Saturday Odds & Sods: Summer In The City

Decalomnaia by Rene Magritte.

The crazy heat wave continues. The temp hit triple digits at many places in the New Orleans metro area on Thursday and Friday. I don’t want to know if it happened at Adrastos World HQ. In this instance, ignorance is bliss. It’s too damn hot to think about being too damn hot.

We had a similar heat wave last year during the Dipshit Insurrection hearings. It’s worse this year. It’s still too damn hot to think about being too damn hot.

Climate change is real. Pass it along.

The news is extra weird in New Orleans this week. Mayor Teedy is morphing into C Ray Nagin in a pants suit. She got into a nasty public scrap with WWL-TV investigative reporter David Hammer. It wasn’t as funny as the time C Ray threatened to cold cock TV’s Lee Zurik, but it came close. It was entertaining teevee and terrible government.

Teaser Time: I’ll have another NOLA news of the weird story to lead off our second act.

This week’s theme song was written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone for the Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful. Weird album title with a dull cover. One would have expected a real humdinger…

We have four versions of Summer In The City for your listening pleasure: The Lovin’ Spoonful original, BB King, and Joes Cocker and Jackson:

It’s still too damn hot to think about being too damn hot. One more hot number before I get too overheated:

That was David Johansen of the New York Dolls playing his lounge lizard character Buster who was no Poindexter.

We begin our second act with a segment that could become a recurring feature.

NOLA News Of The Weird: As the legacy media fades, a bunch of internet news organizations have sprung up in New Orleans. Verite is one of them. It means truth in French. Mais Oui.

I’ll let their internet image thing do my work for me

Payroll fraud and a ‘secret sex room’: Troubling allegations at New Orleans S&WB

The reporter  Tweeted out video to prove that he was not making the whole secret sex room thing up. Oy, just oy.

It looks more like a bomb shelter than a bum shelter. That’s bum as in butt, ass, posterior. I’ve been watching a lot of British crime teevee of late, so bum it is.

One of those shows is Ridley starring Adrian Dunbar. He’s a crack detective who owns a jazz night club as a side hustle. It gives Ridley a place to sing tunes written by Richard Hawley:

Let’s move from the ridiculous to the sublime.

The Bear Redux: Dr. A and I just finished watching season-2 of The Bear. It’s outstanding; even better than the first season and that’s saying a lot. I reviewed season-1 in this space last summer.

There’s a great op-ed piece in the NYT by Chris Vognar about The Bear and grief. The first season reflected the anger felt by the characters over Mikey’s suicide. He left his brother a pile of shit, but Carmy slowly but surely turns it around.

Season-2 reflects the next stage of grieving as the cast moves on from the death that dominated the first season. The show is also funnier than hell. It’s one of the best things on teevee right now.

Here’s the season-2 trailer:

Grading Time: The Bear has risen in my estimation. I give it 4 stars and an Adrastos Grade of A-.

The last word of our second act goes to Randy Newman:

We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.

Separated At Birth Twitter Edition: This week’s image comes from historian Michael Beschloss. He was inspired by what I called the Pantomime Rebellion.

Dave Barry once said that white dudes with shaved heads all look like giant thumbs. I’ll take the Otto thumb over the Yevgeny thumb any day.

Your Weekly Oscar: Here’s a prog rock-jazz mashup featuring two great keyboard players, OP and Keith Emerson.

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?

The Best Of Letterman: Is it too late to have a Father’s Day segment? Here’s some Zappa zaniness:

Saturday GIF Horse: This week, images from The Bear. The second one has some expletives deleted. They’re not deleted in the show itself.

Fuck yeah, Cousin Richie.

Tweet Of The Week: Bodega Cats is one of the best things about the Tweeter Tube. Even Elon Musk can’t ruin this:

I’ve tried to get the corner store in my hood to style itself as a bodega. They’re Arabs so they’re not having it. Oh well, what the hell.

The Junk Drawer: It’s a tweet from George Stevens Jr about TCM. Instead of dumping Bodega Cats, I slid this into the junk drawer. It’s too good not to share.

It’s too damn hot to name numerous names but Sunday Dozen guys Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock are in the first row.

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

Saturday Closer: Tomorrow’s Sunday Dozen features the music of Los Lobos. Here’s a Tiny Desk concert from 2010:

That’s all for this week. The last word goes to the kitchen crew on The Bear: