Issue February 16, 2010

Tell it on the mountain

It’s 20 degrees outside, and Oscar Lee Riley Parsons is lighting a cigarette. In about an hour, Parsons’ band, Thomas A. Minor & the Picket Line, will take the stage at The Green Building’s Appalachian Love concert — a benefit show to raise money and awareness for anti-mountaintop removal (MTR) mining efforts. Sponsored by the … Continued


Louisville-bred Portland transplant Matthew Cooper pushes his Eluvium project into new territory on Similes, mostly by incorporating vocals and something approximating traditional song structures throughout. Like most albums of this type, there aren’t necessarily any standouts — Similes works best as a hypnotic, meditative whole, one in which the 11-minute closer “Cease to Know” isn’t … Continued


Our fair city, the birthplace of the jug band, is also home to The Jawbones, a trio with a taste for that venerable music and its step-cousins: ragtime, hokum blues and hillbilly dance tunes. Propelled by the staggeringly versatile and gifted fiddler Scott Moore, they tear through songs made famous (so to speak) by the … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your club, comedian, musical act or karaoke listed, please send e-mail to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is NOON THURSDAY the week before publication. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. Wed. Feb. 17 BBC … Continued


A friend recently turned me on to Alan Deutschman’s great book “Change or Die.” The title refers to the moment when your doctor tells you that you must adjust your lifestyle to avoid a particular, imminent death that your current behaviors are leading to. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to be Deutschman’s goal to save lives … Continued

Crime against humanity

We are six native Louisvillians who joined the Gaza Freedom March (, an international effort in late December 2009 to protest the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which has inflicted unbearable suffering on 1.5 million Palestinians since June 2007. The march included more than 1,300 people from 43 countries. Participants from all over the world also … Continued

The people’s history

On a starry May night long ago, my brother Bill invited me to camp on a piney Virginia mountaintop and listen to some hillbilly music, drink some moonshine and watch some country cousins grow wild-eyed on banjos and talk in stanzas of wisdom. I didn’t know where we were going, but it turned out to … Continued


<ART> Through Feb. 19 ‘No Holds Barred’ Art 227 227 Chenoweth Lane South African-born artist Emil Walton doesn’t consider himself a gallery owner, he just came upon this space in St. Matthews by way of his in-laws. “No Holds Barred,” the first exhibit at Art 227, features Walton and a handful of other local artists … Continued

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Blue Sky Kentucky’s next show in its Americana Caravan series will feature Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers and The Bottle Rockets. Tickets for the Feb. 20 show at Phoenix Hill (644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957; $12 advance, $15 door) are on sale at the club, ear X-tacy and Ticket Web. This winter, Blue Sky is expanding … Continued

Playing against type

For singer-songwriter Andrea Davidson, songs come when she surrounds herself with nature — “when I’m outside, lots of trees, or when a storm is coming.” On her second CD, Retracing Steps, Davidson reached for a more personal theme. “There’s one thing that ties (the songs) together, and that’s honesty,” she says. “These songs came from … Continued

The X Factor

This is the first week of the rest of John Timmons’ life. After sounding the alarm Friday for customers to keep his 24-year-old record store in business, the owner of ear X-tacy had mixed emotions about the challenging times his store is facing. “If the public wants it to be here, they should support it,” … Continued

Theater: Laughs on in ‘Noises Off’

Noises Off Presented by Louisville Repertory Company. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis. Continues through Feb. 21 at the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theater. For tickets or more information, call 584-7777 or visit Louisville Repertory Company continues its season with David Frayn’s hilarious “Noises Off.” Ranging from classic to contemporary, comedy to tragedy, this company continues … Continued

Old dog, new tricks

Since embattled Louisville Metro Animal Services Director Gilles “Zheeels” Meloche unceremoniously stepped down — his resignation ringing in the new year — our fixation with this shady ex-city employee has given way to new, more timely fixations, like “Lost” and college basketball. It’s understandable, then, that the status of Louisville’s dubious dog ordinance, which under … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: SORORITY ROW 2009; $24.95-$26.95, R Yes, it’s the new “drop-dead gorgeous young women running around in scant underwear while a demented somebody chases them with pointy objects” slasher based on a fondly remembered ’80s original. Seven sorority girls accidentally kill their House Mother, then hide her body and carry on a-graduatin’ … Continued

