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  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The 20 Greatest Los Tigres Del Norte Songs of All Time: The Complete List

    The very first music review I wrote for this infernal rag was 11 years on Los Tigres del Norte, the conjunto norteño group who will one day go done in history as one of the greatest musical groups of any genre or language for their brilliant fusion of politics, braggadocio, storytelling, awesome su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    The 20 Greatest Los Tigres Del Norte Songs of All Time, Nos. 20-11

    The very first music review I wrote for this infernal rag was 11 years on Los Tigres del Norte, the conjunto norteño group who will one day go done in history as one of the greatest musical groups of any genre or language for their brilliant fusion of politics, braggadocio, storytelling, awesome su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    What's the Best Way to Spend Your Band's Nest Egg?

    By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    The Lovely Bad Things Announce New Album, Tour

    Nearly 11 months after the release of their EP, New Ghost/Old Waves, La Mirada-based garage/punk rockers The Lovely Bad Things are back with a new full-length album and their second overall, The Late Great Whatever, which will be released on Feb. 26 through local labels Volcom Entertainment, with ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Fan Landers: Desperately Seeking a Booking Agent and Un-flakey Bandmates

    By: Jessica Hopper[Editor's Note: Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for tee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    The White House (Yes, The White House) Has Its Own Brewery

    Looks like Mr. President likes to throw back a good beer just like the rest of us. How very American.  The Des Moines Register reported that Barack Obama has his own secret White House brewery. The news was revealed during the president's bus tour across Iowa, when a man at a coffee shop starti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Richard Lee Baney: Lost Boy of Summer Enjoys Colorful Life On and Off the Baseball Field

    ​"The Lost Boys of Summer" cover boy Richard Lee "Dick" Baney of Tustin can point to pro baseball career highlights that include pitching Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" to victory in a divisional playoff game and striking Henry Aaron out twice as "Hammering Hank" closed in on Babe Ruth's all-time ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012

    Dick Baney and the Other Lost Boys of Summer

    Even after the Tustin resident helped embarrass Major League Baseball into helping retired ballplayers such as himself, he's still not happy, and he has plenty of company

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    8 Epic Freeway Food Spills

    ​It's never good news when a tanker overturns, but when the spilt shipment is edible, the situation seems all the more tragic. A foodastrophe happened last week in Riverside when a truck unloaded 100 gallons of olive oil onto the 91 Freeway. All those poor salads!  Here are eight other e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Rick Perry to Bring His Anti-Social Security Message to Orange County's GOP Social Security Recipients

    ​The day after the Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Texas Governor Rick Perry will navigate the Southern California freeway system (or probably fly over it) for private meetings with fat-cat donors in San Diego and Newport Beach.But worry not, mortgaged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Carmageddon 2011: A Soundtrack by Ken Elkinson

    ​When Venice musician Ken Elkinson released the 6-CD box set of ambient music called Music For Commuting last January, we're pretty sure he didn't intend for it to keep SoCal residents in a state of zen for a 53-hour period of freeway construction.While it wasn't intended just for commuting throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Five People Who Plan to Buy the New Limp Bizkit Record

    ​Limp Bizkit announced that their first record in eight years, Gold Cobra, will be released on June 28 (coinciding with a tour of Europe, where they inexplicably maintain a fan base). Here in the US, it's a different story, with Fred Durst and company derided for the last decade as everything fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Slipknot Bassist Died Of Morphine Overdose

    www.slipknot1.com​[via Yahoo News]Paul Gray's autopsy results, released Monday, show that Slipknot's heavy metal bassist died of an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute, police said Monday.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    No U2 Means No Interpol: Interpol Tour Built Around U2 Dates Postponed

    Lilledeshan Bose​[Via Consequence of Sound]Since U2 canceled their North American tour due to Bono's back injury, Interpol also had to postpone a few headlining shows originally scheduled around the band's opening dates for U2.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Slipknot Bassist Found Dead

    www.slipknot1.com​ The bassist of nu-metal band Slipknot was found dead in a hotel room in Urbandale Iowa today. The Associated Press reports that a hotel employee found 38-year-old Paul Gray, and no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Will It Dishwasher?

    Dave Lieberman​"I made beer can chicken last night," said Guy #1. "I rammed the chicken down onto an open can of beer and threw that sucker on the grill. Best chicken ever.""No way, dude," said Guy #2. "I once made beef stew on the manifold while I drove from Des Moines to Minneapolis. Got there, ... More >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Please Recycle, Pre-cycle, Free-cycle, Up-cycle, Down-cycle, E-cycle

    ​Just when you finally figured out that the three point-chasing-the-tail arrows means "recycle" along comes a whole bunch more terms without the helpful arrows. They are (drum roll):  pre-cycle, free-cycle, up-cycle, down-cycle and e-cycle.What does it all mean? California News Service's Lori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    UPDATE: Eat It! Michael Jackson To Get Butter Statue

    If you didn't manage to get tickets to the MJ memorial at Staples Center tomorrow, fear not: you can probably still book a flight to Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair in August, when Jackson will be immortalized in butter. For ten days, the dairy King of Pop will stand next to the fair's traditiona ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    Royalty Pains and Net Prophets

    As online radio faces possible financial doom, Pandora thinks outside the box

  • Culture

    March 23, 2006

    The French Really Like Us

    American Vertigo expands upon Tocquevilles territory

  • Columns

    September 22, 2005
  • Columns

    August 1, 2002

    Clean Water, Hot Fire, Lost Cat

    Not to mention a chocolate banana

  • Film

    March 28, 2002

    Oscar, Oscar, Oscar

    Of starlets and Super Bowls

  • Columns

    January 17, 2002
  • News

    March 15, 2001

    Going Ballistic

    Headlines from around America

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    The NY Times Deep Throat

    How Chris Cox misused his committee to destroy Wen Ho Lee

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Tip-Toe Thru the Bureau

    Paranoid FBI chief ordered Tiny Tim probe

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