By Paul TeetorA reservation system? Unworkable. A permit system? Not enforcable. Keep Sand Dune Park closed permanently? Now there's a great idea.That was the consensus Monday night at a long meeting described by Manhattan Beach Mayor Portia Cohen as a Town Hall on the future of the over-crowded, wo ... More >>
It was a Vampire Weekend for more than just the hip Brooklyn band's appearance in the South Bay. From vampire balls to "bats and cats" masquerade, it's almost like Halloween never ended. Add The Raveonettes and a dessert-themed burlesque show to the mix and you have one wild November. Keep reading t ... More >>
If you have an ice cream and volleyball fetish, tomorrow's your lucky day. Professional volleyball players will be serving not volleyballs but ice cream at a fundraiser this Saturday, November 14th, to help raise money for Padres Contra El Cancer at Manhattan Beach's Tin Roof Bistro. The highlight o ... More >>
"It's a little Beyond Thunderdome out here, isn't it?"
So spaketh Ivory "Black Powder" Lee of WEAVE!, bedecked in strange spandex and looking not unlike Tina Turner's Aunty Entity. Her band's performance -- a percussive mix of African rhythms, post-punk basslines, and shouted or shrugged-off vocals ... More >>
With all the enigma Fol Chen collective seems to ooze, it wouldn't be entirely surprising to find out that the Highland Park band has deep-seated ties to Freemasonry. And now this mysterious missive from Fol Chen's label, Asthmatic Kitty:
"The pyramid was built, the plans set in motion, necessary ... More >>
My little fat cat has been staring up at me all summer with hungry eyes, as if to say, "I won't be round and cuddly for much longer if you don't get some regular food up in this joint." It is under that pressure that I decided to enter myself in the LA Record NY City Night Train dance contest held F ... More >>
Homicide investigators are still trying to figure out why a woman apparently stabbed her four-year-old son with a kitchen knife and then slit her wrists in their Highland Park home on July 18.
The two bodies were found around 9 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Vista Place, near Garvanza Park. ... More >>
This morning Claudia Cabrera is due to appear at the Criminal Courts Building to set the date for a preliminary hearing regarding the hit and run accident that killed USC student Adrianna Bachan and seriously injured fellow student Marcus Garfinkle. Today's L.A. Times reports on the inevitable discr ... More >>
The first official night of South By Southwest music, you'd think, would be kind of a pace-setter, a warm-up night. But no, even if you arrive late and think you're going to do some stretching and calisthenics, grab an easy dinner, before really cooking it on Thursday, something calls you from bey ... More >>
Other than Fela and arguably King Sunny Ade, few afro-pop lights burned brighter than the Congo's Franco Luambo. A guitar prodigy and auto-didact who taught himself to play at age 7, Luambo amassed a sprawling discography of over 2,000 songs before dying in Belgium in 1989. Thankfully, the recen ... More >>
There's only one CD that matters in my car right now, and that's Diplo's raucous and sharp recent Santogold mixtape, called Top Ranking. It moves all over the place, from early '60s girl groups -- a stunning reworking of the Dixie Cups "Iko Iko" -- to 60s rocksteady (Desmond Dekker's "Shanty Town" ... More >>
The Hold Steady, Avalon Hollywood, July 30, 2008
Photos and text by Jeff Miller
Though they're less than a decade into their career, the Brooklyn-via-Minnessota five-piece The Hold Steady is already a nostalgia act; in fact, it's arguable that they were a nostalgia act from their very beginning. ... More >>
Mental Note: Avoid guys with the nickname "Mad Dog."
14. Redman-"Blow Treez"
Why did we have to wait until 2007 for Redman, the man who taught a generation of impressionable youths how to roll a blunt, to sample Bob Marley, the greatest blunt roller of them all? Flipping the halcyon palm-tree ... More >>
I've been unnoticeably absent from Fashion Week this season for no real reason other than I have been doing lots of random shit. It's not 'cause of any beef I may have with Smashbox (even though I am on Fern Mallis' shitlist after accidentally misquoting her in a piece I wrote for the LA Times - she ... More >>
The clouds have parted and the birds are chirping what sounds like Japanese power pop. SXSW being an industry event I attend my first industry panel, "Idiots Unite!" (The idiots, of course, being anyone involved in this crazy business of show.) David Katznelson, president of Birdman Recording Group, ... More >>
Here's how the story goes. A boy moves to L.A. from Brooklyn. Let's call him Daniel. Daniel Stessen. Why not. And let's imagine he looks something like this:
Daniel Stessen writes book of poems called More Lonely Than Alone, all about making out with midgets in Brooklyn (among oth ... More >>
A recent New York Magazine article claimed to unveil the biggest literary swindle of recent years - namely that enigmatic author JT Leroy, who penned cult classics 'Sarah' and 'The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things', is not actually a cross-dressing former rent boy, but a 39-year-old social worker ... More >>