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Stories by Andy Trimlett

Listening To 150 Bands Courtesy Of North Park Music Thing

Listening To 150 Bands Courtesy Of North Park Music Thing

Aug. 12
By Andy Trimlett

Culture Lust contributor Andy Trimlett listened to all 150-plus bands playing in this weekend's local music fest, the North Park Music Thing. He survived, though he's still amped up and suffered slight hearing loss.

Proposition 13: A Look Back

Feb. 23
By Andy Trimlett, Joanne Faryon / inewsource

In 1978 disco was king, Jerry Brown was Governor, and the people ruled. They voted 2-to-1 in favor of Proposition 13, rolling back property taxes.

Tom Waits' "Glitter and Doom Live" Is Perfect For Under The Tree

Tom Waits' "Glitter and Doom Live" Is Perfect For Under The Tree

Dec. 23
By Andy Trimlett

If you're a last minute shopper for holiday gifts and you have a music lover on your list, consider the new album from Tom Waits, "Glitter and Doom Live." Culture Lust contributor and Waits fan Andy Trimlett has this recommendation.

Girl Talk, The Musical Dr. Frankenstein

Girl Talk, The Musical Dr. Frankenstein

Sept. 11
By Andy Trimlett

Check out this interview with Girl Talk where you can read about a toilet paper gun and US copyright law in the same story.

In the Trailer with the Silversun Pickups

In the Trailer with the Silversun Pickups

Sept. 3
By Andy Trimlett

Find out if the Silversun Pickups can play their own song on Guitar Hero, plus their thoughts on art and music.

The Quasi-Controlled Madness That is The Burning of Rome

The Quasi-Controlled Madness That is The Burning of Rome

Aug. 17
By Andy Trimlett

See video and interviews of San Diego's own megaphone-toting rock band The Burning of Rome.

Art From the Cool Kids at Subtext Gallery

Art From the Cool Kids at Subtext Gallery

May 15
By Andy Trimlett

Culture Luster Andy Trimlett heads over to Subtext Gallery to check out the work of some emerging artists and see what the cool kids are up to.

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KPBS Producer Andy Trimlett Goes T-Shirt Hunting in San Diego

April 24
By Andy Trimlett, Angela Carone

Recently, I grabbed my friend Lee and embarked on a grand quest to find cool t-shirts in San Diego. In normal times, shops that sell artistic t-shirts appear and disappear at Whack-a-Mole speed. But this economy has turned the San Diego t-shirt industry into a horror movie.

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Zia: The Born-Again Pizza Experience

April 9
By Andy Trimlett and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The current slices on offer at Zia's Gourmet Pizza. Photo by Andy Trimlett

Zia: The Born-Again Pizza Experience

Zia: The Born-Again Pizza Experience

April 8
By Andy Trimlett

For many people in San Diego, the $50 meal is one of those golden memories from the good ol' days of six months ago. These are the days of cheap food. Thankfully, in San Diego, cheap does not equal bad.

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T-Shirt Hunting in San Diego

April 7
By Andy Trimlett and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

T-Shirt Hunting in San Diego

Zia: The Born-Again Pizza Experience

March 20
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Zia Gourmet Pizza has ruined pizza for me. & Sure, I can still enjoy a pepperoni pizza, but it has lost the magic that it possessed before I discovered pizza covered in rosemary potatoes and cream cheese, spinach and yogurt. & Now, before you descry this shocking transmogrification of pizza as blasphemy (and by the way, Zia is worlds away from CPK & ndash; the whole wheat crust is sheer genius), I ask you to simply walk through the doors of this humble Normal Heights establishment and lay down a few bucks for a slice. &

How Does Sub Zero Beat Up Superman?

July 28
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Whenever people hear about Mortal Kombat vs. DC, the obvious question comes to mind: how do you put Superman in a fighting game?

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 28
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sweet Lady Talks about Chainsaws in Gears of War Panel

July 28
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

One of her first questions to Cliff concerned the cleaning of the Lancer,

Your Superhero Voice in the Next Marvel Game?

July 28
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Whoever is doing publicity for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion is a genius.

Mirror's Edge: A Little Too Close to Reality

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Most first-person games set the camera in the head of the character, which makes things easy to control, but forces a very fluid movement that looks unnatural. &

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dawn of War II Makes You Love Space Marines

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Lead Designer Jonny Ebert started off by explaining the three keys to success of the first incarnation of the

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

DC Universe Online Playable at Comic-Con

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Every good superhero has & some useful & powers (sorry, Aquaman), and

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City of Heroes Draws Your Character

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

The MMO City of Heroes grew out of comic books and now they're going back in them! & Bring a printout of your City of Heroes character to the NCsoft booth, and comic artist Dave Hamann will draw your character for you. & Best part: it's free!!!

Cliff Bleszinski on Gears of War 2

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

So yes, the chainsaw bayonet is back. & "Of course the chainsaw is back," says Cliff. & "That's our lightsaber." & One new tool in your gore creation kit is the Mulcher, which sounds a lot like the Heavy's gun from

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cliff Bleszinski on Making a Classic Game

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

For a long time, cut scenes were the principal way to advance the plot in a video game. & For some reason, game creators more or less took you out of the game and into a movie when they wanted to tell you what was going on. & Bioshock wasn't the first to use "discoverables" to tell the story -- an old letter, and audio recording, a newspaper -- but they certainly showed us all how much more powerful (and fun to play) a story could be when most of the story is advanced in the game itself. & And Bioshock inspired Cliff for the sequel to

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Joker and Green Lantern Sign up for Mortal Kombat

July 27
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

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Sam & Max Creator Steve Purcell

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

In this season, "we're traveling around [more than in the first], and amping up the bizarre scenarios." & But really, it doesn't matter where this dog and rabbit go, or what story they're involved in, for Steve, "The plot existed to give the characters things to say to each other."

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Video Games Live Rocks San Diego

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Hearing the three rows of the chorale sing what I've heard during so many late nights on

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Harry Potter and Zubo

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

In this version, which supposedly features "new, action-packed sequences" where you get to "fly as Harry Potter, play Quidditch, mix up magical potions," and even duel, according to John Fenno, the game's product manager. Games based off of movies are rarely worth a salt, but according to John there is a crew from the movie dedicated to ensuring the game lives up to the standards of the movie. And the bespectacled magician's creator, J.K. Rowling, is even overseeing the project, so I'll cross my fingers for this one. This new installment of Harry Potter is made for the Wii, so if they can manage to really take advantage of the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wiimote - making it feel like you're really mixing potions, for example - then they'll be well on their way to making a winner. The broom race seemed to be a good start, so we'll see.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 26
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How Does Scorpion Beat Superman?

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Straight from the marketing department, according to MK creator, Ed Boon. & I have to say, that is not a great start for creativity, but since it is internet fashion to beat up on MK, I'll leave that alone. & Boon told me, "We've been making MK games since 1992, which is a long time. & At some point around MKIV, we talked about & 'wouldn't it be cool if we made a versus game with one of our competitors?'" & He mentioned Street Fighter and Virtua Fighter, but ... there's a game called Street Fighter, there's a game called Virtua Fighter, and we thought it would be cool." & That would actually be pretty cool. & But I imagine the corporate war that would ensue would be bloodier than anything in the MK universe. & And, according to Boon, that project "never really panned out." &

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Party Fight. Sony Wins.

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

After needlessly crossing the length of downtown -- at the brilliant suggestion of a friend of mine -- we showed up to our first press party of the evening at 9:30 p.m. & The company throwing the party shall remain nameless. & But suffice it to say, I hope their new video game will be better produced than the party they threw last night. & I counted nine people in the bar. & It still makes me hurt inside.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Exclusive Interview with Spore Creator Will Wright

July 24
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 24
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Spore and Ghostbusters on List for Must-See Video Game Panels

July 24
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 24
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting