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Category: zydeco

Thursday, July 4th

Happy 4th of July!

It’s easy, sometimes, to take even great blessings for granted, like, for instance, living within walking distance—yes, walking distance—of a wonderful club (FitzGerald’s), where, last night, at their annual American Music Festival (three stages, four days), now in its thirty-third year, I saw these folks.

Joe Hall & The Louisiana Cane Cutters, live, Louisiana (Breaux Bridge), 2009


Sleepy LaBeef, “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (plus interview), TV show (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), 1994


The Paladins, “Kiddeo,” live, Netherlands, 2007




Today, celebrating one of his birthdays (a long story), WKCR-FM (Columbia University) will be playing Louis Armstrong—and nothing but—all day.

Friday, 12/7/12

two takes

Stephanie McDee, “Call the Police”

Recording (Living The Blues), 2002


Live, Baton Rouge, 2012



reading table

We know we are very special. Yet we keep trying to find out in what way: not this way, not that way, then what way?

—Lydia Davis, “Special” (The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, 2009)

Friday, 7/9/10

Alternate career plan for the next life (if the tap-dance thing doesn’t work out): rubboard player.

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, “Jolie Blonde” & “Jambalaya,” New York City, 2008

Like the Blasters and Brave Combo, these guys played last weekend (Sunday the 4th) at FitzGerald’s American Music Festival.



reading table

. . . I received five hundred thousand discrete bits of information today, of which maybe twenty-five are important. And how am I going to sort that out, you know?

—David Foster Wallace (in David Lipsky, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace [2010])


great minds at work

When you see your starting pitcher win a game, that means you’ve played a good baseball game.

—Lou Piniella, talking with Ron Santo on WGN Radio before last night’s Cubs game

Thursday, 10/8/09

This ain’t no duke. No earl. No prince. This is the (once and forever) King of Zydeco.

Clifton Chenier, “I’m A Hog For You,” live, New Orleans (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), 1978


Clifton Chenier, “Josephine Par Se Ma Femme”

(Here’s a birthday shout-out to my brother Doug [a fan of this New Orleans festival].)

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