06.29.2009

Offbeat article and Cannonball review

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Train Whistles and Flies’ Wings
Offbeat Magazine - www.offbeat.com
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. 
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How to be a cannonball review - Offbeat Magazine
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.
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05.04.2009

Fest Reviews

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"Alex McMurray made a big impression at Jazz Fest "
Times Picayune - Nola.com
The crowd that showed up for his Lagniappe Stage set -- in the high hundreds, at least -- caught him off guard. "I'm just not used to playing for so many people," he said. He should be. Read the rest of the article

French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
Jazz Times
This raw, funky street trio, a crowd favorite, delivered a wealth of rich material ranging from McMurray’s sea chanty
"The Ballad of Cap’n Sandy" and Danny Barker’s "Palm Court Strut", a naughty N’awlins classic full of sexual innuendo,
to covers of Chuck Berry’s "Maybellene" and Cab Calloway’s "The Man From Harlem". 
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From Shaky Start to Enduring Tradition - Jazz Fest 2009 article
New York Times
Jazzfest is a one-stop gathering of nearly every ranking local act. This year there were brass bands like the Dirty...

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05.03.2009

Jazzfest: Behind Threadhead Records

The New York Times

The New York Times by Jon Parales

Threadhead sounded like an odd name for a record company when I mentioned Glen David Andrews’s gospel album, “Walking Through Heaven’s Gate.” And there’s a story behind it. Threadheads are members of an online social community born out of message threads on the forum at nojazzfest.com;


05.02.2009

Threadheads give up-and-coming musicians a boost

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times by Geoffrey Himes

The concept was simple: Fans usually pay for records after they've been made by purchasing them in stores or online. But if the fans put in the money upfront, they could make sure that the records they wanted to hear got made.


04.20.2009

New Alex McMurray Release! <br>How to be a Cannon Ball

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Check out the latest release by Alex McMurray. 
CD's are available for sale here
Samples tracks of the new CD here


04.10.2009

NOLAFUgee Interview - 7 Questions with Alex McMurray

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Local musician Alex McMurray, a NOLAFugees favorite, offers a brief glimpse into the professional grind, the state of the city, and why you shouldn't request "Rosy Fingered Dawn" at his shows.

1.) Do you sometimes feel, whether you want to or not, like an elder statesman in the local music scene?

Alex: No.

Read the rest of the article! (The answers get even better as the question roll on...)

Nolafugee.com

 


04.10.2009

NOLAFUgee Interview - 7 Questions with Alex McMurray

NOLAFUgee

NOLAFUgee

Local musician Alex McMurray, a NOLAFugees favorite, offers a brief glimpse into the professional grind, the state of the city, and why you shouldn't request "Rosy Fingered Dawn" at his shows. Do you sometimes feel, whether you want to or not, like an elder statesman in the local music scene? Alex: No.

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04.08.2009

Thread Heads Alert

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The 'Thread Heads' are a great organization in New Orleans. They may be just the greatest thing to ever happen to helping New Orleans music get recorded and out to the world. Well, to support their good cause and effort, you need to check out their latest Thread Heads Charity Raffle.  
Get All the details here
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Check out Thread Head Records site. These are true New Orleans Music Fans.


04.01.2009

Fest Reviews - French Quarter Festival, New Orleans

Jazz Times

Jazz Times Review a Tin Men Performance

Jazz Times by Bill Milkowski

This raw, funky street trio, a crowd favorite, delivered a wealth of rich material ranging from McMurray’s sea chanty
"The Ballad of Cap’n Sandy" and Danny Barker’s "Palm Court Strut", a naughty N’awlins classic full of sexual innuendo,
to covers of Chuck Berry’s "Maybellene" and Cab Calloway’s "The Man From Harlem".


03.03.2009

Theater of the Damned

Theater of the damned suspended for now. possibly some in april. I need a night off once in a while so that I can type these gigs into the interweb!
 

03.01.2009

New Diary Entry

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Just a quick note to hip you to some upcoming stuff outside the usual weekly shows (Tim Men, Tom Paines, Jackals, et al)

Shanties, The Star Spangled Banner and New York

The Valparaiso Men's Chorus is back for a very special evening of sea shanties at the Saturn Bar this Friday March 6 at 10:00. If you have been a part of a shanty show at the Saturn, then you know how truly wild an experience it can be. If you haven't made it to one of these yet--don't be a shmuck! You'll wake up sore and hoarse, but with much more oxygen coursing through the veins. The Saturn is still located at 3067 St. Claude Ave. in America's own 9th ward

Now here's something for all you sports fans. I've been invited to sing the National Anthem as the Tulane Green Wave baseball team takes on the ...
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02.18.2009

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We had a few much-needed weeks away for the holidays but hit the ground running. I've played just about every night since january 10 with no let up, and the calendar is full until mardi gras, pretty much. Which should be a great thing, but my promoter's muscles are a bit atrophied. The Tuesday happy hour thing with the Tom Paines is a lot of fun, but nobody comes out. Started up the Theater of the Damned again last night and no one showed up until almost 9:30, which is understandable because there was absolutely no promotion, nothing in the listings, nothing at all. I would send a mass text but I hate it when I get them and have no idea how to do it to begin with.

            But there was a funny moment about ten after eight, while Bailee, Cindy and myself were sitting at the Saturn Bar watching "Hell's Kitchen" on tv, waiting for people to show up, when in walks this woman in a...

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02.02.2009

The Valparaiso Men's Chorus Show!

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The Valparaiso Men's Chorus will be performing at Saturn Bar Friday March 6 at 10:30.

02.02.2009

Alex Plays Jazzfest 2009!

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Alex McMurray has been invited to play the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Thursday April 30 at the Lagniappe stage. All the Jazz Fest details here

01.24.2009

Studied Rudeness CD's unearthed!

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The archeology division of McMurray Media Enterprises has recently discovered what may be the last 10 copies of the original pressing of '007's Studied Rudeness' release. This may be the last chance to get this great disc if you don't already have it! 

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01.23.2009

Recent News

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-- New Alex McMurray cd currently in production & will be out this spring
-- The Tin Men are now playing every Wednesday from 7-9 at DBA
-- The Tom Paines (New Orleans' premier folk duo Alex McMurray & Jonathan Frielich) appearing every Tuesday at Circle Bar 6:30 to 8:30
-- Alex McMurray has been invited to play 40th annual Jazz Fest
-- Chazfest set to take place Wed april 29
-- Theater of the Damned reconvening Thurs. Jan. 29 8:00 at Saturn Bar and continuing through Mardi Gras
-- AM going to Dubai with Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard 3/26 to 4/2
-- Tin Men at French Quarter Festival April 17. Sponsored by DBA where they will be that night


11.18.2008

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Scattered Brain

The usual apologies for not writing/promises to write more often, etc. I know there are a few of you who like to read the diary. I think that's great and that's the reason I like to spend at least a little time on it, and not just use it to channel sheer blather. I like for there to be some inspiration in the thing. Below are the scraps and shavings of several attempts to get the diary page going again. I have only a rough idea of when these were written or what frame of mind I was in, but it should give you an idea of how scattered my brain has been this past year

 

July?

trainwreckIf you were my neighbor you would be facing real madness by now. Whoever is running the railroad next door has either left a locomotive on the wrong part of the track or a switch is busted somewhere. The air is filled with the never ending din of clanging bells day and night. This goes on for days at a time....

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