Looks like the city's musical scene is returning to it's former self, if at least a bit. While spots like The Funky Butt and various spots in the 9th Ward & Marigny unlikely to reopen soon, The French Quarter at least is back in action, as well as Tipitina's, Mid City Lanes Rock N Bowl and The Maple Leaf are up and at 'em again. Other local spots open include Snug Harbor, Donna's, Tropical Isle, One Eyed Jack's, Checkpoint Charlie, Le Bon Temps Roule, Margaritaville and the Howlin' Wolf.
A cursory review of Off Beat magazines listings this week shows familiar faces like Kermit Ruffins, The Rebirth, Monk Boudreaux, Eames Era, Tab Benoit Walter "Wolfman" Washington , and Charmaine Neville all playing around town...
On Tuesday, December 6, the historical Dixieland jazz venue Preservation Hall will open its doors to the public for the first and only time this year with an evening of live jazz to celebrate local author Tom Piazza's new book, Why New Orleans Matters. The free event will double as a benefit for the non-profit New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. The author will read, live music will play and signed book copies will be available. For more information about the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund, call 1-888-229-7911. Or visit the Relief Fund online.
One thing New Orleans future includes is the return of the legendary Allen Toussaint in mid-December who will be producing recordings of Elvis Costello at Piety Street Studio. New Years Eve parties include Andre Williams at Lounge Lizards, ReBirth @ The Maple Leaf and Galactic at Tips.
Overall though the situation in that area has not greatly improved, while the water has subsided, the mud is still thick, and damage is everywhere. There is weak infrastructure and governmental accountability, most plans and repairs are behind schedule or on hold.
On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of affected citizens, please take a moment to remind President Bush of his pledge to rebuild the troubled area and urge your friends to do the same.
With over 300,000 Louisianans displaced, organizers hope to flood Washington with at least one e-mail for each of the displaced.
Former Secretary of Defense calls current U.S Nuclear Weapons Policy "Immoral, Illegal..."
Monterey Herald -
Former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara called U.S. nuclear weapons development ‘immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and very, very dangerous in terms of the risk of accidental launches or inadvertent use.' Speaking Dec 1st to students in a class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, McNamara refused to comment on his servce to the Kennedy & Johnson administrations, and his reputation as leading architect of the Vietnam War.
He derided the current fact that most of the United States' thousands of nuclear warheads have the destructive capability of about 20 times that of the bomb that killed more than 80,000 people in Hiroshima in 1945.
"And we have plans for their use," he said. "The public doesn't know that. They are not aware of it. There's never been a hearing before the U.S. Senate about U.S. nuclear weapons policy and war plans. The public doesn't know where we are. If they did they would never tolerate it."-----------------------------------------------
In other news, our current Secretary of Defense, proved he has a far firmer grasp of military issues... such as his great respect for the Geneva Conventions...
Rumsfeld's Latest Rant
Washington Post -
GEN. PACE: It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene to stop it...
SEC. RUMSFELD: But I don't think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it's to report it.
GEN. PACE: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it.
[The transcript does not indicate what kind of expression Sec. Rumsfeld wore upon learning that American soldiers witnessing abuse by Iraqis have to do more than file a report or dial 911 or send an alarmed email or make a mental note to do something later, or whatever it was that Rumsfeld had in mind. But the backtalk must have put the Secretary's knickers in a knot, because soon he went into a classic Rummy Rant.]SEC. RUMSFELD: Oh, forget the press then.
Bush's Iraq Defeat is now a "Victory"
Washington Post -
President Bush's new National Strategy for Victory in Iraq says that the administration evidently doesn't believe its own overblown rhetoric about the war on terror. In other words, the United States is willing to and planning to withdraw, leaving civil war and sectarian violence for the Iraqis to work out. What is more, there is no acknowledgement of Iraqis taking up arms in opposition to U.S. military forces, even if they are neither rejectionists, Saddamists or terrorists.
MySpace outpaces in Ad Race
According to an article @ BusinessWeek.com MySpace draws so much traffic that it supposedly accounted for 10% of all ads viewed online in October. It's a youth marketers field day with advertising is so subtley defined that most kid users can't distinguish it from the content.
Speaking of Paid Advertising : Seems That's The Only Method Bush & Co. Know For Spreading The Good Word in Iraq of Liberty Etc :
The U.S. military in Iraq has acknowledged paying to place news articles in Iraqi publications, saying the practice was a necessary part of "information operations".
Here Liz Taylor's former husband, also a VA Republican Senator has some candid comments on the situation .
anyhow... the news is usually inane or plain depressing, i wonder why i bother to repost it for ya here, since I have no evidence anyone really likes to read it... maybe it's cuz i ain't got much to report here... went to a holiday party in Oakland's historic green marble I -Magnin building last night for the local chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects... and no, I'm not a member... but I drank plenty of their beer...
Today the house smells like fresh baked cookies, 250 of 'em to be exact... and i swear I've only had three...
Tommorrow is The Big Cookie Crawl in North Beach, with the coveted cookie of the year award !!!!!
anyhow, enjoy yer weekend cookie lovers ! and stop by RubyDolls in San Francisco on Grant Ave in North Beach for a Coconut Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut cookie...
Celia Cruz - Oye Como Va
Rolling Stones - Memory Motel
38 Special - Teacher Teacher
Cars - My Best Friend's Girl
Human League - Don't You Want Me
in honor of my last posts embarrsing lo-fi wax cylinder & 78 fixation, here's a 1906 early Edison era track
Now, how about Thule Ravenscroft from the tv special singing aboutThe Grinch?
Thule Ravenscroft - You Are A Mean One Mr. Grinch
Tra La La's - Christmas Never Comes
The Kamm Family - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Burl Ives - Frosty The Snowman
here's some of that holiday latin flavor
Augie Rios - Mamacita Donde Esta Santa Claus?
of course Elvis was fat and loved Christmas almost as much as Santa
Elvis - Here Comes Santa Claus
plus a German metal contribution
Unrest - Der Kleine Claus