In Other News…Forecastle Roundup, Schimmel breaks record, alien afterlife and unhappy Louisville

Forecastle Headliner Jack White

Forecastle Headliner Jack White

Bon Voyage: The big Forecastle Festival was this past weekend and we have a few items popping up out of that.

Rolling Stone gives us “Forecastle Festival 2014’s Greatest Country Moments,” from Dwight Yoakam all the way to Jack White’s cover of “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and everything in between. Rolling Stone also added new Forecastle images to their “2014 Festivals” album.

American Songwriter lists “The 5 Best Moments from Forecastle Festival.” A couple of these are team-ups: Jenny Lewis with our own local Watson Twins, and The Replacements with special replacement Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day. They also list a sober Jason Isbell, indie-pop band Lucius—the soundtrack behind much of the night and early morning’s mighty “In Other News…” writing; and Jack White’s monster set.

Here’s a minute of Lucius covering My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful” at this year’s festival.

Speaking of Mr. White, during his encore, he performed a mash-up of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and his own “Icky Thump” that received a lot of buzz this week: Consequence of Sound ran it first, then SPIN, Pitchfork, New York Daily News and TIME, to name a few. It’s everywhere.

It’s here too, in fact (with accompanying naughty language alert, because Jay Z):

And that gives me an excuse to run one of the greatest mash-ups ever from Danger Mouse’s “The Grey Album,” Jay Z’s “Encore” and the Beatles’ “Glass Onion.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbXLp2z6xL4

Showtime Shoni: Former University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinal and current Atlanta Dream Shoni Schimmel came up huge in the WNBA All-Star Game this past Saturday: She only scored a record 29 points is all. ESPN, The Huffington Post and Indian Country have the story.

Shoni Schimmel, Record-Breaker

Shoni Schimmel, Record-Breaker

Oh, and she’s a rookie this year and not even starting for the Dream just yet. That’s what some might call potential.

Says Shimmel of her record-setting performance:

“It was awesome, just to be able to go out there and play my game, have fun, feel free to go out there and play ‘rez ball.”

“Being Native American, it’s a huge accomplishment to go out there and be in the WNBA. To have the fans look up to me and to a role model not only for my siblings but also the Native American fans, the Native American people. It’s huge. I take on my shoulders because I enjoy it.”

Since she scored so much, they went ahead and named her MVP of the game. That’s how these things normally go.

Ken Ham

Ken Ham

The Final Frontier: Over our last year and a half together, I’ve come across some odd headlines. I mean, just look at the last month or two of KFC headlines alone. But then there are some other unusual/usual suspects. Say from our friend Ken Ham from The Creationist Museum/Answers in Genesis, for example.

Why, just this week, The Huffington Post ran this nugget:

“Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will Go To Hell So Let’s Stop Looking For Them”

Now I was hit in the head three times playing racquetball yesterday—two of the three in the face; two of the three self-inflicted unforced errors—and I thought that might be playing a role in what I was reading.

But not so, as Salon, Gawker, Christian Today, Christian Post, Esquire and Open Minds: UFO News and Investigations all had the story too.

As the reports go, last week Charles Bolden of NASA said he expects we will find alien life within the next 20 years, prompting Ham to take to his blog to respond. He says….Well, he says a few things:

“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation,” he explained. “Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior.”

So here’s just a sampling of those destined for eternal suffering:

The Condemned

To be fair, the Predator monster probably is going to Hell. It’s not my place to say, of course. “Judge not…” I’m just laying odds.

Ham has since responded to the response from his initial blog post. He says, once again, everyone is blowing this out of proportion and that he didn’t say what he said, only what he said is in his initial blog post. Which he quotes while saying he didn’t say it.

And he includes a video he made with official Answers in Genesis astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner. In it, he says he supports NASA’s research because it will ultimately prove him correct. And they’re not anti-science because they’re standing in front of a telescope. They don’t say that; that’s my inference on what my inference is supposed to be.

It’s just fascinating. It really is.

Already the most progressive pope to date, it comes as no surprise that Pope Francis has no problem baptizing Martians, should that ever be an issue.

Some are far more optimistic. Slate says should aliens exist and opt for a terrestrial vacation spot, their first stop should be the UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, S.C.

Anyway, the whole search for alien life, according to Ham, is for secularists to prove the theory of evolution. I did a little digging and found how Ham has himself evolved. Take a look at this rare shot from the mid-eighties:

Ken Ham: Then and Now

Ken Ham: Then and Now

See, that’s just…That was really juvenile of me. We normally try to keep things more dignified than that around here than cheap shots like that. I’m sorry.

That’s, of course, Ron Perlman from TV’s “Beauty and the Beast” and not the Creation Museum’s Ken Ham.

Three times, I was hit in the head.

Glad to be Unhappy: TIME, AOL, Science World Report, Medical Daily and Tech Times report on a new study out from the National Bureau of Economic Research performed by researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia taking a look at the unhappiest cities in the country.

Louisville is No. 3.

Sad.

Only two places are more miserable that we are: New York and Pittsburgh.

So for some perspective, that means, according to this study, Detroit? Happier than we are; they’re No. 6. Philadelphia, the city that once booed Santa Claus?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWvza6en5Rg

They’re No. 10.

Cleveland? Not even on the list.

I mean, have you ever even been to Cleveland?

So come on, Louisville. This is depressing to think about. And I don’t know what we’re so unhappy about besides, so buck it up, little camper. Nobody likes a whiner.

Top 10 happiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010):

1. Richmond-Petersburg, VA
2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA
3. Washington, DC
4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
5. Atlanta, GA
6. Houston, TX
7. Jacksonville, FL
8. Nashville, TN
9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ

Top 10 unhappiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010):

1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest reported happiness:

1. Charlottesville, VA
2. Rochester, MN
3. Lafayette, LA
4. Naples, FL
5. Baton Rouge, LA
6. Flagstaff, AZ
7. Shreveport, LA
8. Houma, LA
9. Corpus Christi, TX
10. Provo, UT

All Good Things…: Since April of 2013, I’ve reserved the final item of the week for a Jennifer Lawrence item of some kind. And every week, without fail, it’s been the easiest slot to fill.

Until now.

There is nothing—NOTHING—topical or remotely interesting in the world of Jennifer Lawrence this week. Remarkable in that it’s altogether unremarkable.

So the streak is over. Just like NFL legend Jerry Rice, who caught a ball in 274 consecutive football games until that fateful 275th game came upon him. Or the Harlem Globetrotters who beat the Washington Generals 2,495 times until suffering a heartbreaking single-point loss in 1971. Or the Undertaker, who won 21 consecutive Wrestlemanias before finally losing this past spring to MMA superstar Brock Lesnar.

That last one is a reference that came to me researching a few other things. And searching for that footage eventually led me to this video of Andy Warhol at the wrestling matches at Madison Square Garden:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaJ2d3IadrU

Who knew you could get from Andy Warhol to Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper or Hulk Hogan within a single degree of separation?

You can’t watch that, Louisville, and remain the third unhappiest city in the country You just can’t. The absurdity is just too strong.

Speaking of, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention “Batman Day” was this past Wednesday. And with that, came the unveiling of the first image of Ben Affleck Batman for the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dusk of Vengeance: Midnight of Madness.” reports CNN.

Batman

Batman

And here’s Entertainment Weekly’s walk down Gotham’s memory lane with two people who shape the character over the last couple of decades, superstar artist Jim Lee and Bruce Timm, producer of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A71i0a5x-qA

That series had some serious voice talent, including Mark Hamill as the caped crusader’s arch nemesis, The Joker. Hamil, of course, is most knows for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Luke, as you know, was born on the desert planet, Tatooine, so also going to Hell.

See you next week.