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CROPPED OUT 2013 Announced!

I have to admit, last year’s CROPPED OUT Festival would be difficult for anyone, much less our fearless friends and heroes, to top. Jandek, Eugene Chadbourne (yes, people born after 1970 know who he is), Neil Hamburger, The Ritchie White Orchestra, Merchandise, Papa M, and Wooden Wand were just some of the many, many memorable performances of the weekend (and by memorable, I also mean I won’t ever forget seeing that naked guy from Guerilla Toss, no matter how much I try!). Following up last year’s fest is on a magnitude with winning the NCAA basketball tournament two years in a row…

So it’s even more surprising that not only did our CROPPED OUT pals not blow it this year as the musical equivalent of the first round of the NIT (heh heh), but, to mix sports metaphors, they knocked it OUT OF THE PARK yet again this year! This year’s CROPPED OUT lineup (with picks to click in bold):

Mayo Thompson And The Corky’s Debt Band performing Corky’s Debt To His Father
Endless Boogie
The Endtables
Wolf Eyes
Blues Control
Shit And Shine
Bill Orcutt/Chris Corsano
Hair Police
Human Eye
Spray Paint
Watery Love
Steve Gunn
Cop City Chill Pillars
Salad Influence
Jaye Jayle
Kal Marks
Asm A Tik
Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks
Thee Open Sex
Today’s Hits
New England Patriots
Quail Bones
White Reaper
Spelling Bee

I’ve been assured that plenty more surprises are on the way, so vote early, vote often! Er… buy your tickets now! Here’s the details:

Two-day combo passes (which include Friday and Saturday, but not Sunday’s separate closing party) are on sale now at Astro Black Records and online. There will be a limited amount of combo passes available for the almost inconsequential amount of $35, and once those are gone, you can still purchase them in advance for the very reasonable price of $40. Day-of-show combo passes are $50, so save a few shekels and purchase them now!

PURCHASE TWO-DAY PASSES HERE: http://ticketf.ly/1ap5Kee

The closing party, which will be headlined by Lambchop, will be a more intimate affair, and located off the festival grounds at the incredible and historic Workhouse Ballroom, a semi-secret, pre-Civil War manmade cavern. Referred to locally as “The Cave,” it once served as a debtor’s prison, and is a wonderous place to see a musical performance. Consider it a kind of wind-down from the insanity of the weekend. It’s ticketed separately, so if you want to catch Nashville’s finest, along with a TBD support act, be sure to pick up a ticket.



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

BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
RAW THUG (on Loin Seepage; from Louisville, KY)
JONATHAN WOOD & LOWE SUTHERLAND (from Louisville, KY; members of OLD BABY and SAPAT)

Monday, February 4th
2100 S. Preston
8 PM doors, 21-and-over
$5 advance tickets available online here: http://zanzabarlouisville.ticketfly.com/event/207103-blues-control-louisville/; $7 day-of-show

Don’t lose control — dig BLUES CONTROL! Following a circular path in order to access the unknown, Russ and Lea nab chaos in a plastic cup and crush rock into diamonds, or something that looks like them anyway. Valley ho! Their new record, Valley Tangents, “is like drugs for your ears.”

Watch the video for BLUES CONTROL‘s “Iron Pigs” from Drag City Limits here:

(Photo of Arsenio Zigonoto by Ron Jasin via LEO Weekly.)

RAW THUG is the brainchild of one Arsenio Zigonoto, recently profiled in Louisville’s LEO Weekly 2012 People Issue here: http://leoweekly.com/news/2012-people-issue-arsenio-zignoto. Needless to say, he is one of Louisville’s musical treasures. To quote:

He once played a plastic bag at a show — “There were lots of drums and it sounded like … an evening gown amongst the chaos” — and has shared his sounds with bands like Sapat, Softcheque, his own RAW THUG moniker, and most recently Mindhorn, amongst countless other sit-ins and randomness.

are well known to connoisseurs of Louisville music, primarily for their main musical vehicles OLD BABY and SAPAT, respectively. For the first time in public (that we know of), they’re taking a dynamic duo detour down a ramshackle dirt road, riding a pink Cadillac into the sunset of a February night. Will they fly off the handle, riding high like Thelma & Louise into an expansive western sky? Or will they keep it down-to-earth, dusting up your jacket and filling your lungs with exhaust while they peel out, squealing their tires? There’s only one way to find out, dear listener…

Check out the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/415252498550605.

