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The Third CROPPED OUT FESTIVAL begins TOMORROW

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: http://croppedoutmusic.com/cropped-out-2012-schedule/. 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:
SHE MIGHT BITE, MICROWAVES, THE SEDIMENT CLUB, TWIN SISTER RADIO, TV GHOST, CHAIN & THE GANG
Scully Alley: DISCO DOOM, GANGLY YOUTH, BUCK GOOTER, LANTERN, EUGENE CHADBOURNE
Phreedom Hall: THE RITCHIE WHITE ORCHESTRA, JANDEK, STREET GNAR, SLUG GUTS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at the TURNERS CLUB (3125 River Road)
Turner Tavern:
BINARY MARKETING SHOW, CAVE BEARS, GRAY/ZERANG DUO, COOL MEMORIES, SHAVED WOMEN, DAVID LIEBE HART, R. STEVIE MOORE
Scully Alley: WET, KARK, GLOBSTERS, WHITE WALLS, NEW MOTHER NATURE, GUERILLA TOSS, NEIL HAMBURGER
Phreedom Hall: BLACK KASPAR, RAW THUG, CRYS, PC WORSHIP, MERCHANDISE, LIL B
Spooky Beach: ASHCAN ORCHESTRA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th at the WORKHORSE BALLROOM (1312 Lexington Road)
PAPA M, WOODEN WAND, JOZEF van WISSEM

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 www.croppedoutmusic.com. Don’t miss what promises to be an awesome weekend! And we’ll see you there, by some bonfire, tellin’ jokes or something…

UPDATE, 9/27/2012: CROPPED OUT IS A DAY AWAY!

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!

TONIGHT! A BENEFIT FOR TOM CARTER at ZANZABAR!

Posted in Art, Drink, Happenings, Music, Music This Weekend with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by othersideoflife

Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

A BENEFIT FOR TOM CARTER


(photo of Tom Carter by Stephan Laackman)

with

SAPAT (on Siltbreeze; from Louisville, KY)
TROPICAL TRASH (Louisville, KY; on Loin Seepage/Sophomore Lounge)
SHEDDING (from Louisville, Kentucky)
R. KEENAN LAWLER (from Louisville, Kentucky)

Thursday, August 16th
at ZANZABAR
2100 S. Preston
9 PM, 21-and-over
$5 entry fee; additional donations encouraged
100% of all proceeds will be donated to The Robert Thomas Carter Irrevocable Trust.

ABOUT TOM CARTER:

While on a tour of Europe this spring with his band Charalambides, the Brooklyn based guitarist Tom Carter was hospitalized in Berlin, Germany for serious complications of pneumonia. In mid-July, Tom was transferred to a medical rehabilitation facility in Germany, near the Baltic Sea. Tom will receive medical care, monitoring and physical rehabilitation at the facility until the end of July. His doctors are also recommending that Tom not return to employment and normal levels of pre-illness activity until January 2013. This recommendation will be periodically reevaluated, but it seems to fall in line with common recovery projections for people who have experienced pneumonia at this level of seriousness. It is still unknown whether Tom will be able to return to New York immediately after the rehabilitation, or if it will be necessary for him to, instead, reside elsewhere with his family for a time. Although his condition continues to improve, Tom is still weak and his condition must come closer to what his normal baseline health will be, in order for doctors to assess what type of further treatment he will need in the US. It does seem to be certain that Tom will require follow up care once back in the States.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

Tom Carter is a tremendous musician, and a caring, compassionate individual who will need long-term help to recover from his illness. Cropped Out, The Other Side of Life, and the musicians playing the benefit are joining forces with a number of promoters, musicians, and concerned friends of Tom all across the South to curate benefit shows during the middle of August. This unique situation of multiple forces across an entire region presents a rare opportunity to help a friend who has given us so much over the years — his music, friendship, and encouragement.


(Photo of Sapat by Ginger Goss, from Loin Seepage.)

Spawned from the formidable Louisville, KY collective known as Black Velvet Fuckere, SAPAT resides as the centrifugal force in this Midwestern psychedelic madrigal set in the psychosexual backwaters of the mighty Ohio River. For the entirety of the ‘00 decade, members have kept busy collaborating with and/or massaging the egos of various and sundry avant-pontiffs such as Robert Fripp, Magik Markers, Dead Child and Eugene Chadbourne – when not honing the orgone energy of SAPAT.

TROPICAL TRASH have caused quite a stir with their new 7″, Fear of Suffering, on Sophomore Lounge. Still Single describes TROPICAL TRASH as an “Excellent combination of thrashing energy and solid ideas that break apart and recombine in novel, tuneful ways.” They’re just as thrilling live as on record, so don’t miss this opportunity to rock out with ’em!

SHEDDING has been a solo vehicle for Connor Bell since 2001, and has released several items over those years available at Ocio and Hometapes. SHEDDING‘s music is meditative and still, eerie and unsettling — yet with a spectacular sense of melody.

R. KEENAN LAWLER is a musician and sound artist based in Louisville Kentucky. For over 25 years his musical journey has taken him from early experiments with reverb tanks, noise and tape decks to all manner of avant-garde, “new” music, psychedelia, electro-acoustic, drone, ethnic and sampler-based work. LAWLER is best known for developing a highly personal and exploratory language for the metal bodied resonator guitar which Baltimore’s John Berdnt called “Cosmic, monolithic and deeply American.” Primarily a solo performer, he is also known for collaborative work. His guitar playing is also heard on releases by Paul K., Jack Wright, My Morning Jacket and on Matmos’ The Civil War. He has collaborated or performed with a wide range of forward-thinking musicians and mavericks including Rhys Chatham, John Butcher, Eliott Sharp, Charalambides, Ignaz Schick/Perlonex, Kaffe Matthews, Burning Star Core, Jason Kahn, Ut Gret, Thaniel Ion Lee, Ed Wilcox, Ramesh Srinivasan, Kevin Drumm, Arco Flute Foundation, Helena Espvall, Ian Nagoski, Connor Bell, Andy Willis, Alan Licht, Taksuya Nakatani, Tom Carter, Bhob Rainey, Aaron Rosenblum, Joe Dutkiewicz, Evergreen, Eric Carbonara and Joseph Suchy.

Check out helptomcarter.org to see other ways that you can help contribute to Tom’s recovery!

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/428050753912799.

To join our email list, send an email to hstencil@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/232825523444477/.

UPDATE, 8/17/2012: Hey Louisville! We raised $475 last night to benefit Tom Carter and help with his recuperation from pneumonia. Thanks again to everyone who attended, played, or otherwise helped with the benefit, and thanks again to Zanzabar for hosting it.

The Mammoth Profiled By a Dinosaur

Posted in Art, Development, Economics, Happenings, Louisville News, Media, Music, Real Estate with tags , , on August 6, 2012 by othersideoflife


(photo of Hallie Jones and Aron Conaway from the Courier-Journal.)

Okay, so the snarky headline was too good to pass up. In yesterday’s Courier-Journal, there was an excellent, and expansive, profile of The Mammoth, the behemoth multi-use arts space in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood, run by Aron Conaway and Hallie Jones:

Now, with this three-story, 90,000-square-foot building — where Conaway and Jones live on the first floor — and another attached building with 36,000 square feet, the couple are poised to see their dream become a reality.

They’re looking to convert this space, which they now call The Mammoth, into art studios and artists’ residences, an art installation space and art gallery, an independent media center, band practice spaces, a live music venue, film-viewing space and even community gardens and other green spaces.

The idea is to have enough space for artists to have the privacy to work on their own, but also shared space to work together. It includes outfitting the space with equipment for making art.

The plan includes artists pooling their resources and generating income for the endeavor though sideline businesses and eventually renting space to commercial businesses. The couple envisions a nonprofit entity overseeing the shared art-making spaces.

While we haven’t yet been to The Mammoth, we’re excited about it. Read more here.

Music this Weekend, July 26-29

Posted in Happenings, Music, Music This Weekend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by othersideoflife

As we’ve said before, the weekend starts early around here, so we’d like to inform you of a few under-the-radar cultural events goin’ on in Louisville (complete with links to peruse!).

First off, our sister blog The Other Side of Life is co-promoting a show tonight in conjunction with Cropped Out and Black Velvet Fuckere:


(Flier by Ryan Davis.)

SAPAT (on Siltbreeze; from Louisville, KY)
BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
PARLOUR (on Temporary Residence; from Louisville, KY)
WET (from Louisville, KY)

Thursday, July 26th 2012
at The Cathouse
747 S. Preston
All Ages! Doors at 8 PM, $5

There’s more information at the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/121230094685490, and you can read this great interview with BLUES CONTROL in this week’s LEO Weekly:http://leoweekly.com/music/spiritual-station-blues-control.

But if you’re in a more metal mood tonight, you can always check out TORCHE, BUSH LEAGUE, OLD VIKINGS, and NERVOUS ENERGY at Phoenix Hill Tavern for $10, and the show starts at 7 PM (can’t find a flier online, and we can’t bring ourselves to link to Phoenix Hill, but whatever it should still be a good show).

On Friday night, our friends at Astro Black Records (that’s the awesome new record store in the back of Quill’s, run by Jim Marlowe of Tropical Trash) are presenting a rad show at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge: TROPICAL TRASH, CROSS (from Lexington), and MILK MUSIC (who we keep hearing great things about!) — here’s the Facebook invite for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/441691975861428/. Lisa’s is at 1004 E. Oak Street (just off the corner of Swan), and $5 with 9 PM doors.

Also Friday night the new lineup of TWIN SISTER RADIO debuts at the Cathouse (747 S. Preston) with THE CARIBBEAN (from Washington, D.C.) and Connor Bell’s SHEDDING. 9 PM, $5. Gonna be tough to make both shows but we’re gonna try!

Saturday night our friends THE LITTLE BROTHERS are playing at Against the Grain, at 401 E. Main in Slugger Field. Not sure if there’s a cover, but they’re playing three sets, with no repeated songs, so that should be excellent. 8:30 PM start time.

On Sunday, whew… we’re gonna rest! Let us know, though, if there’s anything else goin’ on and we’ll list it!

Got Any Endtables Memorabilia?

Posted in Louisville Music History, Louisville News, Media, Music, State of StateoftheCommonwealth on January 7, 2009 by stateofthecommonwealth

(Above, the cover of the Endtables 7″, from the excellent Last Days of Man on Earth blog.)

Wow, here is a cool instance of, y’know, someone actually reading State of the Commonwealth. Thanks to our post back in early September about Joan Osborne name-checking the Endtables in the New York Times, we’ve been contacted by Stephen Driesler, who confirms the rumored Endtables discography that we’ve been hearing about (and expressing enthusiasm for) elsewhere. Other aspects of the discography we can confirm is that it will be released by the excellent Drag City record label of Chicago, Illinois, and that it will include all six known Endtables studio recordings plus an undetermined amount of bonus material (as such, neither the tracklist nor the release date have been finalized).

As regards any reissue project of this nature, there is a good chance that there are a lot of undiscovered materials that might be usable, perhaps just lying around in your basement or archives. Steve is asking us to help spread the word, in order to see if there’s anybody out there in Louisville or beyond who has any Endtables memorabilia, photographs, stories or ephemera they’d like to share for the project. And anything of interest related to the Endtables is fair game. So if you do have something you’d like to share, or know anyone else who does, please contact Steve through his email address: luna_pier@yahoo.com. Be sure to get it to Steve by January 25th!

Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue, at the Air Devils Inn Tomorrow!

Posted in Drink, Happenings, Louisville Music History, Music, Music This Weekend on December 19, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

(Photo of Brett Ralph from this nice review here.)

One of our favorite people of all time, Mr. Brett Eugene Ralph, is bringing his Kentucky Chrome Revue to the Air Devils Inn tomorrow night (that’s Saturday, December 20th if you’re scoring at home). Here’s what Brett says:

Come on out to our first show in nearly a year. We’ve got two new members, lots of new songs, and even a few Xmas surprises. The current line-up includes Chris Reinstatler on drums, Kirk Kiefer on keyboards, Mark “Lupe” Hamilton on lead guitar, Justin Miller on bass, and Jamie Daniel on violin.

