Thursday, September 29, 2005

I Was Not Hooked Up!!!

Last night was Melissa's night in the spotlight at the Pocket. I showed up a little before eight, as that was the time I was told the contest began. I was wrong. It didn't start until after nine. What's a boy to do except down a few Windsor-Cokes.
One of the candidates for Melissa's big date didn't show up, so I was recruited by Cade to replace that person. Unfortunately, I was seated next to Bachelor #3, who looked like the bastard son of Charles Manson and Dee Snider. I wanted to ask him where he buried the bodies, but I wanted to live to see the next day.
Finally, Melissa was introduced by the crowd and began her questioning. My advice to the beautiful Melissa is to find another writer if she ever considers doing this sort of thing again. We were asked to answer questions in various voices; she wanted us to sing. At one point we had to arm wrestle. I decided early on to work harder on gaining laughs then scoring points. I must have failed miserably as the audience voted me off after the first round.
Oh well. I had a good time and met some cool people, including the two lovely ladies who claimed to be fans of Get Out of Town.

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Local scenester Erin Snow posed for this provacative ad for local punk label Init Records, which has released compact discs and vinyl records from bands such as The Spirit of Versailles, Caligari, Blinding Light, and Sinking Steps...Rising Eyes. A damn fine ad, if you ask me!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

More Melissa

The beautiful and talented Melissa was not happy with the in-studio shot I took last Wednesday on my cell phone. Today we met at Falls Park to take some more shots, including a few with Red, her Mohawk-ed dog. Note that she's modeling the official Scott Hudson Get Out of Town tank-top.








Melissa's competing in this month's edition of The Hookup, which will be held at the Pocket on Wednesday, September 28. To win a chance for a date with this Dead Kennedy's loving woman, call the KRRO (334-1037) around 7:30 a.m. on September 21 and 28.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Wedding Dance DJ's - Get Out of Town!!!

This past Friday, I actually escaped my heavily guarded fortress to attend one of my least favorite social functions – a wedding. For me, there’s nothing more depressing than seeing two people legally bind themselves together for the rest of their lives.
To each their own, I guess. I tried it once, didn’t like it, and it’s unlikely I’ll ever go through that misery again…unless some Swedish supermodel finds something to like in this pessimistic, middle-aged fat boy.
I must say, however, that the wedding was actually very nice. I’ve known the two people for many, many years, and I suspect that their experiences will be a bit more blissful than my 3 ½ years of misery. And I’d like to say right now that what I’m about to babble is by no means an attack on them or their reception. I had great food and plenty of Windsor-Cokes. Who am I to complain?
But I must say there was one major disappointment in the evening. Since both people were involved with Tempest there were many people in attendance that share my obsessive love of music. Besides a handful of writers that were known for letting their music influences impact their writings on politics, sports, movies, and fiction, there were also a few musicians and even a concert promoter or two.
Because of this lineup of friends and family, I had high hopes for the wedding reception. Surely the upcoming music was going to be fantastic. When the first dance for the wedding couple was a slow tune by Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, I just knew this was going to be the party to remember.
Well, let’s just say that Paul Kelly was the highlight of the evening. Here’s just a few songs that I had to endure the first half hour – “Greased Lightning”, George Michael’s “Faith”, some stupid medley that linked a disco beat to Beethoven and 50’s tunes, Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5”, Usher. It was an endless list of suckiness – only Kanye’s “Golddigger” momentarily awakened me from my stupor.
Needless to say, the majority of my time at the reception was spent out on the balcony with the smokers. Actually, that’s where the majority of the people spent the rest of the night, leaving only the really old and the really young to boogie. Again, I’m not blaming the wedding couple or their families. I’m blaming the only person who makes a karaoke machine operator look like a music expert – the wedding dance DJ.
I’m not alone in this opinion. A good friend who’s much more sociable than myself (then again, who isn’t?) has attended quite a few weddings in the past couple of years. When I’ve met up with her a day or so after these shindigs, she’s had that exact same complaint. And it’s not like some of these guys haven’t been warned. When her best friend got married last year, they handed the DJ a playlist weeks before the event. He completely ignored it. When one of my best friends got married a few years ago, his person was also given lengthy instructions on what to play and, more importantly, what NOT to play. When the second song was the “chicken dance”, the groom was ready to strangle him.
I realize that most of my friends and myself are not typical wedding dance attendees. In this era of music morons, the majority of people at these functions find these stupid songs acceptable. But any DJ, from the hippest dance club to the smallest private party, should be able to gauge the tastes of any crowd and respond accordingly. That’s the fun of working these parties – and, believe it or not, I do know this from experience. Too often these days, DJ’s know less about music than their audience, and their sets rarely vary from gig to gig. If that’s the case, you’re better off putting an Ipod on shuffle.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Kevin Garnett to Lakers?

This post has been bouncing around a number of sites, including a few affiliated with the NBA:

> KG is playing under an extension he signed in 2003. This
> extension is unusual because it contained a significant
> pay cut -- he went from $28M in 03-04 to $16M in 04-05.
> Now why do you suppose he took such a big pay cut? When
> you've figured that part out, look at the team as it's
> constituted right now, and ask yourself if you think this
> is what he had in mind when he gave up $15 million per
> year. Once you've answered that part, stop to think
> whether it's likely KG has a contingency plan, and in fact,
> agreed to such a contingency plan with Glen Taylor when
> he agreed to the pay cut.
>
> I think it's VERY reasonable to speculate that KG & Taylor
> made a handshake deal in '03 that the T-Wolves would use
> the savings to field a competitive team -- and in return
> for accepting less, they would agree to trade him if the
> team stopped being competitive and he requested it. The
> team made the WCF in '04, but tanked in '05. Since then,
> they've let 2/3 of their core go elsewhere, and made no
> moves that would help make them competitive again. They
> have a high payroll, and are flirting with the luxury tax.
> What do you think KG is thinking right now? Do you think
> there's a chance he called Taylor and said, "it's time?"
>
> If Minnesota -IS- committed to trading KG, then KG is in
> control over where he goes. He has a trade bonus, but
> there's a rule that says salary + bonus can't exceed the
> player's maximum salary in the year he's traded. KG's
> salary alone exceeds the maximum, so in order for ANY
> trade to happen, he'd have to waive his bonus. If there's
> a trade he doesn't like, then he doesn't waive the bonus,
> and the trade doesn't happen. It's effectively a no-trade
> clause.
>
> If he is being traded and controls where he wants to go,
> then there's reason to think he has the Lakers in mind. He
> & Kobe are tight, and for years have been talking about
> playing together someday. KG just built a house in LA. He
> showed up at a Lakers SPL game. He was seen at an event
> chatting up Buss, etc.
>
> If he told the Wolves to trade him to LA, then LA can put
> together a reasonable package for him -- certainly better
> than the one LA got for Shaq under similar duress. Odom
> would directly replace KG in the lineup, plus they'd get a
> starting C in Mihm, send DG home to play in Minnesota as a
> last-year, and net a couple first rounders. (Kobe would not
> be traded -- as Unabogie said, Kobe has a no-trade and would
> not consent. Second, KG's intent is to play WITH Kobe, so
> he wouldn't waive his bonus if Kobe is part of the trade.)
>
> Minnesota would also love to unload Wally's bloated contract.
> They've tried, but have found no takers. If they made Wally
> a condition of the trade, then LA could throw in Vlade, and
> it would balance out. Vlade retires, and Minnesota saves his
> entire salary.
>
> Possible objection #1: They would never trade KG to a WC team,
> or McHale would never trade with the Lakers. Response: trades
> of franchise players don't come from the GM, they come from
> the owner. If KG has an arrangement with Taylor, then Taylor
> just tells McHale, "get it done."
>
> Possible objection #2: Lakers are saving cap space for 2007.
> Response: Kupchak said directly that their goal was 2007, but
> if the right player came along, they'd scrap that plan. Could
> be he had KG in mind when he made that statement. Whether he
> did or not, KG would certainly qualify as someone to scrap the
> cap room plan for, especially since the key '07 free agents
> (Yao, Amare) now look like they won't be free.
>
> Again, this is just me putting together a scenario based on the
> premise that the trade is real.
>
>
> Larry Coon
> University of California

