May 202010

NoC Sports

Jeff Layland of Bowling Green took low score honors at the 12th annual Lexington Open, held at Shillito and Veteran’s Parks May 14-15. Layland recorded a score of 192 over the four rounds of the tournament, despite the challenging conditions presented by the steady rain that fell for much of the weekend.

With two second place finishes this year, at the Kentucky State Championships and the Louisville Classic, Layland was an Open Division contender entering the tournament, and he did not disappoint. His 24-under-par performance in the professional-level Open Division bested second-place finisher Eric Galluser, of Louisville, by 10 throws. Just behind Galluser, at 13 under par, hometown product Landon Williams placed third in his first tournament as a competitor in the Open Division.

While the Open Division featured a total of 7 disc golfers completing their four rounds under par, several other divisions saw players also scoring below par. Competing in the Advanced Division (the highest amateur division), Drew Miller of Independence actually recorded the second lowest weekend score with a 17 under par 199. Miller bested second place Advanced finisher Jeremy Cordy of Shepherdsville by 4 throws. In addition, James McCormick of Louisville (-10) and Tim McGee of Georgetown (-3) won their respective divisions, Advanced Masters and Intermediate, with sub-par scores.

In total 143 disc golfers, including 68 Open and Advanced division competitors, entered this year’s tournament, which has steadily grown in national prominence and number of entrants since its inception. High finishers in all divisions took home a share of more than $10,000 in discs, bags, clothing, and cash.

Women’s participation has also risen noticeably, as the tournament featured nine entrants in the Recreational Women’s Division. Meagan Wease bested the field by 21 throws despite a second-round hiccup. Over in Advanced Women, Karen Farrell tossed a 249.

There was plenty of action in the Recreational and Novice Divisions as well. Charlie Cavalier threw 3 over par to hold off fast-charging Lexingtonian Michael Reynolds (+5) to come out on top in the 26-person Men’s Recreational Division.

In the hotly contested Novice Division, Ross Taylor took home low score honors with a 4 over par in what was his first tournament. His four-day total included two rounds of 53.

In the junior divisions, Jacob Varner took home the under-13 Boys title, a division which included three of the top 20 under-13 players in the world. Meanwhile, Corey Ellis finished first in the under-16 field, and Derek Waldridge won the under-19 crown.

For complete tournament results go to News and discussion of Lexington area disc golf is found at the Bluegrass Disc Golf Association’s web site,

May 202010

DAQ approved air permit, despite massive financial uncertainty of cooperative

By Elizabeth Crowe and Wallace McMullin

WINCHESTER, Ky. – Late Friday, May 7, groups challenged the Kentucky Division for Air Quality’s approval of the final air pollution permit for a proposed coal-burning power plant in Clark County. The agency issued the permit despite the fact that East Kentucky Power Cooperative faces severe and systemic financial problems, as a recent management audit uncovered.

“EKPC is in the midst of a perilous financial situation. The best move would be for the co-op to stop wasting taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ money by withdrawing the permit and reassessing the options,” said Billy Edwards, a business owner in Clark County and Clark Energy customer. “We can create affordable and reliable forms of energy that do not require an addition $1 billion of unnecessary debt to that will ultimately be paid for through higher electricity bills.” Continue reading »

May 202010

By Lucy Jones

When the Lexington Film League (LFL) sent out a call for music videos, little could anyone have imagined that the results would be so tremendous or so musically diverse. Once again, the Kentucky filmmaking community has proven its strength and its talent, and the LFL would like to invite both music and film lovers to come and view the results!

On Saturday, May 29, the Lexington Film League will present a selection of the competing videos and will follow the screening with an evening of live music featuring Lucky Pineapple, Englishman, Fanged Robot, and Idiot Glee. The event will be held at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom, and prizes will be awarded to the winning videos. Continue reading »

May 202010

By Nick Kidd

Willie Eames plays for free at Sidebar every Wednesday. Did you read that? Read it again. Free. Willie.

You might recognize Eames as the frontman of The Tall Boys (who play free sets at Lynagh’s every Sunday) and Club Dub, but his solo sets are more concerned with delta blues and classic rock covers. These subdued solo gigs are strikingly wonderful, especially if you’re able to a) shut up and b) listen, while c) drinking. Okay, “c” is optional. But if you’re heading to Sidebar just to socialize on a Wednesday, show some respect for the man and pipe down.

Crucial Fun Fest. This is the 5th year of this festival and I have to admit, I’ve never been. In fact, I’ve never heard of any of the bands that are playing this year, just like last year, and the year before, and the year before…Hell, I’ve never spoken with anyone who’s ever been to CFF. It’s quite a mystery to me, which speaks to the diversity of music in this city.

