Angelenos are known for their obsessions with celebs and without a doubt, one of the hottest trees on the landscape today is “El Pino Famoso,” also known (because its fame is implicit) as “El Pino.” On my way to breakfast at El Mercado de Los Angeles in Boyle Heights this morning, I caught up with … Continue reading Those Useless Trees – El Pino Famoso
Month: October 2015
Brightwell’s Top 10: 1972
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog In 1857, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his invention for recording sound, the phonautograph. Twenty years later, in 1877, someone first realized that his phonautograms could also play back recorded music. It was the same year, coincidentally, that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and thus the age of recorded music began. In 2015, former Amoebite Matthew … Continue reading Brightwell’s Top 10: 1972
Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Kogal
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog Even disregarding the sense having to do with bacteria, there are many definitions of "subculture." The longest that I've found is that of the The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition: A group within a society that has its own shared set of customs, … Continue reading Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Kogal
One Album Wonders: V.A.N.
The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog V.A.N. - Out in the Rain (1992) V.A.N. were a short-lived "melodic hard rock" band from Germany who released just one album in 1992, Out of the Rain. I have no idea what the acronym "V.A.N." stands for. It's not derived by the names of the band's … Continue reading One Album Wonders: V.A.N.