Monday, August 31, 2009


Talk about synchronicity!

Last week at VINE-YL we paired a great French Sauvignon Blanc with Poi Dog Pondering's 1989 self-titled classic--just in time for the most fire-crazed, scorching week we've had in L.A. all summer.

Today we find out Poi Dog maestro and lead singer Frank Orrall will be performing THIS THURSDAY (9/3/09) at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

It's a solo show and doors open at 7. We expect a masterful fusion of musical styles from all over the globe set to fresh, thoughtful lyrics from a seasoned, captivating performer. It will be a pleasure discovering what this enduring outfit is up to.

Here are the links for tickets and location.

See you all at the show and don't forget to order a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the bartender. We expect a hot night in Hollywood.

--photo by SANDRO

Saturday, August 29, 2009


A real good one last night as all our friends came out to support us and get their groove on! The crew at Lodger Films represented and we all made a swell, festive time of it. 

Special thanks to Sam and Monika, the provocateurs behind the new smash sandwich-delivery service, The Lunch Daily. They came with a crew and rocked it old-school before departing for late-night In'N'Out.

Daisy, Derek and Jun took turns on the wheels and the party jams rocked long, hard and smooth as cashew butter.

PS-- the album cover pic Daisy posted on her facebook wall. I thought it deserved to be reposted here, as it is every party boy's fantasy:

Here's Derek's setlist:

Francis Lai - I Need A Man
Lalo Schifrin - Quiet Village
Patrick Juvet - Lady Night
Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
The Smiths - Death of a Disco Dancer
Portishead - All Mine
Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers
Ratatat - Wildcat
Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life
Carl Douglas - Dance the Kung Fu
Rudy Love & the Love Family - Does Your Mama Know
Brick - Dusic
Syl Johnson - Gimme Little Sign
The Undisputed Truth - Brother Louie
Millie Jackson - Feel Like Making Love
Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers - Islands in the Stream

See you next week!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Business as usual at Palihouse--Friday night's rapidly growing party before the party. And when I say business, I mean a decadent, stylish, casually glamorous good time. The word is definitely getting out about this night, and we're more than happy to see new faces. Come party with us next week!

Daisy was in the house, as was DJ Jun and yours truly. Really fun night behind the turntables sharing great music. The sound is really getting figured out and tailored to the space. Loving how the room is sounding lately!

Derek kicked things off as the party got rocking. Here's the setlist:

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - In a Sentimental Mood
Eartha Kitt - Oh John (Please Don't Kiss Me)
Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin & Al Di Meola - Guardian Angel
Sylvie Vartan - Je Te Cherce (Rocket Man)
Shirley Bassey - The Look of Love
John Barry - Highway 101
Lesley Gore - No Matter What You Do
The Folkswingers ft. Harihar Rao - Along Comes Mary
Crow - Something in Your Blood
Pye Chartbusters Vol. 4 - Back Off Boogaloo
Chuck Jackson - Can You Feel It, Babe
The Association - Wantin' Ain't Gettin'
Spirit - Animal Zoo
The Ventures - Light My Fire
Argent - Liar
Amon Duul 2 - Manana
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Battlefield
Supertramp - Aries
Caravan - Welcome the Day
Gang of Four - Damaged Goods
New Order - Touched By the Hand of God (Dub Version)
Wang Chung - To Live and Die in L.A.
The Flips - Although
Missing Persons - Destination Unknown
Thom Yorke - Black Swan
The Clash - Guns of Brixton
Eddie Harris - He's Island Man
Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks
The Fiery Furnaces - Lost at Sea
A.C. Newman - On the Table
Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move

See everyone next week! I made a promise to play some Smiths. Come out and join the party!

Friday, August 21, 2009


We live on the border of Koreatown, a neighborhood in
Los Angeles the size of a small city. Derek was already a big fan when I moved in and now I have grown to love everything Korean. The kitschy bars, the baths, the beer (Hite), the amazing food and the cinema. I've only seen a few Korean films but I have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Last night, to celebrate some good news, Derek and I embarked on a Korean-themed evening in our hood. We started at Ham-ji Park, a recommendation of famed L.A. Times food critic, Jonathan Gold. This neighborhood Korean BBQ joint is known for it's pork ribs, and yes they are amazing, but we also enjoyed the pork bacon and the copious panch'an. It was all together a fabulous meal and a pork lover's dream. We then headed to the MPark 4 Theatre located in the old Wilshire Galleria, a department store built in the 1920's to compete with the Bullocks Wilshire Building down the street. We knew about this theatre since we frequent Natura, the korean baths on the bottom floor, but we had never seen a film there. The theatre lobby is adorned with many remnants of a lost, art deco time- beautiful moldings, crazy chandeliers and one fascinating mural of two black panthers drinking from a mirrored stream. The theater itself was nice and cozy with great sound/picture quality and incredibly comfortable chairs. We watched THIRST, Chan-wook Park's newest film. I'd not seen any of his other films (OLD BOY, being the most famous) and I was completely blown away. Not only was the film beautifully shot, it was endlessly creative to the point of being impossible to categorize. It was hilariously funny, gory and grotesque, sensual, sad, frightening and heart-warming all at once. A truly original spin on the ever boringly-regurgitated vampire story. We loved it. We finished off our night with a martini at The Prince, one of our favorite Korean bars. With an interior that looks like a Mad Men set, loud R & B tracks blaring on the stereo and a Korean staff that brings you chips and salsa as you sit down, it's really like no other bar in town. It was a great night in one of the coolest parts of L.A. You stay classy Koreatown!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Because we can't resist the opportunity to throw a little shindig, we had a great, yet intimate Mad Men premiere party last night. We started off with martinis, of course, with hand stuffed blue cheese olives. We listened to The Fleetwoods, The Flamingos, The Platters and The Ink Spots, creating the perfect laid-back 1960's vibe. Then we moved on to the real theme of our party; Retro 1960's Polynesian Luau. The martinis were replaced with Mai Tais, and out came the pineapple upside down cake and the amazing pupu platter. We spent the afternoon making asian/polynesian inspired chicken wings, bbq ribs, egg rolls and bacon-wrapped pineapple. We listened to Hawaii HiFi and The Girl From Ipanema. It was pretty awesome. Pretty, pretty, pretty awesome. Granted I was seeing double by the time the actual episode aired, but seeing two Don Drapers at a time never hurt anybody. We all loved the episode and felt they (literally) started off with a bang, giving us a whole lot to look forward to this season. We may have to throw a crazy 60's themed cocktail party every Sunday. A show this good deserves to be watched with good food, good drinks and good company.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Wow! Great crowd last night from beginning to end. The party was rocking with a birthday, cake and great cocktails.

After a three week hiatus, it was great to be back in action with such a packed house. Special thanks to friends Corin and Leigh for rousing troops and coming out to support us.

Thanks, Daisy, for a another fun Friday night!

Derek kicked things off and played a long set through a gamut of styles. Here's the setlist:

Henry Mancini - Charade (Main Title)
Dory Previn - With My Daddy in the Attic
Oven - Sail A Boat
King Prince and the Islanders - Tomorrow Man
Tommy James and the Shondells - I'm Alive
Sunshine Company - A Stitch in Time Saves None
Ritchie Havens - Baby Blue
Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger Trinity - Season of the Witch
The Soul Children - Can't Let You Go
Jimmie & Vella - Nights in White Satin
Sweet Sensation - Mr. Cool
Quincy Jones - Hikky-Burr
Rudy Love & the Love Family - Does Your Mama Know
Pye Chartbusters Vol 4 - Hold Your Head Up
Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well
Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo
Godfathers - Birth, School, Work, Death
Shriekback - Lined Up
Simple Minds - Sanctify Yourself
Happy Mondays - Lazyitis
Candi Staton - Summer Time With You
Millie Jackson - Slow Tongue (@ 45 speed, per recommendation)
The Rolling Stones - Hot Stuff
The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By
Latyrx - Burning Hot in Cali on a Saturday Night
Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics
Blind Melon - Change

Whew! See you next time!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Fernwood Campgrounds in Big Sur...image via me


The futuristic tasting bar at The Paso Wine Center, Paso Robles, CA...image via me