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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Coachella 2006 - Saturday


Not a lot of time to write. Going to be heading out to day 2 in a few, but check out my photos of Day 1 at Buzznet.

More to follow.

Bands what I saw yesterday:
Wolfmother
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Kanye West
Ladytron
Franz Ferdinand
Cat Power
Depeche Mode
She Wants Revenge
Daft Punk


You can also check out the podcast interview with my friend Steve, conducted by Neal over at Rabbit+Crow.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Conflict in Indio

I have issues.

In fact, I have a frickin’ lifetime subscription.

I know that my issues are pretty minor and this post is not meant to belittle anyone with real issues, though I’ve found that most issues, short of terminal disease, can and should be treated with a prescription of “get over it.”

That said, how am I supposed to get over my issues?

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Photo by Tony

First, I’m going to Coachella this weekend. I don’t usually like mentioning something here before I do it. I’ve done it too often and then not followed through with actually writing about the event. I don’t think that’s going to happen with Coachella. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to write about and be plenty inspired, but still, I’m a little conflicted about putting it out there.

I told you they were minor issues.

The second bit is not so minor. With a show like Coachella, a show with too many bands, too many stages and not enough time, I run into this problem. Too many bands I want to see are playing at the same time.

~My Coachella Schedule~

Here are some of the battles that are sizing up for this weekend:

Saturday
The Duke Spirit v. Wolfmother
Kanye West v. TV on the Radio
Sigur Ros v. Ladytron
Franz Ferdinand v. Cat Power
She Wants Revenge v. Daft Punk


Sunday
Sleater-Kinney v. Bloc Party v. Stellastar
Yeah Yeah Yeahs v. The Editors
Tool v. Scissor Sisters


Okay, I know these aren’t all fair fights. Even though this is ostensibly an “indie” fest, I think that Kanye West will probably kick TV on the Radio’s ass. I heard The Duke Spirit recently and liked them, but I think that they will be overwhelmed by the hype of Wolfmother.

Tougher fights will be ones like Franz Ferdinand v. Cat Power. I’ve seen the archduke on another festival bill (Inland Invasion a few years ago) and they were great and I’d really like to see them again, but I really want to see Cat Power. I’ve tried to see She Wants Revenge three times in the last four months and that album’s great, but man… the chance to see Daft Punk. Can I pass that up?

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Photo by renegademartian

The hardest one is on Sunday. I’ve only ever seen Stellastar do a short in-store at Virgin and really like their first album a lot. I did see both Sleater-Kinney and Bloc Party headline shows last year. I’ve seen S-K a few times and that’s because they’re awesome. The Bloc Party show at the Palladium last year was great too. I think Stellastar may win, only because I’ve never seen them play a for real set, but it’s gonna suck missing Bloc Party and Sleater-Kinney at the same time.

I reiterate, my problems are not real problems, but they are problems nonetheless.

If you’re going to be in Indio this weekend, look for me. I’ll be the one in shorts wearing lots of sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Coincidence & Confluence in LA


Here's one of those stories of how things happen. How things just kinda come together. Not in a particularly significant or meaningful way, but it just an interesting way.

The whole way the Tony/Carolyn/(and not) Neal drinks night happened was this: Tony wrote something on the BusBlog. I don't know what it was and it's not really important what it was, but whatever it was it caused Carolyn to post something in reference to it on LAist. With in a day or two of that, Neal had posted something about Tony, and Tony, blog-mensch that he is, linked back to Neal.

Well, I read all this and found it interesting and coincidental. Neal, Carolyn and I went to college together and I used to work with Tony, but Carolyn and Neal didn't really know Tony in person, just from what William Gibson once referred to as "cyberspace." So I zapped out an email to all of them, introducing them electronically. Then it came up that we should all meet up and finally we did... except Neal didn't make it.



So, like I said, not really significant or meaningful, just interesting. So, I found it interesting again, two days later, when the new issue of the LA Weekly came out. It was their first "Who We Are" issue, focusing on "the people who give Los Angeles its character," profiling the famous and unfamous and the should-be-famous and the infamous. Okay, I don't know if there's anyone who's really infamous on the list because I haven't read the whole issue yet, but you get the idear.

The interesting thing about this LA Weekly is that two of the people who are profiled were also at our little gathering on Tuesday. Of course Tony got profiled. He's Tony. Name a more famous blogger in LA.



The other listee is Reuben Rueva. "Reuben who-what-now?" you ask? Well he's the man who mixed our cocktails at Musso & Frank Grill and has been providing the same service for Angelenos famous and infamous and... you get where I'm going with this. Have this man mix up a drink for you and you know it's gonna be mixed right.

Along with all the folks that the Weekly profiles, it's this kind of confluence of people and events and whatnot that make me love this town.

A few others I want to point out are Fred Eric and Petros Papadakis. Way back in the dark ages, before the internets existed for most people, circa 1989, I worked in this club in downtown LA. Fred Eric (far left in the picture collage at the top of this post) and his chefing partner Octavio Becerra were the rock 'n' roll cooking team who were a big part of what made Flaming Colossus THE place to go at that time.

Petros... well, I don't actually know Petros, but as a USC grads, we're both part of the Trojan family. I've been a die hard Trojan football fan, even through the time that Petros was captain of, what he often calls, "the worst football team in USC history." I've enjoyed his on-air antics going back to when he showed up as the USC side of the equation of the broadcast team during the post game of the USC v. ucla game. He seemed drunk in those early appearances, but after watching him for many years on Fox Sports West and listening to his show on 1540 the Ticket, I'm thinking that that was just Petros. You can catch him as the host of Pros v. Joes on Spike TV.

That's Petros (#35) on the right. The crazy lookin' one.
Photo from USCTrojans.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Drinks with an LAist & a BusBlogger

Musso's Booze
Finally got together, after much planning, for drinks with Tony and Carolyn at Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Despite all the planning Neal couldn't make it, thus our first toast of the post goes "to absent friends!"

Here, here...

What do I have to say about last night? Not a lot more than Tony was able to pound into his keyboard with alcohol drenched fists.

I can bring you the following images of the night.

Carolyn's Drink
Here's Carolyn's cocktail. Pinky had a Chopin vodka Gibson. Mmmm... can't you feel your lips tingle?

My Drink
What did your humble host have? Well, this is the remains of a soda and bitters, which followed a Ketel One Martini with bitters.

The great thing about Martinis at Musso's is that it comes with the sidecar. It's like two - two - two drinks in one.

Tony's Drink
Sure... everyone wants to know what Tony had. Well, we established that his Amaretto Sour would be the favorite of your spinster aunt or bachelor uncle. You decide.

We close with this traditional toast:

Here's to you and here's to me,
better friends there'll never be,
but if we should fight and disagree,
then to hell with you and here's to me!


 
 
 

Friday, April 14, 2006

Trojan Huddle - 04/09/06

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This past Sunday, I made my way down to the Coliseum for the Trojan Huddle, a public scrimmage, which was the first opportunity to see the immediate future of USC Football in the wake of The Dynasty.

Huddle_Sanchez
Got to see Mark Sanchez toss the ball around a bit. He led the first team offense. He looks good. Young and untested, but good. No Booty. He's out with an injury. Michael McDonald ran the second team offense.

Receiver Patrick Turner looked good, catching a bunch of passes including a couple touchdown receptions.

The most troubling aspect was the multiple fumbles by our running backs. Hopefully, it's just nerves and inexperience and we'll be able to maintain our positive turnover record of the past few years.

Don’t know if they'll be a factor during the season, but it was good to see the Ting boys all over the field. They combined for four tackles, a blocked punt, fumble recovery and a punt returned for a touchdown.

Huddle_Chanos

...and what trip down the campus would be complete without a stop at Chano's for a some good grub.

Recap of the Huddle at USCTrojans.com.
 
 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kevin Smith - He and His Shadow


Some love Kevin Smith and his movies, some hate them both, some like one of them and not the other. Regardless of what you think, you should take a look at Smith's blog. He's been writing about his friend Jason Mewes' addictions. You may know Mewes as the loquacious Jay to Smith's Silent Bob.

It's really a great read. Both Smith's writing, the intrinsic drama of the story and the taint of celebrity and semi-celebrity make it quite fascinating.

Here's a little tease from Part I:

On a mid-December early morn, circa 2003, on the balcony of my house in the Hollywood Hills, Jason Mewes, my friend of seventeen years and co-star in five films at that point, dropped a bomb that shoud’ve repulsed the shit out of me, or at the very least, made me vomit a little in my mouth.

"Last night, at the Spider Club, Nicole Richie dragged me into the bathroom and fucked me."


Part I starts here. Links to the subsequent parts are on the right side. He's still not done, though he estimated that he'd be wrapped up by April 4.

I don't think that the story's going to shake any one if they're an addict. It might, however, help someone who's dealing with a friend or family member who's an addict, if only to give them a laugh or two.

Enjoy... and if you're a fan of Kevin Smith, follow the links from his blog page to the Clerks II website and trailer.

Snoogins.
 
 
 

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Lucky Number Slevin


Got to go to a screening of Lucky Number Slevin the other night. I enjoyed it. It's clever and has some nice twists.

Tons of talent in the acting department. I've never really cared one way or the other for Josh Hartnett. The only things that I've ever liked that he was in are Black Hawk Down and The Virgin Suicides and I think his being them in them was just coincidental to me liking them. Not that he's bad, but he's never really jumped out at me. He's good in this. You like him, for the most part, the fact that he's getting his ass kicked by bad luck for most of the film makes him endearing.

I always like Bruce Willis. He's good in this. He's not funny-tough Bruce Willis like in Die Hard. He's more tough Bruce Willis like in Sin City. Good though. Plus, his character's named Mr. Goodkat, so the Attack Cat's got a soft spot. Throw in Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci and you've got yourself a cast.

Downside of the film is that it feels like it's trying too hard. The speechiness of some of the scenes... of a lot of the scenes. There's a lot of fancy banter that feels like it's auditioning for an erudite version of a Quentin Tarantino script. It's good, but it just doesn’t feel natural, kinda like Chicken McNuggets or breast implants. The production design's a bit over the top as well. Slevin's friend's apartment looks like a low rent, grubby Jonathan Adler decorated it, where the apartments of the two wealthy gangsters look like a Tiffany lamp that's evolved into a living space.

The criticisms aren't really as significant as they read. I did enjoy this film. It's a fun, if a bit dark, little crime thriller.

I'm saving my biggest criticism for the advertising campaign. I remember seeing the trailer in the theatre and I didn't have a problem with it. Now that I've seen the film and subsequently have seen the ads on TV, I have to say that they really suck. They give away one of the big twists of the film. They could have the same campaign and remove just one line and it'd still be as effective. I don't know what the hell's wrong with the idiots who cut these trailers. It's almost as though they're mad at the audience and want to ruin the film for them.

If you want to see this film, please do. I'd recommend it. However, if you are going to go see it, try to avoid the TV campaign supporting it.