Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Let the past make you better, not bitter. Every day is a second chance. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. Pithy inspirational memes such as these are the squishy-sweet stuff of Facebook […]
La Habra is usually stereotyped as the sleepy north OC burg in which nothing much happens, except when a future president opens a law office or a wacky Octomom moves into the neighborhood. But Nixon's old office is now a parking lot, remembered only by a historical marker that obstructs cars as much as Nixon […]
It's always tourist season in Laguna Beach, especially in the summer. Stroll along Main Beach's boardwalk, and in addition to the usual day trippers, you'll hear people speaking German, Russian, Japanese, French and Italian, which is only cool until you hear Lauren Conrad's name mixed in with all the accents. Yes, the 10-year-old MTV show […]
Poor Lake Forest. The city just doesn't ooze excitement the way it did when the strippers were grinding away on customer's laps at Captain Cream's Cabaret and the Gypsy Lounge was booking mind-blowing bands and thoughtful singer/songwriters. Both are now gone, and there aren't nearly as many interesting spots in the city that has neither […]
Randy Morgan really doesn't want to be here. But the stout, gruff-voiced Laguna Beach artist is tired of all the "bullshit," as he puts it, that seems to constantly fly his way. And so he sits outside the Coffee Pub in the city's downtown village on a sunny, tourism-board-approved afternoon with Aussie expat Ian "Kanga" […]
Spend a few mornings in Laguna Beach these days, and you'll inevitably encounter Michael Minutoli. He's the extraordinarily happy guy on the corner of Coast Highway and Brooks Street who's waving hello to the drivers whizzing past, dancing around to whatever music is playing in his earbuds, and adorned in a variety of eye-grabbing outfits. […]
Room 525 at El Modena High School in Orange is normally where chemistry classes are held, and the décor lets you know it: tacked-up periodic tables, shelved science textbooks, noisy and uncomfortable metal stools, and shiny jet-black countertops on which students conduct simple and not-so-simple experiments. On one wall is a chart explaining how, when […]
He was a stocky young kid, maybe 13 or 14, someone who might have become a starting fullback for his high-school football squad. Maybe he eventually did. But on this evening in 1996, he was being dropped off at what's now called the Center OC by his father, a red-faced bull of a man who […]
This is pretty good: Some guy left his cameras running and pointed them out his office window during what I assume was last year's New Year's Eve extravaganza in Times Square, then did some time-lapse trickery and laced it all together with a Ween song. It tracks the whole big deal, too, from the prep […]
Tomorrow night, of course, being New Year's Eve. But what better band to ring in any year with? Delta Nove have been playing around in assorted Long Beach and OC clubs for at least a good decade. I caught them once when they were playing a party on the rooftop patio of some condo high-rise […]
Much has been written about the sad state of contemporary hip-hop. But here's some solace — as this, at long last, is what appears to finally be rock-bottom . . .
The Indian “Thriller” clip from two days ago should've warned you — every year about this time, for reasons I'm unsure of myself, I go on a rather severe Bollywood binge. So please enjoy (or suffer) the following:
No explanation needed . . .
Saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. Meh — a bit overrated and over-hyped for my tastes. Here's all you need to know: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl, boy loses girl again, boy finds girl for good this time, let's have a celebratory Bollywood dance sequence as the end credits roll. So I […]
Last Thursday I wrote this post talking about the Saturday all-star extravaganza at the Gypsy Lounge, and I wondered why the esteemed Chris Hanlin wasn't on the bill. Well, here's your chance — the extremely talented Mr. Hanlin is playing tonight at the Gypsy Lounge's Tuesday acoustic night, sharing the stage tonight with his brothers-in-sound […]
On this first day of Hanukkah (tonight after sundown, anyway), the iconic video momemt from the greatest Jewish rock N roller ever: from the DA Pennebaker doc Don't Look Back.
LowBallVideoChatter: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Tha Crossroads” – Performing Monday at the Grove of Anaheim!
Does 1996 qualify as “old-school?” If not, let's just say it does, with the classic cut “Tha Crossroads” from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. At the time, I believe this was the most expensive hip-hop video ever made — one that's surprisingly bling-free. No one ever said re-animating Eazy-E with a ghostly CGI aura shimmering around him was […]
LowBallVideoChatter: Jay Buchanan, “The WIlderness” — Also, Huge All-Star Benefit Gig Saturday at the Gypsy Lounge!
I'll use any excuse to post Jay Buchanan videos, or those of just about every artist playing this shit-hot show Saturday at OC's venerable Gypsy Lounge. It's an acoustic-Christmas-type toy drive gig benefiting the Joyful Child Foundation, featuring (deep breath) . . . Jameson, Jay Buchanan, the Pawn Shop Kings, Chris Paul Overall, AJ Degrasse, […]
Gonna be a good next few days for the Blank Tapes, the kinda-country, kinda-folky, forever-funky yet mostly-acoustic band led by sonic svengali Matt Adams, who, years and years ago, did some illustrations for the Weekly's inky fishwrap edition. Matt has since abandoned OC for the woolly streets of Oakland, but he's still kind enough to […]
This one almost slipped past me: Gerald Clayton, a 24-year-old titan of jazz piano, is playing with his trio tonight at the fabulous Steamers jazz club in downtown Fullerton. How great will this be? Well, here's a review of one of his Steamers gigs I wrote five years ago — when the lad was a […]
Happy 238th Birthday today to Ludwig van Beethoven! Ya don't look a day over 170, you crazy kraut! Also, this clip is seasonal — everyone probably heard “Fur Elise” for the first time while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas.