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Spencer Cross, a.k.a. 5000!, is an artist and graphic designer and is the founder of Los Angles-based creative services boutique, Tokyo Farm. He is also the creator of KERNSPIRACY, a unique effort to foster community and camaraderie among Los Angeles creative professionals through a combination of ongoing events and discussion forums. Spencer also co-founded the art collective PopRocks+Soda, who are intensely focused on the study of the issues surrounding the eating of fermented milk and the drinking of fermented grapes. Yay, fermentation. Spencer also occasionally updates blogTHOUSAND!, widely recognized as the internet's topmost authority on who would win in a fight between a ninja and a pirate.

Fight the powers that be.

I admit that this isn’t very L.A. specific, but it does tie into a couple of things that have been discussed around here lately (the Howard Stern brouhaha and Clear Channel/Indie 103.1). This morning on Howard Stern’s show there was a caller who phoned to say that he worked for a Clear Channel house (i.e., a CC-controlled concert venue) and that they had recently configured their firewall to block access to Stern’s website. The firewall reportedly delivers users a warning that the site has been blocked due to adult content, but in reality the majority of Stern’s site is concerned with his ongoing battle with the FCC and Clear Channel. The remainder is scheduling and contest information; certainly nothing that could properly be deemed adult contet. If that’s not enough, they’ve also blocked access to some related sites (such as Mark’s Friggin Protest Page).

I just feel the need to bring this up because I’ve dealt with a lot of people over the course of the last several weeks who express concern with what the FCC is doing to free speech rights, but say that they’re “too lazy” or “too busy” to do anything about it. Likewise, it’s a surprisingly similar group of people that keep asking me if I’m listening to Indie 103.1 and telling me that Clear Channel’s “not that bad.” Well, sorry, but the idea of a giant, corporate media-behemoth with close ties to the Bush administration flexing it’s muscle in order to block people’s access to information that might not be flattering to them doesn’t sound like butterflies and ponies to me.

The point is, it’s easy to sit on your ass, surf on Friendster and bitch about things, but remember this: once ClearDisneySoftDonald’s gets control, they probably won’t let you have internet access in the camps.

Here’s some more info:
www.stopfcc.com
www.recordingartistscoalition.com
Or, for some more great stuff go to KROQ’s site, click on “Kevin and Bean” in the left column, then click “Let your voice be heard. Stop the FCC now! Click Here” in the box at the bottom.

Oh Winter, Where Art Thou?

If you’re like me, this time of year is something of an emotional mixed bag. While it’s hard to ignore the siren song of California’s gorgeous spring weather, the reality is that ski season (or, as I like to call it, snowboarding season) is slowly coming to a close. And, unfortunately, the last several weeks of unseasonably warm weather haven’t exactly helped to draw the season out. But you still have time to get in a few runs; at least a taste of snow is predicted Friday into Saturday for the local mountains and decent snowfall earlier in the season means there’s enough base to keep riding for the next three weeks or so.

Lots of people bitch about riding in SoCal, but if Bear Mountain is good enough for Shaun White it’s good enough for me. Plus, Mammoth is really pretty close and they have one of the longest seasons in the country (not to mention a jaw-dropping 17′ base).

If you totally missed out this year and want to avoid repeating your mistake, you should know that Bear just started selling their Screamin’ Deal Passes. They’re good for the rest of this season and all of next and the prices are reduced until June 1st. Plus, if you fancy a quiet hike or a teste-shrinking mountain-bike descent, some versions them are valid all summer as well.

Cuck Fancer

Well, I was really hoping to be able to post some info about this before it sold out, but no luck. If you’re looking for both a good deed to do and a good way to warm up for Coachella (i.e., The Pixes!), then The Breeders are playing The Original Fuck Cancer Benefit at Spaceland April 1 with special guests Lou Barlow and Har Mar Superstar. While advance tickets may be sold out, Ticketweb promises there will be more tickets available at the door on the night of the show. If you haven’t seen The Breeders live, I promise they won’t disappoint. And since it’s all in honor of Jackie Ferry, rock tour manager extraordinaire, awesome surprise guests aren’t out of the question. While you’re at it, why don’t you cough up a lousy $12 and maybe, besides helping young people with cancer, you’ll win something really, really cool?