Jenna the Ipod's Most Excellent Beginning of Fall Sampler

1. The Beatles, Help! (Help!)
2. The Jam, David Watts (Direction, Reaction, Creation)
3. The Replacements, Gary's Got A Boner (Let It Be)
4. Bruce Springsteen, Crush On You (The River)
5. Beck, Go It Alone (Guero)
6. The Replacements, Kissin' in Action (Don't Buy Or Sell, It's Crap EP)
7. The New Pornographers, Stacked Crooked (Twin Cinema)
8. The Ramones, Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Hey! Ho! Let's Go)
9. Pixies, Holiday Song (Live In Saint Paul, MN 11.11.04)
10. Jeff Tweedy, The Family Gardener (Vic Theatre, Chicago 3/5/05)
11. Wilco, Poor Places (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot)
12. Jeff Tweedy, Laiminated Cat (Vic Theatre, Chicago 3/5/05)
13. Grandpaboy, O.D. Blues (Dead Man Shake)
14. The Groovie Ghoulies, Don't Lie To Me (Berry'd Alive)
15. Elliott Smith, Between the Bars (Either/Or)
16. The New Pornographers, Use It (Twin Cinema)
17. The White Stripes, White Moon (Get Behind Me Satan)
18. Bash & Pop, Hang Ups (Friday Night Is Killing Me)
19. Pixies, Caribou (Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim)
20. Frank Black, Tossed (Frank Black)
21. The Get Up Kids, Shorty (Live At The Granada Theater)
22. Bright Eyes, We Are Nowhere And It's Now (I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning)
23. Sly & The Family Stone, M'Lady (The Essential Sly & The Family Stone)
24. Dave Alvin, Haley's Comet (Blue Boulevard)
25. The Jam, Smithers-Jones (Direction, Reaction, Creation)
26. Sex Pistols, Holidays In The Sun (Never Mind The Bollocks)
27. The Clash, Complete Control (Clash On Broadway)
28. Bruce Springsteen, Lucky Man (Tracks)
29. The Replacements, September Gurls (Shit, Shower, And Shave)
30. Ryan Adams, Chin Up, Cheer Up (Demolition)
31. Pixies, Wave of Mutilation (Doolittle)
32. Bob Dylan, Most Of The Time (Oh Mercy)
33. Waco Brothers, Join The Club (Freedom And Weep)
34. The Replacements, Go (Stink)
35. Wilco, It's Just That Simple (A.M.)
36. The Knitters, Little Margaret (The Modern Sounds Of The Knitters)
37. The Jayhawks, Clouds (Hollywood Town Hall)
38. Uncle Tupelo, Graveyard Shift (No Depression)
39. Son Volt, Back into Your World (Straightaways)
40. Bruce Springsteen, The Big Payback (The Essential Bruce Springsteen)
41. The White Stripes, This Protector (White Blood Cells)
42. Billy Bragg & Wilco, At My Window Sad And Lonely (Mermaid Avenue)
43. The Dirtbombs, Cedar Point '76 (If You Don't Already Have A Look)
44. Green On Red, Change (Here Come The Snakes)
45. Johnny Thunders, You Can’t Put Your Arms Round A Memory (No Thanks!)
46. The brian jonestown massacre, Miss June '75 (Their Satanic Majesties Second Request)
47. The Jayhawks, Queen Of The World (Smile)
48. Echo & The Bunnymen, The Game (Crystal Days)
49. the brian jonestown massacre, Baby (Prepraise) (Their Satanic Majesties Second Request)
50. Lucero, Watch It Burn (Nobody's Darlings)
51. Bruce Springsteen, Shut Out The Light (Tracks)
52. The Dirtbombs, They Hate Us In Scandinavia (If You Don't Already Have A Look)
53. The Clash, White Riot (Clash On Broadway)
54. Yo La Tengo, Tom Courtenay (Prisoners Of Love)
55. Bob Dylan, I Shall Be Released (The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3)
56. Guided By Voices, I Am A Tree (Human Amusements at Hourly Rates)
57. Neil Young, Drive Back (Zuma)
58. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Summer 91 (Worlds Apart)
59. Elvis Presley, Good Rockin' Tonight (The Ultimate Collection: Elvis Rockin')
60. Stephen Malkmus, Mama (Face The Truth)
61. The Jam, Strange Town (Direction, Reaction, Creation)
62 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl (Howl)
63. Hoodoo Gurus, The Mighty Have Fallen (Mach Schau)
64. Public Enemy, Shut Em Down (Power To The People And The Beats)
65. Paul Westerberg, Soldier of Misfortune (Come Feel Me Tremble)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Quote of the Night

I'm watching No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's documentary of Bob Dylan's early years. When discussing the controversy over not allowing Joan Baez to appear at his London shows filmed for "Don't Look Back", Bob explains, "you can't be wise and in love at the same time." Classic!

McDonald's Special Turn Lane - Get Out of Town!!!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I complained about our fine city’s over-the-top love of stoplights, particularly those designed for nothing more than to increase the daily revenues of McDonald’s. Once again, the city is bending over backwards to help this franchise that needs no help, and it’s really screwing up the traffic patterns in this city.
The McDonald’s at 41st and Minnesota is being rebuilt from scratch, and the city is ensuring that their reopening is a record success. No, there’s not another stoplight being put up in front of the store. Instead, at a time when the city is making it next to impossible for other businesses to even put in an entrance, the city is in the process of building a special lane for the company.
While I will admit that I really don’t care about the existence of this turn lane, the resulting mess during the construction is a nightmare. Here we have one of the busiest intersections in the entire state cut to one lane. My office is a couple of blocks away, and what was at one time a minor delay in gaining entrance to the street has now become a waiting game…waiting for a nice person to let me in just so I can wait some more.
A little sidebar here…what’s surprising to me is who exactly will let you in. One would think that it would be the nice middle-aged housewives. No way…they won’t even glance your way. Nor do senior citizens, kids, wannabe gang-bangers, pimps, ho’s, or men of the cloth. Instead, it’s dudes that let you in…middle class dudes in their giant Dale Earnhardt-stickered pickups. I would have never guessed that.
Back to my main rant – so there’s this never-ending traffic jam created to lay a special turning lane for McDonald’s. What does our fine people at Pierre do to add to the headache? They start some work on Interstate 229 that closes a couple of highway entrances. What does this have to do with 41st and Minnesota, you ask? Plenty. People heading east on 41st Street that would normally turn onto Western to get on the freeway are now forced to continue down the street, adding that many more cars to an already crowded intersection. Even during slow times of the day, the line stretches to the next stoplight. To add to the mess, there’s no warning of the incoming mess, so you have to also deal with the idiots who suddenly find themselves in the wrong lane.
Ok, so it’s not that big of a deal…and the mess is scheduled to be finished by the end of the week. But it’s messing with my life and that’s what Get Out of Town is all about.

White Trash Parents of the Year!



From IDontLikeYouInThatWay.com:

The great Radar Online says that "West Coast paparazzi have been on high alert since Britney Spears gave birth last week." In response, Spears has taken extraordinary steps ... so she can sell the baby pics herself.


Britney's hired several look-alikes to pose as her and she's reactivated her entire security team that she used back when she was on tour ... most of the precautions are to keep the paparazzi from getting any photos of the kid."

Radar says that this "doesn't mean (you wont see) the newborn in the checkout line soon." (Spears) has been approached by all the major tabloids bearing competing offers for a first look. Sources say that OK! magazine has promised her $2 million for an exclusive cover shoot. As for dear old dad? "Kevin gets 50 percent of all that money. Tabloid money is the only real money he ever makes," says the source. Of course, if the paparazzi get there first, any windfall the couple has in mind would decrease significantly. In other words, "Britney has to keep Preston under wraps if she wants the big bucks!"

Keep in mind, just last year her net worth was valued at 32 million, but since she pissed away a lot of that since then, her child is now a commodity to be exploited. With none of that money going to the baby of course. I haven't bought that much baby furniture, but I bet the low profile stuff with extra sharp corners is probably pretty cheap. Especially if you buy it used, since it will be covered in blood. But its not all pointy jabby traps in the room, oh no, there's also a 4 dollar Dora the Explorer blow up chair. That she bought. For a boy. Awesome. The kid was going to grow up to be a cop killer anyway, now he's going to be a cop killer in drag, so that'll at least be entertaining. For everyone but the cop.

Monday, September 19, 2005

More Admin. B.S.!

As you can see, I'm making some more changes to this site. Besides doing whatever I can to get rid of those spammers, I've also added a music player that currently plays a live version of Paul Westerberg's "AAA". My plan is to rotate these tracks every now and then. At the bottom of the page there are controls to adjust the volume or even turn it off. If the music is annoying, though, I'll remove it so please let me know what you think.

I also plan on including more content, including more downloads of music that I think you should check out. And since I no longer have a writing gig, I hope to put up weekly reviews of new releases.

Administrative Note: Change in Comment Procedures

You may have noticed over the last few weeks that I've started to receive "spam" comments. Because of this annoyance, I have made some changes. You can still annonymously comment, but you now have to type in a key word that appears on that page. Hopefully, this will rid us of those scum-sucking morons.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Little Steven For President...Or At Least Chairman of the FCC!

LITTLE STEVEN'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS RADIO & RECORDS CONVENTION 2005 - JACOBS MEDIA SUMMIT

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2005
Place: Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio
Audience: 250 Program Directors

Fred Jacobs introduces 4-minute video bio. At its conclusion the Dovells' "You Can't Sit Down" explodes from the speakers as 5 Go-Go girls come out of the wings surrounding Fred, much to his discomfort. Little Steven enters to thunderous applause. He cuts off the music with a wave of his hand, leans into the microphone and says "Ladies and Gentlemen, Fred Jacobs."

The music returns as the girls exit. A stunned audience applauds wildly as Fred, very uncharacteristically, dances off with them.

Little Steven: Well that was worth the price of admission alone. (more applause and laughter) (paces with the hand held mic for a minute, and then . . . )

I Love Radio! (applause once again erupts) And I feel nothing but love in this room because as I look around, I see only two kinds of people. Our beloved affiliates . . . and future affiliates. (laughter) So now matter what happens in this next half hour, remember what I just said. It's just family talking. And without any further disclaimers let me ask the only important question that is on my mind, and I'm sure you've been thinking about it also, especially lately.

