In Adam Levy’s debut, Washing Day (Lost Wax Records), the lyrics are intimate narratives and his voice is mellow while his guitar solos are intricate. Levy lived Uptown in 2004; during that year, he wrote with Anders Osborne and played with Johnny Vidacovich of Astral Project and Kirk Joseph of Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He may no longer walk our streets but he’s definitely going to be strumming on our iPods!
Galactic’s From the Corner to the Block is light-years away from other futurist-funk releases on the horizon. The album is a marriage of contemporary hip-hop and old school brass band second-line grooves featuring cameos from Juvenile, Trombone Shorty, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Mr. Lif, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Gift of Gab of Blackalicious.
Coobooks l Do you wish that you could prepare Five Star cuisine from some of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants in the comfort of your kitchen? If so, author Hope Fox has gathered recipes from New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco in her new cookbook, Impress for Less. Local restaurants Commander’s Palace, Brigsten’s, August, Herbsaint and Stella! have revealed their secrets for ambitious chefs to re-create.
Non-fiction l Ken Foster knows that a dog can change a person’s life. In Dogs I Have Met, the bestselling author has collected stories and letters from readers whose lives were transformed by rescuing dogs in need. Fans of Foster’s The Dogs Who Found Me will be relieved to read updates on Brando, Zephyr and Sula and meet new dogs from as far away as Oakland, Calif. and Costa Rica.
Fiction l In Horse Island, La., the more you know about chickens, the cooler you are. That’s the world according to Jacques Couvillon’s debut novel The Chicken Dance. The story centers on social outcast and small town genius, Don Schmidt, who never had any friends until he took dance classes with his mother and started talking to chickens (really). The Chicken Dance is a hilariously awkward book for young adults or the young at heart.
Art l Phil Sandusky is a nationally renowned plein air artist famous for New Orleans cityscapes. Sandsusky’s new book, Painting Katrina is an extensive documentation of New Orleans’ complex beauty before and after Hurricane Katrina. Sandusky says, “I believe that you will find the contrasts between the views of New Orleans seen through my pre-Katrina eyes and those seen through my post-Katrina eyes to be meaningful and truthful.”
– Kathy Martinez and Karie Meltzer
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