12 April 2010
I really enjoyed the premiere of Treme last night, although it confirmed one of my mild apprehensions about the show: People won’t believe how authentic it is.
It’s a weird contradiction that at the same time we don’t want people believing that there’s a parade every five minutes here, like a lot of pop culture would suggest, but at the same time, they’re pretty damn regular, and Treme captures that.
I can see people around the country simultaneously having their stereotypes of the city confirmed and yet not believing that what they’re seeing is real. In fact, we do support a lot of their stereotypes on a superficial level, but not on a deeper level. Yeah, second lines happen regularly, but they’re still a big deal that people make a point of catching. Yeah, we cut loose a lot more than most folks, but the tit-flashing is for non-locals only.
I’m really happy with the job Treme did. It’s tough to get real musicians to be real actors, and not all of them got it done, but it’s a blast to see some local heroes get into the spotlight. I hope it doesn’t change them!
Chronology error? Anyone remember when Jockamo IPA came out? I actually wrote about it after first discovering it in late 2007, so I’m pretty sure that Vaughan’s neon sign is out of place. Not that I really care, I’m just never the one to spot that stuff.
Hurry up with that next episode, HBO!
12 March 2010
Gary tipped me off to this interview with Austin’s own Cyril Neville.
A couple of choice bits:
Everybody who had obligations to help out didn’t.
Huh? This kind of shit just reinforces the rest of the country’s perception that we’re just sitting here waiting for help to arrive. And it’s an insult to all those who did so much. Yeah, we’re all still pissed at a lot of people, but we’re also trying to take care of business.
My sister-in-law’s house, which I’ve been staying at off and on when I come back, it’s easier for her to drive across the lake [nearby] to go shopping than it is for her to drive all the way uptown to the one Walmart that they have there on Annunciation Street. It’s going to be a long time before the overall city itself is back to anywhere close that it used to be. Yes the French Quarter is there and they can build casinos anywhere they want now — they don’t have to go offshore.
Yeah, New Orleans sucks now that it’s so hard to get to the WalMart.
Look, I’m happy for what he’s doing for the wetlands, but he bashes the city whose allure pays his bills, and then he shortchanges the people who’ve dedicated the last 4 1/2 years to getting things going again.
We wore “Never Brothers” t-shirts to the first JazzFest after the levee failures, and Cyril makes it tempting to break those out again.
22 February 2010
1) Being an extra is extra-boring.
2) Parking in a lot with a security guard is no guarantee that your car won’t get broken into.
18 February 2010
Potato Chips for a quick snack on the airplane . . . $4
Aisle seat in 1st class from Miami to New Orleans . . . $899
Falling asleep with the Lombardi Trophy in your lap . . . Priceless
10 February 2010
I was glad when the Hornets fired Byron Scott, and I think Jeff Bower’s better, but he’s no long-term winner.
Avery Johnson, however, is a proven winner. Plus, he’s local, he’s looking for a position, and he may have been the secret-weapon-motivational-speaker for the Saints this year. Isn’t that what we need?
Just a thought.