(pause)

WHEN DID THE FUCKING (BLEEP) TAKE OVER?

(applause and laughter)

When? Don't you look forward to the day when your grandson is on your knee and he looks up and says, "Grampa weren't you in radio once?"
"Yes, Grandson," you'll reply.
"Could I ask you something," he'll say.
"Of course, my love, anything," you'll say.
"Grampa where were you WHEN THE FUCKING (BLEEP) TOOK OVER?" (more laughter)

Where were we? What happened? Things are out of line and we're not leaving here today until we straighten it out.

(applause and laughter)

Now I was going to wait for this but we might as well get right to it since it is all everybody's talking about. I have come to praise JACK not to bury him. (laughter - uncertain applause) The guys at Infinity are friends of ours, as is everybody else, we got nothing but friends you all know that. And I've gotta say I'm proud of these guys for having the balls to shake things up. Things needed shaking up. And history will remember them in a very positive way when looking back at this world changing moment. Having said that . . .
Replacing 33 year old New York oldies institution CBS-FM with JACK is like replacing the Statue of Liberty with a blow-up doll.

(eruptions of laughter and applause)

But again, change is good. And necessary. With a little bit of luck JACK will last 10 or 12 months because it is obvious people want something different, they are hungry for something, anything. So it could be 6 months before anybody actually listens to JACK. Once they do it is doomed for 3 obvious reasons. At the moment it is replacing oldies formats but it is not an oldies format in the true sense of the word. It's mostly 80's, some 70's, some 90's. Now it must be said that the oldies format is vulnerable because over the last 5-10 years it has, in a word, sucked. It has sucked for a very simple reason, somebody had the brilliant idea to eliminate the 50's and replace it with the 70's. This was done by somebody uniquely stupid and deaf and ignorant and a bad businessman on top of it all. So naturally, everybody copied it and the 50's disappeared virtually overnight.


Now let's digress and examine this oldies thing for a minute. Assuming you accept the fact that those overseeing the oldies format these last 5 years - 10 years - are, in fact, stupid, deaf, ignorant, and bad businessmen, let's deal with it. As far as stupid, deaf, and ignorant, when it comes to decades that matter, that matter historically, in terms of influence, importance, and never-to-be-heard-again-quality - that is the 50's and 60's. Everything we do, everything we are comes from those two decades.


You're gonna throw one away? You're gonna replace Elvis, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Lloyd Price, and Fats Domino with, all due respect, Donna Summer and the Bee Gees? You're gonna replace primal, vital, timeless, forever cool rock and roll pioneers with disco? Disco?

You wanna know what disco is good for? Disco is for when you're drunk at a wedding with your old lady and you want to act like an idiot and be John Travolta for an hour or two. That's where it belongs. Not on radio.

And to the issue of oldies being bad business - all you hear - I'm assuming from sales people - is we must lower our demo's.The oldies demographic are getting too old - that's the rationale for replacing the 50's with the 70's.

Now if all there was to sell in the world were Fruit Loops, Play Stations,and sneakers - they might have a point. But I got a little secret to share. You know that age group - 35 to 65 - that nobody in sales seems to care about?

THAT'S WHERE ALL THE FUCKING MONEY IS!

(laughter, applause)

I mean ALL the fucking money.

35 to 65.

Memo to sales team - SELL THEM SOMETHING!

And, by the way, if you want younger people listening, you can get that done. And I mean kids, if you want them.

Who is cooler? Early Elvis or Elton John?

What appeals more to kids, Gene Vincent's black leather attitude, Eddie Cochran's teenage frustration, Little Richard's cry of liberation, and Dion's total Soprano's coolness - or the Eagles?

You want wild? Put together the Sex Pistols, Audioslave, and the Wu-Tang Clan - they aren't as wild as Jerry Lee Lewis in his prime.

But you have to explain that. Show it, illustrate, educate, sell it.

Alright - digression over - so JACK isn't oldies so it must be some kind of classic rock/pop hybrid. But JACK doesn't address the two biggest problems of classic rock. 15 years ago I said we're chasing all the personality out of rock radio and into talk and sports. And the ratings went with it.

We need more personality, not less, and JACK has none. No DJ's means no personal relationship with the audience. Eventual apathy is inevitable.

The other big issue classic rock must consider is it must start playing new music again.

I've suggested it to my own affiliates and I'll keep saying it every change I get. We've got a big problem.
Look around. Pearl Jam does some business. Dave Matthews - if he's rock at all - does well. Maybe Oasis breaks this year in the U.S. Maybe Coldplay - if they're considered rock.

But in a real sense, the last big band through the door was U2. That's 25 years ago.

Has anybody stopped to consider that? Basically when our generation stops touring, it's over. That's one reason why we started the Underground Garage format. New Hard Rock, Hip Hop, and Pop can be heard in various places, new Rock and Roll had nowhere to go. We have played more new bands in 3 years than anybody since the 60's. We average 30 new bands a year. That's how many are out there. And we are very picky out of respect to our classic rock affiliates, we know we need to keep the quality level high and we do.

But we can't sell records with 2 hours a week.

Someday somebody will have the balls to put the Underground Garage format on 24-7 on broadcast radio but until then, we only have 2 hours a week.

We need your help.

Rock and Roll is not just that museum down the street. It's a living, breathing animal that needs to be fed.
With new blood. And I'm not saying you need to do as much as we do, we're about 40% new and the rest from the entire 50 years of history. And by the way everybody told us you can't combine old with new but of course you can. As long as you're making your decisions based on musical experience, good taste, and an effective, coherent emotional communication. As opposed to your Ipod on shuffle.

(laughter, applause)

When you properly combine old and new the old records give the new ones a sense of depth, of belonging to an eternal continuum, carrying the flag forward. The new records give the old ones relevance, keeps them vital, connected to the next generation.

And all testing and computer analysis and surveys don't tell you that.

It's all bullshit. When are we going to learn that? (applause)

All that (BLEEP) tells you is what people think they want right now. Well that's not the way great radio happens, or great anything. You don't do a survey before you write a song, or make a record. We are drowning in an ocean of mediocrity because sometimes you gotta have enough historical perspective, and vision, and balls to say we have to combine short term want with long term need.

And yeah you gotta sell it.

If you're playing cool stuff make sure the audience hears it right – in the right context. That is everything.

If to a punky consciousness the Ramones are sugar and the Ronettes are broccoli you play the Ramones into the Ronettes and, because Joey learned to sing from Ronnie and you can hear it, the Ramones become hollandaise and it works.

(laughter, applause)

There is an art to this (BLEEP). You know that. It's the corporate bosses that forget that fact. But it's not just music - we have this problem plaguing every aspect of our culture.

Yes content needs work, yes marketing needs work, but it is the sales teams that need to be re-educated and motivated and inspired and creative. And it's not happening because they are being led by business oversight guys. Content guys should be running companies, marketing guys should be running companies, who put business oversight guys in charge?

(applause)

Wall Street that's who.

Wall Street continues to love and reward and worship short term success for some reason. As the culture and the economy and all our fathers' and grandfathers' and hundreds of years of hard work get trashed in a
generation or two. The tail is wagging the dog.

Wall Street should not be calling the shots.

When did Wall Street ever write a song? Paint a picture? Make a movie? Play a song on the radio that changed somebody's life?

(applause)

Where are the music people?

I see lawyers, accountants, test marketers running the world. Where is the emotional connection?
Where is the passion? This ain't about JACK or BOB or Moe or Larry or Curly. It's about you. Everybody in this room. You are here because you are connected emotionally.

This ain't Harvard Business School. It's fucking Rock and Roll!

(applause)

These Wall Street cats couldn't have gotten us here. They react – they don't create.

They didn't build this industry.

We did it.

And you're not here because it was a smart business decision.

I know what you make.

(laughter)

(pauses - slows down)

You're here because you loved it once. And we've got to find a way to love it again. And communicate that love to our audience. I am determined - together we will find a way. The Revolution is on.

Thank you.

(standing ovation - thunderous applause)

Friday, September 16, 2005

This is Outrageous - New Orleans Lights Turned On, Then Off for Bush Speech

(From Eschaton)
I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It's enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it... jump to certain conclusions.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Meet Melissa


This morning, I was once again a guest co-host on KRRO. This beautiful woman is this month's contestant for "The Hookup", a Dating Game-style contest that will be held on September 28 at the Pocket. She claims that her favorite bands include the Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion, and Bad Religion, which makes her way cool in my book!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It’s Time…For Munson and His Cronies to Get Out of Town
(Alternate Title: How Does One Recall a Mayor?)


It’s now official – Mayor Munson is a crook. According to the long-awaited audit on city spending, Mayor Dave Munson’s overspending on city projects is a violation of state law and the city’s home rule charter.
No kidding. But there’s plenty of bitching to pass around today, and it’s not all on the Mayor. Let’s start with City Attorney Gary Colwill, who just happened to be appointed by the mayor. He says that no law was broken because months after the payments were made the city council voted to approve these expenditures.
If that isn’t political doublespeak, then I don’t know what is. Using that sort of logic, If I was to steal a big screen HDTV from Best Buy, it wouldn’t be a crime if my parents paid for it months later. C’mon. The city council had no choice but to make good on Munson’s contracts, even if the deals were illegal. The work was done; the contractors had to be paid.
And, of course, special attention must be given to city councilor De Knudson, a special sort of dullard who doesn’t even know how to spell her name. You may recall that I kicked her out of town a few months ago after she transformed a Munson press conference into a pep rally.
Here’s what she had to say about the audit that showed dozens of city projects went over budget – “I believe that Mayor Munson came out just fine this evening. There are more instances of violations in the previous administration.” Uh, I don’t think so, De. The number of violations indeed increased under Munson’s watch, as did the dollar amounts.
Not that the unnamed politico that Knudson is alluding to isn’t free of criticism. Gary Hanson, known by many in his own party as being too much of an autocrat, also had some overruns. But he earns my wrath more for his political opportunism. It’s no secret that he’s had a long-running feud with Munson that stems back to the dismissal of most of Hanson’s staff after Munson took over his office, and it has rapidly become clear that Hanson is eyeing to reclaim his former position.
My advice for everybody is to forget about personal feelings and political aspirations. The system is broke, and seriously needs to be fixed. Maybe the strong-mayor form of government and our city charter isn’t right for a city of our size. At the very least, it’s certainly clear that the job is far too complex for a person of Munson’s intellect. Maybe he should just return to the state legislature, where he toiled for years and years without authoring a single bill. It doesn’t take a lot of brains to march to the beat of your party’s marching orders.
One more big boot while I’m on a roll. It’s probably fitting that KELO would put a person of similar intellect as their City Hall reporter. I actually don’t believe that Jodi Schwan is a real person. Watch her some evening – her mouth never moves. Hell, her entire body is motionless. I really think that somewhere off camera Mayor Munson is actually putting the words into her mouth. That’s the only explanation for the nonsense she spews.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Scotty Lies Again About News Coverage Of Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans Dodged A Bullet
by Michael in New York - 9/09/2005 03:22:00 PM


Scott McClellan is lying in his daily press conference. He lies again in claiming that everyone believed "New Orleans Dodged A Bullet." In fact, the only media outlet we could find with that headline was the far right religious website WorldNet Daily. Here's a link to the headlines Tuesday morning -- all of them say "Devastation!" and the like. Even Stars & Stripes -- the military paper -- spoke of the tremendous disaster. The levees broke Monday morning. It was announced Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. And as one reporter asked Scotty, "Does the President rely on news headlines?"

Thursday, September 08, 2005

United States of Shame

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: September 3, 2005

Stuff happens.

And when you combine limited government with incompetent government, lethal stuff happens.

America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America.

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W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," he told Diane Sawyer.

Shirt-sleeves rolled up, W. finally landed in Hell yesterday and chuckled about his wild boozing days in "the great city" of N'Awlins. He was clearly moved. "You know, I'm going to fly out of here in a minute," he said on the runway at the New Orleans International Airport, "but I want you to know that I'm not going to forget what I've seen." Out of the cameras' range, and avoided by W., was a convoy of thousands of sick and dying people, some sprawled on the floor or dumped on baggage carousels at a makeshift M*A*S*H unit inside the terminal.

Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses.

Who on earth could have known that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack us by flying planes into buildings? Any official who bothered to read the trellis of pre-9/11 intelligence briefs.

Who on earth could have known that an American invasion of Iraq would spawn a brutal insurgency, terrorist recruiting boom and possible civil war? Any official who bothered to read the C.I.A.'s prewar reports.

Who on earth could have known that New Orleans's sinking levees were at risk from a strong hurricane? Anybody who bothered to read the endless warnings over the years about the Big Easy's uneasy fishbowl.

In June 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, fretted to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

Not only was the money depleted by the Bush folly in Iraq; 30 percent of the National Guard and about half its equipment are in Iraq.

Ron Fournier of The Associated Press reported that the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $105 million for hurricane and flood programs in New Orleans last year. The White House carved it to about $40 million. But President Bush and Congress agreed to a $286.4 billion pork-filled highway bill with 6,000 pet projects, including a $231 million bridge for a small, uninhabited Alaskan island.

Just last year, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials practiced how they would respond to a fake hurricane that caused floods and stranded New Orleans residents. Imagine the feeble FEMA's response to Katrina if they had not prepared.

Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA - a job he trained for by running something called the International Arabian Horse Association - admitted he didn't know until Thursday that there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.

Was he sacked instantly? No, our tone-deaf president hailed him in Mobile, Ala., yesterday: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

It would be one thing if President Bush and his inner circle - Dick Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming; Condi Rice was shoe shopping at Ferragamo's on Fifth Avenue and attended "Spamalot" before bloggers chased her back to Washington; and Andy Card was off in Maine - lacked empathy but could get the job done. But it is a chilling lack of empathy combined with a stunning lack of efficiency that could make this administration implode.

When the president and vice president rashly shook off our allies and our respect for international law to pursue a war built on lies, when they sanctioned torture, they shook the faith of the world in American ideals.

When they were deaf for so long to the horrific misery and cries for help of the victims in New Orleans - most of them poor and black, like those stuck at the back of the evacuation line yesterday while 700 guests and employees of the Hyatt Hotel were bused out first - they shook the faith of all Americans in American ideals. And made us ashamed.

Who are we if we can't take care of our own?

Kinks' Ray Davies Doesn't Hold Shooting Against New Orleans

"Away from the partying it was obvious to a dedicated follower of the city that disaster was around the corner

I SPENT the early part of last year in New Orleans recovering from gunshot wounds received as I was being robbed. It happened in the early evening as I walked down a quiet street with my girlfriend. There was a football game in town and the streets near the French Quarter were empty. The police presence was elsewhere. The incident itself was over in a flash but it plays over and over in my head and perhaps one day it will make sense to me.

I found out later that there were fewer than 2,000 police in New Orleans at that time and it reached such a point that there was talk of the city was importing officers from Cleveland. Anyway, thanks to someone’s mobile phone, the police eventually got to the scene.

Later, as I was carried into the emergency room at Charity hospital, a doctor reassured me that “New Orleans really is the best place to get shot”. They had, he explained, had plenty of practice.

The same week I was shot, I read that three other tourists were killed near to where I was attacked. Tourists were urged not to fight back after being mugged (I was continually reminded of this by the district attorney’s officials, who were critical of the way I chased the man who robbed my girlfriend).

There were additional complications to my injuries and my gunshot wounds were not as clean as first thought. Before I was taken in for my first operation, a priest came and gave me a little spiritual assistance. Later I was even serenaded by a nurse who whispered slow, mournful gospel songs in the style of Mahalia Jackson.

During my initial week-long stay in hospital and lengthy recuperation, I observed first-hand the bankruptcy of the New Orleans health system. Several doctors who treated me actually apologised for the low standard of healthcare in Louisiana. Even so, they gave me the best of what they did have, for which I am grateful.

I have just looked through some notes in the diary I made after I was operated on and one seems chillingly relevant. “How can the USA be expected to look after the whole world when it cannot even look after its own?” So it doesn’t surprise me to see the world reacting with shock to the “Third World” conditions in New Orleans “in this, the richest and most powerful country in the world”. I could have told them that.

But I have been astonished by the reactions and apparent shame of some of the US television reporters who seemed overwhelmed to discover that there actually is poverty in America. They made me want to grab my television and shout “Hello, dear reporter, yes, America actually does have poor and underprivileged people as well. Hello, yes, the President might well be slow to react but at times like this, that’s all that an over-burdened, out-of-touch president can be.”

After watching the scenes on television in the past few days, it occurred to me that if any place in the world could survive this catastrophe, it would be New Orleans. Significantly, in the most deprived parts of the city, there are churches and Gospel halls. Faith has to be strong because often it is all most of the people have.

When I was last in New Orleans, I was driven around the city by a friend who pointed out the pump houses that seemed antiquated to me even then. The levees seemed insufficient for the amount of water surrounding the city. The roads were uneven and the tap water pressure in most houses was weak. The whole system appeared improvised, but according to my friend it all “seemed to have worked well enough so far given that there is not enough funding to improve it ”. Locals would joke: “Yep, it is like the Third World but, hey, this is N’Awlins. Nothin’s perfect. That’s what’s so great about it.”

I agreed but deep down I felt the whole infrastructure was very fragile. New Orleans is a party town, after all, and when tourists walk down Bourbon Street drinking frozen Daiquiri during Jazz Fest, crime, unemployment and environmental issues are far from their minds.

It was clear to me, however, that away from all the festivities something disastrous was on the cards. Too many things pointed in that direction. Why didn’t the people who are supposed to be experts on this stuff react sooner? The problem we all know by now is money. Budgets. America’s preoccupation with wars overseas. Nobody cares about the poor. Etc, etc.

At the time of my shooting I was trying to develop a musical event for a local school in New Orleans to raise funds for instruments and new uniforms for them to wear at Mardi Gras. Music, particularly in the school marching bands, gives many of the kids down there an opportunity to participate in the local community. This in turn raises their expectations and it is to be hoped, stops them descending into the local drug and gang culture waiting around the corner. I was due back later in the year to put on a show for Thanksgiving to raise a few extra bucks for the community. This all seems so trivial now.

