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May 032013

Louisville Experimental Festival

The 2013 Louisville Experimental Festival just announced its full lineup. Taking place in various bars and clubs around Louisville from June 23rd through 26th, the fest is a great excuse for a Louisville road trip. While you’re in town, check out the wonderful Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Zoo, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Louisville Mega Cavern Underground Zip Line.

Headlining this year is Greg Ginn and The Royal We! Yes, that Greg Ginn. Other highlights include Tim Kaiser, Mike Shiflet, Darin Grayand Keir Neuringer (video below).

Here’s the full lineup. Sadly, no Nashville bands this year.


Wednesday, June 26th @ Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:30pm)
Dissappearo, Ashochious, NO copper, Bill Zink / Steve Good, Sir Salé and the Satyatar

Thursday, June 27th @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar (331 E Market St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Klimchak, Hinge, R Keenan Lawler, Joee Conroy / Dane Waters, Tim Kaiser, National Hotel Sound SystemCamera Lucida

Friday, June 28th @ St. Philip Neri Church (236 Woodbine St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Anwar Sadat, Humongous, HyrrokkinTropical Trash

Saturday, June 29th @ Dreamland Film Center (810 E Market St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8:30pm)
Jonathan Wood / Lowe Sutherland, Mike Shiflet, Darin Gray / Raw Thug, Aaron Dilloway

Sunday, June 30th @ The Bard’s Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.):
(Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9pm)
The Untalented Visionaries (Norman Minogue / Douglas Lucas), Sick City Four, The Magnetic Bananimals, Keir NeuringerGreg Ginn and The Royal We

All shows: $5

Sponsored by Astro Black RecordsDoo Wop ShopMusic Go RoundSophomore LoungeHeine Brothers’ Coffee

Presented by NONE Productions.


In related news, Louisville Experimental Festival founder Douglas Lucas just started broadcasting two radio programs  rotating every Sunday at 7pm on ART+FM.

The programs are:

1. “Indeterminate Transmissions” – which will consist of live on-air sound and radio art improvisations/experimentations.

2. “The Medium Is Sound” – which will present recordings by local, national, and international experimental musicians, sound artists, and noise makers.

You can tune in online at http://www.artxfm.com/listen/, and/or by downloading the ART+FM app for free in the App Store.

Feb 072013

Louisville Experimental Festival
The Louisville Experimental Festival recently announced a call for submissions for the 2013 fest, taking place June 26th – 30th. I was able to attend the fest last year, and I had a blast!

Nashville experimental musicians: please submit to this fest! I’d love to see some of the amazing acts in this city get Louisville exposure. If you are accepted, I can guarantee you will find inspiration in other acts that festival director Douglas Lucas curates. To submit, send the following info to douglasglucas at gmail dot com.

1. Your name(s):
2. Project name:
3. Home city:
4. Project website and link to some of your music (and/or video):
5. Any special requests (equipment, preferred date, etc):

The submission deadline is April 1st, but the sooner you submit, the better.

Douglas also just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the festival. The backer rewards include the ridiculously-good-deal of full festival admission plus poster for $25. Even if you can’t attend, throw some financial support to the best experimental festival in the region.

I interviewed Douglas on episode 82 of Theatre Intangible. We discussed the Louisville Experimental Festival, his experimental solo project Mu, the Kentucky experimental scene, and more. Check it out here.

Jun 182012

Here’s podcast 84: Bad Vibes, featuring Brandon Able from MICROWAVE WINDOWS, Douglas Lucas from MU, Brendan Mucillo from HARDON COLLIDER, and Alan Sweeny and Aaron West from ASHOCHIOUS. We recorded this episode on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 after the bands came down for a show at Noa Noa. This is an improv very rich in texture, featuring circuit bending, modified guitar, tape loops, hum, buzz, feedback, effects, and much more. If you’d like to hear interviews with the bands, check out episode 83 featuring Hardon Collider and Microwave Windows and episode 82 featuring Mu. All of the bands are playing the Louisville Experimental Festival kicking off June 27th. If you’re in the Louisville area, don’t miss it!

May 242012

Mu live at Hive 13, Cincinnati, OH, 2011

After a not-so-brief hiatus, the TI podcast is back with Episode 82: Mu Artist Showcase!

MU is the experimental guitar-based project of Louisville, Kentucky resident DOUGLAS LUCAS. Douglas performed a very visceral set hunched over a modified guitar at Noa Noa on April 13th, 2012.

On the podcast, I talk with Douglas about making music, growing up in a small Kentucky town, and his annual event, the Louisville Experimental Festival, kicking off this year on June 27th. The fest is, as the Facebook page states, “an amalgamation of experimental music,” featuring local and national acts. It’s a major event and close enough for Nashvillians to check out. See below for a full lineup.

The podcast also features Mu’s live performance at Noa Noa, as well as the performance of Louisville tape-loop drone kings ASHOCHIOUS. See below for a video clip.

The April 13th show also featured MICROWAVE WINDOWS and HARDON COLLIDER, who I interviewed for an upcoming podcast. All four bands participated in an incredible live improv to be released soon.

Discussed in this episode: The Peeling Wallpaper Ensemble, The Japanese / American Noise Treaty compilation, Wet, John Cage’s 4’33”, and Mu’s new CD-R release “Meal.”

Louisville Experimental Festival 2012 Lineup and schedule:

Wednesday, June 27th @ Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Bone Crusher, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Developer, XAMBUCA, Cosmological Constant, NO Copper

Thursday, June 28th @ The Bard’s Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Adeptive Radiation, Bear (The Ghost), Solace Media Corporation, Thriftsore Boratorium, Microwave Windows, Mu

Friday, June 29th @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar (331 E Market St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Parched Earth, Noiseman433, Talking Computron, Interstates (etc.), Zack Kouns, Ashochious, Hardon Collider, Joey Molinaro

Saturday, June 30th @ Zanzabar (2100 S Preston St.):
(Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm)
Shedding, Sick City Four, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Hearts of Palm, Tropical Trash

Sunday, July 1st @ Uncle Slayton’s (1017 E Broadway):
(Doors at 6:30, Show at 7pm)
R Keenan Lawler and Tim Barnes, Ut Gret, Ryan Jewell, Misha Feigin and Davey Williams, Black Kaspar, Kark

All shows: $5 suggested donation