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Down On The Corner
August was a month of mostly shows around the Louisville area, with the Kentucky State Fair taking a bit of a back seat, having only two shows at Freedom Hall. The continuing increase in touring acts coming through town was unabated. However, Louisville musicians were busy as well, with a number of recordings released for sale as well as several new videos. Also, micro- and mini-festivals continue to pop up here and there, including the return of the Jugband Jubliee , the new Outskirts Festival (a female-oriented event) and the inaugural Seven Sense Festival. Information about them follows.
The too-much-music-for-your-budget situation will continue to confront music fans, as the Mercury Ballroom's very assertive booking is driving other venues to stretch out as well, resulting in the above-noted cornucopia. Apparently the market has not been sufficiently "tested" to effect a change.
• JaLin Roze, Touch AC and Dr. Dundiff have a new release, titled "Holy Trinity."
• Drag City Records has announced the September 23 release of Bonnie "Prince" Billy 's latest project, Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues. To listen to an interview about the record, go tohttps://t.e2ma.net/click/d41vg/1anvnp/x3el7b
• Louisville hardcore band Xerxes has released the first track from an upcoming album, Collision Blonde. The track is titled "Exit 123," which is the first exit on I-64 after crossing the river into Indiana from Kentucky. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan to hear the track and get a bit more of the story.
• Louisville native Ben Thornewill's Jukebox The Ghost trio has announced their fourth LP, Jukebox The Ghost, due of on October 21 on Yep Roc Records. They also released a new track from the project, "Sound Of A Broken Heart." For more details,check the story at CMJ.com.
• Louisville's Dirty Bitch released the nine-song Death Is In You project. You can listen at theirBandcamp site.
•Evan Patterson's alternate musical persona Jaye Jayle has a new seven-inch scheduled for release on September 9 viaJade Tree. The A-Side is "The Beast Keeps Cool"; the B-Side is "It's Jayle Time."
•My Morning Jacket has released some live tracks from the 2014 One Big Holiday event. You can find them at
•Will Oldham's debut Palace Brothers record, There Is No One What Will Take Care Of You, was released back in 1993. On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary, Louisville Is For Lovers released a record of covers of songs from that album, called THERE IS NO ONE: A Louisville Is For Lovers Tribute to Palace Brothers. The covers were by Louisville artists, including Wax Fang, Cheyenne Mize, The Deloreans and even Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Originally, it was available only on vinyl and cassette but now it has been released in digital formats, both on CD and online. You can get it athttp://www.louisvilleisforlovers.com/ or viahttp://louisvilleisforlovers.bandcamp.com/album/there-is-no-one-a-louisville-is-for-lovers-tribute-to-palace-brothers. Thanks to John King at 37 Flood for the tip.
• Southern Indiana's John Mellancamp, who has not had a major hit for some time, will release his 23nd album, Plain Spoken, on September 23. He recently announced plans to launch an 80-city North American tour, beginning in January, in support of the new album. Rolling Stone hasmore
• The short version of the creation of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is this: Bob Dylan wrote over a hundred songs during the original Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. Lyrics from those sessions were recently discovered and a collaborative project ensued, featuring Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith and Carolina Chocolate Drop's Rhiannon Giddens. T. Bone Burnett produced. The group recorded twenty songs over a two-week period and those will be released in standard and deluxe editions on November 11 via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. The album will be accompanied by a Showtime documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued that will air November 21. You can preorderhere
• Pay attention, NRBQ fans – the former hometown band is coming to Jim Porter's for a show on October 24. Of course, only Terry Adams is an original member and the only Louisvillian, but he's the driving force in any case. Tickets to the show are $20.
• The National Jugband Jubilee, is scheduled for September 20 at the Brown_Forman Amphiteatre on the Waterfront. Set to appear are: Maria Muldaur & her Garden of Joy Jug Band; the Juggernaut Jug Band; the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs; The Hokum High Rollers; The Steel City Jug Slammers; Bones Jugs N Harmony; Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues; Drunken Catfish Ramblers Traveling Medicine Show & Hokum Minstrels and The Jake Leg Stompers. Schedule to follow. For more information, here over tojugbandjubilee.com
• The lineup for the first Outskirts Music Festival, set for October 10-12 at the New Vintage, has been released. It looks to be very interesting all the way around. The Sunday schedule will be particularly interesting to longtime Louisville music fans, with the return to the city of both Antietam and Tara Jane ONeil. Also in that category is a reunion appearance of Drinking Woman. Here's the complete schedule, with ticket info after:
Friday, October 10 @ The New Vintage:
Marnie Stern New York, NY/ Kill Rock Stars
Tweens Cincinnati, OH/Frenchkiss Records
Lozen Tacoma, WA
Twenty First Century Fox Louisville
Lady Pyramid, Louisville with DJ Kim Sorise (Louisville)
Saturday, October 11 @ The New Vintage:
Drinking Woman (Reunion Show!) Louisville/Los Angeles
Shannon Wright , Atlanta, Ga//Touch & Go
The Cell Phones , Chicago, IL
Trophy Wife , Philadelphia, PA
Absolutely Not , Chicago, IL
The Sandpaper Dolls , Louisville, Ky//Karate Body Records
Cher Von, Louisville, KY
Saturday Late Show @ The Cure Lounge
Abiyah * Cincinnati, Oh
Mahogany Reign *, Cincinnati, OH with Blythe Of The Ball
*Abiyah and Mahogany Reign will also perform at the Rockshops for Girls!
Sunday, October 12 @ The New Vintage
Antietam, New York, NY//Carrot Top Records
Tara Jane O'N e il , Los Angeles//Kranky Records
Maiden Radio , Louisville//Ol Kentuck Records
The Fervor , Louisville//Karate Body Records
Bridge 19, Louisville
Twin Limb , Louisville
Early Bird Weekend Pass: $35 all-access pass: (Limited to 50 passes) Available athttp://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/671413 Individual Day Tickets: $15 advance / $20 day of show: Advance tickets available.
• For all the songwriters out there who would like to connect up with other writers, there's a new organization currently forming, called Kentucky Association of Songwriters, Lyricists, And Composers. It's being set up by Fairdale writer Jack Johnson, who was a member of the old Louisville Area Songwriters Cooperative , back in the Nineties. It's a group for networking, education and related songwriter activities. For more information, read his brochure text athttp://www.issues.louisvillemusicnews.net/2014/2014August/KASLACBROCHUREINSIDE.doc (Microsoft Word docs)
• The inaugural Seven Sense Festival will feature 20+ live musical acts (performing at two outdoor stages and three indoor locations), seven local/regional breweries, several local food trucks/booths, and numerous local vendors. The event will be free from start to finish and all ages until 10PM, at which point the event will continue into the four establishments located on Preston Street (Zanzabar, The New Vintage, Greenhaus and Purrswaytions). The festival is also benefitting the local Boys and Girls Haven, which since the '50s has helped the lives of more than 3,500 abandoned, abused and neglected children. Additional details are available athttps://www.facebook.com/sevensensefestival