Episode 33: So Much Socialism or How The British Destroyed The World

We’re back at the Deurty Boys gallery (901 Chartres St.) in the heart of New Orleans’ World Famous French Quarter to talk to you about? Chris Rose?  Playboy Buddy Rose?  Something? Oh actually the UK General election which happened the day before we recorded this. Alli is especially fired up. Varg is maybe a little skeptical not only of socialism but of British people in general.  

 Segment One (about 45 minutes)

 Recapping the UK Elections and the political implications going forward. Is there a lesson for American politics or is everybody just fine?  Interrupted only by some bead-wearing tourists barging into the gallery after hours oh and then by Menckles who just wants to go have a drink.

 Segment 2 (about 30 minutes)

 There are secret recordings of Varg talking to himself drunk and we are going to find them. Anyway, this part is all about the most recent spike in violent crime across the city, Mitch Landrieu’s neoliberal response and Leon Cannizzaro’s quasi-fascist response to said crime. Turns out the answer is it all comes down to socialism.  Also we play an occupation-based names game. Menckles sneaks in a word or two. Cannizzaro writes to the editor in a Donald Duck voice.

 Twitter Questions (Answer key)

 British people fucked up the world

Alli has never seen The Sopranos

 SOSO

 Varg likes it when Jeff and/or Portland are/is miserable. Alli goes to Portland and does all the Northwest outdoorsy things. Also there were homeless people.

 Alli and Jeff see another Dean’s List Fake News Show where they learn about Candy the Chimpanzee. Jeff shouldn’t be allowed in public.

 Is Phil Collins ok? Do Bridges Ice before roads? Varg goes down the bayou to a place in Gibson called Chester’s Cypress Inn and eats frog legs three days in a row. Also there is a new tattoo to be revealed.

 Predictions

 Billy Nungesser gets serious

The Legislature fails again

Ronal Serpas will do? something

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Episode 32.5 Descent into Ignatianism feat. Alexandra/Lexi

It’s a freebird kinda night in the gallery. Let us know if you’d like to be on sometime. Or just come by. People do that, apparently.

 Segment One

Jeff and Lance are kicking off Hurricane Season, talking about random esoterica.  There was a sensationalized brawl in Tigerland. There was a stabbing on a train in Portland. Varg talks about both of these incidents and  the hazards of internet discussion when overpoliced for wokeness.   Donald Trump is the You Mad, Bro? President.  We have advice for responsible Twitter use.

 We wonder if we’re “descending into Ignatianism” and take a panhandler tour of New Orleans.

Uncle Louie is in legal trouble. The legislature is almost home now.  A guy named Sherman Mack is a Jamoke. We’re talking super-nerdy prison reform stuff when our impromptu guest joins us. Her name is Alexandra and she is from California via England. We finish the segment and get re-set to do the rest of the show with her sitting in.  Oh also? we regret to inform you our friends in the Krewe of Nyx are at it again. Also, too, there is a guy named Barrow Peacock.

Segment Two

We remember that we were supposed to talk about Hurricane Season and so we do that. The problems of the seasonal forecast, figuring out when a hurricane might hit Hollywood, California, evacuation plans, floating balls of fire ants, the regular stuff. Also we play the obligatory hurricane name game trying to figure out which one will be the real bad one. (There is an obvious answer.)

Next, we talk with our guest about her experiences working at Cafe Du Monde. You can do some interesting things with powdered sugar, apparently.

In a sort-of SOSO segment, Lance takes Jeff on a date to see The Happy Talk Band at Siberia.  Also Varg goes to Pensacola for Memorial Day.  Other things happen. Jeff reads one Jivewire listing (sponsored by We Met In The Air ).

 

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Episode 32: Music Trivia

Who is the mystery member of New Edition? Varg can name all but one of them. See if you can get the answer before he does as you listen. No cheating.  Get ready also for a lot more “Record Store Guy” talk in this one as we follow up on Chris Cornell’s suicide by being, in turns, banal and profound for about fifteen minutes or so before we can finally move on with things. To make up for it, we have Pat come out and play some live in studio covers for us later.

Segment One: (about an hour)

Louisiana Legislative follies including John Bel’s tour of the LSU Middleton Library, the imminent budget failure, and the possibility of a constitutional convention.  Meanwhile, Shreveport State Rep. Thomas Carmody is being a “jamoke” about the monuments.  Not that New Orleans State Rep. Neil Abramson is going to do anything about it.  Also, Winnsboro State Rep. Steve Pylant want to kill more people faster.

