So New Orleans will host the 2013 Super Bowl.  That’s great news, since it means that the Saints and the state reached an agreement to keep the team in New Orleans until 2025.

The last time I was in New Orleans during the Super Bowl was in 1997.  Jamie and I marched up and down Bourbon Street chanting “DITKA AND SAINTS IN NINETY-EIGHT.”   I’m pretty sure that Jamie, a Rams fan, was laughing at the Saints, but I believed.  What a fool I was.

Even better, this Super Bowl will fall on Bacchus weekend.


Let’s hope they redesign that logo.  I like the idea, but the execution is awful.  “A Perfect Ten”?  Yes, I know it’s the city’s 10th SuperBowl.  It’s still dumb.  The street sign looks like a license plate.

Happy birthday Lucy!

Dave and Lucy Baby
Dave and Lucy Baby

Dave and Barbara had their baby this morning!  Lucy Lane Purdum weighs in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and 19 inches long.

I haven’t had the chance to meet her yet, as I’m still relegated to eating painkillers on my couch.  I was supposed to be there for Dave support, but I wasn’t content with just ruining the baby shower with my clumsiness…..  Leslie filled in for me admirably, I hear.

Congrats Dave and Barb!

More Photos!

Dave’s top 10 ways to tell his friends that he’s going to be a daddy

10. Dudes, I got SO laid.
9. Hole in one!
8. Apparently, butt babies do live. (Sorry, I’m gross)
7. Guys, I’m outta here. Take care of this baby for me.
6. I totally recommend doing it with pregnant chicks.
5. Experimenting with pot does not make you infertile.
4. I want to have a sit-down with each of you about safe sex.
3. Congratulations, it’s not you that I knocked up.
2. While trying to come up with the ultimate Mardi Gras bead attracter, I envisioned a 3-month-old stuffed inside a Saints can koozie. So I made one.
1. I should have made the choice to be gay.

Due date: Dec. 11.

Chelsey’s Top 8 Albums/Songs

Here you go Brenty.

#8 Cold War Kids- Robbers and Cowards. I don’t care if they are Christian. I love Jesus.

#7 Tapes N Tapes- The Loon. Of course my favorite song is Omaha, but I think I would love it even if I lived elsewhere.

#6 Christina Aquilera-Back to Basics. I will admit that I have been a fan for a while now. I am seeing her in concert in February and I can’t wait.

#5 Beyonce-B’Day, I really only like Irreplaceable and Ring the Alarm

#4 El Perro Del Mar, I like this entire album

#3 Yeah Yeah Yeah’s -Show your bones. Song I like to run to: Phenomena

#2 The Rapture- Pieces of the People we Love. Song of the album goes to “First Gear”

#1 Sing Sing-Aerial The best song on this album is Mr. Kadali. This is a great album. I think you are all missing out if you don’t go out and buy this right away.

As You Wish

Brent’s Top Twelve

12) Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies – This guy is something else. He’s prolific, and complicated. What more could you ask?

11) Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome – This thing just sort of died on me at the end of the summer. I blame my brother, who never warmed up to it.

10) Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country- Music I wish Belle and Sebastian would make again.

9) Twilight Singers – Powder Burns – It pisses me off to no end that Kent doesn’t like this CD. I don’t care that Greg Dulli is fat. It’s still New Orleans’ version of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

8) I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce You To My Friends – This music has no soul. I like music like that.

7) Oh No Oh My – Oh No Oh My – In a year without the Shins, this is as close to a Shins CD I could find.

6) Tom Waits – B,B, and B – It’s not fait that Tom Waits has this much good music lying around. This box set, has more redeemable music than any box set should have. It will take me a year to get through it all.

5) Girl Talk – Night Ripper – If you haven’t listened to this, make it your business to do so. Mash-ups that don’t make you blush. What more could you want? Also there is this part where Biggie is rapping over Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” that almost makes me cry.

4) El Perro Del Mar – Perro Del Mar – More soulless music. Better than IFB. And sad and pretty, and nice.

3) The Pipettes – We Are The Pipettes – And we’ve got no regrets.

2) Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood – Let’s start with the title. I defy you to find a better CD title in 2006.

1) Beirut – Gulag Orkestar – This wasn’t a great year for music by any means, but this CD made it through the whole year without me ever getting sick of it. I don’t love it, like I loved Black Sheep Boy and Apologies to Queen Mary last year, but it really stuck around.

My CD from days gone by would be Milk Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. That CD was awesome, and I completely dismissed it. I am dumb.

Now then, for the band that would be on this, if I had longer to listen – Man Man – Six Demon Bag. I hardly knew ye.

The Motel Candle Wasters Award for me goes to The Decemberists – The Crane Wife. That song Kent likes so much screws that whole CD up for me. I don’t know what to do about it. It should be at the beginning or the end, or the trash.

Quickly My Favorite Tracks

5) Pull Shapes – The Pipettes

4) Van Helsing Boombox – Man Man

3) Europeon Oils – Destroyer

2) Ballet and Art – Eagle*Seagull

1) Star Witness – Neko Case

0) We’re From Barcelona – I’m From Barcelona

-1) Us Ones In Between – Sunset Rubdown

-2) Omaha – Tapes n Tapes

My Favorite Shows

5) Edith Frost

4) Eagle*Seagull

3) Flaming Lips

2) Jens Lekman

1) The Brunettes

10 Best Albums of 2006

I hope that Brent and Dave put out their own best of 2006 albums, too.

The 10 Best Alums of 2006, According to Kent

10. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain – I know it doesn’t really sound like a complement, but this album sounds muddy. The sounds develop slowly, in layers, and always seem to be slightly slower than you want them to be. I love the effect, it pulls you in.

9. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife – The eight minute prog-rock song The Island is the best eight minute prog-rock song I’ve heard in a long time.

8. Eagle*Seagull – Eagle*Seagull – BK turned me on to this band. He says they’re great live. I’ve never seen them. I like the slow, sad mood of the singer’s voice, and the song with fireworks for percussion is fantastic. Their name is terrible. Am I supposed to pronounce the asterisk?

7. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards – I first heard of these guys as the the opener for Tapes and Tapes. I loved them then, and got copies of all the EPs they had released up until then, as they didn’t have an album out yet. Then when the album came out, I though, eh, I have all the same songs on EPs, I don’t need to get that. I’ve since got the album and guess what? It’s got all the songs I like off the EPs! It’s a winner!

6. Sunset Rubdown – Shut Up I Am Dreaming – Besides Tom Waits, Sunset Rubdown may have been the best live show I saw all year. The Hold Steady came close, but Sunset Rubdown just blew me away. Spencer Krug’s voice is enough for me to keep this album on heavy rotation this year. I dig his lyrics about snakes with legs and big dumb scared kids, which remind me of Neutral Milk Hotel’s rambling imagery.

5. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat – I fell in love with this album early, then stopped listening to it for awhile and kind of forgot it came out this year. I went to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville while at a library conference, which got me on a country music kick, and Jenny Lewis’ gospel/country album went right back in my playlists. The real stars of this album are the Watson Twins, who provide back up vocals, and I’ve always been a sucker for Lewis’ surprisingly soulful for a skinny white girl from California voice.

4. M. Ward – Post-War – M. Ward sounds old. Everything from his voice to his lyrics to his record production sounds like it was recorded in the Forties. It’s impressive. His distinctive gravelly voice is a lot softer than Tom Waits, but there’s a good deal of similarity between the two.

3. Tom Waits – Orphans – I can’t not put him on the list, even if it’s hard to really give a 3-cd album a worthy listen. While the 3rd Bastards CD is a little tough to listen to (normally Waits cuts the spoken word stuff down to one or two tracks per album, here there’s a lot more), but Brawlers and Bawlers are beautiful all the way through, even the 7 minute song about suicide bombers in the Middle East.

2. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar – The most original album of the year. Beirut sounds traditional, but who knows from what tradition. It’s part klezmer, part balkan, part electroinc, part whatever Americans think the music in Eastern Europe sounds like. It doesn’t sound like Gulag Orkestar, but Gulag Orkestar makes me miss Poland.

1. Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – There hasn’t been an album that I have listened to more this year than this one. Springsteen’s voice sounds just like his band: at once extremely tight and on the edge of falling apart. Apparently people are calling this a protest album, but I never really thought of it that way, just that it’s a bunch of rocking traditional songs. Hearing him play My Oklahoma Home at JazzFest with the entire crowd singing “Blown Away!” is a memory of the storm and its aftermath that I’ll cherish for a long time. I’ve never even really been a Springsteen fan until this album. I liked the hipster-approved Nebraska, but that was it. This album made me delve into the Boss’ back catalog more deeply, even if I still can’t get into Born To Run‘s saxophone cheese.

Miscellaneous Awards
Album of 2005 That I Didn’t Put on Last Year’s List, Which May Have Been the Best of 2005: Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy

Album That I First Listened to in the Past Week, Which May Have Made the Top Ten If I Had More Time to Listen to It: Annuals – Be He Me

Album That Would Have Made the Top Ten If Not For That One God-Awful Song That Ruins the Whole Thing (The Motel Candlewasters Honorary Award): The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America

The Phoned It In Award, or Most Disappointing Album: The Flaming Lips – At War With the Mystics

Top 10 Things Brent Hopes to Fix in 2006

10) This paper shredder that I bought at Goodwill and only works in reverse. It seems like I should be able to fix it, but I have no patience. Failing that, I will nail all the furniture to the ceiling and start living upside down.

9) The fence that the faux-tornado blew over last Thursday. Me and my brother digging holes. Sweaty. Shirts Off. Flab Everywhere.

8) My relationship with Yancey Clayton. I want to stay with him this summer in Chicago. Yancey…call me.

7) My slip n’ slide. We really screwed it up last year, because grown ups aren’t meant to slip or slide. Enhancements will include making it longer and softer, and possible splash poll ending.

6) My bed. I have a huge divot in the middle. My fix will be to pile up the perfect amount bedding under my mattress. I currently have too much bedding, which means my divot has become a hump.

5) That hole my butt made in the wall at Peter’s old apartment

4) My face. I want to be pretty.

3) That “Deuce is Loose” t-shirt I tried to make Kent in 2003. I pulled it out the other day, and it currently reads “D uc i oose,” which is actaully a pretty good looking T-Shirt. But I still have the letters, and I’m going to make it happen. Then I’m going to start making “NASA=Bad” t-shirts.

2) Our porch swing. It’s only for looking at right now. My brother and I broke it last year, which was humiliating. Especially since we not only pulled it out of the ceiling, but also broke the swing with our butts. All while falling on our asses. This year things will be different.

1) A key lime pie from scratch


1. City of New Orleans: Resilient energy was evident from the Quarter to Cooter Brown’s, and brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Thank you, New Orleans. I love and miss you.

2. Matt: An unknown contender last year, this cracked-out journalist came into his own in 2006. On Saturday night, after scoring a game-tying touchdown in the annual Mardi Gras Bowl, Matt kicked it by his lonesome on Bourbon Street until the wee hours of the morning. He returned Uptown around 4:30 a.m., taunted those who were sleeping, then headed back to Bourbon Street – a feat never thought to have been accomplished.

3. Kevin: After several disappointing performances in years past, lawyer made a late push up the rankings by sleeping with three girls in four nights.

4. Marnie and Jack: Continually provided starving drunkards with nourishment and furniture. Couldn’t have made it without them.

5. Karen: Strong throughout; peaked by throwing up twice on the way to the airport. Needs more practice.

6. Kent: He drank a lot.

7. David: He drank almost as much, and ended a two-year sexless drought.

8. Ally: Beautiful little girl dominated at Sunday night parades. Her haul included a 4-foot stuffed rabbit.

9. Susan: Bubbling over with obnoxious enthusiasm; lost points for drinking too many Mike’s Hard Lemonades before noon.

10. Beth: MG rookie got off to a slow start but went out with a bang.

Biggest Disappointments
Colleen: Who drinks red wine on Mardi Gras?
Yancy: Looked good on opening night. Didn’t get out of bed the next day.
Amber, BJ, Mark, Mitch: I couldn’t tell you if they were there or not.
Jason-Lisa: Need to drink more and stay longer.
Leslie: Not as surly as usual.