Issue December 27, 2013

LEO Weekly’s 10th Annual Not Good For Nothing Quiz

“Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” —Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis  And so another crazy year has come and gone, full of delightful surprises. We had Google glasses, Amazon drones and a pope who speaks the words of Christ. Nobody saw that coming! But big data was the big story in … Continued

Going against the pros

“Kentucky has 10 potential NBA players. Well, the 76ers have 15 current NBA players. They would be the top-ranked team in college basketball. Although the 76ers are an awful NBA team, their flaws are magnified because they are playing against the best in the world. And over the past week, UK’s strengths have been magnified … Continued

No money, mo’ problems

The 60-day 2014 session of Kentucky’s General Assembly begins Jan. 7, where the most pressing goal will be passing a two-year budget for the state government. While the General Assembly typically involves the same routine — failing to address many of the major problems facing Kentucky due to political standoffs and insufficient revenue — there’s … Continued

What a Week

In perhaps a bad omen just before the UK-UL basketball game, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the Louisville Arena Authority’s bonds for the Yum! Center to junk status; they are the second major credit ratings agency to do so since November. Metro Councilman Dan Johnson called for altering the arena’s lease with the UL Athletics Department … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. Wed JAN 1 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Jan. 2 Harvey Pekar Spinelli’s 239 S. Fifth St. $5; 6 p.m. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get in the pit and try to love someone, and Cleveland hardcore punks Harvey Pekar are certainly up to that challenge. Harvey Pekar honor their cranky, pensive namesake, utilizing heavy riffage and … Continued

Film: The con is on

“In order for this con to work, he’s got to be blown away. He’s got to feel like he’s in over his head,” says Christian Bale early in “American Hustle.” While Bale’s character — schlubby, pot-bellied con man Irving Rosenfeld — is talking about scamming the mayor of Camden, N.J., he is also talking about … Continued

2014, the year in preview

Thanks to Google Street View’s new Higgs Boson plug-in, I’ve been able to explore the future, and I can now divulge what to expect in 2014. Here’s a sneak peek: In January, seven senators, three governors and six mayors tweet selfies of their private parts. None resign and one will go on to become candidate … Continued

Book: ‘Tampa’ is a schoolyard lesson on how much you can stomach

If Patrick Bateman were a 26-year-old woman living in Florida, his name might be Celeste Price. A gorgeous sociopath with an insatiable sexual appetite for 14-year-old boys, Celeste is the unlikeable but compelling narrator presented in “Tampa.” This memorable debut novel by author Alissa Nutting begins with our antihero “in an excited loop of hushed … Continued

More of some of the best of 2013

Last week, we looked back at some of the best music Louisville offered up in 2013 — a number that is now mere history, as otherwise meaningless as 2003 or 1973. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Bruce Springsteen, who will always be filled with meaning and never get a gray hair or die. In … Continued


Working for the union Many people make music on the side, as a form of expression, never expecting to become part of the mainstream music industry. Many of those people work behind a desk or in front of customers. John Paul Wright is one of the very tiny handful of songwriters who’s working on the … Continued

Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio

This shows up, and I check with my editor to see if he wants the review for LEO’s Fake Issue. No, it’s real, was the reply. Well, the Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole estates probably don’t have to worry about this release cutting into their sales figures, but actor Wilfred Brimley is pleasant in his … Continued

First in Flight

From some place called Horse Cave, Ky., now-Louisville resident Taylor Rogers teams up with producer Ju$t Cobain. Jalin Roze looms large over First, beyond his feature on “Lane Switchin’.” Roze’s influence (along with Curren$y and the A$AP mob) is obvious, his Grand National Dreams the blueprint. Taylor and Ju$t sound great together, though Ju$t should … Continued

Life Cycle of a Massive Star

Roly Porter is best known as half of the dubstep duo Vex’d, but that is about to change. Since Vex’d went on an indefinite hiatus in 2010, Porter has been making a name for himself with a turn toward the avant-garde, starting with his static-worshipping, percussionless debut Aftertime, which sounded like a science-fiction film soundtrack … Continued


It’s hard to listen to Melt-Banana without feeling like you need an inhaler. That they defy easy classification is best exemplified by my coworker, who notes they sound like Motley Crüe sped up — as satisfying an explanation of their sound as any other. Spastic and breakneck, Melt-Banana mix blast beats, muscular bass lines and … Continued

Art: Behind the scenes

It’s rare that we get to see how an artist creates. Unless you’re in the studio when the glass is being blown or the oil paint is brushed on the canvas, it’s all a bit of a mystery. But occasionally we get to peek behind the curtain. James Robert Southard, who recently won a merit … Continued

Inbox — Jan. 1, 2014

Free Speech Next year my wonderful wife and I will celebrate 50 years since my retirement from the Navy. The VA tells me I served during WWII and Korea. I saw combat. When reading letters to the editor, our favorite part of any publication (especially in The C-J and LEO), we swell with pride knowing … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 34-year-old straight female. I am morbidly obese and have been for most of my life. I have never dated. I’ve been on a couple of dates, and only when I asked the guy out. From reading your columns and books, I am aware that some men are attracted to fat women. But … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD 2013; $22.98; UR A long, long overdue documentary on George Romero and his wildly influential masterwork, 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead.” Whether you’re a fan of the man or not, whether you like/love/hate zombie movies/TV/games/etc., we guarantee you will enjoy watching George as a young … Continued

Bar Belle: I hate myself for loving cheese

I hate myself for loving cheese Can’t break free, now I’m rounder than peas I wanna walk but now I have bad knees, that’s why I hate myself for loving cheese Nothing makes you loathe yourself more than tight pants. You blame the dryer. You blame the manufacturers who perhaps used shoddy fabric. You blame … Continued