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Posted in Art, Drink, Environment, Food, Happenings, Louisville Music History, Music, Music This Weekend, Ohio River with tags , , on September 27, 2012 by othersideoflife

Our friends begin their annual CROPPED OUT festival tomorrow, September 28th (which, coincidentally, is my birthday!) at the American Turners Club on River Road, so let’s take a look at this year’s lineup, schedule, and tomfoolery. Firstly, if you haven’t seen this preview video yet, what planet are you from? Well, you better get in your saucer and get here soon! Check it out:

The entire schedule, broken down by venue, is available here: Let’s take a look at each day’s offerings, shall we? Our “picks to click” are in bold:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th at the TURNERS CLUB (3125 River Road)
Turner Tavern:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at the TURNERS CLUB (3125 River Road)
Turner Tavern:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at the WORKHORSE BALLROOM (1312 Lexington Road)

Wait, you want more? Well, we’ve got more for ya! How about a DOWNLOADABLE MIX of lots of this year’s CROPPED OUT performers, put together by CROPPED OUT homie James Ardery? Sound good? Well here it is! And here’s the tracklist:

1. Jozef van Wissem, “Lux Divinitatis”
2. PC Worship, “Tides”
3. Wooden Wand, “Servant to Blues”
4. CRYS, “Pass on the Third”
5. Shaved Women, “Circles”
6. Eugene Chadbourne, “Wine Me Up”
7. Globsters, “Roll You Up and Smoke You”
8. White Walls, “The Milk of a Lonely Man”
9. Microwaves, “Hammerspace”
10. Lil B, “Still Cookin'”
11. Guerilla Toss, “Breeding Snakes 4 Variety”
12. Buck Gooter, “Consider the Grackles”
13. Merchandise, “Time”
14. Wet, “Wetter than Wet Pt. 2: Pink Pearl”
15. Gangly Youth, “Jangly Youth”
16. The Ritchie White Orchestra, “Matt Says 2”
17. Chain & The Gang, “If Only I Had Your Brain”
18. R. Stevie Moore, “Schoolgirl”
19. Lantern, “Dreammine”
20. The Phantom Family Halo, “Black and White Magic”

It’ll only be up for a limited time, so grab it like it’s hot. Yeah. And enjoy.

Of course, a wealth of information, including tickets, is available at Don’t miss what promises to be an awesome weekend! And we’ll see you there, by some bonfire, tellin’ jokes or something…


Some lineup changes to note: DAHM is unfortunately sick, so he will be missing this year’s CROPPED OUT. Get well, Dahm!

In his place are not one but two doozies: 90’s power-violence pioneers SUPPRESSION (from Roanoke, VA) and FAT HISTORY MONTH (from Boston, MA; on Sophomore Lounge).

Lots of food trucks and vendors and whatnot will be there too, so don’t forget the tomfoolery!


At Least They Didn’t Call Them “Mixologists:” The C-J on Craft Cocktails

Posted in Drink, Food, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by othersideoflife

Here’s a repost of our note on the Courier-Journal‘s article today on craft cocktails in Louisville from one of our sister blogs, Tasting Notes:

I’ve always been pretty skeptical of the Courier-Journal‘s cultural reportage. It’s easy to joke that once some cool new trend is covered in the C-J, it’s already over. However, today’s paper has a well-reported article about the craft cocktail movement here:|newswell|text|Home|p.

Local bars and restaurants The Silver Dollar, Meat, Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s*, La Coop, Rye, and Decca are profiled, along with a few of their bartenders and bar managers. If I have one complaint, and it’s a pretty minor one, it’s that a few other innovative bar programs in Louisville aren’t mentioned — I’m specifically thinking of the Blind Pig, though I’m sure there are others. But that’s really just a minor quibble. It’s a generally gracious article without the kind of pretentiousness usually on display when craft cocktails are discussed — and thankfully no one refers to themselves as a “mixologist.”

I still haven’t been to St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s, La Coop, or Decca, but clearly they’re interesting spots worth checking out.

*FYI — apparently Doc Crow’s web site domain has expired. Get it together, people!

Kaelin’s Restaurant, the Birthplace of the Cheeseburger, Closes… for Remodeling?

Posted in Economics, Food, Louisville History, Louisville News, Obituary on March 1, 2009 by stateofthecommonwealth

(Kaelin’s, and their famous “Please WAVE” sign, from lie_inourgraves’ photostream on Flickr.)

According to a thread on the Louisville HotBytes forum, Kaelin’s Restaurant — allegedly the birth place of the cheeseburger, opened in 1934 — closed for good last night. We haven’t seen confirmation from any local media just yet, and their web site is still active, but the HotBytes forum is usually a good authority on such matters.

Needless to say, the closing of a great Louisville institution is something we’re not thrilled about. When we find out more details online, we’ll update this post.

UPDATE, 10:45 PM: It appears we may have been misinformed as to the permanence of Kaelin’s closing. Michelle at Consuming Louisville informs us that Kaelin’s is closing for renovations. We can only assume for now that means an updated Kaelin’s.

Choice Cuts: Saveur on Louisville Bar Food Classics

Posted in Choice Cuts, Drink, Food, Media on January 6, 2009 by stateofthecommonwealth

(Hot Brown by James Baigrie for Saveur.)

For part four in our irregular series called Choice Cuts (excerpts from longer pieces either by or about Kentuckians), we’re highlighting a fantastic article in the January/February issue of Saveur about classic bar food from Louisville establishments (thanks to Louisville HotBytes forum contributor John Ribar for the tip). In this issue’s Dinner and Drinks column, Beth Kracklauer samples great bar food — from old standbys such as Mazzoni’s rolled oysters (Mazzoni’s has closed but you can still get their oysters at Flabby’s) to new favorites such as the Bristol Bar and Grille’s green chile wontons — and discusses a fair amount of Louisville history and culture in the process (links to recipes are included):

When I was growing up, my family made regular trips to Louisville, Kentucky, for two reasons: visiting my grandmother and eating fried chicken livers. Grandma was what’s known in those parts as a firecracker; she loved a good manhattan and a lively debate, and she would take us around to local neighborhood joints that served up both, along with an array of bar snacks, including the crunchiest fried chicken livers I’ve ever tasted. So, it seemed appropriate that my father and I should pay homage to his mother’s memory on a recent return to Louisville with a tour of some of the city’s most venerable tippling establishments.

Louisville is a drinking town. A social town. The local bourbon industry is one factor; the julep-fueled Kentucky Derby season is another. This is the home of the old-fashioned, that glorious concoction of bourbon, bitters, and orange, and of majestic hotels, like the Seelbach and the Brown, both of which boast grand old bars. But one cannot live on booze alone, and so Louisville’s bars have become great places to eat; they’re where the genial tavern culture of the Midwest meets the fried-food mother lode of the South. The union constitutes one of the country’s best bar-snacking traditions, of which livers are just the beginning.

Some of the bar snacks we sampled are unique to Louisville. Take the rolled oyster, a fist-size cluster of mollusks cloaked in cracker meal and deep-fried; the specialty was invented in the 1880s by the tavern owner Phillip Mazzoni and is served to this day in bars throughout the city. In the late 1970s, the Bristol Bar & Grille began providing its own incentive for ordering another round: green chile wontons, fried parcels filled with jalapeño-spiked melted cheese and served with a cooling guacamole dip. Then there’s the hot brown, an open-face turkey-and-bacon sandwich smothered in mornay sauce. It was created in 1923 as a late-night snack for guests at the Brown Hotel, and the best place to order one is still the bar in the hotel’s elegant lobby.

“There’s a real loyalty to place,” says Amy Evans, an oral historian with the Southern Foodways Alliance, who visited Louisville last year to research its vibrant bar scene. “Folks there tend to be monogamous with their drinking.” My father and I realized almost immediately how true that is. In the historically German neighborhood of Schnitzelburg, which is home to many of the city’s oldest bars, we stopped in at Flabby’s, a cozy, 57-year-old tavern where the bartender knew every patron but us. The crunchy fried chicken livers, piled high in a plastic basket, were amazing. So was the smoky white bean soup around the corner at Check’s Café, where we also tried a sandwich of fried, thick-cut baloney and a Bluegrass Brewing Co. bourbon-barrel stout. And in the nearby Highlands neighborhood, at the friendly half liquor store, half grocery called Morris’ Deli, we made a detour into the walk-in beer cooler before settling at the counter for a succulent shredded lamb and pork sandwich.

Dad and I were gratified to discover that some of Louisville’s most acclaimed chefs are upholding the city’s bar snack traditions. At Lilly’s Bistro, Kathy Cary featured an entire menu of “Kentucky Tapas”. At Jack’s Lounge, Dean Corbett’s fried calamari with caponata complemented bartender Joy Perrine’s infused-bourbon cocktails. We even sampled house-made bison bresaola from the bar menu at Michael Paley’s Proof on Main. Truth be told, were Grandma here today, she might raise an eyebrow at the practice of serving such exotic offerings as bagna cauda at the bar. But after a few bites (and a cocktail, of course), I think she’d recognize their fresh flavors as her kind of food.

Our only point of contention is that, when at Check’s, we always go for their chili! And we’ve never had the fried chicken livers at Flabby’s, but their fried chicken (weekend special on Fridays and Saturdays), chicken wings (Tuesday’s special) and schnitzel sandwich are amazing. We’re lucky, we live right down the street!

Catching Up With Post-Thanksgiving News

Posted in Economics, Food, Kentucky News, Labor, Louisville Music History, Louisville News, Music, Sports, Transportation on December 1, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Last week was as slow as molasses, bringing a well-reserved respite to us few news junkies in the Louisville area, but only one day into this week brings a spate of local news, not all of it good. So forsaking the single-news post format, we bring you a run-down of what’s in the news today. Without further ado:

(bankruptcy chart from the Courier-Journal.)

