By the reefers of Bobby-lawn

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Ed Ward reminisces about Bob Marley and the Wailers and the rock music journalism scene of the mid 1970s, a reverie triggered by an old photo sent to him by an old friend. Great stuff.

TPM Cafe launches

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Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo blog has spawned a group weblog experiment called TPM Café. Like other popular political community blogs such as Daily Kos, MyDD, and RedState.org, TPMCafe runs on Scoop.
For more information about participating, see the site’s Frequently Asked Questions.

The Power and Mighty, live at the Bowery Poetry Club

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So xourmas and I debuted our duo last night (May 23) in New York at an open mic at the Bowery Poetry hosted by the O’Debra Twins (aka, Your Psycho ex-Girlfriends). There is a lottery to perform and each act gets seven minutes. We went on around 12:45 and did our arrangements of two standards. Here’s the setlist (for posterity):

Salty Dog
Take Me to the River

I am now officially addicted to applause.

Jazz Fest, Day Three

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Jazz Fest, Day 3

Originally uploaded by xian.

iPhoto choked out while trying to upload my 91 photos from Sunday, but I’ll get them all up to flickr eventually. Here’s a shot of (some of) Don Vappie’s Creole Jazz Serenaders with Michael Doucet (of BeauSoleil) sittin in on violin – or is that fiddle?
Oh, and per Jennifer’s question about Saturday, nacatamal is a kind of central American tamal (as in tamales) wrapped in a banana leaf. B ate it, not me, so I can’t really report on it, but she liked it.

Jazz Fest, Day Two

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iced coffee and four (huge) beignets
large rosemint tea
one nacatamal (b)
one seafood gumbo
Big Sam’s Funk Nation (congo square)
Charles Teony of Recife, Brazil (heritage stage)
New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra (economy hall)
Fishbone (congo square), they started late, only heard 3/4 of a song
large cochon de lait po-boy (en route to the jazz tent)
Ellis Marsalis (jazz tent), piano, with Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone, plus a sax, string bass, and drums – they were playing “Sweet Georgia Brown” when I came in, standing room only, a great set
small cochon de lait po-boy (b)
small rosemint tea
small unsweetened mandarin orange tea
Deacon John (blues tent), just heard one song from outside, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” – R was unimpressed
Donald Harrison & New Sounds of Mardi Gras (heritage stage)
cd store to check out all the Meters reissues, no new James Booker releases, Ellis Marsalis signing CDs of his quartet with son Jason on drums
The Sprint stage absolutely mobbed for the original Meters reunion set. We set up on the track. Here’s what they played:

  1. Fire on the Bayou
  2. People Say
  3. He Bite Me ->
  4. Look-ka Py Py ->
  5. Hand Clapping Song ->
  6. Africa
  7. Be My Lady
  8. The World Is a Little Bit Under the Weather (Doodle-Oop) ->
  9. Welcome to New Orleans
  10. It Ain’t No Use
  11. encore: Cissy Strut ->
  12. Hey Pocky a-Way

Dialed in by Look-ka Py-Py, really peaking by Doodle-oop, very crowd pleasing encore.
picked up dinner from Lebanon’s Café on the way home

Jazz Fest, Day One

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Originally uploaded by xian.

Just uploaded 51 photos from today to flickr (the photo of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys is a link to my photostream over there). Took notes, will add them when I have time. Having too much fun to blog.
Update:
foodlog:
iced café au lait
three beignets
two softshell crab po-boys (b and me)
large unsweetened rosemint tea
seafood salad
large unsweetened rosemint tea
large cee-cee’s snowball with wild cherry and pink lemonade syrup
small oyster po-boy (for b)
large cochon de lait po-boy (for me)
large unsweetened rosemint tea
musiclog:
Harry Hypolite (blues tent, on WWOZ, en route)
Vivid (congo square), santana-esque
Amanda Shaw and the Cute Boys (fais dos-dos)
Pocketfoxx (lagniappe)
New Bumpers Dixieland Jazz Band of Bordeaux France (economy hall)
Sonny Landreth (sprint stage)
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (fais dos-dos), fantastic!
Driskill Mountain Boys (lagniappe), sweet bluegrass
Wilco (sprint stage), incredible!
dinner with S&l;E and R&M at Casamento’s:
4 dozen oysters
3 half oyster loaves
2 gumbos
1 seafood platter