Notes From The Buddha Den

…after nearly two years spent issuing a steady stream of brilliant releases emerging from The Gem City, Squids Eye Records fell silent during the latter half of 2009. At the end of March, however, the label returned with an epic showcase at Blind Bob’s to celebrate their third anniversary. In addition to performances from the label’s flagship acts Yakuza Heart Attack and Astro Fang, newer acts Creatures and Golden Kong supported the CD Release from Trunk Bound Regime. Squids Eye Records also issued the long-awaited follow-up to their break-out 2007 release, Dayton, OH Vol. 1. With the second volume of this series, Squids Eye Records presents an incredible distillation of the label’s roster circa 2010. In addition to the aforementioned acts that performed for the anniversary show, you can also hear exclusive tracks from Cry Baby Genius, Grizzzzy Bear, Colin Croom, and The Sailing. You can order this new disc, and other Squids Eye goodness, directly from the label at…

…proclaimed by Spin magazine as “One of the Top 101 things to do in America,” Louisville’s Forecastle Festival is one of the premier music events in the Midwest each year. Under the guidance of festival organizer JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown steadily over its eight previous years from a humble day concert in a small park to a full-blown multi-day concert event held on the Belvedere Waterfront Park along the Ohio River. Following a cryptic treasure hunt presented on the festival’s site as to who would be headlining the 2010 edition of the festival (which runs July 9-11), it was announced this past week that The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic will top this year’s billing. Another 60-plus acts scheduled to perform during the festival will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned to for all the updates as well as ticket info…

…as one of Dayton’s newer annual events, Ladyfest Dayton seems to have earned significant attention in its first two years. Held at C}Space (20 N Jefferson), Ladyfest Dayton serves to showcase female musicians and artists in and around Dayton. The event also raises funds and awareness for local women’s organizations such as Artemis Center and Planned Parenthood. This year’s event is scheduled for August 6-8 and organizers are currently accepting applications for performers and exhibitors via their Web site,, or e-mail Mary Kathryn Burnside at

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