Monthly Archives: May 2012

Interview with Hurray for the Riff Raff. April 2010 (AntiGravity).

Of the several dozen cover stories I’ve written for AntiGravity, this was the one for which I received the most flak. Nonetheless, I feel this Hurray for the Riff Raff article was not only above reproach, but rather, one of … Continue reading

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Interview with Derrick Tab (Roots of Music). January 2011 (OffBeat).

Since his nomination as CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2009, Derrick Tabb has perhaps received more attention for his work helping New Orleans’ kids than for his role as snare drummer in the mighty Rebirth Brass Band. Each day after school … Continue reading

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Interview with King James and the Special Men. April 2012 (OffBeat).

Jimmy Horn did not reconvene New Orleans downtown R&B cover group the Special Men two years ago to preserve a tradition. “We were playing far-out jazz with a great saxophonist, Rashid Akbar, who’d played with Sun Ra and Kidd Jordan,” … Continue reading

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Interview with the Honorable South. Feb 2012 (AntiGravity).

The Honorable South combine rock, soul, folk, hip-hop, funk and a little more rock. Singer MS. (Charm Taylor) and guitarist Matthew Rosenbeck bristle slightly when I admit that, from listening to their music, I can tell they are not from … Continue reading

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Interview with Dummy Dumpster. May 2011 (AntiGravity).

The suburbs of most “real” cities usually cannot be topped when it comes to odd punk music. The bizarre, feral, conceptual post-punk band Dummy Dumpster is, for all intents and purposes, from Arabi. “You know where that is?” asks drummer … Continue reading

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Interview with local techno star Kynt. Sept 2011 (Gambit Weekly).

Electronic house music is not New Orleans’ best known export. Kenneth Bryan, known as Kynt, may be New Orleans’ only documented male house singer. “My version of house is repetitious but complex,” Kynt says. “It’s vocal, tribal, with full choruses, storylines … Continue reading

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Interview with The Neptunes. Aug 2004 (unpublished).

Seems not a week’s gone by in the past five years where The Neptunes haven’t produced at least one — if not five or seven — top-ten hits for the likes of Mystikal, Snoop Dogg, Usher, L.L. Cool J, Jay-Z … Continue reading

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Interview with Chuck “Lyrikill Jones about Soundclash Beat Battle. June 2010 (OffBeat).

“Most musicians thrive on companionship. The camaraderie of bandmates can make even the bleakest gig worth it. But many rappers toil alone at their art—not unlike novelists—in lonely rooms, staring into computers, composing beats and/or laying down vocals. Venues have … Continue reading

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Interview with Sissy Nobby + Big Freedia + DJ Rusty Lazer. Aug 2009 (AntiGravity).

If Katey Red is New Orleans’ queen of transgendered bounce rap – and she is indeed – her two spawn, Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby, are perhaps more well known these days. After years of success at New Orleans’ block … Continue reading

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Interview with Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Jan 2010 (AntiGravity).

The words “Quintron” and “art” perhaps haven’t been used together in too many of the same sentences — not nearly as often as “Quintron” and “dancing,” “Quintron” and “party,” or “Quintron” and “man, I got way too drunk last night.” But that … Continue reading

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