Crapshoot: Louisville Labels Bet Against the Odds

January 4th, 2010

Kevin Gibson has written an article over on the Louisville Music News site that covers some of Louisville’s indie labels and a list of some of the active labels. Check it out when you have a chance.

Young Widows tour pics

December 31st, 2009

Young Widows have wrapped up their latest tour with Russian Circles and are back home for a while. They’re going to be taking somewhat of a break and focusing on writing their next record. They’ve posted exactly what I just told you as well as some great photos from the tour on the Young Widows MySpace blog. Check it out when you have a minute or three. Photos (I’m assuming, sorry if I’m wrong) mostly by Nick Thieneman.

Microcontrollers, robots, freeduinos, oh my

December 28th, 2009

Skull Alley is hosting “LVL1 Solder your own Freeduino Workshop” in January. Some of the possible applications (light controller, music synthesis) could come in pretty handy if you’re in a band, or hell you could get some ideas on how to make your coffee pot post to Twitter when it’s empty and alone. If you’re interested, it is suggested that you bring a laptop and your own soldering equipment if possible. If you don’t have a soldering iron, they will have a few available, but you need to let them know when you sign up (registrations are open until Jan. 15th I believe). For registration and materials (you’ll take your microcontroller home with you), it’s $50.

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R.I.P. Bulldog Cafe’

December 23rd, 2009

Apparently the southend venue of choice over the past few years – Bulldog Cafe’ – is calling it quits this week. Darren, the owner, is moving all of his operations to his Brandenburg Location. A whole lot of people will miss that place, but probably not the pole in the center of the “pit”.

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Upcoming Shows from Joel

December 22nd, 2009

*NZAMBI *(electronic drone from
Louisville, formerly of PAX TITANIA)
*PETE FOSCO *(solo experimental guitar
from Cincinnati, Ohio)*
*ANDREW WEATHERS * (solo electronics from
Greensboro, North Carolina)

Saturday, January 9th at *the SWAN DIVE*
921 Swan Street
9 PM, $5, 21-and over

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NZAMBI is the new synth project from Christopher Cprek, who has also released work under the PAX TITANIA moniker. Christopher uses an arsenal of DIY modular synthesizers. His former projects include Darker Florida with Irene Moon, Auk Theatre with Irene Moon, and as a member of Warmer Milks a few years back. NZAMBI’s debut as a project was in October at Zanzabar, with Regression, Spykes, and others.

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PETE FOSCO was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1980 and grew up in a suburb on the west side of town. Every day after school he would pillage his dad’s record collection, listen to early ’80s Phil Collins-era Genesis, eat oatmeal raisin cookies and stay up until 4am for no reason. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in 2004, where he studied digital video and film production and learned how to appreciate fresh guacamole and The Green Manalishiby Fleetwood Mac. He is a self-taught guitarist and started playing out in 2007. He is inspired to live today by the soundtracks from Herzog’s Grizzly Man [by Richard Thompson — ed.], the Flower/Corsano Duo, Fushitsusha, and pot roast and mashed potatoes cooked by his wife Heather. They reside in Covington, Kentucky and live with an English bulldog and mini Italian greyhound.

Brad Rose at Foxy Digitalis recently wrote this about PETE FOSCO’s release Autumn Fire Blues: “Our man in Ohio knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em, cuz on Autumn Fire Blues, he’s burning the whole thing into a pile of silken ash. FOSCO just plain rules. His skill in crafting soaring guitar drones is up there with the best of ’em. Autumn Fire Blues takes what he started on last year’s [release] Dust, American Dust and pushes it over the edge and into the abyss. Anchors of bleed drip from the ceiling coating everything in a thick layer of crimson bliss. This is music for the last season. Music for the last days, to see us off into the heavens as they crumble. Pure magic.”

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ANDREW WEATHERS is a composer of experimental music. He is currently based in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he studies music composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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