Author Archives: Ben Berman

YouTube du Jour: Tchoupitoulas

Locally made film Tchoupitoulas has received much praise since screening at South by Southwest Film Festival in March—“visually masterful” and “startlingly fresh point of view” were two descriptions in the press—but Friday, July 20 is its long-due public premiere in New Orleans. The New Orleans Film Society, Louisiana State Museum, and Louisiana Museum Foundation are [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Go-Go Swing Documentary

When Chuck Brown died on May 16 this year, it marked not only the loss of a great musician, but the rare passing of a cultural founding father. Brown is credited with creating and popularizing go-go, a subgenre of funk music that, despite ups and downs in national and worldwide popularity, has remained a potent [...]

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YouTube du Jour: New Orleans in The Monster and the Stripper

While looking for some throwback YouTube clips from New Orleans, we came across this gem: an introduction to the 1968 b-to-the-extreme movie The Monster and the Stripper a.k.a. The Exotic Ones, made by Nashville’s “first family of film”, the Ormonds. The movie’s about a swamp monster (played by rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef) captured by a [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Last week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a new music video for “Brendan’s Death Song” off last year’s I’m With You album. The video was shot in New Orleans on May 21, with Chili Peppers fans making up most of the extras. Most of the video shows the band leading a second line through [...]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild: Beasts on the Bayou

The hottest independent movie in the country right now is Beasts of the Southern Wild. Set in a fictional mix of South Louisiana locales, it was filmed within a two-hour radius of New Orleans by Court 13, a collective of motion-picture artists most of whom call the city home, and whose work is guided by [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Koan

Local rapper Koan has been a name on the radar since the release of his excellent Chronicles of a Dying Breed album last April. He got his start as a regular presence on New Orleans stages as an MC with the hip-hop/funk/world music band E.O.E., but has been performing solo since releasing Chronicles. Saturday night, [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Aaron Neville

One of New Orleans’ great voices, the falsetto king Aaron Neville, plays at House of Blues tonight. Neville has been singing professionally for over half-a-century now, recording his first single “Over You” in 1960 and scoring his first hit, “Tell It Like It Is” in 1966. After putting his solo career on hold to concentrate [...]

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Video du Jour: Flow Tribe

The summer “Foundation Free Fridays” concert series continues at Tipitina’s tonight with Daria & the Hip Drops opening for funky-good-timers Flow Tribe. In this video, the Tribe play their Spanish-inflected tune “Black Mamba” from 2010′s Now Ya Know. With acoustic guitar, mandolin, and djembe, they perform the song at the infamous “Tree of Life” in [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Kermit Ruffins’ Treme Speakeasy

Kermit Ruffins’ weekly longtime weekly gigs in New Orleans are legendary: Vaughan’s in the Bywater on Thursdays, Bullet’s Sports Bar in the Seventh Ward on Tuesdays. Recently he added two new gigs to the weekly lineup: Sundays and Mondays at his new club Kermit’s Treme Speakeasy, which opened around Jazz Fest time at the corner [...]

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YouTube du Jour: Shamarr Allen – “Typical Rock Star”

Summer is the favorite time for New Orleans musicians to go on tour, but for most artists that means heading to places like the Northeast, West Coast, or the European festival circuit. Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs are going pretty far off that beaten path though, with a three-week tour scheduled in the Central Asian [...]

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