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
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
man, i used to make so many of those and they were all different. it was probably something off Hot Venom, was it one of these?
(this video is missing the first half, it's an uptempo minor thing)
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
one of my friends put up some videos from our last trip to new orleans, incl. the stooges + tbc huge tribute thing outside the hi-ho, but it's all on facebook unfort.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
could also have been:
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
Work computer hates Youtube, but I;m pretty sure it is like a latter part of that cut of Casanova. If it changes about 4-5 mins in, then that's it.
― Ian svenonononius (admrl), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Stooges playing in Providence this Sunday. So I should go, right?Just learned that my wife and I are headed back to NOLA for a week in late September. Didn't think we'd be able to get back so quickly, and I'm thrilled.
― Jazzbo, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:04 (11 months ago) Permalink
There was actually a pretty decent brass band on America's Got Talent the other night, pretty much the only reason I'm interested in still watching. Hoping they go far.
― heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:19 (11 months ago) Permalink
Distinguished Men of Brass, also known as d'Mo Brass, was one of four acts to advance from among the 30 or so that performed before judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern and host Nick Cannon during April tapings in St. Petersburg that aired Monday night.
The musicians, who for years played as the Mystic Sheiks of Morocco at Busch Gardens, joined a youth singing/dancing troupe, a group of men's cloggers and a singer specializing in 1970s television theme songs that will compete for $1 million and a gig in Las Vegas.
"We were working at a local theme park, and like a lot of people, we lost our jobs," band member Desmond Boone told the judges prior to their performance at Mahaffey Theater. "So we continued our employment by employing ourselves and reinventing ourselves."
The Sheiks were discontinued in December 2010 due to massive layoffs at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld parks.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:38 (11 months ago) Permalink
x-post--- Yes, of course you should see the Stooges Brass Band.
this is a terrible idea:
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 1 June 2012 15:38 (11 months ago) Permalink
Jordan, have you ever heard this? Kinda similar idea. I own it, don't listen to it much.
― Soccer mom, hopeless and lost, in utter despair (Dan Peterson), Friday, 1 June 2012 16:05 (11 months ago) Permalink
x-post-- so the guy who is a recording engineer for the Preservation hall jazz band has released this thing:
In 2009, Scioneaux revived Electronola via the (then) unknown, online pledging platform Kickstarter. By August, he had successfully reached his funding goal, and within a year his once-derailed experiment had become a reality. With an all-star cast of collaborators on hand—George Porter, Jr., John Boutte, Charmaine Neville, Lucien Barbarin and Joe Lastie among others—the Madd Wikkid mixed up an electronic gumbo, one that blends the boogie woogie of old New Orleans rags and the percolating strut of Crescent City funk with the grimy, atmospheric convulsions of dubstep and the spiky loops and stutters of house and drum-and-bass.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 June 2012 18:44 (11 months ago) Permalink
wow that is not good.
in general i don't think it does new orleans music any favors to try and make it into something else, although i understand the temptation. usually it just waters it down.
the one that dan posted is pretty cool. a big british-style brass band is probably better suited to that kind of project anyway, and it's recorded really well.
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 1 June 2012 20:10 (11 months ago) Permalink
on davidsimon.com I read that the 3rd season of Treme recently wrapped up filming. Simon offers up some stats:
Number of New Orleans musicians filmed: 371
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 19:49 (11 months ago) Permalink
from offbeat.com :
Each year, the Silence Is Violence organization hosts a second line parade with their partner Social Aid & Pleasure Club, the New Orleans Bayou Steppers. This year, the second line was moved to the summer, and will be marching tonight starting at 6 p.m. from the Sound Cafe in the Marigny/Bywater.
The Hot 8 Brass Band leads the second line, with Shamarr Allen acting as this year's king of the parade. Stops include the Hi-Ho Lounge, Abundant Life Tabernacle Church, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church, and the historical marker on Press Street that recognizes Homer Plessy.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:42 (11 months ago) Permalink
He may be doing a Trombone Shorty or James Andrews style funk n brass combination tonight, but I'm gonna see their cousin Glen David Andrews and band in Washington DC at the swanky newish Hamilton club tonight Monday. He used to be in the Treme Brass band and various others
― curmudgeon, Monday, 25 June 2012 18:30 (10 months ago) Permalink
Glen was fun even if he relies on New Orleans standards too much. Trumpet player was ok. He's working in some new musicians he told me as his bass player and another guy just left his band and joined Dirty Dozen.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:35 (10 months ago) Permalink
Not sure actually which guys left.
Rebirth are touring the US East coast very shortly. Appearing at the same new overpriced, faux-swanky club in DC, the Hamilton.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:37 (10 months ago) Permalink
. Saturday’s concert is dedicated to “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, the ailing brass band leader and drummer, who also is expected to attend.
