Recipe for The Sweet Hurt

This is one of my favorite post from the past, and The Sweet Hurt just finished touring with A Fine Frenzy.


The sigh of love at first sight captured in a mason jar
A thimble full of tears from a broken heart
A cup of petals from your favorite parks wild flowers
The scent of sugar cookies and their pillow
The air of a road trip through a long stretch of open road
A first kiss
Autumn leaves
Dash of hope
Pinch of whimsy

Stir in a large bowl with a wooden spoon
Roll out dough
Use cookie cutters with cute shapes

And bake at 375 F. for 25 minutes.

At the timers ring you have the delightful sweet treat of The Sweet Hurt.

This girl has more talent in her pinky finger than most popular musicians. It’s only a matter of time before her warm and earnest lyrics find its way to the masses ears and have their hearts swoon falling in love to her milk and honey voice. The Sweet Hurt could share a stage and open for Jenny Lewis and the crowd might forget who they were originally there to see. I’m itching to see where she goes in the next few years as I will be completely flabbergasted if I’m not seeing them play the Main Stage at Sunset Junction and be on the bill for yes dare I mention it, Coachella. These are mighty words I spew I know but I believe in this band just that much.

*This was originally written in 2010, funny how Sunset Junction is now bankrupt, time sure does fly.

Please listen to their amazing new LP as your heart might melt and mend all at the same time

The Sweet Hurt LP

The Sweet Hurt Myspace

White Arrows


Name: Henry

Nickname: Henrí



Food. Chicken 

Season. FALL 

Cartoon. The Point  

Q1. Are you superstitious?

A1. VERY (VERY VERY) i have to say certain things 3 times

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?

A2. Michael Jackson when I was 4 years old. I lost my parents, and I smoked mad weed.

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?

A3. Oh so many things. Smoke cigarettes. drink booze. do drugs.

Q4. Bathroom read?

A4. Got my laptop. Vice magazine.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?

A5. Standing on my parents living room table getting down w a girl wearing only sunglasses when my mom walked in.

Q6. Do you have a phobia? Or what is your most irrational fear?


Q7. Do you have any food allergies?

A7. lactose

Q8. What’s your vice?

A8. i got my poison, and im sticking to it.

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?

A9. not mornings.

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?

A10. waka flocka FLAME

Roll down the windows and turn up the stereo, White Arrows is on the (radio). Well not really, but their catchy indie pop sound has my vintage boots tapping and my thrift store skirt twirling. If we still had indie 103.1 I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them put on the rotation. But I guess I’ll have to rely on college radio stations instead. One can’t deny that the their sound is vaguely familiar but it’s far from being un-original. Creating their distinctive style with fun songs and sing a long lyrics I would put them on every road trip *mix tape. Speaking of road trip, White Arrows will be playing Silverlake in Pomona tomorrow ($12 @ the door), so put on the ipod/mixtape and sit on the 10E, the crazy girl dancing in her car next to you…chances are that’s me!

Listen to more of White Arrows on their Myspace page.

Silverlake in Pomona 12/10 @6pm $12

*yes i use the term mix tape so much better than playlist or mix cd, true the tracks are not going on a cassette tape and will be put on a ipod playlist or cd but still….

The Deadly Syndrome – Chris


Chris from the Deadly Syndrome


Season: crawfish season

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1.yes, i believe in ghosts. that’s why we have songs about wolves and ships

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?
A2.dragon master showcase

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3.falling asleep

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4.i like to smoke on the toilet.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5.when i first accidentally exposed myself in front of my friends. it was dreadful to me at the time. i couldn’t seem to recover.

Q6. If you were a Transformer, what car/truck would you transform into?
A6.silver datsun roadster with black leather

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7.dumbo or anything black and white.

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8.hurling my moral troubles onto the ears of confused teens

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9. mostly late at night, sometimes when i’m driving too

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower? uncompromising ability to apply the sternest of censorship standards for teens. is this interview really for teens?

Ive been watching their youtube channel all morning. Its Funny Its Musical Its the Deadly Syndrome. Check it one two!

So Many Wizards – so many reasons to love…


Name:Nima Kazerouni
Nickname: ha, no thanks
Sign: Leo

color: green
Day: Sunday Food: albacore sushi

Q1. What can you not live without?
A1. The world wide web, working on changing this…

Q2.What movie would you live in for a day? Would you be yourself or another character?
A2. What About Bob. Ide be Leo Marvin but do things very different. Everytime i watch this film i always want matters to unfold differently.

Q3. Favorite part of what you do?
A3. Harnessing The energy in a good crowd

Q4.If you were a cereal, which one would you be?
A4. Lucky Charms

Q5. One wish, what would it be?
A5. Teleport to any place on earth

Q6. Are you superstitious?
A6. Yes but I’m trying not to be

Q7.Pet Peeve?
A7. A messy bedroom

Q8. Whats your vice?
A8. Absent minded, always losing my things

Q9. Best compliment ever received?
A9. Best compliments are genuine ones regarding any aspect of my music making. There’s been some very good ones sent from all over this globe. Thank you! 

Q10. Have you ever stolen a library book?
A10. Goodness no. But I have lost my fair share in the past. Had to pay 100 dollars in fines for lost and late books more than once … The library loves me

See this amazing band at Silverlake Lounge Tonight!!!
And be So Many Wizards friend

*UPDATE 12/2/12- Three years later I am still a huge fan of So Many Wizards and now all of its talented members. When I first saw Nima play the Silverlake Lounge, the same night this post was originally published. It was him on stage with programmed television sets that played disjointed scenes from old movies. With his friend assisting on guitar or pull string toy for a few tunes. So Many Wizards was Nima’s inspired music invention which has grown from televised band mates to live flesh rocking out on stage. I’ve loved watching the band grow and evolve into one of LA’s favorite local bands. From rowdy mosh pits in Pasadena to packed shows during their Echo residency, SMW has garnered an international fan base, thousands of followers, and rave write ups online and on the gloss (glossy paper that is- printed press). Well deserved, hard earned, and a pleasure to all who has enjoyed their music. p.s. Did I forget to mention Lou Reed has called him up regarding the song Nico, I don’t know the details but apparently it was played on a radio show. Although I do think I heard this story for the first time when we were chatting at Spaceland, and yes it was still called Spaceland then….or I think it was.



Castledoor- R.I.P

*this band has unfortunately disbanded….


Name: Nathan David Forest Cole
Nickname: Nate
Sign: Taurus

Food – Mexican (vegetarian)
Book – recently “A Million Little Pieces” by James FreySeason – FALL

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A1. i had to “google” this one to figure out what it was.

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2.mighty mouse

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3.the walls of my bathroom are covered in the pages of an old Beatles book with interviews from the band. So, I’m usually reading the story of how Paul came up with “Hey Jude”

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4. too hard.. for fun, how about here:

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5.i gave a hug to a girl wearing sandals and my shoe caught her big toe nail and ripped it off (cringe!)

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6.i suppose this doesn’t really count, but just the other day i came out to my car and there was a tiny piece of paper stuck to the drivers side window- probably 1′ x 1′ – that just said “be proud of who you are.” and even if the anonymous person gave away a hundred of these… it felt really good to read. i told myself it was probably Miranda July, and my car was the only one.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?

Q8. Greatest strength? A8. empathy. Q8.Greatest Weakness? A8. empathy.

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? A9. Easy, The Goonies. Q9Who would you be? A9. easy, Mikey!

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10.being lost & late, especially at the same time!

Be Castledoor’s friend… I know you want to!!And check them out this month at Spaceland. They’re the resident band, so you know what that means…free monday entertainment!

(Something more clever was going to be said, but it just didn’t seem to want to come to mind)


Name: Lisa Cole
Nickname: Liska

Food. Indian Food!(Veg)
Book. hmmm. I really love “The Book Theif” but currently reading “cosmic banditos” which i’m loving, so we’ll see… i usually like the book i’m reading… so, this answer could change next month.
Season: fall.

