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Friday, October 26, 2012

"Whac-A-Hipster" is a thing at the 2012 Voodoo Experience

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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"Ever felt the urge to ‘Whac-A-Hipster?’" asks multi-billion dollar international car company Toyota, which invites music fans at Voodoo to "live our their hipster-whacking fantasies" at the Prius Family Playground.

I don't know about you, but when I've rounded up the wife and kids and need a quick break from the daily grind, nothing cools me down like a refreshing round of bloody-knuckled fisticuffs with a fashionable teen.

Me and my fellow meat-headed family men slap on our sleeveless tees, yellow sunglasses and get to work on burying our hands into the faces of quirky kids in cardigan sweaters. Thanks, Toyota, for sharing the family-style approach to beating the shit out of people I don't like.

Now that you've got my attention, what else can we check out at this year's Toyota Prius Family Playground?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Will the Soul Rebels play with Metallica at Voodoo?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Many New Orleanians have heard the Soul Rebels cover the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)," but have you heard them cover Metallica's hit "Enter Sandman"? The clip above from one of Metallica's 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco shows the Rebels can do a pretty good job with it. The Rebels will join Eurhythmics' guitarist Dave Stewart at Voodoo for a cover of "Sweet Dreams." Should we expect a cameo with Metallica as well?

UPDATE: I spoke with Soul Rebels snare drummer Lumar Leblanc Tuesday afternoon, and he says the band would be interested in playing with Metallica, but the two bands haven't discussed it.

The video below doesn't show the bands really meshing, but they performed together at the anniversary party.

Video of the Soul Rebels covering "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and Lars Ulrich on trombone after the jump.

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Y@ Speak: Binders full of tweets

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM


You want tweets? I got binders full of 'em. Tweets about the second presidential debate, the Tulane University shooter that actually never existed, the fire in Treme and the Saints' win. Also in the tweets this week, things to avoid: the new Chipotle in Elmwood (at least for a few weeks), Magazine Street today and Curren$y, if you see him in baggage claim.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Politifact runs Louisiana drive-thru daiquiri shops through its "Truth-O-Meter"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

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In Oregon, you can’t just walk into any supermarket for a bottle of Grey Goose or Pimm’s. Booze is overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and sold only from state-run shops. Most of the stores close early — good luck picking up hooch after 8 p.m. — and many don’t even open on Sundays.

For years, advocates have pushed for selling liquor out of regular retail establishments. Last week, when the state’s House Business and Labor Committee held the latest hearing about the law, state Rep. Bill Kennemer, who is skeptical about changing the procedure, made the statement, “We just don’t want to get to be like Louisiana, where you have drive-up daiquiri shops.”

The concept of drive-through daiquiri shops was so foreign to the Oregonians that the group PolitiFact, which analyzes the veracity of politicos’ public statements, contacted Kennemer, who said he and his wife had seen them on a trip to New Orleans.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CEOs for Cities: New Orleans is the least cultured city in America

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

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All that music, art, theater and costuming for which New Orleans is famous around the world? It ain't worth squat, we found out today.

The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.

Who is this "CEOs for Cities," anyway?

Our mission is to be a strong, deep, and broad global, cross-sector, cross-generational, inter-connected network that serves as a cutting edge online and face to face platform and collaborative infrastructure for making American cities more vibrant, sustainable, and economically competitive and successful, with a focus on investing in the distinctive assets of cities.

(Oh! They're New Age sustainable bullshit trendy-word generator artists.)

Go on ...

Our value proposition is that we are a platform that serves as a connected, cross-sector, cross-generational, collaborative infrastructure for making cities better and more successful places to live and work - places where you can build your business and love your life. We a cross-sector, cross-generational learning network that facilitates online and face to face interaction through national, regional, and city convenings; research; and the collection and communication of smart ideas and practices for making cities successful. Our learning network is a delivery mechanism for cutting edge ideas, smart practices, and lessons learned.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Y@ Speak: Zoo Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM


"Lions, tigers, bears/ I'm an animal." — Mr. Ghetto, "Lion King Bounce."
This city is going to the dogs — and camels, ostriches, rattlesnakes and pythons. Also this week: storm porn, 10th Ward Buck makes an announcement, Kermit Ruffins has a divorce party and Drew Brees adds to his brood.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Did Mr. Ghetto have a premonition of the SWAT standoff?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Ten months ago, Mr. Ghetto, infamous for his "Wal-Mart" music video, released his "Jailhouse Bounce" music video, a combination if-I-ever-go-to-jail manifesto and wishlist to his lover on the outside. Today, Mr. Ghetto is being held in Orleans Parish Prison on counts of resisting arrest, battery, failure to comply and extortion by threats following a six-hour standoff.

So how's jail treating Mr. Ghetto? I'm going to guess not as well as he imagined...

Mugshot of Mr. Ghetto, Robert Maize
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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Under the cut — lyrics and images probably NSFW or the easily offended...]

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bluth Ipsum

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM

At lunch today, I fired up the NOLA.com iPad app to read about Frank Fradella's court appearance. That story wasn't on the front page, but this one was — click to embiggen:

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"Everybody's laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster. ... "

Whaaaa? I thought it was some kind of spam (turned out it wasn't, but dummy text from the sitcom Arrested Development). It had clearly been up there for an hour; the timestamp was 12:39 p.m. and the time on my screenshot was 1:42 p.m. But it was odd, so I sent it out over Gambit's Twitter feed and forgot about it.

Late this afternoon, it got picked up by media reporter Jim Romenesko in a post titled "What's Going On, NOLA.com?" And it got a response from NOLA.com editor James O'Byrne:

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"Approximately 5 or 10 minutes"? Hardly.

It's still on the front page of the site, more than 7 hours after it was posted:

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Y@ Speak: Elephants, rogue dolphins, mutant spiders, oh my!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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There's all sorts of creatures in this week's roundup including mutant albino spiders, urban elephants, an aggressive Slidell dolphin and David Vitter. Also this week: controversial tweets from Drew Brees, Snake and Jakes' position on bubblegum vodka and NOLA Pride Festival.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Dump the Pump NOLA Triple-Bus Adventure Recap

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

To celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on June 21, I bought a $3 RTA day pass and rode around the city on the Broad...

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Morrison Express...
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and Franklin buses.
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Unlike my typical bus adventures, I didn't stop at any places along the route and instead just enjoyed being chauffeured around the city.

Those who are hesitant about using public transportation should first try exploring like this, riding without getting off, just to get accustomed to bus travel without fear. Riding like this is like dipping your toes in the pool before getting in.

Of course, as with taking any other trip, there are things you should know before you go...

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