Hurray for the Neighbors

In 2012, Hurray for the Riff Raff recorded My Dearest, Darkest Neighbor to help pay for the release of Look Out Mama. The stripped-down collection of covers was a premium for contributors to the Look Out Mama Kickstarter campaign. Now, the album has found a second life. It will be released through iTunes and other online retailers July 1 by Mod Mobilian/This is American Music.

To List or Not to List?

[Updated] I hadn't planned to do a year-end best-of list for a host of reasons. I'm not a list person, and that's not how I think. I know people, sites and magazines that do Top 50 lists, and I couldn't imagine how or why you'd try do decide if Album A is number 42 and Album B is number 43. I'm also not sure what the use is of year-end lists.

World Cafe Comes to the Crescent City

The radio show "World Cafe" with David Dye will focus on New Orleans this week, starting today with a tuba summit at Preservation Hall with Ben Jaffe, Kirk Joseph and Philip Frazier. The week is part the show's "Sense of Place" series, and will feature Trombone Shorty on Tuesday, Ani DiFranco, the Roots of Music and Hurray for the Riff Raff Wednesday, the Treme on Thursday, and Dr. John shows New Orleans' spiritual side on Friday.

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