Breaking news about the final toppling party. (We’re recording the night before Lee comes down.)  What’s the next move for #TakeEmDown? Jeff and Alli talk about participating in the last big march on the Lee Monument.  Alli gets trolled by David Duke. Meanwhile Roger Ailes is dead and was gross.

Incidental music by Engineer Pat

SOSO

Lance goes to Blaze Pizza and is intimidated by it. He also tries in vain to play roll-a-day, listens to some Phil Collins, and observes Mother’s Day.

Alli’s parents stay at the Ace Hotel. They all visit the World War II Museum and have dinner at Peche.  Alli shares a grilled fish en papiotte recipe. Also she participated in  a protest march against Leon Cannizzaro’s management of the DA’s office. He and his aides and political allies seem to be very Not Mad about it.

Jeff boiled a bunch of crawfish.

Open pitch to the mayor to appear on the show.

Bonus taco recipe.

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Predictions!

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Episode 31: Monday Night Monumentball

Happy May The Fourth! (It’s probably like May 11th or later when you listen to this. Sorry.) We are recording this May 4th episode “live” (but not really) from the World Famous Deurty Boys Gallery on Dumaine and Chartres in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. So soak in the atmosphere with us as we take in the sounds of customers stepping in to browse and friends coming by for cameo bits. Billy Nungesser never shows up for whatever reason. Mitch Landrieu has an open invitation, though.

Segment one (Open – 45:00)

Jeff and Alli and many others witnessed a melee on May Day in front of the Jefferson Davis Monument.  We re-cap those events as well as the mayor’s feud with Frank Stewart and the fact that Pat doesn’t know there are actually two Mackels.  Later we play Marry/Fuck/Kill with the remaining three monuments and look forward to a march on the following Sunday.

Incidental music: Glen David Andrews and TBC Brass band

Segment Two (47:00 – 1:28:00)

Jeff went to an event hosted by The Lens about the effects of coastal loss and climate change on rural Louisiana communities. Varg lays out a shit happens take on climate change.

We remember our friend Deb Cotton who passed away this month. Here is a column by Jarvis Deberry about Deb accepting the Avodah New Orleans Partner In Justice Award. Here is Deb recently writing to the New York Times about the bullying tactics prosecutors use toward victims of and witnesses to crime. Here is a video of Deb accepting the Ashley Morris Award at Rising Tide X.

We spend a few minutes talking about some of the issues that were important to Deb. Leon Cannizzaro is a dick. His dickish tactics were also recently written up in The Guardian, Court Watch NOLA reported on various instances of dickishness  The Lens reported on witnesses being issued “fake subpoenas”  Meanwhile, the state’s DAs are successfully whittling away at criminal justice reform in the legislature. The Times-Picayune found that Second Line clubs pay a lot more in parade fees than, say, the Krewe of Bacchus does. And Clark Brennan is a dick  about it.

Impromptu interview with Jackson Square performer, “Peter”

AHCA passes the House. What now? Punt?

SOSO (1:30:00 to end)

Varg reviews the S-Town Podcast.

Jeff goes to Jazzfest

Alli goes to a bunch of protests and marches and stuff, visits Paradigm Gardens, and checks out the latest “Fake News” at New Movement.

Predictions!

Recipe Minute! (Barbecue Shrimp)

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Episode 30: Unscripted

Hello. It is late April. How did your brackets do? Well those college sports are certainly difficult to predict. As is our show this time around when Lance and Alli have no idea what topics they might be asked to discuss. Let’s see what happens!  Oh also, it took extra long to edit and fix some of the audio problems with this episode which means that it’s late. So there are some fun predictions that turn out not to have been so hot. Keep an ear out for those too.  For the record, it turns out that Bill O’Reilly will, in fact, be “fine” with his $25 million buyout.

Segment 1

Lt. Gov Billy Nungesser has been clinging to monuments and antagonizing museum directors. We discuss and then decide to give Billy a call for follow up.

Varg wants to take down the monuments with his pickup truck.

The Legislature is in session. We talk a bit about the major issues as lawmakers try to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and do criminal justice reform. Here’s the Gambit on ways to contact your representatives.  Here also is a story about JP Morrell’s tampon and diapers tax exemption.

Segment 2

This annoying American Way Magazine article about Bywater is annoying. Also annoying, Chewbacchus people and their fake controversies. Also Chewbacchus is doing a thing that appears to rip off ‘tit Rex. Also Varg thinks Chewbacchus won’t last another 10 years.

SOSO

Varg recaps Wrestlemania,  French Quarter Fest in the Square, and creates a freaking huge piece of art out of a door. Then there is an extended rant from our resident found object artist about recycling.