Hope he recovers. Saw him at Jazzfest
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 19:59 (10 months ago) Permalink
From a Facebook post someone did:
Uncle Lionel Batiste health UPDATE:During uncles hernia surgery it was discovered that he has prostrate cancer. It has spread to his stomach and the doctors have requested the family to contact hospice. Uncle is at home and resting with his wife Carlethia and visits from his grand children.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 20:08 (10 months ago) Permalink
Aww, man, not good news. Just looking at Uncle Lionel makes me happy...
― Mafia-owned bar for transvestites (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 20:29 (10 months ago) Permalink
Just noticed this piece on New Orleans with a mention of brass bands by Ann Powers(now with NPR she used to write for the LA Times, her hubby Eric Weisbard runs the EMP Pop Conference and used to be at the Village Voice)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 22:50 (10 months ago) Permalink
Soul Rebels Brass Band is reporting on its Facebook page that Lionel Batiste has passed. RIP
― Jazzbo, Sunday, 8 July 2012 16:32 (10 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 July 2012 16:39 (10 months ago) Permalink
― Jazzbo, Sunday, 8 July 2012 20:57 (10 months ago) Permalink
Friday, two celebrations of Uncle Lionel's life will take place in the Treme and Marigny. A second line will start at 5 p.m. from Tuba Fats Square, at the corner of St. Philip St. and N. Robertson St., and will go down St. Philip to N. Rampart, then onto Elysian Fields, turning onto Royal and stopping at the Christopher Inn Apartments where Batiste lived. The parade will then finish by turning up Frenchmen St. until St. Claude, where it will disband at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club.
Following the second line, a benefit concert will be held at Sweet Lorraine's. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a lineup that includes Kermit Ruffins, Kid Merv, Michael Baptiste, Deacon John, Danon Smith and Michael Ward.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:55 (10 months ago) Permalink
The Batiste family also established a memorial fund in Uncle Lionel Batiste’s name with Liberty Bank and Trust. Donations can be made at any Liberty Bank branch.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:56 (10 months ago) Permalink
The New York Times
July 16, 2012New Orleans Celebrates the Life of a BandleaderBy CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
NEW ORLEANS — The drums could be heard first and then the brass, and then, far down the street in the twilight, people could be seen dancing and swaying, the bells of sousaphones above them like halos. Shuffling back and forth at the front of the parade was a paint horse named Sunshine that somebody taught how to dance.
This was Day 2 of the party that has lasted over a week in the Treme neighborhood. On some nights there have been small, informal parades like this one; on other nights people from around the city and even tourists have flocked to this neighborhood, New Orleans’s cultural and musical heart, to see or be a part of a certain kind of celebration that takes place almost nowhere else.
On the nights between the death and the burial of one of their colleagues, musicians gather to play and remember. This culminates in the funeral procession, one of those local traditions that is featured in the city’s marketing materials but is no less old and true for it. People still talk about processions from years past, but in terms of size, the one coming up this Friday may be among the largest in recent memory.
“The way things is going, this is probably going to be the biggest,” said Action Jackson, a D.J. who follows cultural events for the local radio station WWOZ.
The man being laid to rest is Lionel Batiste, known to everyone for decades as Uncle Lionel, to many simply as “Unc.” Mr. Batiste, who was 80 when he died of cancer on July 8, was the singer, bass drummer and assistant grand marshal for the Treme Brass Band. He was also one of the great New Orleans personalities, the face of Treme and a consummate man about town.
“In the daytime,” said Benny Jones Sr., who is Mr. Batiste’s nephew by marriage and who founded the band with him nearly 20 years ago, “he liked to wake up and dress up and walk.”
Did he ever dress up: high-shined shoes, on the soles of which he would record the date of purchase; necktie and pocket square, the square at times made of fabric snipped off the back of the necktie to ensure a perfect match; wristwatch worn across his knuckles, so, he said, he would always have time on his hands; brown derby on his head; and then the walking cane, sunglasses and an ever-shifting constellation of jewelry.
And he walked, sauntering along Frenchmen Street in the afternoon, or embarking on a leisurely bar crawl up St. Bernard Avenue, beginning with Sidney’s and on and on to the Autocrat Club or Seal’s Class Act. He would sit at the bar with a Miller High Life, preferably next to a woman, and discuss the proper way to iron the crease into trousers, how to say “pregnant” in Creole or how to cook a pot roast.
Mr. Batiste could have been New Orleans itself: mischievous, unhurried, with an antiquated and singular style, well-acquainted with the hard life but easygoing nonetheless, at once the genuine article and a showman playing for the tourists. As a child he tap-danced for the customers at a whites-only club in the French Quarter. But he also danced to the music of legends like Professor Longhair at a neighborhood club owned by Mr. Jones’s father. And he kept on performing in his off time.
