Dec 27, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
1877, "Lands of the Los Angeles City Water Company": http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/viewItem.do?ark=21198/zz0015zzqq
Dec 12, 2010
I just saw this photo in the UCLA Library's digital Walter E. Bennett Photographic Collection of the audience during The Beatles' concert on August 15, 1966 in Washington, D.C. It's pretty great. Makes me think, though, that I still do not understand the craziness. I have never, even it my most ridiculous fandom, ever been so excited about anything.
And some stats, which I just realized blogger does on its own and no longer requires me checking Analytics.
52% of my readers use IE. How strange. 80% use Windows. Top three countries of origin are unsurprisingly USA, UK, and Canada (all time means only since May of 2010 to Blogger; that must have been when they started this service). Although today, the top three countries are USA, Malaysia, and Poland.
These are weirdly the most popular posts: 1 and 2.
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 9, 2010
Dec 8, 2010
Dec 5, 2010
For real, lateness is annoying.
"...the streets downtown point to other destinations, that these streets still resist the city's American occupation in 1847."
I believe in handwriting!
and, finally: I want to live in this house: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles/3763-Fredonia-Dr-90068/home/5310659 which was supposedly Mary Blair's house (!) and is sorta awesomely on Fredonia just as I am watching Duck Soup
Nov 20, 2010
- Athlete - Flying Over Bus Stops
- Billy Joel - Captain Jack
- Riz Ortolani - Cannibal Holocaust Main Theme
- Ray Charles - What'd I Say
- Cato Salsa Experience - Up & Around
- MF Doom - Operation Greenbacks
- Les Orchestra Members of The Brown - Twilight Time (This artist name doesn't make an sense)
- Delays - There's Water Here
- Jethro Tull - Dharma for One
- Drive-By Truckers - Never Gonna Change
- Robert Frost - The Gift Outright (this is the only track on this list I've listened to before)
- David Bowie - The Dreamers
- Susan Barrett - Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't Ma' Baby
- Rufus Wainwright - Spotlight on Christmas
- Miles Davis - Footprints
Nov 19, 2010
I am offended/confused by your choice of Lesley Gore's awesome "You Don't Own Me" track for that terrible commercial. It doesn't even make any sense.
Nov 6, 2010
Unrelated, but I'm sure Billy Bragg would have something to say about banning words. Billy Bragg & Mavis Staples at Royce tonight. Pretty fab. James Spader and Tom Morello were there. And some other guy that all the ushers were trying to place but couldn't. Perhaps you can help: he's about 5"10 or perhaps a little shorter, very pale skin, dark black hair, sorta greaser-y. Probably plays a villain, but in a not muscular way. That's how far we got in the recognition.
Also, Bragg and Staples TOGETHER doing "The Weight" was definitely awesome. Bragg didn't, however, play "Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key," which for sure would have made my week.
Bragg's shirts, also silly-ly known as "Bragg Swag," were of course printed on Union Made or some other brand like that. As way too many patrons pointed out to us, he would have to after playing "There is Power in a Union." BUT, if I am going to spend $25 on a tshirt, it has to be soft. These were shirts were soooo not even close to buyable. Get your act together, unions!
Nov 2, 2010
Nov 1, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Earthquake Quartet? Bizarre.
Is there a future for Mariachi Plaza?
There are three Subway shops in the Pentagon? Hmm.
Human skin lampshade. Scary.
Don't miss the boat. NO on Proposition 23. duh.
Censoring in the US?
In other news, I went to the new Which Wich today, a new development I have been most decided about. It was, however, only open for a private party. Immense disappointment! I did spot Josh from Sabrina the Teenage Witch (don't know his real name but yeah Sabrina the Teenage Witch! best show of middle school times).
Oct 13, 2010
UPDATE: I think it's used in Sundance's "Iconoclast." Hmmm.
Every day I watch some PBS, and every day I learn something outrageous.
Sep 28, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
- "Clifton's" is a portmanteau of Clifford Clinton. I love portmanteaus.
- All the really good fonts.
- The fancy floor outside the entry. Macadamed maybe? I don't remember the correct descriptor. (But today, September 26, 2010, I do: it's terrazzo).
- It's Huell Howser approved.
- The fake bears make me nostalgic for The Country Bear Jamboree, which Disneyland should never have removed--or made a movie about.
- The variety of antlers available for viewing in quite some random places.
- The gang of Bible Crusaders in orange shirts using the second floor as it's pamphlet-folding headquarters.
- The creepy mini-chapel that talks to you when you push a button.
- It's pretty cheap to eat there (but not this good).
- OMG FLOCKED WALLPAPER.
Sep 2, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 3, 2010
P.S. There was prestidigitation (!) involved. Legerdemain/prestidigitation--which is a better word? Tough decision.
Aug 2, 2010
Jul 6, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 7, 2010
According to a pretty fantastic campaign from 1910, home-made bread is slavery! See more at the grand Daily Mirror blog (not connected to the UK tabloid).
May 25, 2010
1. I was surprised I remembered his name, considering I rarely watch SNL, because it is terrible.
2. Why is he in LA?
3. After reading the Wikipedia article on him, he plays drums on a Les Savy Fav album. What?!
Anyways, he lost out, though, 'cause he left before The Living Sisters even started. Loser.
May 4, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
- Spit on a Stranger
- Roll with the Wind
- Shady Lane
- Cut Your Hair
- Range Life
- Harness Your Hopes
So then my friend's car has some sort of issue, in which the car fills with smoke and loses power breaking capability. Let me tell you, that is some scary stuff. And then we stand, freezing, on the side of a freeway in the middle of the night waiting for a tow truck. I obviously did not envision this occasion in choosing to wear a dress that morning. It's a good thing everyone bought shirts at the show; wearing three shirts did help a little. This situation would probably have been less frightening had I not watched so many Law & Orders and or film noirs that include scenes similar to these.
All in all, however, it was a pretty successful Nochella weekend: Pavement, first day of new job, long shift at old job (money!), Record Store Day (including buying a Robyn Hitchcock album I somehow missed which has a song titled "Raymond Chandler Evening"--what could be more perfect?!), pizzza I hadn't had in 14 years, square dance, maybe the best donuts in L.A., and learning how to make bagels.
Apr 12, 2010
Buy me this book please.
I now know what a pot walloper is.
Nancy Pelosi, the Anna Wintour of Congress!
"Bank Failures Strike a Blow to City's Art"
DO clap between movements!
Y'all know how much I love maps. Here's an interesting one. All of USA could fit into New Hampshire!
Mar 31, 2010
Me and Sahr from Fela dancing from Terry Richardson on Vimeo.
Duck tape or duct tape? Is there a difference?
Y'all know how much I love the L.A. River. WSJ discusses the Pasadena Museum of Art's current exhibit (Lillian, we still have to go!)
Can freeways have character? Do they deserve to be preserved?
Pretender, contender, or defender? I don't like any of them.
In other news, I encountered one of the kids from that newish Parenthood show at Royce last week, and she was not cool. As I guess I sorta expected. The show was alright but now I'll just think about her ridiculous eye rolling and expectation of preferential treatment.
Mar 15, 2010
Removing the 2008 Edition to make room for the 2010 Edition. 2008 was either a year I actually read a lot or I actually remember to at least list them here. Of course, I highly recommend all Chandler, but my favorite is still The Long Goodbye. Read it, stat! Also, the L.A. River book is really illuminating. Y'all know how much I love the L.A. River. (Everytime I write LA now, since watching Los Angeles Plays Itself, I feel a pang of guilt and have to put in the periods).