Alli went to see Radiohead. We get a full review of that show plus Radiohead memories from Alli’s younger days.  Also there was a “beer dinner” hosted by Treo and Wayward Owl Brewery.

Jeff and Alli saw Dean’s List’s “Fake News” show at New Movement. Jeff is also anxious about running the Crescent City Classic. (He ended up doing ok)

Alli has gotten involved in organizing a local chapter of Democratic Socialists Of America.

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Episode 29 Part 2: Feed the (Free) Birds (Mike) Tu’ Pence a bag

So here is your bonus Freebird for this week. Jeff completes the Phil Collins at Live Aid stunt recording a show with Varg on Thursday night Uptown and then hopping on the Concorde to record Friday night in Mid City with Alli; who, like Varg,  is not his wife although they do order food together.

Speaking of which, Mike Pence is a weird mama jamma.  Alli doesn’t know Mary Poppins, apparently.  Pat participated in the Finn McCool’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. He went from looking like Sean Bean to looking like David Koechner in one day.    

The Saints added a Notre Dame guy. But they might add a Stanford guy so.. well…

Alli ranks her college football hate schools. Jeff tries to translate that into a worst case scenario Saints draft. Anyway, the NFL is bad.

SOSO:

Jeff talks about his experience at Square Root. This eventually leads to a quick rundown of “standard” New Orleans restaurants which may be over or underrated.  

Alli toured a replica Dutch clipper ship docked in the city for the week.

Speed Round:

LaToya Cantrell is running for mayor. We talk about the disconnect between issues people care about in New Orleans and issues the candidates seem to think people care about.

The mayor’s plans for Bourbon Street are coming more into focus. They are not encouraging.

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Episode 29 Part 1: Sidney’s Serenity Prayer

This is the first part of a double feature we’re giving you this week.  We couldn’t all get together on the same day so Jeff recorded sessions with Lance and Alli separately.  This is from the  Thursday night session with Lance. He’s a tough but rewarding interview in much the way Mike Tyson is.

We kick things off with an inspirational  reading from Sidney Torres’s Facebook page. It yielded some good things. Sidney has had an interesting week.

Tom Benson has ripped off the city in a way you may not even have known about. Jason Berry’s latest story at American Zombie takes a look at that.   We discuss that and then catch up on news from the Saints’ offseason. Jeff has bad news about Manti T’eo. But Varg has what may be very good news about Manti T’eo.  Also Varg can’t say Manti T’eo.

Also, too, Varg can’t say meme.

We break down some of the mayoral candidates including Frank Scurlock, JP Morrell, Troy Carter, Leon Cannizzaro, and the possibility of Engineer Pat getting involved some day. The day after we recorded this, LaToya Cantrell made her candidacy official. Jeff and Alli get a chance to comment on this in Part 2.  

Also we learn about Varg’s crush on Stacy Head.

In other news, Varg is pumped for Wrestlemania but also a bit stressed about French Quarter Fest, Jazzfest, Fest Fest, and other sundry fests. We somehow manage to mention the Falcons blowing the Superbowl again.

We make sure to read through Sidney’s beautiful prose one more time before shutting it down.

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Episode 28 Part 3: Having a ’97

It’s the grand finale of our three part review of Mardi Gras 2017.

We learn about Varg’s Box Of Wine Appreciation Society and Varg learns a little bit what it’s like to be in charge of children who are not his own.  Do you get too drunk on Lundi Gras?  Sometimes it can’t be helped. Jeff and Alli talk about seeing Proteus and Orpheus. Somehow, Varg is, again, in charge of some kids.

Finally we get to Mardi Gras Day when everywhere else except for in certain neighborhoods, it’s just Tuesday.  Varg talks about what it’s like to have”costume commitment” and about what it’s like to “have a ’97.” Also, there was lots of “gattin’ it” at the Deurty Boys gallery.

Alli spends Fat Tuesday with the St. Anthony Ramblers. We learn about life saving hot dog sandwiches, something about the “beautiful expression of public space and collective action” and/or just being tipsy in the Quarter when the music is playing.  Apropos of Bart Everson’s The Heart Of Carnival  column, Jeff talks about what the Carnival pageant reveals about the city. Lance talks about throwing a doctor out of the gallery.

Jeff spends Fat Tuesday uptown with Zulu, Rex, and the Wild Magnolias. Jeff doesn’t costume. Alli wants to go to the Rex ball. We end the show talking a little about the class politics of Carnival. Everyone agrees that this was a good one. Maybe not “a 97” exactly, but what can be?

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