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A1. didn’t know this, but took a quiz to find out, i guess mine is a swan!
Powers: Foretelling future through dreams, dream-walking.
Swans are idealistic, open-minded, and passionate. Your good nature often leads people to think they can take advantage of you, but they should be careful—beneath that serenity lies a fighting spirit. Your love is fierce and unconditional, fueled by the certainty that it should last forever.

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2. hmmm, Gambit, from x men… so he could throw those cards at people.

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3. nope.

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4. sorry for the sad moment, but i would go to the day before we found out my dad had cancer, life seemed so easy then.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. something embarrassing happens to me everyday…unfortch.

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6. ….

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. when someone is really great at something.

Q8.Greatest strength? Greatest Weakness?
A8. what is this, a job interview? ha.

Q9.What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?
A9. Bloodsport with Jean Claude Van Damme…. don’t ask. I used to watch that movie all the time when I was a kid, before I even spoke english, and had the biggest crush on JCVD… embarrassing, I know.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Iced drinks in plastic cups, they get all drippy on the outside. I don’t know if thats my ‘biggest’ pet peeve, it’s one I’m dealing with as I type.

Doesnt this band just have such lovely people in it!! Go support them. They’ll rock your socks off!!

Name: Joel Peter Plotnik
Nickname: JP
Sign: Pisces

Food- Sushi
Book- Treasure Island
Season- It’s a toss up between winter and summer…

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2.The Wolf…Powers: Stealth, hunting ability, enhanced senses of smell and hearing, as well as strength and stamina

“Family comes first” could be a Wolf’s motto. You form deep connections with close friends and family members, and they know you’d do anything to protect them. You’re loyal, devoted, and passionate. Your worst fear is being alone, but be careful not to drown your loved ones in too much emotion.
Best matches: Swans, Otters, Crows
Watch out for: Spiders, Owls, Foxes

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2.I would naturally say Superman but to be more unique I’m going to have to go with Green Lantern.

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3. Hand me anything in the bathroom that is in English and I’ll read it. Same with my “breakfast” read. Though, usually I prefer the back of cereal boxes during breakfast… Even if I’m not having cereal.

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4. I would go back to my high school graduation 6 years ago.

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5.I got panced while receiving a wedgy. My kick stand was revealed. Considering I was in 7th grade (pretty awkward time of life anyway) and that a group of girls were hanging around and got to witness it, I felt the closest I have ever felt to death.

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6.That I have nice eyes. Hahaha! Juuust kidding. I don’t remember compliments. I only remember cut downs. It’s kind of odd considering I’m such a happy person.

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7.I like when people are genuinely happy.

Q8. Greatest strength? Greatest Weakness?
A8.My greatest strength probably rests in my thighs. My greatest weakness… Isn’t that an oxymoron? 😉

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?
A9.80’s????? How about 90’s… Jurassic Park! Alan Grant!

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10.Signals turning red when there are no cars around. SERIOUSLY!!!

See what animal is your spirit guide? Are you and Joel compatible???

Name: Brandon
Nickname: Trick Tracy
Sign: Gemini

Food- Taco Zone Veggie Quesadilla
Book- How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers (currently)
Season- Christmas

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?
A1. Horse

Q2. What superhero would be your sidekick?
A2. Wolverine or Optimus Prime

Q3. Bathroom read?
A3. Old Text Messages

Q4. Where and When in time would you go?
A4. Neverland, whenever that is

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. Karate Class. 5th Grade. Pants fells off in mid air during a jump kick and i missed the pad i was aiming for and fell on the ground in front of my friends, family, and my current crush at the time Christina Tostado. Also, Power Rangers undies just to top it off.

Q6. Best compliment ever received?
A6. “Dude, i’ve never seen anyone bench press a mini cooper! you’re seriously ripped!”

Q7. What do you admire in a person?
A7. If they can keep it cool. not like cool as in hip, but cool like laid-back, easy-going.

Q8. Greatest strength? Greatest Weakness?
A8. Dance Moves. I work too hard? (jk)

Q9. What 80’s movie would you live in for a day? Who would you be?
A9. hands down— Outsiders. hands down— Dally.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Street Sweeping. such a scam. i mean i doesn’t do anything!