Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Apartment Hunt Completed!

Leah and I managed to score a great apartment at the foot of the Hollywood Hills in Beachwood Canyon. Not only do we have the large 1 bedroom unit top floor, but we also have a 2 room with bath studio/office! Now we have separate work and living spaces in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. So long east coast, it was nice knowing you!

Click here and check out Leahs post and photos of our new home.

Sandy West Tribute Show

Saturday night Leah and I went to see the Sandy West Tribute Show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. It was a good show though hot, cramped and dark. So dark that even shooting with my lens wide open at 1.8f most of the pics came out pretty dark.

The show also got really rowdy once Duane Peters and his band tore into the Dead Boys classic "Sonic Reducer." I lost my place in front of the stage in the ensuing mosh pit. After that it was tough to get any shots without one of a dozen bald guys heads getting in the frame. My friend Chris Markwood was drumming with Sweet Justice who were backing up Runaways front woman Cherie Currie.

The Bangles also played a short but sweet set. There was a lot of love from the crowd for them. By this time I started to get a better spot to shoot, though limited mostly to stage left.

The Donnas also delivered a short but fiery set. Leah and I have seen them a bunch of times they still manage to get us pumped every show. I tried to get over to the right side and get some good pics of Allison, but I was totally boxed in.

Click here to see all my selects from this show!

Leslie Harpold

I had the pleasure of working with Leslie on Cyberounds and a few other projects over the last four years. When Mike Essl called me and said that Leslie had passed away I was shocked and then saddened because I'd never get a chance to meet her in person. I had only worked with her on projects over the phone and online.

Leslie and I would spend time shooting the shit after we got the client business talk out of the way. She always had at least a couple of hilarious stories to tell me each time. We talked a lot about music, the finer points of cute indie rock guys, living in NYC and dogs: either mine or her parents giant canines Biggie and Tupac. I'm going to really miss her distinctive laugh, generosity and sardonic wit. Goodbye Leslie, thank you for everything you shared with me!

Friday, December 08, 2006

My Ears are Ringing In The Holiday

Leah and I were treated to an evening of kick-ass rock n' roll with all star cover band Camp Freddy. The band featured Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch, Chris Cheney and a slew of special guests including Jerry Cantrell, Terri Nunn, Ben Lee, Steve Stevens, Steve Jones, Tony Kanal, Johnny Fayva, John Taylor, Chris Isaacs, Warren DeMartini, Mark McGrath and Duff McKagan. They played everything from AC/DC to Iggy and The Stooges. You can check out a few of the 500 shots I took on my Flickr concert set:

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Apartment Hunt Status 12/05/06

We've decided that downtown isn't for us. The lofts are nice down there, but the vibe is all wrong. Even though it's New York-esque looking there's nothing to do down there other than work. It also reminded me of a place I used cap muthah-fuckers in the ass.

We're staying with my stepsister Stephanie while on our search. Her place is awesome and has inspired us to look nearby in the Hollywood vicinity. Today we also drove out to Silverlake, which is great but we didn't check out the inside of any places there.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Great Apartment Hunt!

Leah and I are in Los Angeles from December 4th through the 12th in a mad dash for an apartment. Hopefully we score something fast! We're one step closer to moving in the first week of January.