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Music Related: “All Of This” by The Naked And Famous

New music video from an Indie band from New Zealand that won the APRA Silver Scroll Award….maybe last year?  The Naked and Famous is lead by front woman Lisa Xayalith…and they’ll be back in LA to peform at the Echoplex on April 9th.  Yay for me!

“Young Blood” is still my favorite song by them.

– MJ

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Music Related – Foster the People

Pumped Up Kicks MV

Live  @ The Echo

The Skinny: I came across Foster the People’s EP “Pumped up Kicks” a few months ago.  It was catchy, fun, and easy to listen to.  Then I finally had a chance to watch a free show at Echo with them as the main act and I’m on board with them as being legit artists.  They are Los Angele’s answer to France having Phoenix and Boston being the home of Passion Pit.  They sound 100 times better live than Connecticut’s MGMT and know how to bring their drum beats to life.  While the lead singer does have nasally vocals that Oprah would not gush Twinkie-fillings over, it is distinct and smooth like well aged tequila. People can catch them live at Coachella and while they haven’t really signed on to any official record label because of personal preferences, I can  see them blowing up in the near future.  Also expect to hear blowhards and music snobs get offended and butt-hurt over who they sound like the most.  As far as I’m concern, they sound great….well…if you’re into that kind of music.

– MJ


Apple Pam’s Hickory Burger

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The Skinny: Apple Pan has been around since 1947 and has been hailed as one of the best burger havens to reside in Los Angeles.  The old institute of high quality fast food is known for quick orders, unchanged decor, and the Hickory and Steak Burger.  For me, it was my first time being there.

The High: The quarter pound Hickory burger was clean to the taste and the toppings were generous.  The hickory relish complimented not only the beef patty but the pickles as well.  In a way, the sweet tang reminded me of the McRib but made with better and fresher ingredients.  The bun was nice and squishy too.

The Low: The fries were warm and tasty but as I was leaving Apple Pan,  I happen to see a Sysco truck delivering boxes of french fries in the back.  While I understand that part of Apple Pan’s charm is the fast service, freshly cut and twice fried fries would have made the overall burger experience better.   I can’t deny that the Hickory Burger was good and the size of it didn’t make me feel greasy after-wards, but I left feeling unsatisfied.

Would you come back again? If I’m in the area just to try the Steak Burger.  However, I wouldn’t go out my way to go there again.

More Info: 10801 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90064.  Cash Only.  Expect to pay about 10 bucks for french fries, a drink, and the Hickory Burger.  They also serve fruit pie and sliced bread sandwiches.

– MJ

Song: I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King – by Cazwell feat. Jonny Makeup