Here’s this year’s lineup (of bands I’ve never heard of):

May 28: Delay, The Sidekicks, Dead Dogs, Timeshares, and Sundials

May 29: Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Two Funerals, Pink Houses, and others.

May 30: The Max Leving Ensemble, The Wild, Mischief Brew, and others.

I tracked down a musician who performed at a past CFF for the scoop. He described CFF bands as folk ‘punk’ (he used air-quotes for punk) and says “Mischief Brew represent the best that wasteland of a genre has to offer.” Okay then!

The City play May 29. Our layout guy, Keith Halladay, is in a band called The City. Wait to hear how much cash the band’s raking in, playing out roughly 7 shows a month…a whopping ZERO DOLLAZ! That’s because The City plays gigs and donates whatever money they make from them to causes like the Humane Society of Lexington, Military Missions (sending care packages to soldiers), Doctors Without Borders, and the Lyric Theater restoration fund. They’re friggin’ Rockin Robin Hoods.

The City will be playing on May 29 AT Natasha’s Bistro for the Lexington Area Music Alliance, LAMA, a “civic-oriented musical arts association” who’s goals include lobbying for the growth and development of local music and entertainment in city-county government activities; creating a communication network of musicians, venues and other live music interests in the area; and focusing efforts of developers, civic leaders and other non-traditional music partners to create a bona fide entertainment district. (This information and more can be found at

The City is doing a very cool thing, something that artists are regularly asked to do—donate—in an organized, purpose-driven way. Kudos to them. If you’d care to help out a cause and experience some live music, keep your eye on The City.

May 202010

Saturday, May 22

Mastodon w/ Between the Buried & Me, Baroness, and Valient Thorr

Buster’s. $25. Doors @ 6pm, show @ 6:30pm. 18+

Buster’s has been listening to the prayers of the black-t-shirt-clad crowd, and it has responded with prehistoric might. Arguably the second-biggest metal band in the world (and that’s under the assumption that Metallica can still be classified as metal), Mastodon bring their never-ending world tour to Lexington in support of their psychedelic, prog-infused fourth album, Crack the Skye. The 2009 full-length continues the band’s propensity for the thematic, focusing on astral projection, wormholes, and Rasputin.

Opening the show will be North Carolina calculating shred machine Between the Buried & Me (I promise you have never seen human hands move on a guitar neck like this), fellow Georgia natives Baroness (making their second Lexington appearance, their first being a little-known WRFL on-air performance a few years ago), and the revved up classic-style sleaze of Chapel Hill’s Valient Thorr.

Lexington’s big venue is one of the smaller stops on this particular leg of Mastodon’s quest to play every corner of the globe, so take the opportunity to see the band in person and not on a JumboTron in the nosebleeds of some stadium.—Mike Lunsford

Thursday, May 27th

Of Montreal w/ Noot d’Noot

Buster’s. $25. Doors @ 8pm, show @ 9pm. 18+

Of Montreal’s front man Kevin Barnes plays shirtless, sings effeminately, wears makeup and glitter, cross-dresses, and rolls around onstage pelvis-writhing. He’s equal parts Prince and Ziggy Stardust, the driving force behind a band caught between the psychedelia of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields” and the glam rock of Sparks.

Impressively, much of Of Montreal’s output transcends its self-indulgence and delivers a rush of power pop bliss—if you can stomach all the sugar. Their last LP, 2008’s Skeletal Lamping, was their most indulgent foray yet, incorporating funk and R&B into a concept album in which Barnes’ alter-ego (“a black she-male,” according to the lyrics) took over to lead the band. This foray produced Of Montreal’s most experimental and forceful music yet and was either exciting new terrain or incoherent rubbish, depending on your taste.

But Of Montreal’s solid back-catalog affords them the freedom to grow and persevere with impunity. They’ve become a benchmark act for Elephant 6-style neo-psychedelia, a style that relies on poppy consciousness expansion as its M.O. While there is something mythical about their reputation as live performers, most anyone who’s ever been to an Of Montreal concert will confirm that theirs is one of the most gratifying live sets around. A new Jon Brion produced LP, False Priest, hits shelves later this year, so expect to hear lots of new tunes at this performance.—Nick Kidd

Sunday, May 30

“Honkey-Tonk Hunker Down” featuring Whitey Morgan and the 78’s w/ Texas Paul Sutherland, Coralee & The Townies, and Fifth on the Floor.

