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Sadly, Mr. Robinette came to my attention only in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But his interview with then-Mayor Ray Nagin remains one of the most searing moments of that tragic time. As I've done in the past, I think it's worth sharing that interview again. It's about 14 minutes long, and it still stings... but now in the realization of what hasn't changed despite the city's efforts to recover.
I really do need to make another trip to Louisiana -- I've only been there twice, and never down into the bayous. Between the destruction of the wetlands and the city's constant battle against the environment, I'm convinced that chances to experience this unique place are quickly slipping away.
Goodness gracious. This kind of jumping to conclusions could get a little ugly, especially when the Whitman campaign starts running TV ads without clearing the sync rights...
RedCountry.Com: "California Uber Alles and the Dead Kennedys' Coming Revival"
Two anniversaries to cover today...
First, it's good to see that people are still remembering and sharing their thoughts on New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. Over the past few years, I've offered my own commentary and recollection on the city and storm, along with the now-infamous Nagin/Robinette interview during the disaster. Love or hate him, Ray Nagin did hit the nail on the head in these ten minutes.
Listen (and read) again, experience the shock and devastation again, and make this year the year that you don't just brush aside the tragedy.
Second, it's now been 12 years since a car chase of uncertain origin ended in a tunnel in Paris, resulting in the deaths of Dodi Al-Fayed (heir to the Harrod's fortune) and Diana, Princess of Wales. I recall sitting in a bar in Madison, WI, just before the start of my second year of law school, somewhat shocked that the crash was really the only story on TV that evening even in a bar that should have had the Brewers game (or Packers pre-season hysteria).
The good boys of Let's Wrestle, likely 6-7 years old at the time, have offered their own tribute in the form of "Diana's Hair." The song was written a year ago, so that opening line is slightly off, but "ell-leh-ven" just sets up the song so beautifully ... I've had this song running through my head for most of the day -- melancholy descending chorus, brooding disillusionment, and thoroughly random tale of youthful peeping tommery.
From the album "In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's" (2009, Stolen Recordings).
Nearly three years ago, I noted my support for this display of a then-commonly-held sentiment.
Given what continues to be uncovered, and even with the change in administrations, I think the message holds true for the former administration with one small change... the "I" should now stand for "INDICT," since "IMPEACH" is no longer necessary.
I suppose the noun should also be plural. There are more than enough offenses, allegations, and currently unemployed/under-employed attorneys to handle the whole shooting match...
1. Unfortunately, the afterlife got a whole lot funkier today, as Isaac Hayes has passed on. Go have a slow jam (or crate-digging sample fest) of your own as a fitting memorial. My well-worn copy of Hot Buttered Soul is cranked up as I write -- keep your ears peeled for the most sinister Bomb Squad sample of all time during Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalimystic.
2. If you happen to live in the middle of the northeastern Atlantic seaboard, I have shows to recommend this week.
- Tuesday (12-Aug), my old pals at WPRB are holding a free concert, in connection with the Free Yr Radio campaign, down in Philadelphia. Secret Machines headline, DJ Dave P (of Making Time / RVNG fame) provides the general entertainment. Hurry on over to see if tix are still available -- they are free but registration is required.
- Wednesday (13-Aug) and Thursday (14-Aug) mark the first US appearances by Sky Larkin, both in New York City. I've mentioned this Leeds threesome before (March 2007, October 2006) and am excited to see what they've got in store now. The new studio recording of Molten (available as a free MP3 from the band's site) is quite promising and a bit different from the version I posted in March 2007. All indications point to a full length release on the horizon which could be something special. Wednesday at Pianos (8pm stage time -- really!), Thursday at Union Hall at a more civilized hour.
3. Belated Show Reviews (after the jump) -- NYC Popfest Finale, The Feelies.