Episode 36: Drainsplainin’

Back from rumspringa in The North and in Houston just in time for the flood.  Let’s splain everything as best we can.

Segment One: Let’s talk about the flood. Topics include S&WB’s unique power generation issues. (Described in detail here in 2011) Landrieu’s reorganization of the board’s structure. Cedric Grant buying furniture and  “showing leadership.” A potential privatization scheme could go very badly.  This stuff matters because someone will have to oversee implementation of the new water management plan.

At a about the 45 minute mark, we transition into preseason football mostly so that we can take stock of the growing number of Bronze Toms in the universe.

Segement Two: Jeff celebrates his birthday at the Bayou Brief launch party. Later, Jeff and Lance confirm the Shock Pole myth.  Lance road trips to Houston for “White Denim Night” and then up to Crosby, Mississippi for a writer’s retreat. Alli drove and camped her way all the way up to Michigan and back with a stop off in Chicago for the DSA National Convention.

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 Congrats to the Wray family, BTW.  

Incidental music: Quasi, Gary Brown

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We Know Nothing About This Show: GoT quick recap

Lance and Jeff watch Game of Thrones for whatever reason. Probably because there’s little else to do this time of year in the dead of the New Orleans summer. So Lance thought it would be a good idea to record a quick 10 minute recap of the Season 7 premiere. If it goes over well enough we might do more of these.

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Episode 35: Beet the clock

And now for something completely different. Really. We thought we’d change the format up a bit this time in order to 1) get the show down under an hour for once in our goddamn lives and 2).. Uh that’s about it.

Anyway, instead of the usual bits this time we just go around the table throwing out topics which we can only discuss for exactly two minutes or else Pat comes and hits us with an electrified pole he found somewhere in the French Quarter.  Since we surprised each other with the topics, we’ll let you discover by listening. Although.. here are a few news items referenced in discussion which may provide some hints.

NOLA.com: Have you seen a streetcar get into an accident?

Advocate: “Beet-red angry man” pulling out gun

NOLA.com: New Orleans road work could raise lead levels, officials warn

WWLTV: Torres “still processing” mayoral campaign

NOLA.com: Kristin Palmer to challenge Nadine Ramsey for New Orleans City Council

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Episode 34: The State Of Our City Is Woke plus Wheel Of Mayors

Happy Birthday, America, and also to anyone else whose birthday it might be soon. We’ll save you a bowl of mammoth ramen or whatever.  We are releasing this episode during the holiday because unlike those who might be #ClosedForEssence, we are in fact woke as.. well, at least as woke as  as Wal Mart. We’ll never be quite as woke as Mitch Landrieu, though. At least that’s what his major award says.

 

Hour One: State Of The City

In anticipation of the mayor’s twice postponed State Of The City address, we pull together a quick discussion of themes we expect he will touch on.

In crime, Lee Zurik pulls the invoices on a private security firm Mitch hired, John Georges’s friend had a column in John Georges’s paper for some reason. Also Mitch may or may not actually care about crime but this does not mean he isn’t woke about it.

In resilience, it turns out the city and environs are sinking 50% faster than last predicted. Maintaining a proper state of wokeness about this problem strains one’s capacity for cognitive dissonance.

In housing,  Airbnb is already violating their agreement. Also, in other cities, such as Barcelona, they know how to play hardball.  But, The New Orleans inferiority complex seems to get in our way.

The state of the city is? yikes? but also woke.

 

Hour Two: Wheel Of Mayors

Behold the results of our first “official” Hunkerdowncast Twitter Poll of the mayoral race. Behold also the debut of everybody’s new favorite segment, “Wheel Of Mayors.” Let’s spin the wheel and see who we should talk about.

Karen Carter Peterson iIs being encouraged to run by many many friends but probably not by her friend LaToya.

LaToya Cantrell was quite recently the inevitability candidate. She’s in the news all the time. Recently, she changed her mind about electing a police chief because “we are in a crisis” Also, LaToya’s father in law is a defendant in the “debtor’s prison” lawsuit.

Michael Bagneris

Has a plan to to rebuild the police force by bringin in the Expendables. Also he will help us make nuts and bolts

Desiree Charbonnet

Has money, muscle, and ministers. But what secret plan is she working on down in the basement?

Frank Scurlock

Scurlock was arrested and nobody can deal with it. Also he is tired of things that are “sinceless”.

SOSO

Varg is forced to watch baseball and enjoys(?) an agonizing victory.Jeff goes on another podcast to talk about 30 year old football gamesAlli participates in a fundraising event for S.O.U.L. and plants some trees.

 Recipe Minute: 7 hour ramen

Open call to all mayoral candidates to appear on the show. Which one will be first to spin the wheel?

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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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