Monday, December 3, 2007

Life for musicians in New Orleans two years after Katrina



In October 2007 I attended the International Labor Communications Association media convention in New Orleans to report on life for union musicians two years after Katrina. You can read my story as posted on the ILCA website at neworleanslabormedia.org, which was also published in the Professional Musicians, Local 47 Overture.

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L.A. Record Player 2 w/ Moris Tepper, Restaurant (preview)

As published by L.A. Record:

FRIDAY, NOV. 30: L.A. RECORD loves you, which is why we're bringing you the second installment in our monthly musical medley of amazingness. This month features a lineup of the kind of real-deal rockers whose energy inspires people to pick up their first guitar. When you experience the cosmic event of seeing Moris Tepper live, it's easy to see why musical geniuses like PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Frank Black and Captain Beefheart (whose Magic Band included Tepper on albums like Bat Chain Puller and Doc At The Radar Station) gravitate to him. Spanning genres from artsy blues rock to rollicking alt-country to funky pop, Tepper's music is fun yet sophisticated without being pretentious. Rounding out the bill are the deliciously experimental raunch-rawk sounds of Crooked Cowboy and the country tinged, foot-stompin' stylings of Restaurant. Small Town Talk, the Los Angeles-based DJ collective of Chad Brown, Jed Maheu, and Zach Cowie, will be spinning favorite records (it is called L.A. RECORD PLAYER, after all) to ensure a night of joyful raucousness, and $3 Dewar's all night long can't hurt none, either. As it did last month, the show will take place at Charlie O's, located on the bottom floor of downtown's historic and haunted Alexandria Hotel. (LL)

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