Category: New Discoveries

JazzPhil-USA

The Jazz Society of the Philippines, USA, a nonprofit org devoted to Filipino jazz, puts on an annual Filipino-American Jazz Festival at Hollywood’s Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club. The concerts are reliably entertaining and often revelatory. Who knew Pacific Island immigrants could swing so hard and have so much soul? The latest edition in...

The International Review of Music

Everyone’s got an opinion; some are worth noting carefully. At IRoM, “The International Review of Music,” folks who think and feel deeply about music share essays, reviews and recommendations. Curated by the long-time jazz critic of the Los Angeles Times, Don Heckman, IRoM is reliably smart, impassioned and provocative. Read on!  

Rob O’Reilly

He makes people laugh on Comedy Central and “The Tonight Show” and college campuses everywhere. But if you’re in SoCal, you can see consistently funny (and likable) stand-up Rob O’Reilly for free on Monday nights in Hollywood or monthly at his own “Hand Shucked” comedy show in L.A.’s hipster ghetto Silverlake. Go!

AdvancedNFLStats.com

For those who intuitively understand that NFL coaches don’t go for it on 4th Down nearly enough; for those who suspect the Packers are overhyped; for those who want to ignore the noise emanating from Bristol, Connecticut and get some real analysis — we recommend an exceptionally smart site: AdvancedNFLStats.com.

Adam Devine

Every cast member of Comedy Central’s hilariously stupid (stupidly hilarious?) “Workaholics” is funny. One of the improvising newcomers is especially funny. Adam Devine, a standup comedian from Omaha, has got the magic. The comedy magic. His tone is just right: ironic but not too ironic; smart but ignorant. He’s one to watch.

Petition the White House

Participatory democracy! The White House is now allowing citizens to propose petitions — “Reduce Student Loan Debt,” “Legalize Marijuana” — through the administration’s Website. If a petition gets 25,000 signatories in a month (it used to be 5,000), the White House will issue an official response. It’s a fun way to pretend that every American’s...

Innovative Entertainment Solutions

Esperanza Spalding. The Buena Vista Social Club. Charmaine Clamor. And now the official home of those whose ideas transcend 140-character limits. IES, founded by a couple of cats from what used to be known as the music business, specializes in building Websites and direct-to-consumer Web Stores that work. And look nice.  

Nutiva

For dietary aesetics who crave stuff that’s creamy, crunchy, chewy and generally as delicious as it is nutritious, the products offered by Nutiva are remarkably satisfying. No soy. No gluten. No dairy. No hexane. Yet…satisfyingly edible. Spread some coconut manna on your sprouted Ezekiel or sprinkle some cracked hemp seeds on your yogurt. And feel good.  

Reggie Watts

Comedian? Musician? Glorious freak? However one tries to describe what Reggie Watts does, no standard category seems to be quite apt. He’s creating his own category.  A friend calls him “the Bobby McFerrin of comedy.” We call him the most interesting improviser we’ve seen in years.

Random.org

Can computers generate true randomness? Yes, say the folks at Random.org, who use binary “noise” to produce a state that is thought to exist only in nature and theory.  They provide free random drawing services, and some strangely compelling notes on numbers and the universe. We use them with confidence.