Issue November 19, 2012

Playing chicken

Yes, it is legal. Metro Louisville ordinance clearly permits persons living on half an acre or less to keep one rooster and five hens in an enclosed area. Yes please, and thank you. Don’t mind if we do. That urban chicken keeping is a trend on the uptick now seems indisputable. I’m willing to bet … Continued

Looming fiscal metaphors

With the election behind us, many Americans have turned their attention to the “fiscal cliff,” a phrase widely used to describe the economic splatter that awaits us because, like Wile E. Coyote, we didn’t study law. This calamity looms because the Bush-era tax cuts will expire at the end of this year, after which point … Continued

A lucky guy

My neighbor is banging on some piece of garbage in his backyard. He collects metal to sell for recycling. Sometimes he gets metal window frames, and he smashes the glass out of them, very loudly, for long periods of time. The noise is very distracting. I can barely keep my focus on this new video … Continued

Ten years of troublemaking with The Jones

"Think, and most about that which is most important: all the fools get lost because they do not think: they never see the half of things, and knowing neither their loss, nor their profit, they make small effort in either direction. Some make much of what is of little importance, always judging wrong. Most do … Continued

Matmos’ mind games

Louisville native Drew Daniel and his partner M.C. Schmidt founded experimental electronic duo Matmos in the mid-1990s, and they’ve become known for their high-concept works, like an album of music made from the sounds of surgical procedures.  Matmos released a new EP last month, The Ganzfeld EP. It’s their first release for Chicago’s Louisville-friendly Thrill … Continued

Passing the axe

The Internet has irrevocably altered the economic landscape, forcing hard choices for small and local businesses. Just one year after ear X-tacy locked its doors for the last time, Louisville experienced yet another loss as one of its great hidden treasures, Professional Musician’s Center, closed after 53 years. Located in the heart of Okolona, PMC … 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 NOV 21 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Six months later

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 17, gunfire claimed the lives of 22-year-old Craig Bland Jr. and 24-year-old Tyson Mimms in the Parkland neighborhood. Two other men were also shot but survived. A short time later at the crime scene on 32nd Street and West Kentucky, witnesses say 24-year-old Makeba Lee, Mimms’ girlfriend, and Cheetara … Continued


Positive thinking Tom Boone is “61, and trying to act like a teenager.” He grew up in Louisville (DeSales High, since you’re wondering), lives in Lebanon Junction now, and didn’t start playing publicly until he was 50, which is about as old as he looks today. “Everyone always judges my age wrong,” he laughs. “I … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a 22-year-old straight female. I used to babysit for a wealthy family, but their children have outgrown babysitters. The dad of this family is into martial arts/fighting and has invited me over several times for “self-defense training.” I have accepted his invitations a few times, and it has always started off as … Continued


<ART> Nov. 21-Dec. 29 Under $50 Art Show Liberty Tattoo and Art Parlor 2801 S. Third St. • 637-4777 Every element of this annual art sale promotes a good cause: To participate, artists must make a monetary donation, money that’s used to buy gift cards for clients of the Center for Women and Families. … Continued

Theater: ‘True West’ has true grit

‘True West’ An Actors Theatre production. Directed by Adam Rapp. Written by Sam Shepard. Continues through Dec. 9 in the Bingham Theatre, 316 W. Main St. For tickets, go to or call 584-1205. Sam Shepard takes everything that’s ugly, misguided and embarrassing about sibling rivalry and makes it palpable, humorous and beautiful in his … Continued

Pat’s Steak House is a retro diorama of good eats

Imagine, if you will, a really excellent, life-like diorama, one of those fascinating museum displays that you’ll find in New York’s Museum of Natural History or Chicago’s Field Museum. It’s a large, almost life-size three-dimensional display that re-creates a historical scene, freezing a moment in time for our intrigued inspection. If you think about it, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: MEN IN BLACK 3 2012; $24.98; PG-13 The second MIB movie, the one with Johnny Knoxville, wasn’t nearly as good as the original, but this long-delayed third outing more than makes up for it. Tommy Lee Jones — a bit long of tooth to chase aliens these days — turns the … Continued

Bar Belle: Night Before Thanksgiving

’Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the bar Not a creature was sober, not even Bill Maher; We drunks hung out by the window with care, In hopes that City Scoot soon would be there; The sorority girls’ tatas were nestled all snug in their bras, While visions of Jagerbombs danced in their … Continued

Book: L.A. punks in living color

‘We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California’ By David Markey & Jordan Schwartz. Bazillion Points Books; 288 pgs., $39.95. In 1981, David Markey and Jordan Schwartz were teenagers in the right place at the right time. Los Angeles had become ground zero as punk evolved into hardcore, led by Black Flag and … Continued

Art: Lost in transition

If you are in the habit of skipping art openings in order to avoid the social hullabaloo that usually goes along with them, then sadly, you missed the opening of Kathleen Lolley’s “New Work” exhibition at the Green Building Gallery for no good reason. Last Thursday’s opening was perfect for this thoughtful show of shy, … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 21, 2012

Lady Ballers M.I.A. Regarding the Nov. 7 cover story: Hey, LEO, what about the ladies? Hoops domination in this region is not limited to the men. The Louisville and Kentucky women are both ranked in the top 10 in preseason polls, at No. 9 and No. 6 respectively. What a missed opportunity to highlight both … Continued

State fair?

Though election night produced historic wins for LGBT rights all over the country — winning four different ballot referendums, after losing 32 straight — such efforts still remain elusive in Kentucky. But despite the 2004 passage of a constitutional amendment in Kentucky banning civil unions and gay marriage, a grassroots effort for new laws banning … Continued

Mirror, Mirror

As the name suggests, Mirror, Mirror is a prog-rock-fueled indie-pop record focused on self-reflection. Opening with bare vocals and gently strummed guitar, song “Mirror, Mirror” calmly requests introspection, though whether that’s from the audience or the speaker is up to the listener. As a longtime fan of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, I believe … Continued

Nuts for the Holidays

You know those cheesy horror movies from the ’80s that show up on cable when it’s late at night, you can’t sleep, and infomercials are screaming at you but there’s nothing else — not even a “Law & Order” rerun — to watch? You know the ones with an evil Santa? Well, imagine that on … Continued

Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley takes too long between records. Granted, he’s not on the Sade/Anita Baker eight-year plan, but when your music is as vital and important as his, we need regular updates. Sure, that Galactic album and Street Sweeper Social Club were decent placeholders, though not fully of the funk and wit that The Coup have … Continued


Trying to describe Lux is as circular as the music contained therein. I could use words like “ephemeral” or call it a “soundcloud.” I could compare it to other works like Music For Airports or Thursday Afternoon, as so many others have. The problem is that Eno doesn’t make ambient music, he is ambient music; … Continued