yeah that nytimes mag piece is some mike daisey-level truth-stretching as far as the lower 9 goes
― adam, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
i mean hooray for continued media coverage but ppl across the canal aren't living in some asshole's magical realism mfa thesis
― adam, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
The NY Times blog interivew with the author of the article
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 16:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
But I might not be the right person to ask this question because my general view is that in 50 years most coastal American cities will be minimally inhabited and completely overgrown.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Monday, 26 March 2012 17:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
There was an item in the local paper about how residents of the Lower Ninth were afraid of leaving their homes for fear of being attacked by armadillos
― adam, Monday, 26 March 2012 17:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
i mean i know this girl who lives in holy cross, she was leaving for work early one morning and this armadillo ran up on her with a gun and took her keys, shit is fucked up down there. also the armadillo was a metaphor for america's changing relationship with its own urbanization.
― adam, Monday, 26 March 2012 17:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
new tbc mixtape is the best brass band record in years. apparently they're dropping the real record during jazzfest.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 30 March 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
― adam, Friday, 30 March 2012 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
link? name of latest mixtape?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 30 March 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
'sorry 4 the weight'
no link, i just got it in a bunch of emails. can forward later.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 30 March 2012 16:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
― adam, Saturday, 31 March 2012 01:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Not brass band news but re the shooting on the bridge and coverup after Katrina:
The former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 38 to 65 years for their roles in the deadly shootings of unarmed residents and for a cover-up afterward....But while the sentences were long, they were not nearly as long as prosecutors were seeking — in one case less than a third of the sentence the government recommended — and for the most part were either the mandatory minimum or a few years more than the minimum.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 April 2012 16:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
21st Annual Jazz Fest Shabbat, Touro Synagogue, April 27, St. Charles Ave. 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Get there early. Starring John Boutte’ (Jazz and blues vocalist from HBO’s “Treme”) along with Panorama Jazz Band, Sophie B Wright Charter School, Touro Synagogue Choir, Director Terry D. Maddox and Cantor Jamie Marx.
free, but patron priced dinner beforehand
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 18:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Publicist email for a new book:
The Threadhead Cultural Foundation announced today the release of Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century on Threadhead Press. The book is the first in-depth account of this very important era in the history of New Orleans music. It is filled with vivid descriptions of many of the most significant musical performances in the last two decades of the 20th century. Jay Mazza is an outstanding writer who was a constant presence in the clubs, concert halls, and festivals of the period.
The book begins with a foreword by iconic New Orleans trumpeter and personality, Kermit Ruffins. The first chapters set the stage for a thrilling ride through history by describing in rich detail the New Orleans milieu of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Musicians, bands, and clubs come to life as Mazza skillfully weaves the story. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival serves as the thread tying the tale together. Three chapters discussing the Jazz Fest’s adolescence, developing years, and emergence as the world’s premier music festival bookend the text.
Mazza also provides the reader with a thorough socio-economic and cultural analysis of the myriad changes in the music community and the city at large. The rise of Frenchmen Street, the revival of the brass band community, the expansion of the music educational system, the saga of the 1984 World’s Fair, and the development of the music media are among many of the topics considered in detail.
Fittingly, the book centers on the legendary and the under-acknowledged-until-now musicians who defined the era. The careers of such important artists as the Meters, Galactic, the subdudes, Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews are discussed at length. Lesser-known musicians and bands that had a major impact on the music of New Orleans, including All That, Theryl DeClouet, Tribe Nunzio, the percussionist Michael Ward, Royal Fingerbowl, and Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, are given their due.
