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By Evan Patterson June 1, 2011

KEVIN RATTERMAN’S FUNERAL HOME: Thinking back, there are very few relaxing moments while in the midst of documenting, perfecting, and gathering a group of songs to be shared with the world.  Somehow within the environment of Kevin’s father’s second and third floors of the funeral home, the scrambling and discomfort of an average recording studio is swept away without note. I haven’t pegged down exactly what it is – maybe the porch with the speaker set up for an awesome play back for rough cuts, or the antique interior that placed me in an almost “spending time with the family” state of mind, or the souls of the dead seeping up through the floorboards, or Kevin’s overly open attitude to making new sounds… I haven’t pegged it down, but I like it.

VINYL REISSUES: One single, one album, and recordings that never saw the light of day. The days of rediscovery are here, and music fans who have the power and money to reissue lost or forgotten hits from the past are available now more than ever. Songs from times and places that have long been past, but hold up higher and stronger than most new music being created now.  Don’t be scared to dip back and check out bands that you will never see perform live, or if you do get the opportunity they’re long past their glory days.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE SERIES: Watching The Twilight Zone (1959-64) is mysterious.  I’ve discovered the best way to interact with the mystery is to pause each episode 12 minutes in and, within two minutes, write down a guess of how the episode will resolve.  A recommendation of two or more participants.

BETSY: Betsy was groomed two days ago and she’s getting skinny. She’s short-haired and due to her chi-corgi characteristics, she sheds every summer in a way that I feel she even distastes. When I got her back from the groomer, they had tied a neon and black tiger striped hanky around her neck.  I’m not into that kind of thing, but she seems to like it. Betsy is around 13 or 14 and she is a damn fine lady.

DIGITAL REVERB: I fell into a hole – a deep, deep hole – and at the bottom I found digital reverb. I enjoy the sounds that could never be created through an analog reverb. It places the guitar out of perspective, down the street, or in some forbidden land. Shimmery harmony and lovely depth.

SHELBY COUNTY FLEA MARKET: 20 miles east of Louisville, just past the Simpsonville water tower, Highway 64E Exit 28 leads me to the only place I can purchase a sack full of greens beans, Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets (1968), Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson (1971), and a new pair of Sierra leather boots all for under $100. The Troggs’ single “Love Is All Around” b/w “When Will the Rain Come” (1967) is one of many hidden gems amongst the buried treasures of the record booth.

MONKEY DRIVE SCREENPRINTING: The benefit of working at a screenprinting shop that is run by a bunch of slacker musicians is that it’s ideal for being a slacker musician. Not only do I get shirts, record covers, posters, stickers, et cetera, at cost, but I also get to hit the road whenever desired. Twelve years strong and forever thankful that I always have a job when I’m home. FTH.

Evan Patterson (pictured above right) is the guitarist/vocalist of Young Widows, where he is joined by bassist/vocalist Nick Thieneman (center) and drummer Jeremy McMonigle (left). He has previously played in a number of prominent Louisville, Kentucky, hardcore punk bands, including Breather Resist, Black Cross, and The National Acrobat. Young Widows’ third full-length, In and Out of Youth and Lightness, was released in April on Temporary Residence Limited. The band is currently on a tour of the western U.S.

Photo: Nick Thieneman.

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