Saturday at Jazz Fest ends with Cage the Elephant and Aerosmith opposite each other at the Gentilly and Acura stages. One rocks; one used to rock. Cage the Elephant has never sounded as gloriously decadent as Aerosmith in the ‘70s, but neither has Aerosmith since the ‘70s. I realized at one point in their 1980s comeback that I cared more about what happened to Alicia Silverstone in their videos than the songs themselves, and that was that.
DJ Quickie Mart's roots are in hip-hop, but he has broadened his musical horizons. He still makes hip-hop with Gotham Green, has done a Girl Talk-like mash-up mixtape, and has recorded dubstep remixes of The Vettes and Ricky B. Still, bounce remains a through-line in his career. He has done yacht bounce remixes, and he's half of Gypsyphonic Disko, which mixes bounce with Klezmer and Balkan folk music.
My Spilt Milk sorts out the week's highlights, including the always funky Stooges Brass Band, hip-hop legends Souls of Mischief, hard rockers Star and Dagger, and learning "Art History" with California Wives.
Big Freedia's Scion AV EP put off purists who felt she had drifted from bounce into EDM, but the EP made the logical connection. The current style of high speed, high impact bounce has as much in common with electronic music as it does with first generation bounce, which is one of the reasons it makes sense and works so well in The Republic.