The initial lineup for this year's Forecastle Festival has been revealed. Buy your tickets for the three-day event HERE.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Preview a song from Old Baby's upcoming Misunderstanding Human Behavior 12" record below. The song is titled "Pale As Man" and the album is set to be released March 6th on Hawthorne Street Records. If you didn't know, the band features Todd Cook (Shipping News, Kings Daughters and Sons), Jonathan Glen Wood, Neil Argabright (Sapat), Drew Osborn (Workers) and Evan Patterson (Young Widows).
Old Baby - Pale as Man by brooklynvegan
Also, a new live video of Old Baby playing the aforementioned song has surfaced on Youtube. The band is shown playing a recent show in Brooklyn, New York. Don't forget to check them out here in Louisville this Saturday (2/25) at The Clifton Center (click HERE for the facebook event page and more information on the show).
State Champion have announced their upcoming tour dates. The lengthy U.S. tour kicks off March 17th in St. Louis and concludes April 11th as the band returns home to Louisville. For more information on the band and their tour, click HERE.
SAT (3/17) THE LEMP, ST. LOUIS, MO (3301 LEMP AVE.)
SUN (3/18) FIRHOUSE PUB, NORMAL, IL (107 E. BEAUFORT ST.)
TUE (3/20) VAUDEVILLE MEWS, DES MOINES, IA (212 4TH ST.) W/ PATRICK TAPE FLEMING (OF POISON CONTROL CENTER) + WOLVES IN THE ATTIC
WED (3/21) MURMUR STUDIOS, MASON CITY, IA (109 1ST ST. NE) W/ MONHEIM
THUR (3/22) MEDUSA, MINNEAPOLIS, MN (1154 HENNEPIN AVE.)
FRI (3/23) THE SPACE, CEDAR FALLS, IA (109 E. 2ND ST.) W/ JUNE TUESDAY + DYLAN SIRES + FAT D N THE ROSE MARIES
SAT (3/24) SITUATIONS, CHICAGO, IL (!@#$%^&*) W/ CHRISTMAS BRIDE + LIFE PARTNER
SUN (3/25) DAY SHOW/HOUSE PARTY, CHICAGO, IL (!@#$%^&*) W/ PILE + FAT HISTORY MONTH + ANIMAL CITY
SUN (3/25) NIGHT SHOW (WE MAY OR MAY NOT PLAY, BUT COME ANYWAY), CASA DONDE, CHICAGO, IL (21ST + KEDZIE) W/ PILE + FAT HISTORY MONTH + BRETT SOVA + THE NEW DIET
MON (3/26) A.J. ROCCO’S, CLEVELAND, OH (816 HURON RD.) W/ FILMSTRIP
TUE (3/27) HOUSE SHOW, ROCHESTER, NY (1214 S. PLYMOUTH AVE.)
WED (3/28) MONKEY HOUSE, WINOOSKI, VT (30 MAIN ST.) W/ HELLO SHARK + SMALL HOUSES
THUR (3/29) THE RED DOOR, PORTSMOUTH, NH (107 STATE ST.) W/ ELLEN PAGE
FRI (3/30) HARLOW’S PUB, PETERBOROUGH, NH (1 SCHOOL ST.) W/ BUNNY’S A SWINE
SAT (3/31) WACKY CASTLE, ALLSTON, MA (!@#$%^&*) W/ PILE + FAT HISTORY MONTH + GRASS IS GREEN
SUN (4/1) CAKE SHOP, NEW YORK, NY (152 LUDLOW ST.) W/ BALL OF FLAME SHOOT FIRE
MON (4/2) DEATH BY AUDIO, BROOKLYN, NY (49 S. 2ND ST.) W/ MAIL THE HORSE + STREET GNAR
TUE (4/3) DETAILS SOON, PHILADELPHIA, PA
WED (4/4) DETAILS SOON, RICHMOND, VA
THUR (4/5) DETAILS SOON, CHAPEL HILL, NC
FRI (4/6) DETAILS SOON, ATLANTA, GA
SAT (4/7) PHOENIX TAPROOM/INFINTESMAL BBQ, JACKSONVILLE, FL (325 W. FORSYTH ST.)
SUN (4/8) NOBBY’S, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (10 ANASTASIA BLVD.)
WED (4/11) DETAILS SOON, LOUISVILLE, KY W/ 200 YEARS
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A new track from Black God has emerged and is available as a free download. The song is titled "Everyone's A Friend" and is to be featured on their upcoming seven inch record to be released by No Idea Records on March 20th. Preorder the record here, then listen/download the track below:
Monday, February 20, 2012
Victory Over Sound is the exciting new project from D.W. Box and Kevin Ratterman that features members of bands such as Second Story Man, Sapat, Silver Tongues, Whistle Peak and Ultra Pulverize. Listen to them below:
You'll get your fist chance to check them out in a big way this Saturday as they are playing their debut show at The Clifton Center. Joining them are Karate Body recording artists Silver Tongues followed by Old Baby (featuring members of Young Widows, Kings Sons and Daughters, Shipping News and Workers).
The show will cost you ten bucks, doors open at 7:30PM and the show is scheduled to start at 8PM. Advance tickets can be purchased now at Why Louisville or Better Days Records. Check out the show's facebook event page HERE.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls
Karate Body Records
In an age where folk-pop bands are more abundant than ever, a band like Whistle Peak can be easy to overlook. A casual listen isn't particularly fetching, but the more attention paid to this five-piece's vast array of cleverly borrowed sounds and experimentation provide proof they can certainly stand out. The songs on Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls don't necessarily reinvent a genre, but they certainly provide a solid offering to fans of bands ranging anywhere from The Flaming Lips to Wilco or even the Beach Boys.
Throughout this record an earnest, warm commotion is consistantly imminent. The somber reverb heavy vocals from Billy Petot mesh well with the mostly conventional song structures without any sort of gimmicky aftertaste. The songs from beginning to end are often decorated with clever, refined instrumentation as no musical device takes center stage. Xylophone and synthesizer are utilized gingerly to enhance each track's glowing feel while basic guitar riffs are one-upped with light-hearted ukelele tracks. The simple but effective percussion throughout the record ranging from handclapping sections on songs like "Play The Ghost" to the eclectic auxillary rhythm section on "Big and Bright". As the band veers a bit off course into "Us Two Can Play" I'm reminded of a game over screen from a Super Nintendo cartridge, which in my estimation is a good thing.
At first glance, Whistle Peak's Half Asleep isn't overly remarkable, but catchy lo-fi pop songs like "Wings Won't Behave", and "In A Boat On A Lake" keep me coming back for more. This record is solid from front to back and will be revisited again and again if not only for the livelier toe-tappers.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tender Mercy is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Mark Kramer. The music on display can be described as minimalist acoustic folk rock. The new record titled The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell is set to be released next month on Dunkenstein Records. Check out the video below featuring Tender Mercy playing at Harley's Main Street Tavern a few weeks ago:
Friday, February 10, 2012
Louisville has seen quite a few quality indie rock bands come and go, and City of Ghosts is no different. The two mainstays of the band were Syd Bishop and Jon Hill who both were previously in another band called The Seaside Panel. The rest of the lineup changed frequently, but a few notables included Mike Seymour, Jacob Miller and Guy Kelly. Members of City of Ghosts when on to be in bands like Your Black Star, Lee Van Cleef, The Royalty, and Siberia among others.
From 2000 to 2002, the band released two albums that were both put out by RKT Records. One was called Ikiryoh, and the other was a selftitled effort. Before the band decided to call it quits, they recorded eight songs for one last record but it was never released. It's a shame because I believe it is some of the better material the band ever produced. Anyway, check it out:
CITY OF GHOSTS - UNRELEASED RECORD + 1 Bonus Track
1. Like Titan, Reigning Gasoline
2. Food in the Genesis Cave
3. The Life of Alan Turing
4. Like Pythagorus
5. A Glass House and All it's Cannons
6. Sell Everything
7. Ache Wire
8. Emperor Norton
BONUS TRACK: Like Titan, Reigning Gasoline
Download the unreleased untitled album HERE. For more information on City of Ghosts, check out Louisville Hardcore.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The fine folks at Friday Night Somewhere have just released their latest episode featuring extensive coverage of Cropped Out festival from a few months ago. Included are interviews and clips of live performances from Anwar Sadat, Coliseum, Cross, Natives, Natural Child, Scratch Acid, and more. Certainly worth the watch: