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Down On The Corner
A couple of Louisville connected groups have used Kickstarter to fund projects. Appalatin set up a campaign to raise $6,000 for a second album. It was completed very quickly.
Jeremy Podgursky, formerly with The Pennies and now a composer at Indiana University, used a campaign to raise $7,000 to pay for a commissioned work and four concerts to play it. Musicians, take note.
Podgursky also had the good news that the Pennies "Come, We Go" (1999) was featured on a recent episode of "Shameless" on Showtime. Sometimes, it takes while…
The Harvard Foundation named Nicole Sherzinger the 2013 Artist oF the Year. She was awarded the foundation's most prestigious medal at its annual award ceremony on February 23 before an audience of 1,200 students during the Cultural Rhythms festival. (The story ran in the Harvard Gazette, not the Harvard Lampoon.) Maybe the honor helped take the sting out of the news that her latest, "Boomerang," was deselected from the BBC Radio 1 playlist in place of "more important" releases.
• SonaBLAST! Records has announced the signing of The Debauchees, with a new release set for summer.
•New York-based Streaker Records has signed Louisville's Uh Huh Baby Yeah, which has been recording with Little Heart Records. Streaker will release on their new EP, Trash Talk, due out on April 23 via Streaker Records/Little Heart Records.
•Besides his many credits as a singer/songwriter, Will Oldham started out in the entertainment business as a child actor and has continued to act in a variety of films and videos. His latest role is in an independent film called "The Lonely Life," produced by Austin, Texas musician and filmmaker Mike Aho. The film was be shown in Austin on February 28, with Oldham and Aho in attendance.
•Speaking of Will Oldham , Online zine Alarm Magazine had a short Q&A with him about coffee, in which he says that he likes to go toe Quills or Sunergo when he's not drinking his own branded coffee, Kona Rose
•The Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot is set for Noon to 6 p.m., April 13, at Brown-Forman Amphitheatre. Players include Butch Rice, Sandpaper Dolls, The Dirty Church Revival, The Tunesmiths, Alanna Fugate, The Quiet Hollers and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. The event is free, with lots of things for kids to do.
•Jackie DeShannon, born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky, will receive the Governor's Award For Lifetime Achievement at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum 2013 Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 12 at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom (430 West Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507). Also scheduled to be inducted are The Kentucky Headhunters, Exile, Skeeter Davis, The Hilltoppers, Old Joe Clark, Emory & Linda Martin and Steven Curtis Chapman.
•Houndmouth's recent rise on the national scene has not gone unnoticed in Louisville, with Production Simple and WFPK selecting the band to open the Coors Light Summer Concert Series at Iroquois Amphitheater on April 26, which is also the Amphitheater's 75th Anniversary Opening Weekend.
•Louisville teenaged country singer Brandy Neelly won a Golden Ticket on American Idol in Chicago auditions recently. Here's the official video. We wish her the best of luck.
•If you've been waiting to see who will play Forecastle Fest before buying your tickets, you'll know come March 4 at noon, when the schedule will be announced. This year's dates of the 11th Forecastle Festival are July 12-14, at Louisville's Waterfront Park.
Brown, Mark, 50, died in Louisville on February 17, 2013. He was a guitarist who played with Crakerbox Palace, Vice Versa and Cliffhanger. He was also a regular at Rubbie's Sunday Night Jam session.
Burton, Rahn, 78, jazz pianist and composer died in New York City on January 2013. He was born in Louisville, graduated Central High and attended the University of Louisville.
Stuebling, Thomas Alan, 72, died on Feburary 13, 2013. He was a drummer who played with various groups in the Sixites, including the Bob Hardwick Trio.
Cook, Jon, 40, died in Louisville on February 9, 2013. He was a bassist, drummer and guitarist who was instrumental in the Louisville punk, post-punk and hardcore scenes, having playing with Rodan (drums), Cerebellum, Experimental Pollen and Crain, the latter an important post-hardcore band. He was also an actor in the underground rock indie movie Half-Cocked, which was partially set in his residence/crash pad The Rocket House.