We’re half way into Jazz Fest and our city’s young talent have already outdone themselves. Here are a few quick happenings to be aware of this week in the New Orleans underground. Royal Teeth gets signed, a new song from Country Club, and new albums from Choi Wolf and Astronomical.
Just as the NFL Draft, with all the pomp and circumstance that surround it, is considered by some to be America’s fourth major professional sport, the first few months of every year, during which time details about the annual Festival Season’s numerous events are unveiled in quick succession, is a noteworthy and exciting music-centric stretch [...]
Caddywhompus + B L A C K I E + Habitat + fucks + Choi Wolf + Proud Father performing at the NOLA Art House on St. Claude on January 14, 2012
01.14: Caddywhompus + B L A C K I E + /fucks/ + Proud Father + Habitat + Choi Wolf – The Red House and The White House
Though he’s technically known as a “rapper and record producer”, B L A C K I E’s musical vista (a striking meld of thrash, noise and hip hop) is about as rhythmically and instrumentally concrete as an early Kluster record. Instead of wrapping himself in the languorous comforts of a particular genre, he’s spent the better part of the last half decade perfecting a kaleidoscopic array of strange samples, disorientingly-cut beats, and streaking fuzz while drawing listeners in with an abrasive – though alluring – vocal delivery and a sincere, unapologetic adherence to sociopolitical dissidence.
Choi Wolf + Boogie Nazis + Pancake performing at The Big Top on January 8, 2012
01.08: Choi Wolf + Boogie Nazis + Pancake – The Big Top
With Choi Wolf, Byron Chance injects his established talent for melding execution and panache into hardcore punk, where he and drummer Rob Landry have made an art of firing through intentionally short, invigorating bursts of brutal energy. At only around 9 minutes long, a Choi Wolf live show often finds the band creating pure pandemonium while aurally pummeling the audience so efficiently that Chance and co. are back at the bar enjoying beers before anyone has had enough time to realize what just happened.