Results tagged “Tony Pierce”

LAist Outgoing Editor's 25 Favorite CDs of 2007

Last year we did a lot of Best Of lists, and this year we are on a roll to eclipse the quantity and quality of last year. One thing I have noticed is there seems to be two ways to do a Best Of list. You can do a politically correct one for the hipsters and cynics - which is boring and a lie. Or you can keep it real and talk about how...

Barack Obama @ Gibson Theatre, 12/10/07

Approximately 5,000 people came to the Gibson in Universal City and paid between $25-$250 to hear presidential hopeful (and TRAILS the California frontrunner, if you believe recent polls) Barack Obama explain why he's in the race. His speech brought tears from women, commanded several standing ovations, and even made this little kid near us shut his trap for 45 minutes. Bon Jovi wannabe's The Goo Goo Dolls played, James Brown wannabe Ne-Yo performed, and...

What Does it Take to Live in LA? Incredible Luck

Kudos to LA Indymedia for pointing out this amazing fantasy that the LA County AFL-CIO is living in. According to the LA Union website (who are trying to fight for higher wages in LA), they believe that a single adult needs to only make $13.52 an hour ($28k a year) to "support a modest standard of living in LA". The AFL-CIO has broken it down to explain to live modestly, one would be able...

UPS Brown Trucks Go Green With Fewer Left Turns

Ever try to get in the left-hand lane hoping you'll get that green arrow, but only end up waiting thru one series of lights after another? Imagine you drive a truck for UPS and you find yourself in that situation day after day, year after year. Then multiply those trucks by the tens of thousands. Think about how much gas is being wasted and how much CO2 is being released due to idling. The...

Giant Lines at the Obey Sample Sale in Santa Ana

As soon as we arrived at the Obey sale on Saturday in Santa Ana I told my friend, "fuck this, I'm out." The line was longer than anything I'd seen outside Magic Mountain. All you could see were high school and college-aged kids in hoodies and tapered jeans messaging their friends and they were probably saying the same thing I was saying, "fuck this." But my friend was determined. She had Christmas shopping to...

Why No Country For Old Men Isn't A Great Film

The Coen Brothers have made a very very good movie with No Country For Old Men. Josh Brolin is the tough guy that all men would want to be and women would love to come home to. Frenchy Javier Bardem plays one of the creepiest and vicious bad guys to grace the screen in a long time. Hell, even Woody Harrelson adds some comic relief for pretty much no good reason, but it adds...

Zach Behrens New Editor of LAist

The white smoke flowed from the chimney, doves were released, and virgins scattered to deliver the Good News that the newest Editor of LAist is Zach Behrens. Valley boy Zach has been a contributer to this fine blog since 2005, he's an outdoorsman, he sits on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council, he's a vegetarian, he volunteers selflessly, and yes ladies, he's single. Softspoken, strong-willed, and determined to get you to ride public transportation, Zach...

Juliette & The Licks is a Can't Miss Tonight @ The Roxy

People have been asking me what's up with the Weekly lately and hell if I know. They do their thing and maybe new management has made them lose their edge, but maybe they're just getting olde. Seems to me that once upon a time if someone like Juliette Lewis was in town to play a Saturday night show at the Roxy with a decent bill like Scissors for Lefty and Suffrajett, the Weekly would...

AM News - Miss Los Angeles No Longer Miss California

Due to "human error" in tallying the votes, the crown that was placed on the head of Koreatown's Christina Silva, aka Miss Los Angeles, was placed on the head of Miss Barstow Raquel Beezley yesterday in Beverly Hills, and Breezley is now the winner in the all-important Miss California pageant. - AP Guess who's getting naked for Peta now? Film star Eva Mendez. And if her poster is any indication, she's really behind this...

The Hollow Trees Rock and Kazoo For You on Saturday

The Hollow Trees are the best folk band "for families" that you have never heard. By "for families" we mean little kids would love it as much as their parents. Mixing Americana, folk, and pop, The Hollow Trees keep it simple enough for children with the G-rated lyrics. The music, however, is authentic, pure, and as good as anything you'd hear from your grandpa's best bluegrass records. This year the Hollow Trees have gone...

Dodgers Sign Jones to 5th Largest Salary in the Majors

He's 30, he spells his name funny, when he's not injured he's tearing the cover off the ball, and he's got a gun for an arm. If he passes his physical Andruw Jones will be on the happy end of a $36.2 million, two-year contract to play for the Dodgers. But should Dodger fans be happy about another outfielder, especially one who had such a miserable season last year (.222 batting average, .311 on-base...

Bill O. Gets it Wrong about The War - Again

How much money would it take for you to go on tv night after night and be wrong about things? Millions? Tens of millions? Even if they gave you $10 million a year could you really enjoy the caviar, Hummers, and grillz if you knew that you were rollin in your 6-4 due to bullshitting America? Especially about war? Well every night Bill O'rly says something stupid or lame or embarrassing and the next...

Exclusive Interview with The Most Deceptive Sign in LA

Hi Most Deceptive Sign in LA, what are you still doing there? Oh, hello, LAist, but do excuse me while I go back to ignoring you. Well why on Earth would you do that? O I don't know, maybe because you left me off your little list of 25 posts that got you the most hits this year? Wait, you're not on the list? Why, no. No I most certainly am not! A thousand...

LAist Asks: Hey Bruins and Bruin Fans - Happy Now?

Before the questions are asked, please let me state for the record that I graduated from UC Santa Barbara, a college sports powerhouse that hasn't lost a football game since 1990, so I don't have a dog in this fight. Having said that, I was a little surprised at how sensitive it appeared Bruin fans are about the firing of their head coach this afternoon. Again, I am out of the loop, but when...

LAist Answers LA Travel Questions for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel

Frommer's website for the Budget Travel magazine has an interesting, on-going feature where they ask "experts" from around the country to answer questions sent in from their readers in a chat. The experts have one hour to answer as many questions as they can. Afterwards the site adds links, corrects spelling (omg thank you!), adds a pretty picture, and puts it on their site. This morning yours truly was the special guest and the...

Alec Baldwin Reminds Writers Who The Coffee Is For

"You see this watch? You see this watch? That watch cost more than your car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see, pal, that's who I am. And you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you -- go home and play with your kids! You wanna work here? Close! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this...

blogging.la Lies About LAist, Refuses to Correct It

Some people hate the truth. They look at the scoreboard and they hate what they see. They look at themselves and they hate what they see. They look at others having success and they hate that too. Last night blogging.la did the right thing and they linked to our post about my resignation from LAist due to my new gig at the LA Times. Because the blogosphere is what it is, a small group...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Sea Wolf, Lemonheads, Fishbone

Sea Wolf - "You're a Wolf", UCLA, 11/29/07 Sea Wolf @ Rhythm Lounge The Lemonheads, Racoon, The New Rivals @ The Troubadour Adolescents, Agent Orange @ Galaxy Theater Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone @ Wiltern Youssou N'Dour @ Royce Hall Too $hort @ House of Blues Jewmongous @ Tangier Steve Forbert @ McCabe's Ojos Rojos, Chuck Dukowski Sextet, The Sundowners @ Knitting Factory Big City Rock, Everybody Else, The Hanks, Girl in a Coma @ Roxy...

KABC's Captioner Makes an Oopsie

Reporting is tough. Transcribing is tough. Transcribing live on tee vee is totally tough especially if there's a damn fire raging. Recently a captioner working for KABC made a mistake that Snopes confirmed to be true. Live broadcasts can present captioners with additional problems: Multiple speakers may talk at the same time, external noise may render some speech inaudible or otherwise difficult to understand, and some words and phrases used by speakers may be...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Ghostland Observatory, Cake

Ghostland Observatory @ Henry Fonda Jimmy Scott, Hello Stranger @ The Echo Carole King, James Taylor @ The Troubadour The Raspberries @ House of Blues Cake @ Orpheum Aimee Mann, Paul F. Tompkins, Grant-Lee Phillips, Morgan Murphy, Ben Gibbard @ El Rey Chimaira, Kataklysm, Terror, Divine Heresy @ Key Club Under the Influence of Giants, Maxine @ Malibu Inn Bullets & Octane, The Ringers @ The Roxy...

The Most Offensive Xmas Art Show Hits Hollywood

It's sexy, it's sacrilegious, it's scandalous, and it's just in time for Christmas. LA's hottest art curator Lenora Claire has done it again with a new collection of saucy art pieces guaranteed to get folks hot and bothered. Mixing Christmas themes with ample female breasts and featuring the work of Austin Young, Kitten Natividad, Buff Monster, and our fave the Gay Bigfoot, among others, Claire chose not to rest on her laurels of the...

Raul Campos' Top Ten Albums of 2007

This week we have been delivering Top 10 lists from KCRW's most popular on-air personalities. Tonight we're going to give you a two-fer. First up is native Los Angeleno Raul Campos, host of Nocturna, and the first one on these lists to give it up to Brit faves Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. Also if you're scoring at home, Radiohead seems to be doing quite well on these KCRW lists. Have a gander at...

Mathieu Schreyer's Top Ten Albums of 2007

Mathieu Schreyer, the KCRW host of "On the Corner" was born in France. Maybe that explains why he didn't include Radiohead on his top ten list like most of his cohorts did. Voici: 1) Little Dragon - Little Dragon (Peacefrog) 2) Andy Bey - Ain't Necessarily So (12th Street Records) 3) Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur (Domino) 4) Various Artists - Colombia!: The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes (Soundway Records) 5) Trus'me - Working...

Tonight in Rock in LA - James Taylor, Nightwatchman

The Nightwatchman @ Hotel Cafe James Taylor, Carole King @ Troubadour Café Tacuba @ Gibson Sam Phillips, Joel Hodgson @ Largo MXPX, Dr. Manhattan, Nothing More, Victim Effect @ Key Club Authority Zero, Black President, Pulley, Pour Habit @ Knitting Factory Something For Rockets, Jupiter Rising @ Safari Sam's Oslo @ Viper Room Powerman 5000, The End of Silence, My Sweet Revolt, Amprage @ Whisky...

Jason Bentley's Top Ten Albums of 2007

Right around Labor Day we interviewed KCRW dj Jason Bentley about the 30th anniversary of Morning Becomes Eclectic. Today he provides us with his top ten albums of 2007, and you Radiohead fans will be glad to see that he adds them to his list just like most of his cohorts did. Interestingly when Mathieu Schreyner left Radiohead off his list, not only was he not criticized, but he received many more positive comments...

Anne Litt's Top 10 cds of 2007

This week we have been spotlighting KCRW djs and their favorite cds of this year. Yesterday we gave you Liza Richardson, before that Nic Harcourt and Tom Schnabel. This morning we bring you Anne Litt's list. Anne of course is the host of The A Track, and hers is the first list to include the Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. Let's see what else struck her fancy as we continue our parade of KCRW dj's...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Ozzy, James Taylor, Raspberries

Ozzy Osbourne @ Staples James Taylor, Carole King @ Troubadour Raspberries @ Grove of Anaheim Travis Tritt @ House of Blues As I Lay Dying @ Wiltern Don Caballero @ Safari Sam's Iron & Wine @ Orpheum Meiko, HoneyHoney, The Sweet Hurt, Jeremy Silver @ Hotel Cafe Rolling Blackouts, Get Up Get Down, Tsk Tsk @ The Scene Tonight We Fall, Patrick Carr, Valentyne, Columbia Circuit @ The Roxy Cipes & the People, Rebelution,...

Chat with Daft Punk Tomorrow

Like Daft Punk? Odds are if you like em, you love em. Maybe not as much as these two ladies, but we bet you wouldn't pass up a chance to chit chat with them if you had a chance. What about just chat with them? Well tomorrow might be your lucky day as the mysterious duo will be online answering questions from their fans to help spread the word about their new cd, Alive...

Scoble Wants to Punch the Designer of the Kindle

Amazon's new revolutionary way to read books blows chunks. How do we know? Because we ignored this week's Newsweek cover story puff piece on the Kindle, and paid attention to the web. Type "kindle sucks" into Google and see what you get. It's not pretty. "The Kindle sucks goat ball sack", says one Twitterer named Dean. Cory from BoingBoing warns of the Awful crap that will soon doom the device and wonders why "Amazon,...

LAist Gadget Review: Flip Video Camcorder

Driving down Sunset tonight we saw smoke billowing from what we feared was Safari Sam's. As we got closer we saw that it was not the rock club ablaze nor the 99 Cents store (thank God) but a car in the parking lot. All by itself. As if it had just spontaneously combusted. Because we knew you'd like nothing better than to see a car fire in such an eerie situation we reached into...

Tom Schnabel's Top Ten Albums of 2007

Earlier today we got Nic Harcourt's Top 10 albums of 2007. Some of our more snarky commentors were put off that some of Nic's picks included artists who were signed to omg major labels. So as we continue this week to spotlight KCRW dj's favorite cds of 2007, we shift gears to the more exotic world of Tom Schnabel whose picks are a tad more off the beaten path which is probably something to...

Liza Richardson's Top 10 Albums of 2007

Yesterday we started our Best of 2007 list with choices from KCRW's Nic Harcourt and Tom Schnabel. But then we realized we weren't being gentlemen. The ladies of KCRW should have gone first! D'oh! So fasten your seatbelts for The Drop's host Liza Richardson's picks for 2007. Something tells us our comments will be buzzing. Will it be for the inclusion of M.I.A.? Let's hope. 1) Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Mike Watt, Johnette Napolitano

Mike Watt & The Missingmen @ Westside Eclectic Johnette Napolitano @ Roxy José González, Cass McCombs @ El Rey Jill Sobule @ Largo Honeycut, The Library @ Knitting Factory Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T's @ Long Beach Arena The Color Fred, Dear & the Headlights @ El Rey The Dirges, Disk Jockey Full of Bourbon @ Safari Sam's Head of Destiny, Killing Jonis, Killing Bees @ The Scene So So Glos, The Black...

LAist Asks: Is this the Worst Job in LA?

Although most of us here at LAist are gourmet vegan chefs, a few of us (hi!) get our meals via drive-thru's not just daily, but several times a day. So the day after Thanksgiving we found ourselves in the drive-thru of the Jack in the Box on Santa Monica Blvd. in Westwood right near the 405 and we saw this interesting sign. Because we're selfish, lazy, bastards, at first we thought "oh cool, Jack...

Hole - "Malibu"

Fires in Malibu are nothing new. But tonight while procrastinating we thought we'd revisit the old Hole tune - Courtney's last really great hit(?) - and we were sorta stunned by all the fire references in the lyrics and in the video. It's something we don't remember being so prevalent even though it was on the album cover, etc. But still, it's sorta eerie seeing it today. "Malibu" was the second single off Hole's...

Red Flag Days Total Bummer for Hillside Residents

Today Pat Morrison explains that parking can be tough for people who live in the hills who have converted their garages into offices and spare rooms. Sure you can say, "awwww poor rich people, listen to the tiniest violin." But lots of people live and work in hilly areas of this town so hush. The mountains and hills that make Los Angeles beautiful also create a bowl for smog, as well as gullies and...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Metal Skool, Ky-Mani Marley

Metal Skool w/ Jeremy Piven - "Back in Black" Metal Skool @ Key Club Ky-Mani Marley @ Amoeba Emo Phillips @ Steve Allen Theatre Softlightes, Porterville, El Ten Eleven @ Spaceland The Ramonas, Shatto, All New Like @ The Airliner I See Hawks In LA, Cydney Robinson @ The Bordello D-Strutters, Ninja Academy, Masterslave @ Crash Mansion L.A. Saint Motel, Le Switch, Last American Buffalo, Voxhaul Broadcast @ Viper Room...

Nic Harcourt's Top Ten Albums of 2007

You might recall that right around Labor Day we celebrated KCRW's 30th anniversary of Morning Becomes Eclectic with a series of interviews with a handful of their on-air personalities. Today we are lucky enough to get the Top 10 list of Nic Harcourt's top albums of 2007. We are very happy to see that he's just as down with local kids Sea Wolf and Great Northern as we are. Not only that, but atop...

