African Rebel Music, 2016 Style

Leonard P. from Italy’s Voodoo Rebel record label spent a month in 2014 traveling through Senegal and Gambia to make field recordings of music, rituals, and ambient sounds. Then, he tasked DJs from around the world to create tracks from his source material, and the result is Senegambia Rebel—an album that uses the tools of dance music to make something that is ultimately trippy.

Anatomizing Trump, New Sandman, Rediscovering Au Revoir Simone and More

My Spilt Milk has a number of new contributors, and there's no better way to get to know them than by what they're listening to, reading, watching and playing. In "Our Spilt Milk," we'll share our passions from the last week, and we invite you to share yours. Tell us what you're excited by in the Comments stream, or email your thoughts to alex@myspiltmilk.com and we'll include your entry next week.

The Sound of Buku

Buku returns to Mardi Gras World Friday, March 11 for two nights, and late last week organizers posted the schedule, with Kid Cudi closing the Power Plant Stage Friday night and Pretty Lights' live band headlining Saturday. Both close the outdoor stage at 11 p.m., but the music continues on the two indoor stages until 1 a.m.

A Remixed Superstition and a Remixed Carly Rae Jepsen

1. “Stepping Outside” - Val Hollie: The first track from New Orleans’ Val Hollie’s upcoming self-titled EP, which is due out November 13 at the Saturn Bar.

2. “This Must Be the Place” - Kishi Bashi: Kishi Bashi recorded his cover of this Talking Heads song for a collection of 45s, and again for his upcoming album, String Quartet Live!, November 13. 

At Home with Cavalier and Cooke

[Updated] Home production software has been a mixed blessing. ProTools and similar programs have decimated the recording studio business as people can record at home or a semi-domestic context. That made possible a lot of CDs that might never have been recorded if the artists had to wait until they could afford studio time, but it also enabled musicians to make music that really could have used an experienced set of ears to ask, Really? You think that’s a good idea?

Remembering Cosimo Matassa

Tuesday, Cosimo Matassa was buried. As sad as his passing is, it’s reassuring to know that he lived long enough to know how loved and appreciated he was. It’s hard to say that any death is a relief, but it was tough in his last years to watch someone who was as outgoing and friendly as he was silenced by the stroke he experienced in 2009.

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