Mazza’s scintillating stories put the reader “up front and center” grooving to the music at many of the clubs that defined the time period. Sorely missed hot spots that had a direct role in the development of New Orleans music at the end of the 20th century, such as Benny’s Bar, Dorothy’s Medallion, the Rose Tattoo, and the Glass House, are featured prominently.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
i thought i wasn't going, but ended up finding an amazingly cheap plane ticket for the end of april. looking forward to seeing some brass bands.
also my brass band is releasing a free live EP this weekend, will post once it goes online.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
(xpost) Benny's was the only one of those I ever made it to. That place was a trip! I've read and re-read the chapter on Dorothy's Medallion Lounge in I Hear You Knockin' though, and imagined myself in this photo:
― Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 22:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
new + free live record: http://digdown.bandcamp.com/releases
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
Dr. John's 3 week stint in NYC involved a number of New Orleans musicians including Donald Harrison and brass band vets Dirty Dozen:
writer Larry Blumenfeld argued the following:
Might as well begin with the Dirty Dozen, who began and ended the show. Though the Rebirth and Hot 8 Brass Bands may own the streets of New Orleans for four-hour parades, though bands like the Soul Rebels may be stretching brass-band tradition anew, in a concert or recording studio setting, no one touches the Dirty Dozen, not least for the authoritative dance of Kirk Joseph's sousaphone. (Among its pleasures, this concert featured two great baritone saxophonists, the Dirty Dozen's Roger Lewis and Ronnie Cuber, a longtime Dr. John sideman.)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
There's more discussion of Dr. John's NYC stint on the Dr. John thread.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
dirty dozen have been terrible for years imo, sorry
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
I just remember reading about them adding a guitarist and stuff (and wondering why) and listening to a song or 2 online and not being wowed, but since I haven't really checked them out thoroughly, I thought I would just throw that out there.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
I guess the "need" for a guitarist, or CD guests like the Widespread Panic singer, are debatable (I find their guitarist less intrusive/more listenable than the guy from Big Sam's Funky Nation) but imo DDBB kicked all kinds of ass the last time I saw them. YMMV.
― Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
eh, i just don't think their jam band thing has anything to do with second line music. the drummer is great though. ugh @ playing two trumpets at the same time.
to me what rebirth/hot 8/tbc/stooges/etc. do has sooo much more fire and musicianship and larry blumenfeld doesn't get it, but i have Opinions about brass band music, don't let me stop you from enjoying DD.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm guessing Dr. John won't have any guests with him at Jazzfest, but who knows.
I finally listened to the Pancho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard cd from last year. They cover Chano Pozo numbers. Not bad, but not amazing.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
Looking forward to being there for Jazzfest. The evening brass band choices look tempting:
Wed - Free Agents Brass Band @ VasoThurs - Stooges Brass Band @ Hi-Ho Lounge, Brass Band Blowout (Rebirth/Hot 8/TBC @ the Howlin' Wolf)Fri - Stooges & some other bands (Slavic Soul Party etc) at the Blue Nile. TBC busk outside of the festival during the day/early evening.Saturday - Shamarr Allen, Stooges Brass Band, Mannie Fresh DJ set @ Maison (!). Or Rebirth Brass Band @ Republic New Orleans.
As do some other choices--singer John Boutte, maybe hornman/vocalist Glenn David Andrews... Plus lots of food to eat!
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
And that's not even mentioning the acts and food at the Fest
that looks familiar. :)
thinking of going to see tbc tomorrow night at hot east daquiri shop, way out of town.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Sounds good. Hopefully, me, my gf and pals will run into you somewhere.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
I saw pianist Davell Crawford with a drummer and bassist do a fun show in DC this past weekend. He's on the road and won't be back playing in New Orleans till May 1st. And I read that Big Chief Donald Harrison will be with his band in NYC this friday (27th) at Symphony Space, with guest appearance by Christian Scott.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
The differing points of view on Dirty Dozen circa 2012 have been expressed upthread. I see NPR has a 30 minute live show
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink
Jordan, was looking for you when I arrived during TBC's last song of the 3 band brass set at Howlin Wolf on Thursday. Oh well, another time. Then saw Hot 8 who started off slow but got tighter and better as their set went along. Sadly, was fighting a bad cold/flu and was tired from having flown into Louisiana earlier that day, so I missed headliner Rebirth. Kind of a small crowd for that gig. Saw various brass bands, mardi gras Indian troupes and traditional players at the Fest. Only disappointment was a late starting Pancho Sanchez set (billed as with Terrance Blanchard). After a few good but convention Afro-Latin jazz songs with no mention or sighting of Blanchard, we moved on to another stage. Really enjoyed Irvin Mayfield NO big band orchestra with guest Kermit Ruffins and with Shannon Powell and Evan Christopher and others.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
TBC was the first band on at that show is what I meant.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
didn't make it down to howlin' wolf, i was still at the hi ho. that was great...tbc and hot 8 both played sets outside the club early in the evening (it was a memorial thing for dinerral/joe williams/brandon franklin), then the stooges played inside. everyone slayed it. my band also got up for a set at the hi ho, then did a little late night busking on frenchman st.
