No one calls him Anthony, it’s Brew. He’s a veteran musician, singer, producer, band leader, and you should probably step back before he breaks your ankles with his crossover dribble.
Brew is third-generation Venetian. His parents were teachers. And on a warm summer afternoon on the patio behind his hand-built recording studio, Brew held court, generously talking about life growing up on the Westside, weed, modern parenting, and even how 9/11 drastically affected him.
But first, as in most conversations with Venice locals, we got into gentrification.
Brew: This block is…
First of all: there are still Poetry Editors? This week that number was slashed by one.
The funny thing about Twitter is we know it’s dangerous.
Like blogging before it, people do get fired and canceled and reputations are sometimes ruined forever because of the things they tweet.
And yet we soldier on because… fuck it. Bad shit has happened to people who opened their mouths before social media and it’ll happen after the last packet has been delivered.
Abortions aren’t lawful;
Crack smells awful;
Might as well live
She’s in terrific shape, sounds like she’s straight off the Sopranos, and is fully in love with Venice. Roseann Boffa cannot be put in your simple box.
For over two hours she spoke about why she left the Big Apple to nestle into the Silver Triangle and why more than just the pleasant climate gives her joy.
Even though much time was put into making this blog post useful, you’re missing out if you don’t hear her distinctive New York accent as she tells her stories.
Tony Pierce: I hear an accent.
It’s a funky apartment for sure. Plus the price is right and the bathtub is a showstopper. It’s one of those old clawfoot jobs and you wonder how it even got there.
Did they build the entire apartment complex around it 100 years ago?
As Matt shows me around, we head to the very back of his pad where the magic happens. And by that, I mean, of course, his cozy studio littered with a large collection of awaiting instruments including horns, keyboards, and recording equipment.
There’s a lot to fall in love with in Mike Bravo’s backyard.
Maui, the adorable little Chihuahua; the handmade art celebrating most of LA’s sports teams (sorry, Clippers); there’s even local squirrels stealing a sip of water from the feeders attached to the trees.
“Yeah, there’s squirrel friends,” Bravo says lovingly, but seriously.
“I always make sure to leave water out, especially during the summertime. People forget we are in a drought and the animals suffer. Whether it’s the birds, the squirrels, or the miscellaneous creatures who walk through here.”
Several years ago Adam Papagan curated an OJ Simpson art show and I donated my autographed Buffalo Bills helmet to the spectacle.
Recently Adam offered to buy it. I accepted. And we have been Twitter friends ever since.
On Friday Bill Maher mentioned him on “Real Time” so I reached out on DM to ask Adam if he had time to talk about his campaign for governor in this crazy recall election. Shockingly, he agreed.
This is an edited version of our two-hour conversation. What’s missing? Among other things, we…
Of the 11 podcasts we produced about the people of Hollywood, the one that stood out for a lot of listeners was the feature on William G., the man who yells at the LAPD.
People were amazed and entranced by his courage to call out officers to their faces for stubbornly breaking their own policies, putting the public at risk, and the department’s unwillingness to discipline its bad apples.
What was also compelling about William’s story was the reason he began filming the police and the emotional toll it takes on him. …
Tony Pierce: Domenic! Is that Italian?
Domenic Priore: dō-Men-i-kō is really how you say it.
When my grandfather came to Ellis Island, they took the “o” off his name. So he was Domenic and so was my other grandfather. They were both Domenic. So therefore I am Domenic.
How did your family get out to LA?
Well, my grandfather knew a guy out here who’d been here since the 1920s — another guy from this small town in Sicily called Naro. In early ’50s they came and visited him and…
Richard Rushfield has covered the biggest names, the biggest shows, and sat in the worst seats… for you.
Today we are talking with Richard Rushfield the great writer, editor and long-time influencer.
His latest venture, The Ankler, is a newsletter written about — and for — Hollywood insiders and professionals.
We conducted this interview in the belly of the beast of one of the biggest talent agency towers in Century City.
Tony Pierce: I am sitting across from a Hollywood staple, the creator of the Ankler!
The writer, record-label owner, and hip-hop expert is more than just a pretty face.
If you don’t know this man yet or recognize his by line, where ya been?
He’s written countless articles for the LA Times. He penned that magnificent piece in Los Angeles magazine about Erewhon’s arrival in Silver Lake, and the beautiful obituary in the Washington Post of Shock G.
So naturally the first…