Chapter Two…

Hello everyone.

I must say I’ve been pretty preoccupied lately, so not much to report this week on the Blind Date front. Of course, what I’ve been up to will ultimately (hopefully) benefit the program.

First off, Sarah and I finalized the purchase of our first home today (excited, nervous, scared, etc…a ball of conflicting emotions). With this new private space, I plan on setting up a much more appropriate studio for recording; sound proofing, new gear, all that jazz. This being the beginning of the second chapter of Blind Date, I think this is pretty good timing. Expect better quality episodes in general, in all aspects. So, in saying all that if you or someone you know has access to a truck, let me know…haha, kidding, but seriously, we’re going to need help…

Also, I’ll be participating in the Louisville Visual Art Assn’s Open Studio Weekend in September. OSW is pretty self explanatory; basically artists open up their studios for public tours all over Louisville and Southern Indiana. I went as a ‘tourist’ last time, and saw some great spaces. This year I decided to sign up as an artist with a fledgling art collective I’m in called Hot Garbage. We’ll be doing an in-studio installation with the purpose of constructing an environment conducive to creative thinking. I’ll have original pieces, Psychic Skin cassettes, and possibly Blind Date merchandise for sale along with the work of Jesi Evans and Jason O. Mudd.

You can learn by hitting up LVAA’s website.

Don’t worry though, friends, I planned for all this and worked ahead. I have some awesome discussions lined up. I’ve got Jim Marlowe at the end of this month, Camera Lucida the next, and something special in the works for September.

Stay tuned.

Celebrate…Celebration!

Greetings Blind Daters.

Have I mentioned that you all are invited to the Blind Date Anniversary Party on Friday? This invite is open to one and all. Even if you can only stay five minutes, one act, or the whole time; it doesn’t matter. I’m sure all the artists would love the support, as would I. It’s always nice to see friendly faces. Again, for those who have forgotten, the show starts at 7PM and it is being held at the Rudyard Kipling. There is a suggested donation of $ 5 -10, but no one will be turned away if they can’t swing it. This is an opportunity to have fun and see some art. Also, if you like any of the artists, make sure to hit up the merch table. I may even put out some of my limited edition tapes from my music project. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Also, check out LVAA’s radio show on ArtxFM this Friday at 1 PM. I’ll be guest hosting with Sarah on PUBLIC, and Chervon will be the featured artist. We’ll be chatting about her work, Blind Date, and promoting the celebration with some awesome jams.

Besides getting all prepped for Friday’s show, I’ve been binge reading like crazy. First off, I just received my copy of essays by Carey Mercer, ‘Clouds Of Evil’. For those of you who don’t know Mercer is the primary force behind music projects Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach as well as a part of the ‘supergroup’ Swan Lake.

The usually hilarious pieces in the book were put together for his son, and tend to lean toward autobiography told in Mercer’s colorful vocabulary. Finished it the first day I got it.

Speaking of hilarious wit, I’ve almost finished John Waters’ book ‘Role Models’. I got it to prep myself for his new book ‘Carsick’. I’ve been waiting for ‘Carsick’ awhile, but I realized I’ve never got around to reading ‘Role Models’, so I bolted to the library to hold me over. To totally understate the book, it’s basically John paying tribute to the many different influences throughout his life. I’ve learned about obscure musicians and literature, a bit of history of Baltimore’s bar scene, fashion trends, Waters’ zealous appreciation for art, and much more. A humorous look into what made John Waters the cult film success he is.

And just this morning over some cold brewed coffee (stuff is POTENT!) I was reviewing the mass amounts of poetry Tristan Palmer submitted for his reading at the Anniversary party. I must say since his collection ‘I Can’t Stand To Be Sober In This Place‘, he has made great bounds. He seems to be writing with a much more confident strength and flow. I look forward to see what he chooses for Friday.

I hope to see you on the 20th, as well. We can find out together.

PS Click the first link above to remind yourself of who and what you get to see.

Summer of….

Hey readers.

June is looking to be a pretty great month for Blind Date, and things all related. It’s kind of like the ‘Summer of George’, but for me…

So question, do you by chance know what ASMR means? The video above may help provide a little insight. Art in all its form is context sensitive, so I understand if it will seem odd without the details. Worry not, by this time next week, it will make much more sense. I am super excited about next week’s episode; it will be one of my most unique guests yet. I leave you with a mystery till then….

June 12th, Cutter Williams will be having a release party for the long awaited Issue 4 of Cavalcade Magazine and the new Jonathan Glen Wood’s album, ‘Ballad of Jon’. It will be hosted at Decca (812 E Market St), at 8PM. Free to the public. Readings will begin at 8pm featuring words by Jonathan Wood, Brian Manley, and Joey Keegin. At 9pm, Grayson Hall will graciously play a set followed by what will certainly prove to be a moving performance by Jonathan Wood.

Pick up a copy, and if you look hard enough, you’ll see some familiar names.

Of course, June 20th is the Blind Anniversary party…birthday party…celebration, what have you. Ben, with maybe a little help, is cooking up something interesting. Chervon says she’s pumped! Max Moore will be on LVAA’s ArtxFM radio show PUBLIC, to help promote. Erin will be reading poems, some of which from her newest Bruce Springsteen-centric book of poetry. And Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, will be contributing words from his body of work.

Closing out the month on June 25th will be my discussion with Alexander W.G. Rickel. Besides being one of the members of the Dream Eye Color Wheel live band, he sculpts, illustrates, and generally creates how & when he can. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.

Surprise! (April 9th 2014)

7.5.13-D_800        7.8.13-N_800

What’s going on, listeners?

As I mentioned last week, this month I’m giving you an extra episode…an extra discussion with a special guest. Today, I’m here to deliver with a pleasant conversation with my creative better half (as they say), Sarah Katherine Davis. I’d definitely say we do a good job of balancing each other out. I push her to think outside of her creative safety zone..go places she usually wouldn’t. On the other side of that, she wrangles my ideas in with giving me more structure and organization. Much like the other aspects of our life together, art is now more of an team effort; if anything, we always have an open, encouraging, and honest source to bounce ideas off of. No matter how absurd my ideas are.

Anyway, to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, I bullied her into talking to me about her photography. Sarah has been involved in photography since a young age, both creatively and commercially as a wedding photographer. Besides this, she teaches digital photography classes as a part of the CFAC program for the Louisville Visual Art Assn, where she is also employed as the Education Programs Coordinator.

Sarah’s work at times romanticizes moments while others show the open, honest realness. With her images she likes to reveal and relate to how others live, but also opens up her own life with projects such as 10/10 (the images above are samples from that series). This project is just as much about giving you a look into her life as it is recording it. The underlining themes of the project seem to be self reflection and progress; where you’ve been and where you’re going. Much of what Sarah does commercially and art wise fit into these parameters regardless of who she is documenting.

As far as medium her photography is mostly digital, though she still has interest in physical film and Polaroids as art objects. Unfortunately, the growing cost of the physical side of photography makes it difficult for her to do more film work, as it does for most photographers. She definitely sees the positive sides of digital advancements though.

To learn more about Sarah’s work, you can go to Sarahkatherinedavis.com.

Enjoy the interview below!

I doubt you’ll be bored this weekend…

Hey Blind Date bloggers,

I’m here again to bring all the happenings in one place. Here is a list of events coming up in the near future. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to have some hard choice to make Friday evening…

Wednesday (tonight!), March 5th

Figure Drawing at OPEN
OPEN opens its doors at 7pm for a casual and fun figure drawing session. $ 10 suggested donation. You’re encouraged to bring your own refreshments, though limited amount will be provided by the gallery.
OPEN, 2801 S Floyd St

Prince Smoke the Mic
Presented by Maxwellsounds, an open mic night at Prince Hookah of Louisville hookah bar. $5 for attendance, only $3 if you choose to perform. Doors at 8pm
Prince Hookah of Louisville, 1489 S 4th St

Thursday, March 6th

BrainbheatsIntrovert, & Visiting Nurse @ Zanzabar
Doors at 8pm, show promptly at 9pm. $5 admittance.
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St

Friday, March 7th

Art[squared] Anonymous Art Sale
The Louisville Visual Art Association presents this charity auction to raise money for its CFAC program. Work is provided by a large variety of artists on 8 x 8 canvases who will remain anonymous. Friday March 7th is the opening reception, which will be held at their gallery PUBLIC from 6pm to 8pm. Each piece is $100 and all proceeds go to fund art classes for children. There’s also a Selfie contest….just sayin’!
PUBLIC, 131 West Main Street

A Night of Experimental Music @The Bard’s Town!!!
From 7pm to 10:30pm, The Bard’s Town will be hosting a variety of experimental musician. In order of performance:
Thaniel Ion Lee ( experimental improvisational drone, ambient, free noise)
https://humanhoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/
Mathias Davey (improvisational acoustic, melodic noise, punk)
http://mathias1.bandcamp.com/
Institute for Psychic Reform (experimental electronica, ambient, improvisational)
http://www.psychicreform.com/
Cher Von (looped guitars, tribal vocals)
www.chervonmusic.com
Slow Learner (experimental improvisational duo, drums and guitar)
www.soundcloud.com/slowlearner
The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd

Moonface, Saltland, and Tender Mercy at Headliners Music Hall
Blind Date Alumn Mark Kramer aka Tender Mercy along with Saltlands will be opening for Spencer Krug’s solo moniker, Moonface. Spencer Krug is a profilic Canadian musician who was a contributor of bands such as Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes, as well as the creative force behind the now defunct Sunset Rubdown. Moonface is his newest artistic outlet, and he has recently released a new album ‘Julia With Blue Jeans On’. The album is far stripped down from his previous work, only using vocals and piano.
Doors at 9m. $ 15 tickets at the door.
Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd

November 6th, 2013

It’s the middle of the week once again listeners. The weekend is almost here. It definitely should be a pretty interesting one in Louisville, due to the Open Studio Weekend hosted by LVAA. To learn more about this first time event, visit louisvillevisualart.org. Speaking of first time events, only a few more days till Glances: an evening of short films and performances. If you haven’t heard yet, click here for more info.

Without further delay, today’s episode. Today’s post is a discussion I had with the gallery director of Open, Mark James. Open is a relatively new space to the Louisville Metro. Besides housing four resident artists, the gallery also offers weekly events, workshops, and open mic nights. Mark and I discuss the beginnings of the gallery, his views on art and artists, and how creative expression is impacted by society & vice versa.

Learn more at thegalleryisopen.com, or on their Facebook page.

August 21st, 2013

Hey there listeners

The summer seems to be speeding by us. And so many great art related events going on around town. Many of which have been sponsored by the Louisville Artists Syndicate.

For this week’s episode, I spoke with Stacey Reason of the Syndicate; she offered up the story, mission, and future plans of the group. Their main aims as a collective are to give young artists the chance they need to get their preverbal foot in the door & to erase the barriers between artists and the rest of the community.

To learn more about the Louisville Artists Syndicate, take a ‘stroll’ over to:

louisvillesyndicate.org

or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/LouisvilleSyndicate

If, for whatever reason, you’ve not subscribed to the podcast you can click the player below to hear the interview.

Cheers.