The show starts at 10 PM, costs a measly $5, and also includes both Jon Ashley and the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys on the bill.

The Air Devils Inn, one of Louisville’s greatest divey bars, is located at 2802 Taylorsville Road, across the street from Bowman Field and right next to Queen of Sheba (one of the best restaurants in town!).

Music and Art This Weekend, Dec. 4-7

Posted in Art, Drink, Happenings, Lexington, Media, Music, Music This Weekend on December 4, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

The weekend starts early around here, because there’s a ton of stuff going on in Louisville, Lexington and all around. So even though we haven’t done an event listing post in a while, let’s get started!

First off, tonight at Skull Alley (1017 E. Broadway), Mose Giganticus, Emotron, Mowgli! and the Robot Affair play at 7 PM, for $5. We don’t know anything about these bands, but we like Skull Alley, so there. Oh, it’s also all-ages.

Second, tonight at the 21c Hotel (700 W. Main Street), Bay Area troubadours Vetiver play a special concert with local heroes Kings Daughters and Sons (featuring members of Rachel’s, Shipping News, Dead Child, etc.). Doors are at 8 PM, tickets are $12 at the door (also available at Ear X-Tacy for a limited time today), and here’s the press release:

Celebrating their third major studio release, Vetiver will be taking a break from their national tour with the Black Crows to give a special performance at 21c Museum. Vetiver’s new album, Thing of the Past, breaks from the traditional covers album by paying tribute to little-known songs by little-known musicians who influenced band leader Andy Cabic. California-based, Vetiver is no stranger to experimentation and has shared the stage with Joanna Newsom, The Shins, Colm O’Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine, and Bright Eyes. Perhaps Vetiver is best described by occasional collaborator Devendra Banhart as an “impossibly ethereal yet terrestrial songwriting.”

Our friends at Backseat Sandbar have an interview with Vetiver’s Andy Cabic you can read here.

Also tonight in Lexington, our faves Hair Police, noise goddess Leslie Keffer, local weirdos Caboladies and Laloux are playing at the Cat’s Den, inside the UK Student Center at 8 PM. It’s all-ages and it’s FREE!

Friday night the 2nd Annual Deck The Halls show of skateboard art opens at Derby City Espresso, 331 E. Market Street. Ben Purdom & the Swedish Eagles will be providing live music, starting at 10 PM and it’s free.

Also Friday night Julia Christensen’s Big Box Reuse show opens at the Green Building Gallery (as we told you about yesterday). 732 E. Market Street, 5 to 9 PM, free.

Saturday at the Rudyard Kipling, Straight A’s, Toads and Mice and Siberia will play, starting at 10 PM for $5. Our friend Brett Holsclaw (of the Glasspack) will be djing between bands.

Also Saturday at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge (1006 E Oak St), New York friends D. Charles Speer & The Helix (featuring members of No Neck Blues Band and Sunburned Hand of the Man) will be playing with recent arrival Zak Riles (of Grails), Twos & Fews label proprietor (and our good friend) Nathan Salsburg, and R. Keenan Lawler.

If you miss them in Louisville (and you really shouldn’t!), D. Charles Speer & The Helix will play Lexington on Sunday, December 7th with Warmer Milks at Al’s Bar, 6th and N. Limestone, at 9 PM, $4, all-ages.

Saturday night in Louisville also brings the TRAFOZSATSFM release show at Skull Alley with the Phantom Family Halo, the Slow Break, IamIs, Whistle Peak, Trophy Wives, and Six White Horses. TRAFOZSATSFM is the local tribute album to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, curated by John King. The show starts at 8 PM and is $5.

Finally, Saturday night also is the opening of Sarah Lyon‘s 2009 Female Mechanics Calendar at the Green Building, 732 E. Market Street, 5 PM to 9 PM, and featuring music spun by DJ Kim Sorise. And of course it’s FREE!

Whew! That’s a lot of stuff. Get out there!