Monthly Archives: July 2013

JJ Cale

JJ Cale, who died of a heart attack on July 26 ,was a musician’s musician. By that I mean he was under-appreciated in terms of sales figures but loved by his peers. Want proof?  Here’s Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses: “JJ Cale is my hero. John Weldon Cale was still making great music well […]

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New Music Tuesday

Today on New Music Tuesday we celebrate the producer because without Swedish born pop producer Max Martin we would not have Backstreet Boys songs like   “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” or “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” or “I Want It That Way”.  Take a look at his song production catalog.  It’s quite impressive.  Now no […]

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Madonna turns 30

I always thought Madonna’s debut album exploded out of the gate when it came out 30 years ago as she seemed to be everywhere all at once in 1983.  But I looked on the Billboard singles charts and even though the album came out on July 27, 1983, her first single did not chart until […]

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Free Music Friday

Sample a couple singer/songwriters with bright futures. James Bay could be the next big thing.  He’s got that big, gruff yet sensitive voice to make the girls swoon. Sam Morrow reminds me of Damien Rice with his earthy vocals and introspective lyrics. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share […]

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Get Out

There are a couple nice events right off the 405 this week. Tonight at the Skirball it’s so nice to hear the Belle Brigade is back in action and playing a free show.  Love those brother/sister harmonies from Ethan/Barbara Saturdays Off The 405 gives you a good reason to visit the Getty when they have […]

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The Half-Filled venue

Last week I saw Belle & Sebastian put on another wonderful show playing songs covering their entire career that had the audience in the pit dancing like there’s no tomorrow.  The discouraging part of the show was the barely 1/4 filled seats behind the pit.   A fact touched on in this review.  Singer Stuart […]

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New Music Tuesday

The first album in four years by legendardy Americana artist Guy Clark finds him ruminating on his past love, specifically, his wife Susana Clark who passed away in 2012.  The picture Guy holds up in the cover photo has a story behind it.  Susanna walked in and found he and friend, the late Townes Van […]

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Springsteen and I

Springsteen and I is playing in theaters tonight (July 22 and July 30).  It’s a documentary that tells the story of the relationship between an artist and his fans.  Every Springsteen fan has a story so here’s mine. It was a long, long time ago in a far away place called the West San Fernando Valley. […]

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Free Music Friday

As you might know Sub Pop is celebrating their 25th anniversary and the beat just goes on and on as they are now introducing their latest gems with 15 songs free for download…way to go, losers.   Merge Records is also coming up on 25 years (founded in 1989) and they’re bigger and better than […]

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Get Out

The Twilight Series at the Santa Monica Pier continues with 10 time Grammy Nominee Meshell Ndegeocello. Here’s a beautiful version of the Nina Simone song “Young, Gifted and Black” Opening up for Meshell is impossible to Google named The Record Company.  You can download their EP for free right here Click on the photo to get […]

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