Thursday, July 13, 2017

kc book of souls tour

Offered an opportunity to see a band I had not listened to much of in years, I decided to head on down to the Sprint Center in Kansas City to have a look and listen.

Iron Maiden put on a great show, played solid and tight.  Many thanks to the ticket donor!  She had only recently moved out of town for another gig, and sent them on over.  The seat was in a good location.  The sound was not quite as good as could have been, but decent enough.

The opening act, Ghost was interesting.  In all honesty, I arrived late for that round, and only caught their last song.  Their performance was well rehearsed, very theatrical and dramatic.  The music tended in that direction too, and seemed to have quite a lot of support in the crowd.

The night was hellishly hot inside the arena, and promised to get worse.  When the lights went on between acts, you could see the cloud of steam hanging in the air. Leaving the doors open to the hot night air did not help in the least.  The bands suffered for their art on this night.

Iron Maiden took the stage, and all were almost immediately dripping sweat.  Sharing their torment, they fired flame bursts from four or six cannons on stage.    I don't care how old you are, you have to be in great shape to endure what they did, and still put on a good show.

The band powered through track after track; several I have never heard before, and a few that are definitely a blast from the past.  "Eddie" made appearance on one song, towering over, chasing, and then molesting the artists as they played on through Hell's steam bath.

Somewhere along the way someone said they were into their last three, the second of which pretty much everyone knows.  How could they not play "The Number of the Beast?"  I missed the intro to that, tending to other business.

Speaking of which guys, it is kind of creepy to be on your phone in the urinal.  Surely, you can wait that long to play with it.

Saturday, July 01, 2017


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

An early morning haze falls over the woods of southeast Missouri in the photograph topping the column this month, taken at Vibalicious 4.  Held at a local campground near the banks of the Meremac River, it was undoubtedly one of the better ways to spend a warm July night.

Access more from photos from a variety of events recently restored to the site from the menu on the right, or the "story archive" tab from any device.


You don't think about full much when Summer is in full swing, but you might want to make plans now for the return of Sun City Music Festival.  Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3rd) in Austin. The event promises "a long weekend full of live music, laughter, and unforgettable fun," with a lineup featuring Marshmello, Above & Beyond, a special guest appearance by Sasha & Digweed, along with a whole list of international artists.


Adam Pasick givs us a nice quick overview of what animals actually can get their groove on, in his story, "Sorry folks, but that gorilla isn’t actually dancing—and there are very few animals who actually can."  Researchers speculate that dancing may very well be "a byproduct of vocalization, more specifically the ability to mimic the voices and sounds of other animals."


Matthew Spong via Wikimedia
"During the first San Francisco dot-com boom, techies and ravers got together to save the world" takes a look at the evolving rave scene in the US during the early 90s. Timeline writer Stephanie Buck examines the weave of dance, music, art, life, and a culture that viewed "tech as the catalyst for human evolution."

by mooncow via Wikimedia Commons
Isaac Kaplan discusses a bit of what is going on with collections displayed in museums, the benefits and distractions, ups and downs in his Artsy magazine editorial "When Collectors—Not Curators—Dictate Art History."


by St0rmz via Wikimedia Commons
Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream during National Ice Cream Month, while celebrating with your favorite flavor! PBS Contributing Blogger Tory Avery takes a quick look at the varieties enjoyed over the last couple of thousand years.


Restoration of April 2004 is complete, with more to follow soon.  New collections are coming soon to a social media outlet near you!  We are already testing one such situation over on Tumblr, since that platform is a bit more indulgent than the others to alternative forms of photographic art.

Also, we are always looking to expand the social blogging aspect of the site.  If you are interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at

Monday, June 26, 2017

in and outta state

A look at some really interesting works by local artist Michael Patrick Moore kicked off the recently restored photos from April 2004.  All the events throughout the month seemed to stand out just as much.

Frisky stole the club spotlight during the month, hosting Miss Honey Dijon out of New York, and then just a few weeks Rob Mello from London.  The latter in celebration of Deep Connections fourth anniversary.  The dance floor was packed and groovin for both events.

A couple of different events in Kansas City kept folks dancing all night long too, featuring the talents of Reid Speed, Angel Alanis, and Kid Icarus. "Awakening" saw a return to the Knights of Pythias Hall out in Independence, while "Life... As We Know It" went off at a new spot out in Waldo, if I remember correctly.

Joe dragged me down to Manhattan for a chance to catch Breakbotix in a bit more intimate setting. While the event did turn out quite as many folks as expected, those that were there had quite a good time.

Without missing a beat, the following day, a few of us bounced out to St Louis for a party featuring DJ ESP / Woody McBride and TJR.  That show turned out very well, with a mostly full house dancing  all night long.  It was a long ride back to KC the next morning.  I am still not quite sure where I got the energy for 12 hours on the road and nearly 1000 miles over those 2 days.

Learn more about these events through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from April 2004.

Even more traveling around ensued the following month, as summer started to really wind up. In addition to the regular lineup, I dropped on a few cultural events around Kansas City, along with other happenings in St Louis and Omaha.

... until next time ...

Friday, June 02, 2017


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

A carnival ride at the annual Kansas City Spirit Festival in 2002 tops the column for this month. It was the first year the event hosted an electronic dance music (edm) stage, which received solid support, giving folks a different sort of way to get their groove on.

Access more from photos from a variety of events recently restored to the site from the menu on the right, or the "story archive" tab from any device.


Research analyst Allison Aaron and Assistant Professor Reyna Gordon  - image courtesy of

Reyna Gordon sits down with NPR to discuss her discoveries in "Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language." Much of her work is dedicated to showing correlations between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar in children. It seems that those that can detect rhythmic variations in music, generally have an easier time putting sentences together.  Now she wants to see if that can be used to help those with language impairments.


image courtesy of KR3TS Dance Company

An East Harlem dance company helps youth tell their stories through dance! Founded by Latin Grammy award-winning choreographer and dancer Violet Galagarza, "Keep Rising To The Top" is a nonprofit organization helping local youth coping with life altering events, using dance as a method for healing.


European researchers monitoring heart rate and blood pressure levels before and after a brief internet sessions discovered measurable levels of increased anxiety, heart rates, and blood pressure.  This recent study shows physical proof of internet addiction, in the what researchers are saying is the first controlled-experimental demonstration of physiological changes as a result of internet exposure, and warn that "we have to see a more responsible attitude to the marketing of these products by firms — like we have seen for alcohol and gambling.”


Image curtesy of photographer A. Herrero / © 2017 Daniela Eugenia Rosso of the University of Barcelona and Francesco d'Errico and Alain Queffelec.

The World’s Oldest Art Studio Was Just Discovered in This Ethiopian Cave
!  Discovered by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Henry de Monfreid in 1929, and thought to date to about 40,000 BCE, archaeologists recently found a stash of  over four thousand pieces of ochre, making it the largest such collection ever discovered at a prehistoric site in East Africa.


June is Gay Pride Month, and there are tons of events happening all over the world.  Check out the Gay Pride Calendar for an event near you.  It is quite comprehensive, and put together as an initiative to "improve the quality of life of the LGBTQIA community through education and awareness of events and social activities for them, their family and their friends."


Restoration of April 2004 is waiting in the wings, and likely begin to appear over the next month!  A new process enables somewhat faster processing and posting.  Hopefully, by the end of the summer the old photos will start rolling out with greater frequency.

New collections are coming soon to a social media outlet near you!  We are already testing one such situation over on Tumblr, since that platform is a bit more indulgent than the others to alternative forms of photographic art.

We are always looking to expand the social blogging aspect of the site.  If you are interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at

Sunday, May 07, 2017

march for babies kc 2017

Premature birth is the leading cause of death in newborns, as well as contributing to serious illness and disability in infants.  Many of those born prematurely experience developmental delays, chronic respiratory problems, along with vision and hearing impairment.  Some require long-term intensive care and ongoing treatment to ensure they live happy and healthy lives.

The March of Dimes supports life-saving research towards discovery of new treatment options for the prevention of serious illness and birth defects.  They also lobby legislatures to ensure adequate health care coverage for all pregnant women, babies, and children.

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Kansas City, our team walked in support of this mission, along with thousands of others in the Kansas City 2017 March for Babies.

Various activities provided some amusement for children of all ages prior to start of the short one-mile march down Grand Boulevard to 18th Street.  The return trip passed over the Walnut bridge, which hosted memorials for those babies that did not make it, a solemn reminder of the reason for walking. It is uncertain how many folks actually participated, but the event raised nearly a half million dollars.

If you missed it, the organization hosts similar events throughout the year, in cities across the United States.  Check the March for Babies web site for more information, and then put on your walking shoes to help save the lives of those born early It is that easy.  This one event raised nearly a half million dollars!

... that is all the photos from this event ...

Monday, May 01, 2017


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ...

The header image this month is a shot of a turntable in motion at a random even in 2002.

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With the release of their EP ‘Fracture’ this month on Mad Decent, Slumberjack is hitting the road on tour in support of this production.  They are dropping on the most random places along the way too.  They made a recent appearance on “Like a Version,” joined by Sydnee Carter for the single ‘Afraid Unafraid.’  Lyricist and producer K. Flay also joined the fray with a string trio, covering M.I.A.’ track ‘Paper Planes.'


Electroland celebrates the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris on July 8, 2016 at the base of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Steve Aoki and Australian duo Nervo are set to perform, with support from French DJs Michael Calfan and Richard Orlinski.  Main rides throughout the park will remain open during the event for a completely PLUR-istic experience at what will likely be the happiest place on planet.


Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and the well-known anthem that was almost never recorded, are the subject in this edition of The Financial Times series, 'The Life of a Song:  The Message',   The podcast is one of many exploring the story of just one track, its origins and early recordings, along with the good and the bad covers. 


Illinois Central - George Josimovich, 1927 - courtesy of Terra Foundation

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art just released a new mini-site to facilitate research into Chicago art history. Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource | Archives of American Art was funded with a grant from the Terra Foundation, part of its 2017 Art Design Chicago initiative. The space will feature special exhibitions, publications, a comprehensive guide to the collections of materials related to Chicago art, and a multitude of related items.


"Thomas Edison and the Origins of Surf Filmography," takes a look at the work of Robert Bonine, As a camera man for the Edison for the production company, he provided the world with its first motion picture look at of surfing in Hawai'i and other cultural aspects of the island chain in 1906.


There is not a lot to report this month that you probably do not already know.  March 2004 is completely restored.  The re-sort of the original zine issues and articles is complete.  Some new albums are coming soon, and we are looking at publishing some of the mixes collected over the years.   New columns are under consideration, and new writers are always welcome.  

We are looking to expand the social aspect of the site currently, with folks interested in writing columns similar to this, or any one of these topics, or pitch us your idea.  Either leave comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.

Friday, April 28, 2017

crashing thru miami back to kc

Out east, Winter Music Conference is probably the closest thing there is to Ibiza; that is, in March 2004.  There were huge events going on out west, and randomly in the south of the US, but nothing was quite as consistent as this particular onslaught of Electronic Dance Music, EDM, or whatever your favorite nickname might happen to be.

Solaris and I traveled down there in the first part of March, hooking up with several of his comrades here and there, and generally running down a path of debauchery and mayhem.

In addition to the ultimate party of the day, Ultra Music Festival, he had a gig playing live at local radio station, The Womb.

We dropped by several pool parties, stumbled across a few other KC and STL folks, hung out with the likes of Biz Markie, Doug E Fresh, and Slick Rick at a private little affair at Pearl Champagne Lounge, and danced all night to a solid line-up of Techno that included  Christian Smith, Mistress Barbara, and Marco Bailey at Tronic Treatment.

Coming back to Kansas City might have been a letdown after all that, but we returned just in time for a little Snake Saturday in the northland, and local message forum Syde-Sho was throwing a huge little party for their 3rd anniversary.

The very next night we enjoyed a special treat from New York, when Tortured Soul came to play. They are definitely an act to catch, if you ever get the chance.  I don't think they have been to KC since they played Kabal later in 2004.

