Issue February 7, 2012

How do you please your Valentine?

Louisville is for lovers, and love is hanging heavy in the air right now. Blame Hallmark all you want, but everyone puts out for their partner this time of year — whether it’s in the form of chocolate, jewelry, flowers, dinner or PajamaJeans. LEO scoured the city to ask a very personal and intimate question: … Continued

Clean up this meth!

Our wayward war on drugs finally taught us that education, regulation and rehab save lives and money. To the extent we inform, control and treat, we don’t have to warehouse addicts, turning taxpayers into tax burdens. Even Yosemite Sam and Rick Perry get it. Never was the war a more apt metaphor than when meth … Continued

‘Things will be great when you’re Down-ton’

If I’m diligent and steadfast in my work today, I will reward myself with a guilt-free hour of public television this evening. Two points of distinction should be made here for clarity. 1) This carrot and stick affair of reward for hard work completed shouldn’t be confused with anything like “discipline” or a “healthy work … Continued


<FILM> Feb. 9 & 15 ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ •Rave Cinemas Stonybrook 2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. •Rave Preston Crossing 9700 Preston Crossing Blvd. $10; 8 p.m. Six-time boxing champ Manny Pacquaio wears his hair long in tribute to him. Members of the Black Eyed Peas base their choreography on this former street fighter’s footwork. His … Continued

Theater: The Force is strong with this one

‘Star Wars: The Original Trilogy in 60 Minutes or Less’ Directed by Chris Petty. Continues Feb. 10 and 24 at the Alley Theater, 1205 E. Washington St. ($10, 10 p.m.). For tickets or more info, go to The often overlooked Alley Theater tackles thoughtful works but isn’t afraid to exploit the campiness of drama — … Continued

John Yarmuth talks politics, policy with LEO Weekly

The morning before U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth filed for re-election in January, LEO Weekly spoke with him at his campaign headquarters on Brownsboro Road. Among the topics discussed with the third-term congressman — founder and former publisher of LEO — were the political landscape in Washington, D.C., his hope that the Democratic Party will take … Continued


New Vintage Showcase turns 1 The New Vintage Showcase, an ongoing series of concerts based at ZaZoo’s and created by Hunter Embry, celebrates its first anniversary this Friday with a concert featuring Nappy Roots. That group is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first album, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. LEO caught up with Embry. LEO: … Continued

Take Me To Your Leader

On Jan. 27, state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, filed House Bill 332, which would put a 36 percent cap on the annualized interest rate of payday loans. Advocates say this measure would prevent consumers from being trapped in a spiral of debt. In 2011, the bill was defeated by a 10-13 vote in the House … 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 FEB 8 Beef … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: AMERICAN TRANSLATION 2012; $24.98; UR A hot and horny Valentine from France about two attractive young people who enjoy a passionate, sweaty, anthropoid love affair featuring flesh, moles, bodily fluids and other marks of cinematic excellence. But wait! What’s this? It seems that the girl, Aurore, discovers that the boy, Chris, … Continued

Film: Jewish Film Fest celebrates year’s best

It doesn’t look like anyone’s going to catch up with it. At 14 years of age, the Louisville Jewish Film Festival is easily the longest-running fest in a town that has its share of annual film series. It may also be one of the most underappreciated. Produced by the Jewish Community Center, each year’s selections … Continued

No sleep, no college for Xerxes

Our Home Is a Deathbed, the first full-length album by the Louisville-based thrashy hardcore punk band Xerxes, will be released next month. Recorded with Kevin Ratterman (Wax Fang, My Morning Jacket) at his Funeral Home studio, the album is a big step forward for the precocious quintet, who will play a show at a secret … Continued

Cuba and cacharros at Havana Rumba

What’s so Cuban about the front of a ’58 Chevy? Simple: You’ll likely find more American cars from the ’50s still running and on the road in Cuba than anywhere else on Earth. Thanks to the trade embargo that has existed between the U.S. and Cuban governments since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, Cubans may only … Continued

Comedy: Demetri Martin’s comic eye

Law school dropout Demetri Martin has thrived in comedy — landing TV specials, albums, a recurring spot on “The Daily Show,” his own series, starring in the movie “Taking Woodstock,” and writing a best-selling book — and at 38, he’s just getting started. LEO spoke with him as he drove on his “Telling Jokes in … Continued

Bar Belle: Let’s multiply

Asking me about sex is like watching me perform long division. Do you start up front or in the back? This number goes in twice, but what or who comes next? Where in the hell do you put this 1, and do I have to carry it all night? Will you still love me if … Continued

Heartless Bastards, all over the road

Heartless Bastards began in Cincinnati clubs and, less than a decade later, have established themselves as one of the most vital rock ’n’ roll bands left. Just in time for the so-appropriate Valentine’s Day, Heartless Bastards’ fourth album, Arrow, produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno, will be released. Bandleader Erika Wennerstrom, who spoke with LEO, moved … Continued

Inbox — Feb. 8, 2012

Keeping it Fresh Thank you to Mayor Fischer and LEO’s J. Christian Walsh for the shout out for the great work being done by New Roots (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) and the Fresh Stop Projects (LEO Weekly, Jan. 25). We do want to clarify that even though we love and support the strong CSA movement … Continued

Seeker Lover Keeper

Sally Seltmann, Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko are three Australian ladies who make up the tri-force vocal powerhouse of Seeker Lover Keeper, each woman claiming a role to seek, love and keep. As already established solo artists with debuts to their names, they met for a bender of pre-lunchtime song sessions that eventually resulted in … Continued

Iron Balls of Steel

Loincloth is pure metallic destruction. Whereas most sludge is content to milk riffs constantly, Iron Balls of Steel stays true to its name and offers up 16 densely constructed instrumental tracks. Running crop circles around most bands with a hazy stoner sound, they are surprisingly technical and ever-shifting. “Underwear Bomber” explodes with a slew of … Continued


Although some of the tracks on this collection were first released as long ago as 2006, this is a remarkably coherent collection from the New York-based collective. This is party music, taking influence from all over the disco spectrum: the catchy hooks of Philadelphia-style roller skate funk, the horns of New Wave, and atmospheric European-style … Continued

Commonly Truthful

Louisville-by-Saginaw transplant Truth B. Told doesn’t label himself as an MC or a poet. “I’m an artist,” he simply states. The musical foundation of Truth’s new record takes its cues from its title, Commonly Truthful, and the resulting familiarity of the material could be a blessing or a curse: If Truth doesn’t come correct, and … Continued