Books I Read: 2008 Edition
- Blake Gumprecht - The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth
- Edna Bonacich & Jake B. Wilson - Getting the Goods: Ports, Labor, and the Logistics Revolution
- Edward Thorpe - Chandlertown
- Elizabeth Ward & Alain Silver - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
- Gordon G. Whitney - From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plan: A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to Present
- K. Bruce Newbold - Six Billion Plus: World Population in the Twenty-First Century
- Massimo Livi-Bacci - A Concise History of World Population
- Philip Durham - Down These Mean Streats a Man Must Go: Raymond Chandler's Knight
- Raymond Chandler & Robert B. Parker - Poodle Springs
- Raymond Chandler - Farewell, My Lovely
- Raymond Chandler - Little Sister
- Raymond Chandler - The High Window
- Raymond Chandler - The Lady in the Lake
- Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye
- Raymond Chandler - Trouble is My Business
- Ruth Wilson Gilmore - Golden Gulag
- Stephen Ambrose - Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
- The Imagineers - Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real
Mar 5, 2010
Mar 4, 2010
"Big chunky phone because you need a big serious phone for the world war. You can't be texting about the Third Reich. You cant be sayin' 'Hitler just invaded the Sudetenland omg omg'" - Craig Ferguson
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 6, 2010
I saw Warren Christopher at the mall on Thursday and he was super adorable, although I feel like that may be an inappropriate way to describe a man who was not so long ago the United States Secretary of State. Anyways, he is super adorable and immaculately dressed. A man with much panache.
In other celebrity news (Warren Christopher is a celebrity, right?), Leonard Nimoy went to see Patti Smith at the Hammer and I got really excited about this. Eric McCormack (Will, really, he won't ever be able to be anything else) went to hear Neil Gaiman at Royce, and so did Eric J. Lawrence, your Local Public Radio Music Librarian (KCRW, at which I volunteered this morn, takin' your moneyyyyy) [If you happen to read this and it weirds you out that I am reporting this and increasing your celebrity to my four, maybe five loyal readers, EJL, let me know and I will delete it].
Finally, as also a member of KCET (yeah, look at me, your unemployed friend so liberally donating her time and money [I want to use the word "largesse" but can't figure out how]), I attended a "gala" at the California Science Center and California African American Museum with Tavis Smiley (whom Greg hates for reasons unbeknownst to me). I actually like Smiley a little less after I heard him speak this evening. He just seemed so not happy to be there, plus he complained about a lack of appreciation for culture in Los Angeles, which was just annoying. Eh, but the food was great (Creole, Jamaican, Ethiopian, and something else), and a few of the exhibits were nice. I especially recommend "Harlem of the West: Jazz, Bebop, and Beatnik" at CAAM and the awesome paintings/carvings of musicians that are from the walls of an old jazz club in Texas, of all places (Jake Morrow, you don't read my blog, but you should go check out this exhibition to see the section of Harry Smith. Hurry, it closes soon!). Smiley's America I Am at the Science Center was whatever. It's probably great if it's been a while since you were in high school or if your school was racist. It's never bad to be reminded of the things covered in the exhibition but it wasn't mind-blowing or anything like that.
As a result of this post, I looked up the origin of "panache." Wikipedia says it was once a marker of character worthy of suspect, until Cyrano de Bergerac. Literally, it means plume. FYI.
Feb 5, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
February: I only watched one movie in February and it wasn't amazing.
July (this may have been the best month of my movie-viewing. so many to list!):
Jan 22, 2010
"Unfortunately, it’s just so normal now for people not to believe anything and for people to lie about things, and gamble on them, and not be sincere. In a way, sincerity is the new fake because no one even believes you if you are sincere."
Jan 20, 2010
"Whoomp (Sqaure It Is)" is a terrifying thought.
Wes Andersen seems to be less annoying and more adorable in animation. Perhaps this is a reason.
"Indie wasn't crappy for a purpose (anymore)"
Do you have some extra old guns and knives lying around?
(bonus points to anyone who knows what the title of this point is referencing)
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
Why is that whenever I play a song from a Greatest Hits compilation, you display Steve Miller Band album art, but when I play the one or two songs I have that are actually by Steve Miller Band, you show Crosby, Stills & Nash art?
Jan 11, 2010
I may have already written about this, but it seems you are stealing my dreams. First, wingtips. Then, clogs. And, now, monocles. I'm not sure what to say about this. Before I was hesitant to buy these things because they were so expensive. Now that everyone wants them, they are much more accessible (well not quite yet for the monocles), but, at the same time, everyone has them.
What a conundrum!
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 9, 2010
Jonathan Gold was only freelancing? Crazy.
I'm sad I never went to the Southwest Museum.
Although it took me way more than 25 minutes to get through to my gate last week, this article makes a convincing argument for the "Israelification" of American airports.
The Offline American.