Issue December 27, 2011

LEO Weekly’s 8th Annual Not Good For Nothing Quiz

“Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” —Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis If years were Jay-Z, 2011 could say, “I got 7 billion problems but Osama ain’t one.” Yes, in the bad-news department, the Earth’s population surpassed 7 billion in 2011, which is roughly half the number of iPads that Apple sold. … Continued

The unbearable lateness of being

Remember when “multi-tasking” actually meant something? Me neither. It’s days like today when fulfilling obligations that can only be completed in solitude (for instance, writing thoughtful, incisive or at very least droll columns for a free liberal weekly) happen to collide with significant communal events whose celebration is ideally undertaken in the company of loved … Continued

Williams’ momentous moment

The State Capitol stage is set for a historic, breathtaking, improvisational suspense: When the curtain rises on the 2012 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 3, can state Senate President David Williams rise like a phoenix from the ashes from his loss to Gov. Steve Beshear? There was high drama on election … Continued

Inbox — Dec. 28, 2011

Forgotten Goals I agree with most of the points Rich Mills makes in his “To the Occupiers” letter in the Dec. 14 LEO, but one point just begs for a rebuttal. “Rich people don’t get that way by stealing money from the 99 percent,” he wrote. Um, Rich, that’s exactly how many of the wealthy … Continued

The big game

As late as sundown on the last day of Kentucky’s third-ever black bear hunting season, the year looked like a bust. The season was short, just Dec. 10 and 11, and limited to specific areas in three southeastern counties — Harlan, Pike and Letcher. A total of 10 bear tags had been approved, but only … Continued

A basket(ball) case

To my surprise, the oddest detachment has appeared this holiday season. Only upon laboriously gathering the thoughts and words you are now reading did I, an inveterate Louisville basketball fan, begin to contemplate Saturday’s battle, the latest in the war that is the University of Kentucky Wildcats vs. the University of Louisville Cardinals. This realization … Continued


<MUSIC> Thursday, Dec. 29 KFTC benefit Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway • 562-0191 $35; 7 p.m. Do you love politely charming music but hate mountaintop removal? Regional music favs Jim James, Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Moore’s newest Ol Kentuck Records signing, skilled pianist Daniel Joseph Dorff, join authors Silas House and Jason … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: GIRLS GONE WILD: DORMROOM SEX ADDICTS 2011; $19.98; UR The latest in the venerable “Girls Gone Wild” franchise, this one features hot young college bimbos from rat-cheer in the River City. Topping the list is Kara, “an all-American girl-next-door brunette from Louisville” who “just happens to love sex and loves letting … Continued

Bar Belle: Misty bourbon-colored memories

It’s the day after Christmas. My column is four days late. I’m emotionally drained and eternally hungover. Joe Manning (the hipster dude in the front section of this LEO) says respectable columnists should avoid writing about clichéd subjects like New Year’s resolutions. But when have I ever been a respectable columnist? I want to take … Continued

Locavore Lore: Burn stuff

I made my own firewood today. Axes and chainsaws were not involved, no trees were harmed, and I didn’t even have to leave the house. Although the fuel warming my hearth this chilly December morning is technically not “wood,” it does burn cleaner, longer and hotter than a log of felled oak or birch. So … Continued

Local music man Sean Bailey shares his picks for the best of 2011

Sure, My Morning Jacket had a typically good year. Some even more local bands took great strides toward international success, while some played their final chords together; new venues, legal or otherwise, emerged; new stores selling musical instruments or recordings (and cookies, and houseplants) appeared, while the mother of all regional record stores said a … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

Well, the end of the year is here again, and with it come dozens of “Top Lists,” hustled upon us by media of every flavor. Most of these lists are forgettable and disposable — including the ubiquitous “Top Restaurants of the Year,” written by someone who may know something about the industry, but who may … Continued

Comedy: Bryan Callen’s life as a penguin

Bryan Callen launched his career in the mid-’90s as an original cast member on “MADtv.” In the years since, he has had roles in numerous TV and movie comedies, including a recurring role as Barney and Marshall’s co-worker Bilson on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and standout performances in both “Hangover” movies. Recently, he … Continued


Affirmed but not forgotten Nathan Salsburg’s first solo album, Affirmed, is a collection of mostly solo guitar compositions, performed by an archivist, radio presenter and LEO columnist who spends much of his time interacting with music old and unjustly forgotten. LEO: Why make your first record now, at the advanced age of 30-something? Nathan Salsburg: … Continued

Book: Murakami’s rabbit hole

‘1Q84’ By Haruki Murakami. Knopf Publishing; 944 pgs., $30.50. Haruki Murakami’s latest sprawling, improvisational novel comes at an interesting point in his career. At 62, Murakami is not an old man, yet his artistic powers are largely intact. Though no longer an aspiring young writer, he still is pushing the boundaries of his voice and imagination. “1Q84” … Continued

Me Vs. Music

Clean Cole I cannot stand cleaning house. It is one of life’s most irritating necessities, and I despise it. Since I have been at leisure to enjoy my home life recently, I’ve decided to deep clean one room at a time to create a once-again sane space for The Boy and I to exist in. … Continued

Art: That ’70s show

The 1970s were a time of navel-gazing. Thank goodness for this collective inward turn — it furthered the concepts and conversations for various civil rights groups (minorities, gays, women). Individuals, perhaps after too many pot brownies, also sought out new ways of being. As far as I know, time travel hasn’t been invented yet. One of … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian listed, send e-mail to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is NOON THURSDAY the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   Wed dec 28 BBC, … Continued


For some, having a day job means stifling your creativity. You put in your eight to 10 hours; then you feed, imbibe and fraternize, leaving no time to open your mind to putting something new into the world. It backs you up like too much cheese, and can eventually poison that part of you that … Continued


The near-closing lines of the first song, “Well, it’s winter in Kentucky/And I’m all tapped out,” perfectly encapsulate the emotional desperation running like a crooked river throughout Wooden Wand’s ambitious new Briarwood. Recorded with a large ad-hoc ensemble of Alabama-based session players, Briarwood showcases the usually solo, Lexington-based Wooden Wand at his most musically accessible; … Continued

Confessions of a Scorpio

sonaBLAST! is the label every Louisville band wants to sign to. They’ve got the industry connections that have parlayed several bands to airplay on MTV’s reality shows. Lucky Pineapple on “Jersey Shore”? sonaBLAST! made that happen. What they haven’t done, however, is break an artist. Teneia Sanders has given her label a record that’s easy … Continued

Social Ritual

On his third solo record, Louisville singer/songwriter and guitarist Joe Hanna has brought together some of his — and our — favorite musicians, including Java Men vets Todd Hildreth (keys) and Ray Rizzo (drums), Picket Line bassist Danny Kiely and journeyman guitarist Mark “Lupe” Hamilton. Make no mistake, though, this is one man’s show, when … Continued