For traditional jazz fans—and New Orleans music lovers in general—one of last summer’s most exciting releases was clarinetist Dr. Michael White’s Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1. We even chose the album as the eighth favorite on our 40 Best Albums of 2011 list. Any “Part 1″ brings anticipation of a “Part 2″, and [...]
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Last week, Treme was shooting Mardi Gras on Frenchmen Street, covering the street with an impressively realistic quantity of trash, but with none of the reek. The soundtrack for season two of the HBO drama will be on sale April 17, and Amazon.com is taking pre-orders for it now. We have a preview of it [...]
Sunday night, Skrillex closes The Buku Project at Mardi Gras World. His label, OWSLA, this week made available for free download Free Treats: Vol. 2. Here’s the download link.
Today, KCRW posted a download link for “Hold on to Me,” a track from Theresa Andersson‘s upcoming album, Street Parade. Earlier in the week, Rolling Stone’s website hosted a streamed track, “Revolution,” from Locked Down, Dr. John’s new album produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Both albums are due out in April.
On its new Carnivale Electricos, Galactic rearranges one of Mardi Gras’ signature songs—“Carnival Time”—and brings along the man who wrote it and made it famous, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson. The album is due out on Fat Tuesday—February 21—but since parades have started and it is Carnival Time, the band has given us the song as [...]
Last summer, those who contributed to her Kickstarter campaign were able to eavesdrop via webcam on Theresa Andersson as she started recording the follow-up to 2008′s Hummingbird, Go! The album is now complete, and Street Parade will be out April 24, once again with Tobias Froberg serves as producer. Today, Spin.com posted a track, “What [...]
Christmas is only a week away, but the Christmas music keeps coming. Clint Maedgen and Helen Gillet have teamed up to record “Reindeer Games,” which you can hear and share on Facebook or download here. George Porter, Jr. released Christmas in New Orleans last year, but since we finally got a copy in the office [...]
Listen to “An OffBeat Christmas 2011″ playlist on Spotify In 2004, filmmaker/artist/writer John Waters extended his exploration of taste to Christmas music when he released A John Waters Christmas. Unfortunately, the tape of my interview with Waters when the album came out was a Katrina casualty, though a few quotes survive in a story I [...]
Texas singer/songwriter (and regular performer at One Eyed Jacks) James McMurtry has made his song “We Can’t Make it Here” available for free download. The seven-year-old song dramatizes income disparity, and people are encouraged to use it as the soundtrack for videos supporting the Occupy movement, the best of which will be posted on McMurtry’s [...]
German/Jewish poet Berthold Auerbach said “music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Live music is a source of vital nourishment that replenishes the soul, a regular part of living in New Orleans, where experiencing it fully means feeling the power and energy of a live performance. Live Music NOLA‘s mission is [...]