nothing in here is true

  1. Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    yes theres homelessness in LA 

    silver lake

    the other day someone took this picture of two young ladies taking a picture in front of dangerbird records

    next to, what appears to be a homeless guy, sleeping on the street.

    ive lived near this very spot for over 15 years and theres a few things about this picture

    1. even though there has been an influx of homeless encampments in East Hollywood / Silver Lake / Los Feliz over the last few years I have not seen many homeless ppl sleeping on Sunset in the middle of the day like this, which doesnt mean it doesn’t happen, i just havent seen it.
    2. i see people posing in front of that stupid sign all the time even though it doesnt make sense – it doesnt say pose for pictures it says think about them.
    3. yoga pants are amazing, thanks obama
    4. hats off to anyone who doesnt buy Nikes

    LA has a bizarre relationship with homelessness. Santa Monica and DTLA pretty much let homeless people set up camp anywhere they want. Hollywood is doing the same. every now and then some muckity muck will raise an eyebrow and make a phone call and the people are shown the way out but theres an underpass on Alvarado beneath the 101, theres an underpass in Frog Town and there are overpasses overlooking the 110 where you see tents after tents after tents.

    and yet when kind-hearted souls built little houses for the homeless to sleep in, the city took them away citing safety issues as a tent on top of a damn freeway isn’t unsafe.

    i dont have any answers for homelessness in LA other than to put these people in abandoned buildings in downtown and provide job training, mental health support, food and love. if we can build billion dollar sports palaces we can buy unused buildings for americans who have fallen on hard times – many of whom are veterans.

    but we can’t just shuffle our feet and hope someone else comes up with a better plan because they never do.

  2. Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    the silver lake drug store is closing 

    drug storeand they didnt even ask me first.

    its on the corner of silver lake blvd and sunset.

    the Silversun Pickups named themselves after that corner right before they decided to copy Smashing Pumpkins.

    Tsar played next door at the Silverlake Lounge, as did the Grates and Those Darlins on my birthday.

    across the street there used to be a bad burger and pastrami joint which got bought by the dude who delivered a pizza at the Oscars

    he of course turned it into a wood fire pizza place called Wood but ive never seen one person in it ever except for the employees

    who look at each other and at the drug store and then at the ground.

    to the west is Silver Lake Ramen because the rule of that corner is you have to have the most obvious and dull names for your ish

    but the ramen place is good and packed and the hipsters cant get enough which is why sass and i were there the other day.

    little known fact about Sass, when she cries, it’s little tears that taste just like ramen

    tell her about a puppy who lost its way home and had to take a cab

    but when he got home the cabbie wouldnt accept his american express card

    so the puppy said oh my bad, and handed over a Visa

    but the cabbie said my credit machine no work: broken!

    and the puppy said i got no cash bro

    so the cabbie turned around and drove the dog back to where he picked him up.

    that’ll make sass cry.

    and closing a drug store with a huge sign that says Drugs will make me weep.

    but my tears taste like victory.

  3. Thursday, February 14, 2013

    i once had a girlfriend break up with me because we lived too far away 

    awesome welcome mat

    but it was even more pathetic than you think

    she lived on one side of hollywood and i live on the other.

    she would get super frustrated by how long it would take to get to my house

    so when this couple (where the lady lives in Santa Monica, and the dude lives in Silver Lake)

    say they only see each other on the weekends…

    Continue reading “i once had a girlfriend break up with me because we lived too far away”

  4. Tuesday, August 23, 2011
  5. Sunday, August 7, 2011

    to celebrate elliott smith’s birthday 

    near los feliz

    some nice people painted over all the graffiti that had overrun the tribute to the local singer who killed himself eight years ago

    celebrate his birthday

    fans have already begun scrawling sweet little notes to the musician who poetically stabbed himself in the heart twice with no hesitation wounds

    someone even put a votive underneath the new stencil of mr smith who would have been 42 years old yesterday.

    although this wall is in silver lake, the location used for the cover of his record Figure 8,

    smith died several miles east in neighboring echo park.

    some think his girlfriend was involved.

  6. Sunday, March 20, 2011

    running in the rain 

    this was the scene this morning on sunset blvd a few miles from my house as i snoozed away listening to the delightful raindrops plopping outside

    the la marathon had some of its fastest times thanks to the mild temps and rainy conditions

    runners told the tv reporters that they were only cold when they stood still to talk, ahem.

    the male winner got $125k and a honda
    the female winner got $25k and a honda

    both were from africa and their english was as good as the weather.

    im still reading xTx’s book, so shhhh. its engrossing, sexy, and way more intense than i was prepared for.

    video: the eastsider la

  7. Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    R.I.P. Spaceland 

    One of LA’s premiere places to experience live music, especially up n coming new alternative bands, is changing its name and moving away.

    Spaceland, the Silver Lake mainstay that helped launched the likes of Beck, Silversun Pickups, Arcade Fire, Eliot Smith, and Tsar, is ending its longrunning partnership with the owner of the former strip club, changing its name and moving – possibly to Downtown LA.

    “It just reached a point where it was time for us to move on,” Promoter Mitchell Frank said in a written statement. “We’ve had some incredible musical moments here; people met, fell in love, started life-long friendships, but it’s just time for a change.”

    The nondescript club on Silver Lake Blvd. was so cool and cozy and perfect that big named groups would often play there for special events. Bands like Weezer and The Foo Fighters had the hipsters lined up around to jam into the 250 capacity club.

    But the best shows were seeing a band new band hit the stage and break through to the next level, and often Spaceland was the stage where the magic would happen.

    The new club will play electronica.

    I weep for those who never had the chance to see Spaceland the way I did. But maybe they will be better off for it will be damn near impossible to replicate that very special LA landmark.