Hobo Stu’s Weekly Recap

Hobo Stu

Hobo Stu

Hello everyone,

Sometimes I wish there was a way to make mash ups out of HoboTrashcan columns. Joel Murphy’s review of the new KFC Double Down this week is epic and I love the revelation in Courtney’s column that Oprah and John Tesh once dated. But, how awesome would it be to combine those two concepts and have Oprah and John Tesh together in a KFC eating Double Downs? I picture them eating the sandwiches and sharing a large Coke with two straws in it. Maybe it would even end like Lady and the Tramp, with both of them eating from opposite ends of the same Double Down; their lips meeting at the very end.

This needs to happen. All you’d have to do is set the footage to one of John Tesh’s songs and you’d have an instant YouTube classic.

Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:

Lost: Down the Hatch – The Butterfly Effect
Lost reunited two old lovers, answered some important questions and continued to show us why Desmond and Hurley are so damn awesome. Chris Kirkman provided a recap and in-depth analysis of the “Everybody Loves Hugo,” which also generated some interesting discussion threads in the comments section of his column this week.

Murphy’s Law – One Shot: The KFC Double Down
This week, Joel Murphy comes face-to-face with destiny. Once the KFC Double Down hit the market, Murphy knew he had no choice but to seek out and devour the beast. He sacrificed his own personal health, heroically sampling the deadly sandwich so that all of you don’t have to. Murphy recounts this harrowing tale so that you all may live vicariously through him.

Outside of the In-Crowd – Opresh
It was recently revealed that Oprah and John Tesh once dated. No, that’s not a typo. Oprah and John Tesh. John Tesh and Oprah. Courtney Enlow is incredibly excited about this former celebrity couple, so much so that she shared a few other odd celebrity pairings and even imagines a few bizarre couples that may have not yet come to light.

Positive Cynicism – In praise of Bitch Slap
It’s not exactly an art house film, but Aaron R. Davis immensely enjoyed the film Bitch Slap, which he sees as “an out-and-out, honest-to-goodness exploitation movie.” So if you are a fan of Russ Meyer and Roger Corman, make sure to check out Davis’ review of this campy new film.

Hobo Radio 127 – Laura Harring
Laura Harring does not fit into a neat little box. Best known for her lead role in Mulholland Drive, the charming actress is also a globetrotting former Miss USA and Countess von Bismarck. With such varied and rich life experience, it’s no wonder she possesses an eclectic vibe and natural charm that make her so captivating on screen.

Recently, she has surfaced on Gossip Girl as the estranged, assumed-dead mother of Chuck Bass. Like Harring herself, there is more Elizabeth Bass than meets the eye. We had a few brief moments on March 29 to talk to Harring about Gossip Girl, Mulholland Drive and Raul Julia’s influence on her career. This week we bring you audio highlights from that interview.

From the Vault – One on One with James McMurtry
Until 2004, singer-songwriter James McMurtry was known mainly as a highly-respected chronicler of hard-bitten heartland characters living hardscrabble lives on the fringes. Then he released the single “We Can’t Make It Here,” a scorching indictment of the Bush administration and the power elite, earning the unassuming Texan increased fame and a newfound “unabashed activist” label.

Four years later, the man novelist Stephen King has called “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation” came back with a new album (Just Us Kids, Lightning Rod Records) that found him skewering Bush and company with even more fervor but with the same eloquent terseness. We caught up with McMurtry back in 2008 as he and his band, The Heartless Bastards, prepared to head east on their latest tour. He shared his thoughts on the process of songwriting, the drudgery of touring and the reason why Leonard Cohen must die. If you missed it then, enjoy it now.

– Hobo Stu

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