For even the vaguest of techno, synth-pop, and post-New Wave/Dark Wave fans, 2010′s Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One was a much needed entry into a world of music very much forgotten. Resurrected by Veronica Vasicka, the founder of Minimal Wave, and Los Angeles’ Peanut Butter Wolf, they gave listeners a glimpse into these crazy bands–like Linear Movement, Autumn, and Deux–who were creating these sexy, synthy, minimal futuristic sounds in the early to mid-eighties that no one seemed to have noticed. Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One was a critical success for fans aware of the genres and very recently the fans have awoken again to a new release: The Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume Two.
Rocket Fizz is a California institution, one of those novelty shops you stop into while in Pasadena or Westwood to just see what they have. You never actually buy any of their sodas because they’re just too weird and seem like they are going to make all of your teeth fall out from too much sugar. A few weeks back we stopped into the Westwood location and grabbed a few drinks that seemed interesting, dare we even say good. Much like the nervousness we had to drink Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water, we swallowed our fears and tried six strange ass sodas for you all to know which you should get and which you shouldn’t get because the sodas at Rocket Fizz are the liquid equivalent of Jelly Bellys.
Driving down Beverly West of Fairfax, you may have seen some new faces have popped up. There’s a new JR across from Bao and the West Elm across from King’s Road Cafe and Cooks County across from Swingers in addition to all the fancy homeware stores. Cooks County is the newest entry, filling in as the replacement to Bistro LQ. It opened up this past Autumn and, in addition to BLD, Short Order, Playa, Terroni, Jar, Animal, and one or two others just blocks away, you can bet that the Mid-City Beverly Corridor is where you need to be eating.
There are a lot of dog friends in Los Angeles who have terrific lives and get to go to hiking everyday and get to go to parks and have play dates and do things that dogs dream of being able to do. It’s great to be able to do that, especially in Los Angeles, which is a perfect city for dogs (even though the sidewalks can be a little too hot for my paws). But, there are a lot of dogs who need help, a lot of dogs that are homeless and have no idea how to change things. They’re scared, they’re helpless, they’re confused, and they don’t know what to do. A new
dogdocumentary is sharing these stories, the stories of dogs in South Los Angeles who need our help: Street Dogs of South Central.
Last Saturday we braved the rain for the Pentax event at A+R. Realizing that we wanted lunch after the event, we decided to try out Gjelina, one of the most notable (from critics and friends alike) places to eat in Abbott Kinney.