For those not in the know, the folks behind Louisville Is For Lovers have been curating, archiving, and releasing albums that showcase homegrown bands and artists from Louisville since 2001. Most notably, they are recognized for their decade long LIFL Valentine’s Compilation that featured original love songs from the likes of My Morning Jacket, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and hundreds of others annually for Valentine’s Day from lasting from 2001 – 2010.
This February will mark as the 15 year anniversary of Louisville is for Lovers, and to celebrate John King has announced a new compilation LP called LIFE that is slated to showcase more than 30 homegrown Louisville bands and artists performing exclusive love songs. After a quick look at the roster of musicians, it’s easy to get stoked on this release. Take a look:
LIFE will be released as a 30-plus track download available at the LIFL bandcamp page, as well as on vinyl as a 10 song colored vinyl offering that will include a download card including the full 30 songs advertised. To help get this ambitious release going, a Crowd Funder account has been set up at RocketHub.com to help fund the effort. The campaign will last through Dec. 20th 2015 and offers many items in return for donations. Mostly, a Funder can pre-order the 2016 compilation either as a download or as LP+Download, as well as receive a download for a never before released LIVE album of Louisville Is For Lovers songs called Live; pronounced [liv]. This album is available for a donation as little as $5 and includes previously unreleased live performances by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
To get you stoked on it’s inception, a record release showcase is scheduled to happen at Zanzabar on Friday Feb.12th 2016. As of right now, I have no idea what bands/artists will be playing this event, but we’ll keep you informed as this information becomes available.
ALSO WORTH MENTIONING: The LIFL folks plan to digitize and remaster all 10 previous Valentine’s Comps to ensure the music can be, and will remain available as a recorded history of music from Louisville over the past 15 years. A re-issue from one of the 10 previous comps is planned to be released every month throughout 2016. They also hope to release a 10 album CD boxset of the 2001-2010 comps by Dec.1st of next year as well as make other previous releases available for the first time digitally as well including the 2010 Summer 7″ Series and other releases. Stay tuned!