This week's Top Five are from Left of the Dial Records, 1065 Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach, (562) 598-3666. The prized number-one spot this is awarded to David Bowie's iconic concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Dr. DogFebruary 9 2012The ObservatoryYou know a band is going to give a good set when they have a plush lion's head hanging from a coatrack on the side of the stage.Despite having probably the most ridiculous band name in the history of band names, Dr. Dog managed to completely dispel hipster apa ... More >>
Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand's "4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" Flight Of The Conchords, has been busy making the rounds promoting The Muppets movie, which featured several tracks he penned, including Oscar nominee "Life's A Happy Song." A few ... More >>
Beka CopeYes, they're brothers and no, neither is named Jeff. Instead, Jamin (drums) and Jake (guitar / vocals) Orrall of JEFF The Brotherhood picked a name out of thin air to go with the heavy Wipers-guitar-meets-Thin Lizzy-rhythms songs they use to turn punk houses and rock clubs inside out for ... More >>
Can't wait for Season 5 of Mad Men? You'll have to settle for John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling on the show) starring in the National video for "Conversation 16." Apparently, Slattery is supposed to be a secret-service agent, alongside the National's lead singer Matt Berninger. Their job is ... More >>
Lindsey ByrnesThese days, you can tack on whatever label to Margaret Cho and it would be accurate--comedian, actor, reality TV star, singer. Yup, singer. On her first musical full-length, Cho Dependent, she collaborated with Andrew Bird, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Patty Gri ... More >>
Besides San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event to happen this week has been the release of the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's musical-video game-romantic epic, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour.(Oh, and you might've heard that the series is getting the big-screen treatment fr ... More >>
Batman image: DC/Mike AllredLost in the pomp, glamour and sweet smells that swirl around the attendees of San Diego Comic-Con</sarcasm> are the mind-numbing blocks of boredom as you wait in line for panels, autographs, food, bathrooms and opportunities to sexually harass booth babes. O ... More >>
Coachella dates announced, which we just blogged about earlier this morning.Weezer's Rivers Cuomo released from hospital and on a "bus for cross country trip to L.A."One more reason that Chris Brown is a dick--and not a particularly smart one.Green Day goes big--like the Beatles--with their own Ro ... More >>
The big question on the mind of anyone amid the crowds at Edwards Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights was: My God, don't these people work? And a second: Don't they know we're teetering on Depression? Finally: Buddy, can you spare a ticket?
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One of my first posts here on SaFII (Stick a Fork In It) was about Subway sign twirlers I saw on Grand. Now there comes news that at least one city (Huntington Beach) is doing something about it.
Me, I don't really have a problem with human signs. I find them rather funny, actually.&nbs ... More >>
You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were de ... More >>
Flight of the Conchords prove that it is indisputably so in the clip below. This Kiwi duo pull off the incredibly difficult feat of combining witty humor and good music with understated panache. I've seen them twice and they had me laughing throughout most of their sets, which is rare, because I'm a ... More >>