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Melissa's Playlist 08.01.07

courtesy of Junior Boys

Due to copyright issues some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.

New Chile

Chile is moving beyond its reputation as both the world’s leading supplier of cheap wine and top imitator of Bordeaux. Thanks to its coastal location on the Pacific, Chile gets a lot of cool ocean influence, just like California. Intrepid vineyardists are pioneering out into these coastal locations to bring us a whole new style of wine for Chile and classic “cooler climate” grapes like Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer.

The Cheesecake Factory: The Place to Be

Although I’m a big fan of the drink, I usually defer coverage of this category to Jordan Mackay. But when I was asked to judge a sparkling Shiraz cocktail competition last week, sponsored by Hardy’s and hosted by Rye (because Jordan was busy moving), I decided, What the hell—I know what tastes good.

In the Midnight Hour

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles-based Midnight Movies brought their brand of dark psychedelia to Mezzanine on Saturday, July 21. PJ Harvey-inspired rock trio Nico Vega and hip-hop artist the Gray Kid opened the show.


The Birds and Bees

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles jazzy synth-pop group the Bird and the Bee wowed the crowd at the Independent on Sunday, July 19.


Lighting Up

Courtesy of Porchlight

Jam Tarts and Sticky Buns? Not Here

photography by

Greetings and welcome to another pants-down, brand-spanking new blog posting.

Tea, jam tarts and sticky buns? Not at this street fair.

No little old ladies, no crafts or bric-a-brac for sale. However, at Dore Alley, there were hot dogs and burgers on offer along with beer, cocktails and more. There was also a spanking booth, a dildo store and dance floor, all within walking distance of each other. I did try out the dance floor.

I Fell in Love with an Astronaut at Daft Punk

courtesy of Daft Punk

Daft Punk, the Rapture, DJs Sebastian and Kavinsky
Friday, July 27, at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley

Friday night Daft Punk saved my life. But we’ll get to that.

Who Needs Bottled Water?

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I dread it when I go out to eat, and the server asks: “Bottled or tap?” I always go for tap, but then feel like a second-class citizen, like riff-raff, like maybe I belong at the burger joint down the street instead. But when classy restaurants such as Chez Panisse, Incanto, Poggio, Nopa and Bushi-Tei are taking bottled water off of their menus, I can say “tap!” with gusto.

Back from Hiatus with a Pelvic Thrust …

courtsey of the Chateau Marmont

Plus, Remembering The Genius Of Laszlo Kovacs!

And we’re back …
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