Last Week at My Spilt Milk

… we found Five Years, the new 12-CD box set looking at David Bowie’s early years, to be an effective argument for the power of posing. The box set and the “David Bowie Is” museum show demonstrated how he used it to become the rock star for the Apollo age.

… we posted a Freshly Spilt Milk streaming playlist with Futurebirds, Sun Club, Rastronaut, Young Romance, and more

… we gave away tickets to the Preservation Hall Ball

… we enjoyed Wilco’s show at The Orpheum, which was typically Wilco in its perverseness—opening with its Star Wars album in its entirely—and its familiarity as sounds from the history of rock ’n’ roll appeared in evocative ways in the band’s sound.. We also gave readers a look inside before and during the show via 360-degree photos. 

… we talked with comedian Leon Blanda about his journeys from musician to stand-up comedy, from slacker to dad, and from depression to mental health. He is one of the stars of Cracking Up: New Orleans, the comedy reality show online at the Mental Health Network.

… we posted a Spotify playlist to get you ready for the Ponderosa Stomp.

… we revisit the Ponderosa Stomp, where Irma Thomas was very good by other people’s standards but so-so by her own; where singer Mable John made classic R&B sound contemporary; and P.F. Sloan and Brenda Holloway are still looking for their keys.

… we talked with Kelcy Mae about her new Christmas song, and her desire to create an accompanying video that celebrates marriage equality with crowdsourced film and video from gay Christmases past.

… we posted a Freshly Spilt Milk streaming playlist with Erykah Badu covering Drake, AM & Shawn Lee covering The System, AF the Naysayer remixing “Featuring Lil Wayne,” and new music from !!!, Fro-Yo Ma, and more.

This Week in New Orleans

… A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, and Danny Brown play Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square Thursday

… Twin Shadow plays The Republic Thursday

… The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue comes to The Howlin’ Wolf Friday

… Lost Bayou Ramblers play Siberia Friday

… Mother Falcon plays Gasa Gasa Friday

… Leon Bridges plays Tipitina’s Monday

… Toro Y Moi plays The Republic Tuesday

… Lake Street Dive plays the House of Blues Wednesday

… Joe Jackson plays The Joy Theater Wednesday

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