Issue June 28, 2011

Good night, and good luck

In recent years, horseracing aficionados have groaned that their sport is dying. Every year, they say, the fan base grows grayer, complaining that racetracks aren’t doing enough to attract younger people to the game. Well, the gray-sayers must not have heard of Downs After Dark — Churchill Downs’ version of horse racing under the lights … Continued


Friday brings the annual Louisville Brewfest back to us, thankfully (see page 16 for details). In addition to brews, there will be food and music, making this the kind of party Louisville does best. LEO asked participants in this year’s fest to expound on the relationship between music and beer. Mat Herron, drummer, The Fervor: … Continued

You cannot win if you do not play

One day, as I was leaving my favorite (locally owned) coffee shop, I was delayed ever so slightly at the door by a strange little man. He had a curious appearance. As I recall, he looked like he might have been dusty, but it could have been the affect of his coat, a ruddy brown … Continued

Some of these things are not like the others

Don’t be fooled by the smell of sticky buns. You are under attack. Yes, the new Panera Bread on Bardstown Road will be offering delicious baked goods. Yes, you want some. And yes, you should run the other way. Let me start by saying I realize that training the cross-hairs of the enormous and devastating … Continued

I read the news today, oh boy

When this paper debuted in 1990, then-publisher and editor John Yarmuth wrote in his inaugural column: “LEO will be different. If there is anything I can say with certainty about this publication, it is that you have never seen anything like it in this community.” He was right — LEO was different, soon establishing itself … Continued

Deep cuts

Tamara Ikenberg noticed something odd last Tuesday when she went to work at The Courier-Journal. Although Executive Editor Bennie Ivory was on furlough — all C-J employees are compelled to take unpaid time off as a budget-cutting measure — his car was there. Furloughed employees aren’t supposed to perform any work whatsoever. Ivory, it turns … Continued

Troubled water

About 150 citizens converged on Clarksville’s Holiday Inn Monday to see the latest conflict in the epic drama of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Federal law requires opportunities for public comment as part of a supplemental environmental review triggered by recently revised designs and tolling. Twenty-eight Kentuckiana residents held forth. Two candidates for Clarksville Town … Continued

Inbox — June 29, 2011

Art Nourishment Regarding Peter Berkowitz’s piece on the Louisville Orchestra, “Old music in a new age” (LEO Weekly, June 8): Great article. What was said goes beyond the orchestra. As an audience member, I observe dwindling attendees at many of our performing arts events. Like the article, I believe many venues are not doing enough … Continued

Plugged In

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


The ever-gifted Martin Gore of Depeche Mode predicted the way electronic music would change the world, and he humanized the sometimes cold genre with humane, sexual, morally challenging lyrics. “Enjoy the Silence” functions as a wicked club hit and perennial mixtape favorite, but also as a heartbreaking ballad about being overloaded by modern life. Communicating, … Continued

Homebois in Louisville

For the past decade, Louisville’s musical focus has been dominated by My Morning Jacket, while artists as varied as Wax Fang, VHS or Beta and Ben Sollee have emerged as contenders. Skyscraper Stereo is ready to be added to that mix. Their latest release, Homebois in Outer Space (Little Heart Records), might very well be … Continued


<FILM> Wednesday, June 29 ‘Billy Childish is Dead’ Dreamland 812 E. Market St. $5; 8 p.m. It ought to be an international crime that Billy Childish is not more well known, or taught in schools yet. As a musician, he has been inhumanely productive, leading garage-punk-blues bands like Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars and … Continued

The Funky Meters know how to strut their stuff

“The Fourth of July, it’s gonna be a great situation. I don’t like to be cold, I really like the heat.” At 73, Art Neville should know what he likes. As one of the famed New Orleans Neville family of musicians, he has long since stamped his sound all over American music. The keyboardist has … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN 2011; $26.95, R Fans of gritty grindhouse actioners and goofy Troma gore films are probably wetting themselves in anticipation of this terrific trash title. Rutger Hauer is a homeless man who dreams of buying a lawnmower, only to become the victim of an evil drug lord. Next … Continued

The Taste Bud: Kentucky — The blueberry state

I always appreciated blueberries in a passing way — as in, I didn’t mind them in muffins, liked them in Pop-Tarts, and would occasionally eat a handful of the little blue buggers if the opportunity presented itself. But last summer, I was grocery shopping with a cheesy-looking little supermarket hand basket — I feel like … Continued

Locavore Lore: Dare ya to go vegan

A few weeks ago, a friend issued a community challenge to go vegan for a month. I’m always up for a challenge, even if it’s just to prove a point, so I accepted the dare, along with a slew of other people. I’ve written about my views on factory farming before, but I’ve always made … Continued

Book: Sugar free

See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody By Bob Mould with Michael Azerrad. Little, Brown & Company; 403 pgs., $24.99. For a lot of people, the 1980s were a time of fun and frivolity; their memories of that decade (if they were there in the first place) involve Rubik’s Cubes, “Miami Vice,” … Continued

Art: Luring the locals

Want to know how to spot a tourist (or maybe a local taking the day off with out-of-town relatives in tow)? Just look for people swinging those little Louisville Slugger bats up and down Main Street. Since downtown has little foot traffic except during the lunch hour and after-work rush, out-of-towners make up a large … Continued

Rave On Buddy Holly

I hope that on the 75th anniversary of my birth, someone makes me something as perfect as Rave On Buddy Holly. I would probably be satisfied if someone just gives me Rave On Buddy Holly as is. This 19-song tribute has original tracks from a broad swath of popular musicians, including Patti Smith and Fiona … Continued

Black Up

Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, of ‘90s hip-hop trio Digable Planets, has been a musical nomad since the band’s split — from the smoked-out blues of Cherrywine, an aborted solo disc and attempted stage reunions of the Planets. Shabazz Palaces is his latest incarnation, a project filled with more questions than answers, more potential than satisfaction. When … Continued

Born Union

“I’m from Kentucky, not Tennessee,” declares JP Wright on “Nashville Star,” a rant against modern country pop defiantly performed in a classic country style. Louisvillian Wright isn’t just a union man in theory; he’s a member of Railroad Workers United and actually spends his days working on the rails between Louisville and Nashville, the old … Continued

Just Out of Sight

If you’re going to backtrack through ‘70s rock like the Allmans, name-check the Heartbreakers and borrow from Joe Cocker’s arsenal, remember those guys had fun. Remember the chaos and foolishness that seemed, well, just out of sight. Going by the rock checklist, Edgehill Avenue’s third studio album has all the proper parts but ultimately few … Continued