Thursday, November 1, 2012

I Put a Spell on You

Adult Music Club, "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)

These are all from the Adult Music Club performance at the Louisiana Book Festival. That's me in the orange along with Jayme St. Romain, Lance Porter, Lewis Rousell, Louis Lipinski, Jason Davis, Bowdre Alverson-Banks, Benjo Fernandez and our spiritual advisor David Hinson.

All week:
Lots of Tom Waits and a little Prince
Barry Hannah, The Tennis Handsome

I keep meaning to blog and and then it strikes me what a weird thing that is to say and then I'm breaking the cardinal rule about blogging which is to not blog about blogging and then I have papers to grade and Halloween and a book festival to present at and a rock band to front so I forget. But the star moments sustain us.

Adult Music Club, "Goo Goo Muck" (The Cramps). I was informed my dance moves are exactly the same as they were in 1995.

Adult Music Club, featuring Jamye St. Romain, "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac)

Adult Music Club, "Pipeline" (The Ventures)

I'll put up our devastating strafing run through "Way Down in the Hole" as soon as it gets uploaded.

Adult Music Club, "Way Down in the Hole"

A big thank you is in order for Rachel Vernon for shooting and uploading and sitting through it all. I burned myself out on Tom Waits years ago but this recent embodiment of the form has rekindled my  interest. Plus, Maya is into it. We particularly are taken with the making feet for children's shoes bit in "Singapore".

The book festing part of the book festival was great. This really is one of the nicest cultural events in Baton Rouge. It feels for a moment to be a brainy town. Just a few years ago I sold good ol' Darkness, Racket and Twang from a little rented table on the walk up to the Capitol building where the big shots were reading and it thrills me that I am one of those.

Well, I was in the museum auditorium with a generous, perhaps optimistic amount of seating for an 11:45 book talk, but you don't measure success by the numbers, but by channels swum and mountains scales and rooms played. And Courtney from Barnes and Noble actually had a stack of DRT and The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual (look out for royalties Joe and Kirk and Paul; we actually sold one!) next to Louisiana Saturday Night at the merch table.

All of which you can buy. Just sayin'. Holidays are coming up.

I want to thank LSU Press for believing that I have something publishable and salable to say about things and for putting out the version of The Tennis Handsome I am picking my way through. Barry Hannah. That fucker could write.

1 comment:

  1. Barry Hannah may have never topped "Midnight and I'm Not Famous Yet," because that story. That story.