Alex's top 10 mix tape for the online NOLA Defender

They recently asked me to do a little top 10 list of songs with commentary and youtube links. I got it together with relative degrees of success. I couldn't find Bobby Short's "I Like The Likes Of You" on youtube, but was feeling too sick to rewrite it and there was a deadline. instead there is a great "Charlie" fragrance commercial from the late 70s featuring Bobby Short. "I like the Likes of You" by Mr. Short is available on itunes.

My tastes were pretty pedestrian coming up. Still are.


1.  "Hammond Song"  The Roches




This has been my favorite record almost since the first time I heard it in the Fall of 1986 in the middle of the night stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at midnight on the Connecticut Turnpike. At the time I was a devotee of a record by a west coast a-cappella group called The Bobs. In the most teenage of ways, there was...

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Saturn Bar - Theatre of The Damned Review


Saturn Bar - Theatre of The Damned  Review -
31-Jan-11 www.gonola.com

I have a new celebrity crush. I just added Alex McMurray to the top of my list...

by Sunny Dawn Summers on January 31, 2011
in Music,Nightlife


Alex McMurray Band at Living Room NYC

While in the NYC are to play the APAP showcase with the Tin Men in January, Alex McMurray Band will make a special appearance at the Living Room on Ludlow St. on the Lower East Side. Joe Cabral will be on bass and Brad Gunyon will be on drums. NYC songwriter (and former New Orleanian) Cristina Black will perform with her band as well. Much thanks to Cristina and the Living Room for hooking up this gig at the last minute. Check out her site here http://www.cristinablack.com/


Tin Men to play APAP showcase in NYC Jan 7

The Tin Men are traveling to New York City to appear at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters showcase at The Bitter End. Here's the lineup.

Sasha Masakowski & Musical Playground/ 8PM
Tin Men/ 9PM
Grayson Capps/ 10pm
Jamie McLean Band/ 11PM
The Iguanas/ Midnight
Honey Island Swamp Band/ Late Set- 1AM

open to the public! advance tickets available http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3375645

APAP website http://www.apapnyc.org/Pages/default.aspx


Best of the Beat Nominations

Offbeat Magazine's Best of the Beat Awards thing will be held on Jan 28 at Generations Hall. Alex is up for two categories "best songwriter" and "best guitar player". As we all know, music is not a competition, but in the spirit of full disclosure you can go to the offbeat website here http://www.offbeat.com/2010-best-of-the-beat-awards and vote for Luke or Jonathan, Anders or Paul or whoever you like...


Return of the Theater of the Damned

Thursday nights will mark the return of Alex McMurray solo shows on the early side of the evening starting December 30 for a special 8-10pm show with Bill Malchow, then continuing every Thursday in January starting at 9. Hopefully it's a time and place people can make and we can keep it going through the spring. Along the way I hope to have some special guests, so check out the site from time to time to see who's coming by.


Little Beefheart Tribute


I just made a little recording of Beefheart's "Frownland" (he died yesterday).



I'll be playing out at the Fairgrounds on Friday May 6 at the Lagniappe Stage. Time is TBD.


007 Two New Shows!


Friday Sep 24 2010

618 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 942-3731
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Sat Sep 25 2010 
Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-8117
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The Threadheads, Nine Lives, and Doing Good For The Gulf

One must be made of stone to not feel for the great people of New Orleans, as well as everyone along the Gulf Coast. People like singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, screenwriter Colman deKay, and Chris Joseph, head honcho and chief fundraiser of Threadheads Records should be recognized and rewarded for their tireless efforts in helping New Orleans stay spirited through yet another crisis.

Here is the story on The Huffington Post



Tom Paines Rites of Man - Picked as Album of the Week


North Fork Sound names 'Rites of Man' album of the week!

Sunday, June 13, 2010



Sometime Post-Mardi Gras 2010

Finally the noise has come down to a level where one can hear a little. There’s still a general background buzz of around 105 db, but one can begin to hear one’s neighbor. The eyes are able to focus at last. The shattered nerves and strained heart and limbs are almost mended. It’s been possible to turn the heat off these last few days, and it looks like we are finally a-hurrying into spring.

No doubt one has read all one can about the months of January and February 2010 here in New Orleans. I was here almost the whole time, but I cannot summon many particular events. We had the great wisdom to schedule the first recording session for the new sea shanty record at the Saturn Bar following the conclusion of the NFC championship game on January 24. The whole city was walking on eggshells and most started drinking early. I was a nervous wreck because of the game, but not for the obvious...
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Louisiana Cultural Vistas and Tulane National Anthem


Alex gets a nice mention in the Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine and a pitcure and segment of when Alex played the National Anthem
on banjo at the Tulane Basket Ball seaon opener!

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/leh/lcv-winter09/#/94 - Pages 92 and 93 - talks about Alex and Cannonball.

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/Tulanian/ - Banjo National Anthem at Tulane Basket Ball' openning game. Check out page 35.

Go Green Wave!


Tom Paines New Release Arriving Any Day!


The Tom Paines are set to release their first disk.
'The Rights of Man' is a Threadheads Records production that will be available before Jazz Fest 2010.
The Tom Paines are Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich.

"Alex and Jonathan don't need to write new songs about life in New Orleans 2010.
All the good ones about 19th Century Ireland and 1920's rural Arkansas sill apply; maybe a little too well"
- "Your Cousin Dimitri, WWOZ FM New Orleans"

Buy It Now $15 and we will ship it to you the second it arrives!


Captain Sandy elected 2010's Grand Marshall and King O' The Pyrate Parade!


Captain Sandy (also known as prolific New Orleans musician Alex McMurray) has been elected 2010’s Grand Marshall – “King Of The Pyrate Parade”!

This years French Quarter Pyrate Parade theme is “It Takes A Pillage” and features the original Krewe Of Pyrates (complete with bead cannons), the spectacular Noisician Coalition, many walking Krewes and special guests!

Besides his multitudinous talents as a very busy part of the NOLA music community for the last 23 years, McMurray is deeply committed to GIVING BACK to his city. He has paid his dues more than once – washed dishes, dug ditches, sold his guitar to survive, nearly died from a mysterious ailment, been a substitute teacher…founder/co-producer of ChazFest (New Orleans original 9th ward music festival alternative); the Fifth Season Cinema Tuesday nights in the summer; the Schatzy band; the Happy Talk Band; 00Doug/Alex, 007, Royal...

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