New Orleans Sings Along at Christmas Time

[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."

Last Week: Jazz Fest, Ting Tings, Benjamin Booker and More

Photographer Patrick Ainsworth was busy during Jazz Fest and the nights during it. He shot Father John Misty to accompany Stephanie Chen's review of the show, as well and Benjamin Booker and The Ting Tings, whose opening band Kaneholler features Steven Tyler's daughter Chelsea.  We've already run some of his Jazz Fest photos to accompany reviews of the first Saturday and Sunday, but we have more good shots than we could fit in the stories.

Jazz Fest: Saturday, April 25 at Jazz Fest

One of my measures of a Jazz Fest set is whether or not it holds me until the end. There is usually so much going on that I want to see that if I see a whole set, it means someone gave me a compelling reason not to move. Today, someone is going to have to be amazing because there are so many sets I hope to see at least part of. 

Dee-1's in Good Company

Later this morning, I'm recording a Spilt Milk podcast with rapper Dee-1. Next week, he'll release a new mixtape, The Focus Tape, the follow-up to his acclaimed I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2. Here are a couple of downloadable previews, the modestly titled "The Very Best," cut with Mannie Fresh and Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), and a remix of "Never Clockin Out" featuring Killer Mike.