“They’d spin the bottle,” Mr. Batiste said of family gatherings in a 2001 interview included in the book “Keeping the Beat on the Street: The New Orleans Brass Band Renaissance.” “If it stopped on you, you had to sing. Another thing they’d do, you had to dance with the bottle.”
He knew all the dances — he was particularly proud of his waltz — and he played nearly all of the instruments, including the drums, banjo, piano, violin, clarinet, washboard and kazoo. Until the Treme Brass Band formed in the mid-1990s, he was a journeyman drummer, playing with various bands and working no end of odd jobs, from mortician’s assistant to bricklayer.
But after he and Mr. Jones formed the Treme Brass Band, his music career steadied. And after Hurricane Katrina, his fame grew beyond the city. He was a fixture on the HBO series “Treme,” the poster man for the Spike Lee documentary “If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise,” and a presence at international music festivals — you might run into him on airplanes, his hatbox as his carry-on.
It did not make him rich, but he enjoyed the fame.
The article keeps going on the NY Times link
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:53 (10 months ago) Permalink
I know no one gives a fuck, but d'Mo Brass got voted out by America in favor of a shitty dog ventriloquist on America's Got Racism.
― heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:54 (10 months ago) Permalink
Guessing they're not like the Treme Brass Band (whose members are scheduled to play tonight at DBA in New Orleans without the late Uncle Lionel) but who knows. Here's more details:
Distinguished Men of Brass may have earned wild cheers from the audience, but two of the judges were less enthusiastic as the Tampa group attempts to earn the $1 million top prize on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
The band was the first of 12 to perform during Monday's telecast from Newark, N.J. And while the 10 musicians performed a spirited routine that drew ovations, judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern suggested a few changes if they hope to advance.
"You know I'm a huge fan of you guys," Mandel said. "The question that I have is you have to take it beyond a marching band, beyond a halftime show."
Mandel's comments drew boos from the audience, prompting him to reiterate that he "sees potential, and I hope America sees potential, too."
Howard Stern was equally as candid, questioning whether "d'Mo Brass" – musicians laid off in December 2010 from their jobs as the Mystic Shieks of Morocco at Busch Gardens – can overcome their limited repertoire.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:10 (10 months ago) Permalink
They actually put on one of their best performances, but that particular round was up to audience voting so the judges' opinions didn't really matter. It was kind of infuriating because these guys had the crowd on their feet, going nuts, but nope. America would rather watch a shitty fourth-rate comedian pretend to make his dog talk.
― heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:12 (10 months ago) Permalink
and then the walking cane
^he had a sword in this thing btw
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:31 (10 months ago) Permalink
My kid just went to Kermit Ruffin's fairly new place and saw him perform (waiting for a full report when he gets back)
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:43 (10 months ago) Permalink
Blogpost suggests the Mayor and a councilmember are trying to shut down some live music joints
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 02:13 (9 months ago) Permalink
And under 21s can't get into DBA. WHy can't they do a hand-stamp or wristband thing like elsewhere for the youngins?
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 12:26 (9 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:13 (9 months ago) Permalink
Seeing Howard Tate at The Circle Bar ranks among my best "club" experiences ever.
― Ermahgerd Thomas (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:28 (9 months ago) Permalink
new new orleans is all about zoning and permits. it's fucking stupid. fuck mitch landrieu.
new orleans was kinda fun once. it's actually gotten less post-apocalyptic after an actual apocalypse. sucks. did yall see the NYT article about new york "mixologists" moving to new orleans to make "craft cocktails" for our new post-katrina yuppie carpetbagger class? kill me.
― adam, Thursday, 9 August 2012 16:34 (9 months ago) Permalink
ha sorry this is like #10000 in a list of supposed improvements that are making this less and less a livable city for regular people
― adam, Thursday, 9 August 2012 16:42 (9 months ago) Permalink
Kermit Ruffins gets OK to re-open Mother-in-Law Lounge. http://www.offbeat.com/2012/08/16/ruffins-wins-mother-in-law-loungesoon-reopens/
― Jazzbo, Friday, 17 August 2012 12:02 (9 months ago) Permalink
Kermit now runs 2 or 3 places. Way to go.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 20 August 2012 15:29 (9 months ago) Permalink
Headed to NOLA in last September and would like to see him, but where? His new joint, Vaughan's or maybe the Blue Nile? Love the fact that he's doing earlier shows.
― Jazzbo, Monday, 20 August 2012 15:45 (9 months ago) Permalink
On Sundays and Mondays he is scheduled to perform early at his new place--Kermit's Treme Speakeasy Restaurant from 6pm through 7:30 pm- with his band the BBQ Swingers at 1535 Basin St., but when my kid was down there recently and went to see him there, Kermit came on later than that because he had also scheduled himself to play another function somewhere. My son said the show was packed and sent me a phone-video clip of Kermit and band doing Black Eyed peas "I Got a Feeling". There were people standing between tables.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 20 August 2012 15:58 (9 months ago) Permalink