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    September 5, 2013

    Cassette Store Day


  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    [UPDATED W/FUNNY PHONE CALL] Ace Hardware: Anti-Medical Marijuana?

    *See end of post for an update and link to funny phone callORIGINAL POST, Sept. 21, 11:05 a.m.: Medical marijuana activists in Long Beach are planning a protest in front of the Ace Hardware store at 746 E. Fourth St. on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 21. But that's not all--the protest will also ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Orange International Street Fair This Weekend

    Is the Orange International Street Fair here again? Yes it is, reminding us that summer is wrapping up. For those unfamiliar, it ain't the OC Fair. Chicken Charlie will not be in attendance, but I'm sure there will be just as much fried foods there than is probably advisable to consume in any quanti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Former Filling Station Owners Open Juliette Kitchen & Bar

    When John Hughes and Hyun-Sook (Juliette) Chung, the husband-and-wife original owners of Orange's Filling Station sold their restaurant in 2010, we broke the news with a heavy heart. Chung, the woman behind the best pies in Orange County had burned out from being a one-woman bake shop. But we just g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    AWOLNATION on Record Store Day at Coachella, and Their First Albums

    Is it musical overload to celebrate National Record Store Day at Coachella? Pop up store Zia Records (located on the festival premises) proved it is not. Although the store drew many bands on the festival lineup for special signings, Record Store Day drew even bigger crowds than usual, with attendee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Your Handy Guide To Orange County Stores

    What's happening in the OC/LB area for this year's edition of Record Store Day, you ask? Here's a nifty guide to all the excitement spinning around on Saturday, April 21.Black Hole Records: They will carry a selection of the official Record Store Day limited edition releases. 108 N. Harbor Blvd., F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    [UPDATE: CMPD Response] Creme Tangerine Records Robbed Tuesday Night

    Miguel Vasconcellos/OC Weekly​[UPDATE: 1/12/2010 2:50 PM] Sergent Phil Meyers, Costa Mesa Police Department's Public Information Officer, told the Weekly no burglaries have been reported at the LAB this month. Creme Tangerine, one of Orange County's quirkier (if not the quirkiest) record stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Report: Best-Selling Video Games of Black Friday 2011

    ​Like watching football or having a nap after stuffing yourself with turkey, Black Friday shopping has become a Thanksgiving tradition for millions of Americans. If you're a smart shopper and a gamer, there's no doubt that you've saved many of your video game purchases for the weekend following Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Support Your Local Independent Record Shops: Black Friday Record Store Day Sales Roundup

    ​Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. As we all know, the big kick-off is Black Friday, when everyone shakes off the inevitable Thanksgiving food coma and hits the streets to forage for the best deals on gifts for friends and family. Rather than heading to the nearest mall to wait in hel ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 10, 2011

    Funeral Party

    Glass House

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    November 3, 2011


    House of Blues

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    October 13, 2011
  • Culture

    September 22, 2011

    Z Is for Zara

    [Trendzilla] The fast-fashion company opens an online store

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    [UPDATED: Tentative Agreement Reached] UFCW Cancels Grocery Contract, Removes Final Barrier To Strike

    UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Assi Natural Market To Replace Stein Mart in Irvine

    ​Last week Anne Marie told us that the Mitsuwa was opening its second OC store in Irvine. Now comes news that Irvine is going to get a lot more where that came from: that is to say another Asian super market is coming to town. This time, it's Korean. Assi, which has a market in LA's Koreatown, wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Mid Year Music Sales Numbers Are In--and Up

    ​Nielsen Soundscan's mid-year numbers are in, and despite the economic doom and gloom being reported by news outlets across the land, it would seem Americans have a lot to be optimistic about. Soundscan is the music industry's data information service and tracks sales at the point of purchase. It' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Factory Records Holds 99¢ Sale on Record Store Day

    ​ It's Factory Records' first year anniversary, and it coincides with Record Store Day as well! To celebrate, they're holding a parking lot sale this weekend, where everything--LPs, 12", 45s--are 99¢ or less. The hours are 8 a.m. 'til dark, with Factory Records open regular hours as well.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Princeton University Doctoral Candidate Writing Dissertation Partly on Northgate Supermarket

    ​Yesterday, I enjoyed a lunch at Zait and Zaatar in Anacrime while getting interviewed by Alejandro Rivas. He's a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University, and his dissertation is...well, I'm not going to spill its thesis or main contents, but I am allowed to share one of the focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Robert Rizzo, Who Helped Create the Mess in Bell, Now Cleaning Messes at Local Thrift Store

    ​If you walk into the Huntington Beach Goodwill Store, turn a corner and are confronted by a big tub of goo with a bad dye job on top, don't assume that's a big tub of goo with a bad dye job on top.It could very well be Robert Rizzo, the disgraced ex-city manager of Bell.

