Michael Patrick Welch

Neither Big nor Easy

The Messy Aftermath of a Rape at New Orleans's Beloved Nudist Country Club

The clothes have come back on and the victim has suffered panic attacks and public shaming.
Michael Patrick Welch
11.7.14
Neither Big nor Easy

Dee Slut Is Not Mad at Henry Rollins

Legendary New Orleans punk rocker Dave Turgeon (a.k.a. Dee Slut) should be Henry Rollins's nemesis, after they both tried out to be the lead singer of Black Flag in 1981. On the occasion of a vinyl re-release from his band the Sluts, Turgeon discussed...
Michael Patrick Welch
8.27.14
Neither Big nor Easy

On the Death of a Dog I Should Have Loved Better

I am surprised to find myself depressed upon the death of my dog this past Sunday during our fishing trip on Lake Pontchartain. I am surprised I’m even calling Meshcha “my dog,” as I was never very fond of her, and didn't want her in the first place...
Michael Patrick Welch
6.4.13
Neither Big nor Easy

On the Road with Tony Clifton

Tony Clifton is a piece of performance art who has outlived his creator, legendary comic Andy Kaufman, by two decades. He's having a comeback of sorts, thanks at least in part to Jeremy Johnson, a filmmaker who has been working for Clifton—and his...
Michael Patrick Welch
5.16.13
Neither Big nor Easy

The Birth of NOizeFest, New Orleans's Freakiest, Smallest Festival

For eight years, I've been holding this gathering of artists/weirdos in my backyard; the first one we ever held involved my pet goat, a bad acid trip, musicians nearly fighting one another over overzealous jamming, and a bunch of broken mirrors.
Michael Patrick Welch
4.23.13
Neither Big nor Easy

New Orleans's War on Music

Louisiana’s Department of Tourism recently launched a new ad campaign that declared, “No America We Will Not ‘Turn That Music Down.’” But on the ground, the authorities in New Orleans have been trying to quiet the city’s famously vibrant music scene.
Michael Patrick Welch
4.5.13
Neither Big nor Easy

Someone Stole My Students’ Music Writing

Last Tuesday, my car was robbed. I don't care about my old laptop or anything else that was in there, only the pages and pages of handwritten essays my young students had penned about Katy Perry, local New Orleans musicians, and themselves. They didn't...
Michael Patrick Welch
3.21.13