Articles about “best_of”

The Clientele to play the Knitting Factory

The Clientele have a new record coming out on Merge on May 8 and that means they're back on tour! This is the band's chance to redeem themselves for contributing a song to the incredibly lame-looking Keanu-Bullock movie, "The Lake House." Seriously, though, I saw The Clientele live last year in San Francisco and they were amazing. Their new record, God Save the Clientele, offers more mid-tempo numbers with elegant string arrangements and a...

New Music Tuesday - Arctic Monkeys, Neil Sedaka, The Detroit Cobras, Patti Smith, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Teeth, John Prine, Joanna Newsom, Bebel Gilberto, The Band, Leonard Cohen, 60's Pop Exotica

New Releases April 24, 2007 All Smiles - Ten Readings of a Warning (Dangerbird) Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino) Leonard Cohen - Songs from a Room [Remastered][Bonus Tracks] (Sony Legacy) The Detroit Cobras - Tried and True (Bloodshot) The Band - Best of a Musical History (Capitol) The Electric Soft Parade - No Need to be Down - Hearted (Better Looking) Fishbone - Still Stuck in Your Throat (Sound in Color) Front...

New Music Tuesday - The Noisettes, Nine Inch Nails, Avril Lavigne, Breaking Benjamin, Michael Penn, Bucky Covington, Superdrag, Hot Fuzz Soundtrack, Cowboy Junkies, Hard To Find 45s

New Releases - April 17, 2007 Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Universal) Noisettes - What's the Time Mr. Wolf? (Universal) Original Soundtrack - Hot Fuzz [Cherry Tree] (Cherry Tree) Superdrag - Changin' Tires on the Road to Ruin (Arena Rock Recording) The Cowboy Junkies - At the End of Paths Taken (Zoe) AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip [Reissue] (Sony) Breaking Benjamin - Phobia [CD/DVD] (Hollywood) Bucky Covington - Bucky Covington (Lyric Street) Clorox...

The Only Place to Hear Imus Tomorrow? The IE!

An independently owned-and-operated AM station in San Bernardino will be the only place in the country tomorrow morning that will be airing reruns of the disgraced dj Don Imus. "I'm not going to let networks dictate to me who I run on my station, Fred Lundgren, chairman of the Inland Empire's KCAA (1050 AM), told the AP on Thursday. Imus had been syndicated through KCAA every weekday morning since 2003. Lundgren admits that what...

Hungry for Famima!!? New Store Opens Today in the LBC

On storefronts all over town the word Famima!! (and its quirky pair of exclamation points) is showing up, with a vibrant backdrop of neon green and black. So what's Famima!!? Basically they're the Japanese version of 7-11, proffering convenient food and sundries for the urban dweller. Packaged sandwiches nestle alongside Asian-style eats like sushi rolls and noodle bowls, the dessert area is resplendent with tasty cold creme brulees and pastries, and the refrigerated drink...

Opening Day at Chavez Ravine

With a weekend 3-game sweep of the elderly San Francisco Giants under their collective belt, the Dodgers (4-2) open their regular season home schedule at Dodger Stadium this afternoon against the Colorado Rockies (3-3). Prized off-season acquisition Jason Schmidt (1-0) is scheduled to start, and his first pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm. For those taking an extra long lunch today (and you know who you are, as this one's already sold out), here's what...

Opening Day at Chavez Ravine

With a weekend 3-game sweep of the elderly San Francisco Giants under their collective belt, the Dodgers (4-2) open their regular season home schedule at Dodger Stadium this afternoon against the Colorado Rockies (3-3). Prized off-season acquisition Jason Schmidt (1-0) is scheduled to start, and his first pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm. For those taking an extra long lunch today (and you know who you are, as this one's already sold out), here's what...

LAist Hearts Hans Borg

It's the day after the 2007 US Sumo Open, and we have officially drank the Kool-Aid. We'd seen those documentaries on TLC about how sumo wrestlers are celebrities in Japan, and how its top practitioners are afforded the life of rock stars, and we giggled about how kooky the Japanese are. But now we understand their obsession, and we've decided that if Sumo were simply exposed to more Americans, it would be just as much...

LAist Playlist for week ending 4/06/07

LAist gets and listens to a Lot of music. You can see the bands we like in the concerts that we review, the Tonight in Rock listings that we compile, and in the cds that we review. But we realize that we listen to way more music than we review so we figured we make a list once a week letting you know what we're into. week ending 4/06/07 Charlie Louvin - "When I...

Blue Down Two

Well after two games, there's sure a lot to wallow in. New acquisitions Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pierre are 0-for-15. Starting pitchers Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf have combined for a not-so-stellar 9.00 ERA in 10 innings. And Rafael Furcal remains mired on the disabled list with a sprained ankle (not necessarily the best of injuries for a speedy lead-off hitter). However, as Rocky Balboa mentioned to Clubber Lang repeatedly in the third round...

Blue Down Two

Well after two games, there's sure a lot to wallow in. New acquisitions Luis Gonzalez and Juan Pierre are 0-for-15. Starting pitchers Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf have combined for a not-so-stellar 9.00 ERA in 10 innings. And Rafael Furcal remains mired on the disabled list with a sprained ankle (not necessarily the best of injuries for a speedy lead-off hitter). However, as Rocky Balboa mentioned to Clubber Lang repeatedly in the third round...

