Saturday Odds & Sods: On Your Way Down

Peculiar Grace by Dorothea Lange.

The double whammy anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Ida is next Monday. Last year at this time, we were waiting and watching Ida. After it hit, we waited and sweated. I’ll have some storm-related coverage in tomorrow’s Story Time feature as well as on the day itself, August 29.

New Orleans Mayor Teedy DBA LaToya Cantrell is in political trouble. She no longer thinks she needs to explain herself even at a press conference. There’s a move afoot to recall her but it’s difficult to pull off. It requires 20% of registered voters to sign a paper petition. To learn how hard it is to do google Mike Yenni recall. That effort was well-organized and financed. The anti-Teedy recall started with an online petition but was officially filed yesterday. I remain skeptical. Stay tuned.

The featured image is by Dorothea Lange. She’s best known for one photograph taken when she worked for the WPA. You’ve all seen it: it’s called Migrant Mother. She was not crazy about the photo’s fantastic fame as it obscured the rest of her work. She was not a one-hit wonder as you can learn by clicking on this link.

This week’s theme song was written by Allen Toussaint in 1972 for his Life, Love and Faith album. The best-known version was recorded the following year by Little Feat.

We have three versions of On Your Way Down for your listening pleasure: Allen’s original, Little Feat, and a 21st Century take by another local hero, Trombone Shorty.

For some reason, I always pair that bluesy Toussaint tune with a song that poses the question: “How can you laugh when you know I’m down.”

Here’s a double dose of I’m Down:

That was no laughing matter, but this is:

Let’s get down to our second act.

Mad Men At 15: I completely missed the 15th anniversary of Mad Men. I guess that makes me a slacker former recapper. I loved writing about that rich, literate show as does Vanity Fair’s Joy Press. Her piece is NOT hot off the presses as it was published on July 26 of this year. I guess I was too busy covering the legal hijinks of the Impeached Insult Comedian to notice. Bad me.

Since I’m mad at myself, here’s a Neil Finn song to ease the agita.

Yeah, I know. That’s about a different kind of madness. Oh well, what the hell.

I’m on the record as hating movie remakes but I don’t mind sequels and I love lists.

Vulture’s 102 Best Movie Sequels Of All Time: This listicle was updated earlier this week to accommodate the Top Gun sequel. Since I’m a bona fide maverick, I haven’t seen it.

I disagree with their number one pick even though I liked that movie. How can it not be Godfather Part II?

Vulture, you broke my heart, but I won’t send you off in a boat and have you shot. I’m no Michael Corleone.

For the details click this link.

A golden oldie by Neil Young closes out our second act:

We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.

Separated At Birth Casting Edition: If you thought Brian Cox was evil as Logan Roy in Succession, he also played Hermann Goering in 2000’s Nuremberg. It was a bravura performance to say the least.

It’s an excellent teevee mini-series with Alec Baldwin as Bob Jackson and longtime Adrastos crush Jill Hennessey as Jackson’s executive assistant, Elsie Douglas.

Need an antidote to seeing a Nazi war criminal? Here’s a WW II era song by a 21st Century singer:

The Movie List: This list is for those among you who are not Langed out: Jessica, not Dorothea. As far as I can tell, they’re not related. If I were Skip Gates, I’d peruse their family trees, but I’m not so I won’t. They can find their own roots.

The Jessica Lange Dozen

  1.   Tootsie
  2.    Frances
  3.    Feud
  4.    Cape Fear
  5.    Sweet Dreams
  6.    Streetcar Named Desire/Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
  7.    Blue Sky
  8.    Big Fish
  9.    Cousin Bette
  10.  Crimes Of The Heart
  11.  The Postman Always Rings Twice
  12.  American Horror Story

I realize La Lange had a supporting part in Tootsie, but it was her break-out performance. It’s a miracle that she wasn’t crushed by the King Kong disaster. There’s also a lot of teevee listed: from the Williams plays to American Horror Story.

I’m sorry Tennessee wasn’t alive to see Lange as Blanche DuBois. She restored her to her proper place as the main character of Streetcar. And her Maggie the cat was to die for. Meow.

Best Of SCTV: It’s time for a double dose of those lovable goofballs: the McKenzie Brothers, eh.

That’s Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, eh. But he’s not the Wendy’s dude, eh.

The silliness continues with our next feature.

Saturday GIF Horse: I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.

Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.

Saturday Closer: This week, a video from Robbie Robertson’s eponymous first solo album. It was one of a series of songs written about his Native heritage. FYI, this week’s Sunday Dozen will feature The Band.

That’s it for this week. The last word goes to Robert DeNiro, Jessica Lange, and Nick Nolte in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear.