Lynch Does Lynch in Twin Peaks' Roadhouse

A subtle, eerie vibration plays as the camera wanders through a gloomy fog, illuminated by a single rainbow halo, slowly transitioning into the iconic prom photo of Laura Palmer. The camera escapes the fog to reveal an arial view of those majestic Douglas Firs. An omniscient bass, then a resonant low F, inviting the camera into the landscape of rural Washington. The tension is taut, secretive, as the F descends downward, begging to be resolved. Then the chord hits with a chorus of synthesizers and the camera pans over the rushing waterfall.

On Stage in New Orleans in 2016

[Updated] My Spilt Milk's contributors and particularly photographers Patrick Ainsworth and Steven Hatley see a lot of music in a year--more than we write about. In 2016, we want to document that and put all those photos in one place. This post will be updated regularly, and each time it is freshened, we'll draw attention to it again. When it gets too big, we'll create a Part II, Part III, and more if necessary. Whatever the case, we'll have a photographic record of the year in music as it happens.

Nola.com Goes Music-Free

I was really saddened to hear that Nola.com let Alison Fensterstock go and shifted Keith Spera to Metro. At a selfish level, I’ll be lonely at some shows without Alison and Keith there too. More importantly, they are too talented to be shown the door or moved to another section summarily. Together, they made Nola.com’s music coverage meaningful. I can’t imagine that this means Nola.com is getting out of the music coverage business, although that’s what it looks like now.

Last Week: The Eastern Sea Comes Clean

Thursday night at Gasa Gasa;The Eastern Sea put on a show that reminded people that a band's value is more than its recordings, radio single, or promotional buzz. It's not about what the band could be; it’s about the epiphany in a song's bridge and how the guy next to you dances with his shoulders and the lead singer's glasses, slicked with sweat, are about to fall off. It's about how these moments, stuffed with vulnerability and wild charisma, can never be replicated or exactly recorded.

Tripping for Christmas

The Polyphonic Spree seems like a natural for Christmas music, but so far we've had to make due with a couple of tracks including a version of John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" that's too literal a use of the band's talents. The new Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One  is a better, truer representation of their sensibility and a Beatlesque Holiday Mystery Tour.

Voodoo Has a Question Mark

According to an announcement released this morning:

“We, like everyone, were looking forward to having Green Day back at Voodoo,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of VOODOO. “Their 2004 performance was one of the festival’s greatest. We are obviously disappointed in the news, but realize the health and well being of Billie Joe is the most important thing right now.  We wish him and the entire Green Day family the best and offer them our full support.”

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