St Patrick's Day landed on Grand Boulevard a few days later.  It seemed a bit more mute than usual, with an entire entourage of public safety officials monitoring the situation.

Coupled with a war protest on the Plaza later that week, the times they were a changing.

The party kept going though.  DeepFix Records event moved to Fridays at Kabal, and a crazy little Monday night called BLO, burst on the scene with a Prom Night like none before at the Empire Room.

The following month only stepped things up a bit, but we will get to that shortly.  There were three hot little parties that fired up in town, and Spring was only beginning to bloom.

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Monday, April 03, 2017


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of  the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture  

This month's header image comes from those taken during the Kansas City St Patrick's Day Parade in 2002, on Grand Avenue Boulevard, looking north from about 22nd Street.

Archive issues are available in the menu at the bottom of the page on desktop, or through the "story archive" tab from any device.


gif by David Szakaly
A new form of musical expression from by Brian Eno, the founding father of Ambient, Generative takes things to a whole new level of interactivity and creativity. Recently, he released a 54-minute track Reflection along with a counterpart that is much longer, available through an app that provides users the ability to render their own remixes of the track, into infinity.

Only one of several discussed in “Infinite Music ∞ Makes It Last Forever” by Eli Zeger, in cuepoint, they are all part of an old tradition in Ambient circles of artists exploring temporal boundaries.  One person may never hear an entire track, as some are scores meant to go on for hundreds of years.


A collaboration between Mobumichi Asai, design studio WOW, and the University of Tokyo Watanabe Laboratory, “INORI (prayer)” features a dance performance video with live facial projection mapping that modifies the facial costume of the dancers.  Check out the final performance by the dance duo AyaBambi, likely most famous for their work with Madonna, using the world’s fastest high-speed projector with 3d mapping and high precision sensor tracking.


This past month, scientists figured out how to store data at the atomic level, and suggest it is the future of data storage. The discovery by IBM is the culmination of 35 years of nanotechnology research using their Nobel prize-winning scanning tunneling microscope.  While it is not quite ready for the consumer market, it is a leap forward, with endless possibilities for the future.  An entire lifetime of data might one day soon be stored on something the size of a credit card, or perhaps even an SD card.


A Magical 3D Mapping Projection ‘Sofia’s Starmap’ appeared on the 14th century Cathedral of Vilnius, Lithuania earlier in the month.  The fairy tale was stretched across the fa├žade, using the architecture as a canvas, over an area of more than 1216 square meters.   A partnership between emerging producer Liudas Lazauskasand the visual arts team from Miracles, the tale from Roe Deers is one for any age.  The leading character, Sophia falls asleep among a dream where the Moon takes her across the universe.  In meeting the planets, she learns lessons in vanity, ski-deep beauty, and the fear of losing someone you care about.


An interesting exploration of the differences between modern eastern and western civilizations through mental schemes, reasoning, and learning situations; not opinions of any particular topic.  The 45-minute documentary is English and produced by EBS, national public television in Korea featuring educational and cultural programs.


Look to this space in coming issues for updates on the site, a bit of a ChangeLog transmission.  As of this date, event photos through March 2004 have been restored.  The zine that ran from 2004 through 2006 is fully restored, but photos and stories are completely MIA from 2007 & 2008.  That will be fixed soon. Otherwise, events are being restored to the original date of the event.  The related post on the site hosts five images chosen for one reason or another, and beneath those, a link to the album. New columns are under consideration, and new writers are always welcome.  We are looking to expand the social aspect of the site currently, with folks interested in writing columns similar to this, or these topics. Just get in touch with the editor at phocas.

Friday, March 31, 2017

a stray zoolu

The change to a publication format was well received, and we only stepped back the number of events photographed slightly during February 2004. The 12 events photographed during the month were huge affairs though.  Everyone seemed to be celebrating something, and it was the final month of carnival.

It all got started with a great little celebration at The Cup & Saucer.  Wednesday Perk had hit the 2-year mark, hosting a fantastic lineup of local talent, along with a great show of support from the community.

The Empire Room also hosted a little blow-out celebrating their recent remodeling, with an equal level of excitement.  Local DJ Bill Pile kept the dance floor packed most of night.

