None of the news that’s fit to print. Just kidding…
With recent and totally insane records sprouting up from the likes of Phantom Family Halo, Nerves Jr., and others, a number of writers have been asking “what’s in the water in Louisville?” Here’s your answer: drugs. A lot of drugs – via an expose by The Louisville Courier-Journal.
Speaking of local music, looks like music legend and Rodan/Rachel’s founder Jason Noble is doing pretty well, as a new Shipping News record, One Less Heartless To Hear, hits on November 9 via Karate Body and Noise Pollution. In other Noble news, The Young Scamels, the one-off live collaboration for the 2008 production of The Tempest at Actor’s Theater of Louisville featuring Jason and other members of Rachel’s, will soon gain a wider audience. The (pun kinda intended) theatrical post rock project sees proper release courtesy of Chicago’s File Thirteen. It just came out yesterday, so go grip it, mach schnell! Oh, and if you’ve been jonesin’ to finally have a Rodan shirt – new press of ’em just hit ShirtKiller, with all proceeds going to help alleviate Jason’s medical bills.
Gene Ween (half of Ween, unless you count Mean Ween) is doing a solo acoustic tour, and will be hitting up Cosmic Charlies in Lexington on November 13th. Tickets are only $20 at MusicToday for this once-in-a-blue-moon intimate event. BOOGNISH ROAD TRIP!
The new Swans album is streaming at The Netherlands’ 3VOOR12. Despite their age, they’re still scary as all hell. Wish the Chicago show wasn’t during the work week :(
For the second year in a row, The Decibel Tolls is the proud winner of zero (0) LEO Weekly Readers Choice Awards, including not best local blog, not best music writer, not best local website, and not best promoter! Run and tell that homeboy! We’re all very proud, and to celebrate, TDT will be on location at the Readers Choice Awards Party tomorrow evening, from 6 p.m. to 10, at the Kentucky Center For the Arts (501 W. Main, downtown). Free entertainment, food, full bar, and best of all, Kenny Bloggins will be getting toasted and belligerent with We Listen For You and Buzzgrinder, culminating in (probably) some booing and the swift, well-deserved kicking of Joe Manning in the ass while he’s not looking. One love. However, big congrats to our friends at Backseat Sandbar on winning two categories (blog and website)!
Did you know that Slint‘s Spiderland is getting the 33 1/3 book series treatment? It’s true, and it’s hitting shelves soon – written by our friend Scott Tennent! (Speaking of books, YVYNL‘s been throwin’ some reading material your way to scope out)
Looks like Spacehog is the secret show at Midpoint Music Festival this weekend? Well, okay. That sucks a d. And by “d,” I mean weiner. This is not the change I voted for! But other good acts hit various stage in the Queen City. Please refer to WYFY‘s preview guide for the best of the crop, venues, and set times, as well as the Midpoint site.
This weekend, Bloomington celebrates its own underground music with XRA Fest, organized by, as one could infer, XRA Records. Great line-up, including TDT-friend and killer folk troubadour Brother Stephen. Czech the lineup and details.
Quick programming note: Kenny Bloggins has a real camera now. No more bush league bullshit photography. It’s a Nikon D40. The D camera with its D-bag owner make its debut at the A Place To Bury Strangers show next Wedensday at Zazanbar with recent local upstart K-Tranza. Greatly looking forward to both. Sad for Zbar Joe’s PA though – it’s fucked after this show.
How to describe the music industry in a single photo. Thank me later…
Really intrigued by Chicago-based band Chord, which features Trevor Shelley de Brauw of Pelican and Phil Dole of X-Bax. Like The Shitty Beatles, it’s not just a clever name – Chord celebrates and explores the possibilities of single-chord songs by selecting one chord and making it the focus of the entire song. Like Sunn O))), but on purpose. Their sophomore effort is called Progression (cute), and it’s out on Important Records November 5th. Bear in mind, the opening of the CD version is EbMaj9 (descent) [download it on Mediafire], while the vinyl features EbMaj9 (ascent). That’s real talk.
Finally, after months dropping off tracks here and there on Twitter and in doctor office waiting rooms, coffeeshops, and polling places, our friend Ghost Animal releases his debut, Summertime in Heaven. And… it’s free. Go here to improve your afternoon. Spoiler warning: it’s fucking awesome and will end up on our Year End List 2010 somewhere. Now that’s focused!
Thanks for reading. Some songs that get mad play, just like Bloggins when he’s kickin’ it with your moms, below…
Mahogany – Chance
Sybille Baier – Give Me A Smile
Beachwood Sparks – Confusion is Nothing New
Pentangle – Light Flight
Jessica Bailiff – Evidence
Marmalade – I See the Rain
Fungi Girls – Colour The Floor
Simply Saucer – Dance the Mutation
Bardo Pond – Endurance
Big Troubles – Video Rock
Space Needle – Old Spice