I was lied to by a teacher and it affected my mental health.

 When I was 16 I transferred high schools because my high school didn’t have a jazz band and I knew that playing in one would be crucial to my career.  Before I decided where to transfer, this teacher told me I could audition on my primary instrument if I transferred to his school. After I transferred the audition never happened. He manipulated me to play my 4th instrument in the band instead. I had no choice in the matter other than to quit the class. It was made clear I’d get kicked out if I questioned him or argued. I made the best of it, but when I auditioned for college programs I had to switch back to my primary instrument having received very little helpful instruction from this teacher for 2 years.  He lied to me repeatedly about things that were sometimes random. Other lies centered around his obsession with politics.  His dishonest words and actions had ripple affects on my mental health in college and the beginning of my career. 

Palate Cleanser


Cute but dangerous

Invincible Czars 2022 tour Part 1

My family is of two cults.  The Cult of Abel and the Cult of Cain. 

I am of the Cult of Abel.  Our existential awakening was unpleasant.  We were thrust into a world that had impossible problems. No choice and no exit. Despite this, we thrived!  Found solace in the moment.  Created things.  Found joy in learning.  Labored.  Grew into responsibility.  Found new ways to define family.  Found happiness despite loss and suffering. 

Throughout our history the Cult of Cain has been there.  Their existential awakening takes a backseat to their ability to blame others.  They see our progress and happiness and feel jealousy and anger.  Throughout their lives they channel that anger into a different kind of learning.  They learn about weapons, force, power, money.  They use these things to hurt us.  And in the end they kill us. 

The Cult of Cain is more powerful and has more members now.  But the Cult of Abel will always prevail because when people see injustice, they will also see the truth.  Truth and justice is the Way of Abel and most people will choose that way.  But we’ve always been disconnected and on the retreat.  We know where this way leads but we cannot know truth and justice and still follow the Way of Cain. 

My wish for the Cult of Cain is that they would know Peace.  My curse: I know they won’t.

10 Notable Accomplishments I Accomplished this Year

1. Rubber Peacock, a sex-positive, glam-rock benefit concert for Durham's LGTPQ Center.  My only drumming gig of the year.  I'm proud to say I'm doing Rubber Peacock 2 in January 2017!   "It Ain't Easy" Featuring Anastasia Maddox

2. Bob: A Life in Five Acts, my first production as Musical director at Duke University, which led to my second MD job at Duke this spring!

3. Started up Classic Album Hoot Nite at my favorite pub, Mystery Brewing.  In February we covered Dark Side of the Moon and in July we tackled Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense.  Featuring Hugh Crumley, Alex Casimiro, Tim Smith, Luis Rodriguez, Jaybird Oberski, Tonya Lamm, Jessica Flemming, Shea Broussard, Leah Wilks, Anastasia Maddox and more.  So much fun working on these shows.

4. Collaborated with Little Green Pig on The Piano Has Been Drinking, a Tom Waits review that performed twice in the spring.  Me and a few folks even made the front page of the Hillsboro paper!  Featuring Leah Wilks, Liam O'Neill, Samantha Rahn, Jessica Flemming and more.  

5. Did a bunch of good gigs with The LL Orchestra including The Shed (Durham) in June, The Cave (Chapel Hill) in July and City Tap (Pittsboro) in August.  I promoted those by going on WCOM's Licks and Lyrics with Louise Bendall, WHUP's Live Jazz Now with Ben Palmer, and Bull City Cosmic Hoedown with Dave Tilley on WXDU.  

6.  I got some great press from The Indy when they premiered my video for "I Know A Guy."

7. I wrote an original score for a play.  "Maccountant" was an amazing experience.  Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern's Jaybird Oberski adapted Shakespeare's MacBeth, set it in a 1960 Kansas accounting firm, and directed a huge collection of local talent to a sold-out run of shows.  Triangle Arts & Entertainment said "Composer Louis Landry serves up an original sinister film noir score, complete with euphonium and theremin for added effect. This scoring, combined with the use of 1960s pop music, makes scenes dynamic and jarring..."

8. Played a bunch of gigs with Shady Darling and the Velvet Curtain including a random gig at DPAC and The Deadly Beautiful Cabaret at The Shed.  I always love performing with people I love, and there is no one I love more than Shady.   

9. Played Dr. Everett Scott in The Rocky Horror Mystery Show, and capped the year off playing and singing with the Berlin Brothers Christmas Orchestra in Hillsboro.  I feel very lucky to perform with William Dawson, Katharine Whalen and this ever-widening circle of talented friends.

10.  Held down my ongoing teaching jobs at Durham Community Preschool and High Strung School of Music, and squeezed in a few performances with the Durham Jazz Orchestra.  All in all, an ok year.



2016 Accomplishments

10 Notable Accomplishments I Accomplished this Year 

1. Rubber Peacock, a sex-positive, glam-rock benefit concert for Durham's LGTPQ Center.  My only drumming gig of the year.  I'm proud to say I'm doing Rubber Peacock 2 in January 2017!   "It…

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You've Got eWhale!

This week I released the tune "You've Got eWhale."  This song represents a lot to me so I'm gonna sit down here and blog about it.

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Progress is the opposite of Congress.  I think Mark Twain might have said that.  Mark Twain wrote an amazing version of the story of Adam and Eve that inspired me a lot.  He took all the best elements of the…Read more

JJ vs. The Digital Whale


If you've talked to me lately, you might know that I have been writing and recording a new album this year.  Last weekend the project took a huge step forward when producer Scott Solter recorded my drums for most of…

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 (alphabetically) Louis Armstrong, Air, Aerosmith, Agents of Good Roots, Bach, The Band, Beck, Beethoven, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bon Jovi (the band), Jon Bon Jovi (the solo artist), Count Basie, Mr. Bojangles, Sam Bush, James Brown, John Cage, Chick…Read more

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Czar Life

 Czar life

By Louie Czar on June 12, 2009 – 12:41 PM

On the eve of the biggest Czars show I’ve done to date, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the time I’ve…Read more

Sustainable positivity manifesto

 Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sustainable positivity manifesto

This is the 21st century, people. Time to get with the program. There is a new mindset in the world today. It is already shaping the 22nd century and beyond. I…Read more

LL JW SS, 6 28 08

Devin and Slade threw a killer party last night at my old house in South Austin. They invited me to play some music, so I called Shadd first, who quickly called Joe and Kris, who unfortunately was out of…Read more

December Deals


December Deals
A lot of great deals have been coming my way lately. For example the universe and I agreed to stop hating each other and try to coesxist peacefully. This is the shakiest deal (there have already…Read more

Partyboobytrap, Club 115 11 10 07

 11.10.07 Club 115
Current mood: calm
All We Want is Your Money,
Lone Ranger^,
Tomorrow Never Knows/Within You Without You,


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Partyboobytrap, Ruta Maya 10 25 07

First Steps,
Where Your Mind Goes,
Last Train,
Bebop Sonata,
Night On Bald Mountain

lineup: Louis Landry- p,v /Joe Woullard- ts /Shadd Scott- d,v/ Patrick Turner- b

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Partyboobytrap, Troubadour, 8 25 07

 First Steps of A Long Journey*
Voodoo Chile>
Where Your Mind Goes
Daedalus ^>
Last Train@
Lone Ranger%

* Louis Landry song
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PartyboobytraP Club 115 7 22 07

 PartyboobytraP 7.22.07 Club 115
Bebop Sonata
Where Your Mind Goes
Lone Ranger
Voodoo Chile~
All We Want is your Money
Have A Cigar^

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