Author Archives: Angela D’Souza

Four (or Three or Two) in One

Bernard Pearce of One Man Machine began as the lone man. He was frustrated by his difficulty finding workable bandmates for the multimedia act he had in mind. Pearce wanted to experiment with what he calls “sound collage, not really songs,” but “when it got old and boring,” he says, it was on to the [...]

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Nomadic Sun, Nomadic Sun (The Shack)

With its overly honest lyrics and ambient sound, Nomadic Sun does stick out as one of New Orleans’ few “electronic” groups. But, while sometimes Nomadic Sun features live guest musicians at performances, there’s only one regular member, Kevin Burke, which makes Nomadic Sun a lot of impressive superimposing in the studio. Nomadic Sun works if [...]

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The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Vol II: For a Life Ever Bright (Independent)

Whether it’s the music box lullaby that ends “In a Lounge with Broken Wings,” numerous circus and burlesque scores, or what sounds like ukulele and kazoo in “Shoeshine Blues,” there’s something delightfully New Orleans and timeless about Volume II: For Life Ever Bright—like anything coming from New Orleans Bingo! Show. This hodgepodge, strung together uninterrupted [...]

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A Little Bit of Myself in Japan

Myself is big in Japan. Before Alphaville recorded the song by that name, the phrase “Big in Japan” connoted a niche celebrity status. MTV in America may not be playing videos by Myself, but MTV Japan does. He has a new album, Protest in Disguise, which “is an extension and a reflective aspect of who [...]

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New Orleans Trumpeters: Choice of Kings

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Amanda Henkel, Amanda Henkel (Desire Street)

  There are two kinds of relationships with country music. You either love it or you hate it. I have tended toward the latter, but here we have Slidell-native Amanda Henkel—definitely country—and I cannot get enough of her voice, lyrics, and band. Every time I turn on her banjo-strumming ballads with stories of sadness, lyrics [...]

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On the Road Again-Or Not

With gas prices passing the four-dollar mark in New Orleans, everybody has to think twice about driving. Because the road is where many bands make their money, they’re feeling the price hikes more acutely than many. Lafayette-based band J.J. Caillier and the Zydeco Knockouts went so far as to cancel an upcoming tour. Caillier’s booking [...]

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Esperanza Spalding, Esperanza (Heads Up)

You don’t hear of many female bassists, but Esperanza Spalding headlines in her dual role on vocals and “doolin bass.” With a shadow of Astrud Gilberto’s voice half a century ago, Spalding reminds us of a certain timeless sensitivity and sensuality. Esperanza is full of her name’s Spanish translation: “hope.” But, just because Spalding is [...]

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