The foliage is in bloom and spirits are high because spring is here! And that means that State of the Re:Union is ready to release its first five episodes. Al and team visited some truly amazing cities and towns and captured compelling stories of these communities and their inspiring residents. (more…)
Archive for April, 2010
It’s a Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, and we’re stuck in traffic on an ordinary street in the Central City neighborhood. The reason? We made the mistake of trying to drive through the route of a second line. For all the fame of the city’s parades around Mardi Gras, New Orleans residents take to the streets every weekend for a good chunk of the year to second line… yes, it’s both a noun and a verb. Second lines stem from the city’s jazz funeral tradition: the main line is made up of the somber mourners; the second line is the folks following behind—celebrating and dancing. (more…)
I’m currently working on producing our next Sounds of the Re:Union podcast, about the Milwaukee Ukulele Club. Yes, that’s right – a ukulele club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin… not a tropical island in the Pacific.
Pat Graham was kind enough to allow the Sounds of the Re:Union team to use a couple of his photographs for our Indie Rock podcast. He has photographed music’s most formative independent artists for more than two decades and published his pictures in a collection titled Silent Pictures. From Fugazi and Bikini Kill to Modest Mouse and The Shins, Pat Graham has shot countless celebrated bands from their days at tiny hole-in-the-wall clubs to playing for thousands at popular festivals. There’s a certain intimacy to his photos that make you feel like you may just be getting something more out of the show than even someone in attendance. (more…)
I’ve learned something, talking to people who’ve lived through a tragedy—be it the death of a loved one or a tornado destroying a home or an entire town: there is something profoundly healing about the telling a story. This is a lesson the city of New Orleans offers plentiful evidence of; everywhere you turn, there’s another organization recording stories, from oral histories to anecdotes, legends of the city’s Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs to tales of Hurricane Katrina mayhem. (more…)