Save The Dates: Obey / Giant Sample Sale - 12/7, 12/8

Black Friday has come and gone but there's one more killer sale that you shouldn't miss - the Obey Sale. For the last few years we have been lucky enough to learn about the sale, this year held in a warehouse The OC, and today we are very happy to share the dates with you. When: Friday, December 7th from 9a - 7p & Saturday, December 8th from 9a - 5p Where: 3500 West...

List of Malibu Homes Harmed by Today's Fires

Many of us have friends who live in Malibu and are worried about them and their families and their pets and their neighbors. Although it's pretty safe to say that most of the people are ok, if you would like to see if their home is ok - or if you live in Malibu and you're traveling for Thanksgiving, and you would like to see if your home is all right - the City...

Malibu Fire Photo Essay - Day 1

The local tv news is doing something interesting today, they're really hyping their user- viewer-generated photographs during their broadcasts. KNBC's even went a step further. When it showed a slideshow of photos from its viewers, they added a bed of solemn music as their reporter narrated over the images. Too bad their website doesn't have a permalink to the images, but whatevs, they're trying. As good as the photos were from locals and amateurs,...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Beck, Social D., Chaka Khan

Beck @ The Echo (the site says tix may be available at the door, so get in line now) Social Distortion @ House of Blues Chaka Khan @ Gibson Neil Hamburger, Imagine the Band, Abe Lincoln Story @ Spaceland Roy Zimmerman @ Karin Tatoyan, Rademacher, One Trick Pony, Killsonic @ All Star Lanes McCabe's Underground Railroad to Candyland, God Equals Genocide, Shark Pants @ Safari Sam's Peanut Butter Wolf @ Urban Outfitters - Melrose...

Beck Rocks Echoplex on Sunday, Get Tix @ 5pm Today

Everyone's favorite perdedor, Beck, returns to Echo Park on Sunday to charm the kids at the Echoplex, the Echo Blast email stated minutes ago: Beck Announces a Special Los Angeles Club Performance SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH @ ECHOPLEX Tickets on sale Friday November 23rd at 5pm 2 ticket limit. The only way to retrieve your tickets is at will call the night of the show. You MUST bring the credit card you used to purchase...

ESPN's Eric Neel Spotlights USC's Pete Carroll

One of the things that sports fans in Southern California should be grateful for as they warm up last night's left overs is the fact that ESPN.com's Eric Neel moved to LA this year from Northern Cal because now his excellent writing is being more focused on our teams. Yesterday he posted a glowing feature on the USC football head coach who appears every bit the Golden Boy that he looks in photos. In...

Raspberries Return to LA Next Week for Two Shows

by Chuck Clayton for LAist Toothpaste is good and so is orange juice, but it's a goddamn tragedy every time you try to combine them. Like power-pop. Seems like a no-brainer on paper, you know -- mixing Beatles melodic values with bigger guitars and drums -- but, in practice, power pop nearly never works. It's usually whiny and wimpy and often flabby, too, all the wrong Paul McCartney moves played by, well, Beatle nerds...

Hey Ladies of LA, Guess Who's Single?

Los Angeles' most-powerful bachelor just got more eligible. After being outted by a sex-blogger nearly a year ago that his marriage was on the outs, it soon became news that Mayor Tony was playing hide-the-taquito with the hottest anchor on Telemundo. Tonight the LA Times is reporting that the Mayor has one less Christmas card to send out this year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and television news reporter Mirthala Salinas have ended their romantic relationship,...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Social D., Band of Horses

Band of Horses - "The Funeral" Social Distortion @ House of Blues Band of Horses, Drones, Tyler Ramsey @ Avalon Backbiter, Motorcycle Black Madonnas, Swords of Fatima @ Mr. T's Bowl Gram Rabbit @ Safari Sam's The Happy Hollows @ Spaceland Banyan, Magic Box, Trees for Treehouses @ Malibu Inn (because of the fires, check first) Claude VonStroke, Matthew Dear @ Avalon White Magic, Luke Top @ The Echo Aceyalone @ Viper Room Billy...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Fogerty, Social D, Cold War Kids

John Fogerty - "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" John Fogerty @ Nokia Cold War Kids, Richard Swift @ The Wiltern Social Distortion @ House of Blues White Out, Alasdair Roberts, Charalambides @ Spaceland TSOL, DI @ Echoplex Down @ Henry Fonda Poncho Sanchez @ The Mint The Fine Print, Illumination, Clown Bitch @ CIA Aztlan Underground, Olmeca, Pachamama @ Knitting Factory...

What I'm Thankful For... by Tony

I'm thankful for so much this Thanksgiving that I don't even know where to begin, so let's start with the basics: I'm thankful of you, my family, my friends, loose women, cheap vices, Guitar Hero, and the Good Lord. I'm thankful for something that you probably don't have, the greatest bosses alive and the coolest gig. For example can you say fuck to tens of thousands of people today? Fuck. I'm thankful to live...

WGA March on Hollywood Blvd. Photo Essay

LA Scumbag just busted with a nice photo essay of Alicia Keys, later LAist photo editor Joey Maloney will give you some more pics, and if we're lucky perhaps LAist's own Heath Biter - a WGA member - will write about what the vibe was like at this huge rally that didn't quite reach 10,000 marchers, but got damn close. But in the meantime, how about some photos of the celebs and the cool...

