Jim Nolan

Interactive Communications Manager, Host of Local Exposure

Jim is a Northern Kentucky native and a father of three. In his spare time, Jim likes to read, play ice hockey and watch foreign films. He currently resides with his family on the East side of town.

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Album Review
10:18 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Bummer's Eve: Pleasure Isle

Bummer's Eve is the latest in a series of lo-fi, noisy punk bands that have descended upon the Queen City. However, what sets this band apart - and above - the others is their unique, effects-driven sound that they call 'fuzz punk.'

There is a lot to like about the band's 5-song release entitled Pleasure Isle that came out this Spring.  At their core, Bummer's Eve is a band deeply rooted in the music of punks progenitors like The Damned and Buzzcocks; but they then take this classic fervor and saturate it within layers of fuzz-tone, phasing, and heavy vibrato. The result is a gorgeous marriage of psychedelic and sociopathic.

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Benefits Freestore Foodbank
1:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Zombie Walk 2014 returns September 27

The living dead will be back on the streets of Cincinnati on September 27 for this year’s Zombie Walk, proceeds benefitting the Freestore Foodbank. Jim Nolan visits with the living souls behind this undead stroll, Rocky Doll, Scotty D. and Brian Anderson.

Album Review
7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Ohio Knife/Skeleton Hands Split Single

This week's review is a bit unusual  - mostly because the subject of the review is pretty unusual itself.

On August 8, local bands Ohio Knife and Skeleton Hands were paired together on the Fountain Square stage as part of the Midpoint Indie Summer celebration. To help promote this event, and to celebrate local music in general, Jason Snell, lead singer of Ohio Knife and creator of the downtown branding company We Have Become Vikings, decided to cut a limited-edition 7" dual single and release it on white vinyl.

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Local Music
7:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Phratry Records Celebrates 10 Years in the Underground

Jerry Dirr, creator of Phratry Records

In 2004, Jerry Dirr, drummer for the band Knife the Symphony, got the crazy idea that he wanted to start his own record label, with a focus on presenting the kind of music that he likes and that he thought deserved to get noticed.  

Ten years later he and his label, Phratry Records have established relationships with dozens of bands and have released albums for groups from as far away as Toronto [The Shanks], Madison, WI [Tyranny is Tyranny], Portland, OR [Palo Verde] and even Croatia [Joe 4]. 

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Old City: Old City

Sometimes, in doing these weekly local music reviews, I discover just how wrong I can be.

Such is the case with this week's review of the first full-length release by Cincinnati's Old City.  Essentially, it boils down to a classic case of 'don't judge a book (or an album) by its cover' - literally. 

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