Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday's Song of the Week

Every time B and I decide that we're going to tighten the ol' belt straps and downgrade our cable package to basic cable, HBO blasts out some awesome new show that we just can't get enough of. When we moved in together in Philly, we were given six months of free HBO. And just as that six months was about to run out, the world gave us Flight of the Conchords. And then a year went by and we were finally ready to bite the bullet and flip the HBO switch off forever when True Blood was born. And helloooooo naked people! This year though, what with the buying of the house thing, we were looking to trim a little bit more fat than usual and cable was going to be the first thing to go. And then we saw Treme.

I. Love. This. Show. Based in post-Katrina New Orleans, it explores the daily struggles of an incredibly diverse and culturally rich city trying to pull itself out of the water and start living again. The acting can be sub-par at times, but that's entirely forgivable because the majority of their actors aren't actors at all. They're musicians. Real, New Orleans musicians. And as you can imagine, every episode is soaked in some amazing New Orleans music played by some of New Orleans' living legends. GAH IT JUST MAKES ME WANT TO GO TO NEW ORLEANS SO BAD I THINK MY HEAD IS GOING TO EXPLODE.

And good garsh I love the intro. I love the culture and the juxtaposition of images and most of all I love the music. Meet John Boutte. You're welcome.





4 comments:

Ed said...

Love the show and this song. There's actually a full 4 minute version of Treme Song by John Boutte if you want more New Orleans goodness.

rory said...

We've been a couple of times. If you go, don't go for Mardi Gras (sea of vomit), go for the Jazz Fest- it's like the local's Mardi Gras.
Also, there's a good book about New Orleans called Nine Lives by Dan Baum.

Bridget said...

@rory I agree! We don't really have an interest in Mardi Gras, but I'm dying to get to Jazz Fest. We were also batting the idea around of going for a long weekend in October or so. New Orleans or Key West. Hmmm....

TJ said...

I fell in love with Treme from the first episode. I've never been to New Orleans, but just watching the first ten minutes of the first episode plus that theme song I felt so drawn to the city I've been trying to get down there ever since.

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