The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kristin Diable are Streaming into the Holidays

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is no stranger to Christmas music. In 2012, it backed Irma Thomas on "May Ev'ry Day be Christmas" on 2012's Holidays Rule, and this year it recorded four "Spotify Singles." The Spotify-only tracks show off the band in a number of different lights including a street parade band on "Jingle Bells." They deliver a swinging version of "Winter Wonderland" with PJ Morton that doesn't show the Pres Hall fingerprints until the instrumental breaks.

Voodoo News: Post Malone Gets Paid Like a Rockstar

In a world where Lil Uzi Vert and Migos call themselves rock stars, does that make Post Malone the 2017 Pat Boone? In The Atlantic, Spencer Kornhaber breaks down the contemporary hip-hop use of the phrase “Rock Star” in part because Malone just topped Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Rockstar,” his collaboration with 21 Savage.

Beer and Music at Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktails can be a nearly week-long succession of well-made little drinks. Mine was shortened by travel this year, but I did have a number of tasty, tiny cocktails and only one Tales fail—a muffin made from the component parts of rye whiskey that was unpleasant once I broke through the molasses drizzle on top that solidified to the consistency of girders. A close second was the mixologist who decided the best way to mask Crown Royal's Crown Royalness was to add maple syrup. 

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