CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2012 |
In its heyday, World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach had a full-time disc jockey playing music for customers, and clerks learned their clients' tastes so well they knew what to put on as soon as customers walked in the store. Over the years, VIP became a family owned chain, with 14 locations across Los Angeles County, the Long Beach store eventually emerging as the flagship. Now owned by Kelvin Anderson, VIP in Long Beach midwifed the careers of some of America's best-known hip-hop stars.
March 20, 2013 |
After reworking the brewery's flagship Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Brewing's new Brewmaster Jesse Houck set his sights on Golden Road's Wolf Among Weeds double IPA , and the reimagined beer is hitting taps Wednesday. The original Wolf Among Weeds was the first release in Golden Road's "Custom IPA" series, and when it was released in August 2012, "The Wolf" became a fan favorite for the Atwater brewery. The beer had an intense hop aroma and the rich malty body needed to support all those hops, but the Golden Road crew wasn't happy to leave the formulation alone.
May 19, 2012 |
When brewers play around with fruit flavorings, they generally go for loud ones like orange or apricot or some sort of berry, but the Quebec outfit Unibroue makes this seasonal ale with the innocent apple. Hop heads may want to leave the room; as its name indicates, this is a very delicate, almost evanescent brew, a million miles from IPA territory. It's a white ale brewed with the addition of Granny Smith apple juice, as mildly hopped as a lager. It pours very pale cloudy amber with a huge white head.
April 14, 2001
Exactly what are we to make of Soren Baker's assertion that the group OutKast "has constantly pushed hip-hop's stylistic envelope" by "including a harmonica" on one of its singles ("OutKast Proves It's No Johnny-Come-Lately," March 26)? Is it evidence of the genre's paucity of ideas (that such a move could be hailed as a bold creative stroke) or Baker's ignorance of pop music history? My guess is that, to justify hip-hop as a totally original music, Baker conveniently ignores all non-hip-hop antecedents in pop. Really, this this envelope was shredded years ago by Dylan, Lennon and Wonder, to say nothing of Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals.
October 24, 2010
I have been to more than 50 countries, and I'd suggest readers do the double-decker hop on/hop off bus tours. We found these available in major cities — Paris, London, Rome, Copenhagen (even stopped at all cruise terminals). I even took one in San Francisco and found out all sorts of great info I never knew, despite living there 27 years. All buses have tour guides or headsets in all languages. Many include a river cruise. Great spot from which to take photos too. Prices usually $20 to $35 per day Loretta Ferraro Indian Wells
January 30, 2013 |
Jurassic 5 called it quits in 2007, and if the hip-hop act's catalog isn't exactly old enough to be found encased in amber, there's been little noise on the group since its breakup. It's OK, for instance, to have been completely surprised to see Jurassic 5 near the top of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup released last week. The reunion -- or "rebirth" as DJ Nu-Mark is calling it -- is so new that Jurassic 5 has yet to even rehearse for its dates in the desert city of Indio.
February 9, 2012 |
It's a little hard to remember that Americans once merely tolerated hops. Sierra Nevada was one of the pioneers in teaching us to enjoy the flavor, and a few years ago it produced this hoppy extreme, brewed with the fresh herb, harvested just 24 hours earlier. The effect is a startling burst of hop flavor, almost dank with heady, resinous aroma. It's a seasonal brew, so it will go out of stock, but good news: Sierra Nevada will produce another Harvest Lager (Southern Hemisphere) in about six months.
December 20, 2012
Odd Future's ethic of rowdy, self-aware antagonism extends across genres and subcultures. The variety of its young misanthropic fans — skate rats, hip-hop heads, hipsters and some tweens who probably lied to their parents about their night-out plans — mirrors Odd Future's mashed-up style, with its rap-scene in-jokes and riffs on Internet troll culture. But its main event is a showcase for the charisma and skill that have kept Odd Future the most exciting hip-hop ensemble since Wu-Tang Clan stalked Staten Island's Shaolin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2008 |
To encourage commuters to leave their cars in the driveway, free one-day bus passes are being offered during "Dump the Pump" week, beginning Monday. Passes are available on the Orange County Transportation Authority's website, www.octa.net. The free pass gives residents an opportunity to hop on a bus as an alternative to using their vehicles, said OCTA Chairman Chris Norby. -- David Reyes