A few months after Gary Webb killed himself with his dad's old pistol, I stood shirtless in my back yard, staring at the full moon. The sky was black and cloudless, the moon blurry. Earlier that night, I'd poured myself several splashes of single-malt scotch. I shook my fist in the air and screamed. ... More >>
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Monday, October 14 Wavves The Observatory Wavves, the feral brain child of Nathan Williams, is a San Diego-based garage rock band that, despite being relatively young and surviving a full member re-do, have already hit some pretty massive rockstar milestones. In 2009, singer Williams took a bunch o ... More >>
I would not presume to review the science or even explain the specifics of the regulatory tar baby that, thankfully, seems to have caught up So Cal Edison in its lies and obfuscations, stubborn insistence on the viability of SONGS. Read Nick Schou and other OC Weekly reporters for that. Mine is a po ... More >>
The Glass House
311 knows the secret to maintain a loyal fan base for over 20 years: tour nonstop; build a solid online community; then invite fans on a Caribbean vacation. It helps to have band name consisting of numbers that can coincide with a month and day so your band has an excuse to host an annual (or bi-ann ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't legal immigrants bash illegal immigrants?
Seth Rogen takes his Centrum Silver
Although it came and went without much notice, Monday marked the 75th anniversary of America's misbegotten war on weed.On Oct. 1, 1937, the U.S. Congress officially criminalized the possession and sale of marijuana, which had already been outlawed in many states thanks to a campaign of sleazy racist ... More >>
There has been many ridiculous, laughable awards given out in Orange County or to Orange County residents over the years, but none was more undeserved than when some agency called the Orange County Transportation Authority the nation's best mass-transit system in 2005. This came on the heels of OCTA ... More >>
Man, Chapman University (the school from where I got my BA and where I currently teach) never ceases to surprise. The same university that once employed a Neanderthal as its head of the law school, homophobic John Eastman, also employs crazy-ass lefties. The same school that has busts of Ayn Rand an ... More >>
Another reason to buy clothes online. An employee found a camera hidden inside a unisex dressing room at The Gap at the Shops at Mission Viejo, authorities said Wednesday. It was tiny--about the size of thumb drive--and attached to a picture frame that featured store ads. Investigators do ... More >>
This week we've got five super tasty (and surprisingly humanitarian) records from Burger Records, 645 S State College Blvd Unit A in Fullerton, (714) 336-0561. Mmmm, Burger. Gotta love 'em. This week's top seller at Burger is The Audacity's Mellow Cruiser.
UPDATE, MAY 21, 5:23 P.M.: The energy director of a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group calls Gregory Jaczko's resignation as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) "a terrifying example of industries trying to wreak havoc on those who regulate them-and winning.""Jaczko sou ... More >>
I miss Miller's Outpost. Le sigh. True story: I was in Hollywood several years ago when I happened upon a little shop that advertised a product called "Fundies", designed for couples to hop into and get freaky. The underwear designed for two became a running inside joke to this day among my pal ... More >>
In 1962, Neil Sedaka said everything that needs to be said about ending relationships when he sang, "breaking up is hard to do." It's simple in an "aw shucks" 1960s pop song sort of way, but the tune's direct approach has not meant the end of the break-up song. In fact, we've got some pretty dand ... More >>
In his his quest to hipsterize OC retail, Shaheen Sadeghi has built quirkily beautiful properties and gained more than a few critics
[Trendzilla] Google, others can be your price-cutting pal
Everyone's always looking for that perfect leather jacket—the one that doesn't look cheesy, too trendy or cost $800. Which is difficult enough in itself. Lofty boutiques and high-end shops like Barney's Co-op have long carried great leather pieces by Mike & Chris that are exactly what you're looki ... More >>
Yep, that's it. The crazy collaborations by designers have come to the most unthinkable huh?-inducing climax with the special limited-edition Vespa designed by Gap. Yeah, that Gap. With the sweaters, khakis and same designs every year (save for the color palette) GAP. Snoozy GAP. But this? This is ... More >>
The Boy Monk lets Kusho off easy
or expensive. or somewhere in between