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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AUG 21 Tom Aswell is telling us about another "efficiency" contract the state has signed. This one is paying a consultant (i.e. someone with a briefcase from out of town) $140 an hour, plus tens of thousands in air fare. The agency on the receiving end of this tender care? The DMV. Well -- that's working great, then.
AUG 21 This post on The Lens brings us up to date on the ongoing process of populating the levee board that will decide if the so-called Big Oil lawsuit will move forward. Gov. Jindal has done his best to put the kibash on the suit by removing pro-suit members, but the process of replacing them is not simple, Bob Marshall tells us.
AUG 21 Here's Politico's coverage of Bobby Jindal's loss in the Common Core lawsuit this week. Interestingly, it boils down to dueling quotes from the judge who handed the administration its collective hiney and Kyle Plotkin. There's also commentary here about Jindal's flip-flop on the issue.
AUG 20 Education blogger Mercedes Schneider, as usual, is using her (not insignificant) teaching skills to give us the skinny on the recent court ruling on Common Core. Schneider gets into the details of legal strategy and argument at play here. As usual, it appears that Jindal's lawyers dropped the ball. Hey, at least they're consistent. (Or maybe Jindal didn't really want to win, he just wanted the Tea Party to think he wanted to win?)
AUG 21 Columnist Jim Beam is writing about ISIS in this post. The civilized world has to do something about this group and the atrocities its members are committing, he says. Maybe President Bush "blew it" in Iraq, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything more, he says.
AUG 21 Blogger CB Forgotston is continuing his habit of announcing that he won't be running for stuff in this post on the Forward Now blog. He's also poking fun at State Police Commander Mike Edmonson (and his entourage, dubbed "Dork Dynasty" by some Troopers) and the Advocate. Apparently Edmonson isn't happy with people who are keeping this boondogle in the news. Awww.
AUG 21 This post on the NOLA Defender blog talks about some things that New Orleans and Ferguson, Mo., have in common. As a white woman, author Kezia Kamenetz says it isn't her place to talk about what the African-American community should do about the violence within, but as a human she can certainly call for fairness in the criminal justice system.
AUG 21 Columnist Stephanie Riegel is writing about the scandal that has rocked the LSU Alumni Association (to wit, the executive director's "girlfriend" also was his employee; when they "broke up" he started paying her, with alumni money, to keep her mouth shut). In particular, she's looking for some lessons to learn from the mishigas.
AUG 20 This post on the Texas Observer is a good one to read if you haven't bothered to pay much attention to the Rick Perry indictment. The pundits have collectively dismissed it as partisan politics - but the special prosecutor is a Bush man, and the judge is GOP. (They didn't mention THAT, did they?) It's a pretty good round up of what we do know, and more importantly, what we don't.
AUG 20 In this post, blogger Rod Dreher takes a look at the Tea Party's horror at David Vitter's reluctance to say he hates the Common Core with every fiber of his being. He also includes some commentary on the Tea Party's inability to tell news from satire. Hey, maybe that's why Facebook has to add those labels. Mystery solved!
AUG 20 This story in the New York Times updates the rest of the nation on the Common Core issue here in Louisiana, proclaiming that it is "dividing" the state. Unfortunately for Gov. Bobby Jindal, it is only a few sentences in before the author mentions that Jindal "ardently" supported Common Core when Louisiana joined the movement a few years ago, and the implication is that he's agin it now because he wants to be president and thinks that will help.
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