To join our email list, send an email to hstencil@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/232825523444477/. Twitter: @OtherSideShows.

SAPAT, BLUES CONTROL, PARLOUR, and WET at the CATHOUSE, Thursday, July 26th

(Flier by Ryan Davis.)

Black Velvet Fuckere, Cropped Out, and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

SAPAT (on Siltbreeze; from Louisville, KY)
BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
PARLOUR (on Temporary Residence; from Louisville, KY)
WET (from Louisville, KY)

Thursday, July 26th 2012
at The Cathouse
747 S. Preston
All Ages! Doors at 8 PM, $5

(Photo of Sapat by Ginger Goss, from Loin Seepage.)

Spawned from the formidable Louisville, KY 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.

Don’t lose control — dig BLUES CONTROL! Following a circular path in order to access the unknown, Russ and Lea nab chaos in a plastic cup and crush rock into diamonds, or something that looks like them anyway. Valley ho! Their new record, Valley Tangents, “is like drugs for your ears.”

Watch the video for BLUES CONTROL‘s “Love’s a Rondo” here: http://youtu.be/BlUyUvSaZKo.

PARLOUR originally began as a solo project from Tim Furnish following the mid-90s dissolution of CRAIN – the seminal Louisville rock group he co-founded in the late ’80s. Currently playing with new drummer (Greg Morris) and synth player (Brian Sweeney), Furnish’s PARLOUR evokes “A unique combination of interweaving guitar shards… driven by a dark, relentless rhythm section.” Their most recent album, Simulacrenfield (released on Temporary Residence), was one of our favorites of 2010.

WET is an electronic outfit comprised of three Louisville high schoolers (Hank Paradis, Evan Booker, and Jeff Bryant) who began playing in 2010. Together the group uses an array of electronic, acoustic, and self-made instruments to find humor in their common fears as young people — fears of excessiveness, ignorance, and estrangement that perhaps cannot be destroyed, but absorbed and released again in a series of musical elations. WET’s full-length debut Wetter Than Wet is now available for free download at: http://thewet.bandcamp.com/album/wetter-than-wet.

Find the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/121230094685490.

To join our email list, send an email to hstencil@gmail.com. You can also join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/232825523444477/.

UPDATE, 7/25/12: Read this great interview with BLUES CONTROL in today’s LEO Weekly:http://leoweekly.com/music/spiritual-station-blues-control.

The Best (and Worst) of 2009

This week’s LEO Weekly contains a short top-five list by yours truly, and here it is for your perusal — Top Five Albums of 2009:

1. Blues Control, “Local Flavor” (Siltbreeze)

Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho of Blues Control have delivered the goods with “Local Flavor” (full disclosure: Russ and Lea are friends, and I was present at their first show a few years back). That is, if the goods were super-hallucinogenic drugs that didn’t leave you damaged, but rather took you on a midnight journey through Tangier without leaving your living room. From beat-laden not-quite-dance workouts, to deconstructed guitar licks, to massive underwater drones, to ringing alarm clocks, there isn’t a record this year I’ve heard as wonderfully evocative of out-of-mind experiences.

2. Group Doueh, “Treeg Salaam” (Sublime Frequencies)

While it might put off some world music purists (and who do those jokers think they are, anyway?), the lo-fi nature of Group Doueh’s recordings are not only more “authentic” than, say, bringing the band to Paris or London to record in some sterile studio, they’re also far more joyous. Listening to “Treeg Salaam” at a loud volume, you feel like you’re standing in some Western Saharan souk, watching guitarist Doueh and company tear it up – and seeing them have a great time while they’re doing so.

3. The Phantom Family Halo, “Monoliths and These Flowers Never Die” (Karate Body)

Generally, most rock bands these days can’t pull off the sprawling double album, once a 1970s hallmark. But The Phantom Family Halo manages to do so, with aplomb. After multiple listens, I’m not entirely sure what the overarching theme or concept behind “Monoliths and These Flowers Never Die” is, or even if there is one, but this double album is executed so brilliantly, I’m not sure it matters. Hopefully the rest of the country will start paying attention to what these local greats are up to.

4. Mouthus, “Divisionals” (Ecstatic Peace!)

Back in May I wrote in LEO about Mouthus, the rackety, noisy guitar-and-drums duo of Brian Sullivan and Nate Nelson, and their album “Divisionals,” one of the mellowest, yet undeniably great albums I’ve heard this year. I even went so preposterously far as to write that “Divisionals” contains “a mysterious set of cyclic drones, which interlock and mesh within each other, much as the strands of DNA within our cells.” Well, Nate came through Louisville in August, and told me that “Divisionals” was performed on synths, a departure from their usual m.o. There you go.

5. Extra Golden, “Thank You Very Quickly” (Thrill Jockey)

Despite listening to more music from around the world than ever, I find that not very much of it is by current bands. The recent explosion of reissues of 1960s and 1970s African music is far more compelling than most new African bands, sadly. Extra Golden is an exception to that rule, and perhaps it’s because the half-Kenyan, half-American band has an extra rock element to it reminiscent of 1970s classics. Regardless, we’ve been lucky to see them twice in Louisville in the past year, and that they release consistently great albums.

Other albums that I’d have given honorable mention to, if space allowed: Bill Orcutt, A New Way to Pay Old Debts (Palialia); Sperm, Shh! (DeStijl); Sir Richard Bishop, The Freak of Araby (Drag City); Oneohtrix Point Never, Zones Without People (Arbor); Omar Souleyman, Highway to Hassake: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria (Sublime Frequencies); Jim O’Rourke, I’m Happy, and I’m singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4 (Editions Mego); Kurt Vile, Childish Prodigy (Matador); Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, The Voudon Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin’s Obscure Labels 1972 – 1975 (Analog Africa); Death, …For the Whole World to See (Drag City); Tony Conrad/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Taking Issue (Dais).

Best Shows I Attended in 2009: Throbbing Gristle/Emeralds at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago; Daniel Higgs at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, Louisville; Joe Manning/Doug Paisley/Nathan Salsburg at the Swan Dive, Louisville (full disclosure: I booked this show); Endless Boogie/Cross at the Swan Dive, Louisville (I also booked this show); Sapat/Blues Control/Softcheque/Raw Thug at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, Louisville; Black Juju (The Alice Cooper Cover Band) at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, Louisville; Young Widows/Maserati/The Genitalmen at Zanzabar, Louisville (full disclosure: I djed at this show); The Julia Schagene/Furry Bits at Jeff Komara’s house, Louisville.

Worst Things to Happen in 2009: The deaths of Rowland S. Howard, Jack Rose, Jerry Fuchs, Tony Bailey, Rashied Ali, Maryanne Amacher, Hugh Hopper, Max Neuhaus, Michael Jackson, Ron Asheton, Randy Bewley, Lux Interior, Luther Thomas, Mick Cocks, Sirone, and probably many more that I’m forgetting.

You can read the rest of the feature, including the top-five picks by the rest of LEO‘s music critics here: http://leoweekly.com/music/music-top-fives-2009.

BLUES CONTROL with SAPAT, SOFTCHEQUE and RAW THUG at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, Friday, October 23

It’s flying a little bit under-the-radar, but this Friday Kris Abplanalp aka Kaptain Molasses is bringing another fantastic show to Louisville. Siltbreeze recording artists (and good friends) BLUES CONTROL are returning to Louisville to play Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge (at the corner of Oak and Swan Streets in Germantown) this Friday, October 23rd, with support from our local favorites SAPAT, SOFTCHEQUE, and RAW THUG. Should be a doozy of a good time. I could be wrong, but I think it starts around 10 PM, and costs $5.


