Monthly Archives: December 2012

Interview with Bywater Boys (AntiGravity. Nov. 2012)

When driving up Chartres Street in Bywater at night, you will often see the silhouette of a youngboy, across from Elizabeth’s restaurant, pounding a drum kit beneath the evil traffic camera. The boy, Frank (11), and his equally dedicated trumpet-playing brother Tahj (12) … Continue reading

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Interview with Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock (AntiGravity. Dec. 2012)

Bringing Down the Jazz Party, with Dash Rip Rock Wildman Louisiana guitarist and songwriter Bill Davis has toured his ever-loving ass off with some version or another of his pioneering cow-punk band Dash Rip Rock for some 28 years. DRR’s sixteenth album Black Liquor (Alternative Tentacles) features fewer party … Continue reading

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My students’ new album reviews (AntiGravity. December 2012)

Since Katrina I’ve taught, after school, “an English class disguised as a music class.” My students write song lyrics as a way to improve their literacy. It’s not unlike journal writing class, except we use a drum machine. Other times, … Continue reading

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Interview with the writer of the lame movie that stole Miss Pussycat’s name (Scat Magazine. 2007)

In the screenplay for Flakes, youngish white girl Miss Pussy Katz (say it out out-loud) steps out of her funky downtown New Orleans hangout wearing her own punky handmade clothes and exclaiming, “That’s not a new concept!” To which her … Continue reading

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Interview with Neighborhood Story Project’s Abram Himelstein (AntiGravity. 2008)

In the early 2000’s, Abram Himelstein and Rachel Breunlin worked together for the Students at the Center (SaC) program, helping to bring community-based creative writing classes (with an emphasis on publishing), to New Orleans’ public schools. Their bosses and heroes … Continue reading

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Interview with Big Daddy Kane & Doug E. Fresh (OffBeat. May 2006)

In the early stages of The Game, rappers were plucked up by record labels for their fresh ideas and raw talent. Whereas nowadays, Big Daddy Kane’s tight, high-top fade has more aesthetic value than most songs polluting 93.3 Besides being … Continue reading

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Interview with Dave Gregg one-man-band (OffBeat. June 2006)

“New Orleans has a rich history of one-man bands. But the ante has been upped considerably by transplant Dave Gregg — or, more to the point, by Gregg’s toes. Gregg can be found weekends along the river or on Royal … Continue reading

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