Lately, I've had to resort to picky douchebaggery when ordering Old Fashioneds
in bars, just as when I order a martini. It's all the fault of the
writers and producers of Mad Men, who wouldn't know a good Old Fashioned if it got spilled on their nuts.We're not going to get into the martini thing a ... More >>
Photograph by John GilhooleyYou may remember Kenji Gallo, co-author with Matthew Randazzo V of the 2009 book Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia, from my Sept. 2009 cover story in OC Weekly,"Blown Away." That particular story dealt with a slew of mafia murders in Orange County du ... More >>
The legal war over Prop 8 is still fresh fodder for Sunday news snore fests, daily chat spat shows and late night laugh offs, so it was only a matter of time before California's controversial gay marriage initiative filtered its way into scripted television programming.But the two shows that will ... More >>
Robert Fayette / OC WeeklyBarrett Johnson at the Gypsy Lounge on March 3.Burly and bald-shaven, Orange acoustic songwriter Barrett Johnson looks like a tough guy. Listen to his songs, though, and you get the image of a dude who's sensitive, smart and perpetually heartbroken. We're not saying tough g ... More >>
Hot off the announcement that Top Chef Masters is going to be getting a second season, Bravo is developing ANOTHER spin-off. What is it? Take the original Top Chef recipe, add a pinch of Ace of Cakes, maybe a few telegenic hotties that look like Jennifer Aniston and BAM! (with apologies to Eme ... More >>
So, apparently everyone else already knew this a year ago, but apparently Alex's Bar in Long Beach is used as the location for "Fangtasia," the vampire bar on HBO drama True Blood, currently in its second season.I just learned this yesterday through a post on The District's site. I posted about i ... More >>
It's a surprisingly busy Monday, which is most definitely a good thing. After finishing up watching No Doubt's guest appearance on Gossip Girl tonight--they're playing a band in an '80s flashback and will do their cover of "Stand and Deliver," fun--mayhaps head over to the Continental Room in Fuller ... More >>
It's not every day that my love for serialized teen dramas intersects with my sworn duty to cover our local music scene, but a wonderful thing occurred during tonight's Gossip Girl on The CW: Blair's fateful late-episode meeting regarding her Yale application was scored by "Mexican Dogs," a song fro ... More >>
Radio is dead. MTV, as you have no doubt heard by now, doesn't play music videos anymore.
The best bet for bands these days is to get their song played on a TV show or commercial, as crass as that might sound—just ask Sia, whose "Breathe Me" became a hit after appearing in the series finale of "S ... More >>
Nick Schou's "Just a Random Female," which recounted the harrowing tale of the 1986 murder of Robbin Brandley at Saddleback College and the subsequent search for her killer, will be included in the 2008 edition of The Best American Crime Reporting anthology. This book has in the past featured articl ... More >>
You know, I was never one for "It" bags. They're in one second, out the next, and the only ones who can manage to get on the waiting lists (imagine waiting months in advance to drop $1200 ) are celebrities and their train wreck offspring anyway.
Introducing the next fashion house-dictated "It" han ... More >>
A few hours ago, a Houston jury ruled that Andrea Yates--the crazy housewife who drowed her five kids in the bathtub four years ago--is not guilty of the crime because she's nuts. You might remember that after her first trial, back in 2002, it took a jury only four hours to find her guilty. The high ... More >>