December 2003

New Year's, Sammy's on the Bowery, 1943
© The Weegee Collection
Scan courtesy of Masters of Photography

Wanted to pass my sincerest wishes to all of the Barflies friends and family for a joyous and prosperous 2004. Be good tonight! As for resolutions, I plan to spend New Year's Day organizing the pile of filing that has been gathering on my desk for the past nine months (ugh). If I can accomplish that, I'll be feeling resolute enough! Anyone else have any resolutions for the New Year?

Ten Best Films of 2003?

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Don't laugh. I know, I see about one film a year. For my one movie of 2003, I will see "The Return of the King" sometime in Jan. 2004 when my brother gets back from vacation. My lack of movie viewing is my great pop cultural shame.

For this reason, I refer to Lauren's film reviews, found on this blog and on the magazine, and to's reviews. Today, recommends:

The 10 best movies of 2003

From the eccentric, intimate "Lost in Translation" to the epic nobility of "Return of the King" to the rough-hewn affirmation of "In America," Salon critics Stephanie Zacharek, Charles Taylor and Andrew O'Hehir list 2003's best films.

"Lost in Translation"
"In America"
"A Mighty Wind"
"American Splendor"
"Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"
"To Be and to Have"
"School of Rock"
"Masked and Anonymous"

Do you agree or disagree with their list? What about "Migrations?"

December 26th Film Releases

Sorry for the delay. The holidays ran away with my Thursday and I'm just now catching up. But don't worry, I paid for my tardiness in spades by seeing the worst movie of the year - Paycheck. Don't ask me how I wound up there, but let's just say that my friend's movie picking privileges have been revoked. Possibly for good.

1) Cold Mountain
2) Monster
3) Big Fish

Runner Up: Japanese Story
Made me want to puke: Paycheck

New Year's Eve in Southern California

New Year's Eve 2004

The big night is only one week from tonight, what should you do for New Year's Eve 2003 in SoCal? Yes, Wed. Dec. 31, 2003.... Here is the scoop:

Deke Dickerson and the Eccophonics, Vicky Tafoya, Moonlight Cruisers @ Doll Hut, 714-533-1286

Detroit Cobras, The Starlite Desperation, Peelander-Z @ Spaceland, 213-833-2843

Dragons, FuriousIV, Sin Sin 77 @ Casbah, 619-232-4355

Fishbone, Aggrolites @ Fais Do-Do, 323.954.8080

Flock of Goo Goo, Johnny Stab and the Stab Stab Stabs - New Wave Prom* Promo Photos, Fun and great music! @ Alex's Bar, 562-434-8292

James Intveld @ Blue Cafe, 562-983-7111

The Reverend Horton Heat, The Deadbillys @ The Majestic Ventura Concert Theatre, 805-653-0721

Royal Crown Revue @ Viper Room, 310-358-1880

Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums @ The Derby, 323-663-8979

The Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Ants Invasion @ Knitting Factory, 323-463-0204

Truly Lover Trio @ Purple Orchid, 310-384-3686

*Yours truly - Ms. Jen and DJ Wanda will be the Prom Photographer's at Alex's Bar for New Wave Prom. Come on down and join us!

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December 19th Film Releases


Here it is D&D players! The climax you've been waiting three years to have has finally arrived! Next time just hire a hooker and get it over with. It will cost you a little more than $10, but does take a lot less time out of your day. Just think of how productive you could be. It boggles the mind.

Best $10 Candidates
1) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2) Mona Lisa Smile
3) House of Sand and Fog

AXF: The Dypsomaniaxe

I'm feeling random today, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite bands with you: The Dypsomaniaxe.


I don't believe they have an official website, or are even still around (I'd love to be proven wrong!), but they sure kick ASS!! Check out Ameoba or some other indie place like Nervous Record's online store to get your hands on a copy of this British all-girl psychobilly band's full length, "One Too Many." You won't be disappointed.

Enjoy. :)

<3 AXF

What a Crappy CD!

An amusing music industry parody site just in time for holiday gift giving.

The Adolescents

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Orange County's #1 band, The Adolescents, will be playing a two night stint at Alex's Bar tongiht and tomorrow night. Here are the line-ups for both nights:

Fri. Dec. 12, 2003 - Adolescents, Speedealer, Pistol Grip, Drive by Smile, Supagroup - doors at 8pm.
Sat. Dec. 13, 2003 - Adolescents, The Crowd, The Stitches

For a good introduction to The Adolescents read Kevin Hillskemper's Tag-Along Adolescent.

And finally the OC Weekly's This Week....

This Week In Punk Pedigree - The Adolescents

Recently voted the No. 1 OC band of all-time by the Weeklyís writers and contributors, Fullertonís Adolescents are not only responsible for one of the most attention-grabbing standout debut albums in the history of punk, but theyíve also become the default, knee-jerk answer to the oft-repeated, mantra-like statement "Nothing good ever comes out of Orange County."

Donít think they donít share a similar view, either: if thereís any negative aspect of OC life that didnít get skewered on their self-titled debut, rest assured it was singled out in "O.C. Life" ("714 imbedded in your brain/Designer jeans and malls are all youíll ever have to gain"), the standout song from lead guitarist Rikk Agnewís subsequent solo album, All By Myself.

Subsequent lineups and releases may not have lived up to the Adolescentsí debut, but that doesnít mean the band was overshadowed by anything else released at the time. And considering their sizable influence and pedigree (members formed or were founding members of D.I., Christian Death, 22 Jacks and Joyride, among others), itís all the more impressive the bandís "classic" lineup (minus drummer Casey Royer) has recently begun playing reunion shows, sounding great, if not better, than the bandís early gigs. There are two back-to-back shows at Alexís Bar this weekend, but if you must choose between the two, go Saturday, when the Crowd and the Stitches open.

The Adolescents play Alexís Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434-8292. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $10. 21+.

‚àö‚â•Warren Binder

A Very Petty Booka Xmas


Cute Japanese punk rock go-go cowgirls on the ukulele? What more could you ask for for Christmas? Petty Booka hits the west coast this month to spread a little holiday cheer. Hit up their website for dates/locations.

Oddly Gifted

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From the LA Times:

By Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer

Don't insult your loved ones by giving them iPods, espresso machines or other lame holiday gifts. Use our handy shopping guide to ferret out this year's essential under-the-tree treats.

Moby-Dick: The action-figure industry continues to boom. The lineup of bendable dolls includes Sigmund Freud, Jesus, Ben Franklin, Cleopatra, Moses, a librarian, a coffee barista and Pope Innocent III, to name a few. But they all pale in comparison (figuratively speaking) with Dick, the Albino Bowler Action Figure. Sporting a large white Afro and a push-button-activated white bowling ball, he sells for $8.95 at .

Napa Big Gulp: At last, a wineglass big enough to hold an entire bottle of vino ‚àö‚â• so you can truthfully say "I only had one glass, officer." Stands nearly 13 inches tall. The Big Bold Red Glass is available for $99.95 at . A knockoff version goes for $13 at Britain's .

December 12th Film Releases

Hear any good pedophile jokes lately? Well, if they're not about Michael Jackson then they must be about the Catholic priesthood. (Don't worry; we Jews have the market cornered on guilt and mothers) On that note, let's get into this week's film recommendations- the Papacy, art, and love slightly past its prime.

1) The Statement
2) Girl with the Pearl Earring
3) Something's Got to Give

Blogging at Work? It's a Good Thing!

The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Networking
Darwin (11/03) ; Boyd, Stowe

A Working Model managing director Stowe Boyd admits that he is "a strongly biased advocate" for social networking, and has no reservations about investors pouring early-stage capital into social networks. He says the Internet can deepen social networking--people's tendency to cluster into groups, exchange information and contacts, and hasten toward their personal objectives via interaction. The uptake of social networking solutions is being spurred by their promise of determining the optimal or fastest route to another person, whether one is selling something or simply looking to increase one's contacts. Boyd says the practical applications of social networking solutions face a number of hurdles, chief among them a lack of critical mass; a dearth of awareness about social networking's benefits is also a major hindrance, though Boyd thinks that rising startup budgets and extensive media coverage will soon overcome that obstacle. Social networking's "viral" bottom-up nature also works in its favor, but Boyd writes that a shortage of social network compatibility has resulted in a fragmented, patchwork market of myriad social networking solutions. Boyd argues, "We are stuck at the Beta-versus-VHS fork in the road, where some company (or a few at the most) will break out of the pack...and establish a de facto standard for social networking." Key to the adoption of social networking solutions is clear proof that they offer solid business payback, in comparison to their real-world counterparts. Boyd concludes that the last obstacle in the way of social networking products is their design as standalone systems that are isolated from information technologies businesses are already employing to manage business relationships or relationship-connected data.
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AXF: fly away heart

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'our deepest feelings never take wing for they live in words unspoken'

<3 AXF

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p.s. current music: Dimmu Borgir - Master of Disharmony

Mooneyes Xmas Show 2003


Sat, December 13, 2003
STAR - Sherrif's Academy
11515 Colima
Whittier, CA 90605

Goofy Foots - 10:30AM
Hot Rod Trio - 12:00AM
Dynotones - 1:30PM

Copyright Laws vs. Public Domain

Copywrong - Copyright laws are stifling art, but the public domain can save us

Artists steal. It's a well-known fact. Blues musicians built upon the tradition of other blues musicians playing on the same circuit, and rock musicians built upon their music in turn, sometimes appropriating wholesale their songs and styles. Writers, it's been said, choose from a limited number of plots and write the same story over and over, just tweaking the details. Nothing is entirely original, yet artists make original work out of the culture they're immersed in.

"Ain't nothing new under the sun," says rapper Phonte of emerging Durham hip-hop group Little Brother. "Everything's been done before. For the most part, in every art form, every innovation comes out of some form of imitation."

But culture as we know it is increasingly bound up in the very laws that are supposed to nurture it. Copyright law has gone from promoting creativity to hindering artistic expression, thanks in part to the efforts of a few giant corporations that are sitting on billions of dollars worth of intellectual property.

Heidi's Night of Beauty at the Viper Room

This Tuesday night, Dec. 9, 2003, the fabulous Ms. Heidi is holding her Heidi's Night of Beauty at the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

Here is Heidi's announcement:

Please come celebrate Heidiís Night of Beauty at our new home The Viper Room Tuesday 12.09 for a spectacular night of Beauty, Boys, & Shooting Stars

All your HNOB faves‚àö‚â• make-overs, martini-manicure special (The fab manicurist does eyebrow threading too), & Sherry the Hair Babe. Guest make-up artist Bella Beretta will fix your face, then rock your world with a dazzling burlesque performance fresh from Tease-O-Rama. Double dose of FREE TREATS courtesy of Urban Decay & Air Craft Cosmetics.

HNOB beauty stations will run from 7:30-9:30pm. Admission is free until 9pm w/the HNOB invite‚àö‚â• so only forward to the worthy. Phantom Planet will hit at 10pm

Yours in beauty,

Heidi :)

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The Rock & Roll Library

While surfing the 'net today, I found the Rock & Roll Library website.

The Rock & Roll Library (RRL) is a non-profit organization working to build the world's largest music information archive while promoting the use of popular music in education.

The unique mission of the RRL is to distinctly recognize the historical and cultural significance of popular music. Our education vision weaves popular music and culture into the fabric of educational curriculum.

December 5th Film Releases

Are you sure its Oscar season? Are you certain the holidays are almost upon us? I have my doubts. The reason for these doubts, you may ask, there are only four movies being released this week. This makes my job a whole lot easier, but it gives me a heavy heart in the process.
Where are you, good-movies? I know you're out there, but where?
(If you are a studio publicist or independent filmmaker with a film about to come out which is getting no press, e-mail me and I'll see what I can do.)
(If you are a studio publicist or independent filmmaker with a movie that you would actually like me to SEE before I review it, e-mail me and I'll see what I can do.)

$10 Candidates:
1) Last Samurai
2) The Two Towers
3) What Alice Found

Fashion Goes Electric

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Scheduled to hit the market before the end of the year, the No-Contact Jacket for Women is a joint effort of MIT industrial designer Adam Whiton and Yolita Nugent of Advanced Research Apparel. Delivering an 80,000 volt shock, the jacket is as fashionable as it is functional. The inital cost - around $1,000 - could cause some sticker shock, although mass-production would lower the cost significantly. I have carried a stun gun for several years and have often been irritated by it's bulkyness and un-ergonomic design (as a result of the larger charge - 250,000volts - it's about twice the size of most stun guns). Maybe I'll add this baby to my Christmas list this year... :-)