Celebrating an entire year of JACT shows tonight with Soulection’s Lakim
It’s actually been a little more than a year from when JACT started, as just an idea, as one show. But that one event went so well, was so spectacularly wild, that we knew we had to do more. This show will be number 13 and there are no plans in slowing down at this point. My only hope is that people get out and come experience this tonight because its a very special event for Lexington at this time. There aren’t many national acts coming through our city anymore and if we don’t support the ones that actually do make an appearance then there may not be much hope for future bookings in that department.
Our creative, musical community is strong but it cannot be sustained by the same people who are booking the shows, playing the shows, selling drinks at the shows. The people who were once the audience are now the caterers, and the people we serve may thin out so much so that we have no one to work for anymore, and thus cannot work at all. If you want a vibrant scene in your community then make it so, and support the people and organizations that are working to change things for the better.
R Clint Colburn is probably one of my favorite artists, and definitely one of the most skilled visual artists residing in Lexington at the moment. I dream of one day mustering up enough dollars to buy an original work of his; until that day I will take advantage of the prints he has available on his website, and stare longingly at every vibrant, enigmatic morsel he posts up on his instagram account. If you were ever interested in purchasing a Colburn original now may be the time, he’s cut prices on all the pieces for sale on his website. Go grab ‘em up.
Hop Hop is a small record label based in Lexington, KY. It’s released a slew of wonderful, enchanting “pop” music over the last few years, serving as a backbone for many talented Lexington folks to get there sounds out to eager ears. And it serves it all up in the most delicious medium possible - vinyl. Wax. Actual. Records. Perhaps a lost, forgotten thing to some, but not to us.
About a year ago I discovered the music of Vegan Death. I befriended the gentleman behind the sound, Aaron Crace, as he had just gotten back from a two-year stint teaching in South Korea. Upon a very late night of shenanigans, most definitely at some AM hour, myself and Aaron were talking about music, his music. He mentioned wanting to someday, somehow release the album that he recorded in Korea on vinyl. Where could a local artist get their album released, and on vinyl? Well DUH. Coincidentally the sound of Vegan Death is a perfect fit on the Hop Hop roster. I emailed Hop Hop big man in charge, Ross Compton, and within a few months the ball was rolling. Now 200 Vegan Death records sit in Ross’ apartment. In beautiful pink and standard (still also beautiful) black.
I couldn’t be any happier to see this release come to fruition in this way. I can’t wait for everyone to hear these same songs that I have heard, so many times over. And I can’t wait for them to fall in love with this record, just as I have.
The release party for Vegan Death’s “Baby Green” is June 20th at Al’s Bar. Idiot Glee, The Butchers, and Shutaro Noguchi will also perform.
A cropped version of this is bouncing around tumblr with 2,863 notes and listed as “unknown.” It comes from this guest post of Polish album covers on 50 Watts.
Visually stimulating images found on my iPhone
"If Beyoncé is the dominant figure in 21st-century music, perhaps it’s because pop has circumnavigated back to its 19th-century vaudevillian roots, to a time before disembodied voices came to us through hi-fi speakers or noise-canceling headphones, when music was, exclusively, a performing art. Beyoncé is the greatest old-fashioned singer and hoofer, the supreme show-woman, in an era when, once again, we’ve learned to love a splashy musical show."
“The Woman on Top of the World" via The New York Times Style Magazine