The Noisician Coalition will be rolling with the 6t’9 Social Aid & Pleasure Club in their annual Halloween Parade today. Pictures to follow. Video as well. Audio perhaps?
Ideally, this new setup will mean more regular updating of the site. Ideally.
Link: New Parade
This is a link to the new parade we’re helping to create. January 30th, following the other parade that rolls that night through the French Quarter. It’s us, a myriad of other innerkrewes, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & King Harry Shearer. This also marks the return of The Krewe Of Joyful Noize, open to anyone with a homemade instrument, the $40 krewedelusion parade dues, an outfit in our red-black-white colors and a desire throw down, noisician style. Follow the link for details.
The site hasn’t been tended to for most of the year, as we’ve been too busy actually doing stuff to sit around blogging about all the stuff we did. The year contained another amazing Voodoo Fest (heralded by our appearance on the cover of OffBeat Magazine!?), The 6t’9 Halloween Parade, a guest spot with The New Orleans BINGO! Show at JazzFest, our first successful summertime Underwear March, and a host of other gigs from bars to synagogues that have left us exhausted, but pleased with all we have accomplished and pleasantly surprised at how well we’ve been received. You don’t get into the noise business for the applause. We do what we do because, as John Lee Hooker said in Boogie Chillun, “it’s in ‘em, an’ it gots to come out”. But apparently, much of what is in us resonates with things in some of you out there. We are glad to be of service. And as it is said that attention is the currency of the new economy, we humbly thank you for paying attention. It means a great deal to us. To say that “time is money” is to seriously devalue time. It is the only currency that can never be refunded if it is spent unwisely. We’re glad you spent some of them with us this year. The year to come promises to be as, if not more, exciting. Many new endeavors. Watch this spot for details. I swear I’ll try to keep things current.
Noisician Coalition is marching EVERY morning at 10:15am, and Saturday at 3pm in a big fest-wide parade. For more information please visit: http://thetenthritual.com/.
No pictures yet. They will be epic. Some amazing photgraphers out there. But no photo will ever do it justice. The usual standards for victory were met; i.e. we shook the pillars of heaven and nobody went to prison. But the enthusiasm, endurance, creativity, and noisicianship reached new highs. Old guard and newcomers alike kicked much in the way of ass and refused to be stopped by battery outages and drum blowouts. Even the folks who just showed up brought a host of crazy new instruments to the table. Some even improvised instruments out of the trash infront of The Whirling Dervish. Grand, it was.
On behalf of The Emperor, I thank you one and all.
If you don’t know what’s going on tonight, what are you doing to remedy that situation? Who have you called? How many times? Find out or miss out.
If you are not along St. Charles Avenue between Washington Avenue and Clio Street, in the great city of New Orleans, at 4pm today (Sunday February 3rd) you have made a series of grievous errors in judgement that have caused you, once again, to miss out on something amazing. While you rethink your life, The Noisician Coalition’s very own Spasmodic Marching All-Stars will join the krewe of Box O Wine in heralding the arrival of Bacchus. If you are there, bring your ear-plugs and drink up. See you at the Big Top.
We received this letter because we are all friends and/or family to The New Orleans Bingo! Show and Preservation Hall and they’d like to have as many of us as they can for this, in full regalia, with some instruments, though we won’t be performing. I have reprinted it in full, omitting only the whens and wheres, since this is the public site and the secret base is not fully operational. NC members call MattVaughan, Lloyd, or Starnes for those details. Ron has them too, but as you’ll understand after reading this, he’s kind of busy. Annotations are marked with double brackets. [[Like so.]]
“You may have already heard that we are presently up to our eyeballs in prep-work for our latest video shoot. The video will be for The Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s recording of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” another great song from the Made In New Orleans boxed collection featuring Clint Maedgen on vocals. This video, in many ways, is a follow-up to the “Complicated Life” video we shot in the summer of 2005. It will be shot by the same great Director of Photography, Ralph Madison, who helped us with that project. The theme of the video will be “Valentine’s Day in the French Quarter,” and the end product will be made available as a special Valentine’s Day e-card from Preservation Hall.
If you haven’t seen the “Complicated Life” video, you can check it out at PreservationHall.com or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVCHv6FSbg where, in the four months since it was posted, it has been viewed over 35,000 times. The bottom line is that this is going to be an incredibly cool and very special project promoting New Orleans music and culture, and we’d really like you to be a part of it.
Call time for extras is going to be [[at an amazingly early hour on an upcoming weekday]] in [[some part of the French Quarter]]. We know it’s early, but we think it’s going to be worth it. We’re going to be making use of the great sunrise light in [[some part of the French Quarter]], as well as the fact that we’re talking about [[several days]] before Mardi Gras, here. The earlier we shoot, the fewer deliveries and tourists we have to interfere with. When you get to the Square, look for the check-in table. There will be release forms for you to sign, and a fully stocked Craft Service table for you to graze from. (Coffee! Donuts! Bagels! Fruit! Water! O.J.! Yay!) There will be no monetary compensation for extras in this shoot, but it’s a labor of love and we hope that you’ll be as excited about it as we are.
We’re asking that everyone come dressed in either appropriate costuming [[which for the marching band means whatever you consider your “band uniform”]] or “Sunday finest, Valentine’s Day date” attire [[other NC members we’d still like to rock “the colors”]]. If all goes according to plan, this video will be seen by people all over the world. We want to keep it clean, but promote the character of this city we all love. Basically, find your own version of “classy,” and roll with it. If you have further questions about that, feel free to ask.
So that pretty well covers it. Because of the large nature of this production and the huge number of extras we are hoping to enlist, we are asking that you R.S.V.P. by calling or emailing Lloyd [[NC members who don’t have Lloyd’s info can call MattVaughan, Ron, or Starnes]] when you know for sure that you will definitely be able to make it. This will insure that we have a place for you and allow us to plan for an expedient shoot. We must be done by [[still pretty early]], so organization is key. In the event of cataclysmic weather patterns, a rainday will be scheduled for [[a different day]]. If there are a few scattered showers, we will proceed with the shoot as planned. “
If you run into anyone else on the team, ask them if they’ve seen this site yet, and if they haven’t, let them know that it’s important that they check it out. It is currently our only information broadcast point, and in order to make others, we need people to use this one to see what will be required of them. Thanks.