Okay so I haven’t posted here in a while. That much is true. Sorry about that. However, just in case you didn’t realize it, I’ve been blogging a lot over here at State of the Commonwealth. While we cover music occasionally over there (mainly by covering who is coming to town), that l’il blog is really more of a general-interest thing (if you’re generally interested in a backwoods state’s politics, mostly). I’m not giving up on Other Side, though. Quite the contrary, I hope to do more bloggin’ and whatnot sometime soon. And hopefully sometime in the next few months I’ll have some digitizin’ capacity, and I’d like to put up lots of rare vinyl and tapes. So we’ll see. In the meantime, let me tell you about the show I went to in Cincinnati this past Sunday.

So for the past six months I’ve been living in the magical city known as Louisville, Kentucky. Especially when it comes to music, Louisville ain’t too shabby. At least it wasn’t, back in the day. There are definitely some good bands from here now, and there is a much better and greater draw for out-of-town bands now than there was when I grew up here. That said, there’s a lot of bands and music and whatnot that, especially if it’s on the smaller and noisier side of things, don’t make it here. For whatever reason, however, Cincy and Lexington get a lot of this stuff.

Now, I’m not complaining. I like getting out of town every so often (especially to check out other towns’ record stores), so that’s what I did last Sunday when my pals Blues Control were playing the Art Damage Lodge up in Cincy’s Northside neighborhood. Now I’ve been to the Art Damage Lodge a couple times already (most recently to see Six Organs of Admittance), and I gotta say, I wish we had a spot like that in L’ville.

I’ve wrote about being biased in the past, so I won’t really say a whole lot about Blues Control other than I really dig their new set — even though I think I need to take a little time to process it. It’s a little weird to see them play songs I don’t know since I was at their first show, but hey, that’s exciting. And I even made some really low-quality cellphone videos of stuff (yes, I know you can’t really see anything):

Someday I’ll own a proper video camera, but for the moment, my trusty Motorola Razr (it was close to free, give me a break) is the best thing I got. So there. Luckily for all of us, some kind soul upped Blues Control’s entire set at Philadelphia’s Big Jar Books from a while ago, and it’s a pretty fun thing to watch. Also, Blues Control’s first and long-out-of-print LP Puff has been reissued by Fusetron, so you should pick that up. And if you live in the following cities, go see ’em play:

Mar 13 2008 8:00P – Soho Lounge Austin, Texas
Mar 14 2008 3:00P – NiceHouse Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 1:00P – American Apparel Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 4:00P – Sound on Sound Records Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 8:00P – Fiesta Garage Monterrey, Nuevo León
Mar 21 2008 8:00P – House Louisville, Kentucky

Holy crap, they’re playing here! Tight!

So it was getting late and I had to bail and get back to Louisville (it’s about 100 miles to the Southwest) after Blues Control, and unfortunately I missed No Planes. Now I don’t know much about No Planes, but they feature Witt from Wild Gunmen, who I don’t know much about either, but they are from Cincinnati and Russ and Lea from Blues Control’s White Tapes label just put out a tape of theirs (which I snagged), so that’s a recommendation. Will let you know when I get a chance to play it (the only cassette player in the house is actually in the garage).

I did manage to catch Cincy wildman C. Spencer Yeh‘s new outfit Organs, which is a duo with fellow WKRP-er Ron Orovitz aka Iovae. Check out some crappy cellphone video of them, too:

That’s some harsh stuff, to be sure. But I liked it. Hopefully they’ll have some recordings available soon.

Also on the bill was New York’s Woods, who were great in a very shambolic Neil Young-y kinda way (and that’s a compliment), and some locals called Evolve, who were, well, I’ll just say they were unique. All in all, yet another good show at the Art Damage Lodge, and another reason to get outta town.

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.


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.