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Treme S4 E3: Those Bells Are Tolling For Us All

In season four of the HBO series Treme the narrative force of this post-Katrina epic is dwindling along with the fortunes of its characters. Death and failure weave through the story like the cats-claw ropeweeds climbing the walls and roofs of the city’s houses. Big Chief Albert Lambreaux, defiantly living his last days to the [...]

Treme S4 E2: Death’s Grip On New Orleans

HBO’s New Orleans-based drama Treme is down to its final three episodes. The action is picking up dramatically as story lines resolve with Shakesperian suddenness and finality. Those of us who’ve followed the series from its inception will soon find the familiar characters who seem so much like neighbors moving out of our lives forever. [...]

YouTube du Jour: Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty spent Fat Tuesday in Washington, D.C. playing an all-star blues show at the White House with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Booker T. and more. The show is being edited for a special on PBS, but here’s Shorty’s solo spot singing “St. James Infirmary Blues.” In “St. James Infirmary” news, [...]

Treme Blog: Lolis Eric Elie Returns …

…to opinion writing with “Fact and Fiction in Treme,” the debut post in HBO’s new Inside Treme blog. For those of us who’ve been covering Treme since the start, the fact/fiction line is one we’ve all spent some time on already, but (Lolis) Elie—part of the writing team for the show—adds some gravity to the [...]

A Special Place in Hell

The BP oil disaster has revealed failed humans by the score, but it takes a special kind of wretchedness to try to capitalize on the oil gushing out of control into the Gulf of Mexico. Media Matters documents today Sarah Palin doing not only that, but doing so dishonestly. “Extreme Greenies: see now why we [...]

Parts of the Problem

I fear that people don’t take environmental issues seriously until they’re in their own backyard as the Deepwater Horizon disaster is in ours. For example, who here knew about the leak in the Niger delta? But it doesn’t help when there’s a protest in Jackson Square and the issues and arguments take a backseat to [...]

Treme News: Davis on Davis’ Episode

At 17dots.com, Davis Rogan is blogging about the music on Treme. Here’s his commentary on Sunday’s episode, which he co-wrote with the late David Mills. In the post, Rogan alludes to the real-life musical background of Annie – Lucia Micarelli – a violin player. Here she is in her pre-Treme musical life: – Alex Rawls

Jazz Wars: Pt. IV – Let’s Do it Again

In a YouTube video that’s obviously at least partially tongue-in-cheek, Jason Marsalis warns against the crop of young jazz musicians that he dubs “Jazz Nerds International”: Not surprisingly, he kicked the anthill with his comments. Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen asked that he name names: Who are the jazz nerds that Marsalis so vehemently [...]

The Sound of Power

There’s no saving Raw Power. David Bowie’ 1973 mix of the Stooges’ classic has never been loved – too wimpy – and in 1990, Iggy “remixed” the album, turning everything up, so much so that you feel like you’re onstage with all the amps turned toward you and Iggy singing mere inches from your face. [...]

Treme News: It’s a “Shame”

Here in the office, managing editor Joseph Irrera has been obsessed with the Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) version of Smiley Lewis’ “Shame Shame Shame” from episode 5 of Treme. We checked with Treme to see if there are plans to release it. It will be on the soundtrack album, music supervisor Blake Leyh says, which [...]