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Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen on Their New Album, Playing L.A., and the 11 Worst Records in Circulation

Nearly a decade ago, The Walkmen burst onto what was then a nascent indie-rock scene, sporting a wistful, moody and beautiful blend of piano, guitar, drums and bass. Their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, was nearly universally lauded while their four albums since have each proved inventive and a study in creative composition that has the potential for widespread appeal.

The Love Language @ The Echo, 2/24/11

Love is hard. So is creating anything original that touches upon a subject Shakespeare, Beethoven and Elliott Smith all emptied their hearts for. But people keep trying to successfully send up life’s most vexing problem, and to varying degrees of success and originality. Enter The Love Language, and the triumph of lo-fi, power-pop, blues inspired punk rock that reaches for the stars and often graces the heavens. Their raw mix of ingredients, their rock &...

Obama in L.A: Moving America Forward?

From the outside looking in, it was a political rally like any other. A stream of elected officials, cheered on by adoring supporters, urged them to vote for what's right and ignore the naysayers during a bitter election that has pitted party against party. But, whenever the President of the United States is involved, there's no such thing as normal. About a week ago, USC officials got word President Barack Obama would hold a rally...

[UPDATED] Want to See Obama in L.A.? Here's How

Photo by Troy Holden, via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr. Some may be excited about this. Others, not so much. Still, seeing the president tends to be a pretty uniquely cool way to spend a day and that is the opportunity some lucky chaps will get when President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Los Angeles Friday, Oct. 22 for a rally on USC's McCarthy Quad Alumni Park, which you can...

Goodbye Richard Miller

It would never be this empty again: "Four Level, Hollywood Freeway," by Richard C. Miller | 1950, with Los Angeles City Hall in the background. (Richard C. Miller / Craig Krull Gallery) He took man-made behemoths, turning them into art, and on Friday, the world said goodbye to Richard Crump Miller, famed photographer who profiled the city's rise from farm to concrete jungle taking time to also shoot the glitteratti. He was 98. "Miller's...

Review/Photos: Broken Bells @ The Wiltern, 10/6/10

Toward the end of the Broken Bells' set last week, James Mercer shot a cold, hard stare at guitarist Dan Elkan, the brilliant and exuberant side man whose backing vocals had strayed off key. It might have been barely perceptible (see the video below and fast forward to around the four minute mark if you are like me and don't like waiting), and it was a fruitless error during an otherwise rousing rendition of the...

My Morning Jacket @ The Greek Theatre, 8/12/10

My Morning Jacket had just put the finishing touches on a spectacular show at the Greek Theatre August 12, when our small group chatted about the virtues of rock and roll. See, my friend (you might know her) is somewhat of a rock maven and an MMJ devotee, a true patron of saint Jim James who would beat down a path to their show any day of the week. Your reviewer, while quite fond of...

Hamlet @ Theatricum Botanicum

Mike Peebler and Jeff Wisen alternate in the title role. Each plays Laertes to the other's Hamlet | Photo by Ian Flanders Alone, on a dark stage with just a symphony of crickets in support, Mike Peebler slowly intoned the most important soliloquy in the English language. "To be or not to be," he asked the audience, and, though most could recite the speech by heart, we waited breathlessly for the answer. So it...

In Defense of Abby Sunderland

In this July 2009, photo provided by Laurence Sunderland, Abby is shown sailing in Santa Monica Bay, in Santa Monica, Calif. Abby sought to one-up older brother Zac when she set sail in November in a quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Recently, Abby Sunderland endeavored to cross the world on a boat, her voyage cut short, she said, due to "one long wave, and one short mast."...

LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost @ The Palladium 6/4/10

I was just going to leave you with a bunch of pretty photos from a talented photographer called Mick. I was not going to detail anything about the recent show by LCD Soundsystem and Holy Ghost, preferring not to flood the airwaves with words when pictures tell the tale anyway. I was not going to do any of this until my conscience got the better of me. You see, dear reader, I must tell you...

The National @ The Wiltern 05/21/10

It would be disingenuous to describe the The National as new or up-and-coming. The Cincinnati-based band has been around for a good decade and has a solid body of five albums in their arsenal. Yet their current - which included stop at the Wiltern May 21 - felt like an unveiling for The National as they begin to embrace widespread recognition on the strength of their recent release. Showcasing much of their latest album, High...

Band of Horses @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery 05/24/10

They've been all over the map, playing at Amoeba, the Avalon and even the Roxy earlier this week. So it may come as no surprise that Band of Horses chose the final resting spot for some of Hollywood's most enduring personalities as the first stop on their road to showcase Infinite Arms. Still, most inside the Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Monday night - which included about four dozen contest winners, studio execs...

Broken Bells, The Morning Benders @ Henry Fonda Music Box 05/19/10

Despite blank stares from leadman James Mercer, Broken Bells' artfully constructed and beautifully arranged notes highlighted the band's genius, making the show one of the year's best thus far.

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LAist Interview: Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

David Plouffe, at 42-years-old, has likely reached the pinnacle of his career. He successfully guided a little known junior senator from Illinois to the highest echelon of national power while galvanizing an electorate burnt out from eight years of rancorous political discourse. In, "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory," Plouffe details the campaign from its infancy to present day. He takes us on a highly detailed journey in which he initially demurred at the prospect of managing the campaign, through the difficulties of the two-year campaign and the ultimate elation felt after America elected its first black president. He joined us Monday for a chat about what that experience was like, why he was surprised by McCain's campaigns tactics and what lies ahead for the architect of Change as he readies for an appearance Tuesday in Pasadena.

Left, Right & Center @ the Broad Stage, 10/25/09

Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Robert Scheer | Photo by Salvador Farfan | www.caughtinthemoment.com Los Angeles is a metropolis, a diversified city of 3.6 million with interests as varied as the neighborhoods that comprise its vast mosaic. Yet, one of the most persistent knocks against this town is its lack of interest in news and politics. Television news, what with its raging hard on for weather-related pieces and sex scandals, gives some...

Grizzly Bear @ The Hollywood Palladium 10/20/09

Maybe the greatest thing about Grizzly Bear, the thing that everyone should know, is this: They are totally enigmatic and impossible to pin down. Of course, this is what makes them difficult to write about and even more difficult to consider what it is that makes this foursome so appealing. But appealing they are. Backed by a score of firefly lights, and an orchestral touch, the Brooklyn-based quartet played to a nearly-sold out audience...

LAist Interview: Dodgers Blogger Diamond Leung

Diamond Leung still loves baseball and journalism. But you'd understand if he didn't. After five years at the Riverside-Press Enterprise, two of those as the Dodgers beat writer, Leung, 27, was laid off from his post after the paper eliminated most of its baseball coverage. The San Francisco native and UCLA grad, at right, moved back to his hometown and did what any young, self respecting unemployed baseball lover would do: start a blog....

Fox Unveils Latest Useless Screen Filler

It's hard work watching baseball games on Fox. On the one hand, each contest always seems lasts an hour too long and, on the other, the Fox announcers over-the-top Yankee gushing (though mostly Derek Jeter) makes you feel less like you're watching a baseball game and more like an episode of the Dating Game. Plus, last night's classic not withstanding, game one of the ALCS was a slow, matter of fact contest between the dominant Yankees and the suddenly hapless Angels.

Wilco @ The Wiltern, 6/23/09

Through a nearly two-hour Wiltern set last week, in which they played two dozen songs from almost every album they've made, Wilco exemplified why their place in musical history is secure. Their set list showcased the strengths of every band member and featured plenty from their early days, the middle ages and a recent run of folk/rock experimentation. In short, there was something for everyone, which was quite necessary given the eclectic crowd of teenage listeners, twenty-something fans and older lovers of Wilco who might have been around since the Summerteeth days.

Cymbeline @ The Thearicum Botanicum

But Cymbeline gets points for amalgamating all genres and Theatricum for putting on one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works. The cast, led by Willow Geer as Imogen and Mike Peebler as Posthumus, struck all the right notes with a golden touch of brevity and soul. Thad Geer, as King Cymbeline, overcame a stiff first couple of scenes to assume a commanding and royal presence while Aaron Hendry’s spot-on portrayal of the sly and duplicitous Iachimo was near perfect.

LAist Interview: Wilco Guitartist Nels Cline

As Wilco prepares to unveil its seventh studio album, the soon to be released "Wilco, (The Album)," the band is barnstorming across the U.S. and world. Earlier this week, I spoke with Wilco's guitar wizard and Los Angeles native Nels Cline from the road, in Oklahoma City. Nels, one of the newest members of the group, splits his time between riffing with Wilco and his own avant-garde jazz band, the Nels Cline trio. We talked about his two musical worlds, his thoughts on Wilco before he joined the band and the bodily harm he does to himself on stage.

Hopewell, Castledoor @ Spaceland, 6/07/09

There is something immensely comforting about residencies - month-long appearances by bands at a relatively small venue. By their very nature, they imply homeliness and a familiarity that is both welcoming and calm. The shows, for example, are almost always free and the headlining band, via their month stay, has a fantastic opportunity to endear themselves to fans and staff by their very repetitive nature. Alas, in as much as some bands are more interesting...

Great Northern, The Dears @ Echoplex 5/23/09

At first glance, the pairing of Great Northern and Dears seems like an unlikely duo to grace the same stage. Still, there they were on May 23, each taking their turn trying to wow the Echoplex crowd who learned, after a sometimes amazing, but more often average show, that the bands' similarities far outweigh their differences.

4.7 Rattler Rumbles L.A.

The epicenter of the quake was in Lennox, 10 miles from Downtown Los Angeles Now, hasn't it just been too quiet in Southern California? Were you not just asking about when the next earthquake was going to hit? We have our answer. A 4.7 (originally estimated by sensors as 5.0) struck at 8:39 p.m., 10 miles SSW of Downtown L.A. in Lennox, a suburb just feet from Inglewood. We are getting reports that people...

Meet Erika of The Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards, featuring Erika Wennerstrom with drummer Dave Colvin (L) and bassist Jesse Ebaugh (R) I Photo via the band. Erika Wennerstromon is an enigma. Raised in Ohio, the lead singer of The Heartless Bastards now resides in Austin, where she writes the music she herself has trouble pegging down into a certain category. The blues/rock/etc/ inspired sound of their newest album, The Mountain, has received rave reviews. It strikes a more complex...

Meet Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers Beat Writer for the L.A. Times

Dylan Hernandez, the 28-year-old Dodgers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, is set to embark on his second full season covering the team. The native Southern Californian and graduate of UCLA has worked for a slew of papers before the Times hired him in 2007. He recently ended one of the more difficult periods in his professional life: covering the Manny Ramirez saga for the Times through sleepless nights and hundreds of stories. I recently caught up with him about the rigors of covering the sport, how traditional sports journalism has been affected by baseball bloggers and what has to happen for the Dodgers to resign Manny Ramirez.

Am I smarter than a 9 1/2-year-old?

Her name is Reason and she is not quite 10 years old. In fact, if you ask her, she'll tell you she is 9-and-a-half, which bodes well for her ability to keep a close tab on important numbers. But that is not why I asked her to fill out my NCAA brackets this year. Each and every year, we are subject to endless debate about who will win, who should win and who who has no chance. This year, I decided to forgo usual strategy that included years of picks based on advice from so-called experts and go with someone whose lack of college basketball wisdom rivals only her fondness for recess.

Camelback Ranch: History in the Making

The Dodger spring training complex is a picture of baseball heaven. More than 13 fields, each manicured to perfection sit under a blazing Arizona sun as players mingle with fans and sign autographs amid the state-of-the-art site. The proximity to Los Angeles versus Florida was certainly a key reason many new spring training visitors made trek to the new site while many cited the beautiful fields and relatively cheap ticket prices as reasons to come back. But before the site can be declared a success, Dodger brass must first fix one key component: honoring the team's storied history as the old site in Florida did so well.

Interview: Dodger Thoughts Blogger Jon Weisman

Jon Weisman, like many of us, wears many hats. A former reporter for the Daily News, Weisman, 41, is now a full-time editor for Variety Magazine, Dodger blogger and father of three. By his own admonition, it is a tough balancing act made even more difficult by his blogs' move from a domain with other baseball writers to the LA Times. The transition from Baseball Toaster, which recently shut down after Weisman and others left, to the Times, could represent a seismic shift in sports journalism. At once, it shows that the mainstream media is continuing to recognize blogs (and bloggers) as writers to be taken seriously while also giving great credence to the multitude of fans who regularly read Weisman's posts. Or it could mean very little in the scheme of things, if the humble Weisman is to be believed.

Dispatch from the Inauguration: 'I Would Not Miss This for the World'

A Metro fare ticket | Photo by Jeremy Oberstein/LAist With one day left until Inauguration Day, thousands of constituents fanned out among hundreds of congressional offices Monday to collect their prized Golden Ticket to today's swearing in. 240,000 tickets were handed out by Congress, but hundreds more pressed their luck, hoping to secure a place for history. One couple, a young boyfriend/girlfriend duo from Pasadena, showed up at Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff's prepared for...

Dispatch from the Inauguration: 'Our Coats & Bags Were Checked but Not Our Tickets!'

Left the house this morning at 6 a.m. (that's 3 a.m. in California). The streets were already teeming with inauguration goers. There was a palpable sense of excitement, as there has been in DC for days. The swarm walked toward the capitol building in heavy anticipation of... something. No one knew exactly where they were going and security wasn't sure what to tell anyone. It was a mad house, a chaotic scene that was calmed by hundreds of red hatted volunteers who wished all a "happy inauguration day" and gave high-fives.

LAist Road Trip: Inauguration 2009, Part II

View Larger Map LAist contributor Jeremy Oberstein is traveling east this weekend for the 2009 Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. What makes this trip different from the estimated two million slated to converge on the National Mall? He and two other Angelenos are making the trip by car, driving a total of 5,724 miles in a week. Follow his journey on Twitter and each day on LAist. We left Los Angeles at 6:20 p.m. Friday,...

LAist Road Trip: Inauguration 2009

In less than 24 hours, your LAist Inauguration 2009 correspondent will set off on a mad dash toward Washington, D.C., along 2,870 miles of this nation's most barren and beautiful landscapes. Through 10 states and four highways, I and two other Angelenos will drive toward a massive storm of an estimated two million people from around the country and world who will crowd this nation's capitol for the historic moment.

What to Expect from Waxman

Tomorrow, Los Angeles's own Rep. Henry Waxman will begin his reign as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee when Congress inaugurates its 111th session. Waxman, who bested Detroit Rep. John Dingell in a congressional death match for chair of the powerful committee, faces a daunting shopping list when he is handed the gavel. Exactly what's in store for Waxman, the direction he takes the committee and what that means for California remains...

