Soundtracking: “You Ain’t Alone” by Alabama Shakes. Are you scared to wear your heart out on your sleeve?
More from New Orleans… random destruction, xxx’s for wishes, and remembrances of the dead.
You cannot find peace by avoiding life.– Virginia Woolf
Soundtracking: “I’ll Fly Away” by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Del McCoury Band. When the shadows of this life have gone…
Hi hi from New Orleans… It’s still Christmas in Metairie and I’ve been on a boat, seen some birds and cut some powdered sugar lines while scarfing down beignets. All par for the course ‘round here.
I mingle with my peers or no one, and since I have no peers, I mingle with no one.– John Kennedy Toole
Soundtracking: “I Fall in Love Too Easily” by Keith Jarrett with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. There’s live video out there but this comes from some more vinyl I bought in New Orleans (at Euclid Records), and you should hear it with Jack DeJohnette drumming. Jarrett’s label, ECM, is an interesting new music/classical/jazz German label that also put out cool albums featuring the aeolian harp by artists like Jan Garbarek and Arvo Pärt.
Today we return to New Orleans (because further posting about these hours in KY will just sound unbearably sad sack and I can live there, fine, but you shouldn’t have to join me all the time).
I promised you some words about Domino Sound Record Shack and here they be. It was my last day in town and a friend told me I should really really go and fine, I am good at doing what I’m told (that is patently untrue but whatever) so off I went to 2557 Bayou Road and it’s a small place with a good feeling and lots of most excellent postcards (see below), which I availed myself of in large quantities.
I also bought the Wire album with that song I really like.
The best things, though, are the mixtapes. The owner puts together some excellent cassettes (cassettes!) and I got two. The Ethiopian music is pretty groovin’ and you can listen to it here, if you’re so inclined. Slow Down is just waiting for my boombox (boombox!) and the pressing of play.
Normally I shy away from indie record stores because the snobbery really gets me down, man. However, you’ll find none of that guff here as the vibe is friendly and mellow and when you’re inside all is right with the world for a while.
Domino Sound Record Shack
Soundtracking: “Everything’s Alright” by Yvonne Elliman (from Jesus Christ Superstar). Let the world turn without you tonight. An old favorite. An apt favorite.
Sad to leave the secrets of the city, but ready to face… reality. I think?
Kentucky, here I come, for better or for worse.
Last stop: Randoms. 2. At last, a cable car. 3. iKil 4. Live long and prosper.
Fourth stop: Tremé. Don’t watch the show but find the history of the area interesting. It’s a bit unfair to only show the neglect as there are a lot of attractive houses in the neighborhood. I’ve really been drawn to the poverty and the wildness here. I feel a bit voyeuristic and rude, but it’s something I’ve sought every day
Third stop: African American Museum. A sobering experience.