Issue August 27, 2013

Great expectations

Who says you can’t judge a book by looking at its cover? Or a football team by looking at its players — as in the case of the University of Louisville Cardinals, who appear to be just as big, just as fast and maybe even more talented than any recent Louisville team, including last year’s … Continued

How to disappear completely

This is why I hate time travel. I was listening to some music. I’m sure it was a band you’ve never heard of. I’m not going to mention what it was because it doesn’t make any difference. The album is out of print. You’d never be able to find it, and if you did, you’d … Continued

Letters to myself

According to neuroscientist and author Richard Restak, one aspect of growing older is the loss of “emotional memory” — the feelings of joy, sadness, anger and elation from past experiences. So if you forget your childhood delight in frolicking on the lawn, you are in danger of yelling at kids to get off yours. In … Continued

Not in my backyard

Shawna Khalily, a local printmaker and woodcutting artist, has been searching throughout the past few weeks for Joda Pyle, the owner of Goomby Gallery in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. But this search is not to display her prints in an upcoming show. It’s to collect money Khalily says she is owed from her art sold … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: IDLE HANDS 1999; $10.98-$19.98; R A legendary over-the-top teen horror-comedy about a shiftless slacker whose right hand is taken over by the devil, causing all sorts of comically horrible things to happen to friends and family. Yeah, it kinda fizzles a bit near the end but still has some unforgettable moments, … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Aug. 28 WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Waterfront Park (Big Four Lawn) Free; 6 p.m. Summer’s heading in to its last movement, so take advantage of the sun tonight and enjoy one of Waterfront Wednesday’s best offerings of 2013. Local soul man Justin Paul Lewis opens the show at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Pride (for the sake of argument)  It’s a conversation that’s happened time and time again. Late at night in any given bar, someone breaks out the top-five lists. Desert island, etc. On a special night, you’ll get a douchebag who takes it too far: “What’s your favorite song of all time?” I have a stock … Continued

No Sleep ’til Bangalore

Here’s the kind of guy Sunny Jain is in 2013: He’s been working so hard that, even during a week-long vacation on a Cape Cod beach, he’ll step out of the water to take a phone call to talk about his music. Jain’s band, Red Baraat, has been a thrilling surprise in the five years … 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 AUG 28 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


Cotton tales Whiskey Bent Valley’s new album has just about the cutest cover you’ll see this year. It’s a drawing you might expect to see on the cover of a classic kids’ book, not on the cover of a new album by an old-time bluegrass band from Pewee Valley. But there it is. LEO asked … Continued

Inbox — Aug. 28, 2013

Look to the Sun I hope you all read Willy Davis’ cover story on coal, “Reclaiming Kentucky,” in the July 31 LEO Weekly. It was an excellent résumé of the situation, especially with respect to reclamation funds. These funds might be easier to get if they were sought for the purpose of building and operating … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a cute, mostly straight, 20-something, single and (safely) sexually active woman. This happens to me pretty often: I hook up with a guy, we start fooling around, and we’re both really into it. I reach down, and he’s full sail. Things progress, and, as is generally the polite order of things, the lady … Continued

Locavore Lore: Success by the squiche

Eight weeks ago, Veronica Stewart had no idea what a purple bean was. Now, the 17-year-old knows more about them than most. She knows how to plant their seeds, how to harvest them, how to pick them, how to sell them to customers at farmers markets, and how, when you cook them, their dark purple … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that Louisville keeps making the national and international news lately for its chefs, restaurants and foodie scene. Maybe I’m just noticing more because we cut the cable umbilical at home a couple of months ago, but I don’t really think so — a lot of these recent … Continued

Bar Belle: The vodka made me do it

Ernest Hemingway was a smart man. Not only did he have a home in Key West that was directly across from a lighthouse (so he could find his way after drinking), he also said this: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” I can’t … Continued

Editor’s Note

One of my first jobs at LEO was copy editing John Yarmuth’s Editor’s Note, and now I sit here writing one of my own. That was 14 years ago, and, truth be told, I never really had to do much to his copy other than add a comma here or delete a comma there. Throughout … Continued

Comedy: The blunt Doug Benson

Doug Benson singularly fills the void that Cheech & Chong left for this generation of slacker potheads. In the midst of making hilarious feature-length documentaries like “Super High Me” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled,” and the podcast “Doug Loves Movies,” Benson continues to release new albums every year (always recorded on April 20, of … Continued

Art: ‘Movie Geek’ exhibit crosses media boundaries

Bryan Renfro knows that films are sort of a biopic of life. Everyone’s lives, really. Because even in a film such as “Star Wars,” which reportedly was set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the characters have dreams, hopes, love and — if Chewbacca counts — even pets. Renfro, creator and … Continued

The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me

This album really should have been buried by its ambition, but somehow found its way through the sheer weight of moving parts, genre collapsing and humor amidst lofty topics to make for one of 2013’s best. Rapper Murs, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer and Ego Trip magazine editor Sacha Jenkins team up for an album … Continued

Get Thy Bearings

Robert Walter has reconvened the 20th Congress, with Cochemea Gastelum and Karl Denson on saxes, Elgin Park on guitar, and others. The title track is Donovan’s jazzy piece, a showstopper in early King Crimson concerts, with the band splitting the difference in the two versions. The only other cover is “Up from the Skies,” with … Continued

An Object

Like Mission of Burma’s Signals, Calls & Marches, An Object is a people’s record. It has a low-key quality, comforting listeners to the same degree that it tempts action. Each song is uniform in monotony but dares not to be tampered with as they seem vain, have vicious undersides and are chock-full of anger toward … Continued

Bosnian Rainbows

Since the untimely disbandment of The Mars Volta, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has changed course, and no, not with another solo album. It’s a lush pop record, headed by Teri Gender Bender with former Volta band mates Deatoni Parks (drums) and Nicci Kasper (keyboards). Rodriguez displays restraint here, fitting complex riffs with Teri’s melodic vocal hooks. … Continued