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Los Angeles skyline on a a rare smogless day

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles (ls nje-les, -lz, ngge-les)
Abbr. L.A., LA
A city of southern California on the Pacific Ocean in a widespread metropolitan area. The so-called City of the Angels was founded by the Spanish in 1781 and served several times as a colonial capital. Its real growth began after the coming of the railroads in the 1870's and 1880's and the discovery of oil in the 1890's. Today it is a major shipping, manufacturing, communications, financial, and distribution center noted for its internal linkentertainment industry. Population, 3,485,398.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, city in southwestern California, on the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles River. With a population of 3,485,398 (1990), Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States, exceeded only by New York City. Los Angeles is noted for its balmy climate, lush scenery, and many freeways, as well as occasional earthquakes, brushfires, and smog. Los Angeles is one of the leading manufacturing, commercial, transportation, financial, and international trade centers of the United States. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is a leading hub of the United States aerospace industry, as well as a center for motion picture, radio and television broadcasting, and music recording. Tourism is also an important part of the city's economy.

The Urban Landscape
Los Angeles is an urban-suburban agglomeration built on a hilly coastal plain, with the Pacific Ocean on its western and southern boundaries. Mountain ranges are to the east and north. In the north is the San Fernando Valley, a part of the city separated from Hollywood and downtown by the Santa Monica Mountains and by Griffith Park, the city's major outdoor recreation area. Los Angeles is tied together by a system of freeways built for high speeds but often clogged with traffic. Smog from automobile exhaust and other sources is an intermittent pollution problem. The explosive growth of Los Angeles in the 1900s was mostly unplanned, with residential developments, shopping malls, and low-rise commercial buildings spread across the land. Popular among tourists are the Farmers Market, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and the motion picture studios in Hollywood and nearby Burbank and Culver City.

The community was established in 1781 under the direction of the Spanish governor of California. The main growth of Los Angeles did not begin until after the arrival of the railroads in the late 1800s. From 1890 to 1940 Los Angeles was the focus of a prosperous orange-growing area and developed as a resort. A great harbor was constructed between 1899 and 1914. When local internal linkwater became inadequate for future growth, the city built an aqueduct to the north, tapping streams in the Owens River valley. The city's population doubled in the 1920s, as new discoveries enriched the oil industry and Hollywood became the center of the motion-picture business. Aircraft manufacturers spurred the city's growth during and after World War II (1939-1945). Developers bought land and built whole new communities for the growing workforce.

Prior to World War II the main political issues in Los Angeles revolved around growth and economic development. After the war the city's population swelled with immigrants from Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as migrants from other parts of the United States. Ethnic and racial divisions fueled heightened social tensions, as evidenced by riots in 1965 and 1992, and provoked contentious political debate. In late 1993, brushfires spread through parts of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. In 1994 an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Los Angeles, causing freeways to collapse and disabling the city's road system. Fifty-seven people were killed in the quake, and thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

I don't wanna live in a city where the only cultural advantage is that you can make a right turn on a red internal linklight.
Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. Alvy Singer (Allen) to Rob, comparing Los Angeles with Manhattan, in the film Annie Hall (directed by Allen, scripted by Allen with Marshall Brickman, 1977; repr. in Four Films of Woody Allen, 1982).

Los Angeles

There are two modes of transport in Los Angeles: car and ambulance. Visitors who wish to remain inconspicuous are advised to choose the latter
Fran Lebowitz (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. Social Studies, "Lesson 1" (1981).

Los Angeles

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble internal linkimagination.
Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, "Soire in Hollywood" (1945).

Los Angeles

The freeway experience . . . is the only secular communion Los Angeles has. . . . Actual participation requires a total surrender, a concentration so internal linkintense as to seem a kind of narcosis, a rapture-of-the-freeway. The mind goes clean. The rhythm takes over.
Joan Didion (b. 1935), U.S. essayist. The White Album, "The Bureaucrats" (1979; first published 1976).

Los Angeles

It's like a jumble of huts in a jungle somewhere. I don't understand how you can live there. It's really, completely dead. Walk along the street, there's nothing moving. I've lived in small Spanish fishing villages which were literally sunny all day long every day of the week, but they weren't as boring as Los Angeles.
Truman Capote (1924-84), U.S. author. Conversations with Truman Capote, ch. 7, "Hollywood" (ed. by Lawrence Grobel, 1985).

Los Angeles

If Los Angeles is not the one authentic rectum of civilization, then I am no anatomist. Any internal linktime you want to go out again and burn it down, count me in.
H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Letter, 15 March 1927, to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on their return from working in Hollywood. Quoted in: James R. Mellon, Invented Lives (1984).

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It is in love with its limitless horizontality, as New York may be with its verticality.
internal linkJean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. America, "Astral America" (1986; tr. 1988).

