Old punkers never die, they just change lineups: Black Flag guitarist and SST Records founder Greg Ginn has a new band, The Texas Corrugators, who are out on the road now. They join Vamp, Jambang and Clark Smithy at Derby City Espresso (331 E. Market St.) Thursday, Sept. 17. You can’t say you’re into punk rock without knowing who Ginn is, so visit www.gregginn.com for a primer. Showtime is 9 p.m., and the cover is $5.
Five Important Questions: Straight A’s Andrew Padon
LEO: Juanita’s Burger Boy has renovated and is now “Burger Boy.” Will you venture there?
AP: I’m Facebook friends with the Burger Boy, so really I’m always there in spirit. And the Burger Boy is forever with me in my heart — in the form of cholesterol, mostly. They will need to add a hummus tray to the menu if they want all four parts of Straight A’s on board, though.
LEO: All this talk about bridges has me thinking about tunnels. Name the roadside — or tunnelside — bar you’d open.
AP: Actually, I think what this town really needs is a tollbooth-themed eatery. You know how Spinelli’s has the car table? Imagine, if you will, rows upon rows of glass-enclosed tables-for-one, scattered at random along the highway. Seriously, imagine it. Now wipe it from your memory forever, because that’s my million-dollar idea, bitch.
LEO: People use the word, “whatever” quite often, but it usually doesn’t mean whatever. Confusing, no?
AP: I always strive to be sincere in my apathy, but unfortunately that’s not the case for everyone. If it’s your girlfriend or boyfriend saying “whatever” to you, then you’re probably in trouble. Chances are, you’re arguing over where to have dinner. The best thing to do in this situation is to say, “Well, I’m not even hungry anymore,” and resume working on your crossword puzzle. You’ll eat wherever you want.
LEO: Invent a new drug and tell me what it does.
AP: With all the myriad drugs out there to cure or suppress depression, I’d like to see one that actually causes depression. You could use it like a weapon. For when you’re at the mall or the park or something and you see a person or a couple who’s so obnoxiously happy you just think to yourself, “Fuck these happy assholes.” In three easy steps: 1. Casually slip two gel-caps into their smoothies. 2. Wait. 3. Profit!
LEO: Jerry Abramson’s leaving office. Any parting words?
AP: We’re still waiting for our Straight A’s building banner. Don’t forget who’s really running shit in this town, Jer.
Straight A’s play Sept. 19 at Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E. Oak St.) with Rude Weirdo, Glass Teeth and Hal Dolls (feat. Doug Maxson of Minnow).
D.W. Box and Dangerbird, as well as DJs Matt Anthony and Dave Desitin, are part of the lineup of the Third Annual Homegrown Festival, Sept. 17-18 in the Fourth Street Live Atrium. The event is free and open to the public, starting at 8 p.m. both nights.
The Jug Band Jubilee (jugbandjubilee.org) boots up again Sept. 19 at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park, and Heather Leoncini visits to discuss this year’s lineup, which features acts from as far away as Japan. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.