Sad Irony

19 October 2006

Just got my WWOZ premiums in the mail last night.  Nice jacket.  Cool bumper sticker.  Nice CD.  I’m glad to have it because it has John Boutte’s JazzFest version of Louisiana 1927.  Complete with the coke sniff after mentioning W.  Classic.

But the song that seems to get the most rotation on ‘OZ lately is Voodoo Shop, a somewhat annoying (to me; sorry, they’re not my favs) live tune by Cowboy Mouth.  What’s weird is the frequently-repeated line “Living upstairs from the voodoo shop” becoming big at almost the same time of the bizarre case of dying upstairs from the voodoo shop.

One of our more grotesque events lately.  A real shame.

Krewe du Vieux 2007

11 October 2006

Well, this looks like a good one.  The theme of KDV this year is “Habitat for Insanity.”

And I just got the word, our king this year is none other than the great Chris Rose.

Can’t hardly wait.  All hail King Chris.

Don’t know what my subkrewe, the Mystic Krewe of Spermes, will come up with for our theme, but here’s hoping it’s juvenile, crude, and clever.

Pray for Increases in African Dust

10 October 2006

From a study in Geophysical Research Letters:

Dust storms swirling out of Africa’s Sahara Desert may help reduce hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, a new study suggests.

Sick Thoughts

6 October 2006

I hate being sick. Saturday night I started losing my voice while on Mike’s “Jefferson Highway Pub Crawl”–Props to the great Phil’s Party Bus for the transportation. Sunday I figured it was just an allergy, but then Sun afternoon I started losing it. Fever, cough, etc. Didn’t go to work Mon or Tues, which is very unusual for me, and I’m still not back to close to normal. Sucks.

So, here are a few general thoughts from my cranky haze (too cranky and too hazy to post links, so call it hearsay):

Why are all these visits to Iraq & Afghanistan by the administration always billed as “surprise”? I’m left only to think that they can’t ensure their safety, but they bill it as a bit cool move.

If you ever forget that WWOZ is all volunteer DJs and Bob French hasn’t reminded you recently enough, just catch a listen to David “DeadAir” Torkanowski’s show.

I’m glad that Jennifer Coolidge is moving to town. She’s not exactly A-list, and that’s a good thing. She’s funny, different, and knows why NO is great.

GD’s right; Aaron Neville is full of shit. First it’s the asthma (I can tell you first hand that Nashville will be 10X worse for that than NOLA); then it’s his wife’s health (a bit more reasonable, but no reason to not even come down to close JazzFest); now we read that he just can’t face the destruction. If I was one of those 80%ers who had been busting my ass just to get things going again, I’d resent the hell out of statements like that. As it is, it just makes me think he needs to strap some on and give back whatever portion of his royalties are deemed the result of the New Orleans mystique, because even with his money he’s letting it all go wherever the wind blows.

He’s still not as bad as Cyril.

The Gretna Heritage Fest has a pretty awful lineup, and I won’t go because I expect an acknowledgement of illegal/immoral/racist/classist/whatever actions by their cops. VOW is a better lineup, and I can’t go, but I would even though Cyril’s coming.

I like the idea of Kinky Friedman, but he needs to study the situation a little more closely before he claims that New Orleans evacuees are responsible for 20% of the crime there.

I believe that if the Repub party would tolerate gay congressmen, Mark Foley would have found more appropriate outlets for his “urges” and wouldn’t reinforce the general public’s sad association of homosexuality with pedophilia.

Chris Rose just might be our salvation. He’s probably helped the mental health of more New Orleanians than all the therapists in town (plus those who bailed) combined. And his rebuttal of the anti-Dome carpetbaggers was golden.

Alright, that’s it. I’m beat; had to get some not-so-thoughtout thoughts off my congested chest.

Andy Antippas is the Bomb

5 October 2006

I don’t know him, and I’ve never bought anything at his gallery, Barrister’s Gallery, (hell, maybe he’s an asshole for all I know) but he gave a superb interview yesterday on WWNO.  They don’t have the file in the archives yet, but when they do, check it out.  I’m sure he’s well known among the art community, which I’m pretty ignorant of, but I love what he said.

Essentially, he’s been here since the storm, was the only gallery to participate in Art 4 Arts’ Sake last year (got power at the last minute), and has busted his butt to get his artists back to town, including one he physically carried.

His tone in the interview is wonderful.  He’s not a gaga idealist or anything, but you get the sense that if you were Aaron Neville or Harry Anderson and told him that it was too tough to be here, he’s just turn around and not waste anymore time on you.   He’s been through it, recognizes that these haven’t been the most fruitful times, but that art is essential to what New Orleans is.  He even gave an appropriately curt response to the question of what New Orleans art means to the country.  This is a guy who clearly doesn’t mince words, but what he’s doing for the city is vital.

If I buy art anytime soon, I’m looking there first.  Cheers, Mr. Antippas.