Alicia Keys Performs "Go Ahead" @ WGA Strike, 11/20/07

At 1:15pm today on Hollywood Blvd. it was hot. At 1:20pm when Alicia Keys got on the small stage on the back of a truck and performed "Go Ahead", one of the best new tracks from her latest cd As I Am, it got much hotter. We had to take off our jacket. Lucky for you we had a pretty decent spot in the photo pit and we shot this video for you because...

Alicia Keys Performs "No One" @ WGA Strike, 11/20/07

For some reason we thought that this video got eaten by our technology, but look, there's Alicia Keys belting out "No One", her second and final song from the Writers Guild march and rally and mini-concert in Hollywood today. We also have video of her other song too. Do we love her? Yes. Do we have a few more bonus pics of her for your collective asses? Find out after the jump :)...

Bush, Cheney & Rove Outted CIA Agent During Time of War Says Former White House Spokesman

In a stunning accusation of a crime that in most circles is tantamount to treason, former White House mouthpiece Scott McClellan claims that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Karl Rove and others were all in on outting 20-year CIA agent Valerie Plame. Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity...

Jan Adams Walks Off Larry King Live After They Flew Him Out to LA to Be on The Show

Say what you will about Larry King (he's old, he gets married too much, he's not flashy, he's not hip) but the old fart sure has kept himself in the news lately. Last week, if you recall, he "ambushed" Marie Osmond by revealing to his tv audience that her son was in rehab (which led to much drama and Osmond-family-signs-of-support), and yesterday Larry had the infamous plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams walk off his...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Queen Latifah, Correatown, Suicidal Tendencies, MC Frontalot

Queen Latifah @ Royce Hall Travis, Maximo Park @ Wiltern Correatown, Pity Party, Merrick, Everybody @ The Bordello Suicidal Tendencies, Municipal Waste, Black President @ House of Blues MC Frontalot, Schaffer The Dark Lord @ Knitting Factory Married In Berdichev, Gang Wizard, A++, Transcend this Earthly Shell @ The Smell Whispertown 2000, Michael Runion, Franklin for Short @ Tangier...

All the Black Friday Specials in One Handy Spreadsheet

You know you're gonna do it. Don't lie. You're gonna be there in the dark, in the cold, along with all your friends and neighbors standing in line like a dope at 4:50am outside some Big Box store or a mall waiting for some kid to unlock the door so you can buy a $300 plasma tv or a $5 dvd player. It's America and no matter how cool we think we are, we're...

Mr. Whipple Now Squeezing Charmin with the Angels

One of the best known personalities in tv advertising, Dick Wilson, better known as Mr. Whipple died today in the Valley, he was 91. The iconic character actor made over 500 commercials where he'd try to protect the precious tp from being felt up and smelled, while at the same time falling for its charms. Says the AP: The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture &...

UCSB Students Dressed as Clowns Pun'k The CIA

CIA recruitment on UC campuses have always been a controversial topic. But Thursday UCSB students sent in the clowns to "rescue" a protester who was being "waterboarded". To add insult to injury the clowns then followed the CIA recruiter out of the building and chased him to his car before he sped out of town. A group of several protesters dressed in clown costumes and painted faces followed a CIA recruiter last night from...

Giant WGA March & Rally Today on Hollywood Blvd

Over 10,000 people are scheduled to march today along Hollywood Blvd., and Grammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys will sing in support of the WGA strike which is now into its third week. Beginning at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. at Ivar Ave. at 1pm, members of the Service Employees International Union, California Nurses Association, Teamsters, actors, musicians, elected officials will join the striking WGA members. Keys is planned to perform at 1:15pm for about...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Van Halen, Diana Ross

Van Halen @ Staples Diana Ross @ Gibson Mary J. Blige @ Nokia Silverchair @ Wiltern Raine Maida @ Viper Room Isis @ Troubadour Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Honda Center Solare, The Knux, Letter Burning, No One Goes Home @ Key Club Meiko, Katy Perry, Alana Sweetwater, Noah Stone, Fun Tree @ The Hotel Cafe...

WGA Strike: A Love Story

It's interesting how creative people just can't stop being creative. You'd think that during a strike some people would just take it easy, catch up on whatever they've saved on their Tivo, or start that new workout routine they promised they'd start 11 months ago. But instead YouTube is bursting with cute and funny little videos about the writers strike from people who are clearly bursting at the seams to get back to doing...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Sarah Silverman, Metal Skool

Sarah Silverman @ Largo Metal Skool Tommy Peacock, 3 Against 1 @ Key Club Razorlight, Gran Ronde @ Henry Fonda Chris Daughtry @ Orpheum Softlightes, Sunday Drivers, Arizona, Unbusted @ Spaceland Tickle Me Pink, Dead Sara, The Record Life @ Safari Sam's Pedestrian, Cydney Robinson, Holly Palmer @ The Bordello Black Hole Suns, Scott Wolf, Grogans Girl @ The Good Hurt Mercy Killers, The Black Rose Phantoms, Static Though @ Knitting Factory...

Californication Sued by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Although it might be "understood that Hollywood sells Californication", the boys who wear tube socks on their magic johnsons are headed to court to argue that you can't just steal it. Showtime has found itself on a little roll with "Weeds", "Dexter", and now the sexy/dickish David Duchovny series "Californication", but someone forgot to ask the Red Hot Chili Peppers if it was kosher to use their word for the show. The Hollywood Reporter's...

CNN: It's Easier to buy a Gun in South Central than Fruit?

Zuma Dogg was nice enough to post this video on Mayor Sam today which lays out a proposal that Jan Perry wants to inflict on the residents of South Central. Even though the councilwoman is ignorant in regards to the neighborhoods in her district, she does know that the people she represents are fat. They're so fat (and in her mind, ignorant) that she seems to want to protect them from themselves. It's her...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Kelly Clarkson, No Age

Kelly Clarkson @ Gibson Mika Miko, Jay Reatard, No Age, The Strange Boys @ The Smell Rademacher, Earlimart, Tigers Can Bite You, Karabal Nightlife @ Spaceland Nickel Creek @ House of Blues Carlos Guitarlos @ Liquid Kitty The New Christy Minstrels @ Cerritos Center...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Jenny Owen Youngs, Yo-Yo Ma

Jenny Owen Youngs @ The Bordello Yo-Yo Ma @ Royce Hall Average White Band @ Cerritos Center Air Supply @ The Orpheum KRS-One @ House of Blues The Warlocks, Darker My Love @ Troubadour Tiger Army, Said Radio @ Wiltern I See Hawks in L.A. @ Cinema Bar Fear, The Gears, The Outsiders @ Safari Sam's The Parson Red Heads, Or the Whale @ The Echo Glen Phillips @ Largo sweet ass contest Wanna...

Win Tickets to See Ozzy in Vegas, a Room, & Pink Tacos

As I've said before, I hate contests. But in life everything is negotiable, and if a contest is so good that I can't pass up, I will pass it along to you. And this one is a good one. We have two tickets to see the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, perform in the cozy confines of the Joint at the Hard Rock in beautiful Las Vegas on November 24th with special guest Rob...

The Fox News Parody Site that Digg Doesn't Like - At All

If there's one site that LAist loves loves loves it's Digg. The power of The Hive has been manifested beautifully in sites like Metafilter and Fark and SlashDot but never with as much Web 2.0 power-to-the-people panache as Kevin Rose's much heralded uber-site. Likewise if theres one production company LAist loves it's Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films. These are the Los Angelenos who have made hard-hitting low-budget left-leaning hit pieces on Wal*Mart, The Bush...

Tonight in Rock in LA - B-52's, Neko Case, Mutaytor

B-52's @ The Roxy Neko Case @ Disney Hall Lyrics Born @ El Rey Puffy Amiyumi @ Key Club Mutaytor @ Safari Sam's The Dickies, Orange, Civet @ Knitting Factory Six Organs of Admittance @ Amoeba Tiger Army, Street Dogs, Imperative Reaction @ The Wiltern Army Navy, Mellodrone @ The Echo Eliza Gilkyson @ McCabe's...

KT Tunstall @ WGA Strike, Disney Gates, 11/14/07

KT Tunstall was supposed to play Leno and Carson Daly's shows this week while she was in town. But since the strike happened she figured "how about playing in front of NBC?" When a better location down the street in front of the Disney gates was suggested she took her guitar and tambourine and supported the writers with three tunes, two of her own, and in the video below you will see her do...

Legendary B-52's to Play Legendary Roxy Tomorrow

The shiny happy and beehived B-52's have been playing a handful of intimate shows around the country that started with a Halloween show with The Rapture at NYC's Roseland Ballroom. Tonight, for example they will be up at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez (wonder if they'll do a Jackson 5 cover?), tomorrow they're at the Roxy, and Saturday they wind up the mini-tour at the Depot in Salt Lake City. Clearly we are...

They've Made it Better and Stronger

It started simply with a camerashy young lady who wrote the lyrics of the Daft Punk smash hit on her fingers and let them be the stars of the video (as seen after the jump). But now two other young women have taken to writing the lyrics on their bodies. And if that weren't enough they put boxes on their heads to appear to look like robots - something the dj's do themselves. The...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Lydia Lunch, HIM, The Roots

HIM - "Passion's Killing Floor" Lydia Lunch @ Largo HIM, Bleeding Through @ Orpheum The Roots, Erykah Badu, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Cory Chisel @ The Wiltern Film School, Division Day, Eulogies @ Echoplex Annuals, Manchester Orchestra @ Troubadour Jeff Buckley Tribute @ Key Club The Goo Goo Dolls @ Best Buy - West LA Monsters Are Waiting, Sabertooth Tiger, So So So, Aztlan Underground @ The Scene...

Baseball's Home Run King* Indicted on Federal Purjury

The other shoe has dropped in the Barry Bonds steroid scandal as today federal prosecutors formerly accused the former Giant of obstructing justice and lying under oath. "I'm surprised," John Burris, one of Bonds' attorneys, told the AP, "but there's been an effort to get Barry for a long time. "I'm curious what evidence they have now they didn't have before." Even the president of the United States chimed in - thru a proxy....

The Princess Bride is 20 and still Enchanting

As Josh mentioned earlier, today's DVD re-release of the classic Rob Reiner fairy tale "The Princess Bride" is happening now to celebrate and coincide with the film's 20th anniversary. The problem for the MGM marketing team was how do you repackage a movie that everyone has seen and everyone loves, and everyone loves it so much they have probably memorized most of it? One way to do it is to create a title logo...

