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Yojimbo, Ghost Birthday (Independent)

Yojimbo’s new record has almost a silly aura to it. Singer Carly Myers emphasizes and exaggerates words and phrases in a young girl voice that can careen into a yell […]

Thomas W. Jacobsen, The New Orleans Jazz Scene 1970–2000 (LSU Press)

Thomas Jacobsen is well qualified to assess New Orleans jazz in the last third of the last century. He wrote many articles for magazines including The Mississippi Rag, The Clarinet, […]

79rs Gang, Fiyo On the Bayou (Sinking City Records)

It is an accomplishment to be celebrated any time that a new Mardi Gras Indian record comes out—and doubly so when it is the younger generation of Indians stepping up […]

Obituary: Al Belletto

Al Belletto, saxophonist, bandleader and general humanitarian, died on December 26, 2014 at his home in Metairie at the age of 86 after a long illness. Belletto was best known […]

Big Chief Alfred Doucette, Originals (Independent)

It is ironic to call this five-song CD Originals as Big Chief Alfred Doucette does what folk singers and blues musicians have done forever in adapting old melodies and chord […]

New Orleans Jazz Landmarks Languish in Disrepair

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz, but that general statement needs some refining in terms of location. Specifically, where in the Crescent City did this music come […]

Born to Lose: Johnny Thunders Crashes Down in New Orleans

Proto-punk, songwriter, guitarist, New Yorker, junkie pin-up, colossal fuck-up: Johnny Thunders was all that and more. He came up in early ’70s New York and ran two of the great […]

The Parishoners, Between Piety and Desire (Threadhead Records)

The debut recording from the Parishoners is good, basic rock ‘n’ roll with touches of other genres that the band uses to keep their audience interested. As the title indicates, […]

Asylum Street Spankers, The Last Laugh (Yellow Dog Records)

There are many bands that integrate humor with their songs, but few who do it so well or without detracting from the music as the late, lamented Asylum Street Spankers. […]

Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, Juice (Indirecto Records)

Medeski, Martin and Wood have a good thing going with 20-plus years of being both a groovy and avant-garde organ trio. Adding John Scofield to their tight chemistry could have […]