Louisville Magazine

JUL 2019

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90 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 Sometime in 2014 or 2015, JC Denison returned to the Louisville area from Chicago. He'd been in bands in town before and he wanted to plug back into the local music scene. Together with fellow musician Matt Dodds, he created auralgami SOUNDS, a record label that puts out small runs (say, 50 copies) of mostly cassette tapes in a variety of colors. Yep, cassette tapes. Denison was sick of all the boxes of CDs he had amassed, and he was nostalgic for mixtapes, which he still makes for his girlfriend. Auralgami's Bandcamp page lists their genre interests as: "Experimental, electronic, acoustic, garage, laptop, low- budget/no-budget." Experimental vocalist Cher Von, jazz-infused Curio Key Club and classical artist Sara Soltau have all put out music on auralgami. "The more experimental stuff does really well on cassette," Denison says. "A lot of people who have cassette players are the ones who tend to maybe be a little further out there, you know?" — DJ "Tight as a tick, and high as a kite, I drank all the whiskey in Kentucky last night," Johnny Berry sings to a toe-tapping, thigh-slapping crowd during a recent honky-tonk at American Turners of Louisville. Situated on the second floor of a nondescript cinderblock building, the no-frills Turners lounge on River Road features live classic country on the last Saturday of the month. There's dancing if you're inclined, along with cheap drinks (even cheaper for club members). A cowboy-hat-and-boots-clad Berry and his band the Outliers perform original tunes that'll have you singing along, plus country music gems by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and other legends. If the weather is nice, take a break on the elevated patio overlooking the Ohio River. — Sarah Kelley Surface Noise, a store that sells used books and records on Baxter Avenue, has plenty of those two things — from Simone de Beauvoir to John Coltrane. But it also carries a selection of something in between those categories: spoken-word records. Etched into shellac or vinyl, the voices of literary giants live on — Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway (read by Hemingway or, if you prefer, Charlton Heston), Philip Roth, Albert Camus in French. I've found my summer playlist. — Dylon Jones CUSTOM LOCAL ART AT A CONVENIENCE STORE A piece of art by Louisville-based Letitia Quesenberry hangs above a booth in the back corner of Full Stop, a local conve- nience store/coffee shop in a former Ger- mantown auto shop. Specifically designed for the space, the simple white frame holds a pulsing sea of light that shifts from one color to another so slowly that viewers might not even notice. Part of Quesenber- ry's "Hyperspace" series, it looks a little like the distinctive stars audiences first saw when the Millennium Falcon hit the juice. But Quesenberry's work is the chilled-out version, which feels more like hypnospace. — Eli Keel "Letitia Quesenberry is an amazing Louisville-born artist making sublime work that is slowly making its way onto the national scene." — Robert Curran, Louisville Ballet artistic and executive director "I've done some work in people's houses — some railings and metal shelves and liquor cabinets and all sorts of stuff — and I would constantly see David Schuster's paintings in people's houses. He did a Muhammad Ali portrait that was truly amazing. I'm just like: Wow." — Jeremy Semones, owner of Core Design SATURDAY NIGHT HONKY-TONK AT TURNERS HEMINGWAY ON VINYL auralgami SOUNDS

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