February 9, 2006 |
The latest addition to the city's menu of Valentine's Day activities bears neither the sweetness of chocolate, nor the scent of roses, nor the aura of a candlelight dinner. It's Give Up -- A Violet Valentine, and it carries the distinct aroma of irony. Billed as an evening of sad music and "depressing discos," the event, Tuesday at the Echo, is a spinoff of the monthly club Give Up, which ran during the winter at the Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz before going on hiatus this year.
January 22, 2004 |
Where the stars dance and primp It's not every night you can watch Janet Jackson reapply her makeup in the ladies room. The diva was kicking it at Joseph's on Monday, where such celebs as Cypress Hill rapper B Real, Mark Wahlberg, Vin Diesel, Paris Hilton and Laker b-baller Devean George were dancing to DJ Scott Oster's rocking blend of hip-hop and R&B. Bolthouse Productions has hosted the night for three years, and it continues to be one of the hottest weekly parties in town....
February 13, 2003 |
As sad as he wants it to be Pardon Jimmy Tamborello of Silver Lake if he sounds defeatist. His new album, a product of his mostly snail-mail collaboration with Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard, is titled "Give Up," due Tuesday from Subpop Records. The duo, using the nom de music Postal Service (get it?), exchanged songs via mail, with the Seattle-based Gibbard tweaking Tamborello's outlines on his computer.
February 15, 2007 |
SO much of Los Angeles' niche culture revels in being contrarian, as if expectations were zits that demand you apply layers of medicinal shock, whimsy and irony. Which explains why there is tongue-in-cheek by the mouthful at Give Up, an on-again, off-again promotional sendup from the minds (and ears) of the Internet radio station and DJ collective called Dublab.
October 5, 2007 |
A dozen years after his death by suicide, Kurt Cobain remains a fascinating figure. Filmmaker AJ Schnack is the latest to weigh in with the collage-like nonfiction work "Kurt Cobain About a Son." In no way an introduction to Cobain or the definitive word on the iconoclastic artist, the film will likely appeal to the type of completist who covets alternative takes of previously released songs or collections of obscure B-sides.
October 22, 2009 |
Nearly half a century after its debut, Jack Kerouac's "Big Sur" is getting its due. By the time he published the book in 1962, Kerouac was already lost in the alcoholism that killed him seven years later at age 47. Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of his death. The reviews of Kerouac's last major novel -- a wrenching, thinly veiled account of his failed efforts to stop drinking -- certainly didn't help his crumbling state of mind. "What can a beat do when he is too old to go on the road?