Issue July 10, 2012

Music Issue 2012: John Timmons: After the X-tacy

Don’t call it a retirement. At 56, John Timmons is no longer the ear X-tacy guy, but he’s still got a lot of years left, as well as bills left to pay from the beloved record store he owned and operated in the Highlands for 26 years. These days, Timmons spends his time with family … Continued

Blanket of freedom

On the Fourth of July, late in the evening, we sat on a bench overlooking a field of native grasses out in the county. Fireworks celebrating American independence from the tyranny of British rule peppered the sky over the city. I shot a flare gun and the glaring rocket rose and merged with the others … Continued

Hillary for V.P.

Joe Biden wants a donation. He sends me emails, addressing me as “friend.” Friends I’ve actually met say I’m part of an email orgy, but I suspect the vice president has been talking to Mayoral Prince of Spin Darth Poynter, who scolded me as an “opinion-maker” — even before I began writing this visionary, electorally … Continued

Invisible workers

A Sudanese refugee relays the hardships faced by Louisville’s immigrant workforce With the presidential election approaching, immigration is once again becoming a divisive topic. America is the land of immigrants, but if you are an American whose ancestors settled here long ago — maybe your great-grandfather was born here — do you ever think about … Continued

Farm-to-table dining hiding in plain sight at Anchorage Café

“Farm-to-table,” the buzz term for restaurants that seek out and celebrate the health and humane stewardship of local produce, meat and poultry, is one of the hottest trends on the local culinary scene. From Mozz on down to Toast, Harvest, Wiltshire, Garage Bar, La Coop, Taco Punk, Decca, Mayan Cafe and Rye, you needn’t walk … Continued

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Like most baby boomers, I intermittently fall into the trap of believing something I have witnessed never to have existed until the moment I witnessed it. OK, OK, it’s not just baby boomers who do this. Adolescents do it. Toddlers do it. Even dogs seem to do it. Anyway, to cut to the “thing” in … Continued

Book: Collecting Black Power history

‘Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975’  By Pat Thomas. Fantagraphics; 204 pgs., $39.99. “Listen, Whitey!” attempts to chronicle the musical history of the Black Power movement, focusing on the decade after Malcolm X’s assassination. What could have been a simple “show me” style coffee-table book turns into a solid, if basic, … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Next island: Earth

You work so hard for one goal, and — that quickly — it’s gone. The ego hit of coming back home is almost too much to bear. Every rapper talks about the “next level”; no one ever talks about having to take a step back to regroup. But like “Inception,” dreams can manifest in many … Continued

Bad rehab

Kevin Claxton of Louisville is trying to get his life back on track, overcoming drug addiction and leaving behind a string of legal troubles. Released from the Franklin County Regional Jail’s Restricted Custody Center — a re-entry program for Class D felony offenders — Claxton has kicked his drug habit. He also got married, became … Continued

Music Issue 2012: My Morning Jacket brings the world to Louisville

The day before My Morning Jacket’s co-curated Forecastle Festival lineup was announced, LEO printed a hypothetical list of performers. “I saw that article!” exclaims Patrick Hallahan, the band’s drummer and a driving force behind the local elements of this year’s festival. “I know it’s not hard to imagine; all you have to think is, ‘Who … Continued

Help expires

Celebrate or scorn it, as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 retreats into history, programs evaporate. Such is the nature of the temporary injection of stimulus funds into the economy. On July 9, a program that helped 3,543 individuals in Louisville, including the homeless and those teetering on the edge due to foreclosure, … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Houndmouth’s big break

The New Albany music scene scored a big breakthrough in 2012 when a brand new rock ’n’ soul quartet, Houndmouth, went from zero to 160 faster than Dale Earnhardt Jr. being chased by an angry ex-girlfriend. In the summer of 2011, bassist Zak Appleby, drummer Shane Cody, guitarist Matt Myers, and keyboardist Katie Toupin (all … Continued

Music Issue 2012: A different direction

“Straight Edge. Hardcore and Pop Punk lover. Hardcore is my life and I will carry the name. Also, I’m 14.” This is how Hannah Brousseau introduces herself online: freshman at Collegiate, Lakeside swimmer and hardcore enthusiast. While her friends jam out to British boy band One Direction, Hannah has a drastically different musical taste, namely … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Forecastle Festival Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Abigail Washburn: 5:30-6:15 Cherub: 5:30-6:30 Rebelution: 6-7 Tanlines: 6-7 Nerves Junior: 6:30-7 The Head and the Heart: 6:45-7:45 Trixie Whitley: 7-8 Atlas Sound: 7:15-8:15 Atmosphere: 7:30-8:30 Houndmouth: 8-8:30 Beach House: 8:15-9:15 Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500: 8:30-9:30 Zion I: 8:45-9:45 Sleigh Bells: 9:10-10:10 Wax Fang: 9:30-10 Lucero: 9:45-11 JEFF the Brotherhood: 10-11 Flying … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Livin’ la vida Louisville

Colored lights filter through exposed wooden beams. Frank Sinatra smiles down from black and white photographs adorning the walls. On this Thursday night, the SkyBar in St. Matthews feels like the Rat Pack’s Havana clubhouse. A sign behind the stage invites guests to “Unleash your flavor!” The bartender steps up to the microphone, invites the … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Clifton Center’s cultural kicks

John Harris moved to Louisville from Dayton, Ohio, in 2010 to turn Clifton’s neighborhood events center into something a bit more global. As executive director of the Clifton Center, he wears many hats. The most visible and arguably most important is as the programmer of an ongoing series of concerts, movies, discussions, art, and whatever … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Designs on music

He’s a graphic design major in his final year at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Beyond turning in school assignments, the Male graduate has been building up a sizeable portfolio for tastemakers like the Saving Our Style blog, The Aviation and others. Upon graduation, though, he’s wondering if design is what will pay his bills. … Continued

Music Issue 201:Built to play

For eight years, Kevin Ratterman operated a recording studio, The Funeral Home, on the second floor of his family’s actual funeral home, recording or producing for My Morning Jacket, Young Widows, Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Coliseum, as well as his own bands Elliott and Wax Fang. “I’m super thankful to my dad for … Continued

Music Issue 2012: Record store, not a record store

What do a café, a barbershop, a movie rental store, a clothing boutique, and a home furnishings store have in common? Tucked away in a corner or displayed on a wall, among the heeled boots and ’70s end tables, you find records. They range from classic rock to the latest indie release, from jazz to … Continued

Inbox — July 11, 2012

Urban Upsetters I’m so glad the whole thing with Urban Outfitters has finally been written about (LEO Weekly, July 4). Ever since the chain retail store has been moving in on Bardstown Road, I’ve found it to be an interesting juxtaposition to all of the small, homegrown local businesses around it. And at first, I … 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 JUL 11 … Continued

Bar Belle: A salute to NABC

When I was 25, I drank like shit — cheap, American swill chased by shots of Jager or Rumple Minze. Unfortunately, some things haven’t changed. But throughout my years of socializing after dark, I’ve learned to appreciate good bourbon and craft beer. Rich O’s/Sportstime Pizza/New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany is celebrating its 25th … Continued


<ART> Through July 15 ‘Elements of Nature’ Revelry Boutique-Gallery 980 Barret Ave. • 414-1ART Abstract and nonrepresentational art is an acquired taste. A lot of artists love it — it looks simplistic but is not. Adam Horton is one of those artists, using texture, large size and color to convey the emotional subject matter. … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CASA DE MI PADRE 2012; $15.98-$24.98; R While we are not big fans of Will Ferrell, we have to respect his fearlessness: He’s willing to try anything for a laugh — as long as he gets to keep a blank expression on his face while doing it. Here he raises that … Continued

Theater: Much ado about Shakespeare

All the world may be a stage, but this summer Louisville theater-goers should head to Central Park for Kentucky Shakespeare’s delightful slate of summer fare. The oldest free outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country, Derby City’s Shakespeare in the Park has been delighting local audiences for more than 50 years. This year promises to be … Continued

Film: Play it again, Sam

In Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night,” Peter (Clark Gable) offers Ellie (Claudette Colbert) a tutorial on the proper methods for thumbing down a ride. Despite Peter’s cocksure persuasiveness, each of his methods results in unyielding motorists blowing past the wandering couple without pause. The banter between the two characters during Peter’s fruitless primer is … Continued