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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Clap Your Hands Say 2005

The bestest albums to come out of a fantastic year in music. In short, hand-clapping is the new cowbell.

Click on each album for audio clips, courtesy MySpace Music.

Honorable mention:
Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Kanye West - Late Registration
Feist - Let It Die*
Arcade Fire - Funeral*

*These two albums technically came out in 2004, but carried their power over to '05.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

U.S. life expectancy rises to 77.6 years

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Country Joe Reborn in Oakdale, Cal.?

Young guitar bard Brett Dennen has released a revolution-groove holiday song that we just love: "The Holidays Are Here (and We're Still at War)."

Free download

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Sherman Way the street, in photography, on the internet, as a photo-documentary

An urban photographer out of Van Nuys calling herself Fire Monkey Fish has posted a cool Sherman Way photoset on Flickr. In case you can't make it out here personally . . .

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I saw this very patriotic truck owner on the 91 Freeway going to Riverside.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The government of Kazakhstan shuts down Borat's website:

Well, so much for Kazakhstan calling itself a free and civilized country. Seems like they are still a few light years away from realizing what freedom of speech is. The bastards shut down I guess we have to wait until Borat: The Movie comes out to see what Borat thinks. I somehow doubt that our "free" citizens of Kazakhstan are going to be able to watch that flick at a local movie theatre. I also wonder if Kazakhstan is going to try to sue Sacha Cohen, "Borat," for the lost revenue stream their "computer programmer" usually produces from milking goats since he had to dedicate that time to shutting down the website instead.,1,17962,00.html

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What happens when geniuses use their gift for criminal activity?

Check out "Masterminds" on CourtTV: an awesome show that reanacts real stories of criminal masterminds. This upcoming episode "The Great Escape" looks real interesting: an escapee from a maximum security prison secretly builds a fully functional apartment hidden within a Circuit City store.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Ronald MacDonald robs a Wendy's in New Hampshire

Friday, December 09, 2005

Time to celebrate Richard Pryor

Well the City Council is finally getting its priorities straight. December 16 is Richard Prior Day in the City of Los Angeles. Says the Council,


Richard Pryor was born on December I, 1940, as one of four children who was raised in his grandmother's brothel . . . WHEREAS, Richard Pryor moved to Berkeley, California and hung out with such counter-cultural writers and personalities as Ishmael Reed and Huey P. Newton . . . He was later paid an unprecedented amount for a black actor for his role as accomplice to the villain in Superman III . . .

The proclamation
Revolutionary t-shirt

Monday, December 05, 2005

"My-Space is the new Kool-Aid"

Business Week sounds the "MySpace Generation" alarm:
Although networks are still in their infancy, experts think they're already creating new forms of social behavior that blur the distinctions between online and real-world interactions. In fact, today's young generation largely ignores the difference.

It's true! Just this Saturday I wandered into the public library in Echo Park to check my e-mail. First of all, no one was reading a damn book in the whole place. All of the 25 public computers were occupied, and 70% of them were taken by MySpace junkies. Junior high school girls and homeless men, adding music videos to their profiles, saying "Hi" to their sister.

How ironic! -- Commemorative Alan Greenspan shirts

We love hipsters. Are they kidding? Serious? Smart? Dumb? Cool? Nerds? Just shy?

There's much real sweetness there. Hipsters aren't big on confrontation or "reality testing" others. But hipsters have opinions too, and they have their prejudices. Though they are not activists and do not march or sue or demand, the impulse to be heard still lives in each Silverlake librarian. It is sublimated, and reappears in precious ways like the wearing of these t-shirts from Y-Que (on Vermont of course) that commemorate Alan Greenspan's tenure as Federal Reserve Chairman.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Gang member tally is underwhelming

Los Angeles has 38,836 gang members. That's according to the LAPD, and recently. Aren't there more than that? If the figure looks small, it could be that the LAPD did not include those of its officers who are also gang members in the total. Or it could be the "culture of fear" doing its invidious work.