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PREMIERE | Ben Millburn Drops 'Call Me King'

Psychedelic, grunge-lite alt rock from Texas

Ben Millburn premieres "Call Me King" on Popdust. The song is from Millburn's forthcoming album, called Sunglass Moustache, slated to drop September 14.

Recorded at Church House and Good Danny's, Millburn and Panama Grant co-produced the album. The tracks were laid-down rapidly, according to Millburn.

"We recorded the majority of the record live, vocals and all, about a week after we got back from a tour of the South. We recorded eight songs in two days."

Each of the songs on the album will be accompanied by a music video written and directed by Millburn and acted, edited, and shot by different members of Sunglass Moustache. "The videos tell the story of Mr. Tuxedo and his rise and reign in power. He gets help – or was it hurt, I can't remember – from the other characters, Mustang Billy and Mr. Taco, along the way."

Originally from Louisiana, and now hanging out in Austin, Texas, Millburn and his band, also called Sunglass Moustache, project a wide-ranging sound encompassing pop, progressive rock, psychedelic, cosmic, Texan, funk, and blues influences.

"Call Me King" opens with trickling psychedelic guitars and bleeding synth colors atop a measured almost shuffling groove. There's a grunge-lite-phantasmagoric feel to the tune, akin to "Strawberry Fields Forever." Millburn's voice exudes sonic nonchalance with tantalizing reedy wisps of scrumptious condescension.

Full of hallucinatory images and fanciful montages of color, the video depicts Millburn, the king, seated on his comfy-chair throne, caparisoned in a variety of costumes, ranging from a tuxedo to urban chic, i.e. black jeans, hoodie, and goggles.

"Call Me King" exudes lush, suppressed energy, like the luminous dust of psychedelic dreams.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

Louisiana Republican stripper weight bill causes outrage and laughter in equal measures

Louisiana Republican, Kenneth E. Havard proposed a bill to regulate strippers age and weight, last week.

Havard suggested the amendment, which would legally make the age of strippers “between 21 and 28 years of age" and that they "shall be no more than 160 pounds in weight.”

His fellow politicians burst into laughter, just before he added: "I offer up this amendment as a part of keeping the spirit alive of trimming the fat.”

Not surprisingly, some members were outraged.

Especially fellow Republican, State Representative, Nancy Landry, who stomped up to the mic and asked Havard if he meant such women were unfit to be dancers.

Audible gasps could be heard from the chamber, before Havard stumbled,:

No ma'am, I'm just worried about their health.

And I wouldn't want them to hurt one another.

Come the fuck on.

Then State Rep. Julie Stokes rose and said, "Looking over this body, I've never been more repulsed to be a part of it."

(Referring presumably to the body of representatives, not her own)

The proposal came during debate over a bill requiring dancers at strip clubs to be at least 21 years old, which was pitched as an anti-human trafficking measure.

The avalanche of fury forced Harvard to re-cast his proposal as a joke and a playful reference to over-regulation.

Because, presumably, nothing is funnier than human trafficking and misogyny.

Stokes was PISSED though—and wouldn't let Havard try and weasel out of it that easily.

She took him—and his fellow misogynist laughing cronies—to task:

I refuse the spirit of everything that I've heard.

I just can't even believe the behavior in here.

We need to call an end to this.

I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly.

I hear and see women getting treated differently than men, and you know what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it.

I respect Rep. Havard, but I don't know what he was thinking.

Go ‘head, grrrrrrrl.

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Louisiana Republican stripper weight bill outrage

Britney Spears and boyfriend Charlie Ebersol have broken up and seem too be on totally different pages about the whole thing.

The popstar and Charlie had been dating for around eight months and had been looking super cute together.

However it all seems to have come crashing down and Britney went home over the weekend, posting a pic on Instagram of her in a bikini with a mystery dude on a boat.  Interestingly, she captioned it "So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys."

On Monday, Charlie posted to his Instagram with a completely different tone—a selfie video of him getting cuddles from his dog, with the theme from Toy Story (You've Got  A Friend In Me) playing over it and a VERY telling caption.

Seems like he may be sadder than Brit Brit who has deleted all photos of him from her Instagram.   A source reportedly told Us Weekly that Charlie "came off as being in the relationship for the wrong reasons".

Spears has had a well documented somewhat checkered love life.  She was famously married to Jason Alexander in 2004 for just 55 hours and then to Kevin Federline from 2004-2007.  Her engagement to Jason Trawick ended in 2013 and she seemed to have found happiness with Ebersol—there was even talk of her trying for a baby when her Las Vegas residency ends.

Better luck next time Britney!

 

 

 

Gluten. It does crazy things to people. One minute two attractive, well-mannered women were digging into their pitas at the aptly named Pita Pit in Louisiana, the next minute, they were all over each other…and not in a good way.

Jamie Lynn Spears and her gal pal just wanted a late-night snack, when out of nowhere, her smoking hot friend got clocked with a bottle by some crazed gluten-intolerant!

Before shit got real in the sandwich shop.

 

Spears immediately sprang into action, dragging her friend out of harm's way and behind the sandwich shop counter. Then in an effort to fend off the crazed bottle wielder, Spears grabbed a long serrated bread knife and expertly waved it at the attacker.

Battle diffused, the po po hit the scene, but the victim did not want to press charges and her assailant was not arrested.

Jamie Lynn: Protector of hot blonde* chicks.

Check out this video below of Jamie going all street justice on some crazed Beverly Hills asshole who didn’t want her big sister Britney in her hood.

*Britney has brown hair in clip; but is usually blonde. Word.

Via TMZ

 

 

Mississippi continues to dominate the dojo for fattest state in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive year. In a related story, Mississippi is also one of the dumbest states, with the average IQ being 94.2-that’s almost 6 points below average. In another related story, it’s also the most religious, with a whopping 61% loving the shit out of the Lord. Not surprisingly, Mississippi is also one of the most Republican states. Hmmmm....Fat, stupid, Holy and Republican. Are you seeing a theme?

West Virginia took home the silver for second fattest state, but the gold for fattest city in the country! Congratulations, Huntington! Go have a Hillbilly Hot Dog, which, incidentally, gets 5 ½ stars on TripAdvisor!

Louisiana came in third for fattest bastards in the union.

Meanwhile, Colorado maintains its title as the leanest, which is surprising when you consider how much pot they smoke. What do they eat when they get the munchies? Kale?

And, according to a new analysis by CalorieLab, Inc. Alaska got fat while Californians slimmed down. Thank you cross fit. And bulimia.

Wisconsin’s obesity rate rose a full one percent. They also have one of the lowest rates of breast-fed children in the county, which, when you consider the state’s cheese obsession, suggests they are a state bent on overcompensating.

Move over, Washington D.C., here comes something leaner. Hawaii surpassed the District of Columbia as second slimmest state, a spot D.C. had held for three years. Makes sense considering the states unofficial uniform is a lei.

In general, the coastal states rank lowest in the fattest stakes, while states in the South and the Rust Belt tend to be the fattest.