Life story in five words, more or less? Laughter and creativity is the religion.
Why do a Posthaste vs. Posthaste? Steve May insisted. He’s a hard guy to say no to, especially if he’s the first guy to ever publish your stuff.
Your song “Too Old to Die Young” is in Django Unchained. Whatever. Tell us what everyone really wants to know: did you get to meet Quentin Tarantino? No comment. Keep it mysterious.
You’re a musician and work F/T in a homeless shelter. Who do you think you are? Bono? Dege Cougar Mellencoug. Worst gig ever? 1998. I got in a crazy fist fight with the manager of the Swampwater Saloon — he’d stabbed a guy a week earlier — after Santeria played a drunken three- to four-hour set that came to halt amidst broken glass and wrecked gear. I was pretty crazy back then. I still got the crazy in me, but now I try to go the peaceful route. When is it appropriate for a rock dude to wear a neon colored dashiki? When attending an ayahuasca ceremony ... in space. What’s the coolest thing to all this Django stuff? Just how STOKED and inspired Lafayette people are by it. They are just so inspired and stoked.
If you were to bust a midlife career change, what would it be? Open a junkyard. I’m fascinated by the things people throw away.
Ten years ago you lived in the same low rent motel in which you recently shot a music video. How did you end up living there? I couldn’t afford the deposit on an apartment and I figured living in a cheap motel would be way more interesting. And it was. It was like joining a circus that never left town: full of tenured alcoholics, Nam-vets and carnies. What’s the biggest challenge in being a musician or artist these days? Just enjoy the journey and do your own crazy thing. Don’t worry if it’s cool or not. The goal is not to keep up with what is cool. The goal is to invent it.
Most significant thing you learned from your years driving a cab? What not to do. That each person’s life is like a weird, unwritten book. And everyone is god.
Quick cab story off the top of your head. Picked up a drunk woman downtown. Drove her to her house in River Ranch. She was so wasted — she forgot her keys, cell phone, and purse at the bar. I had to climb the fence, break in through the back door and let her into her own house, so she wouldn’t have to sleep on the porch. When I informed her of the price of the fare, she got mad and refused to pay — she thought I was her date and just being a jerk.
Your career as an on-staff music journalist at The IND lasted three years? What do you have to say to the bands that you pissed off? I just tried to have fun with it. Admittedly, I am not the best “music journalist” in the world, but I tried to give bands something unique that they couldn’t get anywhere else. Writing about musicians was tricky, because we’re all crazy. It was like being a crazy astronaut, writing about other crazy, struggling astronauts in their attempts to get nearly unobtainable astronauts jobs. Absurd.
Best Posthaste interviews ever? Three-way tie: James Marler (Rotary Downs), Dirk Powell (Balfa Toujours, etc.) and Matt Roberts (Matt Rock & the Powerboxx). All had really good game.
If Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney had a baby, what would be its name? Dermot McDermott.
When science fails us and our spiritual leap of faith stumbles, what can one do when attempting to divine the great mysteries of the universe? Go with your gut. It never lies.
Dumbest thing you’ve ever done? Waste too much time on negative people and things. I like being around happy, positive, adventurous people. I don’t need any help in the Moody & Brooding Dept. I can handle that on my own.
You spent over a decade playing southern psych & hard rock in Santeria. What’s the least metal thing about you? I love hippies, Sinatra and reading self-help books.
Best metal album ever? Why? Screaming for Vengeance, Judas Priest. Every songs jams. Killer riffs.
Name one thing no one knows about you. Sometimes I cry when driving alone ... thinking about life and stuff.
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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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