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010

    Matt Costa


  • Culture

    August 12, 2010

    Student Discounts and Beyond, for Clothes and More

    [Trendzilla] Google, others can be your price-cutting pal

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Five Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Orange County

    ​We hear all sorts of horror stories of pups not even allowed at outdoor restaurants thanks to Health Department restrictions... and even with all the nice weather and patios around here, it can be difficult finding a place to fine with your furry equivalent(s). Here's a list of five dog-friendly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Tyrone Donte Gray and Girlfriend Tyrica Jenice Goff Convicted in $650,000 American Express Travelers Check Scheme

    ​We told you here about six people--including a boyfriend and girlfriend and mother and daughter--charged in February with stealing more than $650,000 from T.J. Maxx, T.J. Maxx HomeGoods and Marshalls stores in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties by using hundreds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Helena Nguyen of Westminster Dairy Wasn't Selling Milk to Minors, Police Say

    Courtesy of Westminster Police DepartmentHelena Nguyen is accused of selling alcohol to minors.​Westminster Police say "numerous tips" from parents, children and school officials throughout Orange County led to a sting operation that netted Westminster Dairy owner Helena Nguyen for allegedly selli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Nike, Hurley, Converse Store Opens at Irvine Spectrum

    The new Nike 6.0 x Hurley x Converse store just opened its doors last Wednesday at the Irvine Spectrum, just in time for the spendy atmosphere of black Friday. Located across from the Cheesecake Factory, somewhere between Brookstone and the movie theater megaplex, the store sits on what one Hurley s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    New Thrice Album 'Beggars' in (Physical) Stores Today

    ​Beggars, the sixth studio album from Irvine's Thrice is out in stores today. Well, "real" stores. Like, ones with doors that you can walk into. ("Physical retailers," "brick and mortar," whatever you want to call them.)

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009


    Beall Center

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    May 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 18, 2009

    Live from Coachella: Record Store Day!

    It's pretty cool that the official on-site record store at Coachella this year is Zia Records, from my hometown of Phoenix. It's been Virgin Megastore in years past, which is not only now out of business, but was always totally totally horrible. A copy of Private Eyes for $18.98? Sure, why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Today: New Lady Sovereign

    Yes, more Lady Sovereign news from me. Why? Because she rules. That's why.Her latest disc is called Jigsaw and it's out today. You can buy it at these things called record stores or do what everyone else in 2009 does and get it at iTunes. Either way, I'm pretty sure the songs are the same.The first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    An OC-Based Car Empire Breaks Down

    madaise / Flickr / Creative CommonsThe Capistrano Insider caught a story in Automotive News about Newport Beach's Mike Kahn, who, until recently, ran one of the fastest-growing car dealership chains in America. Or at least, that's how Automotive News ranked his company in 2007. Come 2009, though,&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese EP out Jan. 27

    To be released through a limited edition CD sold only in indie retail stores (find one here). Track listing: 1. Made in the Dark (with Robert Wyatt)2. Whistle for Will (with Robert Wyatt)3. We're Looking for a Lot of Love (with Robert Wyatt and Geese)4. One Pure Thought (remixed by Geese)

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: EC Star 50% Off Sale

    So, it's no real surprise: all those drastic Christmas sales didn't go as well as retailers had hoped. In fact, the outlook is pretty bleak--many are predicting more and more closures and bankruptcies, joining big name stores like Circuit City, Linens 'n Things, Sharper Image, Steve & Barry and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Filling Station Overpriced for Merely Good Meals

    I promised milady a special breakfast this morning, but she's the kind of gal who wants things her way. I suggested Anton Schwager's Jagerhaus, La Galette Creperie in San Clemente; she demanded The Filling Station, an Orange institution even though it truly hasn't been around that long, which goes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Foods to Show Country of Origin

    According to various news reports and this one from ABC News, beginning this week, the USDA is requiring that all food retailers label some foods with their country of origin. The law, called COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) will mandate that the consumer is informed where all "raw beef, veal, lam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Old Navy Yellow

    My mom's always told me that yellow's one of those colors I better make sure to wear lots of while I'm still young—older women, she says, just can't pull it off as well. I still haven't really taken her advice, seeing that I am reeeally attached to my LBDs, but if you don't mind standing out in ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 9, 2007


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    March 8, 2007


    Corporate sheepiness on a budget

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    Dogged Followers of Fashion

    Ever wonder why some fake fur feels so real?  The Associated Press has one explanation:  "An animal advocacy group says its investigation has turned up coats — some with designer labels, some at higher-end retailers — with fur from man's best friend." The Humane Society of the ... More >>

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Vinyl Countdown

    Indie record stores retrench

  • Culture

    December 1, 2005
  • Columns

    December 1, 2005
  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • News

    February 10, 2005

    A Triangle Square Peg in a Round Hole

    Niketowns demise is just latest failure at ill-conceived mall

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    These Jeans Are a Steal

    Mexican factory workers say they work all dayliterallyto keep you in Wet Seal jeans

  • Unknown

    June 1, 2000
  • Music

    May 18, 2000
  • Culture

    April 22, 1999

    Chicks Rule

    Or at least hold their own in Vegas

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Shopping Mauled

    Workers claim Macy's engineered anti-union vote

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