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Orange County girl Gwen Stefani was born today! As a fellow OC boy, I have always been so proud of Gwen and the members of No Doubt for becoming huge successes! No Doubt played their first stadium show in their hometown on the day that Jeff Buckley died and I remember being at the show in absolute disbelief. No Doubt has a new album scheduled to come out later this year or early next year, and truthfully, as big of a fan as I am, I do not have high hopes. I’ve read that songwriting sessions have been scheduled in between diaper changing and that Prince’s advice to Gwen (which was “have you ever tried to just write a hit song”) is allegedly playing a large role in their recording. I am certainly hopeful that No Doubt will continue to rock steady. Happy birthday Gwen!
Also born today: actor Clive Owen, rocker Tommy Lee, musical gods Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lindsey Buckingham and writer Gore Vidal.
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Tommy Eliff aka Big Son of The Mighty Mojo Prophets
Do you like the blues? Do you like the blues? Do you like getting funky from your head down to your shoes? The Rockabilly/Blues label Ripcat Records showcased four of their artists over the weekend in Orange County, California. Due to scheduling conflicts, I was only able to catch the first band, The Mighty Mojo Prophets, and I am happy to report – they rocked! They call their style of music “west coast blues” and perhaps they call it that because you’ll feel anything but blue after you hear their music. Most songs were original numbers written by the band, but they also threw in a rockin’ cover of Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
The Mighty Mojo Prophets
If you like the blues, you should definitely check out The Mighty Mojo Prophets as well as a host of other talented artists on the Rip Cat Records label.
Rip Cat Records
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Ron English's "Status Factory." Now showing in Orange County, California thru December 17, 2010
Southern California! I’ve just arrived in the golden state and I immediately made it to see “Status Factory” by Ron English. A different version of this exhibit was in New York earlier this year and it was definitely one of my favorite exhibits of 2010. Ron English is a master of all styles. His works are both technical and humorous and of course, without him, street art would not exist in the way it does today! What I am trying to say is that Ron English is a living god, and you must go see “Status Factory” before it closes on December 17, 2010. There are over 100 works of art in this exhibit and you’ll see every style from Dali to Disney! If you saw this exhibit in New York, there are many differences including the way the exhibit is laid out as well as several works that were not featured. The NY version of “Status Factory” was much more comprehensive, but this is still a must-see exhibit!
“Status Factory” by Ron English is located at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavillion at 2701 Fairview Road in Costa Mesa, California. Do not miss this!
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Gothard. Sounds innocent enough.
In sunny California, the Orange Curtain might be known for some reality show about talentless housewives and their famously conservative political views, but don’t let that fool you. Their street signs are dirty. The one pictured above is simply “Gothard.” Yes, I’ll admit, for years, I pronounced it “Goth – erd” but when it came to my attention that I totally have a dirty mind, the hidden message Robert Langdoned itself right before my very eyes: “Got Hard.” Dirty. Yet still better than the new Dan Brown book. (Yes, I coined the phrase “Robert Langdoned.” I’ll expect some royalty checks soon!)
See a close up of the sign after the jump.
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