Category Archives: Rants

Southland Tales: Skatercross

Back in September of 1978, after a year or so of idolizing all the Dogtown guys, my father took my brother and I down to Skatercross in Reseda and got us memberships; I was twelve, my brother was eight. One … Continue reading

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Southland Tales: Von Dutch

I was driving through Northridge with my wife and son some time back and as I was heading down Nordhoff, I saw two young guys, about ten years old, on skateboards. Nothing out of the ordinary, but what really got … Continue reading

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Southland Tales: Fear & Loathing Under The Golden Arches

Back in 2007, my wife, son and I moved into an old two-bedroom house in Valley Glen, just outside of Sherman Oaks, CA.  I think it was built back in the 1920’s or so.  The floors were all wood or … Continue reading

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“The Bachelor” Has No Clothes!

Monday night’s “After the Final Rose” Bachelor season recap was a little bit like watching a Christian thrown to the lions. Juan Pablo, the Venezuelan Latin lover, had already weathered a pretty controversial season. Ignoring the accusations of slut-shaming, fast-talking, and … Continue reading

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So, About Black Flag In 2014

Once again, the internet is buzzing with news about Black Flag. This has been happening every couple of months for a year now, and it’s become disquieting. For twenty-five years, there was no news, because there was no Black Flag. … Continue reading

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Pondering The Future Of Automated Rock With The Men Who Make It Happen

I really enjoyed my trip to C2SV in San Jose a couple weeks ago. I got to watch amazing sets by the Lemonheads, Thee Oh Sees and the Stooges, check out the Dirty Ghosts, Talky Tinas and Curious Quail who … Continue reading

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Music In 2012: Ten Things I’ll Remember

1. The E! Network’s show Opening Act took a quick and dirty approach to the format popularized on Making The Band a decade ago – take a group of young talented unknowns, give them some development and see if a … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…  IGNORANCE! William B. of Bellflower asks, “Dear librarian, I’m sure you have a screed about Thanksgiving.  Can I hear it?”  Gee, William, you’re right, and I was … Continue reading

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Striking Walmart Workers Add Their Voice to ‘Black Friday’

Walmart workers, their outrage fueled by allegations of continuing low wages, erratic work hours, cuts to their benefits and the continuing termination and harassment of workers who have openly voiced criticism of management policies, marched in protest -accompanied by supporters – at stores … Continue reading

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Not to Worry, Twinkies WILL Survive the Closure of the Hostess Company

Growing up as a kid whose family were always counting their pennies, I can honestly say that I never tasted what most consumers today would call a “real” dessert until I reached my twenties. My family simply couldn’t afford to … Continue reading

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