A Year Ago The Chili Peppers Played The Roxy

Despite all the competition that's around it and new clubs that are constantly popping up, the Roxy has continued to be a major player in the LA rock club scene. It was just a year ago yesterday that the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a rockin show at the classic venue - and not only was LAist there, but we gave out a dozen free tickets to lucky wieners. Keeping the hope alive, the...

Drink $200/lb Coffee for Free Tomorrow in Silver Lake

It's called Hacienda la Esmeralda's Geisha coffee, it's award-winning, it's super rare, and for wholesalers it cost $130 a pound at auction - if you can get it. The newish Intellegencia coffee shop on Sunset (right next to the Silver Lake Conservatory) got some and will brew up cups of coffee tomorrow from those magic beans for whoever would like to experience what the most expensive coffee in the world tastes like. Eater LA...

Michael Jackson is $213k in Arrears with Neverland

With reports of The King of Pop's financial troubles continuing to moonwalk all over the press, it's hard to feel sorry for the middle aged superstar, considering he hasn't really seemed to try to work out his issues - literally. You'd think a guy like Michael Jackson could do a few concerts and collect the $212,963 that's reportedly outstanding on his $23,212,963 mortgage on his sprawling ranch north of Santa Barbara. This summer Pollstar...

Two Ways to Beat DragonForce on Guitar Hero III

Last night I was happy to make it to Lou on Medium on "Guitar Hero III", the latest video game to earn more than $100 million in sales in its first week. But I just got the thing last week, so I was just satisfied not to get booed off the stage... again. After feeling cocky about making a respectable run through Metallica's epic "One" and long time favorite Maiden's "The Number of the...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Lydia Lunch, James Taylor, HIM

Lydia Lunch w/ Sonic Youth - "Death Valley 69" James Taylor @ Barnes & Noble - Third St. Promenade (6pm) Lydia Lunch @ Hammer Museum HIM, Bleeding Through @ The Orpheum Loudon Wainwright III @ Largo Suzanne Vega @ El Rey Castledoor, Polytechnic @ Spaceland Athlete, Gemma Hayes @ Troubadour Paramore @ The Wiltern Magnet, Sara Lov, The Panda Band @ The Roxy Correatown, The Broken West, The Henry Clay People, The Monolators @...

KT Tunstall to Play at 2pm at NBC to Support the Writers*

*UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: The concert will now take place at 2:45 p.m. and at 2300 Alameda, not 3300 Alameda. Here's a map. Yesterday we interviewed Scottish sensation KT Tunstall before she played to a sold-out Avalon, and we featured her in Tonight in Rock. Today we are receiving word that she is going to be playing at an address that sure sounds like NBC in Burbank to us. as many of you may or...

David Gonzales Always Delivers

Yesterday we wrote about the high speed car chase that started in Burbank, got hot as it sped up 5 at speeds over 100 mph, then ended on the 138 eastbound. The pursuit ended somewhat anti-climatically when the driver ran out of gas, pulled over, and surrendered without incident. Thankfully KCAL anchor David Gonzales brought a little funny to the letdown of an ending. Gonzales of course being the gentleman who last month delightfully...

You Mean We're Not Jackie Johnson's Only Fans?

LA has always been a stronghold for weathermen. We've had Fritz, Dallas Raines, Johnny Mountain, Christopher Nance... even Garth Kemp has made a dent out here. Did we miss any? But lately we've noticed that there have been a few weather-women who have brought pleasant little smiles to our faces as they find new ways to tell us it's going to be sunny and mild here in LA. On the top of the list...

Tonight in Rock in LA - KT Tunstall, Misfits, No Age, Omissa, Sondre Lerche, American Music Club

KT Tunstall - "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree" KT Tunstall @ Avalon Misfits @ House of Blues Spiritualized @ The Vista Black Dice, No Age, Mika Miko @ Echoplex Sondre Lerche @ Troubadour American Music Club @ Echo Jill Sobule, Julia Sweeney @ Largo The Whigs, Wild Sweet Orange @ Spaceland Falco Does It Dirty, Omissa, There Shall Be Blood @ Knitting Factory Back Door Slam @ Viper Room DTFM, Truth In Fiction,...

LAist Interview: KT Tunstall

by Kira Gouriluk for LAist KT would have rather haven been on the DL yesterday in LA, but it's OK. Shortly after landing into LAX yesterday from Scotland, the first thing she had to do was start answering questions from the press, and worse, from bloggers! Such are the ups-and-downs of the 32-year-old KT Tunstall who had to wake up at 4am for a flight that took her 'round the world where today she will...

High Speed Pursuit on the 138 East

One thing that separates LA from the rest of the world are our televised high-speed vehicle pursuits. Glendale PD tried to pull over a man in a white pickup truck a little over an ago. The driver peaced-out and floored it north onto the 5 freeway. Here we are now at 2:27 pm and KCAL's SKY9 is all over it. Speeds have reached above 100 miles per hour. What's most interesting is that the...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Feist, Spoon, Sondre Lerche

Feist, Spoon @ Gibson Spiritualized @ Vista Theatre Little Brother, Evidence, Black Milk @ El Rey Sondre Lerche @ The Troubadour The Parson Red Heads, Or the Whale @ The Echo Gliss @ The Viper Room The Jealous Girlfriends, A for Attack @ Silverlake Lounge The Airborne Toxic Event @ Detroit Bar Stars @ Glass House...

iPod Ads Continue to Launch Artists, Just Ask Feist

Not long ago a little band called Jet had a little tune that sounded like the White Stripes a little. Apple used the hyperactive rockabilly flavored single "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" to hype its iPod and the band went on to sell millions of records because of the arrangement. Tonight Feist, an artist no one knew about until Apple used her catchy little song for an iPod commercial, is headlining at the...

