Issue December 21, 2012

LEO Weekly’s 9th Annual Not Good For Nothing Quiz

"Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” —Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis At the dawn of 2012, anyone might reasonably have expected the coming year to be unpleasant. The economy was struggling, there was a jobs crisis, and Rick Santorum was being seriously considered as a candidate for president. Adding to the dread, … Continued

Mother Maria

I was playing guitar with my girlfriend in the front room the other day. We were picking out a Lyle Lovett tune we’re both fond of called “South Texas Girl.” It’s a near perfect little Kodachrome snapshot of a tune about growing up in Texas, driving down country roads, shopping at the five-and-dime and singing … Continued

A year of hope and fear

Each year, as we did last month, we bring you Project Censored’s top 10 stories largely missed by the mainstream media. I have neither the time nor the stomach to analyze which stories were under-reported. As the Lexington Herald-Leader’s John Cheves wrote to a critic more than four years ago, “Please refrain from gloating as … Continued


<MUSIC> Friday, Dec. 28 Rumours Headliners Music Hall 1386 Lexington Road $10; 9 p.m. When the group of six or so musicians tossed around the idea of playing a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, tackling the Rumours album was a unanimous decision. “It’s simply one of the most important records in my life,” says Danny … Continued

Inbox — Dec. 26, 2012

Graphics Portal After reading “Welcome to Loserville” (LEO Weekly, Dec. 12), I’m inclined to believe that the writer has less of an understanding of competitive news markets than Tim and Eric do of editing television. Calling WAVE 3 a portal to someone else’s tragedy displays striking ignorance of the state of the rest of modern … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I just started an intense relationship with a guy who has a boyfriend. This guy and I love each other. However, he is uncomfortable with me meeting his boyfriend. I’ve asked if it’s OK that we’re fucking, and he said they’re in an open relationship. I asked if it’s OK that we’re in love, … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER 1965; $13.98; UR This isn’t John Wayne’s best movie, but it is damn good and rather historic. “True Grit” director Henry Hathaway held production while Wayne battled cancer — contracted, many believe, filming “The Conqueror” in a former nuclear test site in Nevada. Here he is … Continued

Basketball: A prediction …

Look, you know what’s going to happen. It’s easy. One of those Team A vs. Team B comparison charts would be a waste of time. There is no need. It’s a matter of common sense that on Dec. 29 in downtown Louisville, the team you expect to win is going to win. There are no … Continued

The music year in review

This was an exceptional year in many ways for the ever-thriving Louisville music scene. LEO received almost a hundred records from our neighbors alone, a healthy sign of a fertile bed. Americana quartet Houndmouth came from out of seemingly nowhere (well, OK, New Albany) and went from playing to dozens to selling out Headliners Music … Continued

Football: How sweet it is

Nice that Louisville is headed to New Orleans to play Florida in the Sugar Bowl. It’s a credit to a team comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores, and a real feather in the cap of coach Charlie Strong, who inherited a losing team when he began at U of L, and three years later is … Continued

Taste Bud: Gourmet tacos still trending

There was a time when I would have laughed at you for saying the phrase “gourmet taco,” but darned if that particular cuisine isn’t currently trending. Still. And I like it. We’ve already got several restaurants in town focusing or somewhat focusing on these culinary wonders involving stuff being packed into or plopped onto a … Continued

Locavore Lore: Gazpacho, My Love

When you talk about food and you talk about love, the conversation, like the relationship, often starts on a Valentine-y note: chocolate truffles, strawberries, champagne. If the relationship is long term, the discussion turns to hearty foods, full of sustenance: slow-braised meats and chicken pot pies, soups left to simmer on the stove. This past … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Nearly two years ago in this column I made a “Louisville food industry wish” for the new year, calling for relaxed rules and clarity in food-truck regulations for Metro Louisville. And while we’re not 100 percent where we need to be, I commend Mayor Greg Fischer and his crew for enabling our local food-truck explosion. … Continued

Ball Droppings 2012

Is it a coincidence that New Year’s rhymes with few beers, screw tears, cue cheers and shoo fears? Well, listen up with your two ears (bonus rhyme) as we relay some of the best spots in town to fill your dance card. Like Grandma always advised, don’t expect Italy by going to the Olive Garden. … Continued

Comedy: Brandon Vaughn wants the truth

Louisville native Brandon Vaughn first took the stage many years ago at the Comedy Caravan when the revered “Louisville Comedy Underground” show was still a regular fixture. He honed his stand-up with some of the most recognizable names on the Louisville scene — and he started the mass exodus. Not in any sort of rats-from-a-sinking-ship … Continued

Book: Use your words

‘Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama’ By Sam Leith. Basic Books; 312 pgs., $26.99. When Mitt Romney, in the course of the 2012 campaign, accused President Obama of “rhetorical excess” and, later, “deceitful rhetoric,” what exactly was he talking about? Before the presidential debates, experts conceded Romney was the better debater, having … Continued


How to get to Samuel Street Drummer/bandleader/composer Bobby Falk celebrates the release of his second album, Samuel Street Songs, with a free record release show (including CDs for sale) Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Musicians Union Hall (1436 Bardstown Road). He comes by music naturally, as the son of a saxophonist and recording … 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 DEC 26 Air Devils … Continued

Art: Acknowledging Indiana

There are things we take for granted this time of year. Another tinsel-covered tree, train sets, lights and “LOVE.” And when I mention “LOVE,” I’m not talking about amour or ardor, but the Robert Indiana sculpture currently on view at 21c Museum Hotel. Some works of art are so assimilated into our culture that we … Continued

Savings over safety

In a May LEO Weekly cover story, Mayor Greg Fischer’s office admonished Dismas Charities for violating what they claim was an agreement to not send inmates with a violent criminal record to work for city agencies — including the Louisville Zoo — vowing to rectify the situation. But records LEO obtained from Metro Government via … Continued

Instrumental Tourist

Ambient music is often presented as something meant to be unobtrusive. This is furthest from accurate on Tourist, the collaboration between ambient/electronic mainstays Daniel Lopatin (of the synth-heavy Oneohtrix Point Never) and Tim Hecker. For an ambient record, this is busy. Missing is any sense of serenity or pensive rumination, replaced instead with churning drones … Continued

Yes It Will

Yes It Will, from guitarist Bhatia, is a breathtaking debut from a new boldface name. Magazines that so often decry jazz’s death surely must take this year off from that tired letter and click-generating screed. With a generation including Christian Scott, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer and supporting players, adding Bhatia creates a pack of young … Continued


In a Pantone future, The Pass will belong to a group that works well alongside other complimentary genres, such as electronica and nu-disco (yeah, like that’s going to exist in the future) as they subconsciously pilfer melodies from a lifetime of great influences. Melt stands out in contrast against a wash of hybrid indie-disco-punk-dance bands … Continued