Profile

Cover photo
Alex Rawls
Works at MySpiltMilk.com
Lives in New Orleans, LA
109 followers|14,189 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
YouTube is full of mediocre live, fan-shot videos. How do musicians feel about the phenomenon?
When cell phones were merely cell phones with nothing smart about them, it was a common sight at concerts to see fans holding their open phones over their heads. The sound for those on the receiving end was terrible, but the impulse to share the moment was understandable and common. Once a camera became a part of the phone, everybody became a photographer and--with greater regularity these days--videographer, but they're not necessarily good ones...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
It's easy to grouse about the trend of finding newer, finer expressions of bar food staples, but if they're good enough, where's the problem?
When Todd Price reviewed Bourrée for Nola.com, the response on the site and Facebook were predictable. Bourrée makes chicken wings, daiquiris, and cracklins, and the menu’s more limited than that might suggest. Bourrée only offers three flavors of wings instead of the lengthy list of options at other wing joints, and it sells three daiquiris that are individually crafted instead of churned in a wall’s worth of dispensers. “Yet another place that ...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
What we can take away from the Austin Music Census - good news in a way.
The narrative in the New Orleans music community that has the most traction is that the city government doesn’t sufficiently value musicians and culture bearers. This week, stories in Texas Weekly and the Austin Chronicle bolster my suspicion that the situation is not that simple. A study of the economic reality for Austin’s music community sounds very similar to the situation in New Orleans. Musicians make far less than other Austinites (70 perc...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
Tonight's Steelism show at Chickie Wah Wah should be very cool. I love their Krautrock surf on "Marfa Lights." Recently I talked with Spencer from Steelism about a non-standard approach to the pedal steel, and how he came to it through Elton John.
Steelism takes its name in part from Spencer Cullum Jr.’s pedal steel guitar, but the Americana band out of Nashville doesn’t have much honky tonk in its sound. As last year’s 615 to Fame illustrates, their tastes are much broader than that. The opener, “Cat’s Eye Ring,” could be a forgotten track from a Morricone soundtrack, while the aptly named “The Landlocked Surfer” evokes the wide open spaces of the American West as well as the search for t...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
Brian Boyles' cool think-piece on Dylan in New Orleans before Bob plays the Saenger tonight.
[Brian Boyles is the author of New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America's Coolest Hotspot, and an occasional contributor. The announcement that Bob Dylan would play the Saenger Theatre tonight prompted him to re-read the New Orleans section in Dylan's Chronicles Vol. 1. Here is his takeaway.] “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.” Bob Dylan “Man, I’ve been here two or three days. When the fuck’s Bob D...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
A first look at Trombone Shorty's new book & Jazz Fest schedule.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will close the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell Sunday, May 3 at 5:45 p.m. on the Acura Stage, following Lenny Kravitz. That show will end a busy week for Shorty, one that will also include headlining “Trombone Shorty’s Treme Threauxdown” at the Saenger on Saturday, April 25 and Shorty Fest at Generations Hall on Thursday, April 30. The Treme Threauxdown will feature Shorty and Orleans A...
2
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
109 people
Becker Hall's profile photo
Bryan Mooney's profile photo
TheMIxedNutsNOLA's profile photo
Sarah Quintana's profile photo
Helen Gillet's profile photo
BUREAU of CHANGE's profile photo
Margot Herster's profile photo
Steve Myers's profile photo
Mark Moseley's profile photo

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
In a press release today, FQFI claims Satchmo SummerFest was "one for the record books". What record did it break?
Today, French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI) sent out a press release titled, "The 15th Anniversary Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron - A New Orleans Festival for the Record Books." It begins: The fifteenth anniversary celebration of Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron was truly a New Orleans festival for the record books. In addition to celebrating the incredible growth and success of recent years, organizers commemorated the 10th anniv...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
My review of the new Galactic album. I didn't write this, but "Into the Deep" sounds the band at its most comfortable. It doesn't have an obvious concept, nor does it sound like it's trying to prove anything. 
When Galactic parted ways with singer Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet in 2004, fans feared that the band would come to seem like a backing band, overshadowed by the singers who guest-starred with them. That hasn’t happened. If anything, the band's identity has become clearer. With DeClouet, Galactic would interrupt a set of Blue Note Records-inspired funk for Memphis R&B with Houseman, then pick up where they left off once he left the stage. Because o...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
A good, pointed conversation with Terence Blanchard on Waco, race, electronic music and "Breathless," his new album. A lot of meat to chew on in this one.
“I’ve been watching the news all morning, and I’m waiting for the word thug to come up and it hasn’t.” It’s only days after biker gangs in Texas engaged in a shoot-out with each other and the Waco police, and Terence Blanchard is waiting for one of the 24-hour news channels to brand the bikers in the same way that African-Americans protesters have been labeled. He’s waiting for pundits to question their commitment to their community, or to bemoan...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
The best reason to cap Jazz Fest ticket sales, and did anybody know that chairs were forbidden on the track?
Today in The New Orleans Advocate, Mark Guarino and Jaquetta White wrote about the crowd’s experience Saturday, and in it, they reported: In a statement to The Advocate on Sunday, festival producers said they did institute a standing-room-only policy on the track for Acura Stage performances this year, but “as with any new policy, it sometimes takes a couple of years to achieve full compliance.” Did anybody know that? Doesn’t a change that signif...
2
1
Lynda Woolard's profile photo
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
Tom Jacobsen documents the trad jazz scene in his book, "The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000," so I talked to him about traditional jazz on the eve of Jazz Fest.
In The New Orleans Jazz Scene 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective, writer Thomas Jacobsen takes a very particular approach to talking about traditional jazz in the Crescent City. His book isn’t a history that involves you in the lives of the people who were a part of the scene, nor does he focus on the personalities who helped to shape it. Instead, he scrupulously sticks to the perspective he had during that time—that of a fan—and he writes what ...
1
Add a comment...

Alex Rawls

Discussion  - 
 
Alexandra Scott is one of my favorite singers in town, and she plays the FQF today at 1:30. Recently I asked her to name the 8 songs that define her musical galaxy & I like her choices almost as much as her rationales.
Today Alexandra Scott plays French Quarter Fest at 1:30. She recently chose the eight songs (+2) that define her musical universe in a new installment of...
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
109 people
Becker Hall's profile photo
Bryan Mooney's profile photo
TheMIxedNutsNOLA's profile photo
Sarah Quintana's profile photo
Helen Gillet's profile photo
BUREAU of CHANGE's profile photo
Margot Herster's profile photo
Steve Myers's profile photo
Mark Moseley's profile photo
Work
Employment
  • MySpiltMilk.com
    Publisher, present
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Writer
Introduction
I write and edit MySpiltMilk.com, and freelance for RollingStone.com among other outlets.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
New Orleans, LA
Links
Contributor to