Alex Chilton died in New Orleans a few days ago. He was from Memphis, which spreads all the way down to New Orleans for musicians. And we all know that New Orleans is a jealous mistress. So New Orleans it was for LX.
He would have been playing at South by Southwest in Austin this week, but never left New Orleans.
Drove up Wednesday Night after a short stop at the Old Tyme in Lafayette for a poboy. I met up with Scott Borne in Austin around midnight and we headed to our crashing place.
Made it downtown by noon and stopped at the "Only In Louisiana" Party sponsored by the state of Louisiana.
I'm flying somewhere over Memphis right now, taking advantage of a wireless connection on a flight to Virginia. As plenty of you already know, Alex Chilton, a musician whose "quiet as thunder" impact on the rock and indie music scene is beyond measure, passed away yesterday at the age of 59.
One thing to realize when you go to sxsw....you are going to miss something. the shear number of bands in town and playing numerous gigs is staggering. Each day is full of sponsored day parties (free w/ rsvp) virtually all over town, featuring bands all day (everybody gets about 45min. to hour sets). As day turns to night sxsw takes over about 78 clubs/venues.
Check back starting Thursday, March 18, as WWOZ's Thursday Morning Set host Scott Borne and Wednesday Night Kitchen Sink 10 to 12 co-host Boudin Man send in blogs, pictures and updates from the 2010 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas.
The Tuesday New Orleans Music Show hosted by Tom Morgan gets back to its year by year exploration of New Orleans music. This week it is 1950 with recordings by Papa Celestin, Professor Longhair, Archibald, Paul Gayten, Fats Domino, Harry Choates, Kid Ory, Dave Bartholomew, Roy Brown, Cousin Joe and, the Six and Seven Eights String Band and more.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 11:54pm - Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 3:00am
Welcome to the Jungle
Why are there so many songs about the "jungle?" Hundreds of songs from country and western to disco and every style in between. Jungle songs? Imagine oooga boogas, oongowas, monkey and elephant noises and way too many Tarzan yells all put to music.
What a wonderful show today. It was fortunate that I had the studio set when Tab Benoit came in late on George's show so we could bring him to you in best form. I really enjoyed engineering that set and can't wait to listen to the recording. Crossroad got about a 15 minute late start but you all came thrrough like the heros that you are 50 new /renewing members on today show, double the goal.
For tomorrow's "Sittin' At The Crossroad" my friend Big Daddy O' will join me for the whole show and play some music for us LIVE. My other guest had to cancel due to 'work', she's a movie star too. Olga will join me in two weeks for a live set.