Don’t Knock The Rock film fest continues this Thursday with two must see documentaries. The Case Of the Three Sided Dream tells the story of Rahsaan Roland Kirk a blind jazz musician whose unique style has influenced artists from The Animals to Sonic Youth to Radiohead.
“You simply hold your guitar and you turn it up as loud as you can and you try not to look at the audience”. So describes The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne on the Shoe Gaze movement. “Beautiful Noise” tells the story of how Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine influenced generations of bands.
Dolly Parton Annenberg Space Museum for Photography May 31-September8, 2014
After you’ve gotten your fill of Jazz and loud rock go to the Annenberg Museum of Photography for a knockout country bill from Shelby Lynne and Jamestown Revival. Also make sure to get there early to see the amazing photographs focusing on country music.
It’s Comic-Con this weekend! All nerds (and I use this term affectionately as I consider myself a music nerd) converge down to San Diego and revel in the minutiae of everything having to do with anything Kevin Smith or J.J Abrams have ever talked about or touched.
In honor of this magic weekend, I present some of the tremendous work by composers from the 1960s that represented these Comic book heroes. Enjoy!
Batman (1966) composed by Neal Hefti
Johnny Quest composed by Hoyt Curtin
Spiderman composed by Paul Francis Webster and Robert “Bob” Harris
The music business seems to ramp up during the opposite times of the movie business. First and Third quarters of the year go to music and the movies own the Summer and Winter. But even though this is an extremely slow time for new music, it’s a good time to discover something new. Here’s who I just discovered.
Alvvays: No it’s not Always with that have trouble reading the screen may think those 2 v’s are a “w” but this quirky band from Toronto might remind you of Camera Obscura or Best Coast. The two women in this five piece unit grew up as neighbors and discovered a love for Belle and Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub. Great influences. The title of their first single sounds like a possible Belle & Sebastian song, “Archie, Marry Me” and it also sounds like a lost Teenage Fanclub song. The song “Adult Diversion” begins with a “We Got the Beat” drum lick and then goes into a beach party vibe. I’m a sucker for these summer time jams and now I have a new band to follow.
Everyone thinks that Weird Al just parodies songs but the truth is he always puts out a number of original songs that sound similar to other artists. The songs balance the line between clever and stupid. And even though Weird Al dares to be stupid, here are a five of my favorite Weird Al original songs that dare to be compared to other artists.
Discover Flume who screams for his “hip shaking mama” or Sylvan Esso who want you to just “get up, get down” while Kan Wakan just wants you to do, what i want to do”. It might sound confusing, but it makes for a nice music sampler and it’s for free! Download by clicking on the photo of Nikki Lane. Her new album “All Or Nothin‘” is worth your attention as is the song “Wild One” which is also available for free. Enjoy!
It’s July. So why haven’t you been to the OC Fair yet?
Here are some featured foods that won’t disappoint…unless you have a food conscience. Only in America can we gorge on these delicacies.
Chicken Charlie is introducing the new-for-2014 Deep-Fried Doritos and Deep Fried Chicken Skin in addition to his classic favorite fried treats of Oreos, cookie dough and Twinkies.
Bacon A-Fair is introducing Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels, a unique churro concoction with a little whiskey kick at the end (non-alcoholic of course). Also, a deep fried bacon wrapped turkey leg!
Texas Donuts is putting a twist on its popular giant donuts with new flavors like Cherry Pop Rocks, Banana Chocolate Cream and Peanut Butter Cup. Also new this year, a Latin twist with the new deep-fried Gansito.
In case that doesn’t entice you here are some bands playing this weekend. The lineup is as varied as the things you can deep fry. Enjoy!
You might not recognize the name because he was mostly known as Tommy Ramone, drummer for the first three Ramones records. I didn’t know him by his actual name until I read his obituary. There’s been much written about Tommy Ramone in the past week following his death and his dynamic drumming that helped propel the “1-2-3-4″ call from Joey Ramone.
I wanted to recognize Thomas Erdelyi, producer of two of my favorite albums of all time The Replacements “Tim” and Redd Kross “Neurotica”.
Tim was the first Replacements album I bought. I would end up buying all of them but this was my introduction. The Replacements were my Ramones, a punk band with a don’t give a shit attitude. It all began with the music and just like the Ramones “Hey Ho Let’s Go” chant, The Replacements “Hold My Life” the first song on Time contained the winning lyric of “Razzle, Dazzle, Drazzle, Drone”. Basically, it’s all nonsense unless you have someone to kick-start the music and that’s where Thomas Erdelyi came in. He pushed the guitars up front and made the drums push the song forward, sometimes it staggered but it was always prominent. Most importantly he let Paul Westerberg be himself, he turned this drunken fool with tendencies for great lyrical poetry into a drunken fool with a fully realized album of classics. Rolling Stone declared it the 137th best record of all time. It’s in my personal top ten.
“Neurotica” was another matter but similar to the Ramones. How do you take a band from the 80s with a penchant towards 60 and 70s kitsch and an amazing live show and create a fully formed album? The answer again began with the first song and the count off of 1,2,3,4 (albeit with a more Beatlesque than Ramones count). But just like the Ramones, the music was relentless and it just didn’t matter what they were singing about, “Neurotica” actually contained the lyric “Get That Salami Sandwich out of here!” Tommy kept the band loose and in good spirits and it certainly shows on this album. Pitchfork gave it a rare 9.0 review. It’s in my personal top ten.
It’s safe to say Thomas Erdelyi had a small impact on my life. Thanks Tommy!
Is it a Worldwide holiday today? It should be, as Weird Al Yankovic descends from up on high (or wherever the Weird one descends. I’m just assuming he lives on some Big Rock Candy-Colored Mountain). It’s time to stop thinking of him as a novelty and give serious consideration for a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nomination. I’m serious. He’s been at it for 30+ years, his songs and videos are iconic, he’s been able to shape and morph himself to adapt to a changing pop culture. He is due to be recognized!
Bad news: Weird Al says this may be his last full-length album
Good news: That means Weird Al will release music whenever the mood strikes him
More good news: He’s releasing 8 videos one a day for this album “Mandatory Fun. Here’s the first one “Tacky”
More good news: “We’re up all night to get lucky” Let’s polka!!
Bruce Springsteen just released a ten minute video/short film for “Hunter of Invisible Game”. Bruce is shown in mostly dark lights brooding as playing off the carefree woman and children. I think it’s extremely hard for someone as well known as Bruce the rock star to come off as anything different, but he does a decent job disappearing into this character. Bruce hasn’t acted too much but he has been in a few films and videos. Here are the highlights.
Pretty Much Amazing is once again strutting its confidence by giving us 12 downloads you won’t regret. Movement lives up to its name with the groove/guitar jam “Ivory”, The Weeknd provides a R&B jam that reminds me of a heterosexual Frank Ocean. Zola Jesus provides a dance party anthem with “Dangerous”. And Greys remind us of the Grungy 90s with “Use Your Delusion” . Speaking of the 90s, there is also a cover of “My Drug Buddy” by Dom, but nothing can beat the original Lemonheads song so I’ll post that for contrast and comparison. Enjoy!