Big Freedia Dreams of Santa, She & Him Replace Mariah, and R. Kelly Dreams of Mrs. Claus

Last week, we considered the place Christmas recordings occupy in the careers of artists, looking at new Christmas albums by Andra Day, Jon Batiste, Kacey Musgraves, Leslie Odom Jr., and Jordan Smith. Today, we pick up the spare with quick looks at a number of positive additions to the library of Christmas sounds. 

Not surprisingly, the most audacious new release comes from Big Freedia.

Merry Christmas from Big Freedia, Albert Ayler, Michael Angelakos and My Spilt Milk!

“Let’s get everyone super-fucking-Christmas-y,” Chris Hardwick said to start in interview with Zoe Deschanel and M. Ward of She & Him on “The Nerdist” podcast. They talk some about Christmas and play music from their Christmas Party album, but I’m not sure their conversation about the difference between Portland and Los Angeles gets me in the mood.

Nola Mix Drops an Anniversary Mix

Earlier this summer, we talked to DJ Yamin, Quickie Mart, and Tony Skratchere about NOLA Bounce Breaks, Vol. 1 at NOLA Mix Records. Yamin runs NOLA Mix, and the story ends with video of him scratching live with the bounce beats EP, showing off how it could be used. At the time of the story, the EP was almost sold out. Now, a limited edition colored vinyl in on sale as well.

Lil Wayne Points Festival-Sized Middle Finger at Cash Money

The animosity between Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Williams has been intense and well-publicized. It started (or at least moved into the public eye) in December of 2014, days before Tha Carter V was set to drop, when Wayne accused Williams of delaying the completed album’s release. “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity,” he said, claiming he wanted out of his contract with Cash Money Records, but wasn’t allowed to leave.

Jazz Fest: New Orleans at Night

Bluntly, there's too much to do during Jazz Fest. Too many bands, too many possibilities, too many things that might be cool. Looking at schedules can be overwhelming, so we've narrowed the choices a bit. Our choices reflect our priorities, particularly the absence of jams and ad hoc bands. My roots in punk and pop and the three-minute song are too strong to connect to something as inefficient as jamming. If that's your thing, it's easily found. Here are some other options.

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