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Saints Post-Game: Time for Karaoke?

I’m running out of lucky shirts.  With each loss this year, I’ve relegated my Manning throwback, my “For Those About To Rock- Saints Tour 09’”, and my long sleeve Saints […]

A Good Marc Bolan to You, Sir

During this year’s Ponderosa Stomp conference, Gloria (“Tainted Love”) Jones told interviewer Ann Powers that she had opened a music school in Africa in the name of Marc Bolan, her […]

The Morning Drive

On the way to work, I decided I’d thought far too long about the Hoodoo Gurus’ Purity of Essence (Hoodoo Gurus). The opening tracks – “Cracking Up,” “A Few Home […]

On the Road Again

North Louisiana native Tony Joe White has made a career out of being laconic, and his matter-of-fact delivery lent a homespun truthfulness to race relations in “Willie and Laura Mae […]

Expendables Expendable?

Last week, we received a press invite to the New Orleans’ red carpet premiere of The Expendables, the Sylvester Stallone-penned/directed action film shot around here. The invite listed retired wrestler […]

Stay Positive

The shock of loud guitars and amped-up tempos obscured for many the fact that punk rock was pop at its core. The Ramones’ subject matter leaned toward the B-movie, but […]

Jackson’s Restrained, Blige’s in Charge at Essence

A few post-Essence observations: —Raphael Saadiq has explored his musical inheritance by restaging it. After The Way I See It, his shows relied heavily on the album and its Motown […]

Time in Two Minutes or Less

For those in their 40s, the flicker of nostalgia for the animated shorts collected in Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow (Numero DVD) will pass quickly. Many of […]

Who Am I Now?

Sony Legacy will reissue Elvis Presley’s On Stage later this month, and the show documents his first live appearances in nine years in 1969 and 1970. Besides the constant pleasure provided […]

Gifts are for Chumps

I’ve been trying to find the contrarian response to the general wave of negativity aimed at Lil Wayne’s Rebirth, but no luck. It’s not bad, and if this was the […]