Author: Alex Gecan

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CD Matt Lemmler’s New Orleans Jazz Revival Band has just released Ubuntu, the latest effort from the innovative pianist and a couple dozen of his best friends. Lemmler’s supergroup borrows talent from Shane Theriot, Brian Blade, Jason Marsalis, Mark Mullins,…

The End Is Near ... Relatively Speaking

We've hit on signs of the end times here before, but we haven't stirred the pot in a while, so I thought I'd have a go at it. I've applied a completely scientific method to my reseach and analysis. And…

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CD Jimmy Robinson’s latest album, Guitarworks, is almost all guitar, and it certainly all works. Almost all of the 15-track record are Robinson’s original compositions, although he borrows “Hurt” from Trent Reznor, “Little Wing” from Jimi Hendrix and “Eight Miles…

Where Does Our News Come From?

Earlier this week, my editor, Errol Laborde, lambasted Steven Newhouse and Advance Media's comments that dismissed as "noise" the rumblings of dissatisfaction from the recent changes at the Times-Picayune. Specifically, he dubbed that "guy in New York" as "the opposition."…

The Times-Picayune's Internet Problem

The transmogrification of the Times-Picayune has brought up two major issues; the first is the free-for-all debate about the "future of journalism" and the second is the issue of Internet access in New Orleans. Leaving aside the first issue momentarily,…

How I Matched Your Mother

Ladies, brides, maids – step away from the magazine. I mean it. Hand it to your fiancé and never look back. Instruct him to remove these pages and, having read them, burn them. Or eat them. Just so long as…

The Changing Times (Picayune)

It's a newsman's nightmare: Reading about your own newspaper's downsizing in another newspaper. That was how the staff of the Times-Picayune found out that many of them will soon be out of work - in a tweeted report from the…

In Case We Missed It, May Edition

As we've mentioned before, we try to give you all proper notice when local authors put out notable work, or when national authors put out work of local import. But there's not always enough space in Read+Spin - apparently, there…

Show Us Your Pics ... Again

We tried this a few months ago with, admittedly, mixed results. But we at MyNewOrleans.com are nothing if not stubborn, willing to subject you, our dear readers, to attempt after attempt until we get a thing right. (For more evidence,…

Today's Top Events, Monday, April 30

Instruments a-Comin' Tipitina's Uptown and the Tipitina's Foundation (501 Napoleon Ave.) will host a benefit for school music programs tonight at 6 p.m. Galactic, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the Honey Island Swamp Band and many…

Top 5 Reasons to Try a Short Race

A couple months back I participated in a Herculean carnival of endurance-sport obstinacy. In a fit of temporary insanity, I signed up for Rouge-Orleans, and in a subsequent fit of charismatic persuasiveness I talked five people into doing it with…

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CD The Oak Ridge Boys have joined forces with the Dukes of Dixieland – along with a slew of guest singers – on When Country Meets Dixie. The old-timey mash-up takes peppy and dolorous turns, wending its way through classic…

This Weekend's Top Events, March 30-April 1

Shotgun House Tour The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans will take sightseers on a tour of the Faubourg St. John’s classic shotgun houses, as well as their headquarters, the Pitot House (1440 Moss St.) from 10 a.m. to 4…

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"All In," and Other Films This Weekend

No, Really, It's From Craigslist

Thirty percent of my physical possessions and 70 percent of my living arrangements are Craigslist discoveries. That is not necessarily to say that the roommates I've found on Craigslist are of any higher caliber than, say, the 25-inch Sony Trinitron…

Two New Coffee-Table Titles

Between this column, Read & Spin and Today's Top Events, I try to force as much book- and literature-related information on you all as you're willing to suffer, but sometimes books come across my desk and I can't find a…

March Movie Madness

March is shaping up to be a solid month for film in New Orleans. The main act, of course, is the nationwide release of the New Orleans-shot 21 Jump Street. The film does not seem to cleave too strictly to…

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CD - Crescent City folk rockers The Acadias have released a self-titled album. Lead singer Mary Truxillo belts out intriguingly narrative lyrics, backed up by the occasional mellow harmony of Mark Johnson; Robert Speyrer and Andy Lade round out the…

How To Be a Writer in New Orleans

So how does one become a writer in New Orleans? Literary clichés of absinthe and sackcloth aside, there are more resources than you might imagine in the Big Easy for folks trying to "make it" or just get their words…