Nola Live Music Letter: Just in time for the season

Editor’s Note: There is so much live music in New Orleans, and sometimes it can be rather overwhelming to know what to hear, where to go, or what to do. Writer and music lover Wesley Hodges is giving weekly previews of the live music happening in New Orleans as well as some sneak previews into what is coming up. For a full view of Wesley’s suggestions, check out his facebook page

I hope this message finds you happy and healthy wherever you are. Passing along my annual ‘palindrome’ winter playlist – the first and last song are by the same artist, the second and next-to-last song are also by same artist and so on and so forth. I’m quite aware that ‘Palindromatic’ isn’t actually a word … yet

Happy Holidays, hope you find some new digs below and what’s left of your 2017 brings you tons of joy and good times with fam and friends!

Season’s Greetings!


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1.     Apollo Sunshine – Happiness

2.    Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車 – My Jinji

3.    Woods – White Out

4.    Robert Plant – Carry Fire

5.    Roxy Music – Tara

6.    Yellowbirds – Julian

7. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Russian Lullaby

8.    Martin Courtney – Foto

9.    C. Duncan, KDA 35 – Do I Hear (KDA 35 Re-Edit?)

10.    Tame Impala – Confide In Me (triple J Like A Version)

11. Cass McCombs – That’s That

12. Bo Hansson – Attic Thoughts

13. Thirsty Moon – Sudwind

14. Crumb – Locket

15. Nightmares on Wax – Citizen Kane

16. Joe Jackson – Another World

17. John Lennon – Hold On

18. Gang of Youths – L’imaginaire

19.                   Phish – The Inlaw Josie Wales

20. Gang of Youths – Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane

21.                    John Lennon – Watching The Wheels

22.                    Joe Jackson – T.V. Age

23.                   Nightmares on Wax – Argha Noah

24.                   Crumb – Bones

25.                    Thirsty Moon – Morning Sun

26.                    Bo Hansson – Before The Rain

27.                   Cass McCombs – Big Wheel

28.                    Tame Impala – Powerlines

29.                   C Duncan – Say

30. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Grateful Dawg

31. Martin Courtney – Vestiges

32.                    Yellowbirds – What’s Out There

33.                    Roxy Music – The Space Between

34.                   Robert Plant – Keep It Hid

35.                   Woods – With Light and Love

36.                    Sunset Rollercoaster 落日飛車 – Burgundy Red

37.                    Apollo Sunshine – The Funky Chamberlain (Who Begot Who)


10 New Albums in Recent Rotation

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman // This the final album Sharon Jones and her band recorded before her passing last November.

· Michael Nau – The Load EP // RIYL: Andy Shauf, John Lennon

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice // RIYL: 90s slacker rock/songs, “a party where the hosts are having a much better time than the guests” 

· The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding // RIYL: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, synth-laden Americana, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs.

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black // RIYL: The Staples Singers, gospel, Jeff Tweedy (producer and co-writer)

· Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins // RIYL: TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Levek

· Blank Range – Marooned With The Treasure // RIYL: Drive-By Truckers, Diarrhea Planet

· Antibalas – Where The Gods are in Peace // RIYL: Budos Band, Fela Kuti, The Souljazz Orchestra, the scene where Kramer and Newman are making sausages

· Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent // RIYL: Preoccupations, The Hold Steady, post-rock The National

· Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference // RIYL: future-jazz — WATCH THE VIDEO FOR TRUTH


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