He and Steve Thorell had that effect on things though.  Fridays at The Point were rarely disappointing, their weekly party in the basement.

Although not quite on the same level, I played a little set down at Evolution, which was quite a lot of fun.  It was definitely not of the same caliber as events that came before it, and paled in comparison with that coming for the remainder of the month.

Out in Lawrence, the hugely anticipated "Phuk Luv" went off fantastically.  Joe covered the opening sets, which gave me a chance to have a chat with Ming & FS, for publication in the March 2004 issue.  It was a great opportunity to talk with them about their work, as well as getting a few of their thoughts on the music industry.

Almost immediately after that, we left for New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Not just for that controlled chaos though. Another anniversary was happening. Zoolu, the annual rave at the State Palace was celebrating their 10th with the usual massive line-up over two nights. Packed on both occasions, it was an intense spectacle full of some of the best EDM from around the country, and the icing on the Mardi Gras cake.

The day after returning from that otherworldly dimension, Kansas City stepped up to offer the first of many wild nights at the Stray Cat. A funky little old theater from decades gone that used to sit where the Spring Center is now, Audacity turned the place inside out and upside down, with a full house packed and dancing hard all night long.

Meanwhile in Memphis, Kourtney was covering a peformance by Lawrence local DJ Bobby Duracel. He had picked up an opening slot for the D:Fuse show there, "How Memphis Got Its Groove Back," which looked to be quite a lot fun.

We were getting ready to turn things up a notch in March too. Flying down to Miami with DJ Solaris, we arranged to get into as much trouble as we were capable of, the first part of March. St Patrick's Day arrived in Kansas City too, and Frisky moved to Fridays, among various other events of interest, soon to be restored.

Monday, March 06, 2017

re:store re:define

{Offtrack playing re:phocas ~ jan.2004 ~ photo by Mage}
The number of events covered in January 2004 exploded.  A good part of that was a need to get out and “flyer” for our forthcoming show at the end of the month, though there was never much of that.

The event photos throughout the month did all the work, with the flyer plastered to the front of the site throughout the entire month.

I stopped in on The Cup and several club nights around town, including XO, the Empire, The Point, and of course, Kabal.  Frisky always had a good Thursday too.

It all started off in the grime of the dirty little place on Guinotte though, just after the beginning of the new year.

RJ Bass held a little soiree down at XO for his birthday, having reach the ripe old age of 30, and Solaris got a good spanking for his birthday.

There were a couple of random little stops too, such as Hannah’s Bistro, where Steve Thorell was doing a different sort of gig, with live percussion accompaniment.  I also found myself invited to an afterhours cocktail hour at what I think might have been the last night of the Italian Gardens.

A trip to Chicago in the frozen depths of this winter month provided the lead story for the upcoming shift in the site format to a publication.  Bradshaw endured that little road trip with me, and was a huge help in getting us both home.

We had a good time, meeting up with Offtrack, booked to play the event launching the publication at the end of the month.  We dropped in on Justin Long at SmartBar, and visited with the guys at Gramaphone Records.

We agreed to leave Stardust 4 after he got what he needed for the story, which was sometime around 1 am.  The long journey to Kansas City ensued, and an important lesson in stamina accompanied with caffeine.

After that little adventure, all attention focused on the upcoming launch party.  I stopped in a few different places, and made it over to the monthly Submission.

Otherwise I was dropping in ta the regular club spots, and putting the final touches on the site redesign and new publication. Incorporating stories, interviews and reviews related to electronic dance music, and moving forward as publication under, held a good amount of support from a lot of folks.  Several jumped onboard immediately to help with the effort, as well helping with the event.

There was near disaster on the day of, with a venue change. The show passed all expectations though. You could say Kabal got raved in the process.   It was at capacity most of the night.  We took over the basement and had one wild party.

{@re:phocas ~ photo by Mage}
Having to move the venue on the day of the event seemed to only add to the odd excitement surrounding the whole affair too. Word traveled swiftly that morning, across the internet and mobile communication. Messages were flying everywhere with the news of the venue change.

Coupled with the atmosphere of the partially completely basement at Kabal, it gave it the right sort of rave feel. It kind of looked that way too on several occasions, and after the fact.  It was fun.

Trip back in time through those photos and all the others restored from January 2004, then look back through that first issue of the publication.  A few of the stories are associated with the photos, as were more as the publication progressed.

Next in the lineup, a return to Mardi Gras, Kourtney parties in Memphis, and things kick off at The Stray Cat.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017



Recently introduced to Pogo, an individual producing some unique and interesting tracks using popular movies bytes, we found this pretty amazing.  This isn't just one sample over and over, but rather a multiplicity of sounds from all over a particular movie.  He has covered multiple Disney movies quite well and only recently sampled Star Trek: The Next Generation too.  Drop in on his YouTube channel, You will definitely find something to amuse you.


Break dancer Raphael Xavier, awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2016, is still breaking it down after 30 years.  Sitting down with Christopher Minor of the Hartford Courant, he talks a little about life and dance, his recovery from a spinal injury, and what it all means.


february night sky - by todd
Cornell University wrote in the Science Daily that finding habitable exoplanets now may be easier. Apparently, "astronomers report that hydrogen pouring from volcanic sources on planets throughout the universe could improve the chances of locating life in the cosmos."  The only problem we have though, is getting there. Technology still lags behind in transport to those regions.


"The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth and the perfect place to show off " is seeking anyone and everyone, on any creative or inventive level, interested in promoting their art through science, craft, homesteading or engineering.  Planned for June 24 & 25 in Kansas City, the event will also include music, food, workshops, and various performances.


National Geographic shows us "a fresh picture of the ambitions and cultural impact" of the most daring seafarers and explorers to rage across the continent.  The Vikings conquests stretch from the coldest regions of Europe to North America and deep into Russia, and are still celebrated today through reenactments like that shown in an accompanying 360 video.

"breakdown" is a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of this site ... music . dance . life . art . culture.

This month's header image was taken during Mardi Gras 2002, at the intersection of Rue de Decatur and Frenchman Street, a popular place for local musicians to gather during that particular night for a bit of live improvisational music for a rave-like crowd, dancing well into the night.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017



There have been many interpretations of one of the most acclaimed novels by Jules Verne,‘Around the World 80 Days, but none quite like this, featuring Flux Pavillion.  Their rendition kicks off in Australia on the first weekend in March, and comes to North America in April for two months, with more dates planned around the world, in a plan to travel 'Around the World in 80 Raves.'


Students came together at the University of Iowa over the weekend to celebrate child cancer survivors, remember those that did not, and help to raise more than $2.5 million to benefit pediatric patients battling cancer.  The 24-hour University of Iowa Dance Marathon is only one of a series of events held throughout the year by the largest student run organization on campus, dedicated to raising money to support children recieving treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Image:  Wemples
Researchers have discovered that sleeping provides the brain an opportunity to shrink connecting neurons by as much as 20 percent, giving them a chance to recharge and grow stronger during the next learning cycle.  "Sleeping Shrinks the Brain... and That's a Good Thing"


Husband and wife independent film makers William and Anais Yeager devoted 7 years of their lives creating the film trilogy "Jesus of Malibu" in the hopes of raising conscious awareness of humanity, and create positive change in the world.  "The Film That Changed The World" is a documentary film of that journey, and premiered in October 2015 at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, winning the "Most Inspirational Film" award.  The film is set to screen in Kansas City on May 19.


Image: CBC Music, The Strombo Show

Tool front man Maynard James Keenan spoke out this week, providing a few interesting thoughts towards modern culture and overzealous fans, indicating the world needs a metaphorical meteor to help society get its act together.  In a rare conversation on The Strombo Show he went on to say, "It's unfortunate that the voice that social media has given people, they're so disconnected with the bigger picture and the movements of things. We really need a meteor. We need something that's going to get people organized with each other."

"breakdown" is a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest, related to the underlying themes of this site ... dance . music . life . art . culture.

This month's header image was taken just before the Bacchus Parade passed by Michel's on St. Charles Avenue, during Mardi Gras 2001, by the author.

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