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Louisiana 1927

Geoffrey Himes’ recent piece on Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” appeared Sunday in the New York Times. The idea that it has become “Stagger Lee”-like in its ability to re-employed and […]

In the Mail

Periodically, CDs and such arrive that can’t be ignored, but for all the wrong reasons. Today a CD arrived from MASS, which is short for “Music, Architecture, Sight & Sound). […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, Day 3

Sunday started with the low point of this year’s fest (aside from the rain): the Zac Brown Band, whose “Toes” promised an hour of Jimmy Buffett-like coastal rock free from […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, day 2

Note: Yesterday I said I thought the version of “Bon Temps Roulet” performed by T Bone Burnett was by Clifton Chenier. I’m told it was originally by Clarence Garlow. So […]

Jazz Fest Notebook Dump, day 1

Jazz Fest started at the Figs, the all-female Lafayette string band, who wore great, retro, summer dresses. I saw them at the Ogden a few months back, where they played […]

Jazz Fest: Plant/Krauss preview

At the Bruce Springsteen set two years ago, a coupld of guys standing near me couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to do his own songs, and even though the […]

Tribeca Film Festival

For readers in New York City: Faubourg Treme: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans, a recent documentary on the oldest African-American neighborhood in the city, screens at the Tribeca […]

President, Gang Leader or Enforcer?

Last night I heard a soundbite with Hillary Clinton reassuring Pennsylvania voters that she had their backs. Literally. “I’ve got your back; I’ve got all of your backs,” she said. […]

Get to Know Me

DVDs are stacking up like cord wood here, and a couple merit attention. I recently wrote about the Robyn Hitchcock retrospective and how, when it comes down to it, I […]

Throbbing Gristle and the Replacements

I just finished Matmos’ Drew Daniels’ entry in the 33 1/3 series, 20 Jazz Funk Greats. He contemplates the album by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, and I was left […]