Chillin' in the Pigvillion

Dodger Stadium opened for business last night, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim taking advantage of Randy Wolf's eight-million dollar arm and chalking up an easy 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of the annual pre-season Freeway Series. And while the on-field stories (Orlando Cabrera goes 3-for-3! Russell Martin can't throw anyone out!! Brady Clark makes his Dodger Stadium debut in right field and hits into a 4-3 triple...

Chillin' in the Pigvillion

Dodger Stadium opened for business last night, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim taking advantage of Randy Wolf's eight-million dollar arm and chalking up an easy 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of the annual pre-season Freeway Series. And while the on-field stories (Orlando Cabrera goes 3-for-3! Russell Martin can't throw anyone out!! Brady Clark makes his Dodger Stadium debut in right field and hits into a 4-3 triple...

Only Three More Months of American Idol Left

There are three months left of American Idol. And judging from last night's show, that's three very long months to whittle down from 12 to the two finalists. The singing overall on the Diana Ross-themed show was pretty lousy, except for a few of the usual suspects: Jordin Sparks (who we think sang a Diana Ross tune from The Land Before Time, Melinda Doolitte belting a song from The Wiz, and show-stopper LaKisha Jones singing...

Early Bird Special: Hollywood Bowl

There are countless reasons to love the Hollywood Bowl: the outdoor ambience tucked in the so-close-yet-so-far-away Hollywood Hills; bring your own... whatever you want; great sound and big screens that you can see no matter where you're seated. Best of all, if you act quickly you'll get to many more shows for far less money. Here's how: You can purchase tickets RIGHT NOW (as long as you purchase for at least 5 events). General...

Cinema Notebooks

Venerable French magazine Cahiers du cinema (yup, it's still in existence) today launched its first English language edition, which will be available both in print and online for an annual fee. For $45, English-language readers will now be able to subscribe to a year's worth of the magazine (11 regular issues + 1 special issue). Cahiers will also offer free online supplements. Currently featured on the publication's Web site is a diary about the making...

Smell Like A Campfire, Eat Like a Champ

When we had a craving for Korean BBQ recently, we fished around the usual sniffing spots for the lowdown on the best in town. What came up was Soot Bull Jeep, a mainstay of the genre for years now, and a consistently top-touted fave. It even made our end-of-2006 "Best of List" as one of the top ten places we didn't eat that year, but wanted to. Now, we won't profess to being experts...

"Three Kings" to kick off SMC's Political Film Series

Way back in the day LAist got crappy grades in high school so we had to do a few years over at Santa Monica College. One of our favorite classes was Cinema because due to the proximity of Hollywood, pretty much all of our Cinema teachers were former industry insiders or historians who knew about everything. We ate up those classes with a spoon and couldn't believe we were getting college credit for learning...

Play Review: The Empty Bed

LAist is a big fan of local theater. Many smaller productions are so often overlooked by the big titles that come to town, like say, Wicked, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf or Master Class, so we'll support LA's theater community with the best of them. But like those big productions, sometimes you're pleasantly surprised, but other times - like in the case of The Empty Bed - you're not quite satisfied. Billed in the...

American Idol: Two Hours That We'll Never Get Back

There's five hours of American Idol on TV this week. And last night's two-hour singing competition that was supposed to separate the men from the boys -- at least the American Idol contenders from the poseurs -- felt like all five wrapped up in one show. That's not a good sign. But we realized why we do these recaps (despite some naysayers): It's so you don't have to lose two hours of your life...

New Music Tuesday - The Softlightes, The Papercuts, Lucinda Williams, The Orphans, Grace Jones, Blue Oyster Cult, The High Llamas, Anaïs Mitchell, Skid Row, Dr. Who, Field Music, Van Morrison

OUT TODAY: Barbie - Songs from Fairytopia (Koch) Sophe Lux - Waking the Mystics (Zarathustra) Anaïs Mitchell - Brightness (Righteous Babe) Lucinda Williams - West (Lost Highway) Grace Jones - Inside Story (EMI) Gerald LeVert - In My Songs (Atlantic / Wea) Blue Öyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening [Bonus DVD] (Sony) The Doobie Brothers - Definitive Collection (Rhino) Drats!!! - Welcome to New Granada Duran Duran - Essential Collection [EMI] (EMI) Field Music...

New Music Tuesday - Isn't It Frightfully Good To Have A Dong: Bloc Party, John Waters, The Apples in Stereo, Yoko Ono, Peter Bjorn and John, Sondre Lerche, Fall Out Boy, Split Enz, The Postmarks, Aereogramme, Ian Hunter, Patty Griffin, Monty Python

OUT TODAY: Aereogramme - My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go (Sonic Unyon) Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked Ladies Are Men Belinda Carlisle - Voila [Bonus Disc] (Rykodisc) Bloc Party - Weekend in the City (Vice) Chicken Shack - Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (Blue Horizon) Deerhunter - Cryptograms (Kranky) Dexys Midnight Runners - Projected Passion Revue (Umvd Import) Eleni Mandell - Miracle of Five (Zedtone) Fall Out Boy - Infinity on High...

Around the World with the -ists

Between fake terrorist alerts and scandals big and small, this just might be the Best Best of the -ists ever. We're exhausted just thinking about it. First up, SFist, who saw their little 'ole site be the center of what was a nice little scandal (even getting their editor on TV) only to find their scandal dwarfed by the even bigger scandal caused by their Mayor boffing one of his aides' wife. We're not...

LAist Editor's Top 25 Best CDs of 2006

#4, The Go! Team Some of us got LAist Editor Tony Pierce drizunk today to celebrate several LAist successes and one of us discovered that Tony hadn't written a "Best of 2006" list. When pressed, he admitted that it would be political suicide for him to espouse favorites. Blah blah blippity-blah. After several dozen Jager Bombs we got a list out of him. UCLA beats UCSB once again, biatches. See our editor's list after...

New Music Tuesday - Nora Jones, The Early Years, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Harry Connick, Jr., Lily Allen, Katharine McPhee, Busdriver, Skinny Puppy, The RZA, Jill Scott, Madonna, Art Garfunkel, Hella, Lou Barlow, Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together in the sight of Rock and in the face of Roll, to join together you, dear LAist reader, and this New Music Tuesday in holy Matrimony. This mystical union is not to be entered into lightly, or unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly (ha), and in the fear of the reaper. More cowbell. L'chaim. OUT TODAY: .38 Special - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: (A&M)...

Amy Jo Goddard's Top 10 Sex Paraphernalia for the Adventuresome Spirit of any Orientation

Amy Jo Goddard, aka HoneyToes, is a professor, and professional sexuality trainer and consultant. The UC Santa Barbara graduate and author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men (well before the Queer Eye guys showed up), was nice enough to give us a Top 10 Sex accessories list that we are sure you would rather read than this intro... HoneyToes' Top 10 Sex Paraphernalia for the Adventuresome Spirit of any Orientation 10. A flogger, crop,...

Ask the MACist

Welcome to the latest edition of Ask the MACist, the column where I answer your Mac and Mac-related questions with hopefully more clarity and insight than you could ever need. As always, I want to thank those of you who sent in questions this week. They are much appreciated. Keep it up! And remember, if you have a question about anything Macintosh, Macintosh-related, or even something about another technology like TiVo, Blackberry, XBox 360,...

Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns' Top 10 CDs of 2006

The best eurodisco tune to come out last year came from an LA band called Shiny Toy Guns. There's some guitar in there, keyboards, and a hot babe singer. The synthesizers and drum sound might make you think of 20 years ago, but don't ask Jeremy Dawson on keyboards if they're an '80s band. Well, we're not from the 80's and we never got to experience that and have that as a reminiscent angle...

A Plate With a View

The other day, LAist received an inquiry via email about our picks for the restaurants that have something inedible (but, perhaps indelible) on the menu: A great waterfront view. We did a little culling, and have come up with the following lowdown. Our favorite spot for drinks and light appetizers is Splashes Lounge at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. We loved watching the sun go down and having the waves pound...

A.M. News: Santa Monica Says No to Styrofoam

If your lips are chapped, you know it must be a City of Los Angeles Red Flag Day. Welcome to yet another one in this unusual season. In other LAFD news, black ice gave them quite a scare when one of their own got pinned by a vehicle that went slippity slip! Maybe now government officials will no longer laugh at this writer when he makes complaints over unruly sprinklers. Pshaw! And please, do...

Guy Zimmerman's 2006 Is Your Guide to 2007

When we asked Guy Zimmerman, Artistic Director of Padua Playwrights, to make a Best of 2006 list, we found that it was a great way for Angelenos to see Los Angeles in 2007. From the shows to the venues he mentions, these are things to add to your "need to check out" list for 2007. He even gives kudos to a play that can be still seen -- The 99c Only Show -- three...

New Music Tuesday (Midnight Edition): Yo-Yo Ma, Neko Case, Crunk Hits, John Waite, The Four Seasons, Bobby Bare, P.F. Sloan, Bluegrass Tribute To The Shins, Italian Medieval Dances

New releases! Now newer every week!! We begin this installment with a boatload of terrifying and perplexing tribute records, followed by noteables in every genre, including some promising rock offerings, a vault of soundtracks, fancy cello-ing, and more Frankie Valli than you can shake a stick at. Tribute Various Artists - Bluegrass Tribute to Modest Mouse (CMH) Various Artists - Bluegrass Tribute to the Shins (CMH) Various Artists - Can You Bring It? Sing...

The Submarines @ The Echo Every Monday This Month

LAist has been down with the Submarines since the day their album dropped, we even reviewed their first show in support of that cd. In fact if we ever got off our ass we'd list their cd Declare a New State in the LAist Top 10 Best of 2006. If you watch Nip/Tuck, you'd have seen that F/X not only used one of their tunes in the show's finale, but really went for it...

Ten Best L.A. Bistros in 2006

A bistro is a café that serves simple meals in a relaxed setting, the kind of place you can go where you don't have to worry about meeting anyone's expectations for relative fame or fashionable dress. My favorite places in L.A. this year generally fit this definition. 1. Pazzo Gelato (my review) Many of my friends look at the dessert menu before they even consider a main course, so let's start there. After lunch...

Whisper Town 2000's Morgan Nagler's Top 10 Best CDs of 2006

When you write and sing songs as good as Whisper Town 2000, you can make any list you want. Here are Morgan Nagler's Best CDs of 2006 1. The Beatles The White Album 2. The Rolling Stones Exile On Main St. 3. Neva Dinova The Hate Yourself Change 4. Elliot Smith Elliot Smith 5. Notorious BIG Ready To Die 6. The Jackson 5 Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 7. Tom Petty Wildflowers 8....

A Top 10 Look Into Sherman Oaks in 2006

1. Billy Blanks' Tae Bo World Training Center closed. 2. Sherman Oaks Galleria's flagship store, Tower Records, closed and the now outdoor shopping mall "went public" via Douglas Emmett. 3. A Sherman Oaks based political mailer caused controversy in the November election. 4. The Sherman Oaks Street Fair extended to a two day affair. 5. Resident Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, made big news twice this year and the media always attached "of Sherman...

Top 22 Songs of 2006 that made Bree Happy

Bree McGuire, one of Buzznet's Content Editors, is surrounded by new music all day long. Buzznet was at dozens of music fests and events last year and is super tight with the emo superstars Fall Out Boy, which is why we were stoked that she agreed to tune us in to what she was tuned in to last year... 1. The Queen & I - Gym Class Heroes 2. Cheated Hearts - Yeah Yeah...

Learn About Wine's Ian Blackburn's Top 10s of 2006

Ian Blackburn founded LearnAboutWine in 1995. LearnAboutWine has a list of unique classes, events and tours that remain on the cutting edge of the industry and Ian was gracious enough to give LAist some of his top 10s for 2006 including his favorites restaurants, regions and bottles of wine and also wine stores. For more information about Learn About Wine or any of their classes or programs, email Ian here. 10 Best Restaurants to...

Top 10 Weirdnesses About Palms by George Garrigues

It might not be the most expensively designed site, but The Palms-Village Sun is probably the best neighborhood blog in LA. Written and edited by George Garrigues, a retired journalist who first worked in Palms (in the publications division of Douglas Aircraft) more than 50 years ago. An Inglewood High and UCLA alum, the native Angeleno was a full-time faculty member of a half dozen universities over his career including USC. We are stoked...

Mayor Sam's Top 10 Dumbest Moves in LA in 2006

For the last two and a half years, Michael Higby has been the editor of Mayor Sam's Sister City, one of Los Angeles' best known and most controversial blog covering municipal politics. He is also the alter ego of the blog's chief writer, the lovable "dead, Republican Mayor," Sam Yorty, which is based on the late Los Angeles Mayor who served during the 1960s and 1970s. Higby has been a community activist in the...

The List, 2007

Alright, it's from the Washington Post, but being that I'm a recent transplant from our Nation's Capital, there are a few things I just can't leave behind. One is Ben's Chili Bowl and the other is The List. Each January 1st, for as long as I can remember, Hank Stuever releases his list of Ins and Outs for the coming year. It's not just any list. It's the list to end all lists. No...

The List, 2007

Alright, it's from the Washington Post, but being that I'm a recent transplant from our Nation's Capital, there are a few things I just can't leave behind. One is Ben's Chili Bowl and the other is The List. Each January 1st, for as long as I can remember, Hank Stuever releases his list of Ins and Outs for the coming year. It's not just any list. It's the list to end all lists. No...

LAist's Elina's Top 10 Places (I Liked) to Eat Breakfast in Los Angeles in 2006

photo by hexod.us via Flickr. I know I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon of year-end Top 10 lists, but if there's one thing that never goes out of style, it's food. 10. Foxy's 206 W Colorado St. at Central Ave., Glendale Any place that puts all my favorite things into one omelette (bacon, avocado, onions, tomatoes) as a standard dish on their menu can't go wrong. 9. Rodeo Grill 1721 W. Sunset...

Armin Van Buuren's Top Ten Best CDs of 2006

We admit it. We love year-end Best Of lists. Why? We think lists by a variety of people are a far better way to see trends and discover new acts than say award shows or sales charts. If it weren't for Best Of lists it's rare that you'd hear so much about TV on the Radio, The Cold War Kids, The Hold Steady, Joanna Newsum, or the Knife - and who knows, maybe it's...

Happy New Year from the Istiverse - Our Biggest Moments of 2006

As 2006 ends and 2007 begins, the -ists look back not at the past week, but at the past year. So here it is, your Best of 2006 Spectacular. And from all of us at the -ists, happy New Year! Austinist was all about controversy as new construction to increase urban density ran rampant in 2006, as did threats to the city's image from gigantic corporations looking to set up shop in town, leading...

Hottest & Cutest LA Women on Flickr of 2006

Flickr is full of pictures of women. The only ones worth a damn are the hot ones of women in LA. We will make an exception for photos of cute women. Thanks to Creative Commons it was easier to whittle down the best ones by using those which we are legally able to post on this website / blog / whatever this is. 21 more pictures after the jump so sit back and enjoy....

Chubbypanda's 10 Best Ethnic Meals in The OC of 2006

Earlier this month saw the launch of Orange County Food Blogs, and in charge of all the online show and tell about OC eats is Chubbypanda. We asked this "Epicurious Wanderer" for his own end-of-the-year list representing the best eats in the County, and for this list, we're going ethnic. 1. Japanese - Frenzy Sushi (my review) The freshness and quality of the fish served at Frenzy Sushi is amazing. The Hamachi no Hara...

LAist Chris' Top Reasons the Valley is Better

Even though I call LA home, I didn't always live here. Over the years, I've spent time in various other parts of Southern California. Encinitas, Del Mar, San Diego and Fullerton are all places I once lived. Actually, I still think of Encinitas as my other home but as this is LAist and not Encinitasist, that's not really relevant at the moment. When I first started coming to LA in the early 90s it...

New York Times Calls LAist "Lazy"

It's always fascinating when old media attacks new media, and today's example takes on yours truly, LAist. In a piece about Best Of lists on websites, the New York Times leads with this oddity: "As any media consumer knows, this is the season of the list." First of all, in this, the era of YouTube and TiVo and 54 million blogs, is there really such a thing as a "media consumer"? Isn't everyone a...

Matt Welch of the LA Times' Top 10 Best Things About Working for the Evil MSM

A long time ago in a peninsula far far away (if a 90 minute drive is far), there was a college newspaper so good that Matt Welch's only regular writing assignment was the two or three sentences in the Weather box. Though this was late-'80s Santa Barbara and the weather for an entire year was Sunny and Mild (we were in the midst of a year-long drought), somehow Welch's Weather box was one of...

Mike Watt's Top Ten Pedro Sunrises of '06

Though the sun has been doing a bit of a peek-a-boo with us the past few days, we can't help noticing the increase in sunshine since we made it past last week's winter solstice. Hooray sunshine! Much as we like a nice blustery day, one of the main reasons we live in southern California is the intimate relationship with have with ol' Sol down here. Esteemed musician/composer/polar bear/lexicographer of hoot Mike Watt seems to...

LAist Henry's Top 12 Photos of Your City 2006

Just when you forgot that you live in the most beautiful city in the world, LAist is here to remind you. Right: A sapphire sky sets over Zuma Beach. More photos after the jump....

Amazon.com's Top 18 Best Selling Products of 2006

Maybe it wasn't cool in the South to go to the record store to get the new Dixie Chicks cd, but on the internet nobody can judge you. The Chicks were boycotted by Country radio and their fans said that they shouldn't have said what they said about President Bush, but when it came down to picking up their new cd, the people let their fingers do the buying. And if you ask us,...

Anne Smith's Best Random Thoughts by a Cooking School Owner/Environmentalist

Anne Smith is the owner of the New School of Cooking in Culver City (which just happens to be a favorite of this LAist), which offers classes for everyone, from beginning to advanced. An aficianado of all things culinary, Smith is also interested in promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting local farmers and reducing our carbon imprint. She recently launched a blog that companions the School's website, and she has also offered us her top ten thoughts...

The Great Taco Hunt's 10 Best Taco Trucks of 2006

He goes by the moniker "Bandini" and his mission is to find the city's best tacos. Sound like an ill-conceived Food Network show (maybe not, come to think of it--who do we talk to about a pitch meeting?) or what? Actually, it's the premise of a local foodblog called--what else?--The Great Taco Hunt. And here are his picks for the 10 Best Taco Trucks he frequented in 2006. 1.Tacos El Korita -East Olympic Blvd and...

Ken Layne's Top 10 Best Things about 2006

Do you hear the wind howling his name? Ken Layne is coming back to Los Angeles. That's why the gods are washing off the streets and blowing the smog aside. Wonkette's West Coast Bureau Chief began this year at the helm of the ridiculously funny and mindbogglingly weird Sploid. Instead of burning bridges, Nick Denton shuttered Sploid and moved the hilariously cranky Layne over to Wonkette in a rare move by the Gawker head,...

Top Seven Simpson's New Years Resolutions

Many things make it into the LAist email box. But when anything is sent from Springfield we mark it Spam immediately. Somehow this slipped through the filter. We keeeed. The Simpsons have been on the air longer than most of you could pee straight and apparently this year they have decided to agree on some resolutions. Here they be... In preparation for the New Year, Homer, Marge and many of their fellow Springfieldians vow to...

Joseph Mailander of Martini Republic's Top 10 Cocktails from 2006

Joseph Mailander is editor of Martini Republic, a local blog, a national blog, a political and cultural blog, but most of all, a toper's blog at heart. Beyond Joseph, Dr. Cocktail (Ted Haigh), Tod Mesirow (of Monster Garage fame) and anonyblogger Alex DeLarge (an obvious surly drunk) all monitor the beverage industry there with the kind of scrutiny that puts them at the top of all beverage industry blogrolls. MartiniRepublic's fabled drinks blog is...

Top 10 Things That Every Bachelor Should Have

Being a single man in LA is a piece of cake - as long as you have all the right tools. Most men solely concern themselves with how to get a girl into his bed. If a guy is smart he will know what to do to keep her there, or make it easier for her to want to come back. These are the Top 10 things which will keep that smile on your...

Top 10 Random Rantings of a Skinny Bitch

Yesterday we introduced you to the book, Skinny Bitch, and today we bring you the Skinny Bitch herself, Rory Freedman. We were lucky enough to meet her at an event we told you about back in November while chowing on some Indian food. So listen up, here are her rants: 1. A few nights ago, my friend and I went to see an indie film called Shortbus that we knew almost nothing about. The little...

Crazy Aunt Purl's Top 10 Best Spots of 2006 To Get Your Crazy Yarn Lady On

Crazy Aunt Purl is the true-life diary of a thirty-something, newly divorced, displaced Southern obsessive knitter who has four cats. Because nothing is sexier than a divorced woman with four cats. We were stoked when Zach brought her to our attention this fall and doubly stoked when she said she would give us her list of LA yarn emporiums... Los Angeles has more yarn shops than any place on earth. That is probably not...

Mike & Maria's Ten LA Disappearing Acts in 2006

If one were to name an LA blogging power-couple, LAist would look no further than Franklin Avenue's Mike and Maria. Just over the last few months the pair led a 15+ mile walk down the entirety of Wilshire Blvd., Maria was nominated for a Grammy, they've continued their food blog Rate a Restaurant, as well as kept us up-to-date on the very sad demise of the Ambassador Hotel. This morning we join them in bidding...

Best Date Places LAist's Corey wasn't taken to in 2006

Theres lots of places I've been with friends this year and lots of places I've made my Dad take me when he's out here on business, but dates? Well, 2006 was a pretty dry year for this gal... So here are a few date places I've heard about through my friends who actually do things like..date....So I guess here's my wishlist for 2007... 1. Chateau Marmont: I know, I know, what a cliche, but...

New Music Tuesday: Matisyahu, The Knife, Switchfoot, Mogwai, America, Quincy Jones, N.W.A.

I still want a hula hoop. But I'll settle for a sweet stash of new music and reissues. Here are the newbies for this festive holiday week. [via All Music] Rock America - Silent Letter/Alibi (Beat Goes On) Bananarama - Really Saying Something: The Platinum Collection (WEA International) Beloved, The - Platinum Collection: Sun's Rising/Halcyon (WEA International) Bronski Beat/Communards - Age of Consent/Platinum Collection (WEA International) Emma Bunton - Life in Mono [Bonus Tracks]...

Eating LA's Best of 2006

One of our favorite local food blogs is Eating LA, which is helmed by Pat Saperstein, a senior editor at Variety. LAist asked her to put together her own Best of 2006, which she has so kindly shared with us; we can't help but notice that she likes pork and--if we may interpret--dislikes the deluge of Pinkberry frozen yogurt shops. Is it coincidence, we wonder, that she, too links the year to the pig, like...

Schwarzenegger vs Mountain - Mountain Wins

It would have been difficult to call the winner on this one: Sun Valley's Ski Mountain defended its black diamond title this past Saturday against Governer Re-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger in what many are calling a surprising defeat. The Governor came in strong early in the first round, seamlessly gliding through the many obstacles that Sun Valley Mountain set in his path. Schwarzenegger's speed and power were more than enough to get him through the...

Peggy Archer's Top 10 places to Spend Entire Paycheck

LA is home to many tv and film professionals. One thing that you learn about production crews is they're typically easy-going, funny, and amazingly smart. They've seen it all: the tantrums, the egos, the drama, the abuse, and the beauty. They laugh it off and wait till its time to break everything down, go home, and do it again in the morning. The "stars" come and go but the real pros have been doing...

LAist Robert's Top 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2006

In our never ending quest to squeeze in as many Top 10 lists as possible before the end of the January, we now present our highly subjective list of electronic albums from the past 350+ days. No prior knowledge of club music required. Consider this part of your education. 1. John Tejada "Cleaning Sounds is a Filthy Business" (Palette) Though he's a local boy, Tejada has always managed to stay a couple steps ahead...

LAist Robert's Top 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2006

In our never ending quest to squeeze in as many Top 10 lists as possible before the end of the January, we now present our highly subjective list of electronic albums from the past 350+ days. No prior knowledge of club music required. Consider this part of your education. 1. John Tejada "Cleaning Sounds is a Filthy Business" (Palette) Though he's a local boy, Tejada has always managed to stay a couple steps ahead...

Jake of Gothamist's Top 10 Best LA Street Art Spots of '06

When he's not publishing the Gothamist empire, Jake Dobkin enjoys a peaceful weekend involving fly fishing, trading arms for hostages, and rollin in his 6-4 taking pictures of graffiti - or what the kids call "street art". He's even created a blog, Streetsy, solely to celebrate the art that he's photographed around the world. The map above contains Jake's top ten best LA Street Art spots in our fair city. Maybe you know of...

Nerds are Sexy: LAist's Corey's Top Ten Seven Nerd Boys

"Nerdy" men, or what I like to call "the boy/man next door" have made a strong showing in 2006 and I'm here to list the cream of the crop. 1. John Krasinski - "Jim" the anti-stud in the NBC hit "The Office", he wins us over with his everyday charm. 2. Andy Samberg - This genius 28-year-old newbie to "Saturday Night Live" brought us "Lazy Sunday" and "D**k in a Box" -- he's bringing...

Kyle Bunch of Blogebrity's Top 10 Blogebrities of 2006

Kyle Bunch watches the blogosphere every day as head honcho of Blogebrity. Prepare as he breaks down the top 10 Blogebrities and sneaks in an eleventh when noone's lookin: Per Tony's mission to load LAist with as many Top 10's of 2006 as possible, we humbly submit our list of The Top 10 Blogebrities of 2006*, in order from coffee hot (thousands of links) to magma hot (magazine covers, development deals, merchandising rights, etc.),...

Eric Garcetti's Top 10 Best Cultural Products From Council District 13 in 2006

Council President Eric Garcetti represents the Thirteenth Council District which includes all or part of the communities of Glassell Park, Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown, Silver Lake, East Hollywood and Hollywood. Otherwise known as LAist's 'Hood. Because we're represented brilliantly, when we sent our councilmember a request to take part in this collection of Best Of lists not only did he respond quickly and wonderfully, but he reached behind our ear and...

Sean Carnage's Angelenos Who Inspire Him To Be Bad

The intensely abrasive and experimental and wild 40 Bands 80 Minutes was directed beautifully by Sean Carnage. We were lucky enough to have him hand over a Top 10 list that's creative and insightful, and dare we say a little inspiring. TOP TEN ANGELENOS THAT INSPIRE ME TO BE "BAD"! After filming L.A.'s most talented musicians for 40 BANDS 80 MINUTES!, I want to push things further with a new movie--HOW TO BE BAD:...