i didn't go to the fest itself, but saw tbc 3x at various places, and the stooges 2x.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
Cool. Too bad I missed your band's set. I liked James Andrews and his group at the fest a lot-- like Trombone Shorty and others, he's trying to reach the jam band and funk/rock audiences a bit, but he kept some of those tendencies in check.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
i'm not normally into those bands (brass band horns w/drumset, guitar, keys, etc.), but i was pretty blown away by the stooges' set on friday (i.e. their stage band at the Blue Nile -- they did a full brass band at the Hi Ho the night before).
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 18:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Rebirth members Keith and Phil on their band's history and brass bands they liked over the years(including 1982 era Dirty Dozen at the Glass House!)
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 May 2012 17:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
Dukes of Dixieland (recorded yesterday) beginning now on WWOZ.
― Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Friday, 4 May 2012 16:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
I also saw these links (not sure if they are to WWOZ or to something else)
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 May 2012 16:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, I got an email from the fest about that, I guess it's a program of live and pre-recorded snippets. 2PM CDT today, I'll check it out.
― Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Friday, 4 May 2012 16:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 4 May 2012 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
^^^ awes, thx!
― Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Friday, 4 May 2012 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
Not too many interesting #jazzfest tweets when I searched twitter over the weekend. Also, the jazzfest youtube did not have enough of whom I wanted to see.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, the youtube was a fun way to background a few hours at work Friday, yet I was not inspired to put it on at all at home over the weekend.
― Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
We needed a Jordan brassband channel (!) and footage of singer John Boutte and family(I wanted this--I need to get his latest cd and yes I knew about him before he sang the Treme tv show theme but I missed his evening gigs over 1st weekend and he and his family did stuff at fest on 2nd weekend), and they did not give us that.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also, listened on Spotify to Lafayette, LA rock band Givers who played a big stage and while this young band is well-intentioned, their Vampire Weekend/Dirty Projectors/Talking Heads influenced sound is not original or exciting enough for me. Steve Riley's offshoot outfit Lil' Band of Gold are more rocking. But to get back on thread, there are other brass bands that played that I am curious about also.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
Interesting benefit gig:
On Friday night, Tipitina's will be the site of a battle of the bands between those associated with The Wire and those associated with Treme. Representing The Wire will be Baltimore's Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Washington, D.C. go-go band Anwan Glover and the Backyard Band, and host Michael K. Williams - Omar on the show. Galactic and the Stooges Brass Band will represent New Orleans along with host Wendell Pierce. Other actors from HBO's Treme will also be on hand in support of the event presented by Blown Deadline Productions, which will raise money for The Tipitina's Foundation and The Roots of Music, local charities that support music education in New Orleans. General admission is $20, while VIP tickets, which include lounge area, opportunity to hang with cast members and musicians, and open bar, are $100.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 May 2012 13:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
Writer/tv producer of the Wire and Treme David Simon on go-go and New Orleans brass bands
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
“I crept out to my first go-go shows when I was in high school. If Chuck Brown is the Dirty Dozen, then [Anwan Glover’s] the Rebirth.”
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 May 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
Does anyone have the tracklist for Jordan's original mixtape? better yet, does anyone have a copy of Jordan's original mixtape? better still - does Jordan have Jordan's original mixtape?
― Ian svenonononius (admrl), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 04:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
My CD of it is all busted up but there is one Rebirth song on there that is so killer and I can't remember the title or find it anyway. It's just a complete stormer and I want to hear it again.
― Ian svenonononius (admrl), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 04:05 (1 year ago) Permalink