Treme: Too Real?

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!

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Lombardi Gras aka Dat Tuesday

9 February 2010


Archbishop Hannan’s original Saints prayer

5 February 2010

I can’t figure out how to insert this directly, but check the weathered link:

Saints_PrayerHannan


Got our mojo working

8 December 2009

Sunday’s game against Washington (not too keen on their name) wasn’t pretty.  Well, actually, yes it was.  Both teams actually played pretty well, but we were the beneficiaries of some amazing and timely turns of events. I don’t know what their order of importance they have, but here’s what made it work for us:

  • Robert Meachem (of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School, home of the Hornets and my alma mater) steals a Drew Brees-thrown interception and returns it for a TD
  • Morstead’s shanked punt bounces off the back of a ‘Skin, to be recovered by Usama Young
  • Shaun Suisham misses a gimme figgie, leaving us less than 2 min, but only 1 TD down
  • Jonathan Vilma intercepts, leaving Washington unable to score at the end of regulation
  • Sweet forced fumble (and that ball was coming out, y’all) gets us the ball back, and you knew Brees would get it in there.  Frankly, I would’ve run another safe play on 2nd down at the goal line, but all’s well that ends well

This was one that the “old” Saints would have lost and the “new” Saints probably should have.  But I’m with Brees, who notes that we’ve had more than our share of Washington’s experiences in our history.  This was our good fortune, but we’ve had the bad fortune many times.

One thing I hate is athletes claiming they won because, “We refused to lose,” or, “We just wanted it worse than they did.”  I much prefer Jonathan Vilma’s reminder that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.  Amen, and there’s no shame in saying we caught some breaks.  But if we weren’t a good team, we wouldn’t have been in position to get them or to capitalize on them.  And that’s why this team is great.  Not good, Great.

BTW, I knew we were in trouble, but I didn’t know it was THIS bad (thanks A-train).


Holy shit this sounds so cool!

24 September 2009

“Dueling Banjos” may have been a hit on the radio when the movie Deliverance was released in 1972, but Clint Maedgen and cellist Helen Gillet have other ideas about the proper accompaniment of the John Boorman classic– something a little difference from Eric Weissberg‘s banjo-heavy soundtrack. On Saturday from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Patrick Taylor Library, “Delivering Deliverance” will present a one-night-only screening of the movie with a live soundtrack provided by Maedgen and Gillet. The event is free for museum members, $15 for general admission.

From the Weekly Beat


An open letter to Mitchell Hurwitz

6 September 2009

Dear Mr. Hurwitz,

I’m writing to apologize to you for not watching Arrested Development in its original airing. We’re just about done with the DVDs (you do get some money from that, don’t you?), and it’s one of the funniest and cleverest shows I’ve seen. We’re at the part now where the characters are begging to keep their jobs, and it really hit home.

Sure, I watched it a few times, but I’d recently gotten HBO, so I was weaning myself from commercials, and that was before I had DVR, so I couldn’t skip them. But I’m sorry I wasn’t part of the movement to keep the show moving.

Still, maybe there’s something to living fast and dying young, like Ricky Gervais’ shows. At least you never jumped the shark (although that stuff about the Brits was a little lame), even though Fonzie was on it (great, BTW).

I think I most appreciate that you had enough innuendo and subtlety to keep it interesting, but it was accessible enough that I could grasp it, and that makes me feel smart.

Anyway, thanks for the great show; it’s been a ton of laughs. Now what’s up with that movie?

Sincerely,
HammHawk


A link & a question

27 August 2009

The link.  Kinda nice to hear Steve Inskeep hand Michael Steele’s douchebag ass to him on Morning Edition.

The question.  Now that I’m pretty much done with Whole Foods, where’s the best place to get organic and vegetarian groceries in town?