Category Archives: Photographs

Got Any Endtables Memorabilia?

(Above, the cover of the Endtables 7″, from the excellent Last Days of Man on Earth blog.)

From our companion blog, State of the Commonwealth:

Wow, here is a cool instance of, y’know, someone actually reading State of the Commonwealth. Thanks to our post back in early September about Joan Osborne name-checking the Endtables in the New York Times, we’ve been contacted by Stephen Driesler, who confirms the rumored Endtables discography that we’ve been hearing about (and expressing enthusiasm for) elsewhere. Other aspects of the discography we can confirm is that it will be released by the excellent Drag City record label of Chicago, Illinois, and that it will include all six known Endtables studio recordings plus an undetermined amount of bonus material (as such, neither the tracklist nor the release date have been finalized).

As regards any reissue project of this nature, there is a good chance that there are a lot of undiscovered materials that might be usable, perhaps just lying around in your basement or archives. Steve is asking us to help spread the word, in order to see if there’s anybody out there in Louisville or beyond who has any Endtables memorabilia, photographs, stories or ephemera they’d like to share for the project. And anything of interest related to the Endtables is fair game. So if you do have something you’d like to share, or know anyone else who does, please contact Steve through his email address: luna_pier@yahoo.com. Be sure to get it to Steve by January 25th!

Music and Art This Weekend, Dec. 4-7

The weekend starts early around here, because there’s a ton of stuff going on in Louisville, Lexington and all around. So even though we haven’t done an event listing post in a while, let’s get started!

First off, tonight at Skull Alley (1017 E. Broadway), Mose Giganticus, Emotron, Mowgli! and the Robot Affair play at 7 PM, for $5. We don’t know anything about these bands, but we like Skull Alley, so there. Oh, it’s also all-ages.

Second, tonight at the 21c Hotel (700 W. Main Street), Bay Area troubadours Vetiver play a special concert with local heroes Kings Daughters and Sons (featuring members of Rachel’s, Shipping News, Dead Child, etc.). Doors are at 8 PM, tickets are $12 at the door (also available at Ear X-Tacy for a limited time today), and here’s the press release:

Celebrating their third major studio release, Vetiver will be taking a break from their national tour with the Black Crows to give a special performance at 21c Museum. Vetiver’s new album, Thing of the Past, breaks from the traditional covers album by paying tribute to little-known songs by little-known musicians who influenced band leader Andy Cabic. California-based, Vetiver is no stranger to experimentation and has shared the stage with Joanna Newsom, The Shins, Colm O’Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine, and Bright Eyes. Perhaps Vetiver is best described by occasional collaborator Devendra Banhart as an “impossibly ethereal yet terrestrial songwriting.”

Our friends at Backseat Sandbar have an interview with Vetiver’s Andy Cabic you can read here.

Also tonight in Lexington, our faves Hair Police, noise goddess Leslie Keffer, local weirdos Caboladies and Laloux are playing at the Cat’s Den, inside the UK Student Center at 8 PM. It’s all-ages and it’s FREE!

Friday night the 2nd Annual Deck The Halls show of skateboard art opens at Derby City Espresso, 331 E. Market Street. Ben Purdom & the Swedish Eagles will be providing live music, starting at 10 PM and it’s free.

Also Friday night Julia Christensen’s Big Box Reuse show opens at the Green Building Gallery (as we told you about yesterday). 732 E. Market Street, 5 to 9 PM, free.

Saturday at the Rudyard Kipling, Straight A’s, Toads and Mice and Siberia will play, starting at 10 PM for $5. Our friend Brett Holsclaw (of the Glasspack) will be djing between bands.

Also Saturday at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge (1006 E Oak St), New York friends D. Charles Speer & The Helix (featuring members of No Neck Blues Band and Sunburned Hand of the Man) will be playing with recent arrival Zak Riles (of Grails), Twos & Fews label proprietor (and our good friend) Nathan Salsburg, and R. Keenan Lawler.

If you miss them in Louisville (and you really shouldn’t!), D. Charles Speer & The Helix will play Lexington on Sunday, December 7th with Warmer Milks at Al’s Bar, 6th and N. Limestone, at 9 PM, $4, all-ages.

Saturday night in Louisville also brings the TRAFOZSATSFM release show at Skull Alley with the Phantom Family Halo, the Slow Break, IamIs, Whistle Peak, Trophy Wives, and Six White Horses. TRAFOZSATSFM is the local tribute album to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, curated by John King. The show starts at 8 PM and is $5.

Finally, Saturday night also is the opening of Sarah Lyon‘s 2009 Female Mechanics Calendar at the Green Building, 732 E. Market Street, 5 PM to 9 PM, and featuring music spun by DJ Kim Sorise. And of course it’s FREE!

Whew! That’s a lot of stuff. Get out there!

What’s Been Goin’ On?

Not much, at all.

