July 23rd, 2014

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the month listeners! You know what that means….yet another discussion with some creative person or another.

It’s Jim Jim’s July!

Today you’ll hear a conversation I had with Jim Marlowe, hanging out in his shop Astro Black Records. With Blind Date, I try to be as unbiased as possible, but I have to admit Jim is definitely one of my favorite record slingers. Besides operating a shop with a very special niche, he’s also a generally nice and extremely helpful person. I feel like most times I stop by, I have nothing but questions for him (it seems so appropriate to interview him!). He gave me some pretty vital advice on releasing my own cassette…

Jim also records bands on a budget, host a variety of shows, and creates his own music. He is most notably know for his work in his band Tropical Trash, though he’s also been seen with either his big ole’ saxophone or guitar with other groups such as SapatJuanita, and Venus Trap. 

Check out the interview below or wait for your podcast subscription to update, and hear me bring up some of Jim’s musical history with a copy of one of his first releases…among other things.




Friendly discussion…


Recently, there was an article in the New Yorker about the influence of Brian Eno. He had this to say of the art schools he studied ‘I thought that art schools should just be places where you thought about creative behavior, whereas they thought an art school was a place where you made painters,”…..

John Waters had this to say of his short stay at New York University, where he was to study film ‘NYU…I was there for about five minutes. I don’t know what I was thinking about. I went to one class and they kept talking about Potemkin and that isn’t what I wanted to talk about. I had just gone to see Olga’s House of Shame. That was what I was more into.’

So, what are your thoughts on art school? Yea? Nay? Great opportunity or financial waste? Do you think people can be taught art? Can a mentor encourage the ‘creative spirit’?

What do you think are the benefits and the pitfalls of such creative institutions?

Be polite, but speak up if you have some thoughts on the matter.

Keep it kind and courteous.

Mind your manners, etc, etc….

PS. Next week I’ll be giving you guys an actual interview again. This time with local sax blowin’, guitar shreddin’, record store entrepreneur Jim Marlowe. We talk about his creative venture such as Tropical Trash, about Astro Black Records, and music in general.

Stay tuned.



October 30th, 2013



It’s the day before Halloween! Happy All Hallow’s Eve listeners.

Today I bring you the publisher of Cavalcade Literary Magazine, Cutter Williams. Cutter and his friend Jacob started Cavalcade in early 2012, when Cutter lived in Portland, Oregon. Since, Cutter has moved back home to Louisville and brought his publication with him. The magazine features a variety of fiction and nonfiction work in various formats. And for each issue a visual artist’s work is selected to be published amongst the writing. Copies of Cavalcade can be found in all Carmichael’s Books locations, as well as Astro Black Records. The fourth issue should be coming out sometime in the winter.

To learn more, visit Cavalcadelitmag.com.

Submit work to cavalcadelitmag@gmail.com.

And like them on Facebook!

And before I leave you guys, don’t forget this!

Just saying…even if you can’t make it, or have no interest in going, tell your friends & family!