Top 5 Live Moments, 2005

Top Five Live Music Moments, 2005 (National) 1.  Mayor Ray Nagin on stage; Voodoo Fest I’ll spare the explanation and just say that it was incredibly heartwarming to see Nagin on stage; he wasn’t smiling, he wasn’t laughing, he was positively giddy over the site of 15,000 coming together.  Every other time I’d seen him … Continue reading

The Decemberists – Crane Wife

The Decemberists – Crane Wife Capitol – 4 ½ Stars (Sorry, Noah) Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a luxury liner of a tome, clocking in at around 700 pages of typically Russian overtalk. Most people give it up after about 250 hard-fought pages. “It’s like Dostoevsky sat down and said, ‘I’m going to write the … Continue reading

The Decemberists – Picaresque

The Decemberists – Picaresque [Kill Rock Stars] 5 Stars The Decemberists live in a world of fake moustaches, newspaper men with press cards in their hatbands, and bootblacks.  Their albums have always been firmly rooted in the past, both musically and lyrically.  Guitars have competed for attention with accordions, horns of bizarre shapes and sizes, … Continue reading