Category Archives: Louisville Music History

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/
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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
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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.

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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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International Association for the Study of Popular Music Party with 1200, WUSSY, and DAVID GRUBBS at THE NEW VINTAGE, Friday, February 20th

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The Other Side of Life and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US are proud to present:

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Conference Party

with

1200

WUSSY

DAVID GRUBBS

Friday, February 20th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
2126 S. Preston
8 PM
Free for IASPM-US Conference Attendees
$7 for the general public
Advance online tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/767009-1200-wussy-david-grubbs-louisville/
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1200 is a classically trained musician and experimental hip hop artist from Louisville, KY. Prior to obtaining his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Louisville, he had the chance to perform at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX and the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland. Though 1200‘s music can be considered hip hop, it is also heavily influenced by neo-classicism and fusion. 1200’s unique blend of talent, experience, and poly-stylism also appears in local musical ensembles that include the hip hop band Citizens United and fusion group Monolith. His most recent creative endeavor is the 1200 tour, a mixed ensemble that features DJ Deuce, keyboardist and guitarist Nick B, soprano vocalist Jazmyn Aria, and baritone vocalist Tyler Dippold. In addition, the group’s structure is also fluid for live shows. In their performance at Headliners Music Hall in 1200‘s hometown, the typical five-piece ensemble was joined onstage by a twelve-piece chamber chorus and string quintet.

WUSSY are a four-piece rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio fronted by ex-Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker. The two began performing together in 2001 as a result of Cleaver’s stage fright when asked to perform a brief run of solo shows. The duo’s first show was largely unplanned and still went without incident.. so they agreed to continue and expand. Mark Messerly joined in 2002 as bassist and utility man, and Dawn Burman joined on drums shortly thereafter. The four-piece released three full-length albums and one EP on their native Cincinnati’s Shake It label. Their work has met with critical praise from Rolling Stone and SPIN, both of which gave the band’s second and third albums four stars each, in addition to favorable reviews from Village Voice, NPR, Washington Post, Uncut, and many other press outlets. The “Dean of American Critics” Robert Christgau placed the band’s first two albums (Funeral Dress and Left for Dead) on his Best of the Decade list, and their third, self-titled album ranked tenth in his best of 2009 Dean’s List. Burman left the band in early 2009 and was replaced by veteran Cincinnati drummer Joe Klug.

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DAVID GRUBBS is an associate professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing.  He is the author of the book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press). GRUBBS has released twelve solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially released recordings.  He is known for his cross disciplinary collaborations with writers  such as Susan Howe and Rick Moody, and with visual artists such as Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, Cosima von Bonin, and Stephen Prina.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. GRUBBS, a Louisville native, was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and he has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline  Oliveros, and Loren Connors, among many others.  He directs the Blue Chopsticks record  label and is a member of ISSUE Project Room’s Board of Directors.

ABOUT IASPM-US:

IASPM-US represents the United States branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. IASPM-US has been an important part of the popular music landscape since the early 1980s and serves as a forum for a range of scholarly and other approaches to popular music. The past several decades have witnessed a period of dramatic and exciting growth in the field of popular music studies. The centrality of popular music to notions of personal and collective identity, geographic identity, political affiliation, technological change and adaptation, the economic and legal parameters of “intellectual property,” and the sociology of consumer-based fan cultures, makes it likely that popular music studies will only continue to grow in importance and intellectual value.

The US branch of IASPM holds true to the goals of our parent organization in the belief that popular music has much to teach us about this world. We place an emphasis on the writings and other activities of US-based scholars, journalists, and musicians–focusing not only on American music but also on musics from across the globe, and “Music 2.0″ made and consumed in virtual soundscapes.

For a professional organization, we are unique for our inter-disciplinary scope–spanning fields such as musicology, sociology, cultural anthropology, literary studies, cultural studies, American studies, and so on. The democratic, inclusive outlook of IASPM-US extends not only across different academic disciplines but also to the inter-professional level. In other words, we seek the contributions and expertise of popular music critics, journalists, industry workers, and cultural administrators in addition to university academics. Click our “How to Join” page for information on becoming an IASPM-US member.

The IASPM-US 2015 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Louisville, February 19-22, 2015.

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Two Sets by THE JAVA MEN at THE NEW VINTAGE, Tuesday, January 20th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

Two Sets by the JAVA MEN

Tuesday, January 20th
at THE NEW VINTAGE

2126 S. Preston
8 PM & 10 PM
Come at 8pm and stay for both sets: $8
Come at 10pm and stay for the remaining set: $5

Advance online tickets for two sets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/763669-java-men-2-sets-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1022780467737911/

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Todd Hildreth, Craig Wagner and Ray Rizzo formed JAVA MEN in 1992 when Wagner and Rizzo were still students at Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College). JAVA MEN developed from the classic jazz/soul organ trio arrangement of organ, guitar and drums, encompassing post-rock, hip hop textures, and bluegrass in the their original compositions. The band self-produced 3 recordings (“A Letter To St. Paul”, “Void” and “Orbituary”) and shared bills with The Rachels’, Victor Wooten, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Individually they have been part of other great Louisville music groups including Liberation Prophecy, King Kong, and The Ron Jones Quartet.

Craig plays with the aforementioned Liberation Prophecy and with Carly Johnson. He and Carly recently won the LMA’s “Jazz Artist Of The Year” Award. He is also part of the jazz faculty at both the University of Louisville and at Bellarmine.

Todd leads the bands Squeezebot and the Todd Hildreth Trio, and currently plays with King Kong and Vgroove. He is part of the music faculty at Bellarmine University.

Ray lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is part of the bands Mesiko and Corporal, and often plays with Trixie Whitley. He has recorded with members of the Lounge Lizards, Glen Hansard, Trixie Whitley, Frogbelly and Symphony, Dawn Landes, and Yo Yo Ma (on the Grammy winning “Songs of Joy and Peace”).

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Two Sets by the JAVA MEN at THE NEW VINTAGE, Monday, October 20th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

Two Sets by the JAVA MEN

Monday, October 20th
at THE NEW VINTAGE

2126 S. Preston
8 PM & 10 PM
$5 for one set, $8 for two!
Advance online tickets for the 8 PM set available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/696615-java-men-7pm-set-louisville/
Advance online tickets for both sets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/696623-java-men-both-sets-louisville/

Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/356530481181648

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Todd Hildreth, Craig Wagner and Ray Rizzo formed JAVA MEN in 1992 when Wagner and Rizzo were still students at Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College). JAVA MEN developed from the classic jazz/soul organ trio arrangement of organ, guitar and drums, encompassing post-rock, hip hop textures, and bluegrass in the their original compositions. The band self-produced 3 recordings (“A Letter To St. Paul”, “Void” and “Orbituary”) and shared bills with The Rachels’, Victor Wooten, and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Individually they have been part of other great Louisville music groups including Liberation Prophecy, King Kong, and The Ron Jones Quartet.

Craig plays with the aforementioned Liberation Prophecy and with Carly Johnson. He and Carly recently won the LMA’s “Jazz Artist Of The Year” Award. He is also part of the jazz faculty at both the University of Louisville and at Bellarmine.

Todd leads the bands Squeezebot and the Todd Hildreth Trio, and currently plays with King Kong and Vgroove. He is part of the music faculty at Bellarmine University.

Ray lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is part of the bands Mesiko and Corporal, and often plays with Trixie Whitley. He has recorded with members of the Lounge Lizards, Glen Hansard, Trixie Whitley, Frogbelly and Symphony, Dawn Landes, and Yo Yo Ma (on the Grammy winning “Songs of Joy and Peace”).

For the sets at The New Vintage on October 20, The Java Men plan to unearth some rarely-performed compositions in their catalog.

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NITROUS, TROPHY WIVES, and THE WINDAGO at DREAMLAND, Friday, August 8th

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Playing their first show in over twenty years:

NITROUS

plus

TROPHY WIVES

and

THE WINDAGO

Friday, August 8th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
Doors open at 8 PM
$7
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/647693
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1443503745926615
Recommended if you like: Undermine, Kill, Erchint, Louisville!

At this point, everyone knows about the legendary Louisville scene of the early 1990s. Our city was destined to be “The Next Seattle” — just like every other moderate-sized city with a few decent bands, a couple of independent record labels, and a handful of venues. Well, once that all dried up, the magazines and taste-makers stopped caring, but it didn’t matter — Louisville musicians kept on playing, and today we’ve got more good bands than you can shake a stick at.

Back in the day, though, there were a number of INCREDIBLE bands that fell through the cracks, for whatever reason, never receiving the wider recognition they might have deserved. One of those bands is NITROUS. Falling somewhere within the parameters of the aggressively noisy post-hardcore of like-minded bands such as Drunks with Guns, Unsane, or Bastards, NITROUS could always be counted on to be THE most intense band at any given show they played. Consisting of Edward Lutz, Takayuki Tsuji (Undermine), Jason Fuller (Kill), and Chico Beat (Erchint), a NITROUS show was an event.

This show will be no different. This is NITROUS‘ first show in over twenty years, and unlikely to happen again. DO NOT MISS IT.

““Weight” and “volume” are terms usually reserved for science, but with TROPHY WIVES they’re an art. The Louisville, KY-based four-piece’s dark, sweaty rock cribs its moves from Birthday Party-esque post-punk, Kyuss-like stoner grooves, and Jesus Lizard-like rhythm section gnarl in equal measure, going unpredictably but consistently for either your gut or your throat. Make no mistake: they’re going to hit you hard and kick your ass, but at least you’re going to have a good time rolling with the punches.” -Johnny C., www.prfbbq.com

THE WINDAGO features Louisvillians Chris Guinero, Dave Bird, and (sometimes) Tim Ruth, who have performed with Evergreen, Undermine, Auditory Clang, Pale Horse Riders, the Palace Brothers, Rude Weirdo, Speed to Roam, and Juanita, to name just a few of their projects. It’s folk music inspired by Gypsies and Native Americans. They have been working on material for the past four years with plans to release material on Ted Records and Self Destruct Records.

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