Recent Events Dictate : A Conversation About New Orleans

|May 30, 2010 | Recent Events Dictate, Stuffs

Two men are talking at a flea market.


Old man : ” Hey, well, look at that! Do you know what that is? ”

Younger man : ” It looks like a license plate for a bike. ”

OM : ” Yep, up until the 1980s every bicycle had to have one of these. ”

YM : ” Even little kids? ”

OM : ” Yeah! Seems crazy, doesn’t it? I wonder why they did that. ”

YM : ” Well, you had to buy the tag from the police, and then if you got caught not having one you’d have to pay a fine to the city, right? ”


Both men look thoughtful.


NOLA Bike Tag

New Orleans Bicycles

Música Da Lagoa

|May 20, 2010 | Video

.. Wherein Brazilian jazz musician Hermeto Pascoal reminds us that we can make music anytime, anywhere, with anything.


|May 19, 2010 | Found Images



|May 17, 2010 | Found Images


Via Streetcarnage.


|May 16, 2010 | Found Images


.. Not sure how I feel about his art, or, ultimately, if I feel like art should be anything more than painting nice pictures, but Joseph Beuys was a cool-looking guy, and this is a great photo.

Wheel Returns To Earth.

|May 16, 2010 | Found Images

The Wheel

Via Simon Filip.

” White Zombie ” By Wesley Willis

|May 13, 2010 | Found Sounds, White Zombie

Wesley Willis was .. well, if you don’t know, here. I met him once, in Milwaukee at a Rocket From The Crypt show. I’d been hearing about him for years from my friends in Chicago, and he did not disappoint – he walked straight up to me and bellowed ” BUY MY CDS! ” .. which he carried around in a pouch around his neck. I’d heard that he wrote songs ( actually, the same song over and over ) about bands he saw or knew about, and when I saw the title of this one I thought to myself, ” Oh my God, could it be? “. As if headlining the Aragon Ballroom wasn’t enough – I saw many shows there, including Metallica on the Ride The Lightning tour, Ramones, Venom, the list goes on..  – here’s a commemoration of the event.


Wesley Willis : ” White Zombie “

Wesley Willis : ” White Zombie ”


Wesley Willis

Half-Light Girl

|May 12, 2010 | Photos By J.Yuenger

Half-Light Girl

New Orleans * March 2004

Frank Frazetta R.I.P.

|May 10, 2010 | Uncategorized

Frank Frazetta RIP


|May 9, 2010 | Found Images


Hyde Park God-Jazz Freakout * 1973

|May 9, 2010 | Found Sounds

I’ve done a few posts now regarding Hyde Park ( here and here ), which is the neighborhood on the south side of Chicago where I was born and raised. Nowadays, it’s a much more bustling, well-traveled, on-the-map place than it was when I was a kid – after all, this was where President Obama taught law for 12 years and then represented as Senator for 4 – but it’s still an oddball community, full of intellectuals, artists and beautiful Victorian houses. It was, and is, one of the very few truly integrated areas in America. I never realized how different it was until I left.


Here’s a fun, self-pressed 45 from Hyde Park that I found years ago in a thrift store about a block away from the address on the label ( did they record this in a church? Could be. ) which tries for epic song-story-dom and doesn’t do a bad job of it. The thing I like here is how of its time this is : there’s the intro ( a sort of 20th century modern take on monk singing – I can imagine the recording session, the producer saying, ” okay, fellas, I want this take to sound extra religious ” ) , and then at 0:58 the song turns ominous in a way that’s very Jesus Christ Superstar. Then at 1:47 they change again, into some street-boppin’ soul-jazz which is quite cinematic — you can imagine John Shaft or Popeye Doyle on a grainy, available-light NYC corner popping a collar against the cold to this. There’s even a righteous little fuzz-guitar solo at 2:42 !


” Heal the broken nation “. Indeed.


Woodlawn Walk is a much more secular affair, a cheerful jazz workout in 7/4 time that sounds like something by Herbie Mann. Sorry about the condition of the vinyl, it is what it is. If you adjust the tracking on your turntable’s tonearm to the heaviest weight, you can sometimes sort of get ” beneath ” the scratches on a record, but not this one. Just imagine somebody’s frying some chicken while you’re listening to it. On a personal note, I’ve walked down Woodlawn Avenue many, many times. On an even more personal one, The Center For Contemporary Celebration, at 1400 E.53rd Street, is where my parents got married.


1. Inner Sounds Of Peace : ” Travelin’ 40 Days “

1. Inner Sounds Of Peace : ” Travelin’ 40 Days ”

2. Inner Sounds Of Peace : ” Woodlawn Walk “

2. Inner Sounds Of Peace : ” Woodlawn Walk ”


Sounds Of Inner Peace

Boans !

|May 9, 2010 | Found Images

I don’t usually feel very strongly about graffiti either way ( except for the Grey Ghost; I hate that fucker with a passion ), but I am quite fond of this piece – the jaunty font, the cute skull, and the black-and-yellow color scheme. Corner of Harmony & Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans.

Boans 1

Boans 2

Boans 3

I’m Fat And Nobody Likes Me

|May 9, 2010 | Video

It’s so good. This really reminds me of the goofy sense of humor I had at these boys’ age, although I wasn’t a natural performer like the fat kid is – I would have been the other kid, who’s going to grow up to be the lead guitarist in this band. Oh, and hey, 1-5-6-4!


|May 9, 2010 | Stuffs


Bless the electricians — not just because their logo is the best one ever ( ever! ), but because they make all the good stuff possible.