When it comes to modern rock (particularly “Indie Rock”), it all sounds the same to me. Whether it’s Fleet Foxes’ bearded folk warbles or Bon Iver’s teary layered vocal tricks or anything by Sufjan Stevens, I find them all to sound the same: I don’t get the hook and I can barely discern one from the other. I just call this new genre Whiney White Guy Rock because that’s all I think as I listen to it. It is not bad music, no, but it’s just not a cup of tea I enjoy drinking. I know nothing about the band Local Natives save for that they are Silver Lake based and are a recent ~*~bUzZeD~*~ about rock band that someone told me, “Hey, check them out!” The rock act released a new album recently titled Hummingbird, an eleven track sophomore album that shows a new LA evolution of the Whiney White Guy Rock (WWGR) canon.
Hey, guys! We’re going to be electing a new mayor on May 21, 2013 and, on March 5, we’ll be picking the primary elections. Los Angeles will say goodbye to Antonio Villaraigosa and hello to someone new–and that is a big deal. Last night, five of the top candidates sat down with KPCC’s Larry Mantle for a debate. How did they do? You can watch for yourself after the jump along with a little recap.
This week has been a little too annoyingly crisp for us. It’s not unbearable but, you know, it’s not the sunny mid-to-high seventies weather we were enjoying in LA last week and most weeks so, yes, we are bummed about that. Whatever: it’s Winter! At some points it should feel *a little bit* cold. Reflecting on Southern California Winters and Saturday’s upcoming event, we turned to Auroraborealis artist Justin Kritemeyer and the National Forest team to hear their thoughts on LA Winters, “rainbow energy,” LA icons, tacos, and–of course–Saturday. Here’s what they had to say…
We got a tip a few weeks ago from a reader sharing the work of Angeleno photographer Shaina Kasanoff with the note that her Wither And Return series uses lighting in the style of Carvaggio. We thought, sure, that could be possible and perused her photos to find we didn’t quite see it. Her work is darkly golden and beautiful–but that connection: is it there? After a little Google Image referencing and a brief study of the Carvaggio light, you do in fact see that Kasanoff is able to capture this painterly style in look and light from a young, playful point of view.
Saturday is coming quickly. Ahh! Can you believe it? We can’t! We’ve been working on this party for nearly two months and it is finally almost here. So exciting! We know a handful (Just a handful, correct?) of you guys are not going to be able to make the event so we wanted to share a little cocktail recipe inspired by the event that you can sip at home or far away from Los Angeles, wishing you were here. We call it The Auoraborealis and it is a spicy cool Winter cocktail.