’t find a better opportunity to score cool, kick-ass gifts.

1825 Tyler Parkway (just off Bardstown Road)
Weekends 12-6
Between now and Xmas
Call 301-0522 for directions or questions

O’Bannon was once a member of The Blinders. I’ll definitely be hitting this up in the hopes of scoring something good.

Catching Up With (No) Caracter

Posted in Churchill Downs, Horse Racing, Sports on December 11, 2007 by stateofthecommonwealth

Derrick Caracter

The biggest news of the weekend, at least for Louisville Cardinal fans, was that of the suspension of Derrick Caracter, sophomore forward on the men’s basketball team. The suspension came on Sunday, after the Cardinals’ 70-65 loss to the Dayton Flyers. Granted, it is very, very early in the season, but things are not looking good for the Cardinals (that said, at least their problems aren’t as severe as the Kentucky Wildcats’, who were demolished 70-51 by Indiana on Saturday). Could it be possible that the men’s basketball program is suffering from the same sort of over-hyped, under-achieving malaise that the football program is undergoing? We’ll wait and see, but the prognosis is not good.

In horse racing news, there’s actually a bit of positivity to report: Churchill Downs is in the running for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup. This news comes as a surprise since the Courier-Journal had previously reported that Churchill was not planning on submitting an application for the Breeders’ Cup, as Churchill claims to not earn more revenue during past Breeders’ Cups than normal Saturdays during their fall meet, despite setting an attendance record for the event in 2006. However, Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup are holding “informal discussions.” The Breeders’ Cup will have three new races at the 2008 event, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in California.

Additionally, horse trainer David Vance, who was injured in a traffic accident while on the way to Turfway Park Sunday afternoon, looks to make a full recovery from his injuries, which included a fractured C-4 vertebra, a bulging disk and torn ligaments in his neck. Here’s hoping he has a speedy and complete rehabilitation.

“Louisville Punks: A Radio History”

Posted in Music on December 6, 2007 by stateofthecommonwealth

Beginning tonight at 8 pm, WFPK will present a three-part series on Louisville’s original punk scene, entitled “Louisville Punks: A Radio History.” It airs the next three Thursdays at 8 pm, on 91.9 FM and streaming at http://www.wfpk.org/ …see the release below:

For years Louisville has been known as an original music Mecca. But before there were hard edged acts like Kinghorse, Squirrel Bait and Slint, there were the original Louisville Punk bands: groups like The Blinders, The Endtables and The Babylon Dance Band rocked the River City. Join host Marion Dries Thursday nights at 8pm in December for a look back at the Punk scene that grew up here in the late 1970’s and ‘80s.

December 6 – No Fun and The Babylon Dance Band with interviews from Tara Key, Tim Harris and Chip Nold.

December 13 – The Blinders, The Endtables, The Monsters and Skull Of Glee with interviews from Sandy “Fret Hondo” Campbell, Steve “Chilli” Rigot and Wink O’Bannon.

December 20 – The Dickbrains, Orange Orange, Your Food, Strict-9 and interviews with Doug Maxson, Bryan Hurst, Jeff Jobson and the producers of the Bold Beginnings CD

Back, With Some Things To Do…

Posted in Film, Happenings, Music on December 4, 2007 by stateofthecommonwealth

Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway

Tonight, at the BBC Tap Room at 636 E. Main Street, the Louisville Film Society and Wild n’ Woolly Video present films from Sublime Frequencies and the Alan Lomax Archive (full article here):

Sublime Frequencies promotes ignored cultural and musical genius from nearly all corners of the non-Western world. Filmmaker Hisham Mayet will attend Tuesday’s Louisville premier of both his “Palace of the Winds” and “Musical Brotherhoods from the Trans-Saharan Highway,” which have yet to be released on DVD. Opening the evening will be rare film clips of the late Big Chief Jake Million and his White Eagles Mardi Gras Indian gang in New Orleans, shot in 1982 by Alan Lomax for his “American Patchwork” PBS series.

It’s at 8:30 PM, $5 ($3 for Louisville Film Society Members), and you are advised to bring your own chair.

Michael Hurley

Sunday, folk legend Michael Hurley plays Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, 1004 E. Oak Street, 8 PM, $5.