Monday, January 3, 2022

Hot Chicken, Hop Hippin': Best of 2021 Playlist

In no particular order, I've selected the favorite tracks from 2021's playlists for my 20th annual Choice Cuts end-of-year mix. Let the entire playlist play via YouTube above, or listen and watch each one below!

1. A Bee Without Its Sting — The Go! Team

2. How Not To Drown (feat. Robert Smith) — CHVRCHES

3. Be Sweet — Japanese Breakfast

4. Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) — MUNA

5. Heat Waves — Glass Animals

6. 4Runner — Rostam

7. Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix) — Tame Impala, Lil Yachty

8. Beggin' — MÃ¥neskin

9. Feel the Sunshine (feat. HIRIE) — Kolohe Kai

10. Meet Me At Our Spot (Live) — THE ANXIETY, WILLOW & Tyler Cole

11. Stop This Flame — Celeste

12. The Mission — Bakar

13. Record Player — Daisy the Great, AJR

14. Immune — Jensen McRae

15. Witchoo (feat. Aaron Frazer) — Durand Jones & The Indications

16. Fire for You — Cannons

17. Where Is My Mind? — Tkay Maidza

18. Like I Used To — Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen

19. Green Eyes — Arlo Parks

20. Peach — Future Islands

21. that's what i want — Lil Nas X

22. simple times — Kacey Musgraves

23. Bagsy Not In Net — The 1975

Monday, December 6, 2021

'Banksy: Genius or Vandal' Explores the Work of the Reclusive Artist


The boys -- and in particular, Nathan -- have been intrigued with the idea of mysterious street artist Banksy since we first visited Park City (where some of Bansky's work can still be found). And then, of course, they loved the mischievous act of destroying a copy of "Girl with Balloon" via remote-control shredder at a Sotheby's auction. So when I saw this touring exhibit would be in L.A., I decided to splurge and see what it was all about. Here's how the exhibit is described: "Banksy: Genius or Vandal is a one-of-a-kind exhibition in Los Angeles. Jump into the world of the celebrated master of the streets with over 80 genuine and certified artworks from private collections, and view street art like never before. It is brought to you by the organizers of a collection of widely successful exhibitions present in cities across Europe, Asia and the Americas." For what it's worth, I do feel I learned a lot more about Banksy, and in particular his political activism. And the kids now are even more intrigued by Banksy's dystopian take on a theme park, Dismaland. Below, more pics from our visit:

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2021 Recap: For the 16th Edition, We Retraced the Steps of Los Pobladores

A year after being socially distanced, the Great Los Angeles Walk was back in person this year, in time to try something different: In honor of Los Angeles' 240th birthday, we decided to retrace the short journey of Los Angeles' first settlers -- Los Pobladores -- from the San Gabriel Mission to downtown L.A.

We weren't sure who might show up, but the attendance was strong, as a hundreds joined us in San Gabriel for the 16th edition of The Great Los Angeles Walk on Saturday, Nov. 20. We hiked through Alhambra, and the El Sereno, stopping at spots including the Ming Ya Buddhist Association and exploring Lincoln Park. We later passed by Los Angeles County General Hospital, and the coroners office, hiked over the Los Angeles River and past Union Station, walking through Chinatown and Olvera Street before moving on to Grand Park, Spring St., Broadway, Grand Ave. and ending for a photo in front of Angels Flight. From there, some moved on to celebrate at Grand Central Market

This year's Walk eschewed our normal downtown-to-the-ocean route to try something a bit different. After a brief gathering at the San Gabriel Mission -- now being renovated after a 2020 fire -- we walked nine miles to Los Angeles' Pueblo and Olvera Street, followed by an afternoon traveling through downtown and adding on around four more miles.

Thanks to everyone who made all of the trek, some of it, or even just helped give rides to their friends. Here are some highlights from the day: