Saturday, January 13, 2007


TLP January 13, 2007

Awight, peeps -
The year’s first full-fledged Lex Pro – announcements, Greg Abernathy’s list of outdoors-y haps, The Picks, and … a bunch of lists from ’06. Thanks to everyone who submitted one. Hope all are well. Luv, Ross

p.s. If you didn’t submit a list yet but are inspired to do so, put one together and I’ll stick it up.

:::::::::::::::::::::::: Announcements :::::::::::::::::::::::::::

** Mon/January 15 – MLK Day Open-house @ The Carnegie Center
The Carnegie Center, 215 W. Second St, hosts a youth and family open house in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Guest speakers, crafts and activities, youth oral histories, a LEXfusion community mapping presentation, Capoeira music and dance, a citizensCreate! mural, an art exhibit by Open Ground, FREE food from Gumbo Ya Ya (including a vegan option), and more. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information call 859/254-4175 or visit

** Wed/January 17 - Roller Racing @ The Icehouse
The alleycat spirit moves indoors. This Wednesday, January 18 at 8pm - roller racing at the Icehouse, 412 Cross St - just off W. Maxwell, where, as the flyer says "it's slightly warmer." $5 at the door includes registration and keeps you in beer. Prizes provided by Conti, Hutchinson, Cannondale, and more. For more info, drop a line to Alex at (For a idea of what roller racing's like, check out Therese Bjorn's "Rolling The Night Away.")

** Bluegrass Film Society at BCTC - Spring Schedule
Michael Benton and our BFS friends re-up and reload for the Spring. Below’s the full schedule. Note the change – the films used to screen on Thursdays, now it’s WEDNESDAYS. All films start at 7:45pm in the auditorium in Oswald Building on the campus of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (aka the old LCC). They’re still FREE and open to everyone. For more info about the series and tons o’ interesting film discussions, check BFS at

1/17: C.R.A.Z.Y. (Canada)
1/24: Yes (United Kingdom)
1/31: Save the Green Planet (South Korea)
2/7: Downfall (Germany)
2/14: Le Grande Voyage (Morocco)
2/21: Tsotsi (South Africa)
2/28: Last Life in the Universe (Thailand)
3/7: Travellers and Magicians (Bhutan)
3/21: Cache (France)
3/28: In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong)
4/4: Walk on Water (Israel)
4/11: Brothers (Denmark)
4/18: 3 Iron (South Korea)
4/25: Nine Queens (Argentina)

** Opening Thursday, January 18 - PET: New Paintings by Bill Santen & Georgia Henkel @ UK’s Singletary Center
A new exhibit by two of my favorite artists (see my list for ’06, I’m all up on their jock). PET: New Paintings by Bill Santen & Georgia Henkel, Jan 5 – Feb 18 in the President's Room Gallery at UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts. Opening Reception: Thurs/January 18, 6:30-7:30 pm. Located on the corner of Rose and Euclid. Hours: M-F 12-5pm and during evening/weekend performances. For more info, call 257-8157.

** Fri/January 19 - FREE In-Store Performance at CD Central – Nashville’s Hotpipes
CD Central plays host to a FREE all-ages in-store performance by acclaimed Nashville indie rockers Hotpipes. I must admit, although I’ve heard good things, I haven’t listened to them. So, I’ll let them do the talking … "We are the Hotpipes from Nashville, TN and are currently on tour supporting our second full-length release, "Hotpipes". We don't really know what we sound like, but if we were to have some bands over for dinner and drinks, we would probably invite Tom Waits, the Walkmen, XTC and the Queens of the Stone Age, and then probably end up eating and drinking by ourselves. You will be able to find us playing in clubs all across the country, as well as stripped down shows in local record stores, to support this record. Acts such as the Features, De Novo Dahl, the High Strung and the Turnbull AC's will be sharing stages with us. We hope to see you at some of these shows very soon." Better me and take the opportunity to listen to ‘em at, Go and keep the store’s lovely new pooch Zeena company. If her reaction to the relatively calm in-store this past Wednesday was any indication, she’ll need some lovin’.

** Sunday, January 28 – LPO presents Milton Street CMS
An interesting-looking Philharmonic event– a progressive flute and percussion duo. Sounds like something that might be at home in the Outside the Spotlight series. Below are the full details. Pay attention to the “Tickets” line – “Mention The Lexington Project when you buy a ticket and receive one FREE.” Cool. (Oh, and note the mention of “delicious desserts.”)

“The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra presents an Audible & Edible (A&E) concert with Milton Street Chamber Music Society. Milton Street CMS is a pioneering and versatile flute and percussion duo dedicated to the performance of works from a diversity of styles and composers. Malone's Banquets provides the perfect location (and delicious desserts!) for the LPO's principal timpanist Brady Harrison and flutist Heather Verbeck.

Based out of Cincinnati, Milton Street CMS has a special interest in newer works written specifically for their unique instrumental combination. This season they will present works that vary widely in sound, style, and form. Their repertoire includes some of the earliest works written for this combination, as well as brand new works from the 21st century. Performances typically include a wide range of percussion instruments, from marimba to vibraphone, fire-bells to gourds, and it is not unusual to see three different sizes of flutes on stage. Milton Street CMS seek to tear down the stereotypical boundaries of classical chamber music while creating artful performances that may be at one moment thrilling and in the next solemn.

Date: Sunday, January 28th
Location: Malone's Banquets
Time: 3:30 p.m
Tickets: $12 in advance, $13 at door. Mention The Lexington Project when you buy a ticket and receive one free.
Order tickets: 859.233.4226 or

** H’Artful of Fun needs you!
How’d I end up with friends in such high (-falutin’) places?! My pal LaTasha Buckner is the volunteer coordinator for the Lexington Arts and Science Center fundraiser “H’Artful of Fun.” Now, H’Artful (which goes down Friday, February 9th) is one of those good-hearted-but-out-of-my-price-range fundraisers that I mumble about under my breath – “Yummy sh*t … wine … BOURBON! … $50 a person! … f*ck that … “ Well, LaTasha has presented a way around the financial wall – VOLUNTEER. Volunteer a little time on the night of the event or for clean-up on the day after and, in return, you’ll get a FREE ticket. So, it’s a chance to contribute to a worthy entity (if you didn’t know, LASC offers an amazing array of arts and science classes/workshops to area chi’dren and adults – see for yourself at and enjoy the fancy*schmancy stuff at the same time. If you’re interested in volunteering, drop LaTasha a line at More info on “H’Artful” coming in the next issue.

:::::::::::::::::: YOU GO OUTDOORS. I GO OUTDOORS. LET’S GO OUTDOORS TOGETHER. :::::::::::::::::::::::::

Dig out a warm coat, hat, gloves and some boots and get out-of-doors this January – take a hike or volunteer in the battle against invasive plants. If the winter conditions are too much to bear hold out until late January and KET will offer you the ability to be an armchair naturalist.

:: Saturday, January 13 :: Volunteer workday at Floracliff State Nature Preserve (Fayette County), 1 p.m. EST. Join in the effort to remove bush honeysuckle from the preserve as part of an ongoing effort to protect our native species. Tools and snacks will be provided. Call (859) 351-7770 for more information.

:: Sunday, January 14 :: Cabin fever walk at Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve (Jefferson County). Join preserve naturalists for a 1.5 mile guided hike from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. The program cost is $5 per person, free for LNC members.

:: Saturday, January 20 :: Winter tree identification hike at Floracliff State Nature Preserve (Fayette County). Do you think trees are hard to identify without their leaves? Well they can be, but we’ll cover how to identify some of them by looking at their bark, buds, and leaf scars. The event requires advance registration and cost $4 per person or $10.00 per family. Call (859) 351-7770 to register or for more information.

:: Saturday, January 20 :: Winter Slithers. The Kentucky Herpetological Society hosts an indoor presentation of live amphibians and reptiles at Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve (Jefferson County). Learn about the habits of these creatures, which might normally slip past you out on the trail. Afterward, there will be a guided hike in the preserve. The program is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST and cost $5, free for LNC members.

:: Saturday, January 27 :: Owl Prowl. A live presentation of owls native to Kentucky will be held at Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve (Jefferson County). There will also be a guided night hike in the preserve to search for owls. The program is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST and cost $10, free for LNC members. Space is limited, so make reservations early!

:: Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28 :: KET's Kentucky Life segment "Dragonflies of Kentucky", featuring Ellis Laudermilk, KSNPC invertebrate biologist, and Carl Cook, longtime dragonfly enthusiast, will air on KET1 on Jan. 27, 2007, at 8 p.m. EST. It will repeat on Jan. 28th, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. EST on KET1.

- Greg Abernathy

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: THE PICKS :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
::::::::: Friday, January 12 through Wednesday, January 24 :::::::::::

:: Saturday, January 13 ::

The triumphant (? – guess we’ll have to wait and get the post-touring scoop from our friends – Sammy has reported at least one hospital visit - before stating that so emphatically) return of our pretty indie pop ambassadors, home from a Southern tour. In the opening slot … Nashville’s (via Cincinnati) Hotpipes, celebrating the release of their new cd.,,

:: Tuesday, January 16 ::
9pm, ages 21+, $3

Meant to get this issue out in time to hip everyone to E.M.’s set at Common Grounds. Didn’t happen. So, I’ll direct you to check out these new-ish psych-rock locals at The Dame.

:: Friday, January 19 ::
DAVE SMOLEN w/KRAKENFURY & BIRTHDAY GIRL @ The Frowny Bear, 208 Forest Park - 9pm, all ages, donations for bands

Smolen arrives from the Philly D.I.Y. school of experimentation. He’s a recently inaugurated member of Philadelphia noise gods Sharks With Wings and a comrade of out-there Pennsylvanian saxophonist Jack Wright (each of whom have played stunning sets in Lex over the past couple years). Krakenfury & Birthday Girl = Lex-noise weirdos Thaddeus Watson and Dee Snyder, two of my favorite dudes.,,
[Full Disclosure: I helped organize this show.]

Friday January 19:
J. GLENN w/ONWARD PILGRIM @ High Life Lounge, corner Woodland and Euclid - 10pm, ages 21+, $3
J Glenn is a one man band inspired by the likes of Hasil Adkins, sour mash, Hank Williams and Black fucking Oak Arkansas. He plays his banjo til it almost breaks, and his guitar even harder. He makes you get the whole heartbreak thing, and at the same time is always kickin' something. He was the original drummer for My Morning Jacket, but if he finds out I said that, he may throw a table at me. This show is part of some dates preceding the release of his first full length CD (which features, if I don't mind sayin', some mighty fine jawharpin' and hollerin' from yours truly) . It will actually feature J Glenn performing his one-man set up with a full band backing him, including members of the Touched and Yardsale.
Also playing will be Onward Pilgrim, whom I dont actually know much about, except that they are from somewhere in Kentucky. - Brian Manley,

:: Tuesday, January 23 ::
SUMMER HYMNS w/FOLKLORE and NOISY CRANE @ Mecca, 451 Chair Avenue – across S. Broadway from UK’s Reynolds Bldg - 9pm, all ages, $3 – sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM and Action Arts

Two great bands from Athens, GA. Softly crafted, endlessly catchy indie pop with a propensity for swelling to rock-out mode. Strongly recommended to fans of Scourge of the Sea, Yo La Tengo, and Elf Power. Take a listen -,
[Full Disclosure: I helped organize this show.]

:: Wednesday, January 24 ::
FUNCTION w/CABO LADIES and KEENAN LAWLER @ The Icehouse, 412 Cross St – just off W. Maxwell - 8pm, all ages, $3-5 suggested donation

Function = lush and beautiful experimental folk/pop, from Australia/NYC/Chicago. Check out “Beloved, Lost to Begin With” on their MySpace page. You’ll fall in love. Cabo Ladies = amazing, mesmerizing psychedelic noise-scapes. Their performance in December at Mecca (as part of “Synaesthesia”) was one of my favorites of ’06. Keenan Lawler = psychedelic-blues-drone guitar experimenter from the vile ‘ville (aka Louisville).,,
[Full Disclosure: I helped organize this show.]

:: Also worthwhile in the January 12-24 timeframe ::
Every Friday RAKADU GYPSY DANCE @ Nema’s Grille (Frankfort) –
Every Sunday THE BLUEGRASS COLLECTIVE @ The Fishtank, corner of Euclid and Woodland – 9pm, no cover
Mon/Jan 15 Open mic w/CHARLIE WHITTINGTON @ The Dame
Wed/Jan 17 THE RUDIES @ The Dame
Fri/Jan 19 Traditional Country Tribute to Keep the Heat on Lexington @ The Dame
Fri/Jan 19 DE NOVO DAHL @ Southgate House (Newport, KY)
Sat/Jan 20 ILL SUBLIMINAL w/CORDUROY MAVERICKS, and DJ SPOON @ The Dame – late show, 10pm
Sat/Jan 20 HOTPIPES w/THE FEATURES, and TURNBULL AC’s @ Southgate House (Newport, KY)
Sat/Jan 20 GNARLS BARKLEY opening for THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS @ U.S. Bank Arena (Cincinnati)
Mon/Jan 22 HACKENSAW BOYS @ Southgate House (Newport, KY)
Tues/Jan 23 BEDTIME @ The Dame
Wed/Jan 24 PALEO @ The Dame

:: Soon Soon ::
Thurs/Jan 25 YO LA TENGO @ Bomhard Theater (Louisville)
Mon/Jan 29 Open mic w/CHARLIE WHITTINGTON @ The Dame
Tues/Jan 30 TIGHT LEATHER w/AMOROSO @ The Dame
Wed/Jan 31 THE LAY ALL OVER ITS @ The Icehouse, 412 Cross St – all ages
Wed/Jan 31 THE RAPTURE w/UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF GIANTS and VRKTM @ Headliners (Louisville) – all ages
Fri/Feb 2 OVER THE RHINE @ The Dame – early show, 7pm
Fri/Feb 2 G-FUNK @ The Dame – late show, 10pm
Sat/Feb 3 JONEZETTA @ Mad Hatter (Covington, KY)
Mon/Feb 5 ESSEX GREEN w/KIM TAYLOR @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Thurs/Feb 8 THE APPLES IN STEREO @ The Dame
Sat/Feb 10 “Century 2007” w/DJ ASSAULT, MATT BANDY, THE REFINERY, and DJ BOOTH @ The Dame
Fri/Feb 16 SUNDAY VALLEY @ The Dame
Tues/Feb 22 RICHARD BUCKNER w/SIX PARTS SEVEN @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Thurs/Mar 1 MATT VALENTINE + ERIKA ELDER w/WOODEN WAND, and CABO LADIES @ Mecca, 451 Chair Ave – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
Wed/Mar 7 BISHOP ALLEN @ Mecca – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
Fri/Mar 9 TV ON THE RADIO @ Brown Theater (Louisville)
Sat/Mar 10 PRIESTBIRD (formerly Tarantula A.D.) @ The Dame – early show, 7pm
Sat/Mar 10 RJD2 w/BUSDRIVER backed by ANTIMC, and HAPPY CHICHESTER @ The Dame – late show, 10pm
Sat/Mar 10 ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO w/CHUCK PROPHET @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Mon/Mar 12 THE WALKMEN @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Sat/Mar 17 DO MAKE SAY THINK @ The Dame
Sat/Mar 17 ALOHA w/SPARTA, and MEWITHOUTYOU @ Mad Hatter (Covington, KY)
Tues/Mar 20 OF MONTREAL @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Wed/Mar 21 SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME @ Mecca, 451 Chair Ave – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
Thurs/Mar 22 SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Mon/Apr 1 PAGE FRANCE @ Mecca, 451 Chair Ave – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM
Tues/Apr 15 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE @ Southgate House (Newport, KY) – ages 18+
Mon/Apr 21 THE THING (Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love) @ Mecca, 451 Chair Ave – all ages, sponsored by WRFL 88.1FM, part of the Outside the Spotlight series

:: Pertinent Resources ::

THE DAME, 156 W.Main St, Lexington -
THE ICEHOUSE, 412 Cross St (off W.Maxwell), Lexington
MECCA dance studio/gallery, 451 Chair Avenue, off S.Broadway near Bolivar -
CHARLES MANSION (a venue no longer, but the website’s a good spot to find out about shows) –
FROWNY BEAR, 208 Forest Park
THIRD STREET STUFF COFFEE, corner of Limestone and 3rd Street – ph. 859/255-5301
THE FISHTANK, corner of Woodland and Euclid Ave -
NATASHA'S CAFE, 112 Esplanade -
FAUNTLEROY’S CAFÉ, 640 W. Maxwell – ph. 859/455-8188
DOWNTOWN ARTS CENTER, 141 E. Main St, Lexington –
ARTSPLACE, 161 N.Mill St, Lexington
SINGLETARY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, corner of Euclid and Rose Sts – (all ages show listings) -
COUNTER FICTION (metal/punk/hardcore all ages show listings) –
CRICKET PRESS (amazing local poster art) -
WRFL 88.1FM (UK's student-run radio station) -
YOU AIN’T NO PICASSO (great locally-produced music blog) –

LAVA (Louisville Assembly of Vanguard Artists) HOUSE - 927 Shelby Parkway, Louisville -
HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL, Louisville - 1386 Lexington Road, ph. 502/584-8088 -
UNCLE PLEASANTS, 2126 S. Preston, Louisville - p.502/634-4147
THE POUR HAUS, 1481 S. Shelby Street (corner of Shelby and Burnett), Louisville
THE RUDYARD KIPLING, 422 West Oak Street, Louisville -
OLD LOUISVILLE COFFEHOUSE, 1489 S. Fourth St, Louisville - ph. 502/635-6660
PRODUCTION SIMPLE (produce many of the events at Headliners and Uncle Pleasants) –

__Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky__
ALCHEMIZE, 1122 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH –
THE COMET, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH -
BOGART'S, 2621 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH -
THE MOCKBEE (formerly SS NOVA), 2260 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH -
NORTHSIDE TAVERN, 4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH –

Know of an upcoming event that others should get hip to? Let us know - email
All Picks by Ross Compton unless otherwise noted.

:::::::::::::: LISTING ’06 ::::::::::::::::::::::::

Ross Compton

Dear ’06,
What I liked most about you …

Live shows:
Karl Blau w/Your Heart Breaks and Birddog, July 4th @ The Icehouse (hands down the happiest experience I had this year)
Duck Fat’s debut, September in the parking lot outside of Third Street Stuff Coffee
Masters of the Hemisphere w/Je Suis France, The Elephants, Lil Flip Scoldjah, Bugs Eat Books, Crewsin’ for a Brewsin’, April @ Underlying Themes
The Vandermark 5, February @ Underlying Themes
Rempis Percussion Quartet, April @ Mecca
Sharks With Wings, May in a basement in New Brunswick, NJ
The High Water Marks, September and November (opening for Portastatic) @ Mecca (they turn me into a fist-pumping, manically-bouncing kid again!)
Ladyhawk, October @ The Dame
Cabo Ladies, December @ Mecca

Supersystem - “A Million Microphones”
Karl Blau - “Beneath Waves”
The Blow - “Paper Television” and “Poor-Aim Love Songs” ep (“Poor-Aim…” wasn’t released in ‘06, but I discovered it this past year – AWESOME!)
Belle and Sebastian – “The Life Pursuit”
Yo La Tengo – “I’m Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass”
The New Sound of Numbers – “Liberty Seeds”

The Blow – “Parentheses”
Be Your Own Pet – “Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle”
Supersystem – “Eagles Fleeing Eyries”
Ghostface Killah – “Be Easy”
Still Flyin’ – “Statistics”
Tom Brosseau – “Everybody Knows Empty Houses Are Lonely”
Karl Blau – “Into the Nada”
Yo La Tengo – “Sometimes I Don’t Get You”
Belle and Sebastian – “The Blues Are Still Blue”
Ben Kweller – “I Gotta Move”
Absentee – “More Troubles”
Vert – “Velocity”

Movie: “The Devil and Daniel Johnston”

Art Exhibits:
“memento” (Bill Santen, Kurt Gohde, Louis Bickett, Scott Scarbaro, and others) @ ArtsPlace
“Hung & Unsung II” (poster and print works, compiled by our friends at Cricket Press) @ ArtsPlace
Georgia Henkel @ Alfalfa
“Animals” (Bill Santen) @ KY School for the Blind, Louisville

Random stuff …

TV! - Man, I can’t believe I used to be part of the ‘I don’t watch TV’ brigade. HBO rules the world. That’s that. The fourth season of “The Wire” so dominated my attention for the past four months that I almost forgot how amazing the third season of “Deadwood” was. The old (?) tagline - “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO.” – that sh*t’s for real. In addition to the original series stuff (“Entourage” and “Lucky Louie” also deserve praise – “The Sopranos,” you’re on probation … you best finish strong). HBO was the conduit for Spike Lee’s ”When The Leevees Broke,” a four-act documentary about Katrina and its aftermath. I cried early and often. The four+ hours of this documentary should be mandatory viewing.

Exercise – I can get stuck in a pretty vicious loop of self-hatred from time to time. Rediscovered exercise as a means of diluting that negativity. Joined a gym in March (Calvary Baptist’s “R.O.C,” on the corner of MLK and High - $10/month). Started walking, ended running. Found meditation on a treadmill (with a mighty assist from an iPod nano and Supersystem’s aforementioned “A Million Microphones”). Endorphins, old-fashioned in-the-mirror changes, a ‘third-place’ – helped me make it through the year.

Lexington Alleycats – I can’t claim to be much of a participant in the bicycle revolution that’s taking place in Lexington right now, but it makes me damn happy to see it happening.


Trevor Tremaine

Best gig: Steely Dan/Michael MacDonald, Riverbend, Cinci, OH 8/29/06.

Best rec(s): Warmer Milks "Radish on Light," Sun City Girls "Djinn Funnel," Kites "Transformation Day" cassette, Three Legged Race "Mourning Order," Yo La Tengo's "I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass," Curtains "Calamity," timely re-ish of SY's first one, and Jason Zavala's "Lazer Crust" beating the clock by just like a week.

Best hood: Jefferson St., AKA "New Lexington." Stella's, The Hideaway, and the eponymous Fitness Center all within two blocks. Get real.

Best book: Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. Just 'cuz I'm only 1/10 of the way through doesn't disqualify it.

Worst fashion: sweats. Come on, guys, I managed to throw on a crisp pair of jeans and a button-up (like Jay-Z) this morning, the least you can do is wear something that couldn't easily double as a towel.


Some really great things from 2006 (in no particular order):

-Stephen Colbert schooling Bush at the Press Association Dinner
-Thursday nights at the Dame with Greg and Jessica and Wes
-Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds
-Andrew Crawford's discovery of Ancient Ancient Age
-Joanna Newsom's Ys (and her show at Webster Hall)
-seeing Scourge of the Sea at Northsix
-a week of drinking, dancing, and partying with the Parlour Boys in NYC
-P.S. 1 Art Center's show "Into Me/Out of Me" was the best art show I saw all year
-locally, I was impressed with Waseem Touma's MFA installation at the Icehouse
-TVOTR's Return to Cookie Mountain
-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (not sure if it was published in '06 but I read it then, so...)

- Talena Sanders


mick's top 6 of 2006 (with one to grow on for 07)

andrew bird playing (nearly) everything at the dame
love jones reuniting with canes and oxygen tanks in louisville
the fabulous lexington mardi gras parade
thriller 2006 in the streets of lexington
3rd Street Coffee
Loudon Square Buffet
The Rise of the "Man Soap Opera" (attrib: Todd Hiett) on TV: Battlestar Galactica, Weeds, Big Love, Heroes

- Mick Jeffries


Samantha Herald

Best of 2006!
Top 10 albums of 2006:

1. Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
2. Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
3. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
4. Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier
5. Danielson - Ships
6. Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
7. The Minders - It's A Bright, Guilty World
8. Band of Horses - Everything All The Time
9. Tapes N Tapes - The Loon
10. Destroyer - Rubies

Top 5 eps of 2006:

1. BRMC - Howl Sessions
2. Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, & Wives
3. Pas/Cal - Dear Sir
4. Sambassadeur - Coastal Affairs
5. Dr. Dog - Takers & Leavers

