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TROPICAL TRASH “UFO ROT” Record Release Party with INSECT POLICY and ECONO HEAD, Saturday, June 27th

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Cropped Out and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

TROPICAL TRASH
UFO Rot Record Release Party

with special guests

INSECT POLICY

and

ECONO HEAD

Saturday, June 27th
at American Turner’s Club
3125 River Road
8 PM
$5

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Velvet lined steam roller tactics mean TROPICAL TRASH’s LP debut UFO Rot descends from the sky straight onto your brain stem. This is potent stuff, meant to be taken in controlled doses. Load the spoon full and heat up gradually. The band has existed for two previous 7”’s but really comes roaring out of the gate with black hat tales and some lineup changes. May very well be the album you use for whatever you do when you are not reading the internet. Instead of trace papering some shadow punks of previous dictatorships, these patriots pull the curtain back and show the emperor sporting some very exotic under carriage, and spew forth tales with cop stashes, Area 51 belly bloat, and new reconfigured mainframe math – this is the new form. Nine condensed blasts of well honed songcraft that really put them at the top of the heap of the rock heap, with paranoid punk, and an eagerness to melt it all down and make it into something bold and badass. Don’t sleep on this one comrade.

Watch the video for Tropical Trash’s “Fat Kid’s Wig,” directed by Robert Beatty, here:

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“Pine daddy” [2010] by Jeff Bryant

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FAUN FABLES, PARTY KNüLLERS, and FLANGER MAGAZINE plus SPECIAL GUEST BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY at THE NEW VINTAGE, Sunday, June 28th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

FAUN FABLES

PARTY KNüLLERS

FLANGER MAGAZINE

plus

SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST

BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY

Sunday, June 28th
at THE NEW VINTAGE

2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$10 advance tickets, $12 day-of-show
18+
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/875739
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596871953931869/
Recommended If You Like: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, The Everly Brothers, Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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FAUN FABLES began in 1997, when Dawn ‘the faun’ McCarthy left the bands and cabarets of NYC for the wider world. She grew up in eastern Washington state enjoying drawing, dance, and make-believe amongst a large family. On Early Song (1999) she sang with “a voice as haunting as an abandoned coal mine, while it dances with the even tempo guitar that seems to pluck itself,” (CMJ). Mother Twilight (2001) was called “A collection of songs that seem to rove wondrously through the mountain pines at dusk,” (SF Weekly). Dawn performs FAUN FABLES most often as a soloist or with frequent collaborator Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. But she also enjoys working with other artists, musical and otherwise; The Transit Rider, a FAUN FABLES full length musical inspired by her years in NYC, premiered 2002 in San Francisco with a cast of thirteen. FAUN FABLES tours the world regularly, studying landscape, culture and the art of feasting with locals.

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PARTY KNüLLERS is the experimental garage jazz duo of Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, guitar, electronics) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums). The band was described by Eyal Hareuveni as “an intimate meeting of the two restless and adventurous musicians” with an “obsessive and playful need to explore and invent new sounds and new forms of musical communication”.
Colin Greene says: “[The] sound and phrasing of his cello frequently resemble guitarists such as Thurston Moore, rich in fragmented overtones, and can sound like a Harrier Jump Jet – taking off and landing” while “Solberg’s fractured percussive playing intensifies the tension.” Before setting out as a duo, they played together in VCDC (with reed player Frode Gjerstadt and vocalist Stine Janvin-Motland), Gorilla Ass Piano (with bassist Per Zanussi) as well as a number of other ad hoc groupings including sax/clarinet player Keefe Jackson. Since forming the PARTY KNüLLERS, they have also recorded and performed with analog synth wizard Jim Baker. Independently they have worked with a who’s who of underground (and mainstream) musics from Steve Beresford to Wilco, from to John Russell to Peter Brötzmann. Their low-fidelity approach to improvising and recording and their influences of dance music, garage rock, free jazz and European Free Improvised lends itself to a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement, and performance.

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The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths.

A pastoral suite of electronics, acoustic guitars, synthesizers and rhythm machine, Breslin is the latest work from FLANGER MAGAZINE, the duo of Chris Bush and Ben Zoeller, whose previous work in the group Caboladies serves as a touchstone. Imitation strings, electronic interruptions, and nylon acoustic guitar figures touched with reverb are the perennial players in this work.

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DRAINOLITH and THREE LEGGED RACE at KAIJU, Wednesday, June 17th

The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

DRAINOLITH

and

THREE LEGGED RACE

Wednesday, June 17th
at KAIJU
1004 E. Oak Street
9 PM, 21+
FREE!
Check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/656909121120654/
Recommended If You Like: Royal Trux, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf, Dan’l Boone

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DRAINOLITH is the project of Alexander Moskos. The Montreal-based Moskos is a longstanding figure in the North American Underground Music scene. He has played in various projects, most notably as the lead guitarist in noise rock outfit AIDS Wolf. He is also currently a member of Danʼl Boone whose self-titled LP was released in 2014 on Drag City.  Moskosʼ songs in DRAINOLITH are simple lyrical motifs wrapped in angular blues riff and futures-hock electronics that are as much inspired by Robert Ashley as they are by Leonard Cohen. The first DRAINOLITH album Fighting! was released on Spectrum Spools in 2012, and the new DRAINOLITH album Hysteria was just released on NNA Records & Tapes. Hysteria was co-produced by Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux and Nate Young of Wolf Eyes. The cycle of songs on Hysteria touch on many themes: The Quebec biker wars, surviving street hassles in Detroit, getting jacked for your sneakers, coarse sexual desire. Moskos has toured all over the world with his many projects and will continue to do so. He is also set to publish a novel and drop a solo piano album in 2015.

Read the Pitchfork review of Hysteria here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20563-hysteria/.

THREE LEGGED RACE is the solo electronic project of Lexington, Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty. Beatty is a founding member of Hair Police, and a long time collaborator with C. Spencer Yeh’s Burning Star Core project. Beatty’s constantly evolving aesthetic is realized via an elaborate network of primitive electronics and outmoded thrift store detritus. Each performance and recording explores the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, discovering a new world of rhythmic and harmonic possibilities with each tier of abstraction, evoking minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal industrial techno. The debut THREE LEGGED RACE full length entitled Persuasive Barrier was released in 2012 on Editions Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools, run by John Elliott of the band Emeralds. A collection of Beatty’s Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata was released under his own name on the Glistening Examples label late in 2013.

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FRED THOMAS and BOOKSHELF at THE NEW VINTAGE, Sunday, May 17th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

FRED THOMAS

BOOKSHELF

Sunday, May 17th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
Doors open at 8 PM
$7, 18+
Advance online tickets on sale here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/855477
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539706732834552/
Recommended If You Like: Saturday Looks Good to Me, Swimsuit, Jim O’Rourke, Andrew W.K., Deerhunter

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(Photo of Fred Thomas by Esme Mcclear.)

FRED THOMAS is a Michigan-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s been at it forever. Starting out as a teenager in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti noise scene in the early 90’s, the guy just kinda started jamming and never stopped. Dedicating the past two decades to various projects, Fred’s output has always been wildly varied and constantly changing. Best known for work as a “brainchild” sort of bandleader with the experimental pop sounds of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Thomas has also made significant noise and traveled the world on a seemingly endless string of tours with the washed-out physche of City Center, reverby surf punkers Swimsuit and the internal gentle pop duo MIghty Clouds with former SLGTM singer Betty Barnes. Compulsively playing in bands, running small-scale labels and doing shows on a non-stop basis would make a comprehensive list of related projects a little exhausting, but it’s safe to say there’s always gonna be something homespun, beautiful and a little weird if Fred is involved. So all of this brings us to All Are Saved, technically the eighth FRED THOMAS solo album, but the first one many people will get a chance to hear. Painstakingly assembled between Detroit, Michigan and Athens, Georgia, the album features mixing assistance from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter) and guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.

BOOKSHELF is a band currently residing in Louisville, Kentucky, planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy… Find out more at http://www.bkshlf.net.

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STATE CHAMPION “FANTASY ERROR” Record Release Show with SAPAT at DECCA, Friday, May 29th

Cropped Out, The Other Side of Life, and Decca are proud to present:

STATE CHAMPION
FANTASY ERROR RECORD RELEASE SHOW

With Special Guests

SAPAT

FRIDAY, MAY 29
at Decca
812 E. Market Street
DOORS AT 9
MUSIC AT 10
FREE! (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442266419418556/
Recommended if you like: Louisville! Chicago and Nashville, too!

Pre-order Fantasy Error from WWW.SOPHOMORELOUNGE.COM. The first 100 pre-orders include “Fantasy Error” bumper sticker and limited edition Sophomore Lounge patch FREE with purchase.

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“Spend some time in Louisville, Kentucky and you will find it is one of the most unassumingly strange places in America. The ratio of grown folks to millennials in attendance at any rock gig seems roughly 3:1. Such events take place in places like caves and chicken coops, among other nontraditional venues. Hip, transgressive people don’t seem to outgrow hip, transgressive things here; no one seems very eager to settle for a life less weird. Catherine Irwin of the great Louisville/Chicago band Freakwater — who lends her inimitable vocal talents to several tunes on Fantasy Error, the latest album by STATE CHAMPION — once joked that the evergreen nature (no pun intended) of the Louisville scene was due to the dearth of area vocational schools. If an album has been made in this young century that better captures the essence of this burg than Fantasy Error, I haven’t heard it.

STATE CHAMPION‘s punked-up country gunk frequently recalls both the Aristotelian pathos of bands like Souled American and Palace Brothers and the character-driven black humor of indie ironists like Camper Van Beethoven and the Supreme Dicks. Mere homage, however, is not STATE CHAMPION‘s line. Singer and head honcho Ryan Davis is a sharp, astute lyricist, the kind of songwriter who probably gets tired of people asking him why he doesn’t try his hand at short story writing. Indeed, Fantasy Error‘s depictions of postmasters and county coroners, Dickensian drinkers and ‘teardrop pushers’ are as vivid as they are familiar, sung with the conviction of a Drag City-damaged Chris Knight. The musicians provide the perfect foil, loose without trying too terribly hard to appear ‘ramshackle.’ Frayed horsehair bows are dragged across fiddle wire and banjos frail for dear life; fuzzy, unfussy electric guitars bend, scrimmage, and howl while subtle synthesizers interject ominously through the din; even the percussion sounds bleary-eyed and broken-up with.

Fantasy Error is a great rock and roll record, equal parts Springsteen and noise scene, as American as broken traffic lights and bad trips.

“The banner yet waves!”

– James Jackson Toth (January 2015)

Spawned from the formidable Louisville, Kentucky collective known as Black Velvet Fuckere, SAPAT resides as the centrifugal force in this Midwestern psychedelic madrigal set in the psychosexual backwaters of the mighty Ohio River. For the entirety of the ‘00 decade, members have kept busy collaborating with and/or massaging the egos of various and sundry avant-pontiffs such as Robert Fripp, Magik Markers, Dead Child and Eugene Chadbourne – when not honing the orgone energy of SAPAT. Their most recent LP, A Posthuman Guide to the Advent Calendar Origins of the Peep Show, was released last fall on Sophomore Lounge Records.

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WILL OWEN GAGE, GOODBYE JUNE, and THE SAL SHOW at THE NEW VINTAGE, Saturday, February 21st

The New Vintage and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

WILL OWEN GAGE

GOODBYE JUNE

THE SAL SHOW

Saturday, February 21st
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston Street
8 PM, 18+
$7
Advance online tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/778221-will-owen-gage-goodbye-june-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/633114846814974/
Recommended If You Like: Tim Krekel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Leon Russell

WILL OWEN GAGE performs groovy, rootsy, blues rock, funk, soul, R&B, bluegrass country music! He has performed all over the country and has opened for such greats as Stephen Stills, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leon Russell, Peter Frampton, Dick Dale, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Three Dog Night, Pinetop Perkins, Delbert McClinton, and many more! Members of Tim Krekel’s band will be joining him for this very special homecoming!

The members of GOODBYE JUNE have spent much of the past decade honing their skill as songwriters along with their proficiency as vocalists and musicians. The sum of their collective efforts makes for a greater musical experience. They typically write together and draw off of each other’s ideas. Being strong songwriters individually, and even stronger as a unit, there is never any shortage of material to build songs around. They have no set method to the songwriting process; the only constant is that everyone gets involved at some point. The fact is, the cousins of GOODBYE JUNE are constantly working on their music and perfecting their artistry, because they know that’s what it takes to make music that matters. Their debut album Nor The Wild Music Flow was released in 2013 on Cotton Valley Records.

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THE SAL SHOW is a musical extravaganza consisting of several versions of thee one and only, Sal Cassato, by use of his two favorite performance mediums; visual projection interaction and rock ‘n roll [technically that’s three, Sal! -ed.]. You may know this inspiring man from performances with his other rock outfits, State Champion and Animal City. He’s playing with himself, but thinking of us.

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The New Vintage Showcase 4th Anniversary & WHITE GLOVE TEST Celebration with GRAFFITI, SECOND STORY MAN and SPECIAL GUESTS at THE NEW VINTAGE, Saturday, February 7th

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The New Vintage and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

The New Vintage Showcase 4th Anniversary & WHITE GLOVE TEST Celebration

with

GRAFFITI

SECOND STORY MAN

and SPECIAL GUEST DJS
BRETT EUGENE RALPH (Kentucky Chrome Revue, Malignant Growth, Rising Shotgun)
JOEY YATES (Twin Sister Radio)
JOEL HUNT (The Other Side of Life)

Saturday, February 7th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
8 PM, ALL AGES!
FREE!
RSVP and get your name on the list here:: http://ticketf.ly/1GmP0o6
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/604256559718078
Recommended If You Like: LOUISVILLE!

We’ll be celebrating the four year anniversary of The New Vintage Showcase AND the official (Saturday night) White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978-1994 Exhibition after-party. The event is free to attend and there will be tons of surprises.

RSVP and get your name on the list here:: http://ticketf.ly/1GmP0o6

Don’t miss the Opening Reception for White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978-1994 Exhibition at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft on Friday, February 6th, beginning at 5 PM. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/597840816983514/.

And the White Glove Test After-Party Friday night at Seidenfaden’s with DJ Kim Sorise and the Staple Slingers, from 10 PM on. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533808756880136/.

Presented by The New Vintage and The Other Side of Life.
Special thanks to the fine folks at White Glove Test & Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

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