Interview: Charles Phoenix, King of Kitsch

At 45 years old, Charles Phoenix has achieved a sort of legendary status in Southern California and beyond. Though he is well known for his Disneyland tours of Los Angeles, Phoenix has toured this country in search of the kitschiest cities and most vibrant offenders of class. His travels have brought him to Tulsa, Portland and Denver, which he calls the most kitschy city in the nation. But he calls Silver Lake home and has...

The Folly of the No on 8 Groups

Hours after officials conferred the presidency upon Barack Obama, an agent of change in what could be a new era of American politics, millions around the state celebrated the win with a bittersweet tinge, recognizing that a majority of voters had dismissed the right of same-sex couples to marry. The loss of Proposition 8 set off a frenzied spate of rallies across Los Angeles and other parts of the state where outraged gays and straights...

Last Minute Voting Tips

Election Day has finally arrived and with it continued worries about expected record turnout and what that means for each voter. The County Clerk has asked that voters arrive at their polling places after 9 a.m. and before 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crush of residents casting ballots during the morning and evening rush hour. Don't let that dissuade you, however, from voting when you need/want to. Last minute tips: Still don't know where your...

(Mostly) Free Parking Today

Parking restrictions within one block of polling places throughout the city of Los Angeles will not be enforced today, as per Mayor V's recent announcement. Drivers will not be required to pay parking meters, abide by time limits on meters, while street cleaning and preferential parking restrictions will not be enforced....

Long Lines? Let Us Know About It

Long early voting lines Oct. 31 at the county clerk's office in Norwalk. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Reports are slowly trickling in from around Los Angeles that, surprise, voting lines are long. LAist contributers Sam Kim and Sarah Ardalani report varying wait times in West L.A. and Echo Park, respectively. At Kim's polling place, lines stretched about 40 minutes long while Ardalani waited about 15 minutes at Golden West Christian Church off of Alvarado and Sunset...

Tales From the Polling Place

Reader Gina Piccalo writes from Echo Park: Hi there. Just wanted to let you know - I waited in line for 30 minutes at the Allesandro polling spot alongside about 40 other (mostly hipster) neighbors. By 8:30, the machine that tallies the ballots had jammed and the polling staffer took great pains to show everyone she hadn't tampered with it. She had to feed the ballots manually. Not sure how that will impact counting votes.....

Tales From the Polling Place

LAist Editor Zach Behrens, from his Sherman Oaks polling place: "I have never waited more than a minute at this location but this looks like a 20 minute wait, maybe more. We'll see."...

Join LAist on Election Night: I Vote, Therefore I Party

Partying on election day is as old as voting itself. The Romans used to send huge plumes of smoke to the sky from gigantic pyres after each Senate was selected. George Washington allegedly got so drunk after he won the presidency that it took three days to find his wig John Adams had thrown in the Potomac. We intend to carry on the traditions established by the founders of Democracy and the fathers (and mothers)...

Will There Be Enough Ballots?

Election officials are bracing for tremendous turnout at polling places throughout Los Angeles County Tuesday and reassuring voters that enough ballots will be on hand to serve the millions expected to show up for the hotly contested race. Dean Logan, county clerk for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder, said the his office is planing for what is expected to be record voter participation by equipping polling places with "sufficient numbers of ballots and a contingency plan...

LAist Guide to the Election: Proposition 11

What is it? Prop 11 seeks to redraw the states' political boundaries that some have complained are too ridiculously drawn to all but ensure an incumbent will retain his seat. If it passes, Prop 11 would establish a 14 member commission to redraw the 120 districts in the state Assembly and Senate that would result in more competitive elections every two years, or so the hope goes. Aren't districts already redrawn every so often? Yes....

LAist CD Review: The Whispertown 2000

Less than a minute into the opening track of Whispertown 2000's second full length album Swim, you start to wonder if this is another quartet of musical pretenders riding the coattails of more successful artists before them. Opening track "103," a country infused adage about the weariness and wariness of growing old, frolics playfully - guided by lead singer and guitarist Morgan Nagler's slyly beautiful voice. It's a love song for centenarians, ("When I'm...

LAist Guide to the Election: Proposition 7

"Modern energy.... old car," by citroenazu on Flickr Why exactly is this? Prop 7, the renewable energy initiative, is a doosy of a measure. It has quietly slipped under the radar of sexier ballot measures (such as the high speed rail Proposition 1 for a bullet train from LA to San Francisco) and more controversial items (such as Prop 8's marriage equality issue). But the tenets of Proposition 7 should not be ignored as...

Today is The Last Day To Register

With just 15 days to go until all polls become irrelevant, we kindly remind you that today is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election. Fill out a voter registration card here; have a card mailed to you by clicking here; pick one up your county elections office, library, or post office; and read about the history of voting here....

A Strikeout for Villaraigosa

Around the fourth inning of the National League Championship Series Monday night, as the hills north of Los Angeles continued to burn, Fox cameras panned to the dignitaries sitting in the luxury seats. With its usual host of celebrities and debutantes, the collection of upper crust was noteworthy for only one reason. Amongst the select crowd was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who smiled as Derek Lowe was mowing down the Phillies; smiling as thousands...

