Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

VIDEO – Dave Brubeck’s Magic Carpet Ride

In Los Angeles, even jazz legends on flying carpets get traffic tickets.

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htbaJFEAXQ[/youtube]

In this video, the Dave Brubeck Quartet is shown riding a magic carpet over an L.A. freeway while performing Blue Rondo A la Turk. This performance was a segment on the Vic Damone-hosted variety television show The Lively Ones and aired July 25, 1962.


VIDEO – How to Fix California

Next time someone tells you Northern Californians are smarter than Southern Californians, just quietly nod and then send them this video. I came across it a few days ago and wasn’t going to post it here… but frankly, I keep finding myself watching it. Honestly, this girl is just too dang adorable to keep to myself. She just wants to help, y’all!!! [youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxe_kwc8klw[/youtube]


FOCUS – Me-Tagging the LA River

Chicano artist Leo Limón has been painting the drains of the Los Angeles River for twenty years. In this interview from 2005, he explains what he calls “me-tagging.”
[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0gSI6r16dA[/youtube]
Leo Limón
‘s activities date back to the very formative years of the Chicano Art Movement and his work reflects the vision, aspirations and images of his surroundings and roots. For 30 plus years he has being painting the Los Angeles River Cat faces on the storm-drain covers and is involved with groups whose efforts are to revive the river as a historic region, cultural arts enclave and tourist destination.”


VIDEO – LAPD’s Notorious Evidence Vault

[googlevideo width=”590″ height=”420″]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8376199523322794642[/googlevideo]

“The three floors near the top of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building in downtown Los Angeles, domain of the district attorney’s office, house a cache of mementos, evidence from prominent trials and even artwork... Two floors below is a locked walk-in closet officially known as the Historical Vault. It’s the repository for evidence collected in some of the county’s most infamous cases, many of which have been the subjects of books and movies.  (more…)


MATINEE – Simon Rodia & The Watts Towers

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9njXNZuASi0[/youtube] rodiaTHE TOWERS (1957; 12 minutes) is a documentary about Simon Rodia (1879-1965) building the Watts Towers.

Details: Born near the Naples, Italy, Simon Rodia emigrated to Pennsylvania at 15. When his brother was killed in a mining accident, Simon moved to the West Coast and eventually settled in Watts in the early 1920s. He began creating the towers in 1921 and finished in 1948. Seven years later, frustrated by vandalism and disputes with his neighbors, he suddenly gave the property to neighbor Luis Sauceda and walked away. He was 75 years of age.

Simon Rodia lived in Martinez, California until his death in 1965. He never viewed his Towers again. (more…)


NSFW – George Putnam: Intrepid LA Newsman, Hater of Smut Peddlers

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl2VrPhQBfE[/youtube]I was gonna take a day off but then an emergency came up:  late Los Angeles news icon and Hal Fishman rival George Putnam got me all worked up about “the wild flagrant abuses of the god-given gift of sex.” It’s enough to make a decent home-spun girl-next-door like me just pig biting mad!

In today’s featured flashback video (Perversions For Profit, 1965) George Putnam excitedly exposed himself as a soldier against the sex-mad degeneration of America. This highly informative and visually titillating little “scare” film was funded by financier Charles Keating – yes, that Charles Keating – and sure, George sounded strangely turned on throughout this whole film, but could you blame him? He passionately wanted to save America from depravity… but his hot descriptions of perversion, sexy “censored” images and details of massive profit sure made it all sound even more exciting and attractive! Va va vooom! A few decades later, his adopted homeland became the porn capital of the world. Sigh. Poor George. Score one for the Devil.

Interested in resurrecting George’s battle against the plague of filth in 2009? His handy moral guidelines are listed after the jump (along with part two of the video). They seem to be a lot of work though. An easier way to keep your halo intact would probably be just to poke out your eyeballs since according to George, very few blind people join nudist colonies. No eyeballs = no perversions! Problem solved!

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GLORY DAYS – Sheriffs Love LA!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ii4G_rowOw[/youtube] Once upon a time, in a land not far away at all, existed a magical paradise a land filled with the sexiest weather in the world, beautiful and witty people, strange languages and edgy, rockin’ kids that never had to grow up… a place so inherently charming that even the prostitutes and lawyers were *totally* adorable.

Yep, once upon a time, being an Angeleno was such a source of pride that even our civil servants were all-smiles… as documented in this (sadly poor quality) recruitment video for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Believe it or not, I actually remember seeing this promo aired on regular tv and I was in awe of it even then. So for a moment, let’s embrace our carefree glory days… back when criminals were just harmless middle-aged crazy-haired punks and successful CPR on a child only took one breath. And be sure to keep your eye open for the quick Michael Landon cameo. Also featured: long-time County Sheriff Sherman Block, a man who almost kept the job posthumously, even managing to cast an absentee ballot for himself as he died. Now *that’s* dedication.

As for those of you who think this video was a bad representation of the Sheriffs Department? Well, they’ve had worse.


RIP – Local Legend Bob Mitchell, 96

UPDATED 7/12/09:
Something about Bob I didn’t know… he was also the first organist for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nice little blurb about it here.

UPDATED 7/9/09:
A funeral Mass for Bob Mitchell will be Friday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m.
at Christ the King Catholic Church, 624 N. Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles 90004 Map Website.
Interment will follow at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038 Map Website.

A Tribute to Bob Mitchell A memorial noonday concert will take place at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. (at 6th St.), on Thursday, August 13, at 12:10 p.m. Several organists will participate in this program and admission is free to all. More

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BOB MITCHELL Silent Film Organist

October 12, 1912 – July 4, 2009

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, FOLKS!

This is hands down the best Fourth of July video I could find for you. Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here soon, once I’m out of my Dorito coma…
[dailymotion]http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbt8l_spike-jones-im-a-yankee-doodle-dand_fun[/dailymotion]













Update: hard to believe, but an even better video has been called to my attention. Enjoy.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDA9NbPAK8o[/youtube]


LOCAL – The Crazy Robertson

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhJJauyvxXQ[/youtube] I’ve been learning surprising new things every single day since I created this site. I now know that there’s a catfish pond on La Cienega and a secret DMV, for example! But today’s revelation has blown me away.

Right after I moved back into town last August, I was walking down Robertson and pondered aloud to a friend, “I wonder what ever happened to the homeless guy who used to roller disco on this corner…” Prior to moving away, I had eaten many a weekend breakfast while watching this long-limbed man in spandex dancing spastically to a boombox… the corner seemed so empty and sad without him on it. My friends and I always commented on his groovy dance routines (while wondering aloud how anyone could possibly bear to exercise in the Santa Ana sun while wearing so much tight black clothing), and I’ll admit I felt a pang of remorse to consider I might never have his sweet moves to go with my pancakes ever again. Fearful that the man’s story of homelessness and mental issues may have ended in the worst way, I tried not to dwell on it. But the thing is, I’m a dweller. I *had* to know the answer of what happened to him. So today I turned to Google to research the fate of my mystery homeless dance king.

There was no possibly way on Earth to expect what I found… it appears that John Wesley Jermien (AKA “Crazy Robertson“) apparently became a hipster fashion icon while I was away.

WAIT… WHAT??!?

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FLASHBACK – The Los Angeles Mod Scene

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG_PxWqH0oY[/youtube] “CLEAN LIVING UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES”

Here’s today’s fun little flashback: a local news report on the California mod scene of the 1980s. Ahhh, Chuck Henry and Johnny Mountain were so hep.


HISTORY – The Hollywood Canteen

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aDrPsbLwuY[/youtube] The Hollywood Canteen existed at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood between October 3, 1942 and Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1945

With Steven Colbert’s recent adoption as USO mascot, I thought it might be timely to revisit one of Hollywood’s biggest efforts to bond with our nation’s soldiers.

Throughout World War II, Americans were very much in the habit of making hospital visits, putting on shows at military bases, and serving doughnuts and hot coffee in canteens in an effort to boost the spirits of enlisted men. As many of them were enlisted themselves, the biggest stars of stage and screen were very much involved in the morale building as well. On American soil, the goal was set to give the servicemen an option to come to the celebrities instead of vice versa… and that was how The Stage Door Canteen Nightclub (located at the 44th Street Theater in Times Square) was born. The driving forces behind the creation of the USO‘s West Coast location, The Hollywood Canteen, were Bette Davis and John Garfield, along with legendary songwriter Jule Styne (FYI, he wrote more than a few tunes you’ve heard before). The Canteen was operated and staffed completely by volunteers from various aspects of the local entertainment industry. By the time the doors opened in 1942, over 3000 stars, players, directors, producers, grips, dancers, musicians, singers, writers, technicians, wardrobe attendants, hair stylists, agents, stand-ins, publicists, secretaries, and allied craftsmen of radio and screen had registered as volunteers. On any given day or night, actresses such as Ann Sothern, Hedy Lamarr and Linda Darnell could be found pouring coffee.

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NO MORE – Dive Bar Comedy

UPDATE 4/22:  Thanks to Ryan for letting us know D+D’s Joke Center is no more. Basically, the lack of love took its toll on Denver Smith, the creator: “…hopefully i can do another show somewhere less stressful. i’m still afraid i’m going to have a heart attack from doing that show. which isn’t very fun. it was just too stressful for me putting that show on every week in a place where the regulars and even employees (not Cheazer) reminded me regularly that they don’t like it. Even when there was good crowds and stuff. i love putting on shows and think i’m pretty ok at it, especially when doug and i did it together, but doing it alone every week was just really getting to me. and the guy who was filling in for Cheazer last night really made me lose it on account of he was very rude. i just can’t keep doing that right now. i want to live!”

Poor guy. :(

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rxElFqPs8Q[/youtube] D+D’s Joke Center is a *FREE* comedy night that happens 9pm every Tuesday at The Big Fish in Glendale.  Although the video makes it seem otherwise, rumor has it that well-known comics occasionally show up to do sets right alongside locals getting their start in front of the heckley dive bar crowd… but you didn’t hear that from me.

The video at left is a This American Life web episode on the show.

The Big Fish 5230 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818) 244-6442


VIDEO – The Blue Angels

It was filmed at Annapolis, but I’m posting this video from the inside of a Blue Angels‘ cockpit for various reasons:

  1. Southern California (especially San Diego, where I grew up) is an epicenter of the United States Military and the Blue Angels’ annual winter training takes place in El Centro, about 2 1/2 hours from L.A.
  2. It’s a cool video. Duh.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6-IKJUrY-U[/youtube] My father was an Aeronautical Engineer (the last plane he designed was the C-17) , and when I was a kid he used to take me to watch the Angels do maneuvers almost every year. He would’ve *drooled* over this clip, and then probably watched it about a hundred more times and forwarded it to everyone he knew.

Yep… in his wildest dreams, my dad felt the need. And you know what I’m talking about.


FOCUS – The People of Silver Lake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPiuwgCDQek&feature=PlayList&p=1CD11BBE54DDF535&index=0&playnext=1[/youtube] I hate to break so many fantasies… but quite a few Americans who’ve never stepped within the city limits of Los Angeles have an awfully tough time believing that the typical “LA person” isn’t a shallow, illiterate, wanna-be fame whore who flashes their crotch at strangers and opens fire on other cars in traffic whenever possible. Admittedly, perhaps it seems less fun to acknowledge that the vast majority of our neighbors are actually just average, decent, hard working folks who are more focused on feeding their families than world fame, who regularly wear underwear and who don’t take sawed-off shotguns along to commute the 101. (Well, unless we’re having a really bad day.)

Sometimes the reality is interesting too, though. The People of Silver Lake is a sweet little documentary made by the Silver Lake History Collective in an effort to document and explore the human mixing pot of their neighborhood. The film is divided into four YouTube parts and follows five long-time locals as they tell their stories, exposing the diversity of personalities and cultures that make up a Los Angeles neighborhood. Note: No crotch flashing or violence shown. (Sorry!) Storytellers include: artist Alberto Hernandez, resturauteur Larry Nicola, Marion Spencer, Don Jarvis, and Dr. Sekaye Shigekawa (who tells of her stay in a Japanese internment camp at Santa Anita during WW2).

In case it doesn’t autoplay the clips in order, here is the full playlist for all four parts. Also, a map of Silver Lake is after the jump for those who don’t know the area.

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Happy Fathers’ Day

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkAhQBbK-oM[/youtube]

My dad passed away from a heart attack on March 26, 2008. He was a very sentimental guy and after the fact I found out that he’d been going through a big James Taylor kick throughout the entire last year of his life. With that knowledge and also recognizing how difficult this year has been for so many people, this video seems like a perfect sentiment to post today. Have a nice, relaxing Sunday full o’ love, Los Angeles. :)

Happy Fathers’ Day everyone. And to my dad too. I miss ya, you big goofball. (And yes, I know you think it’s “Neat!” that I’m posting your Air Force photo on the internet for the world to see. That’s why I do it.)

Thompson G. Garrett, Jr. - April 21, 1933 to March 26, 2008

Tom Garrett, Jr. - 1933-1908