But the reality is that without its music New Orleans would have been a forgotten city long ago. The music of the American South inspired me and helped to shape me as a musician. They say that jazz started on Perdido Street in New Orleans and even Louis Armstrong honed his trade in the honky-tonks on Bourbon Street.

I owe as much to music of the Southern states as I do to the British music that inspired me. If New Orleans is allowed to die, a crucial part of the world’s musical heritage will disappear.

Right now, the flooded streets of New Orleans might seem just an American responsibility but sometimes even the most powerful people need help. Whatever we think of George W. Bush we cannot take it out on the poor and needy in Louisiana and Mississippi. (He won’t be there in four years — they will.) Numerous people befriended me while I was there. Gradually, word is getting back to me that they are safe. One friend made it to Dallas with her family. Others are now scattered across the South: Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis. One musician friend is still missing.

I think about what has happened to some of the faceless, scary “neighbours” who kept me awake at night while they partied and chanted songs on the corner of St Claude and Governor Nichols when I last stayed there. I hope they made it.

And lastly, I think about the bicycle I left behind. New Orleans is almost entirely flat — as the world knows all too well now — and I found that a bike ride was a great way to get around while strengthening my injured leg.

When I left last year I forgot to put the padlock on my bike. Whoever took it, I pray that they get to ride it around the French Quarter again soon."

Ray Davies was lead singer of the Kinks. www.raydavies.info

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

It's Time to Shred the Highway Bill!!!

Although it seems like an eternity, it was just a few weeks ago that Congress approved what they called a highway bill. Unfortunately for America, too much of this colossal bill ($2.4 billion) is earmarked to over 6000 “special projects” that are nothing more than rewards for White House favorites to brag about to their constituents.
Rolling Stone listed a few examples of this explicit pork:
$2 million to remove part of a highway so Donald Trump can erect a new building in New York.
$16 million earmarked by Rep. Nick Rahall for Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute in West Virginia.
$37 million to expand an access road at Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters.
One billion goes to Alaska, the home state of the chairman of the committee that drafted the bill. That’s over fifteen hundred per person, and over $223 million of that goes to build a bridge that serves so few people that it would be “more economical to buy each of them his own personal Learjet”.
South Dakota also has it’s share of pork, including the much “acclaimed” forty million to move Sioux Falls railroad tracks so that our insipid Mayor can continue to dream about his legacy. Despite the fact that none of our sports teams need extra seats, and the downward trajectory of the music biz means that there’s absolutely no evidence that we’ll see additional concerts, Munson still has dreams of this silly events center.
Obviously, Congress had no idea what was about to happen in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and other Southern states. As frivolous as this sort of bill was, it certainly was business as usual pre-Katrina. However, now that we have seen the destruction, the dead bodies, and the rest of the devastation, it’s now time that our elected representatives stop thinking aobut themselves.
If Golden Boy Thune, or Johnson, or Herseth, or any other member of the House or Senate had any balls, they would call on the President to tear up that original Highway bill and start over. All non-essential elements of that bill need to be stripped away, and that saved money should be ear-marked for relief efforts. After all, we’d all hate to see the weather terrorists win.
Diary of a New Orleans Survivor

Forwarded to me this afternoon:

my friend who lived in new orleans sent this today. he's not prone to
drama, exaggeration or crying like a little twat. he's been struck by
lightening and shot in the stomach twice (not last week)....point is,
his opinion of bad ain't nothing to scoff at.


Greetings.
i will now try to transcribe somewaht our situation as
far as i can remember and if the order is screwy I
apologize.

Day 1.saturday
I attempted to dj a show for robert starnes benefit
but it was cancelled where then i was taken to a
private pty at a hotel to dj the night away thinking
we were still atm safe from any impending REAL danger
from the storm.
day 2 sun morning....
upon returning home i was immediately put on the very
real and very aware danger we faced as i talked to
friend after friend fleeing the city.communicating
with robert starnes (RS-from now on)
we met up with jason warwick to board my house and
flee to the proximus tower to the 10th floor to safely
ride the storm out. we had food water beer etc and me
being a native thought we would basically have a lil
flooding the usual power problems etc. NO BIG DEAL.
rs left for atlanta we hunkered down and time starts
to pass.

(THE STORM)MONDAY
at first it was super-normal in all respects. rain
wind, nothing uncommon in the many many hurricanes ive
been in. then it got closer and closer as the night
progressed. rain started to seep thru the walls due to
the sheer sideways motion and force on the winds. we
had power till roughly midnight being the last to lose
it since we were on the city hall and hospital
grid.(thinking at the time we would get it back first
as well)
winds hurl the wall unit air conditioner thru the
computer lab office and 180 mph winds rip thru the
office as i frantically try to reach out a 10 story
window to pull a window shut to no avail. we flee to
the bathrooms to barely sleep the remainder of the
storm out as the building shudders around us. the
computer office is a veritable vortex of debris and
water as we further ride the night out in sweltering
heat and wetness all around.the storm passes finally
and we walk out in to the tuesday morning.

Tuesday
A bomb has blown new orleans to pieces. when i say
glass i mean glass. every window is completely blown
to bits. the glass is everywhere cars are turned over,
all street lights are gone. girders from other
buildings are sticking out and thru the concrete walls
of other buildings.the hyatt looks like something from
independance day...all the curtians blow in the wind
cauce not one window remains in the 40 story
structure.we see maybe 5 guards men viechles, and not
much else of any other department.what you need to
realize now is that there isnt one working piece of
communication EQ left anywhere. this is where it
began, no one knew it yet though.the levee was
breached and filling the city but no one knew or could
warn them it was happening.the chinese restaurant up
the street might open, we try fail and return to the
tower. ppl zombified mill about slowly inspecting
things and are clueless as what to do atm. the roof of
the superdome is ripped to shreds and all we keep
hearing is go to the superdome, go to the
superdome...FUCK THAT! there are barely any police
around and rumors start to mill greatly about
everything imaginable..but most seems calm atm in the
cbd. we check out property in the 9th ward find it to
be basically intact and decide to stick it out in the
tower one more day thinking we will get power
asap.watching out the window till we fall asleep again
we assume the worst is over.we were wrong of course.
at this point i lose track of days so bear with me.
the streets fill with water rapidly.we all move out to
check on our house in the 9th ward to move camp there
asap. the water is roughly 3 feet atm.
house is ok we return to the tower to gather basic
belongings and jackies cats. we set out into the water
again the looting is everywhere. canal street is a
total riot zone. all and every store imaginable is
being ransacked, jewelry,clothes,shoe etc. NO ONE IS
TAKING FUCKING FOOD! OR WATER!
we get thru the french quarter and stop by the local
grocery store to see whats up. its overrun by the
basically peaceful looters. food, drink supplies etc.
the guard and police are there but quickly leave, the
manager of the store is there and even calls out that
its ok to supply ourselves but to plz not destroy the
place. some listen and keep orderly most do not. we
take out looted rations back to the house and head out
again for more. we have a good cache of food and
liquids atm and try to settle down for the night.
night travel is out of the question we are not armed
yet.

wednesday (i think)
we wake in the sweltering heat to ride out thru the
neighborhoods and to recon. now keep in mind the
majority of the populace and remaining citizns has
ALREADY!! returned to a semi-tribal and gang like
escape from new york like state. 2 fucking days!
we are wandering bands.
we see some of the ppl we are with now are staying for
the moment and we do more recon into the city. we loot
a circle k for electrolytes and carbs. a blind man
approaches me and aske me what way hes supposed to
walk up the street to avoid the debris.the way is
almost totally impassable, there is no way to go.
people stare at me in total fear in my uniform due to
my glover and mask. they scramble to me for answers i
do not have nor supplies to give.then i get yelled at
and most ppl leave in disgust. i am working for no
agency i keep repeating to no avail.everyone is lost
and there is no communication. most ppl still are
grabbing smokes beer liquor etc. we hit the walgreens
for jackies medicine and start passing out the heart
medicine and insulin to the sreaming old people in
kneew deep water trying to look for their
prescriptions. i have at this point donned my emt gear
and although not currently certified in LA i went
freelance to try to put and official face on for
calming ppl and to ward off would be attackers.we
basically take 3 sorties for supplies and return to
our neighborhood to clean,gather and do patrols for
safety.
at this point we are armed with brass knuckles,bats
knives and axe handles. most is quiet in the
neighborhood. we see no police,guard or anything just
non stop helicopters in the sky all day.it rains
somewhat to our relief to cool us and fill some
makeshift water catches i made. up the street there
are bonfires for meeting places, the neighborhood is
now heavily armed and point all weapons outward. we
are 1 block from m-16 armed navy guardsmen at the base
that do nothing for us but say stay away from the gate
and go back to their bottled water. no police no help
no anything. we hear on the radio that 2 levees are
broken and we might all flood out. in the 9th ward
where we are on the river we are pretty much the last
island left in the city. the french quarter is over
run,cops are looting just as bad as the ppl for
supplies setting up armed posts around the a&p and a
french quarter walgreens. the officials are losing it
on the radio. there is no communication there is
nothing, chaos fills the streets and danger at every
corner. fires are ripping thru the city, no FD, no
water to do anything. some police in our neighborhood
pull thru and rip open a small food mart and take lots
of beer then throw us all sorts of canned goods and
dry goods. they leave...we find a gun.
32 caliber hand pistol, the owners more likely. we
now have a gun, brass knuckles, an axe and large ice
picks. we look like frickin thunderdome.
a bbq is set up for that night at a local mans house 1
block away. he has a generator and is armed as well.
he has 10 ppl from st bernard parish in his home. a
whole family that was pulled thru an attic and left on
the nearest bridge to go where they were not told or
even pointed too. the mans house we were at found them
wandering in the dark and took them in to feed them
till he could get them in a direction. i tended wounds
and watched tv images for the first time in days (he
had a generator semi-working)we saw for the first time
how truly insane the situation we were in was.
night falls.

4am
a 500 foot high explosion roars thru the night sky
sending us from our beds. i run up the street to get
info. a propane and firework warehouse
?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
has blown sky high. the fire is still burning as far
as i know.the radio keeps saying go to the super dome
go to the convention center.
we see some of the first troops a humvee shines a
light on us and speeds away into the night maybe 5
soldiers.but they are all going to the cbd where the
concentration of ppl are. we start to hear of the
death filling the streets. i tend to wounds in the
neighborhood and dole out some penicillin. the sky is
still full of choppers and we see no troops or police
or anything anywhere. occasionally as i pass out
meager supplies i see a suv full of heavily armed
police drive by they stare at me in my uniform in
disbelief as to why it seems im bothering to do this.
i just keep quiet and moving along the streets.the man
with the generator has fled. all cars are being
siphoned or already are. city busses are being stolen
and driven thru out streets for fun by local thugs.
more steal forklifts and are playing crash derby in
the streets. things have fully progressed to madmax
and the warriors and every other goddamn movie you
could imagine of this shit but way fuckin worse. we
have sealed our blocks are tread like fuedal ninjas on
the streets ready to kill anyone and anything that
seems dangerous.
my brass knuckles and knives havent left my hands for
days, im patching wounded ppl up with my brass
knuckles attached...then you see a 8 year old ride
down the street on his bike like its a normal day.
bodies are floating up onto the median on st claude
st. packs of wild dogs are everywhere. more buildings
are exploding near the wharf and train tracks. i bring
more supplies to the lil girl up the street her
grandmother steals them from her. she is clinging in a
deathgrip to a wet ruined harry potter book. a man
rides by me saying there is a man trapped in a
building downtown with his leg rotting off...I CAN DO
NOTHING FOR HIM!
i havent the protection or supplies to even enter that
part of the city. the water = death, feces, bodies ,
typhoid, cholera, staph, hepatitus EVERYTHING!
more city busses are being stolen and they start to
crash into houses for fun and look for potential
looting spots. men run down the street with mink coats
as a woman screams for water and baby formula....

SAFE
we finally get the team together and ride out sat
afternoon it is like riding thru pictures of baghdad
or serbia or HELL....we are in hell...everthing is on
fire, bodies are everywhere.....WE STILL SEE NO PPL
TILL THE CBD....its all fucked....with the animals
intact. my dog is dead...say a prayer for akira
please...im crying.....................we saved 3
dogs... 2 cats.... dan, jay poggi, jackie mang, jason
warwick and myself...we are in baton rouge and leave
for ohio at noon tomorrow....
i must stop now
Hudson on KRRO Tomorrow Morning

With Cade heading down south to help with the relief efforts, I am sitting in all morning tomorrow on the KRRO.

Monday, September 05, 2005

It's Official - Chilton Found!

Memphis rocker evacuated from New Orleans home
By Jon Sparks
Contact
September 5, 2005

Memphian Alex Chilton, 54, the famed rock singer and guitarist who lives in New Orleans is alive and well.

Ron Easley, a friend and fellow musician who has recorded a number of albums with him, said Chilton called early Monday morning from a hotel in a city Easley would not name. He said Chilton was evacuated by helicopter from his home Sunday and later flown out of the area.

Chilton, who hadn’t been heard from since shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck, told Easley he stayed in his home the entire time and water had gotten up to his porch. Chilton said he had food and water but was most concerned during the week about roving gangs.

MacGOWAN TO BUY NEW TEETH
Hellraiser SHANE MacGOWAN is so sick of being famous for his toothless mouth, he's undergoing surgery to convert his gum-revealing smile into a gleaming white one.

The Irish frontman of THE POGUES - whose teeth have been rotted by alcohol and drug excess - was presented with a false set on British TV's THE FRANK SKINNER SHOW last year (04), and he was impressed with his "handsome" appearance once he'd inserted them into his mouth.

And MacGowan has now taken his bid for a better mouth one step further by setting aside the money he recently earned from a Pogues reunion tour to pay for the dental work.

He says, "I'm going to get my teeth fully sorted this year. People seem surprised to hear it but it's something I've wanted to do for ages. In the recent past I never had the money.

"But the cash from The Pogues shows has come through. I put in false teeth on Frank Skinner's chat show and thought I looked rather handsome."

Sunday, September 04, 2005

On a Lighter Note, Jenna the Ipod's Latest Choices

1. The Replacements, 20th Century Boy (Flowers in the Dark)
2. Bob Dylan, You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (The Essential Bob Dylan)
3. The White Stripes, The Hardest Button To Button (Elephant)
4. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Midnight Children (Origin Vol. 1)
5. Maria Taylor, Song Beneath The Song (11:11)
6. The Replacements, Waitress In The Sky (Shit, Shower, And Shave)
7. Jeff Tweedy, California Stars (Vic Theatre, Chicago 3/5/05)
8. Bob Dylan, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Blonde On Blonde)
9. Okerville River, Down The River Of Golden Dreams (Down The River Of Golden Dreams)
10. Robert Pollard, Field Jacket Blues (From a Compound Eye)
11. Richard Buckner, Song Of 27 (Devotion & Doubt)
12. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Come On (21 Singles)
13. Pixies, Mr. Grieves (Doolittle)
14. Wilco, Why Would You Wanna Live? (Being There)
15. The Who, A Legal Matter (Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B)
16. The Clash, Tommy Gun (Clash On Broadway)
17. Centro-Matic, All The Lightning Rods (Love You Just The Same)
18. The Kinks, Dead End Street (The Ultimate Collection)
19. Tegan & Sara, We Didn't Do It (So Jealous)
20. Head Of Femur, Oh You're Blue (Hysterical Stars)
21. Stiff Little Fingers, Wasted Life (Inflammable Material)
22. Bruce Springsteen, Factory (Darkness On The Edge Of Town)
23. Paul Westerberg, Jingle (Folker)
24. The Smiths, Please, Please, Please Let Me (Hatful Of Hollow)
25. Hole, She Walks On Me (Live Through This)
26. The Replacements, Attitude (All Shook Down)

Another Timeline (From Tonypierce.com)
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" - President Bush on 9/2 to FEMA Director Michael Brown (pictured, middle)

uh...what?

Even right-wing cheerleader Michelle Malkin is calling Brown "utterly clueless" while calling for his head... but Michelle if Brownie is clueless and deserving of a resignation, then what's Bushie for not only hiring him but complimenting him on Friday?

While we wait for that answer, here's a rundown on some troubling news that came out yesterday, followed by some good news.

But first watch this clip from today's Meet The Press of a grown man who has had enough and cant even keep it together any more based on what you will read below, and after you watch it you should ask yourself why is the president still in washington, and moreso, why are we still allowing him to be our leader now that it has become absolutely plain that he cannot help us when we need help or where we need help.

He hired Brown, who had no experience. He sent the Nat'l Guard to Iraq where there were no WMDs, he flew away from the South a day after the hurricane, and he still hasnt stepped foot in New Orleans as people continue to literally drown in his failures.

9/3 Chicago Sun-Times: "Daley 'shocked' as feds reject aid"
All FEMA allowed them to send was one tank
(Chicago) Mayor (Richard) Daley said the city offered 36 member s of the firefighters' technical rescue teams, eight emergency medical technicians, search-and-rescue equipment, more than 100 police officers as well as police vehicles and two boats, 29 clinical and 117 non-clinical health workers, a mobile clinic and eight trained personnel, 140 Streets and Sanitation workers and 29 trucks, plus other supplies.
9/3 RedCross.org: Red Cross Not Allowed in New Orleans
Acess to New Orleans is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities and while we are in constant contact with them, we simply cannot enter New Orleans against their orders.

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.
9/3 AFP: Angry LA Senator accuses President Bush's visit as a Staged, Phoney "Photo-Op"
Perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street Levee.

Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe.

Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity.

The desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment.
9/3 Race has nothing to do with this? Army Times, Brig. Gen Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told the Army Times on Friday that hundreds of armed troops were going to "take this city back"
"This place is going to look like Little Somalia," he said. "We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control."
9/3 CNN.com DHS Has Failed to Release Nine Stockpiles of Emergency Gear
Nine stockpiles of fire-and-rescue equipment strategically placed around the country to be used in the event of a catastrophe still have not been pressed into service in New Orleans... The gear -- including generators, radios, breathing apparatus, cots and other items -- is stockpiled by DHS in nine locations. The three closest to New Orleans are College Station, Texas; Columbia, S.C.; and Clearwater, Fla. The gear is intended to replenish or sustain up to 150 first responders.

Contractors who maintain the gear are required to transport it to a disaster site no later than 12 hours after the initial request is made by local authorities and approved by DHS.
9/3 NO Times-Picayune: Tons of Food Delayed When Bush Arrived
Three tons of food ready for delivery by air to refugees in St. Bernard Parish and on Algiers Point sat on the Crescent City Connection bridge Friday afternoon as air traffic was halted because of President Bush’s visit to New Orleans, officials said.

The provisions, secured by U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, and state Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom, baked in the afternoon sun as Bush surveyed damage across southeast Louisiana five days after Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm, said Melancon’s chief of staff, Casey O’Shea.
9/3 DailyKos: NorthCom had millions of meals and supplies available, but no order from the President to deploy
A: Now I'm sure you're aware of the criticism that the authorities have been slow to respond to this. When did you get the order to start relied work?

K: NorthCom started planning before the storm even hit. We were ready for the storm when it hit Florida because, as you remember, it crossed the bottom part of Florida, and then we were plaining, you know, once it was pointed towards the Gulf Coast. So what we did was we activated what we call defense coordinating officers to work with the state to say okay, what do you think you'll need, and we set up staging bases that could be started. We had the USS Baton sailing almost behind the hurricane so that after the hurricane made landfall it's search and rescue helicopters would be available almost immediately. So we had things ready. The only caveat is, we have to wait until the President authorizes us to do so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this fashion, we have to wait for the President to give us permission.
9/3 AP: Federal Paperwork Stalled Nat. Guard Response
Several states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck — a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard last Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.


8/17/04 SP Times Hours After Hurricane Charley Hit FLA, Bush Approved Aid to Bush
Gov. Jeb Bush sought federal help Friday while Charley was still in the Gulf of Mexico. President Bush approved the aid about an hour after the hurricane made landfall.

By Monday afternoon, the cavalry seemed to be in place.

Friday, September 02, 2005


Box Tops/Big Star Leader Alex Chilton Missing
FEMA/New Orleans Flood Control Timeline

From Kevin Drum at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

CHRONOLOGY....Here's a timeline that outlines the fate of both FEMA and
flood control projects in New Orleans under the Bush administration.
Read it
and weep:

a.. January 2001: Bush appoints Joe Allbaugh, a crony from Texas, as head of FEMA. Allbaugh has no previous experience in disaster management.

b.. April 2001: Budget Director Mitch Daniels announces the Bush administration's goal of privatizing much of FEMA's work. In May, Allbaugh confirms that FEMA will be downsized: "Many are concerned that federal disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement program...." he said. "Expectations of when the federal government should be involved and the degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level."

c.. 2001: FEMA designates a major hurricane hitting New Orleans as one of the three "likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country."

d.. December 2002: After less than two years at FEMA, Allbaugh announces he is leaving to start up a consulting firm that advises companies seeking to do business in Iraq. He is succeeded by his deputy, Michael Brown, who, like Allbaugh, has no previous experience in disaster management.

e.. March 2003: FEMA is downgraded from a cabinet level position and folded into the Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is refocused on fighting acts of terrorism.

f.. 2003: Under its new organization chart within DHS, FEMA's preparation and planning functions are reassigned to a new Office of Preparedness and Response. FEMA will henceforth focus only on response and recovery.

g.. Summer 2004: FEMA denies Louisiana's pre-disaster mitigation funding requests. Says Jefferson Parish flood zone manager Tom Rodrigue: "You would think we would get maximum consideration....This is what the grant program called for. We were more than qualified for it."

h.. June 2004: The Army Corps of Engineers budget for levee construction in New Orleans is slashed. Jefferson Parish emergency management chiefs Walter Maestri comments: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay."

i.. June 2005: Funding for the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cut by a record $71.2 million. One of the hardest-hit areas is the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, which was created after the May 1995 flood to improve drainage in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes.

j.. August 2005: While New Orleans is undergoing a slow motion catastrophe, Bush mugs for the cameras, cuts a cake for John McCain, plays the guitar for Mark Wills, delivers an address about V-J day, and continues with his vacation. When he finally gets around to acknowledging the scope of the unfolding disaster, he delivers only a photo op on Air Force One and a flat, defensive, laundry list speech in the Rose Garden.

A crony with no relevant experience was installed as head of FEMA. Mitigation budgets for New Orleans were slashed even though it was known to be one of the top three risks in the country. FEMA was deliberately downsized as part of the Bush administration's conservative agenda to reduce the role of government. After DHS was created, FEMA's preparation and planning functions were taken away.

Actions have consequences. No one could predict that a hurricane the size of Katrina would hit this year, but the slow federal response when it did happen was no accident. It was the result of four years of deliberate Republican policy and budget choices that favor ideology and partisan loyalty at the expense of operational competence. It's the Bush administration in a nutshell.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Takes Names and Kicks Ass!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/nagin.transcript/index.html



The following is a transcript of WWL correspondent Garland Robinette's
interview with Nagin on Thursday night. Robinette asked the mayor
about his conversation with President Bush:

NAGIN: I told him we had an incredible crisis here and that his flying
over in Air Force One does not do it justice. And that I have been all
around this city, and I am very frustrated because we are not able to
marshal resources and we're outmanned in just about every respect.

You know the reason why the looters got out of control? Because we had
most of our resources saving people, thousands of people that were
stuck in attics, man, old ladies. ... You pull off the doggone
ventilator vent and you look down there and they're standing in there
in water up to their freaking necks.

And they don't have a clue what's going on down here. They flew down
here one time two days after the doggone event was over with TV
cameras, AP reporters, all kind of goddamn -- excuse my French
everybody in America, but I am pissed.

WWL: Did you say to the president of the United States, "I need the
military in here"?

NAGIN: I said, "I need everything."

Now, I will tell you this -- and I give the president some credit on
this -- he sent one John Wayne dude down here that can get some stuff
done, and his name is [Lt.] Gen. [Russel] Honore.

And he came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people
started moving. And he's getting some stuff done.

They ought to give that guy -- if they don't want to give it to me,
give him full authority to get the job done, and we can save some
people.

WWL: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?

NAGIN: I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses,
man. We ain't talking about -- you know, one of the briefings we had,
they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down
here and bus people out here.

I'm like, "You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get
every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses
moving to New Orleans."

That's -- they're thinking small, man. And this is a major, major,
major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man. This is crazy.

I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's
bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. ... We
don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in
Plaquemines Parish.

It's awful down here, man.

WWL: Do you believe that the president is seeing this, holding a news
conference on it but can't do anything until [Louisiana Gov.] Kathleen
Blanco requested him to do it? And do you know whether or not she has
made that request?

NAGIN: I have no idea what they're doing. But I will tell you this:
You know, God is looking down on all this and if they are not doing
everything in their power to save people they are going to pay the
price. Because every day that we delay, people are dying and they're
dying by the hundreds, I'm willing to bet you.

We're getting reports and calls that are breaking my heart, from
people saying, "I've been in my attic. I can't take it anymore. The
water is up to my neck. I don't think I can hold out." And that's
happening as we speak.

You know what really upsets me, Garland? We told everybody the
importance of the 17th Street Canal issue. We said, "Please, please
take care of this. We don't care what you do. Figure it out."

WWL: Who'd you say that to?

NAGIN: Everybody: the governor, Homeland Security, FEMA. You name it,
we said it.

And they allowed that pumping station next to Pumping Station 6 to go
under water. Our sewage and water board people ... stayed there and
endangered their lives.

And what happened when that pumping station went down, the water
started flowing again in the city and it starting getting to levels
that probably killed more people.

In addition to that, we had water flowing through the pipes in the
city. That's a power station over there.

So there's no water flowing anywhere on the east bank of Orleans
Parish. So our critical water supply was destroyed because of lack of
action.

WWL: Why couldn't they drop the 3,000-pound sandbags or the containers
that they were talking about earlier? Was it an engineering feat that
just couldn't be done?

NAGIN: They said it was some pulleys that they had to manufacture.
But, you know, in a state of emergency, man, you are creative, you
figure out ways to get stuff done.

Then they told me that they went overnight and they built 17 concrete
structures and they had the pulleys on them and they were going to
drop them.

I flew over that thing yesterday, and it's in the same shape that it
was after the storm hit. There is nothing happening. And they're
feeding the public a line of bull and they're spinning, and people are
dying down here.

WWL: If some of the public called and they're right, that there's a
law that the president, that the federal government can't do anything
without local or state requests, would you request martial law?

NAGIN: I've already called for martial law in the city of New Orleans.
We did that a few days ago.

WWL: Did the governor do that, too?

NAGIN: I don't know. I don't think so.

But we called for martial law when we realized that the looting was
getting out of control. And we redirected all of our police officers
back to patrolling the streets. They were dead-tired from saving
people, but they worked all night because we thought this thing was
going to blow wide open last night. And so we redirected all of our
resources, and we hold it under check.

I'm not sure if we can do that another night with the current
resources.

And I am telling you right now: They're showing all these reports of
people looting and doing all that weird stuff, and they are doing
that, but people are desperate and they're trying to find food and
water, the majority of them.

Now you got some knuckleheads out there, and they are taking advantage
of this lawless -- this situation where, you know, we can't really
control it, and they're doing some awful, awful things. But that's a
small majority of the people. Most people are looking to try and
survive.

And one of the things people -- nobody's talked about this. Drugs
flowed in and out of New Orleans and the surrounding metropolitan area
so freely it was scary to me, and that's why we were having the
escalation in murders. People don't want to talk about this, but I'm
going to talk about it.

You have drug addicts that are now walking around this city looking
for a fix, and that's the reason why they were breaking in hospitals
and drugstores. They're looking for something to take the edge off of
their jones, if you will.

And right now, they don't have anything to take the edge off. And
they've probably found guns. So what you're seeing is drug-starving
crazy addicts, drug addicts, that are wrecking havoc. And we don't
have the manpower to adequately deal with it. We can only target
certain sections of the city and form a perimeter around them and hope
to God that we're not overrun.

WWL: Well, you and I must be in the minority. Because apparently
there's a section of our citizenry out there that thinks because of a
law that says the federal government can't come in unless requested by
the proper people, that everything that's going on to this point has
been done as good as it can possibly be.

NAGIN: Really?

WWL: I know you don't feel that way.

NAGIN: Well, did the tsunami victims request? Did it go through a
formal process to request?

You know, did the Iraqi people request that we go in there? Did they
ask us to go in there? What is more important?

And I'll tell you, man, I'm probably going get in a whole bunch of
trouble. I'm probably going to get in so much trouble it ain't even
funny. You probably won't even want to deal with me after this
interview is over.

WWL: You and I will be in the funny place together.

NAGIN: But we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After
9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take
care of New York and other places.

Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming
through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans
anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up -- you mean to
tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that
have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't
figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on,
man.

You know, I'm not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very
clearly.

And I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the
governor's problem. I don't know whether it's the president's problem,
but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two
of them, and figure this out right now.

WWL: What can we do here?

NAGIN: Keep talking about it.

WWL: We'll do that. What else can we do?

NAGIN: Organize people to write letters and make calls to their
congressmen, to the president, to the governor. Flood their doggone
offices with requests to do something. This is ridiculous.

I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put
a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference
until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city
and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we
can't even count.

Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's
too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's
fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.

WWL: I'll say it right now, you're the only politician that's called
and called for arms like this. And if -- whatever it takes, the
governor, president -- whatever law precedent it takes, whatever it
takes, I bet that the people listening to you are on your side.

NAGIN: Well, I hope so, Garland. I am just -- I'm at the point now
where it don't matter. People are dying. They don't have homes. They
don't have jobs. The city of New Orleans will never be the same in
this time.

WWL: We're both pretty speechless here.

NAGIN: Yeah, I don't know what to say. I got to go.

WWL: OK. Keep in touch. Keep in touch.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


Update: Fats Domino Rescued!
from CNN

One of rock 'n' roll's chief architects has been rescued from the rubble of New Orleans.

Fats Domino, who had been unaccounted for in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was plucked from the flooded city by a helicopter late Thursday. He was reported to be in good condition.

An APB went out for the musician and his family earlier in the day.

The musician's niece, Checquoline Davis, posted a plea on Craigslist.com for information on her missing relatives, writing that Domino and his wife, Rosemary, and their children and grandchildren "didn't get out" of their New Orleans home. Her plea was one of thousands seeking information on missing friends and family on the site.

The R&B legend had last been heard from on Sunday night, a day before the storm struck. During a phone call with longtime agent Al Embry, the 77-year-old performer insisted he would ride out the hurricane in his three-story home.

It is not immediately known if Domino's family made it to safety.

Domino's house was located in the city's 9th Ward, an area that is heavily flooded and littered with dead bodies.

The singer and boogie-woogie pianist, born Antoine Domino, has sold over 110 million records in his nearly five-decade career highlighted by the jukebox staples "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame." The New Orleans music fixture's 1949 recording of "The Fat Man" is considered by some to be the first rock 'n' roll record, and Domino was among the inaugural group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Another Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint, was listed among the missing, although Fox News reported that Toussaint may be among the 20,000-plus refugees seeking shelter in the Super Dome.

With New Orleans a hub of jazz, blues and even rap, several musicians were impacted by the storm. Rapper Juvenile's home was destroyed and he says he has lost several friends. Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner, who was waiting out the storm in his native Minneapolis, told the Associated Press he still hadn't heard anything about the condition of his home and recording studio in the Crescent City. Pirner moved there seven years ago.

Meanwhile, several high-powered denizens are rallying support. Master P, whose home was swamped and who hasn't been able to track down his uncle, father-in-law or sister-in-law, has announced the formation of a charity, Team Rescue, and is organizing a "Save Our Hood" concert and benefit album. Wynton Marsalis will play both NBC and BET's telethons in the coming days. Louisiana natives Tim McGraw and Harry Connick Jr. will also perform at the NBC event and have made public appeals for help.

"I haven't slept in days," Connick says in a statement. "Although I now finally know that my immediate family in New Orleans is safe, I have not heard from many, many friends and other family members.

"New Orleans is my essence, my soul, my muse, and I can only dream that one day she will recapture her glory. I will do everything within my power to make that happen and to help in any way I can to ease the suffering of my city, my people!"
'Fats' Domino Missing in New Orleans>
Thursday, September 01, 2005
>By Roger Friedman
>
>
>Before NBC, MTV or anyone else puts on a telethon to help victims of
>Hurricane Katrina, they might want to explore some ancillary issues.
>To wit: New Orleans is a city famous for its famous musicians, but
>many of them are missing. Missing with a capital M.
>
>To begin with, one of the city's most important legends, Antoine
>"Fats" Domino, has not been heard from since Monday afternoon.
>Domino's rollicking boogie-woogie piano and deep soul voice are not
>only part of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame but responsible for dozens
>of hits like "Blue Monday," "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and
>"I'm Walking (Yes, Indeed, I'm Talking)."
>
>Domino, 76, lives with his wife Rosemary and daughter in a three-story
>pink-roofed house in New Orleans' 9th ward, which is now under water.
>
>On Monday afternoon, Domino told his manager, Al Embry of Nashville,
>that he would "ride out the storm" at home. Embry is now frantic.
>
>Calls have been made to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's office and to
>various police officials, and though there's lots of sympathetic
>response, the whereabouts of Domino and his family remain a mystery.
>
>In the meantime, another important Louisiana musician who probably
>hasn't been asked to be in any telethons is the also legendary Allen
>Toussaint.
>
>Another Rock Hall member, Toussaint wrote Patti LaBelle's hit "Lady
>Marmalade" and Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time."
>
>His arrangements and orchestrations for hundreds of hit records,
>including his own instrumentals "Whipped Cream" and "Java" are
>American staples. (He also arranged Paul Simon's hit, "Kodachrome.")
>
>Last night, Toussaint was one of the 25,000 people holed up at the New
>Orleans Superdome hoping to get on a bus for Houston's Astrodome. I
>know this because he got a message out to his daughter, who relayed to
>it through friends.
>
>Also not heard from by friends through last night: New Orleans's
>"Queen of Soul" Irma Thomas, who was the original singer of what
>became the Rolling Stones' hit, "Time is On My Side."
>
>Let's hope and pray it is, because while the Stones roll through the
>U.S. on their $450-a-ticket tour, Thomas is missing in action. Her
>club, The Lion's Den, is under water, as are all the famous music hot
>spots of the city.
>
>Similarly, friends are looking for Antoinette K-Doe, widow of New
>Orleans wild performer Ernie K-Doe. The Does have a famous nightspot
>of their own on N. Claiborne Avenue, called the Mother-in-Law Lounge,
>in honor of Ernie's immortal hit, "The Mother-in-Law Song."
>
>Ernie K-Doe, who received a 1998 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and
>Blues Foundation, died in 2001 at age 65.
>
>Dry and safe, but in not much better shape, is the famous Neville
>family of New Orleans. Aaron Neville and many members of the family
>evacuated on Monday to Memphis, where they are now staying in a hotel.
>
>But most of the Nevilles' homes are destroyed, reports their niece and
>my colleague at "A Current Affair," Arthel Neville. She went down to
>her hometown yesterday and called me from a boat that was trying to
>get near town.
>
>"This isn't like having two feet of water in your basement," she said,
>holding back tears. "Everything is destroyed. I am just so lucky to
>have been born here and to have had the experience of New Orleans."
>
>She confirmed that there had been rumors of dead bodies floating
>around her Uncle Aaron's house yesterday. So far, the Nevilles are
>unannounced to participate in Friday's TV telethon.
>
>And still there are plenty of other famous musicians associated with
>New Orleans who would probably like to be on TV if they're high and
>dry.
>
>The Marsalis family comes from the city, and they've played at most of
>the well known clubs like Tipitina's, The Maple Leaf, Preservation
>Hall and Muddy Waters.
>
>New Orleans is also one of the few cities with a House of Blues. And
>Jimmy Buffet's Margharitaville Cafi chain has a local franchise that
>is still an attraction.
>
>New Orleans' trademark sounds are Cajun and Zydeco. So far none of the
>listed benefits have named an act that plays that kind of music.