Best cover art:
Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis


Matt Jordan’s Top 21 songs of 2006

(all are available for listening and downloading at

21. Camera Obscura – “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken”
20. The Pipettes – “Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me”
19. Swan Lake – “Nubile Days”
18. The Blow – “Parentheses”
17. Danielson – “Did I Step On Your Trumpet”
16. The Features – “I Will Wander”
15. The Minus Five – “With A Gun”
14. Grumpy Bear – “Luis Bunuel”
13. Final Fantasy – “Song Song Song”
12. Great Lake Swimmers – “See You On The Moon”
11. The Hidden Cameras – “Learning To Lie”
10. The Essex Green – “Don’t Know Why (You Stay)”
09. Grizzly Bear – “On A Neck On A Spit”
08. Man Man – “Engwish Bwudd”
07. Elvis Costello and Allan Toussaint – “Tears, Tears, and More Tears”
06 Viva Voce – “ From the Devil Himself”
05. Islands – “Where There’s A Will There’s A Whalebone”
04. Oh No! Oh My! – “Walk In The Park”
03. Regina Spektor – “Fidelity”
02. Bishop Allen – “Corazon”
01. Starlight Mints – “Seventeen Devils”


Michael Lunsford

The Uncertain Five - The Uncertain Five (self-released)
Sunn0))) / Boris - Altar (Southern Lord)
Knut - Alter (Hydra Head)
Boris - Pink (Southern Lord)
Cadaver in Drag - Septic Tomb LP (Elephant Graveyard)
Æthenor - Deep In Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light (VHF)
Oren Ambarchi - Grapes from the Estate LP (Southern Lord)
Electric Wizard - Dopethrone (Rise Above / Candlelight)
Electric Wizard - Com My Fanatics (Rise Above / Candlelight)
Infected - Tales of the Tortured Mind (Eugene)
Xasthur - Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head)
Warmer Milks - Radish on Light
The Fountain (dir: Darren Aronofsky)
Sunn0))) & Boris at Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, OH
Infected at the Dame in September
Nine Inch Nails at Rupp Arena in February (I'm allowed the occasional ticketbastard show)
The Murders at the Dame on Halloween
Alkaline Trio performing Goddamnit at Bogarts (OK, TWO ticketbastard shows)
Being in too many bands at once=


Brian Connors Manke

Best show: *David Rawlings/Gillian Welch at the Dame was brilliant.

Most annoying: The John Mellencamp song/commercial for Chevrolet. "This is our country" -- What? You know, America, that 100% Caucasian country of rustic cowboy-types hauling loads in the back of their pick-ups.

Worst news in a selfish way: The closing of Jonk. Depression to follow.

Some songs I remember diggin:
KRS-One "My Life"
Bill Patton's cover of Black Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots"
Amy Milan "He Brings Out the Whiskey In Me"
Joan Jett "AC/DC"
Chris Whitley's (R.I.P.) cover of Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?"
OK that's enough of that list.

A few random albums by...Heartless Bastards, M. Ward, Wussy, Avett Brothers, Califone, Bobby Bare Jr., Black Keys, Jurassic 5, The Coup, Kaki King, Ramblin Jack Elliott, TV on the Radio


Few albums I enjoyed from a good year in music
- Brian Ronk

Man Man Six---Demon Bag
Tunng---Mother's Daughter and Other Songs
Grizzly Bear---Yellow House
Yo La Tango---"Beat your Ass" album
Tom Waits---Orphans
Flying Lotus---1983
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid---The Exchange Session
Broadcast---Future Crayon
Whitest Boy Alive---Dreams
David Thomas Broughton---The Complete Guide to Insufficiency, released late
05 had to include
Vetiver---To Find Me Gone
José Gonzalez---Veneer
Juana Molina---Son
Nobody and the Mystic Chords of Memory---Tree Colored See
Shogun Kunitoki---Tasankokaiku
Four Tet---Dj Kicks


Cheers and Jeers for 2006
- Michael Powell


1) Mogwai, after the show in March, parties with the locals at Jessica Suhr's 22nd birthday party and had a blast whilst provoking many party guests to ask "who brought the Scottish dudes?"

2) Tie: The WRFL-sponsored Of Montreal show ropes in over 1,000 kids in the Student Center (great success!), and Scourge of the Sea's excellent "Make Me Armored."

3) Jonathan Miller's announcement of running the ones and twos down in Frankfort (that's the governor's race if you didn't decipher my jargon).
4) IHOP and Half Price Books & Records opening in Lexington. Oh snap!

5) The new W Weekly reinventing themselves and going from a corporate-owned, utterly insulting rag that wouldn't even make decent fish wrap to a locally-owned, legitmate, entertaining alternative newsweekly that showcases Lexington is not all that lame.

JEERS! :-(

1) Amber Scott leaving Nougat...

2) Jim Newbury's hair. Not to be shallow or Joan Rivers-esque, but helmet hair is never okay.

3) Dealing with this conversation on an almost daily basis
Person X: "So, what's happening with the Dame? Are they tearing down the block?"
MP: "I don't know."
Person X: "Well, is someone going to release a statement or something? I read somewhere that..."
MP: "I don't know."
Person X: "Well, did you hear that...?"
MP: "Leave me alone."

4) Dick DeCamp is still outstandingly old, outstandingly still on the council. The power of incumbency, just like in Bunning's last election, demonstrates that a familiar name will trump competency any time. Not saying that Pratt isn't a bit kooky, but DeCamp is downright evil.

5) The July 4th parade. This has never constituted as a parade, as there are no floats. Just cars... with advertisements, and people waving that we're evidently supposed to care about it. I wish I had a roman candle.


Listing 06 :: happenings
- kevin sweeney

1. Julia Butterfly Hill @ Central Library
2. Rhea Speights (SynArts) @ Mecca
3. Andrew Bird @ the Dame
4. Amy LaVere @ Woodsongs
5. Sabi Diri @ ArtsPlace
6. Mardi Gras Jazz Parade
7. Bluegrass Energy Expo
8. Animal Jam
9. Mecca's Thriller
10. Rakadu @ Natasha's 12/28


eric sutherland

well, the year 2006 ended as it began, warm and strange. here are some high and lowlights i have decided to share with you all.

there was bonnie prince billy, jolie holland, frank black, gillian welch and dave rawlings at the dame, probably a couple i am forgetting but...these stick out in my mind. of course i must share that i befriended ms. holland this time around after interviewing her on her last stop in town. in october, she asked me to open her show at the southgate house with a poem.

julia butterfly hill came to the public library and shared her spirit with a packed theater audience estimated at 200! david korten, another national figure in the sustainability movement made his way to another capacity crowd at the library. at around the same time, the first greenlex community forum took place in the kentucky theater, seems like there might finally be a groundswell to change our lives and the communities in which we live.

speaking of communities, we also saw frenzied action downtown with the great loft rush of the oughts! lofts were literally springing up out of neglected downtown cracks. with a new mayor and the city being awarded the 2010 equestrian games, lex has some tough questions to face. but hey, if we can shake up the congress, we can do it at home too! right?

connected to this thought are some lowlights. remember the great iconic horse painting that adorned the wall of caro's downtown? it was perfectly visible from the booths in buster's. well, in case you hadn't noticed, our good friends at harvey's (please don't give them your $!) had it painted over to sterile white, kinda like the crowd that now flocks to their new outdoor patio. a 30 year lex cultural landmark gone. just like that.

and who could forget the awful buzz swirling through the arts community about the possible/likely? demise of the center of the alterna-lex-world. rumors swirled swiftly over beers about the loss of mia's, busters, the dame, god damn!!!! we got to get organized!
on that note, kudos and farewell to underlying themes loft, a great place to see anything and will be sorely missed.

the icehouse and mecca continued to push the boundaries of musical/art performance in our humble little town forward. great and diverse WRFL and outside the spotlight shows filled both these underground oases throughout the year.

new band to watch is chico fellini, exciting and creatively fresh pop. and i know it just came out, but jason zavala's lazer crust is a must have, and one of the most intense moments of the musical year occurred at mecca when jason laid open his soul for all of us to see and feel and it was intense. support the guy. and all local music/arts/activism

peaceloveandjoy to everybody in this new year of reconciliation.


Tony Miller

* the zombies and early bee gees
* my family and girlfriend
* tailored pants
* delay and tremolo (in regards to guitar effects)
* vintage microphones
* budweiser


favorite albums of 2006, in no particular order
- saraya brewer

Avatar -- Comets on Fire
Mr. Beast -- Mogwai
Until We Felt Red -- Kaki King
Return to Cookie Mountain -- TV on the Radio
All This Time -- The Heartless Bastards
Sun Awakens -- Six Organs of Admittance
Yellow House -- Grizzly Bear
The Greatest -- Cat Power
Radish on Light -- Warmer Milks
Happy New Year -- Oneida


Bill Widener

6) Democratic victories.
Man, didn’t expect that one, did you? Given that almost everybody expected Republican vote fraud so widespread and obvious that it would trigger a constitutional crisis, the actual election was a spectacular upset. My theory is that the sudden outburst of leaks and straight up votes of no confidence coming from former and current members of the military just before the election was the Praetorian Guard letting Caesar know that the usual bag o’ tricks best stay closed, lest it become a hood over his head, right before the commander of the firing squad intones “Ready…aim…”

5) DC sneezes, Marvel catches pneumonia.
The anxiety and paranoia unleashed by the Bush Administration has trickled down like slime from a broken drum of toxic waste into every nook and cranny of pop culture. And one of the most infected forms was the mainstream comic book industry. 2006 was the year for serious revolutions in comic book continuity, most of which reflected the division and distrust drummed up by the Occupant and the system of destruction he fronts.
Over in Superman’s neck of the woods, the Elongated Man’s beloved wife was murdered, which opened a vast Pandora’s Box of misunderstandings and misdeeds. By the time the whole megillah came to its grisly climax, everybody was pissed off at everybody else, thousands of people were dead, and the Big 3 - Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – had to take some time off to get their shit together. It’s still playing out in the weekly 52 series, with repercussions still to come. The best thing to come out of the tsuris? Detective Chimp is back, baby!
Meanwhile, the Marvel Universe has been in deep shit. Way over yander at the end of space, Annihilus and his insectoid hordes have bust out of the Negative Zone and have eaten everything in sight, including a hefty chunk of the Skrull Empire. But nobody’s paying attention because they got their own problems, namely a Registration Act that demands that all super-dupers reveal their identity and either sign up with Uncle Sugar, or get themselves Gitmo’d in another reality (the aforementioned Negative Zone, actually). Iron Man, who’s always been a government stooge of one sort or another, is in charge of the Registered, while Captain America, who’s seen up close what you get when you start putting names on lists, leads the rebels. It’s been a heart-breaking knockdown drag-out, with characters loved by millions for many years going at each other’s throats. Yeah, it’s just superhero comics, but it’s also the most fearless take in any fictional medium on what these bastards have done to our country.
And ya gotta wonder: how would you feel about hundreds of people who can burst into flame or tear down buildings with their bare hands or turn you into a sock monkey with the power of their minds running around doing whatever the fuck they want, with little or no oversight or accountability? Maybe the fuzz has a point, huh?
(A cute anecdote connected with Marvel’s “Civil War”…an acquaintance’s young daughter bit the head off his Iron Man action figure. When he asked her why she did it, she said, “Because Tony Stark’s MEAN!”)

4) Dr. Who is back!
By the way, have I mentioned I’m a gigantic geek? Well, if you didn’t notice before…After more than a decade off the air, BBC brought back TV’s greatest SF hero. (Hey, bite me, Kirk! Get a real job, Mulder!). And it’s bloody well great! Nimbly dancing on a tightrope between cheese and art, the new Dr. Who series is modernized just enough to work in today’s world, while retaining many of the virtues that kept it going for more than twenty years the first time around. I dig the moral questions that keep popping up like a runaway Tardis, mainly…who’s this guy to be running around time and space messing with things that don’t belong to him? I mean, sure, he keeps saving the Earth and all, but still…quite a trail of bodies there, Doctor.
Anyway, I bounce around in my chair when the theme song comes on, and you ain’t seen quality television ‘til you’ve watched Cybermen and Daleks dissing each other like a bunch of vicious old queens.

3) Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.
I’ve always liked things that smell purty, and for some time have endeavored to be one of them. Unfortunately, most men’s colognes didn’t do it for me. Oh, sure, the occasional blast of Cool Water, a schmeer of Dakkar Noir when I could get it, but otherwise…eh.
Then one of my co-workers, a charming and stylish and bright beauty, turned me on to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. HQed in LA, this forthrightly artsy perfumier has hundreds of scents, many of the collections based on figures from mythology and literature. Hell, it was the idea of a perfume company crazy enough to base a whole line of scents on H. P. Lovecraft that got my attention in the first place! There’s collections based on Poe, Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, the Tarot, Cabala, even a new series called “The Salon” in which each scent was inspired by Symbolist paintings!
And, man, the scents are awesome. And the huge variety ensures you’ll find something to tickle your nose…and someone else’s fancy. It’s all oils, no alcohol, made from plant-based materials. Pricy, yes – I’ve spent at least 2 Cs this year on BPAL – but well worth it. Go to for details…and get ready to lose a couple of hours, just cruising the site.
Oh, and of the Lovecraft scents, my faves so far are Al-Azif, Arkham and The High Priest Not to Be Described, tho’ I’ve yet to sample Night-Gaunt or Shub-Niggurath. IA!!!

2) Forget Cassettes.
Band of the year, album of the year, song of the year. The band’s a power trio, led by Beth Cameron, a petite young woman with huge dark eyes and huge dark talent. Forget Cassettes plays what I call “math soul”: rock that’s as tight and complex as math rock, but so emotional, so physical, that it transcends the rigors of theory and grabs you by the heart and hips. Salt is the album, a wild mouse ride through a modern gal’s life and loves. And “Lonely Does It” is the song, the soundtrack to my near-breakdown this past autumn. (Don’t worry – I’m feeling much better.) I haven’t been this excited about a band in ages. You really, seriously, definitely gotta catch ‘em live; makes ya believe in punk all over again.

1) My new kitty.
She actually belongs to somebody else, but she would never go home. She just kept hanging around my neighborhood, scrounging off not only me, but several other houses, too. But she liked the wicker chair we have on our front porch, and dug the attention she got from me and my friends, not to mention strangers passing on the street. During the Woodland Arts Fair, there was a constant flow of people stopping by and taking pictures of her. Yes, she’s that damn cute. Finally, when it turned cold, I tricked her into coming inside, and, once she was settled in, moved her upstairs to my half of the house. There she’s stayed, getting fat and sassy and spoiled rotten. I like to say she came for the food, but stayed for the love.

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