Los Angeles

Thought is barred in this City of Dreadful Joy and conversation is unknown.
internal linkAldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Jesting Pilate, pt. 4 (1926).

Los Angeles

Billboards, billboards, drink this, eat that, use all manner of things, everyone, the best, the cheapest, the purest and most satisfying of all their available counterparts. Red lights flicker on every horizon, airplanes beware; cars flash by, more lights. Workers repair the gas main. Signs, signs, lights, lights, streets, streets.
Neal Cassady (1926-68), U.S. beat hero. "Leaving LA by Train at Night, High . . ." in The First Third and Other Writings (1971).

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Jetone - Ultramarin on Force, Inc. (2001) Bill Frisell - Gone, Just Like A Train on Nonesuch (1997) Butthole Surfers - Electric Larryland (1996) Liars - They Threw Us All In A Trench & Stuck A Monument On Top on Mute (2001)
The Dils - 198 Seconds Of The Dils 7" (1977)

The Dils
NOFX - Ribbed 12" on Epitaph (1991)

NOFX - Ribbed 12" (yellow translucent vinyl) on Epitaph (1991)

Death Cab For Cutie - We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes Bran Van 3000 - Glee on Audiogram (1998)
Psychic TV - Pagan Day Funki Porcini - Ultimately Empty Million Pounds on Ninja Tune (1999) Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice on Swami (2002) Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles

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You see what is needed is an operational awareness of what we mean by "drug." A "drug" is something which causes unexamined, obsessive habituated behavior. You don't examine your behaviour, you just do it, you do it obsessively.  You let nothing get in the way of it. This is the kind of life we're being sold on every level: to watch, to consume, to buy.

man machine symbiosis Terence Mckenna...the force will be with you, always...

The internal linkpsychedelic thing is off in this tiny corner, never mentioned and yet it represents the only counter internal linkflow toward a tendency to just leave people in designer states of consciousness, not their designers, but the designers of Madison Avenue, the Pentagon, so forth and so on. This is really happening. It's only a matter of how tight you draw the metaphor that you realize it. I've been coming and going from Los Angeles a lot recently and when the plane swings out over the eastern part of the city looking down is like looking at a printed circuit. All these curved driveways and cul-de-sacs with the same little modules installed on each end of them and you realize that as long as the Reader's Digest stays subscribed to and the TV stays on these are all interchangable parts. This is this nighmarish thing which internal linkMcLuhan and others foresaw, the creation of the public. The public has no history, has no future, lives in a golden moment created by credit which binds them ineluctably to a fascist system that is never criticized. This is the ultimate consequence of having broken off our internal linksymbiotic relationship with the vegetable, internal linkfeminine, maternal internal linkmatrix of the planet. This is what ended partnership. This is what ended balance between the sexes. This is what set us on the long slide.

 - internal linkTerence McKenna

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4/28/1992 - The L.A. Rodney King riots 

Rodney King Riots - burning storefront Rodney King Riots - load the tv into the truck

Rodney King Riots - tear the door off Rodney King Riots - Marlboro sign

Rodney King Riots - Frederick's Of Hollywood - lingerie up in flames Rodney King riots - palm tree flames


Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First 12" pink translucent vinyl

Bad Religion - Los Angeles Is Burning / The Surface Of Me 7" picture disc

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track _Screenwriter's Blues_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by Soul Coughing off of _Ruby Vroom_ CDatomjacked inventory cache on Slash  (1996)

Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
Soul Coughing

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los angeles fireworks

"L.A. is regarded by many...as the seventh level of Hell, where pony-tailed junior demons are developing major script options while they wait tables in internal linkJapanese-Ecuadorian restaurants..." - John Diamond, Sunday Times Book Review May 1992

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L.A. internal linkpunk release _Los Angeles_ 12"atomjacked inventory cache by X on Slash (internal link1980)

X - Los Angeles

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Bad Religion - How Could Hell Be Any Worse? 12inch on Epitaph (1982) Suffer
  • cover of release _How Could Hell Be Any Worse?_ 12"atomjacked inventory cache by Bad Religion on Epitaph (1982)
  • track _Land of Competition_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkBad Religion off of _Suffer_ 12"atomjacked inventory cache on Epitaph (1989)

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    Mark Dery interviews Mike Davis:

    "There are much stranger internal linkrealities than internal linkDisneyland in Southern California. The old industrial belt along the L.A. river has become this vast zone that consists of recycling and salvage yards. I met these immigrant workers there who break up computers all day long in a computer junkyard, in my mind typifying postmodern proletarians. You have to internal linkimagine a pile about 30 feet high of literally thousands of broken, defunct computers, and these guys with ball-peen hammers and screwdrivers and pliers listening to rock 'n' roll in Spanish, dismantling this stuff. There was one really funny guy who, when I asked him why he'd come to California, said, "To work in your high-tech economy," as he smashed an obsolete Macintosh."

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