LAist CD Review: KCRW's Sounds Eclectic

Stoking the flames of independence, KCRW released its latest compilation album from live Morning Becomes Eclectic performances cut from twelve different in-studio acts. Crowd pleasers like The Shins and The Swell Season imbibe the album with not so new takes on their even older songs while Spoon and Indie Brits, The Orange Lights dig deep into their live repertoire to deliver interesting versions of their already strong songs. It is an album awash in...

LAist CD Review: Cold War Kids

In considering the Cold War Kids' latest offering, Loyalty to Loyalty, it is best to start from the beginning. On the strength of three incredibly energetic and raw EPs -- accompanied by live performances that kicked the doors down of Spaceland, the Echo, etc. -- the band rose from relative obscurity to headlining mid-major sites and spots on national television. Packed with soul and brimming with originality, the three mini albums seemed to be harbingers...

OMG: Meghan McCain is in LA!

For a while we couldn't pay them to visit Los Angeles and now we can't get rid of them. Fresh off a visit by her father, Sen. John McCain, Meghan McCain will be showing off her newest ode to literature tomorrow when she reads, signs and talks about her recently penned children's book "My Dad, John McCain" at two exalted outposts of Republicanism: The Americana at Brand and then at USC. The first stop will...

LAist CD Review: Okkervil River

Artist: Okkervil River CD: The Stand Ins Release Date: Sept. 9 Label: Jagjaguwar I was late to the Okkervil River party, having ignored the initial hype that accompanied the release of the band's 2007 breakout album, The Stage Names. Pitchfork's glowing review made me recoil in the face of money spent on albums from overhyped bands that so obviously do not deserve exalted praise. (Danielson? Really!?). But, I eventually did come around to lead singer...

LAist Interview: Tim Finn

The years have been kind to Tim Finn. The 56-year-old former lead singer of New Zealand art-pop group Split Enz is revered in his home land as a musical icon while still enjoying relative peace. Finn, who also worked with his brother Neil Finn for a period of time as a guitarist in the 1980's pop group Crowded House, is set to release a new album soon with his Split Enz bandmates but original material....

McCain Loves North Hollywood So Much...

Were you also watching Grandpa McCain's speech last night wondering, what the hell is my middle school doing on a huge screen at the RNC during the coronation of their party's leader? I read my Walter Reed Middle School gazette like the rest of ya'all. How come no one told me that our school was going to be splayed behind McCain during one of his biggest speeches? Oh, wait. Apparently, that visual was a...

What a McCain/Palin White House Could Mean for California

Five days ago, Republicans hammered out a draft of their 2008 convention platform that called for, among other Conservative ideals, "completing the border fence" between the United States and Mexico and curbing Iranian nuclear armament. (While they asked to work "diplomatically" with the Iranian "regime" -- presumably Ahmad Ahmadinejad and the Mullah's who actually the run the country -- they also call the leadership "aggressive and repressive." Smooth.) Missing from the platform was a call...

McCain in Los Angeles Today

Sen. John McCain will appear in Los Angeles later today -- first mucking it up with Jay Leno in Burbank then at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills -- following persistent questions about his noticeable absence from the Southland. The 5:30 p.m. fundraiser is to be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton and will be met with sign-wielding demonstrators just as the Democratic convention gets under way in Denver, according to City News Service. The California...

Obiden? O Yes

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) At 9:50 p.m. I looked at my phone and saw a text message waiting to unveil itself. It was a Friday night and speculation had been swirling like Fay for a week about Obama's partner in crime. Back on Aug. 11, Obama had assured us -- his supporters that turned over emails and phone numbers -- that we would be the first ones to know "the...

Obama's VP: A Text Message Away

In an unprecedented move sure to keep us all (even more) glued to our cellphone and computer in the coming days, Sen. Barack Obama has promised to announce his vice-presidential candidate to supporters through a text message and/or via e-mail, his campaign announced Sunday night. The message, sent to campaign supporters through e-mail, said anyone can receive an instant alert to know "the moment Barack makes his decision," by signing up at http://my.barackobama.com/vp or by...

Extra, Extra: Enjoy That Walk, Angeleno

"batman", by kpe II via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Despite protests to the contrary, turns out a majority of Californians support gay marriage and would oppose a ban to limit marriage to one man and one woman. Put that in your Christian right pipe and smoke it. If you play for the New England Revolution MLS club, not only are you asked to know how to kick a ball and defend...

Why Is McCain Still Avoiding Los Angeles?

Sen. John McCain, presumptive heir to the Republican throne, is scheduled to address Latinos later today in San Diego, part of a Californian itinerary that will once again not include Los Angeles. His campaign announced on Saturday that shortly before 1 p.m. today, McCain will address the National Council of La Raza Convention at the San Diego Convention Center, one day after Sen. Barack Obama addressed the group. On June 25, LAist first wondered why...

Movie Review: Hancock

Hancock is a nearly great movie. I suppose that means it was only good, but that obscures the fact that, unlike other good movies, it could have been great. Will Smith's latest flick tells the story of an alcoholic superhero addled not so much by his addiction to hard liquor, as much as his plunging loneliness. As such, he is a depressed and lonely fuck who believes he is the only one in the world...

Barack Obama in Orange County Next Week

Obama (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick); Balboa Bay Club photo, via its website. Barack Obama, presumed Democratic presidential nomination and current holder of the "most liberal Senator" moniker, will hold a fundraiser from deep within enemy territory on July 13 in Newport Beach, the Daily Pilot reported today. Yes, that Obama. He who voted in 2007 to raise the tax rate for those making more than $1 million a year to increase funding for the Individuals...

Extra, Extra: A Day of Introspection, Blame.

"Family Affair Jump", by Lush.i.ous via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Schwarzenegger got smacked upside the head during this morning's Meet the Press. "If you were the CEO of a public company, the board would probably say, 'It is time to go,' " host Tom Brokaw said. "Are you always this positive?" Schwarzenegger retorted, before blaming it all on Washington, D.C. Are you always this short-sighted? Mayor Tony reflected on his first...

Extra, Extra: Don't Shoot Me (Just Talk About Me And Make Me Popular)

Photo by ~db~ via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A sizable contingent of Malibu's finest patrolled the beaches there this morning, trying to head off an anticipated battle between paparazzo's and surfers after last weeks turf war between cameramen and Matthew McConaughey brethren. But all was quiet. Labor leaders met today in an attempt to hammer out a new three-year deal at the port of Los Angeles where a contract between the International...

Why Did John McCain Avoid Los Angeles?

On the heels of a whirlwind California journey that took him to Santa Barbara and Ventura Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain shuffled off to another campaign stop today, skipping out on the state's biggest city and one of the nation's largest metropolises. Why did John McCain avoid Los Angeles? Going to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties made sense. Santa Barbara, while not majority Democratic, does have a conservative streak and Republicans outnumber Democrats...

Obama vs. McCain, The Latest in Polls

The LA Times and Bloomberg just released a poll at 2 p.m. on the presidential race. Obama now holds a 12 point lead over McCain. Perhaps the most interesting part of the poll is that among white voters, Obama and McCain are dead even at 39% each. Also, the Gallup Daily shows a much tighter margin with "Obama winning on key issues." Today, Obama is in Los Angeles at the Music Center fundraising with Hollywood....

Extra, Extra: Take That!

"Celestial Offering," by rink rat via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr Did you hear the news? The Saudis are going to open up their oil spigot for little ol' America. That could be good news, but it hasn't yet driven down gas prices, especially here in L.A., home to the country's highest priced gas. A gallonn of regular is now $4.59. From the suffering for your art department: A tagger was hurt Saturday...

Obama in Los Angeles Tuesday

Barack Obama is scheduled to ask Hollywood's most celestial bigwigs to open up its pocket books on Tuesday during a fundraiser in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It will be Obama's first Los Angeles appearance after securing the Democratic presidential nomination said Variety's political blog Wilshire & Washington, who broke the story Friday: "Barack Obama's fund-raiser at the Los Angeles Music Center on Tuesday is expected to draw a sizable contingent of stars and Hollywood...

Extra, Extra: Quick Hits

Pasadena Chalk Festival by Todd N. via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr Heroin arrests are on the rise in La Crescenta, parents shocked. Scores of people went to beaches and pools to escape wretched heat for busy shores. California's war death tool has reached 500, people cried. Mayor Tony continues his anywhere but Los Angeles tour, Angelenos nonplussed. Citibank sues Ed McMahon, tries to pay off creditors with humongous check. Federal officials will...

Extra, Extra: The Second Best Angeleno: Mayor Tony

"Mural on the Surfing Museum in Hunting Beach California," by rink rat via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr Mayor Tony, during his anywhere but LA tour, met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday and handed him a Kobe jersey. "He said his gift reflected that there is no better ambassador for the city of Los Angeles than Kobe Bryant," the AP report said. I'm glad the leader of Los Angeles thinks...

Extra, Extra: Stick to Basketball Kobe...

"Boombox," by delara-photos via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. A series of unfortunate events, including combustible materials that were too close together, contributed to the severity of the recent Universal Studios blaze, said a report issued Friday by the fire department. A loss of water pressure at key moments also complicated efforts to quash the inferno. The report has given rise to fears that media studios are not prepared to deal with disasters,...

Obama, McCain to Hold California Town Hall?

One week into the race for President of the United States and the biggest issue of this early national campaign has been a debate about debates. John McCain wants 10 town hall meetings, Barack Obama has said five might be sufficient and both have called each other's stylized stalling on the issue a sideshow aimed at drawing each other into political wedge. McCain originally proposed holding 10 meetings once a week until the week before...

Black Angels @ The Troubadour 6/5/08

The Black Angels. Photo by Jeremiah Garcia / www.IceCreamMan.com" The Black Angels area a very serious rock band. They play serious music, they don't smile on stage and they for damn sure do not look like they are having a good time. It's not that they seem bored on stage, it's that they -- either intentionally or unintentionally -- exude cool. It drips from their pulsating rhythms, from their drawn out songs, from their I-Don't-Give-A-Fuck-What-You-Think,...

Extra, Extra: Garcetti for Mayor?

"Fifty Merc," by James Herman via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. It's been a killer week for Los Angeles County. At least nine have died since last Sunday, most having been murdered by gangs. The amount is not unprecedented, but it is greater than the county's average homicide rate, the LA Times said. And, if this morning's news of a homicide suspect in North Hills shooting himself in the finger is any example,...

What's Next for Obama? The Veepstakes

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais As the Obama ordination slowly takes shape across America this week -- cemented by Hillary Clinton's graceful exit -- the race for next in line will begin to supplant coverage of the Democratic quest to take over the White House. Obama's Veepstakes team -- headed by staunch supporter Caroline Kennedy, former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson and former Clinton deputy attorney general Eric Holder, now an Obama legal adviser --...

Extra, Extra: It's your fault!

"Television," by ccharmon via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, fresh off Tuesday's primary win, questioned why the Grand Avenue Project -- a proposed shopping center and hotel in Downtown -- is taking so damn long. He wants to send the project out for bid again. Not so fast, gay couples. Kern County will stop performing gay marriage ceremonies because the region's clerk supposedly objects to the idea, though cited financial...

Extra, Extra: Cover Up, Miscreants!

"Peace," by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Holy marijuana, Batman! A Northern Californian town near Eureka has been inundated with pot growing houses. More than 10 percent of the 7,500 houses in Arcata are used for pot, creating a housing and safety issue, officials said. But everyone is too tired and hungry to do anything about it. Oops! A snafu in the race for Torrance City Council has left some voters...

Extra, Extra: Remember

"One More Shot," by hinducow via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. With one day before Memorial Day, a holiday traditionally devoted to BBQ's and beer drinking, it's worth remembering those who did not make it back from Iraq, Afghanistan and other wars. The LA Times devoted some ink to California's war dead today, online and in print. Remember the geese! A proposal to retool the 405/101 interchange has been questioned by environmentalists who...

Extra, Extra: Questions and Answers

"Noon-Five," by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Q: How is the San Fernando Valley like 1950's Mississippi? A:Apart from the wide lots, racism is once again rearing its ugly head. Hate crimes have nearly doubled so far this year from the same period last year with Jews and blacks taking the brunt of the attacks. Q: When is it time to say goodbye to your dog? A: How about...

Extra, Extra: You Smell. No, You Smell!

"The Republic of California, by WishByNight via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. A commuter train collided with a stalled car today and, no, it wasn't at The Grove. It happened in Sylmar and no injuries were reported, unlike at some places. Ahem, Grove, Ahem. In asking massive corporations pay for glitzy events is Schwarzenegger in the pocket of big business, or is he saving taxpayers millions of dollars? Or is he upset that...

LAist Guide to the Primary: Proposition 98

You won't be faulted if you feel as if it just now seems we are getting out from under the covers of the Feb. 5 Primary. For one, there was very little finality -- something that elections are supposed to deliver -- when we were promised Super Tuesday would end all lingering doubts about our preferred candidate. For another, election officials are just now getting around to changing the flawed ballots that left so...

Extra, Extra: Curveballs and Quakes

untitled, by jtstrathdee via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. News of the Chinese quake that has reportedly killed more than 8,500 people, has rattled some Chinese-Americans in L.A. who are struggling to learn the fate of relatives and friends back home. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo hates having a good time (and getting syphilis): He asked a judge to bar 36 convicted prostitutes and five pimps from walking anywhere on a 5.7-mile stretch of...

Why Do We Vote for Judges?

All over Los Angeles, on chain link fences and freeway underpasses, sprawling banners and rectangular placards advertise names of people running for office you might have never heard and with whom you will probably never have any contact. But these ghosts of democracy, running for Los Angeles Superior Court judicial posts, could affect our jail and court systems for years to come. This June 3, voters in California will be asked to decide on two...

Extra, Extra: Can You Dig It?

"Sherman Way Beautification Project," by kpe II via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. A Fresno sheriff will allow researchers to start digging for human remains under the former estate of Charles Manson, where Mr. Helter Skelter hid after a 1969 summer killing spree. A woman's partially decapitated body was found in a South L.A. alley. She may have been homeless and police said she suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma. No...

Extra, Extra: We're All Animals

"the recliner has been drinking," by kpe II via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Are you smarter than the governor of California? State Sen. Dean Florez has proposed a bill calling on Gov. Schwarzenegger to take the high school exit exam to show him how important education funds are. The state is mired in a$8 billion debt and some have called for cuts to educating as a way to get California out of...

Extra, Extra: Prepare for the Cool

Bearlicious, by kpe II via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Home plate Kerwin Danley, who took a 96 mph Brad Penny heater off the face mask during last night's Dodger game --and briefly lost consciousness -- has been released from the hospital. Dodgers medical personnel accompanied him to Good Samaritan Hospital, where officials Sunday said Danley was treated in the emergency room and released. To update our coverage of the Sierra Madre fire,...

Extra, Extra: You Can't Park Your Helicopter There, Sir

"I want a lover, I don't have to love...", by Lush.i.ous via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Is that a helicopter in your backyard or are you just...An LAPD copter was forced to make an emergency landing in WeHo today on San Vicente after the pilot noticed the emergency lights flashing. With Earth Day just around the corner, the New York Times checks in with environmentalist and former Science Guy Bill Nye. Nye,...

Extra, Extra: Free to be Insulting

"Over the Foothills", by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Thousands of Chinese immigrants pounded the Hollywood pavement today, calling for the firing of CNN's Jack Cafferty following his remarks that goods from that county were "junk," and referred to the Chinese as "a bunch of goons and thugs." Cafferty's a nut, but I'm with Voltaire on this one. If you are looking for a job, you are not alone. California's unemployment...

Angels to Rock Troubadour

One year and four days after they played their first headlining gig at the Troubadour, Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels return to the West Hollywood beacon to music taste June 5 in support of their newest record: Directions to See a Ghost. The Angels' first full length, Passover, enjoyed wide-spread acclaim and love on local radio. Their second album, due out later this year (but available now in digital format) builds on some of...

Extra, Extra: Something's Gotta Give

"6th Street Bridge Skyline", by the_mule via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Britney Spears may be on her way out of Los Angeles, but she's not going quietly. The pop star was involved in a minor collision last night on the 134 in bumper to bumper traffic where she hit the car in front of her, causing that vehicle to bump the car in front of them. No one was hurt and the...

Extra, Extra: Save the Tar

"Who Watches The Watchers", by ~db~ via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. A year after the LAPD launched an offensive to rid Downtown of drugs and crime, the results are mixed. Violent crime is down and shoplifting is up, but some opponents of this broken windows campaign are deriding the heavy handed tactics they say police have used. But officials said, look at the results and, hey, it worked for Giuliani in NYC...

Charles Phoenix Disneyland Tour of Los Angeles

Charles Phoenix at Union Station Walking through the Broadway Arcade mall near the Jewelry District, Charles Phoenix rued the changing face of Downtown. The mall, built in 1922 and billed as Los Angeles's oldest shopping center, was the fourth stop on what could be Phoenix's last tour of some of the oldest and grandest sites in a city long accused of lacking history. But it was in the mall, where naked upper floors could...

LAist Interview: Kevin Roderick

Kevin Roderick, by Marc Goldstein courtesy KCRW. In May, Kevin Roderick's LA Observed will celebrate its fifth year as one of the city's main online destination for those seeking the inside scoop on media and politics. Roderick, a 25-year veteran of the LA Times and author of two books about Los Angeles, sat down for nearly an hour where talking about the past, present and future of LA Observed, why he thinks people should...

Extra, Extra: A Strike for Hollywood and a Home Run for Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, by kpe II via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr. Hey, who's ready for another strike? The actors might be after the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted to split with the Screen Actors Guild, heightening fears that Hollywood may be in for another work stoppage. The last one cost Los Angeles County more than $1 billion. Time to switch from Whole Foods to Trader Joes, actors. OK, so...

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox @ The Coliseum, 3/29/08

Yesterday, the Dodgers lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in front of a historic crowd, some of whom spent all day reveling inside and outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game itself was marred by lackluster pitching and an odd Dodgers outfield formation of two outfielders to try and contain the cavernous center and right field of the old park that originally opened in 1923. The outing was less a day at the...

Extra, Extra: We're Not in Alaska Anymore

"little green leaf," by Melle Music via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr For those who thought oil spills only happened when big tankers in Alaska collided with icebergs, may I point you to the South Bay? Crews were busy Saturday cleaning up about 5,500 gallons of oil that spilled into the wetlands area around Machado Lake. The oil apparently overflowed from an oil-and-water separator at the Cooper & Brain Oil Co. field near PCH...

Suicidal Tendencies

Move over dentists, the boys in blue at the Los Angeles Police Department are encroaching on your fabled love of suicide. According to a report released today by the department, officers are more likely to commit suicide than die in the line of duty. During the last nine years, 19 sworn members of the LAPD have committed suicide, and seven were killed in the line of duty. Between 1990 and 1998, there were 24 suicides....

Extra, Extra: Spears to Leave Los Angeles?

Hope you took advantage of the weather this weekend | Photo by Tha_Sco via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Temperatures this weekend hit near record highs with 87 in Downtown, 88 in Long Beach, 83 in Malibu, 86 in parts of the Valley and the highest at 89 in Riverside. The pop sensation turned train wreck is getting some pressure from her family to turn in that Malibu mansion for a Louisiana...

Extra, Extra: Bombs, Away!

Music Center fountain, by ellwoodite via LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr A bomb scare closed the short-term parking structure at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank this morning after a small suitcase was found without its owner, according to officials at the airport. The suitcase was detonated by the bomb squad and the parking lot re-opened after being closed for an hour. An inert World War II-era grenade left on top of a vehicle parked...

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