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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SEP 2 North Carolina's film tax incentive is about to expire, and Louisiana is getting the first benefit, this story on the Wilmington NC newspaper's website tells us. 'Banshee,' a Cinemax series from the same guy who created 'True Blood,' is moving production to New Orleans, the story says.
SEP 2 The Washington Post calls Bobby Jindal on his latest effort to get his name in the national media. In this editorial, the newspaper says Jindal's Common Core lawsuits are just aimed at "burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run." The paper, of course, reminds its readers that Jindal was a staunch supporter of the curriculum back when he first brought it to Louisiana.
SEP 2 Huff Post takes a look at a project by a California university which mapped hate speech on Twitter. The project counted derogatory words for homosexuals, people of different races and people with disabilities, then used colors to show where the tweets using these words originated. Spoiler alert: We don't look too good.
SEP 2 Blogger Lamar White Jr. offers this commentary on Bobby Jindal's recent comments about the current US policy toward ISIS. Jindal's sudden, shrill interest in the subject can only be attributed to his desperate desire to be president, Lamar opines. All this begs the question: Do we really want someone in the White House who is willing to say anything to get what he wants?
SEP 2 St. Mary Parish homegirl Julie Hébert lets us in on the next step in her career in this blog post. The writer/director, who has worked on shows like ER, West Wing, Numb3rs and Third Watch, has teamed up with John Ridley, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, for a new ABC series that will be filmed in Austin.
SEP 2 Here's another round of crazy on the Scott Rogers shooting from the Advocate. The Baton Rouge television personality was killed last week by his son-in-law (and alleged sexual abuse victim) who then turned the gun on himself. The story gets worse and worse.
SEP 2 This post on Deadline Hollywood outlines the massive tax incentive package passed by the California legislature last week. As one California solon put it, the move is a response to years of seeing movie and TV work "cannibalized by states and other countries poaching tens of thousands of good California jobs." Hey -- is he talking about us?
SEP 2 This photo essay on the NOLA Femmes blog examines homelessness in New Orleans. There are pictures of familiar intersections which look very different during tourist events than they do no a normal day in the city, and an account of the issue since Katrina. The post makes a good point: When the city rousts homeless people the day before a tourist event but calls it a "health issue," the claim rings false, doesn't it?
AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
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