Saturday, May 30, 2009


Please excuse the depressing posts lately.

Let's get back to the spectacular sunsets. The golden country hues. Dirt roads and Downtown. And why this hill is the best in LA.

Sonic Youth "Beauty Lies In The Eye"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lovely Weekend Part Three

Didn't even notice this until Monday. Cowardly taggers even hit an innocent van. Just 'cause it was there. Same green paint. Same weak scrawling.

Umphrey's McGee "Get in the Van"
36 Mafia "Weak Ass Bitch"

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lovely Weekend Part Two

What an ugly way to wake up on a holiday morning. Big, gross, angry, no style, lame graffiti all over lower Montecito Dr. Not even worth showing it in color. As I drove farther up Montecito Dr. there was even more on some walls that don't usually get tagged. A couple of local residents were already painting over the graffiti. Big thanks to them and to anyone who regularly paints out the graffiti on the hill!

Vinyl "Gross Polluter"
X "Degenerate Boy"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lovely Weekend Part One

On a weekend where everyone should be bbq'ing with family and friends and remembering our fallen soldiers who fought for us, came a rash of angry ugly graffiti.

This poor house's garage on Griffin got it again Friday night. Just a couple days after they finally painted the garage door all nice again from the last tagging (see the Montyheights February '09 posts). Same Highland Park gang. Same garage hit as last time. Gizmo's fault.

So, as everyone knows, the local gang needs to "retaliate". Dboy and Wacko say to Gizmo "I see your green spray paint and I'll use my black spray paint. Take that!"

DJ D-Nice Mixtape "The Wackness"
The White Stripes "The Same Boy You've Always Known"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mic Check

Sidewalk curb off of Bernice Pl.

Dumpster off of Via Marisol

Someone's copying someone 'round town.

Beastie Boys "The Biz vs. The Nuge"
Derrick Morgan "The Great Musical Battle"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Lovely hill view through the pine trees around the lake.

Kids running around. Locals fishing. People walking dogs. Large families out for a hike. Folks out running and mountain biking. No exercising with makeup on. No pretention. No Runyon Canyon attitude.

Lovely Montecito Heights.

Delroy Wilson "You Bend My Love"
Wu-Tang Clan "Treez"

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Saw this junkyard driveway and wondered. Was it just a cleaning of the house or a moving day? Either way, it didn't take very long for the vultures to sniff it out. As a couple days later I saw the house again and, yep, a big tag went up and junk was sprawled out even more.

No big deal, you just buff it out, stuff some trashcans and stack your heap up a little better.

Now, we can all learn from this. Just clean yo crap right.

Sonic Youth "Junkie's Promise"
B-52's "Dance This Mess Around"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mota Sundaze

As most know, the annual Museums of the Arroyo Seco is this weekend on Sunday. You can get into 6 wonderful historical spots along the Arroyo Seco for free from 10-4pm. It is their 20th anniversary so go support it and check out more info here:

And it is strange, and very funny, that they continue to call this "MOTA day". Is there no one on the committee that knows what mota is slang for? In Spanish even! No one raised their hand and said maybe we should call it MOTAS day (S for Seco) or something else?

Or maybe they do know.

The Offspring "Mota"
Buck Washington "Save the Roach for Me"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


On these nice chilly foggy nights, it would be nice to soak in a warm hot tub. Maybe one under a tree. And with a great view.

U-Roy "King Tubby's On The Scene"
Roy Shirley "Warming Up The Scene"

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


First is was Lumer that needed to be freed. Now it is JxP that needs to be freed.

Call me crazy, but for some reason I think only Lumer should be free.

Sonic Youth "Jams Run Free"
White Stripes "The Same Boy You've Always Known"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Well that didn't take long.

The Rodriguez Market mural had been restored and cleaned up for almost 2 weeks before some scum uglied it up. Looking at the tags it looks like the Highland Park gang tagged it up and then the Aves had to scrawl over it.

They even defaced the bald eagles, and they look pissed about it. Fuckin' respect your hood. Damn.

Paquita La Del Barrio "Pierdeme El Respeto"
ABX "Punk Your Mind"

Monday, May 04, 2009


Who ya picking for the raddest bus on the hill? I am leaning towards the greenish bus just because of the cool dog that would watch over it. Although the brownish one would probably run smoother.

I would love to take either one for a trip up the coast. Stopping and surfing. Parking and hiking. Pulling over and camping. Up into Oregon. Thru Washington. Keep going into Canada. Then all the way back down and continue into Baja. That'd be the vida.

Bob Dylan "Drifter's Escape"
Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys "Life's Highway"