THE NAIF WAIF
If you dig lo-fi records, audio collage and loose acoustic music that leans more on vibe than technical precision, then you might dig Jake Hebert’s digi-album Television. Written and released under the nom de plume of “Dorian Philbin,” the songs crackle like the tweaky love children of Ricky Nelson and Mike Love while high on nitrous and Funyuns. A naïf waifishness permeates the lovelorn sentiments on this collection of tunes with each track interspersed with a patchwork collection of samples including weathermen, gobbling chickens, commercials and other odds and ends — all of it reminiscent of a Daniel Johnston radio broadcast melding with a less rootsy, pre-Loser Beck. The album is available only in digital form; you can order one by contacting Hebert at myspace.com/dorianphibian. — Dege Legg
BEYOND HALF SHELL
The bivalves hit on all cylinders in artist/author Kit Wohl’s beautifully photographed and richly referenced P&J Oyster Cookbook (Pelican Publishing), named after and produced in concert with the venerable P&J Oyster Company, the country’s oldest continuously operating oyster house and supplier to the finest restaurants in New Orleans. Who knew there were so many ways to serve up an oyster? While we here in Cajun Country prefer them raw on the half shell (and smoked on occasion), French Quarter restaurants are home to some of the most innovative ideas in the mollusk sciences. In The P&J Oyster Cookbook Wohl has compiled more than 120 oyster recipes from the Crescent City’s finest restaurants. There are the old familiars like Rockefeller, Bienville and en Brochette, and more esoteric entries like P&J’s Oysters Ceviche — 16 ingredients (plus raw oysters) served in a cocktail glass. The P&J Oyster Cookbook retails for $28 is available through pelicanpub.com and at major book sellers. — Walter Pierce
KING CAKE EPIPHANY
You want to eat right, but you’re craving carnival, and king cakes just don’t cut it as health food. Or do they? Great Harvest Bread offers a Whole Wheat Cinnamon Burst king cake that is so delicious I may never go back to the white bread variety. Made with fresh ground 100-percent whole wheat flour and Acadiana honey, the king cake combines the solid satisfaction of whole grain bread threaded with the bright flavor of cinnamon (which is touted to support the immune system), and a classic lemony glaze, topped off with traditional purple, green and gold sugar crystals. Sure there are calories, 160 to the slice, but those 30 grams of dietary fibers are great for digestion, and rather than making the body crave sugar, one small piece of this king cake will hold you, happily, all morning long. Call Great Harvest at 236-8966, and check out its Web site, www.greatharvestofacadiana.com, for more king cake options, $17.95 to $22.95. — Mary Tutwiler
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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