Film: Derby City Film Fest returns to crowded field

“I hate filmmakers,” says Kris Rommel during a break from poster hanging. Not words you’d expect from the creator of a film festival, especially one with a workload like Rommel’s. As host of “Derby City Film Chat,” a weekly radio blog, Rommel airs this disgust of filmmakers by mercilessly promoting their films, even plugging screenings … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 17, 2010

Corrections • Last week’s story “A new brand of offense” incorrectly identified University of Louisville guard Reginald Delk by the name of his uncle, Tony, who played basketball for Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky in the 1990s. LEO apologizes (especially to Cards fans) for the mistake.  • Also in last week’s issue, the … Continued

Comedy: Brian Posehn is uncool enough to be cool

Brian Posehn is one of the most original comedic voices of his generation, but sadly in the mainstream, he’s generally typecast as an introverted nerd. You’ll remember him from his role on “Just Shoot Me,” and more recently “The Sarah Silverman Program.” He also appeared on the Comedians of Comedy stand-up tour, live documentary and … Continued

Art: Louisville artists score big at ‘Water Tower Regional’

Pat yourself on the back, Louisville — you done good. The Louisville Visual Art Association’s “Water Tower Regional 2010” exhibition features 71 artists from five states, but the majority of the prizes were awarded to Louisvillians. The “Water Tower Regional” is an oldie but goodie. It started back in 1909 and over time became the … Continued

Art: News Bits

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft ( will host the Annual Artist Potluck Dinner on Thursday, March 11, from 6-8 p.m. This event is free. Everyone attending should bring a dish to share as well as his or her own reusable plate, cloth napkin, silverware and cup. Artists do not need to be KMAC … Continued

The Grape Escape: Welcome to Wine 101

Take a load off and have a glass of wine. Red, white, pink or bubbly — whatever suits you. In this periodic report, we’ll offer a simple user’s guide to wine, a natural beverage that’s been around for about 10,000 years, ever since Neolithic people in the ancient Near East discovered that grapes left out … Continued

Mug Shots: Think globally, drink locally

I’m trying to recall the origin of this phrase: “Think globally, act locally.” My best guess is that it arose during the 1960s in the context of the nascent environmental movement, although the concept behind the consciousness surely was articulated long before that. At some point in the early 1990s, a new axiom surfaced, quickly … Continued

Warming up at Wiltshire on Market

We found a parking place right in front of Wiltshire on Market on a freezing Thursday evening, negotiated rock-hard ridges of icy snow and made it to the front door still standing. As soon as we stepped inside, a welcoming warmth enveloped us and drove away the cold. Soon the three of us were ensconced … Continued

Vibrations EP

Nathan Ward is a Lexington-based emcee who recently released his second extended player for free. Now on my 20th listen, the production values on this are as high as any national release. I don’t know if this guy secretly has some huge budget behind him or if he’s just that good. But that’s immaterial. The … Continued

The DL Sessions

Musically speaking, nothing on The DL Sessions is terribly remarkable — but in all respects, it’s soulful and sincere, which makes the whole thing remarkable in and of itself. Acoustic rock is often schlocky, tossed from every coffee shop in the world like day-old grounds. But with Luke and Jessi Rothbauer’s voices interlacing with Dave … Continued

Noise in the Street

Luke Cissell’s songs are as modest as his ambitions are admirably outsized, a tension perfectly illustrated by the hilariously incongruous album credit: “Recorded in New York City and Memphis, Indiana.” Like many singer-songwriters, Cissell is aggressively humorless, and coupled with the disc’s nearly hour-long runtime, Noise in the Street occasionally feels lead-footed. Cissell is talented … Continued

Dear Companion

Don’t ask, “What’s the single?” Among its many accomplishments, this collaboration is a great argument on behalf of a complete, sequenced set. The two singer-songwriters — helped along with superb production from Jim James — build their case gently. With a mostly modest variety of instrumentation (in sometimes eccentric arrangements), the three main participants speak … Continued