Most Spectacular Trainwreck on the Blogosphere: Tom Green

You know you love Tom Green even after he starts working with Jay Leno. We won't hold that against him. We also won't hold "Freddy Got Fingered" against him, or divorcing America's Sweetheart Drew Barrymore. You also know you love Tom Green when you watch his wildly unpredictable web-show on his blog at TomGreen.com But mostly you love him in the same way that you love watching a plane hurdle straight to the Earth,...

The Week in Weed - Pot is Largest US Cash Crop

- New Hybrid marijuana plant found in Mexico; grows year-round, can't be stopped with pesticides - AP - Cannabis is the largest cash crop in the USA. Worth $36 billion - Norml - Is Bong Rip a Drug Dealer or just a stoner with a shitton of buds? - OC Weekly - "The Best of Times", 2006 advances in drug reform laws - stop the drug war - Tuscon car chase leads to cops...

Tod Brilliant's Top 10 Websites To Help You Save The Planet

Tod Brilliant is a self-made eco-celebrity and decided his top 10 list to share with LAist readers would be about the most critical websites that will help you learn to save our massively fucked planet. Now in his words: Surely you've heard of me, seen my billboards, listened to my interviews. I'm grateful to LAist for giving me yet another venue to promote my mission. My apologies if I'm approaching overexposed status. My team...

Jonathan Gold's Top 12 Manifold Gifts of the Pig

Jonathan Gold just might be both the first and last word on food in the city. His Counter Intelligence column is the centerpiece of his coverage of consumption in the Eat/Drink section of the LA Weekly; many of his findings are tidily compiled in a book of the same name that we urged you to buy earlier this month for the person on your list who's ready to take their dining out to the...

Nate Reuss from The Format's Top Ten CDs of 2006

The Format put out one of the best records of the year. They also gave one of the best shows in Hollywood this summer. For some reason though we haven't seen them on very many Best Of 2006 lists which makes us a little sad inside. Dog Problems was funny, uplifting, dance alongy, and sometimes deep. Bro can sing, and the songs are multilayered and unique. Maybe it's not cool to like the Format just...

Alexandra Le Tellier's Personal Top 10 in LA of 2006

Alexandra Le Tellier is the Managing Editor of LA.com, the swanky, chic, stylin' website about LA. LA.com just delivered a five-part Best Of guide to LA's newest and retooled hot spots of everywhere from spas to Philly cheese steak spring rolls. But we wanted to know more. We wanted to get inside the head of Alexandra. To where she lives. What she's passionate about personally. You know, the dirt! What we discovered is that...

Rogers Cadenhead's Top 10 Wargames of 2006

Rogers Cadenhead has been in the news this week because he is the owner of the online store called Wargames.com, a site he's owned for eight years. He's in the news because MGM owns the movie rights to the '80s Matthew Broderick nuclear flick WarGames -- which they are releasing a sequel to next year for some reason -- and they want to snake the URL away from Mr. Cadenhead. The bad news for...

Top 10 Reasons Toronto is Better than LA

Toronto has called you out, LA. Last week they put up a post comparing our city with theirs and Editor David Topping put together this Top 10 Reasons Why Toronto is better than LA. Clearly they don't realize that LA does have a downtown, it's where the Raptors come twice a year to get their asses kicked. 1. Our phallic symbol in our Torontoist logo is bigger than your phallic symbol in your LAist...

Honeycut's Top 10 Best CDs of 2006

Not that we care what they think in Frisco but the SF Weekly (wait, we thought you weren't supposed to call it SF? hmmmm) named Honeycut the Best Soul/Funk Band in town. Well, this isn't your father's soul music. There's Garbage in there, some electronica... modern might be a good way to put it. Sorta sounds like Beck's forays into nu whiteboy funk which is dangerous because even Beck has failed in that world...

AOL, Yahoo, and Google's Top 10 Biggest Searches

LAist has been around the block. And we know people. We have friends in high places and we have some friends who are simply high. Somewhere in between we have discovered what we could safely assume is something close to "the truth". One of our friends showed us an unedited list of a very popular search engine and we were somewhat surprised to see "ass" pretty close to the most searched-for term. Ass? In...

Tom McNamara's Top 10 LA Bars

For years you've heard Tom McNamara even if you didn't see him. As the Stage Manager at E! you could hear him laugh off screen during "Talk Soup", "Coming Attractions", all the Red Carpet events, and now during "The Soup". E!'s studios are very small and rarely is there a live audience so the "studio audience" is usually a few cameramen, some producers, and Tom. A long time ago Tom's little "whooooo"s started to...

Morningwood's Top 10 Best CDs of 2006

We think Morningwood's "Nth Degree" is a catchy song and we love the lead singer Chantal's attitude. Did you see her on Letterman? Man! She is part rock n' roller, part what-you-see-is-what-you-get, and a great live performer. Now, best of all, has left NYC to habitate with us in our fair city. So LAist is proud to present Chantal's top 10 CD's of 2006: 1. Morningwood, Morningwood (umm, do I need to explain why...

LAist Chris' Top TV Shows of 2006

Yes folks it that time of year again when people make lists of the top whatevers that did something, didn't do something, inspired them, made them laugh, cry, sick or any number of other things. For better or worse, I'm no different and am caught up in the whole list thing. So, I will be providing a list of my own for your enjoyment, distraction, derision or otherwise perusal. My list is the top-ten...

