Ear x-tacy

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TGIF Local Lunch Post – John Timmons Steps Up to the Plate and the Microphone

  After the end of an era ( and yes, I’ve got one more “e” in me…wait for it.), it  was a question on the lips of the music-lovin’ masses, what would ear X-tacy’s John Timmons would do next? No matter how the end credits ran, what rose above the ear X-tacy story was a fierce dedication to local, independent commerce – not to mention a passion for music as written, performed, and recorded by anyone from buskers in the Highlands to festivals on the Waterfront or the intimacy of a nightclub set to recording studios  nestled throughout the city….


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Loathing Richie Edition for Friday

We made it… Friday, another bad day for Richie Farmer. Not Fit For Office: Aren’t you glad you didn’t make Richie Farmer your new Lt. Gov.?  I saw Richie’s concession speech on Election Night, and he looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage, thanking supporters for helping him through a tough year.Looks like he wanted to get his girlfriend home to be ready for work the next day. Richie lacks judgment, the ability to discern between right and wrong, and doesn’t deserve the trust of the public. Turns out he hired his girlfriend Oct. 31, didn’t…


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Here’s What Matters, and What Doesn’t

Here’s a new idea to help you decide what’s news. I’ll call it Things That Matter and Things That Don’t Matter. Here’s some that matter — WLKY’s Sweeps Series on Infrastructure: It’s not just bridges that are troubling for our future. WLKY’s Duane Pohlman has been working on a six-part series that will address the following — water, sewers, dams, levees, bridges. The series, of course, is running during TV Sweeps, but according to GM Glenn Haygood, it’s filled with important facts and is one of the most comprehensive series to air on a local TV station. In fact, Haygood…


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My Morning Jacket comments on Ear X Tacy closing

there is a tear in my eye right now as i hear about the closing of one of my favorite places on earth- ear-xtacy. i send thanks and healing vibes to john and everyone who has worked so hard at the store over the years…the presence of that sacred place will be sorely missed. people- let this be a big wake up call to us…we need these places to gather as a community and share ideas about music and art and love and life and…. for the love of god…. it cant all take place online…or i fear that one…


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Silence is Not Golden for ear X-tacy

Even though John would probably prefer an excerpt from XTC, I’m opening with a poignant line from Green Day: It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right, I hope you  had the time of your life. Nothing says “No comment” like an empty, locked store. It proved to be a mysterious and disturbing Halloween this past weekend as one of Louisville’s mainstays of music, culture and community activism rose into the spirit world. By the equally strange calendar date of 11/1/11, local news trucks scanned the famous typewritten letters across the  building’s Bardstown Road frontage. A reporter on a…


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The End of the Ear

In the end, all that ear X-tacy fans were left with was this letter from long-time owner John Timmons. Sadly, the city’s lost an icon. Dear Louisville, and all who have shopped, supported, and loved ear X-tacy over the years, It has been a dream come true…actually, a dream exceeded, to be part of your musical lives here in Louisville for the last 26 years. My life was changed forever, and guided by the power of music since I can remember. Music has been the soul, the heart, the passion of my life for my entire 56 years. The record…


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Spooky Time on Hillcrest

For the first time, I took in Louisville’s scariest street – the one that attracts teams of news crews every Halloween season. It’s amazing that no one on Hillcrest has figured out a way to monetize the mayhem. Part of it is as frightening as any Haunted House attraction, while others are just visually stunning. At one house, it looked like a kid who actually lived there was putting on a show of scaring folks, and I jumped about three feet when this ghostly person hung down from a tree. And it didn’t cost a dime, not even the house…