Issue September 24, 2013

Basement champion

“Bad business is an expensive hobby.” So reads the company logo of Sophomore Lounge, an independent record label based out of one exceptionally cluttered basement in Jeffersonville, Ind. But for label head Ryan Davis, making money was never really the goal. “I started releasing music out of necessity, really,” says Davis. “No one else was … Continued

If you could read my mind

The man was a fraud, a charlatan! He was supposed to be a psychic, but, really, he used the same tricks all of the other supposed psychics use. It was actually kind of comical, obvious. He’d say, “Does the letter ‘M’ mean anything to anyone in this side of the room?” How could it not … Continued

Jack Hunter is the man!

Some writers are bothered by hate mail. I’m not. In fact, I like it. You can’t write about the subjects I engage — politics, religion, race, empire, etc. — without pissing some people off. Truth be told, I want to piss them off. I enjoy pricking backward-thinking fools, and I love hearing them whine when … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: HOUSE OF WAX 3D 1953; $28.98-$35.98; UR Finally available on Blu-ray 3-D, the best 3-D horror flick ever made — and the best movie ever made by a one-eyed director! (Think about it.) A tremendous hit when released in 1953, it made a horror icon out of Vincent Price and was … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Don’t fear the reaper anymore Every once in a while, I get smacked down hard by some sort of revelation that challenges the fundamental truths of my little world and sends me reeling. Some things just pull the rug out from under you — like finding out your Meemaw and Peepaw were actually brother and … Continued

Wasteful emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules to regulate the carbon dioxide emissions of newly constructed power plants on Friday, which supporters say will help combat climate change, and critics say will be a death blow to the coal industry. Days before the official announcement, two of those critics running against each other in next … Continued


An offering of love Honor: opening for the Dalai Lama at the KFC Yum! Center. Bummer: because His Holiness is running late, your 45-minute set gets cut down to 15 minutes. Also, as a Buddhist, the Dalai Lama only listens to spiritual music, shunning all the rest, including your jazz. For some, this would be … Continued

A home for hackers

Halfway through a detailed explanation of the cost-saving measures he and his wife took during their renovation of a rundown shotgun house in Portland, Richard Meadows interrupts himself and scrambles for a pen. “I just thought of something,” he explains, apologizing while he scribbles a reminder to talk to a fellow entrepreneur about potential buyers … 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 sep 25 Air Devils Inn: … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Sept. 26 Down Hill Strugglers Greenhaus 2227 S. Preston St. $5; 8 p.m. Louisville has always been a center for revitalizing old-time sounds. It’s the type of freewheeling, bourbon-loving city that attracts folks like Brooklyn’s string-swingers the Down Hill Strugglers. Everyone in this band can play banjo and harmonica, but the trio … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m a 23-year-old homo who came out one year ago. Life has done good and bad things to me. Good things include success in the intelligence lottery, a full ride to college and now a job with a six-figure income. Sadly, I find that my place in life is different from the place occupied … Continued

Film: What happened to Salinger?

‘Salinger’ Documentary directed by Shane Salerno. Starring Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal and John Cusack. PG-13; 2:18. Now playing at Baxter Avenue Theatres. LEO Report Card: B There’s a moment during “Salinger” that draws a line in the sand. You are either the kind of person who loves spending two hours learning about the world’s most … Continued

Dave Douglas: Older dog, newer tricks

Born March 24, 1963, Dave Douglas is one of the most significant and eclectic jazz trumpeters around today. Douglas brings his quintet to the Clifton Center as part of his ambitious plan to tour in all 50 states to celebrate his 50th birthday. Douglas says the tour has been a big challenge to organize, as … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Sometimes I find myself getting cranky about the excessive bounty of vine fruits and root vegetables that seems to overload restaurant menus like a seasonal cornucopia this time of year. (I know it’s true because I just re-read my column from this time last year.) I’ve taken a break from the professional kitchen all summer, … Continued

Locavore Lore: Eating is personal

If there’s one thing Louisvillians love, it’s food. We love to make it; we love to eat it; we love to talk about it. And over the past several years, one buzzword has emerged in our discussions of all things culinary: locavore. Farm to table, farm to fork, farm to garage: Restaurants across the ’Ville … Continued

Comedy: Derek Sheen — Who needs a nightclub?

Derek Sheen is a walking, talking, bearded ball of insecurities — a Seattle-bred version of Woody Allen, perhaps. Now living in Los Angeles and married, Sheen spends most of the year on the road touring with greats like Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo and Brian Posehn. Currently spearheading “The Angry Cuddles Tour” with friends Bryan Cook … Continued

Bar Belle: The Czar Belle reigns

I genuinely believe that if I ruled the world, things would run a whole lot smoother. I mean, I probably won’t volunteer for the position — I’m sure it involves working later than 5 p.m. and going to meetings and shit. Who’s got time for that and happy hour? But I’ve been making a list … Continued

Inbox — Sept. 25, 2013

Exposing Art Attn: Jo Anne Triplett: Thank you for writing a piece about the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center ( I wish more stories were written to expose how the so-called “arts center” treats artists and harasses tenants. What they did to Billy Twymon is mild compared to how they have threatened and treated other … Continued

Book: Under a sci-fi spell

‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ By Neil Gaiman. William Morrow; 192 pgs., $25.99. If you are hanging out with book lovers, specifically the fantasy and comic book variety, and you say something like, “I have a crush on Neil Gaiman,” your comment is likely to be met with a few eye rolls. … Continued

Art: Diamonds in the rough

Launched with a fanfare of embossed invitations and calling cards, Jacob Heustis’ “Debutantes” was introduced at Swanson Contemporary earlier this month. The exhibition of new works was created by Heustis through a process of etching mirrors with diamond rings, and it represents both technical innovation for the artist as well as thoughtful continuations of Heustis’ … Continued