Los Angeles

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Album Review: Foxygen’s We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic


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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are songs that celebrate life instead of mourning love, and do so with aplomb.

The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871 by Scott Zesch

Book Review: The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871 by Scott Zesch


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As the 1860’s ended, the steadily growing numbers of Chinese immigrants led to fears that eventually their numbers would outstrip those of California’s white population. And the Chinese themselves became more “Americanized” in their response to insults, assaults and robbery attempts. As attacks by Anglos and Latinos escalated and as factional fighting grew in their own ranks, Chinese in California increasingly armed themselves with Colt 45s. Increasingly, they began to shoot back.

Concert Review: The Mountain Goats Celebrate Survival and Success in L.A.


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  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvkRW8OFMJ8&w=480&h=390] It’s good to be young, but let’s not kid ourselves It’s better to pass on through those years and come out the other side. -You Were Cool The El Rey Theater on Wilshire Blvd. in L.A. was the kind of large, ornate venue that you’d expect chamber […]

You Can Never Leave: L.A. Burnout Mixes


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What do you do when you get tired of the place you live in? When you can’t stand the idea of heading down road that gets you to your house one more time? When you’d rather just take a right for once. Do you move? Do you give up? Let’s say you’re in Demascus, Maryland. Then I’d say yes. I’d say yes, get out of there. Find another Safeway to forage in. Find another lawn to mow. But you can’t leave Los Angeles. You’ve learned that from the Eagles.

City of Fire By Robert Ellis


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There are red herrings aplenty, but once finished reading the novel I’m left with a sense of annoyance at these diversions, so often delightful necessities in other mysteries, but close to being filler in this one.