I grew up near Memphis, but didn't tour Graceland until I was of drinking age. I'm not saying the 50,000 Elvis fans who make the pilgrimage every summer for the anniversary of his death are wrong, but I'm not alone in my lack of curiosity about the place. My parents have spent most of their l ... More >>
-- Want marital bliss? Take up wine-making. [The Wall Street Journal]
-- The Patriots give out free candy, or How to Ruin Halloween. ("Absent the helmet, my kid's Viking costume now resembles wardrobe from Riverdance. And that may be the greatest indignity of all.") [The Awl]
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Peter MumfordSmells like senior spirit: Grampa Cobain
Meet Leland Cobain.
Our sister publication the Seattle Weekly has an amazing feature by Connor Christofferson on the incredibly strange world of the obsessive fan mail sent to this day to Kurt's grandfather, who lives in a trailer decorat ... More >>
Jennifer MayErica Nakamura and Amelia PosadaDoes Los Angeles need another good butcher shop? Yes. Do we need a butcher shop using locally produced, sustainable meat and run by two women who just finished interning at Fleisher's and are now en route, driving across country to L.A. after pausin ... More >>
Fool's Gold (Andrea Whiting)By Andrea Whiting
Given that it was Father's Day and the dude half-responsible for my existence loves live music, I decided to bring my dad along to the season's first KCRW World Festival.
And via this ploy to beat out my little sister for the Best Daughter Award ... More >>
L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper of record, has apparently released a list of their Top Ten Rock Albums. We're saying apparently because most links to this story lead back to articles in the British press reporting this. The Osservatore's website--a bizarre Umberto-Eco-worthy labyr ... More >>
If you're contemplating a fad diet to work off some of the excesses of the holiday season, you can forget about the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Maple Syrup Diet, and, yes, the Blood Group Diet (not making this up). The British Dietetic Association, the professional association for registered dietitians i ... More >>
We are the World (Music)Music, as Madonna wisely pointed out, makes the people come together (it also apparently makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel. Oh, Madonna...). But the endless, relentless, unmanageable offer of music that the invention of recording unleashed in the very late 19th centu ... More >>
Laurie ScavoI don't need to explain the Playboy Mansion. You've probably seen Girls Next Door, the E! Entertainment show that managed to successfully de-mystify the estate like the channel did Saved by the Bell, Puff Daddy, and Fabio. But despite the camera's depiction of Heff as goofy and groping g ... More >>
Ah, Memorial Day Weekend, the perfect three-day break, tailor-made for chilling in the comfort of an abandoned LA. As long as you stay away from Hollywood Boulevard and the tourists imported from Hell, you can relax, go out to dinner, catch some music, sleep in, drive to the desert, take some LSD, c ... More >>
August 16 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Four and a half months later, on January 2, 1978, the Sex Pistols arrived in America for their brief abortive tour, and the seam of history unraveled. Coincidence?