Daily Archives: 17 February 2015

Psycho Killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est

The soundtrack at Yo Mama’s is a mixture of classic rock and soul. ranging from the late 60s through the middle 80s.  The most recent thing I heard there was Talking Heads’  “Psycho Killer.”

I saw the Talking Heads at George Washington University during the “Stop Making Sense” tour, and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.   Been playing “Psycho Killer” ever since I got back to DC.


First Stop: Yo Mama’s

My flight arrived in New Orleans around 4 PM Sunday afternoon.  It took close to an hour to get to my hotel in the French Quarter—the early Mardi Gras parades were already underway, and the streets were jammed.  Quick change into shorts, because it was 74 degrees in New Orleans.  And 15 minutes later, I was sitting at the upstairs bar at Yo Mama’s.

Yo Mama's

Yo Mama’s

I love this place!  It’s one of the all-time great dives.

It’s been a long time since I was an habitué of dive bars, but if Yo Mama’s was in Washington, I’d be there every week.  It’s an amazingly friendly place, utterly w/o attitude or pretense.

I’m usually not good in crowds. especially crowds of people I don’t know well.  Too put it in New Orleans-relevant terms, I have never relied on the kindness of strangers.  But Yo Mama’s made me feel comfortable and at home, even though I knew no one else in the bar.

And, as I’ve mentioned before, Yo Mama’s serves the best hamburgers in the world.

Yo Mama's Bacon Peanut Butter Burger

Specialty of the House

Here it is, the justly famous Bacon Peanut Butter Burger. served w/a baked potato loaded w/sour cream.   Suspend your skepticism.   I know a burger topped w/bacon and peanut butter sounds a little unusual, but damned if it isn’t the best burger I’ve ever eaten.  It works!

I really should try one of Yo Mama’s other offerings, like the Roquefort Bleu Cheese or the Bull Fighter, which is topped with avocado, jalapeños and salsa.  It’s just that I find the Bacon Peanut Butter Burger irresistible.

Yo Mama's Hot Sauce

Yo Mama’s Hot Sauce

My souvenir.  A bottle of Yo Mama’s Official Hot Sauce.

I may have mentioned that I was eagerly awaiting the start of the TV series Better Call Saul. Like, since 2013.  Sunday, 8 February 2015 was the premier, so I was careful to be back at my hotel in time for the 10 PM start.

I’d even brought my second favourite cap, to wear during the show.  It was a gift from my cousin Gus.   He died.

(For my favourite cap, look here.)

Los Pollos

My Second-Favourite Hat

And I was just in time to catch the last five minutes of the show.  There’s this thing called “Central Time”.

The happy ending is that I made sure I was tuned in way before the encore the next day, so I saw not only the first two episodes, but caught the lead in show, which was (ah!) Breaking Bad. And not just any episode, but the devastating “Felina.”

Oh, was I happy!

First Single from the New Sufjan Stevens Album

It’s Sufjan, so it’s almost unnecessary to mention that it’s quite beautiful.

The song is “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross.”   The new album is Carrie & Lowell.

Carrie and Lowell were Sufjan’s mother and stepfather.  Carrie had a troubled life, scarred by depression, schizophrenia, and alcoholism.   She abandoned her family when Sufjan was only a year old.  She died in 2012.

Lowell was Sufjan’s stepfather, the man Carrie married after leaving her first family.   Sufjan became closer to him than to his birth father.

There’s a long, moving interview w/Sufjan in Pitchfork, in which he discusses his early life, and how it led to the creation of Carrie & Lowell.

The album will be released on 31 March 2015.   Sufjan Stevens will be touring in April.

04/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
04/11 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
04/12 – Hartford, CT @ The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
04/14 – Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium
04/15 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theater
04/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
04/17 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theater
04/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
04/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
04/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
04/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
04/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/27 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
04/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Convenant Fine Arts Center
04/29 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
04/30 – Montreal, QC @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
05/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
05/04 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
05/05 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
05/06 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theater
05/07 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
05/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
05/10 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
05/11 – Houston, TX @ Jones Hall for the Performing Arts
05/12 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
06/02 – San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dorthy Chandler Pavilion
06/05 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
06/08 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
06/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
06/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre