[Updated] According to singer Judith Owen, Christmas has two sides—“Bloody awful and wonderful,” and both are represented in Christmas songs. When sung together, they’re shared expressions of community, but “they're all about yearning,” she said in 2012. “They're about missing home. They're about missing people. Songs like 'White Christmas' and 'The Christmas Song' are about yearning. 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' is one of the saddest songs I've heard in my entire life."
Flow Tribe has had a newsy week, not all of it good. Singer K.C. O’Rorke was carjacked last Thursday night after playing a show at Tipitina’s. O’Rorke wasn’t hurt, and the police eventually found his car but not his trumpets.
Nicholas Pino made his name in New Orleans as half of the hip-hop duo Jealous Monk, but much of his creative energy these days goes into filmmaking. Last year, he and Alejandro de los Rios released the web series British Quarter Hustler and the short film Holy Men. The former posited the notion that is a British Quarter inside the French Quarter, and pitted British caricatures against French caricatures in a Spy vs.
(Last week, I briefly interviewed a number of New Orleans artists including George Porter Jr., Boyfriend, and K.C. O’Rorke from Flow Tribe about their favorite Christmas songs for Nola.com. All have made Christmas music at some point, and at the time, Debbie Davis and Matt Perrine had a Christmas show upcoming.
My Spilt Milk celebrates Christmas with our list of the week's best, including a crunktacular with Flow Tribe, Trombone Shorty, Dee-1, Rebirth and Andrew Duhon, Gaunga Dyns, a live reproduction of The Last Waltz, and a Christmas concert at HOB.