Issue February 28, 2012

You Are So Louisville If …

We weren’t sure what to expect when we asked you to finish the sentence “You are so Louisville if …” Would you bother responding? If so, would you have anything original to say about this town’s foibles, quirks and idiosyncrasies? Shame on us for doubting you, dear readers — you did not disappoint. A committee … Continued

As time goes by

Late last year, I saw an article in The Courier-Journal, written by Jeffrey Lee Puckett, lamenting the closing of the Southgate House in Newport, Ky. Therein, he recalled one trip we took together (with a few other friends) to see Guided by Voices in the early ’90s. It was the first time either of us … Continued

Election year survival tips

Now that another presidential election campaign is under way (or as C-SPAN calls it, Week 160 on the Road to the White House), it’s going to be harder than ever to avoid the intrusive chatter of such candidates as Willard “Mitt” Romney, Rick “Please Don’t Google Me” Santorum and Newt “Somehow Even Grosser Than Santorum” … Continued

All is fair

It’s been a dramatic week at the Kentucky State Fair Board, culminating in the attempted ouster of longtime CEO and president Harold Workman. The tension started mounting after Fair Board chairman Ron Carmicle reportedly contacted a fellow board member to say Gov. Steve Beshear wanted Workman out and that the board would fire him at … Continued

Striving for stability

It’s 8:30 on a Monday morning. A school bus idles outside a former school building that now houses more than 20 homeless families, including 42 children. The bus is one of many that will stop at this corner of Preston and Ormsby, ensuring that kids who have lost the familiarity of home still maintain their … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act or comedian 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 FEB 29 … Continued

Brit Beat

Love Song to Louisville When I resigned from my job and packed up my miniscule, designer appliance-laden apartment in New York just over three years ago, everyone thought I was mad. “Where are you going? To the KFC place?” asked my friends in England. None had heard of Louisville. “Why are you going?” my East … Continued


Seeing sounds Drummer Ben Sears’ first solo art show opens on March 3 at Ultra Pop! LEO asked him about his dual identities. LEO: How did you learn to make art? Ben Sears: I was always drawing and building things as a kid. My parents are both really creative and awesome people, so they noticed … Continued

Pressure builds for The Head and the Heart

As Sub Pop Records was helping guide Fleet Foxes from obscurity to mainstream success in 2009, the label’s next big widescreen folk-rock band was first meeting each other in a Seattle bar at an open mic. Songwriters Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson joined forces, adding violinist Charity Rose Thielen, keyboardist Kenny Henseley, bassist Chris Zasche … Continued

Dr. Dog’s new room for living

Since Dr. Dog released its previous CD, Shame, Shame, in 2010, many things have changed for the band, as drummer Eric Slick has taken over for Juston Stens, and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Dimitri Manos has joined the lineup. This might not seem like a seismic evolution for the band, but singer/guitarist Scott McMicken says it’s hard to … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 29, 2012

Laughable Development My thanks go out to Steve Shaw for describing an under-reported drama being played out in this community, in his piece on sprawl in Louisville (LEO Weekly, Feb. 22). Anyone who has attended a Metro Planning Commission meeting will find Bill Bardenwerper’s comments on the way developers, builders and their professional representatives are … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Feb. 29 Puscifer Brown Theatre 315 W. Broadway · 775-7777 $39.50+; 7:30 p.m. The “Conditions of My Parole Tour” is the band’s first tour this side of the Mississippi, and Louisville is only the fifth stop. They aren’t playing any arenas: Whereas leader Maynard James Keenan’s other band Tool enjoyed great success … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 PACK 2012; $17.98-$19.98; UR The 1978 original starring Camille Keaton was the de facto rape-revenge flick for a generation. Keaton played a young woman seeking solitude, only to be brutally and repeatedly raped by four men, one of them with the intellect of a child. … Continued

Film: Wanderlust leaves you lusting for wonderful

‘Wanderlust’ Starring Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux and Alan Alda. Directed by David Wain. Rated R; 1:40. LEO Report Card: C+ While not the greatest comedy to come out recently, “Wanderlust” is saved by its eccentric character actors and R-rated gags. It’s like a blind date. You go on them for a … Continued

Locavore Lore: Why buy the cow?

A bill currently moving through the state House of Representatives is making strange bedfellows of left-leaning locavores and freedom-loving libertarians. SB 47 would define the rules for “cow shares” in Kentucky, clearing the way for consumers to buy directly into the livestock products of family farms. In addition to creating a shorter path between farmer … Continued

The Taste Bud: Keeping the BBQ real

A co-worker recently tipped me off to River Road BBQ, a new place near the Water Tower on River Road. But in doing so, he said something that kind of startled, and even astounded, me. “When you think of barbecue, you usually think of Mark’s Feed Store or Famous Dave’s,” he said. “But this was … Continued

Industry Standard: Insider info for those who dine out

You absolutely love good food and love dining out. Perhaps you’re preparing for semi-retirement. Maybe you worked in a restaurant when you were younger (or do so now). You have some money saved, or somehow miraculously have a funding source — a backer, a fan, a parent — someone with a fat checkbook who believes … Continued

Book: You’re welcome, Jeral Tidwell

Artist Jeral Tidwell has been a fixture in the local graffiti, tattoo and hot rod scene since he moved here from New Orleans in 1999. Conquering Louisville was only the beginning, as he soon gained an international following, especially in Japan. In honor of his new book, “De Nada — The Art of Jeral Tidwell” … Continued

Book: Photographer’s work of decades continues

He’s been a Guggenheim Fellow and the subject of a substantial documentary film. He’s generated controversy by his photographic methods and personal connection to his subjects. Shelby Lee Adams has chronicled families of the “hollers” of Eastern Kentucky for three-dozen years, and he’s coming to Louisville for a gallery show of his prints and to … Continued

Art: Grotesque and beautiful

Of all the mistakes in my recent past, not high-fiving Taylor Baldwin at the opening of his sculpture show at Land of Tomorrow ranks pretty high. All kidding aside, here’s about 10 reasons why: Baldwin’s sculptures are that perfectly compelling combination of grotesque and beautiful. From far away, they seem intriguing and weird — skeletons … Continued

Be Strong

Uh-oh, electronic music from Europe with a “sense of humor”? The prospect of an album that’s ostensibly made by two talking bears, and that makes a number of references to classic house, may bring back unwelcome memories of dreadful summer holiday novelty tracks. However, this record is pretty far removed from the likes of Aqua … Continued

Leaving Eden

Making an album after a founding member leaves a band is always a precarious situation. Ears tend to be overly critical, allegiances are sworn, and albums with a personal history are compared to the brand new record, as yet unattached to anecdote or reference. It’s unfair, but that’s the way it is. Though Justin Robinson’s … Continued

Songs of Praise & Scorn

Christopher Paul Stelling prefers a landscape as a performance setting when jamming out his acoustic ballads. Put him aside a babbling brook and he’ll kick off his shoes and play guitar half-submerged. Songs of Praise & Scorn is a personal debut that sums up a man’s life as a long, humble sigh. The album’s shiner, … Continued

Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls

In the ’90s, Lollapalooza, “120 Minutes” and the nascent Internet helped make the world safe for genre-bending and various non-jazzy types of musical fusion (we’re still getting over rap-metal). One avenue that never fulfilled its potential was the intersection of ambient soundscapes, trip-hop and the fuzzed-out guitar bands of the Too Pure label scene — … Continued