January 31, 2008

Alright, let's get on with it

This here blog started, for all intents and purposes, with last year's Mardi Gras so I suppose we've reached an anniversary of sorts.

But rather than bury ourselves in nostalgia or, say, make some wild predictions for the coming year...
...we're going to say, thanks to all of you for coming by, and now let's rush into the foray. Things start for real tonight and we ain't stopping until Wednesday. As warped and frustrating as things get in New Orleans in the day-to-day, Mardi Gras is release time, when we move more supplely and wear more than one costume and stay out longer and laugh more than we do at any other stretch of days and nights in the year. I've been a little out of it the last few weeks, what with the weather and all, but I woke up feeling ready this morning.

So let's get on with it.

January 30, 2008

January 29th Set List

Andrew Cyrille

Artist - Song - Album - Label

James Booker - Classified - A Taste of Honey - Night Train
William Parker & Hamid Drake - Japeru - Piercing the Veil, Vol. 1 - AUM Fidelity
David S. Ware Quartet - Ganesh Sound (reprise) - Renunciation - AUM Fidelity
Saco Yasuma - Straight Upwards - Another Rain - Leaf Note Productions
Howard Wiley - The Conversation - The Angola Project -howardwiley.com
Howard Wiley - Second Line (The Mardi Gras Song) - The Angola Project - howardwiley.com
Rashaan Roland Kirk - Loving You - The Return of the 5000LB Man -Warner Brothers
Rez Abbasi - Life Goes -Bazaar - Zoho
Archie Shepp - Attica Blues - Attica Blues Remasters - Impulse
Andrew Cyrille Quintet - Where's Nine - My Friend Louis - Columbia
Kidd Jordan Hamid Drake William Parker - Unity Call - Palm of Soul -AUM Fidelity
Charlie Parker - Billie Bounce - Bird/Encores Vol. 2 - Savoy
Billy Bang Quartet - Improvisation for Four - Valve No. 10 - Soul Note

Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble - Nonaah - Live at the Knitting Factory - Black Saint
Alvin Batiste - When the Saints - Late - Columbia

(and I know I played some Jemeel Moondoc and then an Anthony Braxton saxophone improvisation from 1979, but apparently didn't log things proper, which I blame on Mardi Gras' shadow)

January 29, 2008

Hornets Crush Nuggets - Notes

Something very special is happening with this team. My notes from last night are up on the SLAM site now. It's a little scary, a little nerve-wracking even, to see how good this team is. Hopefully more people will want to buy tickets and find out. The Hornets are real.

January 23, 2008

January 22nd Set List

The new stuff on AUM Fidelity from Kidd Jordan, William Parker, & Hamid Drake were particularly great and made for an interesting reunion with the jazz slot for me.

James Booker United - Our Thing Will Stand
Peter Brotzmann Ocet - Responsible
Charles Brown - What a life
3 Now 4 - My Back Pages
Triptych Myth - Trident
William Parker & Hamid Drake - SKY
Sun Ra Arkestra - Discipline No. 1
Lonnie Liston Smith - Sunbeams
Albert Ayler - Moanin'
Fannie Lou Hamer/Bob Moses - The Day of Registration
Little Brother Montgomery - Vicksburg Blues
Kidd Jordan Hamid Drake WIlliam Parker - Resolution
Steve Dalachinsky/Matthew Shipp - Trusffund Babies
Rob Brown Quartet - Twinkle
Andrew Cyrille - Fortified Nucleolus
Howard Wiley - The Conversation
Christian Scott - Cease Fire
Andrew Hill - The Message
Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman - The Good Life
Alice Coltrane - The Sun
Lester Young - Up N Adam

January 22, 2008

New Show, Different Story

Starting tonight, we're doing the Tuesday jazz shows on 91.5fm, 6-8pm. Playlists will be posted but the form will be free. Check it out.

January 18, 2008

National(ist Socialist) Champs!

(from Deadspin)

These Two Don't Look Alike, Do They?

Apparently, if you have a mole, though, you're all the same to the NOPD.

As usual, the police were ok with presumed frontier justice handling things that their force of 1,300 can't, even if we know that one killing begets another and another, with innocents just as likely to step into that chain. So if that's the careless "technique" of the police, I suppose there's no surprise that one mole is as good as another, and one young man in the morgue solves the problems caused my another who's a one-man crime wave.

And if the dead man's mother hadn't been persistent, would we all be sleeping a touch more soundly in the false belief that a killer was dead?

January 9, 2008

Tracks of my tears, other ideers

Some thoughts...

-So, in this election to determine the leader who'll bring us back from the brink, who'll fix this war, save the Gulf South, and perhaps even address issues like immigration and social security, the mere suggestion of tears changes the entire momentum of a race?

Of course not, but these almost-tears might've fallen on the print, tv, and online media coverage that has bought in from the beginning to the idea that we need an 18 month election cycle; that dumping a collective $25 million dollars into Iowa is a good return for the entertainment generated; that refuses to bring up actual issues, instead tracking with bated breath the he-said/she-said battles that seem to revolve around the idea of hypocrisy.

This thing has turned into the perfect fusion of sports and daytime TV talk shows, and while that isn't surprising, it's made more ridiculous by the size of the problems we face. We need direction; instead we get soaps and the rabid writers of soap digest. What's worse, the whole thing will be wrapped up on Feb. 5 (Mardi Gras) and then we'll have a full 6 months until the conventions, during which the dialogue and punditry oughta really make us proud of our democracy.

-A few people wrote me to ask about the scene around the Superdome on Monday for the BCS Title Game. It was probably the largest crowd for a sporting event that I've ever seen, not just in terms of people, but the amount of RV's, temporary bars, stages with bands and dj's, and huge tv screens. We had to close the office at 2pm and hire a security guard to protect the building, and when I came back thru in the 1st quarter, the lots were still full with people watching the game. Bourbon Street looked like Mardi Gras. Even yesterday, there were still tents set up to sell leftover sweatshirts and hats. All the hotels were sold out this weekend, which is a good thing. And hopefully all those people from Ohio State will forget about the loss, remember they live in Ohio, and decide to come back and dump some money on us soon.

What's funny about the LSU (and Saints) fan is that he/she is rarely mean-spirited, and instead of turning their shoulders or shooting mean looks, they just tease and then give people shots. This is probably why so many Saints fans were upset in Chicago last year--no one here acts like that, it's just a game, a reason to get together and rage (in a good way). I can't imagine a road team getting a better experience.

-I have a video of this on my phone that I can't post yet, but has anyone else noticed the frequency of cops driving with their sirens on, even when they're not in pursuit, just to avoid heavy traffic? Happens all the time. I see you, Patrol Car 21 on Rampart Street, talking on your cell!

-Priorities, yes, I know, but Arnie Fielkow is sure doing his part to get Hornets games to the North Shore tv viewer.

-Before I forget, we're hosting a reading with the new Louisiana Poet Laureate, Darrell Bourque, next Wednesday at the Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette Street, 7pm. It's free to the public, and will be the first time he's read since the announcement. Get at me if you'd like to reserve seats.

-Kim and I caught the first set of the 3-now-4 show at the Hi-Ho the Friday before last. Man. As worried as I get about music sometimes, that made everything right. Somebody should get Dave Easley, Jim Singleton, Stanton Moore, and Tim Green together more often.

-Also, Jan. 13th is the birthday of the late Danny Barker. Sounds like a good celebration this week. In a recent conversation, I said that what we could really use right now, in terms of the music tradition and keeping it innovative AND a true heir to the past was a figure like Danny Barker, someone who pointed the next generation in the right direction, forward and back. There wouldn't be a ReBirth, a Hot 8, or anyone in between without him.

January 2, 2008

Hornets-Cavs Notes 12-29-07

My game notes and Chris Paul and Co.'s victory on Dec. 29 are up here on the SLAM site. Now go to some games, y'heard me?