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    For those of you who couldn't see Portishead rehearse their Coachella set last night we bring you the next best thing, them playing on your computer real tiny like. Here's a video of Portishead performing at Portishead, the English town that till the 90's was primarily known for nothing. Good luck out there in the desert. After the jump check out videos from the other two 90's British bands that will melt your face....
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    Before playing William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, Edward James Olmos was mostly known for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. Based on real life events, the movie follows Escalante as he enters James Garfield High in Los Angeles and makes a difference on the young tough kids through his teachings of mathematics. Kinda like Dangerous Minds but with no Coolio. Right next to MacArthur Park on Wilshire Blvd. you'll find "Los Angeles...
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    Before Banksy and Shepard Fairey there was Blek le Rat. The French street artist is quite possibly the first person to use stencils for graffiti, a style he pioneered to veer away from the NY city tags he had witnessed. His first stencils of life sized rats invaded the streets of Paris in the early 80's. From there he moved to stencils of popular icons of culture and some self portraits. To say he is...
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    Remember that scene in I Am Legend where we see a gas station selling a regular gallon for $6.63. Well if we're lucky those prices won't hit us until 2012, along with vampire zombies. In the area baptized as Hel-Mel (Heliotrope and Melrose) you'll find this amazing mural. In it the major oil companies are depicted as blood thirsty hyenas. Appropriate for the area as it is the unofficial Bicycle District of LA. Well at...
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    New mural of Madonna and Britney Spears making out, found in Los Angeles I Photo by Osmany Rodriguez for LAist> Remember that one time Madonna and Britney Spears made out in front of millions of people, and more importantly Brit's ex Justin Timberlake. Before the new Tila Tequila MTV where girl-on-girl kissing is encouraged, preferably in front of parents....
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    Before Halo, before Gears of War, before Doom, there was Space Invaders: the first intergalactic shoot 'em up video game. If you're a child of the 80s you probably spent way too many hours at the arcade or with your Atari playing this classic game. A French artist, known only as "Invader," has taken the alien figures from the game and transposed them to the streets of the whole world. Using ceramic tiles he...
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    New mural of Marion Cotillard, Oscar winner, found in Los Angeles I Photo by Osmany Rodriguez for LAist> That's Marion Cotillard, this year's best actress winner at the Academy Awards. Pictured is a mural depicting a moment from her very sweet Oscar speech. Sadly my name isn't Olivier, I am at the moment providing 0.00% of rock to Marion's world. She's referring to Olivier Dahan, her director in the Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie...
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    On my way to dying my hair pink and eating yuca tacos, as apparently all Silver Lake residents do, I saw some work being done on the Solutions! wall. Yes, the same one we reported on today, which had been horribly defaced. Some Silver Lake locals took it upon themselves to bring the mural, which serves as an Elliott Smith shrine, back to its former splendor. The wall will now be a canvas ready...
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    Next time your uncle and aunt are in town skip the usual Hollywood Boulevard shenanigans. The Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theater are just as exciting as they look on Google Images. Instead take them to Pincher's Liquor and crush their spirits with these unusual murals....
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    The title of this article was going to be Moona Lisa. Then I realized I'm not actually 8, but 28. There I am, jumping next to the latest mural by Nick Walker. (Why am I jumping? Check out the Whiskerino Project, but beware: you might be blown away by sexiness. Unless you don't like beards.) This Banksy-esque lady can be found on La Brea, past Edgewood (see map below). Walker is one of four...

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