Galactic's last two studio albums--2010's Ya-Ka-May and 2012's Carnivale Electricos--presented the New Orleans groove machine dipping its foot ass-deep in programmed, looped and sampled beats to bring bounce and other street sounds into their funk and Carnival music.
This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" soundcloud playlist includes jangle pop from The Cairo Gang, soul from Willis Earl Beal, glitchy techno from Oslo, and a sunny instrumental from Joey Bada$$'s producer.
[Updated] The attendance Saturday at Jazz Fest wasn’t a record despite the speculation of some outlets, which gives those who missed the 2001 Dave Matthews Band/Mystikal debacle a sense of how unpleasant the day was. Until the last sets started, Saturday was frustrating at best and at times a little frightening.
Friday starts the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and we'll be there more or less when the gates open. Recently, I interviewed The Revelers, the Lafayette-based swamp pop band featuring former members of The Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, and I like what I heard enough to be one of the door crashers to make their 11:15 a.m. set on the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage.
In 2010, Trombone Shorty curated “Red Hot + NOLA,” an all-star New Orleans concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that not only featured Irma Thomas, Dr. John, and the usual suspects, but also rappers including Juvenile and Mannie Fresh. In Jon Pareles’ review in The New York Times, he wrote
This time last year, The NOLA Hip-Hop and Bounce Archive had its hat in its hand and was trying to raise money through Kickstarter. Holly Hobbs was working to give it a proper home online and in the Amistad Research Center on the Tulane campus.
It has long been my contention that most people who dislike Christmas music do so because they've had the same songs be the soundtrack to their holidays for way too long. With that in mind, My Spilt Milk will widen the variety of music at your disposal during the season. The classics are classic for a reason, but that doesn't mean all the good Christmas songs were written by 1965.
Prospect 3 starts Saturday, and though the international contemporary art festival hasn’t quite lived up to the initial hype, the first two presented a lot of impressive art, often in unconventional spaces.