Tony and I rolled up to Griffith Park in the late afternoon and found the little pop up village that marks a movie set. This one was a little different, though: No Star Waggons, no craft service or catering trucks, no Teamster drivers sitting on their folding chairs, watching everybody else work. An actress pulled her costume from a makeshift clothes rod hanging over the back seat of her car.
“Where’s the food?” I asked.
“It’s a Roger Corman movie,” Tony said. “We work cheap.”
First wave punk rockers The Members wrapped up the first iteration of their career with 1982’s Uprhythm Downbeat, which was released in the UK the following year as Going West. Whatever you call it, the album sported two of the band’s biggest hits: “Working Girl” (a US hit) and “Radio” (an Australian hit). Both are cool, but your Members collection isn’t complete without this 12″ version of the UK title cut.
This is Judas Priest’s 1974 debut album, when they still had kind of a hippie/prog rock thing going on. It isn’t a particularly good album, but it isn’t bad. Rocka Rolla is a must for completists and an interesting record of a band trying to find their sound. Check out the title cut and you’ll here hints of what was to come:
So you’re in San Francisco this Sunday and you want to check out the local music and arts scene. I like the way you think, and I’ve got just the thing for you: The Love City Music Festival. Here’s how Kai Straw describes the event:
Do you think everything you read applies to you? You might have an insecurity monkey on your back.
So, you’re thinking about trying insecurity for the first time. That’s perfectly normal, age appropriate behavior. A lot of kids experiment with insecurity and grow up to be fine, productive, upstanding citizens. But listen: As fun and sexy as insecurity may look, you need to consider the potential downsides before heading over to Hot Topic. Some kids think they can stop at shoegazing and the next thing they know they’re out on the street, trying to score a Misfits t-shirt.
Here are a few warning signs that your insecurity habit has turned into a nervous monkey on your back:
“Wow, that’s a lot of Coke” turned out to be an ad for Little Caesar’s Pizza. In the finished commercial a nerdy dude holding a large tub of soda sits down and his chair collapses. What does he say? You guessed it: “Cheap fucking piece of shit IKEA chair!” No, of course he says, “Wow, that’s a lot of Coke.”
Refreshing carbonated beverages have made their way into several songs. Here are a few from my personal playlist.
Jody and I had only been in Los Angeles for two months when Thanksgiving rolled around. We still couldn’t afford to turn on the gas in our apartment, so cooking anything that didn’t fit in a toaster oven was out. We didn’t know anyone other than our coworkers, and they were just as broke as we were. We couldn’t even sponge off anybody. Jody was homesick, and so was I. We felt pretty bleak.
This is a pretty cool punk-type album from a Chicago area band. Mannequin Men’s 2009 Lose Your Illusion, Too is a tasty spin for your turntable, and check out that album cover. If this was a major label album, we’d have a new entry for the Controversial Album Cover gallery. I might put it over there, anyway.