July 3, 2015

L.A. previews July 3-9: CAB, Dwight Trible, John Corabi, Richard Wood/Eric Barber, Artyom Manukyan, Ohm benefit, Marilyn Manson.

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July 2, 2015

Record review: Trashbeat, Chrome, Tripp Kulture, The Shades, "Bubbling Up From Underground: The State of the Art-Rock Pt 1 (Rock & Roll, Art-Rock, Dance-Punk, Post-Alternative)" (Major Records)

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Walking through Hollywood on a Sunday morning, I spied a fella in Spandex pants, lying in the gutter. He rolled up bloodshot eyes and proposed a choice in exchange for a $10 donation: He would either blow me or give me a cassette.

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June 23, 2015

Snapshots: Warped Tour at Ventura Fairgrounds, June 21.

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Never got to a Warped Tour event before; had not been young enough.

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June 22, 2015

Live review: Partch at REDCAT, June 19.

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Words vs. music: As the Wicked Witch said, these things must be done delicately, and here they kinda weren't.

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June 11, 2015

Eulogy: Ornette Coleman, 1930-2015 (with comments).

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Ornette Coleman was a musician, a magician and an oracle.
(With a poem by Richard Meltzer and thoughts from friends.)

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June 3, 2015

Ponderation: The Wrecking Crew vs. pop stars playing their own damned instruments.

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I finally got around to watching "The Wrecking Crew," Denny Tedesco's 2008 documentary about the studio musicians who played on all those '60s hits by the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees, the Grassroots, the Association, the Tijuana Brass, Nancy Sinatra and a pile more. It made me trickle tears of nostalgia for my days as an ignorant young snob who loved pop/rock music and hated inauthenticity, two passions that danced poorly together.

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May 20, 2015

Kamasi Washington, "The Epic" (Brainfeeder)

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"The Epic" can make you smile, breathe, feel optimistic. It unfolds with boundless generosity, as if we can relax past doomsday to receive inspiration after inspiration, and as if we deserve the gift.

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May 5, 2015

Live review: John Zorn Triple Threat at Royce Hall, May 2.

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"Triple Threat & the Hermetic Organ," the title of the Royce Hall evening concluding a full day of Zorn presentations in Los Angeles, carried a connotation beyond run, pass and kick.

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April 28, 2015

Live review: Syd Straw at McCabe's, April 11.

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Syd Straw blames her manager for everything. The singer's manager is her new dog, Carol Burnett; lying on the stage, the dog takes responsibility without complaint or pay, which makes her more useful than most managers.

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April 20, 2015

Media: The value of the last word.

peace%20business.jpg From a recent cable-TV listing: "Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Byrds, Santana. Woodstock epitomized an era of peace, love and revolution. Relive the spirit. (Business)"

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