Issue November 26, 2013

Project Censored

BY JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ This year’s annual Project Censored list of the most underreported news stories includes the widening wealth gap, the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking classified documents and President Obama’s War on Whistleblowers — all stories that actually received considerable news coverage. So how exactly were they “censored” and what … Continued

Take Me To Your Leader

Discussions about the economic future of eastern Kentucky among our elected officials typically devolve into scapegoating of the EPA and the Obama Administration’s so-called “War on Coal.” Instead of acknowledging the free-market forces contributing to the coal industry’s decline — the falling price of natural gas and declining Appalachian coal reserves that can be easily … Continued

Completely Obsessed

Favorite songs of 2013 — Part 1 It’s time to take stock and pick our favorite children. These are the ones we’ll talk about to our friends, spend the most time with, listen to with the most attentive ears, and the rest will eventually be forgotten. I’m talking about songs, of course. As I look … Continued

Good chemistry with Bill Frisell

Guitarist Bill Frisell returns to the Clifton Center, this time bringing his Big Sur Quintet (featuring Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello; Rudy Royston, drums; and Jenny Scheinman, violin). The ensemble will present music from their recent album Big Sur, a suite commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. The songs range stylistically from the neo-classical … Continued

Wills (and a lot more) for Warriors

As temperatures drop across the state and fall sloppily dissolves into winter, Roy Denny will be more concerned than usual about his work. Stable housing is an issue for some of his current — and many of his potential — clients. He doesn’t want any of them to end up on the streets without a … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: BUYING SEX 2013; $21.98-$24.98; UR You may be surprised to know that prostitution is legal in Canada — but any form of advertising for it is not, nor are brothels or pimping. This doc looks at the confusion and contentiousness that has arisen as the country considers an overhaul of these … Continued


Louisville’s love letter Called “a love letter from the Louisville music scene,” Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation is a collection of 46 new songs from local artists of all stripes. Gubbey Records head Dave Rucinski decided to invest himself in this “labor of love” to call attention to the scene and expose it to … 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 27 Air Devils … Continued


SOTRC offer acoustic pop that relates as equally to traditional bluegrass or folk conceits as it does to indie rock. In this combination, there is a particularly sweeping quality to Jula that evokes a cinematic effect common throughout. There are obvious antecedents like Fleet Foxes, and less blatant comparisons like Grizzly Bear, which is to … Continued


<MUSIC> Friday, Nov. 29 The Tunesmiths Louisville Palace 625 S. Fourth St. $10; 9:30 p.m. The Tunesmiths have a new album for you — and by you, they mean each and every resident of Louisville. Their new album is called Derby City, and some of its songs include “Derby City” and “Jammin’ in the … Continued

Surrender to the Fantasy

Given the scattershot rock of tracks like “Acts of Desperation,” it makes perfect sense that Magik Markers’ biography cross-references the Shaggs and the Stones — although it is worth noting that this is imminently more listenable. That said, Fantasy seems like an utterly disparate collection, as each song varies wildly in both composition and production. … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I recently ended a relationship that lasted a year and five months. While I loved this woman, for much of the relationship she was, to varying degrees, depressed. I tried to be as helpful and patient as possible with the hope and expectation that she would get better. I got her into counseling. We … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 27, 2013

Liberal Mouthpiece? Hi … I’m not a Louisville native — moved here several years ago — and I have a brother who just moved here from Chicago two months ago. Question: Is this paper strictly a liberal mouthpiece? I’m a conservative from Illinois (Obama land), and given your local paper, this, etc., I find myself … Continued

Film: ‘Catching Fire’ fever

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Rated PG-13; 2:26. LEO Report Card: B+ You all are gonna make me read books. There must be a code Hunger Gamers follow that doesn’t permit them to spill the beans on what happens … Continued


Cosmonaught is a collaborative effort manipulated by William Ragland. But unlike his thrash band ALL DEAD, this project ensued with no heavy expectations. Eleven local minds gave their take on a wordless ambient track; the results were unique to their creators. Ragland recorded a majority of the album and, with a manipulative touch, pulled together … Continued


Guitarist and recent U of L alumnus Brandon Coleman is joined by Bruno Gafanhoto on drums, Luke McIntosh on bass and Diego Lyra on keyboards, for his first album. All songs are originals, and together they show an original sense of composition; no tried-and-true swing or funk workouts here. Coleman’s clear, ringing tone is a … Continued

Locavore Lore: How to fit in as a Thanksgiving orphan

Winter is around the corner. Everyone is scrambling to their closets, tugging out mittens, hats, cozy sweaters and long underwear. We still check the weather report hoping for that odd warm day, but it’s about that time of year when the cold is here to stay. So, to come to terms with the coming of … Continued

Realizing Santa

In my wildest dream, I land an exclusive interview with Santa, who mutates from mysterious to crusty, opinionated, flawed and conflicted. He is anything but jolly as he struggles with the dehumanizing challenges of the information age, perennial skepticism, growing hostilities, health issues and the allure of retirement.  “Hell is the impossibility of doing a … Continued

Taste Bud: Sheila’s brings it on home

My late grandmother would occasionally batter-fry whitefish and have the family over for dinner. With it, she would often serve fried potatoes as well as spaghetti with tomato sauce. And she would typically ask everyone at the table the same question at least once: “Do you like them whitings?” I don’t often get to enjoy … Continued

Lo, they do call to me …

“There are two outcomes to every danger: either I will live or I will die.” —Chapter 8 of the Kjalnesinga saga This week, a friend of mine died. He went in a way very much in line with his personality. When I met Eric Bartley, I had just joined at the urging of a … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Waiting for a table: How long is too long? A recent spirited discussion on the forum prompted me to think deeply about how long it’s appropriate to wait for a table in Louisville, and what circumstances might change the answer to that question. The short answer for most people is: It’s complicated. There is … Continued

Book: I know you got ‘Soul’

‘Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show ‘Soul Train’: Classic Moments’ By Ericka Blount Danois. Backbeat Books; 272 pgs., $25. “Love, Peace, and Soul” is the first out of the gate in what is a busy quarter counting no less than three books about “Soul Train” and its creator and … Continued

Artistic visions

Too often people think of portraits as inherently visual. An upcoming exhibit featuring work by students from the Kentucky School of the Blind is challenging that assumption and showcasing just how expressive, creative and — yes — visually appealing art by the visually impaired can be. The exhibit is the result of a long-standing partnership … Continued