The Daily Word in Lawsuits, Zoo Escapes and The Easter Bunny
A Siamang monkey escaped from the Biopark Zoo this weekend and I missed it.
It’s been proven that the early 2000’s will obviously never die. Now what about bringing back those 2000’s fashion trends?
The Daily Word in APD, Ted Cruz and the spirit of David Bowie
The New York Daily News has no chill towards Ted Cruz.
But did Sean Penn really think meeting El Chapo would have a good outcome?
David Bowie may have passed but his spirit is definitely kept alive and it warms my heart.
The Daily Word in why the hell there was fog, our sci-fi future, and Bill Cosby
A case is reopened against Bill Cosby just before the 12-year statute of limitation deadline.
Stay warm, stay safe. This winter is deadly.
How this year brought us closer to our ideal sci-fi future.
The rather creepy mystery of lights in an abandoned New Orleans hospital is solved.
If you saw fog last night, you're probably as confused as I was. Here's an explanation.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Makin’ it do what it do for 35 years
Baritone sax player and Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Roger Lewis has made a 35-year career out of making the New Orleans brass band tradition vibrate at a different level. His group brought club music—bebop, swing and blues, that is—to streets previously filled with repertoires of hymns and proto-jazz, essentially modernizing the brass band.
The Daily Word in hip hop royalty, unstable men on a soapbox and cancer
Yet another disturbing report could further damage frayed U.S.-Afghan relations.
Even Mitt Romney tries to back away slowly from Teg Nugent.
Suspender-straining liberal dude goes nuclear, drops F-bomb on Sean Hannity.
Norwegian mass-murderer is mum on shadowy underground associations.
A new species was discovered in a dark gypsum pool near Carlsbad Caverns.
Levon Helm from The Band is in his “final stages.”
Warren Buffett isn’t worried about his recent cancer diagnosis.
Mo Money Mo Problems.
Attorneys asked a New Orleans judge to sign the formal terms of BP oil catastrophe settlement.
The Pakistan Prime Minister is dealing in his own Breaking Bad-esque drama.
Are political moderates the newest endangered species?
Doesn’t the final voyage of space shuttle Discovery just make you wonder how astronauts use the toilet?
Can’t see the forest—or the trees
I'm still poring over the findings of a U.S. Forest Service study released last month that gave Albuquerque a high ranking in two key areas—and neither has stellar tidings for our local climate and quality of life.
Researchers documented a high loss of our urban forest area and an increase of impervious ground cover. This means that trees disappeared across the city at the same time that rooftops and pavement spread. The study found us up there in terms of tree loss with New Orleans and fast-growing, drought-stricken Houston.
More impervious surfaces mean more challenges for our thirsty city. Water that falls on an open field has a drastically different outcome compared to water falling on blacktop. The more paved-over, compacted area there is, the less water is absorbed into the ground. It’s also more likely that the water that does soak in (or run off to the river) is polluted and prone to flooding.
You can check out the full text of the Forest Service study here.
The Daily Word in gecko robots, super beagles, suicide machines
Siberian people share DNA with ancient human ancestors.
An Oklahoma University professor is arrested for medical practices on his own students.
See the robot that can climb walls like a gecko.
The Loudoun County Republican Party releases an image of a “Zombie Obama.”
The Who’s Pete Townshend likens Apple to a “digital vampire.”
The beagle that survived a gas chamber is up for adoption, and I want it.
Spooky New Orleans: 15 people shot, two dead on Halloween.
A Sadanese man is beheaded in public in Saudi Arabia for being a sorcerer.
People in the Northeast still without power made some awesome snow pumpkins.
Hacker group Anonymous may be targeting the Mexican drug cartels next.
(Un)occupy Albuquerque protesters are granted a limited permit to be in Yale Park.
Dr. Kevorkian’s “suicide machine” will be auctioned off on Friday.
This Week's Food & Dining: New restaurants, New Orleans[ Sun Aug 7 2011 11:00 AM ]
Have Fork, Will Travel: From garbage to garden in the Lower Ninth Ward
Have Fork, Will Travel
The Seeded Side of New Orleans
From garbage to garden in the Lower Ninth Ward
But despite the setbacks, Our School at Blair Gorcery in the Lower Ninth Ward is using composting and farming techniques to bolster their situation in a fragile economy.
Shout at the Devil
A Cajun-flavored sampling of things that go bump in the night
When you think about it, post-Katrina Louisiana creates the perfect setting for a horror tale. Storm-ravaged bayous and flooded levees—along with an already prevalent culture of the supernatural—certainly make the environs of the Deep South ripe for an ill-intentioned bogeyman or two. So sets the scene for local author Ania Ahlborn's first novel, Seed, which takes the hot-ticket items of demonic possession and sinister children and tosses them into a musty, kudzu-covered Southern Gothic blender.
Big Easy pianist/composer off-kilter and on target
You never know where pianist Tom McDermott will go haring off to next. That’s because he often hasn’t a clue, either. A daring and inventive improviser, he’s more than willing to go striding (or ragging or rumba-ing or tango-ing) through doors that lead who-knows-where. In the middle of a Scott Joplin piece, he might find an opening that leads straight to James Booker and start mixing the rag’s more straitlaced syncopation with the saucy funk of New Orleans R & B.
Black Lips Tuesday
Here’s the second video from Arabia Mountain, the new, Mark Ronson-produced album by the Black Lips, set for release on Vice in early June. Though the band is based in Atlanta, parts of the video—the ones that appear to take place in a dive bar—were filmed at the Saturn Bar, a super fun dive bar in New Orleans. My sister Elizabeth, who lives in New Orleans and knows the Black Lips, is in the video. She’s one of the girls in the periphery during the dive bar scenes (look for the girl with the curly hair ... the girl next to her in the white boots is DJ Kristen). A few weeks ago she told me she showed up for the shoot thinking there’d be a whole crowd, but it was just a few folks and some chickens.
Music to Your Ears
Laissez le Group Hug Rouler
Happy hour with King Louie
Crazed New Orleans garage rock musician King Louie will be performing this evening at the Blackbird Buvette. In lieu of describing his act, here’s a profane lo-fi video that sums it up. The show lasts from 6 to 9 p.m., during which time draft Abitas (Luzianna beer) will be on special for $2. Karaoke follows. Geaux Monday.
Casting Spells at Voodoo Fest
Halloween is full of voodoo—especially in New Orleans. Voodoo Fest held in the Crescent City features multi-day musical performances from local and national bands during this Halloween weekend. This year Ozzy performs, kicking off his U.S. tour! Some of the bands feeling the curse of voodoo are Young Money rapper Drake, rockers Weezer and New Orleans's own Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Not only does the music make a great case to attend the Fest, but large interactive art installations can be found all throughout City Park. Titles like "Galactivation Station" by Photonic Bliss and "Hotshot the Robot" by Munz/D6/ Intruder Alert! only make a person wish they were there even more. Well, if you can’t be, pretend you’re there by listening to WWOZ’s live stream which will be broadcasting from Voodoo Fest periodically over the weekend.