Carolyn Kellogg's Top 10 LA Things You'll Miss

Before the current tyrannical rule of Tony Pierce, Carolyn Kellogg was the editor of LAist, in a time many yearn for. But she decamped for the University of Pittsburgh, where she's getting an MFA in creative writing. In between bouts of homesickness, she blogs about books and podcasts interviews with writers who rock at pinkyspaperhaus.com. Top 10 LA Things You Don't Realize You'll Miss, Until It's Too Late 10. Beaches. I hardly went to...

Cory Kennedy's Top 10 Best Things in LA in 2006

It's not that Cory Kennedy is an unlikely It girl, it's just that she's an unlikely California It girl, to some. Perhaps they prefer the ditzy blonde surfer girl, well LAist, and clearly everyone else cool, is down with the scrawny fun sixteen-year-old who always seems pleasantly wasted. When Hef talks about Girls Next Door, Cory is the type that we'd like to have. As seen on TheCobraSnake.com, Cory is clearly always up for...

New Tunes: Music Releases & Reissues

You know how it is... rockin' and rollin' and whatnot... Below is this week's hearty list of new releases. Try to consume at least two servings of new music a week as part of balanced diet. Please send all thank-you notes, fruit baskets and cookie platters to the fine people at AllMusic for providing such wonderous data. Blues Roger "Hurricane" Wilson - Way I Am Celtic Iona - Circling Hour (Open Sky UK) Childrens'...

Mark "The Cobra Snake" Hunter's Top 10 Numbers

He can't help it that he takes better pictures than everyone. He can't help it that pretty girls want to hang out with him and pose. You should be happy that he's bff with Kid Millionaire, and pimping out the white rapper Mickey Avalon. Would you rather that he was hanging out with Joel Madden? One of his interns became an overnight sensation, his tshirts are collectors items, and his website continues to knock...

Jason Toney's Top 10 Best LA Hip Hop CDs of 2006

Not that long ago Jason Toney was the Editor of LAist and now he works for The Mouse in their online division. And he's still bustin on Negro Please. And he's still bobbin his head to the fat beats. As we continue our list of top ten best of lists, we give you Jason Toney's Best LA Hip Hop CDs of 2006: In a pretty dismal year for hip-hop, local hip-hop head Peanut Butter...

The "Too Hot Tamales" Top 10 Places in L.A. for Deliciously Interesting and Exotic Ingredients

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are two of America's most beloved chefs. The duo have been business partners for over 20 years, beginning with the opening of City Cafe on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in 1981. Currently they are hands-on owner-operators of the popular and critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica and Las Vegas, serving upscale, modern Mexican food in a hip, urban cantina setting. The pair also own and...

Chris Schlarb's Most Profound Deaths of 2006

Chris Schlarb, the executive producer of 40 Bands 80 Minutes has done something LA hasn't seen in decades. In an incredible melding of classic punk docs like Decline of Western Civilization and Urgh! A Music War, Schlarb and director Sean Carnage took their cameras to Hollywood's Il Corral and beautifully archived what's happening in the experimental punk scene. Think you like noise? Think you're punk enough? LAist had to tap out after 19 bands...

Asher Garber's Top 10 Room 710 Touring Bands

Asher Garber was born and mostly raised in the Valley. He saw "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" during its first weekend run at the Pacific 4 in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. An alum of Oakwood High in NoHo and UCSB, Asher eventually moved to Austin, TX where he owns and operates Room 710, one of the original Red River rock clubs, all while desperately trying hard to actually finish his first real live, no-shit-I've-got-one,...

Top 10 Random for 2006 by John Andrew Fredrick

Veteran shoegazers the black watch harken back the guitar heavy likes of Swervedriver and Ride. Frontman John Andrew Fredrick, who received his PH.D. in English at UCSB during the rise of college rock, has been known to teach occasionally at Santa Monica College. He was nice enough to put together a list of random coolnesses of 2006. If you still haven't gotten anything for that hard-to-buy-for hipster on your shopping list, you might want to...

LAist Lindsay's Top Ten Restaurants I Didn't Go to in 2006

Some of these restaurants made their debut this year, and some are perennial faves. Some are wallet-breakers, and some are low-budget. So we didn't make it there this year...maybe this can be our restaurant resolution list for 2-0-0-7. (I can, however, say I have eaten at any given listed location if anyone wants to volunteer to take me there for my 30th birthday, which so conveniently happens to take place just before 2006 comes...

Tim Sullivan's Top 11 Reason's SF is Better Than LA ?!!?!

Tim Sullivan writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He says he still has no idea what it's about. He likes punk rock music and posting photos on Buzznet. And, according to this list, he likes Frisco over our beautiful paradise. We can only wonder which is worse: not having a football team, or having two of the worst teams in all of football? Timmmmmmmay's Top 11 Reason's SF is Better Than...

Leah's Top Ten Best Movies of 2006

Leah (pronounced Lay-uh) is a great blogger. Born in Canada, she's been blogging since she was 14. We wont hold it against her that she lives in Austin. With her husband. Here's Leah top ten best movies of 2006: 10. Monster House Even though this is a kids movie, I'd be lying if I said it didn't give me the heebie jeebies. 9. Hard Candy I wouldn't watch it again but it was intense...

LAist Henry's Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Songs of 2006

Straight from my iPod: 1. Justin Timberlake - SexyBack The pinnacle of guilty pleasure straight from MTV's Total Request Live fame. Still a great club banger. 2. The Fray - Look After You All of their songs sound the same but this one hasn't lost its replayability. 3. The Dixie Chicks - The Long Way Around There is nothing to feel guilty about listening to the Dixie Chicks. They kick ass. The only reason...

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