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Posts Tagged: New Orleans

Beyoncé’s “Formation”

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This Saturday, Beyoncé dropped “Formation,” her first single since 2014. The song came one day before the Queen’s Superbowl 50 appearance and was accompanied by a free download via Tidal, Pitchfork reports. Like most of the artist’s videos, the video for “Formation” is incredibly visually compelling, moving from an Antebellum House to images protesting police brutality to […]

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Song of the Day: “What’s That You Got?”

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Call it arrogance, hubris, or a holier-than-thou attitude—there are some traits that just don’t make a great impression. Antoine “Fats” Domino was well aware of that when he released “What’s That You Got?” in 1965. The hefty New Orleans native is known for his funkiness as much as for his physical stature. This—perhaps ironically—short single manages […]

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Song of the Day: “Saint Louis Blues”

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One of the most enduring individual legacies from the Jazz Age is that of the towering figure of Louis Armstrong. The super-influential artist grew up in New Orleans’s Storyville district during a time of artistic upheaval. His exposure to the musical melting pot of New Orleans left an indelible impression on him. The flavor of that upbringing […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Adam Johnson

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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book, Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras.

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Sound & Vision: Dana Nielsen

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GRAMMY-nominated mixer, engineer, producer, and musician Dana Nielsen talks about his career, his music, and his new collaboration with Crown and the M.O.B., All Rise, which he co-produced.

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Inaugural Lil Weezyana Fest

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Lil Wayne has announced the first Lil Weezyana Fest, coming to New Orleans this August 28th at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square. In an interview with Q93.3FM, Lil Wayne purportedly said the festival’s artists will be announced over the coming weeks, starting with his confirmation that the recently reunited Hot Boys will be performing. Ticket […]

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Song of the Day: “Shoo Fly Marches On”

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The distinctive drum beat behind The Meters’ funky classic “Hey Pocky A-Way” did not originate there. In fact, their influential drummer, Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste, first came up with the beat when he recorded “Shoo Fly Marches On” for Dr. John’s definitive 1974 record, In The Right Place. Modeliste reportedly modeled the pulse of the incredibly funky […]

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Song of the Day: “Hey Pocky A-Way”

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The loose and infectious melody of “Hey Pocky A-Way” has been covered and re-recorded many times since its first release in 1974 by New Orleans funk heavyweights The Meters. The highly recognizable chorus–which reputedly stems from early Native American dialects in the region that would come to cradle New Orleans–has lost most of its linguistic meaning, […]

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Song of the Day: “Mickey Mouse Boarding House”

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Mardi Gras may have been last week, but the good times keep on rolling. New Orleans-based soul artist Walter “Wolfman” Washington knows a thing or two about good times—in his good-humored single “Mickey Mouse Boarding House,” the silky R&B crooner complains about his lodgings in the funkiest way possible. A thick beat nicely complements the bluesy piano […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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In the latest “The Last Book I Loved,” S. Hope Mills tackles the thriller-esque 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House. Shirley Jackson’s talents are strong enough to spook even the avowedly un-spookable—that woman, Mills admits, “knew what it meant to be haunted.” And Heather Partington reviews Maude Casey’s novel inspired by the true story of a 19th century […]

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New Orleans Decoded

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Tempted to move to New Orleans? It seems as though more and more writers are heading there these days. At the New York Review of Books, Nathaniel Rich—who moved to the city in 2010—explores the history and culture of New Orleans through books by Richard Campanella and Sheri Fink. About Campanella’s book, Rich writes: He had learned, as […]

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Towards a Fight

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The future is coming, it is coming for everyone in this story. Someday that cop will turn on his TV and see the first black president, the first president who looks like he does, say that he thinks couples like me and Dee ought to be able to marry if we want to. Which probably means we ought to be able to kiss.

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The Rumpus Book Club Interviews Hilton Als

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Hilton Als about his new collection White Girls, an intriguing amalgam of fiction, essay, and memoir.

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HURRICANE (FINALLY) ISAAC

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 AUGUST 30, 2012 The New Orleans streets are a mess with shredded branches and other debris – roof tiles, broken signs, errant gutters – but the city, I think, so far, came through fine. People know how to handle hurricanes down here. It’s the fucking levee failures that killed our spirit until we got it […]

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