Sharkey and Richie

Sharkey and Richie from Clockcleaner in front of the Louisville Slugger bat, 10/30/07.

Jesus Lizard Cover Band

The Jesus Lizard Cover Band at the Pour Haus, 10/26/07.

JL Flyer

Nick gets wild

Nick gets wild in Lexington.

Only 99 Cents!

Only 99 cents! (but a lifetime of regret.)

Weekend of Public Humiliation (For Some, Not Me)

Blues Control with Brian Turner

Blues Control with Brian Turner at the Rock Star Bar for Mark’s birthday party, 8/11/07

Sharkey Eats the Mic

Isn’t “Most Hated Band in Philadelphia” something like “Most Useless Celeb in L.A.?” Clockcleaner’s John Sharkey III gets wild on the mic, something Kidd Chris would most certainly approve of.

Clockcleaner

The strobe lights make it hard to take a crappy cellphone shot, yet Karen looks good here.

Berdan Looks On

Noted super-bro Michael Berdan looks on as Clockcleaner winds up.

Watersports and Aaron Rosenblum

Watersports and Aaron Rosenblum give Gavin Bryars a run for his money at Goodbye Blue Monday, 8/10/07.

Lots more to come, shortly.

Random Cellphone Camera Photos, May-June 2007

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwich from Black Jack BBQ (Charleston, SC) at the Big Apple BBQ Fest, 6/10/07

Watersports

Watersports at Matchless, 6/2/07

Tim Wakefield

Tim Wakefield warms up in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium, 5/21/07

Daniel Higgs

Daniel A.I.U. Belteshazzar-Higgs at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 5/4/07

No One at the Venue May Look Jandek in the Eye

Jandek

Last night I saw Jandek at the Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The mere idea of getting to see the mysterious entity known as Jandek play sometime in my lifetime would’ve been laughable a few years ago, but since 2004 the representative from Corwood Industries has made intermittent appearances in such far-flung locales as New York, Glasgow, Austin and Chicago, all with a different cast of musicians each time. For his third (I think?) appearance in New York, Jandek teamed up with Pete Nolan (of Magik Markers) on drums and Tim Foljahn (of 2 Dollar Guitar) on bass, in what turned out to be a rather inspired grouping. Initially I was a little wary as the trio launched into the first number, which was rather squall-some (in a good way), thinking it would be the only mode they’d be in all night. But over the course of the ten “songs” they played that evening, all three showed a lot of stylistic diversity while remaining true to what could undoubtedly be called Jandek’s very singular sound.

The man himself, an apparition of a ghost, was one of the most uncharismatically charismatic and powerful performers I’ve ever seen. He entered the stage wearing all black, with a black fedora and black guitar – indeed it’s almost as if the clothes wore him, seeing as he was basically a skeleton, only defined by what was not there. His shiny belt buckle was the only accoutrement, sticking out a little past his chest. Lyrically, he sang words that were almost as physically alienating as his entire appearance – and this worked beautifully with the music, which only rested at points to give him space to sing. He’d play a guitar squall – very “amateur” in terms of technique but disciplined and focussed in terms of sound and intention, then drop his strumming hand to his side while delivering a lyric like “Starve my body/Starve my mind” in his uniquely mournful moan.

Towards the middle portion of the set, after a good three songs or so of similar construction, things took a very abrupt turn. Lyrically, Jandek moved away from the rather impersonal description of general alienation that had been the theme, and went specifically into songs about prison, all from different narrative perspectives. This was kind of unexpected, at least for me, and really gave the overall set a depth that it might’ve otherwise missed. These songs ranged from description of a hairy, tattooed prisoner “From wrist to neck/From neck to belt/Sides and back” to an amazing jailhouse lawyer’s dialog with a prisoner in for being “provoked.” Really harrowing stuff, in Jandek’s very non-descriptive descriptive way: “There’s a shower and a sink/But you don’t want to USE them” (which got a few chuckles from the crowd).

After this short suite of songs, Jandek moved lyrically back towards general themes of alienation, but the trio moved in a more rock, less free direction, which I found fascinating. One song, anchored by Foljahn’s bass and Nolan’s drums, was basically a primitive punk song – which did not throw Jandek one bit, and his guitar playing became appropriately even more spiky than it had been already. He even cracked a few smiles, and seemed to engage the other players, without giving too much away or even saying anything – not the least acknowledging the audience, whose applause he seemed visibly shaken by.

I looked over at his amp, and noticed a small travel clock set to Houston time on top. After three hours, ten songs and a gripping sound that seemed to revel in every detail, no matter how nuanced, the three sheepishly walked off-stage, and the evening was over. Somebody else’s music – hopelessly inferior to what I’d just witnessed – was played over the PA, and the audience shuffled out into the New York night. I felt like I’d just woken from the best nightmare I’ve ever dreamt. And unlike those who think Jandek’s recent live shows have somehow destroyed the mystery (which isn’t even as interesting as his music), I was left with more questions than before.

Jandek