03.17.2010

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

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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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03.17.2010

Alex McMurray nominated for two Big Easy Awards!

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Alex has been nominate for male entertainer of the year and album of the year!

The Big Easy Foundation Awards are run by Gambit Weekly.

http://bestofneworleans.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A70981

The Big Easy Foundation this week announced nominees for its 2010 Big Easy Music Awards. Special awards will go to Entertainer of the Year Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Germaine Bazzle, who will be honored for lifetime achievement. Irma Thomas is the Honorary Music Awards Chairperson.

  There are awards for 21 music categories ranging from traditional jazz and gospel to DJ/electronica and heavy metal. Other honors include best male and female performer and best album of 2009. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards on Monday, Apr. 19, 2010, at Mardi Gras World (East Bank) River City Ballroom. The program includes both music and theater awards, and there will be...

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12.29.2009

Alex McMurray makes Times-Picayune End of the Year - Best-Of List

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Threadhead Records, the nonprofit label founded by a federation of Jazz Fest fans, had a big year. The best of Threadhead’s ’09 releases was "How to Be a Cannonball," by man-about-town guitarist and songwriter Alex McMurray. His lyrics are populated by his usual assortment of vivid, eccentric characters in the tradition of Tom Waits and Randy Newman. - Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2009/12/music_critic_keith_spera_sound.html


12.23.2009

More Press for Cannonball and Top CD of the year opinions

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North Fork Sound's 50 Best Songs, 2009
#1 The Woman I Love.
http://northforksound.blogspot.com/ (Sunday, December 13, 2009)


The Louisiana Weekly - Sounds of the Season
http://www.louisianaweekly.com/news.php?viewStory=2140

Glen David Andrews irreverent, yet brilliant funny Santa Got High for Christmas, opens with a James Brown-evoking scream thats enough to get any sleepyhead out of bed on the holiday morning. Alex Mc­Murray backs up the the vocalist in attitude offering some solid, often searing, electric guitar.

Burnwood Tonight
http://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2009/12/favorite-records-of-2009.html

My first introduction to Alex McMurray was a song called "Bad Apples" by his band Royal Fingerbowl. I couldn't believe my ears. There was nothing like it. A truly kick-ass stomp of a song and certainly one of the nastiest ever written. I have been a fan of Alex's ever since and...

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12.11.2009

New Press For Alex McMurray

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Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, John Boutte and more host 'A Very Threadhead Holiday'
house party

By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2009/12/paul_sanchez_susan_cowsill_joh.html


Lousiana Cultural Vistas - Winter 2009

Alex McMurrays skewed, yet articulate lyrics suggest a hybrid Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello...
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/leh/lcv-winter09/#/94

(then navigate to the 'Sound Advice' section of the online magazine)

12.09.2009

Alex McMurray Nominated for 5 Offbeat 'Best of the Beat' Awards

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Every January, OffBeat Magazine throws the first great party of the year the annual Best of the Beat Awards to honor the best local musicians and music businesses for their accomplishments.

Alex McMurray has been nominated in five different categories this year!

Alex McMurray - Best Song of the Year
Alex McMurray - Song Writer of the Year
Alex McMurray - Best Country/Folk/Roots Performer
Alex McMurray - Best Country/Fold/Roots Album
Happy Talk Band - (Alex on guitar) - Best Rock Performer

Go Vote on the Best Of The Beat.
http://www.offbeat.com/BoB09/

Vote Early!
Vote Often!


12.09.2009

The Making of A Very Threadhead Holiday

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What Will Santa Say?
The adults are sitting around a table on the back porch, some with beer, some with coffee. They’re swapping wisecracks and stories while the kids are upstairs. Coats are tossed in a corner, and the Christmas lights are strung with semi-deliberation in one of the rooms of the house. It could be Christmas, but it isn’t. The house is Susan Cowsill and Russ Broussard’s home on the West Bank, and it has become the studio where A Very Threadhead Holiday is being recorded. Mike Mayeux’s mobile recording unit is out front; there’s an amp in the hallway with producer Paul Sanchez’ hat on it. The lights are hanging from Broussard’s drum kit.
Offbeat 01-Dec-09 - http://www.offbeat.com/2009/12/01/what-will-santa-say/

12.01.2009

A Brand New Who Dat!

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This year’s Saints have prompted a number of artists to record their own Saints song, so Carlo Nuccio – who wrote and recorded the original “Who Dat” more than 25 years ago – has returned with “Glory Bound,” an update of the song. The song features the return of Aaron Neville, who sang the song the first time around, and Theresa Andersson, along with Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Matt Perrine, Barry Foulon, Shamarr Allen, Joe Cabral, Ben Schenck, Jimi Burtchaell, Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez, Derrick Freeman and Rob Schafer. The song will be available soon on iTunes, but here’s a preview in honor of tonight’s game.




Update: When the song is available for sale, a portion of the proceeds will go to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

11.18.2009

Last Minute Turkey Day Gig -dba Thursday Night!

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Greetings Pilgrims!

The Pilgrim Fairies have smiled on us: I'll be playing DBA Thanksgiving night.
I'll be joined by Carlo Nuccio, Matt Perrine and Bob Andrews. We start at 10. 
Shake off that narco-turkey haze and come hang.

Also, don't forget The Tin Men will be doing our usual duty at DBA on Wednesday from 7-9. T-day eve is always a big night in these parts...

Hope you can make it out.

Cheers,

Alex McMurray

11.18.2009

New Release - A Very Threadhead Christmas

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Threadhead Records, the first fan-funded, volunteer-run record company to focus entirely on the music and culture of New Orleans, has just released their very own Holiday CD. The CD was produced by Paul Sanchez and features a number of their artists including John Boutte, Shamarr Allen, Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard, Matt Perrine & Debbie Davis, Craig Klein, Alex McMurray, Glen David Andrews, Mary Lasseigne, Margie Perez, Ingrid Lucia and Paul Sanchez performing both original and standard songs of the season.

Alex plays guitar on seven of the 13 songs and performs his soon-to-be-a-Christmas-classic Santa, Let Me Call You A Cab.

10% of the net proceeds raised from this project will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. The other 90% will be split between the Threadhead Records General Fund and the Threadhead Records Foundation. The money raised for the General Fund will...

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10.28.2009

Free Download!

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Sign up for the Alex McMurray Newsletter and get a free download of a new unreleased Alex McMurray song. 

'I Am In Hell' - Get it


09.01.2009

A Memorial for McNee

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Alex McMurray, Davis Rogan and Dave Sobel, McNee's collaborator on record, wielded bass drums. Sousaphonist Matt Perrine directed the band with his usual effervescent panache- signaling changes and directly solos. Carlo Nuccio played snare drum along with Hart's son, Felix. The music was solid, frenetic and bordering at times on cacophony- but this was no amateur band just blowing ... http://neworleansmusiconline. com/wordpress/?p=756

Alex is now on Facebook


08.28.2009

New Cannonball Review

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www.nola.com

Alex McMurray makes a splash with his 'Cannonball' CD

Alex McMurray is everywhere... But many fans first discovered McMurray April 30. On the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's Lagniappe Stage, he performed to the largest crowd of his career. Reviews were across-the-board ecstatic. 
Read
it here
  


07.13.2009

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Oshkosh did not inspire. But, strangely, Atlanta did. Here's how.

AirTranTicket CounterGun 45JFK HeadI've never really thought about gun violence before, but what I want to do is rush a TSA rep, seize his gun, shove it in my mouth and yank the trigger. I hope they carry big guns, like 45s, so I can get a big arc of blood and brains behind me. A cone of skull fragments and gray matter and purple clots around seventeen feet long and nine feet wide at its largest point. I want to do this as close as i can to the security checkpoint. But a better scenario has my death ritual taking place in the queue for customer service. That site of extreme disregard. That dantesque endpoint of nullity, frustration and rage. When the brain-snot flies, this shall be a fitting arena. They say the forty-five is a loud gun, and I hope they're right. I want to wake people up and get blood on their shirts. Up to now I've been more interested...

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07.13.2009

New Diary Entry

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Alex does not make it home unscathed....

Read it here


07.08.2009

Well golly it has been a while, hasn't it? Which is a good thing because so much has been happening, there's just no time to write it down. I've been working just about every night throughout the spring with all the various projects--Tin Men every Wednesday at the DBA, Tom Paines every Tuesday at the Circle Bar. Matt Perrine's Sunflower City has been playing here and there, as have the Happy Talk Band. I hear Schatzy is thinking about making another CD, and the Geraniums have gigs coming up real soon. Ingrid Lucia and Paul Sanchez both keep me pretty busy, and even 007 rears its head once in a while. We just did an "Alex McMurray" show last weekend where I was joined by Carlo, Matt and Bob, so we did a lot of the old stuff as well as stuff from my new CD and it was a hell of a time. That band (what to call it? the Retired Bowlers League? Fingerpuppet?) will be returning to the DBA...

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07.08.2009

New Diary Entry

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Alex does NEW ORLEANS, DUBAI, NEW CD/THREADHEADS, CHAZFEST/JAZZFEST, OSHKOSH, OGDEN, NORTHEAST TRIP...

Read it here


07.04.2009

Jonathan Frelich interviews Alex about Chaz Festival

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Listen to the four part interview with one of the masterminds behind Chaz Festival Alex McMurray. 
ChazFest Video/Music Page


07.01.2009

Train Whistles and Flies Wings

Offbeat Magazine How To Be A Cannonball

(How To Be a Cannonball review )

Offbeat Magazine by David Kunian

Although New Orleans has a reputation as a brass/jazz/funk playground, it has been a home to songwriters since the beginning of the 20th Century. From Clarence Williams to Jelly Roll Morton to Dave Bartholomew, from Allen Toussaint and Earl King to more recent tunesmiths such as Paul Sanchez, Anders Osborne and Ed Volker, there's a history of musicians putting words and notes together in profound ways. With How to Be a Cannonball, Alex McMurray takes his place in those ranks.

Alex McMurray's long awaited new album, How to Be a Cannonball, could be the record that gives him the recognition as being one of the best songwriters working today.