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  • Issue Archive for
  • Apr 24-30, 2008
  • Vol. 30, No. 23

News

  • Jesus Made Matt Taibbi Puke
  • Jesus Made Matt Taibbi Puke

    In need of a good weekend read? Check out this excerpt from Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi's new book The Great Derangement, in which he goes undercover at the weekend retreat of Christian Zionist, and McCain pal, John Hagee's Cornerstone Church in Texas Hill Country. My disguise was modeled...
  • What I'll Miss About Hollywood
  • What I'll Miss About Hollywood

    And so begins LA Weekly's last day in Hollywood. Sunny, 72 degrees... 12 minute commute. As of Monday LA Weekly will be run out of offices nestled into the on-ramp of the 405 on the outskirts of Culver City with convenient access to the only store left in America that...
  • Pellicano Trial Bombshell
  • Pellicano Trial Bombshell

    Witness shocker throws trial in turmoil For days Chad Hummel had been uncharacteristically quiet as the trial of famed private eye Anthony Pellicano and four codefendants wound down this week. Normally Hummel’s baritoned objections could be heard ricocheting off the walls on behalf of his client, former LAPD Sergeant Mark...
  • Braving 'New Worlds' at the Jumex Collection
  • Braving 'New Worlds' at the Jumex Collection

    The Jumex Collection art museum is located at a industrial plant in the rough-edged northern outskirts of metropolitan Mexico City, in the municipality of Ecatepec, in the state of Mexico. Initial access from a busy boulevard is gained through a guarded gate and then down a long asphalt drive. Then,...
  • Pellicano Trial’s Restless Defense

    Today defense attorneys in the racketeering trial of Anthony Pellicano and four co-defendants began their closing arguments, with lead-off hitter Chad Hummel attacking prosecutor Daniel Saunders’ Tuesday closer on two fronts. Hummel reliably tried to exploit the government’s court pratfall of last week, when Hummel impeached a defense witness called...
  • Mistakes Were Made

    Dysfunctional business as usual at Pellicano trial When we last left the trial of Anthony Pellicano and four co-defendants, the proceedings had been thrown into chaos after attorney Chad Hummel’s cross examination of a “businesswoman” whom the government had called to the witness stand to testify about a bankruptcy petition...
  • Molasky Pacific Leaves Columbia Square

    Molasky Pacific, a real estate development firm based in Las Vegas, will no longer take part in the effort to build a 40-story skyscraper on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Instead, the company asked its New York City-based partner, Apollo Real Estate Advisors, to buy them out for an undisclosed sum...
  • Headless Chicken and TLG
  • Headless Chicken and TLG

    These were seen recently in the area of Melrose and LaBrea near Gallery1988, PInk's and Babeland. "Death to the Normals" and then a headless chicken. Weird. On the left side of the box though (what are these gray things called? Does anyone know?) is one of MBW's Martin Luther King...
  • Rail Yards Downtown
  • Rail Yards Downtown

    Lots of great stuff can be found walking around the railroad tracks downtown along the LA River. It is, however, off limits, and can lead to some twisted explanations to cops and other uniform wearers about how you got turned around on that one street, and just wanted to get...
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  • MANDOE On Gower Near Fountain
  • MANDOE On Gower Near Fountain

    MANDOE has a stunner on a wall north of an east-west street crossing Gower around Fountain (but not on Fountain). MADNOE, PROSE and FUKM are listed on the piece. All photos by Mark Mauer. More after the jump...

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Music

  • Claremont Folk Festival
  • Claremont Folk Festival

    By Ryan Colditz Get the folk out of the city on Saturday and mosey on over to Clarmont (just a few miles past the Glass House in Pomona) for the 28th Annual Claremont Folk Music Festival, held at Sycamore Elementary School. Sounds boring, right? WRONG. A full day of art...
  • Coachella Day Three: The Dangers of Chromeo

    Chromeo at Coachella By Chris Martins Roger Waters was neck-deep in pyrotechnics and paisley. The Gobi Tent was done, abandoned 'til next year, and the grass 'round second stage was given up to sleepers, trippers and young love. Black Mountain was beardily spinning country-fried psychedelia to a small but appreciative...
  • Coachella Day Two: Yo! Majesty and Rilo Kiley

    Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Day 2 Yo! at the Gobi tent, 7:40 p.m. By Chris Martins Yo! Majesty kept it in their shirts. It's true - the Tampa-based, female-fronted answer to 2 Live Crew adroitly circumvented legal woes by neither rapping with their mams in the wind, nor...
  • Nekromantix, Fangoria Convention, 4/25
  • Nekromantix, Fangoria Convention, 4/25

    Nekromantix / FreakShow Deluxe LA Convention Center April 25, 2008 Could there be a less spooky place for the Nekromantix to play? Even late at night, walking through the parking structure of the Convention Center, through the huge empty hallways, there isn't a bit of menace to the place. You...
  • Yeasayer at the Ukranian Culture Center 4.25.08

    I can’t freakin' wait until Yeasayer come back to Los Angeles. I feel itchy knowing that last Friday's show at the Ukranian Culture Center on Melrose was their only L.A. engagement. Yeasayer is one band that requires you to hold your impressions until you’ve seen their live performance. As interesting...
  • Coachella 08: A glimpse at Prince's soundcheck
  • Coachella 08: A glimpse at Prince's soundcheck

    At last night's cool Filter party at the Corona Yacht Club, I ran into sculptor Christopher Janney, whose Sonic Forest installation will once again appear as part of Coachella's art offerings. Janney has been working for the past week to install his work at the Empire Polo Field, where the...
  • She & Him, Vista, 4/28

    She & Him The Vista Theatre, 4/28/08 By Jonah Flicker At 7pm, there was already a long line winding around the corner outside the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, eager fans waiting to see She & Him perform. It soon became clear that there was some sort of delay, as...
  • Day One in Photos
  • Day One in Photos

    All photos by Timothy Norris. Vampire Weekend appear in broad daylight, above and below. Kim (or Kelly) Deal of The Breeders Jack White with The Raconteurs...
  • Rolling on the Coachella Express to Indio
  • Rolling on the Coachella Express to Indio

    On the Coachella Express, there are a few distinct types of people: the media, which was invited to document the maiden voyage of the Amtrak line that departed LA's Union Station Thursday afternoon, and who wouldn't leave the kids alone. Local LA news crews were doing their two-minute Coachella stories...
  • Coachella Wrap-Up: Is Santogold This Year's MVP?

    If there was one transformative performance at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, I'd say it was Santogold's Friday night statement-of-purpose. The festival, which wrapped up last night with a Pink Floyd flashback courtesy of Roger Waters and a furious day-long Sahara tent throwdown with highlight sets by...
  • Coachella Day One: Walk the Line

    I hate lines. They're somewhere in the lower rungs of my own personal inferno along with club kids in fedoras, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the abstract concept of valet parking. Unfortunately, entering Coachella brings me into contact with three of those four food groups as quite often, while waiting...

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  • Coachella Friday: Easy Breezy
  • Coachella Friday: Easy Breezy

    One down. Two to Go! Coachella Friday was actually very easy breezy. Okay, we left Thursday night thereby avoiding most traffic and we spent a big chunk of yesterday poolside at the BPM party (which was supposed to be Smurf-themed but didn't exactly turn out that way... more on this...
  • Folking Around
  • Folking Around

    Flight of the Conchords Amoeba Records in-store, April 24 Clement (left) and McKenzie There’s a lot of l’amour in this room tonight. The racks of CDs and LPs are sandwiched left and right with the faithful, who know every lyric and are toting signage of such desirous dedication as “Brit...
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