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.

"Let Me Find Out" Gets a Remixed Second Life

When 5th Ward Weebie's "Let Me Find Out" became one of New Orleans' biggest songs in 2014, it was a return to old school bounce values. At a time when bounce is often a hyperactive burst of electronic percussion, "Let Me Found Out" is driven by the classic "Drag Rap" samples. At a time when bounce songs are often little more than catch phrases, the song's a version of the dozens, comically running down all the ways Weebie's friends might be showing their low-rent asses.

Last Night: Backstage with Boyfriend

Last night, Big Freedia, Boyfriend, and Seattle's Hibou kicked off a five-week tour at the House of Blues. Hibou's '80s airy, British post-punk influenced rock showed predictably more muscle than the band does on its recordings, and Freedia has learned how to make a bounce show last more than 20 minutes without seeming redundant--something that had to happen for bounce to have legs outside of New Orleans. 

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