Local Bankruptcies Have Risen Sharply (C-J) – Pull quote: “In the New Albany and Louisville divisions of federal bankruptcy court, there have been a combined 8,661 company and individual bankruptcies so far this year — an increase of 23 percent from a year earlier.”

TARC to Study Commuter Rail (C-J) – Pull quote: “The Transit Authority of River City plans to spend as much as $150,000 to hire a consultant and study the possibility of establishing commuter rail service between Louisville and points southwest of the city, including Fort Knox.” Nice follow-up from this story: Not that we’re holding our breath…

Australian Brett Dean Wins the Grawemeyer Award (C-J) – There’s a video clip of part of the first movement on the right panel of the C-J‘s online story.

Century-old Mazzoni’s Closes in Middletown (C-J) – What a shame. Frankly, we’re not surprised given the tough economy’s effect so far on local independent restaurants (ie., a bunch have closed), and the relative remoteness of the location. Restauranteurs and other retailers need to reinvest in closer-in parts of Louisville, in our opinion.

Obama Effigy-Hangers’ at UK Headed to Grand Jury (Bluegrass Beat blog, part of the Herald-Leader) – Indict ’em, Dan-o.

The Mayor Held a Press Conference This Morning, Everything’s Getting Cut (The ‘Ville Voice) – Ouch.

But Mayor Jerry, Why Aren’t The Books Open to the Public? (Louisville History and Issues) – We’d like to join the chorus of voices asking why Louisville Metro’s books aren’t on the record, for the public to peruse. To us, having the financial records of the city open to its citizens is a no-brainer. Democracy doesn’t work without transparency, Jerry.

Suffocating Swift Swine Smell Suspended?

Posted in Development, Environment, Food, Louisville News on November 19, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

(Railroad tracks by the Swift Plant by Jeff in Dayton from

Ah, we love alliterations this week. Anyway, the Courier-Journal is reporting this afternoon that the Swift Meat Packaging Plant in Butchertown has been fined by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board, and will install new equipment to help suppress the malodorous, uh, odor:

Swift & Co. will spend at least $250,000 on new equipment and procedures to control odors pork processing plant in Butchertown.

An order approved today by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board also requires Swift to pay a $47,800 fine. The order addresses alleged odor violations and other violations at the plant at 1200 Story Ave. before Oct. 2.

The fine was too small, Butchertown residents and business owners said.

“For years Swift has been allowed to walk all over the tax paying citizen of Louisville, spewing into the air their noxious and harmful odors,” Andrew Cornelius, president of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, said in a letter read by former neighborhood association Segrest at today’s public hearing on the order, held at the pollution control district’s offices at 850 Barret Ave.

Mark Prussian, chief executive officer of the Eye Care Institute on Story Avenue, said he has spent about $10,000 in three years to install air scrubbers at the entrance and take other measures to combat the odor from Swift. He also said the fine “doesn’t mean anything.”

The aim of the order is to keep the odor contained on the Swift property, and more improvements could be required if these don’t work, Terri Phelps, the district’s enforcement manager, said at the hearing.

Dennis Conniff, an attorney representing Swift, said the company has already been making improvements and that it’s required to arrange for a third-party assessment of the effectiveness of the measures taken under the order.

The company must apply for a construction permit by Dec. 22 to make several improvements, and installation of some new equipment and procedures is required within 180 days after the permit is issued.

All we can say is it’s about freakin’ time. Sometimes we smell the plant all the way by our house in Schnitzelburg.

Don’t Miss Fleur Delicious

Posted in Drink, Economics, Food, Happenings, Louisville News on October 23, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Right now, the third annual Fleur Delicious — Downtown Louisville’s Restaurant Week — is going on:

Has going out to eat put a pinch on your pocket book?……….Then come downtown for Fleur De Licious. Fleur De Licious is the perfect opportunity to enjoy exceptional dishes prepared by Downtown Louisville’s hottest eateries. Want to impress that special someone?….Make a whole night of it downtown….Treat your date to a three-course dinner at one of our participating restaurants and then take in one of the many shows at Actors Theatre or The Kentucky Center.

With Fleur de Licious, there’s no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch; simply attend the participating restaurant of your choice and select from a special Fleur De Licious 3-course prix-fix menu for either $25.00 or $35.00 per person. (beverages, tax and gratuity are not included.)

With a deal like this, you don’t want to be left out. Make your reservations today!

Participating Restaurants

Bistro 301 Menu

BLU Italian Grille Menu

Bristol Bar & Grille- Downtown Menu


Hard Rock Cafe Menu

Los Aztecas

Mayan Cafe Menu

Melillo’s Italian Restaurant Menu

Proof Menu

Red Star Tavern

Road to Morocco Menu

Vincenzo’s Menu

3-course meals for $25 at most of these places is a pretty awesome deal. 3 courses for $35 isn’t too shabby, either. Check it out and support local, downtown restaurants!