The Pine Hill Haints – Ghost Music in a Punk Scene

I went to Sluggos this past weekend to check out the Pine Hill Haints, a bit of a modern day jug-band that has accrued quite a following since their 2000 debut.  Such an innovative musical concoction as the Haints has an appeal much broader than the “folk-punk” category they are often associated with.

The Haints describe their sound as “Alabama Ghost Music.” This is a mixed assortment of southern roots music from bluegrass, to ragtime, rockabilly and honky-tonk, upbeat and with eerie and supernatural themes. Named after the Pine Hill Cemetery, the Haints are inspired by local Alabama legends and ghost stories. (Read More)

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Lojah Supports Idle No More

Idle No More is an important movement for indigenous people and our supporters throughout the world. It started with a Canadian First Nations response to being cut out of the historical legislative process concerning traditional Indian land and wilderness.  Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat nation began a hunger strike in protest. (Read More)

Mardi Gras – A Primer

Mardi Gras is big event in my native home of the Southern Gulf States. It is celebrated heavily between Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. I’ve even seen evidence of attempts at celebrating it as far west as Monterey, California, but nobody does it like home. Although New Orleans is thought of as the home city of American Mardi Gras, the first American celebration of the holiday took place in Mobile, Alabama 1703

Coming from the French tradition, Mardi Gras is similar to the Carnival traditions found throughout Europe and Latin America. It tends to occupy several weeks before and on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. (Read More)