Off The Record: James Bickers

Good morning fellow babies! Yes, WFPK morning drive host James Bickers is our guest this week for Off The Record.  Now, you know the man who brings you 1/2 of Down And Nerdy, still proudly loves Rush and is the proprietor of is going to have an unusual five song selection.  Here’s what James has been listening to recently:

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  • Rush – 2112 (side one)

Off The Record: Ultra Pulverize

Our guests this week are Louisville group ULTRA PULVERIZE.  ULTRA PULVERIZE is a futuristic synth-punk rap group based in Louisville, KY (Earth).  
Their new music video for the song “The Next Day” (from the album “Unoriginals Get The Dose”) an be seen at  Here are their 5 picks:

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Off The Record: Briana Passo

What a fun Off The Record this week!  Our very own Membership Associate (IE., the person who keeps things from falling apart here at LPM) and co-host of the popular segment Down And Nerdy heard Friday mornings on WFPK is Briana Passo.  I asked Briana to come up with an Off The Record theme, and she came back with a cool idea: 5 songs from her favorite Rocumentaries.

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Off The Record: Aby Laby Land

Our guests for this week’s Off The Record is Louisville-based band Aby Laby Land.  The band recently released their Binary Stars CD which you can purchase at the group’s Website or at their shows.  They perform the first Friday of every moth at the Hideaway Saloon on Bardstown Rd.  Here are the group’s five songs (each member picked one song; the final Yes song is the group’s collective cut):

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Off The Record: Sydney O’Bryan

Our guest this week is Sydney O’Bryan.   She was born and raised (for the most part) in Louisville, KY and according to her bio:

Spent a few years of my childhood in Ft. Collins, CO- will always prefer the mountains to the beach. 28 years young. Graduated from University of Kentucky: BA in Communications; minor in Women’s Studies. Current career (going on 5- years) as Event Director for Louisville Glassworks. Co-produced several theme parties including, Pulp Function, Kill Ville, NY 77′ and most recent project- assisting John King with “organizing” Zombie Attack. What spare time i do have away from work i spend running, playing volleyball, or going to see live music. At work, i like clients to be pleased and my rooftop concerts to rock!

What’s in my CD player right now: Black Keys
Favorite place I’ve traveled: Crater Lake National Park
Typical Sunday: coffee, run, dinner w/ the family
Louisville favorites (eat, play, stay): Mayan Cafe, Vernon Lanes, my new home on Shady Ln.
Most recent book read: A Prayer For Owen Meany
Favorite line from a movie: “Think we’re going to need a bigger boat…”
Sound i love: Fuzzed out amp
Profession I’d like to try: Ichthyology (study of fish or sharks!)
Quality i most value in myself and/or another: common sense
Favorite Poem: Desiderata  (Max Ermann)
“… With all it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams it’s still a beautiful world; be cheerful, strive to be happy”.

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Here are Sydney’s five picks:

Off The Record: Tamara Dearing

Our Guest this week is singer/songwriter Tamara Dearing.  Her CD What Animates You release show is Saturday September 4th at the Vernon Club She also has a  in-store performance that same day at Ear-X-Tacy.  According to her bio:

Playing musical chairs with genres comes quite naturally to Tamara Dearing who at age three developed an ear for music with the gift of a toy piano.  After years of pleading with her mother she began piano lessons at age seven.  However being a Navy brat made it difficult since the family was often uprooted and separated from both piano and teacher.  During this time Tamara was exposed to New Orleans’ jazz and hurricanes, San Francisco’s earthquakes and symphonies and finally settled into the lush steamy summers and gloriously white winters of Southern Indiana where her father retired.  Tamara began performing her music at the age of 17 when a friend asked her to play keyboard in his band.
After completing a B.A. in Theatre at Hanover College Tamara moved to Louisville, KY to intern at Stage One Children’s Theatre.  She has remained ever since, building her musical repertoire and experience resulting in her most recent work, “What Animates You.”  The latest album is a much more polished mature sound combining Tamara’s signature rhythmic lyrics and characteristically upbeat layered vocal arrangements with fun beats against a lavish orchestral backdrop.

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Here are Tamara’s five “uplifting” picks: