Sunday, January 26, 2014
What did L.A. look like in 1961? Dodger stadium wasn’t built, most of the Freeways didn’t exist, but there are a lot of fun similarities to that time and today. Explore them with this informative film from 1961, provided by the people at travelfilmarchives.com.
Monday, January 6, 2014
The above video dates from 1964 and has nice and clear footage of driving the Sunset Strip at that time. The vintage cars, the billboards, it’s all there for your viewing enjoyment.
Sadly, the video lacks a soundtrack which could also be a plus. What song to listen to while you cruise? Here are the top 20 songs from 1964, unsurprisingly dominated by the Beatles:
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Rootcheck Vol. 2 @ LA TACO
Vintage Koo’s Cafe – OCxLA
If you were painting in the LA/OC area in the mid 90′s, you probably remember Koo’s Cafe. For OC writers, Koo’s was the place to be considering there wasn’t as much culture in Orange County as there was in LA. Hence the exodus of writers that CAME from OC, that have now infiltrated LA. At Koo’s OC heads could end up meeting and even painting with their favorite LA writers randomly. Koo’s stood out as a middle ground, where Los Angeles and Orange County merged in a beefless fashion. In those days people still had ciphers, you could stroll through Koos on any given day and find someone like DJ Babu cutting for a circle of 10 kids.
In those days, passion was high, money was low – and “street art” was not a term all were familiar with. There weren’t many legal walls in Orange County back then. When LA heads came down to paint legally their first stop was usually Koo’s. This way, Los Angeles styles migrated into Orange County. Hell, there was once talk of a super city, combining the two counties. The same way LA style migrated on to Orange County walls, OC writers migrated into LA. At first there wasn’t much love for people who ranked on their city, in time it became so redundant it was almost unnoticable.
It took a lot for the dudes from OC to work their way into the system of LA graffiti, depending who they were. To get any sort of fame in LA, OC cats had to do twice the work of most residents. Many lost sight of their roots once dedicating their lives to trying to make it in Hollywood.To those left behind, Remember Your Roots dedicates these vintage views of Koo’s in the Mid 90′s.
Find shadows of Koo’s @KCETartbound on Twitter.
Follow @rootcheck for more glimpses of the past.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Remember Your Roots Vol.1 – Throwback Views of Downtown L.A. + Cre8 Vs. Skill (@ Soto)
“Remember Your Roots” sounds like a corny graffiti history book to most.
Thanks to L.A. Taco for hosting some LA unseen.
Since this is Vol.1 of a weekly here’s a FLICK explanation:
(Scroll Down for Vol.1 flicks if you don’t give a shit – Vol. 2+ will not include foreplay.)
Chicken Ole Pollo! – Who Can YOU Spot?
For those that don’t like to read much: Remember Your Roots focuses on some of LA’s favorite writers old shit. All flicks are original – from the scanner to L.A. Taco, unless credited otherwise. If you want copies – send request via Contact. If you came to see the newest L.A. “Street Art”, you clicked the wrong article.
The term Remember Your Roots isn’t copyrighted or anything, it’s a rule of thumb.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Four months after being released from prison in South Africa, Nelson Mandela appeared in Los Angeles at a sold-out rally for freedom at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 70,000+ people watched the Babylon Warriors, Ice T, Tone Loc, Kris Kristofferson, and other musical acts perform songs of protest and freedom. Nelson Mandela thanks and waves to the crowd at the 3:25 mark (click here).
According to news reports at the time, Mandela’s full words to the crowd were:
“We could not have left the United States without visiting the city which daily nourished the dreams of millions of people the world over,” Mandela told an estimated 70,000 people who filled the Coliseum, many waving fists and chanting his name. “Many would know Los Angeles as the unchallenged capital of motion pictures, many would regard your city as the city of glamour and splendor.
“We who have suffered and continue to suffer the pain of oppression know that underneath that face of Los Angeles lies the great and noble spirit of the citizenry. We who fight for human rights know the depths of the human spirit running through the hills and valleys of the state of California.”
RIP NELSON MANDELA
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Photo by Alexander the Great (FLICKR / INSTAGRAM ). Click for a larger version.
The Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge, one of the most photographed and filmed in Los Angeles and thus the word, is likely to collapse in the next 50 years, and will be replaced. Construction is set to begin in 2015 and will take three years to complete. The new bridge looks to have the potential be even more iconic than the existing structure, and possibly includes “public art” and a viaduct park.
Fore more on the history of Los Angeles bridges, check out this excellent post from Nathan Masters for KCET.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
This lithograph by Diego Rivera called El Niño del taco (The Boy with the Taco) is part of LACMA’s permanent collection although it is not currently on display. The print is from 1932, and was a gift of studio executive J. J. Cohn.
© 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Reproduction of Diego Rivera governed by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
This college film project by Ken Lawrence is a time capsule of the LA rave scene in 1992 and even includes a very young Jason Bentley, whose voice was just as golden back then.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Our friends at the Big Map Blog, who seem to have a special affection for LA maps, have unearthed another gem. This 1909 map has an amazing hand-drawn style. The bottom of the map contains listings of businesses, and includes only five restaurants (by comparison, 14 stables are listed) which are as follows:
The map also lists the major parks of Los Angeles at that time which were:
Central Park (5th and Hill)
West Lake Park (now MacArthur Park)
Plaza Park (at Main and Plaza)
Click on the image to a larger version. You can explore the map with zooming at whatnot, or download the large (14mb) version of the file over at the Big Map Blog post.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The above recipe is from the Castelar Crèche Cook Book. The Castelar Crèche was a “home for homeless babies” and the cookbook was printed to raise funds for the charity in the city of Los Angeles in 1922. And what of the recipe’s author? Not much is known about Carlota L. Algara, except that at some point (possibly after this recipe was published, as she uses her maiden name) she married Eduardo J. Creel, son of wealthy Mexican businessman Enrique C. Creel and Maria de Los Angeles Elena Dolores Terrazas. The Creel-Terrazas family is an old and powerful family from Chihuahua, Mexico. Enrique Creel had to leave Mexico for the United States during the Mexican Revolution, but later returned and died in Mexico City in 1931. His father-in-law, who owned millions and millions of acres of land in Chihuahua is one reported to have said “No soy ‘de’ Chihuahua; Chihuahua es mío”.
A different publication from 1914 is usually cited as the first appearance of a taco recipe in the United States. That was in the “California Mexican-Spanish Cookbook” by native Angeleño Bertha Haffner-Ginger, which included the following recipe for tacos:
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The great Boris Karloff was born in England, found fame as Frankenstein’s monster (and also played Frankenstein, thank you, readers, for the correction) in Hollywood, and finished his career in Mexico (awesome example at the end of this post). Somewhere along the way he developed a strong affinity for Mexican food, as the article above, found on BadassDigest, explains, along with telling its readers that guac is an “avocado-based sauce”. His recipe for guacamole has an English twist, with a dash of sherry thrown in along with more common ingredients: