The Pipeline

The Pipeline 09.01.10

by Dege Legg


In a world populated with me Me ME and my My MY - and my-this, and my-that, and what can you do for me or what have you done for me lately? - it's nice to see people attempting to give, instead of take. It is said that the secret to a happy life is living in service to others, rather than self. Enter: The Give Project.

In a world populated with me Me ME and my My MY - and my-this, and my-that, and what can you do for me or what have you done for me lately? - it's nice to see people attempting to give, instead of take. It is said that the secret to a happy life is living in service to others, rather than self. Enter: The Give Project. They are claiming to be the world's first social responsibility network, using social networks like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter to create a movement in which individuals can give freely to one another through the connections they already share online. The hope is that through this free giving, people will begin to expand their abilities for compassion, kindness and caring. What comes around goes around. The Give Project will host a show at the Blue Moon on Sept. 5 with 80 Proof and Ryan Brunet and the Malfactures providing the live music. This is a free show.

True twang will be in effect at The Blue Moon this weekend. First off, the uber talented Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars will rock the Moon with a mix of Cajun, Zydecrunch, roots, soul and barn-burning blues on Sept. 3. On the following night, regional legend Robbie Taylor works double duty opening up the show with some hillgrass, solo twang, then joins his band The Roebucks for some blaze beefing, old school rockabilly, roots pop, and power hop on Sept. 4. Be there.

Delicate and mannered. Grooving and eclectic. Other times tweaky and dissonant. Over the course of the past nine years and five records, Rotary Downs have dutifully carried the indie torch for New Orleans underground music scene. Competing for artistic real estate in a city dominated by funk, jazz and R&B, they've soldiered on and now occupy the role of what could be described as stately elders of the scene. Rotary Downs reside in a world where rock theatrics and over-the-top shenanigans are replaced with exquisite song craft, lyrical dexterity and a musical adventurousness that refuses to honor any conventional orthodoxy or stylistic barriers. Their tunes bounce, roll and sneak along in fits of magical realism, backed by a mellow wizardry that gives way to layers and layers of poly-woven subcontextual feasts. It's facilitated with traditional rock instrumentation, but with something subtle and intriguing cloaked beneath it, like the chambers of an owl's heart embedded within each element. Rotary Downs play Grant Street on Sept. 3 with the bun-kicking groove and melodic onslaught of The Picardy Birds.

On Sept. 4, Corey "Lil Pop" Ledet kicks off this season's annual downtown Zydeco Breakfast in Opelousas. From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. under the oak trees in downtown Opelousas by the historical St. Landry Parish Courthouse, festivalgoers and music lovers experience a blend of contemporary zydeco, traditional Creole culture and breakfast.

Seventies hard rock thumpers Grand Funk Railroad are back. Or maybe they're still at it and never stopped. Regardless, the quintessential "American Band" will plow mahogany thunder on Sept. 4 at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton.

Local rock, punk-roots rockers Mission vs. Madness throw their CD release party at Pilot's Pub on Sept. 3. If you dig some old school Social Distortion mixed with some new school four-on-the-floor mod rock, go check them out.

The Botanist, Gypsy Hawk, and The Freetown Hounds play Sadie's on Sept. 7The Nerostotles play Sadie's on Sept. 1 The Amazing Nuns, James Martin Happy Jack Frequency play Artmosphere on Sept. 3 On Sept. 3, The Blue Eclipse play Somewhere's Else LoungeNew Orleans Pop Rockers Happy Jack Frequency return to Lafayette to perform at Artmosphere on Sept. 3


He's a character, a joker, a comedian and P/T clown. He's Spider, longtime Lafayette scenester and humanoid extraordinaire. He's back around for another year, hosting his AOC show Saintsline with co-hosts Tom Conover, Dave Eason and Dana Fontenot. As the name suggests, the show details everything Saints-like but from the point of view of dudes hanging out in a room talking trash and having a good time. After originally debuting in '89, the show blinked off and on the radar in a few different incarnations. You can see the season debut of Saintsline's latest incarnation on Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. on Cox (channel 15) and LUS (channel 3) on AOC.

Spider, host of Saintsline

Life story of Spider in 5 words, more or less.
I can name that tune in four notes. Just a bit outside.

I understand you're an expert gambler. How'd you get into gambling?
When I was 13, my best friend's parents were degenerate gamblers. Plus they owned a Tastee Freeze.

Any advice for young gamblers?
Stay in school. It's a tough way to make an easy living.

When in doubt, __________.
Lawyer up!

In April of 2010, a woman named Sarah Colwill experienced a migraine headache so severe that it left her with a permanent Chinese accent. Ever had an experience so profound that it changed you in a way you hadn't expected?
Sure. But as always the medications wore off.

On what occasion is it most appropriate to wear velour?
Any Pal Spidey show with the Nutria Rat Pack.

Ozzy once snorted ants? What's the weirdest thing to ever go up Spider's nose?
Keith Richards' dad's ashes.

How would you like to see your life playing out in the coming decade?
Made for TV movie with Nick Cage in the lead or somebody equally desperate for work.

In 2005, you and I were driving back to Lafayette in a rental car when we were pulled over by highway patrol. Car was searched. IDs taken. Contraband found. Somehow, by some miracle of the gods, we didn't go to jail. Thoughts?
I told you not to speed. You sped. You were 1000 percent wrong. How did I end up with the ticket?

It's called "possession," Einstein. You a Sinatra fan?
Love him.

Seen him live?

When and where?
Both times at the Super Dome in New Orleans. It was during the autumn of his years, my friend. The first time was real good, but Dean cancelled. The second time was horrible, because he was losing it. "I'm losing it, baby."

When he was dying, you mean?
Yeah, Nancy, or one them, was at his death bed and he turned and said, "I'm losing it, baby!" And then he passed. That's Frank for youalways in the game.

Famous last words?
Don't hate me, hate the material.