The Green Lantern. $10. Doors @ 7pm. 21+

Country music…from Detroit? With a voice eerily similar to Waylon Jennings, Whitey Morgan (real name Eric Allen) and crew are dispelling geographic notions about country music by making a Motor City blend more authentic than the Nashville standard. How is that possible? Whitey and the 78’s snicker at what passes for country on the radio these days (check out the song “If It Ain’t Broke”) and opt for old-time honkytonk blues, mining country’s rich past like a pack of street-smart outlaws doing country for kicks.

Even though their past recordings possess a classic country sound, Whitey and crew keep a little Detroit rock in the tank for their live sets and give their old-time stompers a dirtier, more menacing edge. They still keep a setlist chock with classic country in the style of George Jones, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, but when they rattle off covers like Van Halen’s “Flirting With the Devil” it feels like they were meant to be country songs all along. And it’s about damned time somebody wrestled away that Devil imagery from the arena antics of David Lee Roth and put it back in the barroom where it belongs. To paraphrase Waylon, I’m sure Hank done it this way.—Nick Kidd

Saturday June 5

Clutch w/ Bakerton Group, Lionize & Never Got Caught

Buster’s. $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Doors @ 8pm, show @ 9pm. 18+

Clutch, Maryland’s hardest rocking mountain men, return to Lexington June 5th for another rousing show of riff-heavy blues influenced rock and roll. This marks the third time Clutch has come to our fair town in the last decade or so, and they have established a solid reputation for consistent hard rock quality. In late 2009 the group released their newest full-length, Strange Cousins From the West, on their own Weathermaker record label featuring a new crop of melodic hard rock with lots of classic rock and blues influences. They have also just released a new double DVD consisting of a live show from the 9:30 Club where they cover their entire self-titled album in sequence. Get ready for some groovy stoner metal riffs coming from their older work, which they commonly revive in live performance. After nearly two decades of releases and incessant touring, Clutch are pros at giving a great show and this one should be no exception.

Get there early to catch Clutch as their own opening act alter-ego, the Bakerton Group, playing jazz-based rock jams.—Matt Gibson

May 202010

By Colleen Glenn

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back and as charming and sardonic as ever in the next installment of the Iron Man Marvel comic series, Iron Man 2.

Iron Man 2 picks up a few months after where the first film left off, with Stark having caused a tremendous media frenzy by revealing himself to be the Iron Man, the international peace-keeping/ass-whooping superhero in a suit. Stark has, by now, news coverage shows us, made several successful interventions around the globe and has used his armor to pressure the major superpowers of the world into negotiating a peace treaty. He has essentially become a one-man nuclear deterrent. As Stark himself puts it at the Senate Hearing, he has “successfully privatized world peace,” and refuses to relinquish his invention to the U.S. government. Continue reading »

May 202010

By Michael Dean Benton

In the spirit of the civil rights champion Cesar Chavez a group of students and staff at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) organized a Hunger Strike to bring attention to the bipartisan Dream Act 2010 that is currently before Congress.

In April 2010, during a United We Dream meeting in North Carolina at which 80 people from 20 different states participated, Erin Howard, Roy Roman and Alexis Meza, who were representing Kentucky’s Dream Coalition, overheard participants from another state discussing their past accomplishments. Their discussion mentioned a hunger strike and how it influenced their state representatives to sit down with them to talk about the Dream Act. Continue reading »

May 202010

NoC interviews Ross Compton

By Nick Kidd

On Saturday, May 22 Matt Duncan’s new seven-song EP “Beacon” will be released on Hop Hop Records. An album release party at Cosmic Charlie’s will mark the occasion, featuring performances by Duncan along with the post-Doo Wop pop of Idiot Glee and a special late-night tag-team tribute to Daft Punk from Brocktologist and Louisville’s DJ Figure.

Dropping just 2 months after Idiot Glee’s 7” self-titled EP, “Beacon” marks Hop Hop Records’ second release to date. While it’s still early in their existence, the label has shown great promise, releasing EPs from two of Lexington’s finest local acts. I caught up with one half of Hop Hop records, Ross Compton, to get a better idea of what’s going on with the label.

NOC: Who’s idea was Hop Hop? Continue reading »

May 202010

Heavy on the Monty and Flash Gordon

By Colleen Glenn

Every spring, starting as early as March, Kentucky Theatre General Manager Fred Mills is asked time and time again, “What films are going to be on the schedule for the Summer Classic Movie Series?”

Well, the anticipation is finally over. The Kentucky Theatre is kicking off its eighth season of its popular summer series on Wednesday, May 26th.

“I think everybody looks forward to the series,” says Mills. Every year, patrons start giving suggestions for movie titles for the next year’s series before the current one has even finished. “People like to have input,” Mills relates. “We send hundreds and hundreds of suggestions to Larry Thomas, our film booker.” Continue reading »