The State of Outdoor Ads in Hollywood Today, aka OMG

Yes it's a material world, and we are material girls. But look what they've done to our great record store. Is that really necessary? Isn't there a law against defacing a tomb? The state of outdoor ads in Hollywood is a sorry one. People should say sorry....

Worst Persons of the Week - Scabs on Craigslist

While some of the most creative people in Hollywood were striking for the right to get a cut of residuals from Internet sales of the shows they create, some of the biggest local losers have decided to try to take advantage of the situation. Defamer has a nice little rundown of many of the Craigslist postings of would-be writers who are more than willing to cross picket lines to get theirs. Selfishly. No offense...

Around the LA Blogosphere

Franklin Ave: photos of striking writers from Lost, Family Guy, Chuck and other shows LA Observed: Daily News gives cartoonist a blog FishbowlLA: Luke Ford is being asked to delete a blog post because it ranks high on Google. Why isn't Google being bothered? TMZ: Of the things the lawyers of Shaq's ex-wife wants the former Laker great to produce are "all reports, cancelled checks, or any other evidence of payments related to expenses...

The Show Runners Give Support to the Writers

"Show runner" might sound like go-fer or a PA, but just the opposite. In television the Show Runner is the person who calls the shots on the day-to-day operations of the series, usually deemed the Executive Producer. Today the creators, executive producers, and showrunners were out in support for the Writers Guild during day three of the strike. The WGA created a YouTube account last week and have been making little videos each day...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Joanna Newsom, ZZ Top, M.I.A., Of Montreal, Loudon, Rhino Bucket

Joanna Newsom - "Monkey and Bear" Joanna Newsom @ Disney Hall ZZ Top @ The Greek Of Montreal, Grand Buffet, MGMT @ Avalon Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Henry @ El Rey M.I.A., The Cool Kids @ The Wiltern Ben Harper, Piers Faccini @ Orpheum Rhino Bucket @ Knitting Factory Dave Mason @ House of Blues, Anaheim Eek-A-Mouse @ Galaxy Theatre Jesu, These Arms Are Snakes @ Echoplex She Wants Revenge, Kenna, theSTART @ Henry...

Thousands of Striking Writers Rally At Fox Plaza

All your favorite writers of all your favorite shows gathered this morning around brunch at Fox Plaza to celebrate the first week of their strike. Some of the fellas from Rage Against the Machine showed up and played, Jesse Jackson pressed the flesh, and Tom Arnold heard there would be free food so he came too. Of course your pals LAist were there, so expect more team coverage from insiders, actual striking writers, and...

Writers Strike - Day 5 - Photo Essay

Sure, two members of Rage Against the Machine helped the writers rage, but this photo essay will focus more on the thousands of people who showed up to march, and the churros. Yes, churros of support were rolled into the Nakatomi Plaza for anyone who needed some churro love. And if people-watching is your thing, the Avenue of the Stars lived up to its name this morning. After the jump, a nice photo essay...

See Lenny Kravitz at the Nissan Live Sets Next Tuesday

Maybe it's cuz we're old and jaded and bored of everything humanly possible, but we're sorta loving these Nissan Live Sets on the Fox lot. Last month we saw PJ Harvey, Monday we saw Wyclef who danced inches away from us - on top of a freaking hand rail. The set looks huge online, but when you get there the sound is perfect and - well, it's just an ideal way to see and...

Striking Writers Get Free Admission to Roxy Shows

In a show of good will that we don't even think the firefighters got, the world famous Roxy on the Sunset Strip will be opening its doors to the WGA writers throughout the strike, LAist has just learned. In support of the writer's strike, The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood is opening its legendary doors to all members of the Writers Guild of America. Simply presenting a membership card will allow all guild members...

Useless LA Trivia: No Apostrophe in Ralphs

Before the Kroger corporation absorbed the grocery chain, making it just a small portion of the empire that also includes Cala Foods, Food 4 Less, and Foods Co., among others, Ralphs was owned by a local named George. George Albert Ralphs had been a bricklayer, but a hunting injury forced him into being an apprentice in the grocery biz. Two years into it he founded the now legendary grocery chain in downtown LA with...

The Blood Brothers Call It Quits

The Blood Brothers - "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wrecks" One of our favorite bands has announced today that they are throwing in the (bloody) towel. The Blood Brothers had an experimental sound that utilized two singers (one who had a screeching voice) to produce a one-of-a-kind style, that sadly was a little too good for the average iPod user. Here's the email that was just sent to us via their PR peeps: After...

Tonight in Rock in LA - Of Montreal, The Hives, Valient Thorr, Great Northern, David Allen Coe, Lloyd Cole

Of Montreal - "Gronlandic Edit" Of Montreal, Grand Buffet, MGMT @ Avalon Phantom Planet, The Hives @ Staples Ween @ The Wiltern David Allan Coe, Dos @ Knitting Factory Gram Parsons @ Amoeba Valient Thorr @ Spaceland Ben Harper @ Orpheum Great Northern, Robbers on High Street @ Echoplex Peanut Butter Wolf @ El Rey Ima Robot, The Airborne Toxic Event @ The Roxy Hello Stranger @ The Viper Room Mason Jennings @ Troubadour...

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