I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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New Orleans music great Cosimo Matassa has died at 88

Certainly the most important non-musician to recording in New Orleans after WWII, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa, has died at age 88.

In 1945, Cosimo Matassa, a New Orleanean who tinkered with electronics, opened a recording studio on Rampart Street. In 1956, he moved to a slightly larger space on […]

Big Freedia, the Queen of New Orleans bounce, has a message for Miley Cyrus

Yes, I’m giving a hat tip to my daughter, Sarah Simonson, for this video.  I am pretty sure I’ve posted about New Orleans bounce before, but I can’t find it…

Roasting New Mexico Hatch Chilies in New Orleans!

My daughter went to her local Rouse’s grocery store (the one on Tchoupitoulas a block or so up from Napoleon) and out in the front they were roasting chili peppers.  I asked if they were Hatch chilies and she confirmed they were! She’s not noted this ever before in New Orleans, and in […]

Dr. Toussaint, Dr. Dalai Lama, and Dr. Dr. John at Tulane’s commencement.

So, who had a cooler commencement ceremony than Tulane?  Here’s Alan Toussaint, the Dalai Lama, and Dr. John, all receiving honorary degrees.

I will have to say that I don’t recall anything quite this impressive last year when my daughter got her masters degree down there.  However, a great time was had by all.


Irma Thomas, Robert “Barefootin'” Parker, Ivan Neville, Treme Brass Band… Sounds good to me!

The American Routes anniversary show, Friday April 19th, at the Rock and Bowl in New Orleans…

h/t Scott Barretta.

Sarah Simonson photographs the Zulus in the Treme on Mardi Gras day

What it means to miss New Orleans: one example

Something to eat while waiting for the oysters en brochette and crabmeat maison.

h/t Galatoire’s Facebook feed

Times Picayune lays of food writer Brett Anderson (updated)

In the round of layoffs yesterday, the T-P let go Brett Anderson, its restaurant critic and food writer.  The stated reason they picked him?  Because he got a Neiman Fellowship at Harvard:

Brett Anderson, the award-winning restaurant critic and food writer, was among more than 200 employees laid off on Tuesday by The Times-Picayune […]

Very Sad News: Times Picayune to go to 3 day a week publishing

New Orleans will become the largest city in America without a daily newspaper.  Poytner reports:

Times-Picayune publisher Ashton Phelps Jr. has confirmed that the newspaper will cease daily publication, moving to three days a week in the fall: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. He also confirmed staff cuts, though he didn’t say how large they […]

Beard Nominees: Congrats to John T. Edge, Donald Link, etc.

The latest Beard Award nominations include a huge endorsement of New Orleans food right now, including a total of six chef nominations lead by Donald Link, who is nominated for the big award:  Outstanding Chef, described as “A working chef in america whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as […]