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?
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.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”