23 Apr
New Art Correspondent Freddi C hits up MOCA for opening night

We previewed the Transmission LA: AV CLUB last week, and sent new Art Correspondent Freddi C with mic and camera in tow to check out the exhibit. This was her recap… As the sun set downtown at the Geffen Contemporary MOCA, the Veuve flowed under an enormous shiny Mercedes-Benz logo suspended to look like a giant […]


20 Apr
The Avant-Garde Diaries hosts their 2nd exhibit in L.A.

We were guests of Mercedes-Benz last night at their Transmission LA: AV CLUB exhibit, and the show was by all means a great success. As we explained in our interview with Mike D, who is curating the event, the array of artist involved is impressive (including Peter Coffin, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Tom Sachs, Sage […]


When you’re offered five minutes with one of your heroes, you jump on it with vigor like Kool Aid-geeked grade schoolers on a trampoline. Or at least, you should. Such is the case with one Mike Diamond, aka Mike D, the high-pitched smooth talker in the archetypal Beastie Boys. In this humble man’s opinion, if […]


6 Jan
A New Year's mix with the Mount Rushmore of Rap legends

Remember when you used to have to throw down $20 for a DJ Premier mixtape? Well nowadays, thanks to these beloved interwebs, world class artists give up music for free — something all you kids out there take for granted. Not me. I see a free DJ Premier mixtape and my heart gets all tingly […]


2 Aug
App lets viewers change up their interaction with public spaces

Last month we mentioned a novel idea for an “Augmented Reality” app that allows one to walk throughout a city and watch popular scenes from movies that were filmed in the exact location they’re in. If you were in Venice, California you might see a scene from I Love You, Man or The Doors, while […]


10 Dec
Mike D in 4 new colorways

The Beastie Boys collaborate with watchmaker Nixon on a limited edition line of watches. The timepieces come in 4 colorways and feature the always festive Mike D on the face holding a bottle of cognac and fully outfitted in yachting gear. Around the band of the watch is the quotation, “I accept this award on […]


2 Dec
Land Rover's Defender SVX gets a boating makeover

German aftermarket giant Brabus has their Danish subsidiary Startech line give a complete cosmetic makeover to Land Rover’s iconic Defender SVX off-road champion. It’s cosmetic because there are no modifications done to the engine or performance, simply some alterations to make it match its Land Rover Defender 90 Yachting Edition moniker. This isn’t the first […]


17 May
New NASA-commissioned planes to save fuel and pollution

In the past 50 years very little has changed in basic airplane design, and due to the growth in air travel the present system we have will not be able to absorb the growth. So NASA granted MIT a $2.1 million research contract to develop environmental and performance concepts that lead aviation into the next […]