August 28, 2015

L.A. previews August 28-September 3: Albert Lee, Bennie Maupin, George Kahn-Azar Lawrence, Bonamassa plays the Kings, Leni Stern, Tiner-Baggetta, Kenny Burrell, Alex Noice.

Continue »

August 27, 2015

Record reviews: Scott Amendola and Thollem McDonas (both with Nels Cline).

radical%202.jpg
Sift genius, add Nels, mix well.

Continue »

August 19, 2015

Live review: Reggae Night featuring Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Inner Circle, Skatalites at Hollywood Bowl, August 15.

reggae%20bowl%2015a2.jpg
I gotta stop pretending that rhythmic sophistication is good or useful. Especially in a big outdoor concert.

Continue »

July 28, 2015

Ponderation: Kamasi Washington at Grand Performances, July 25.

kamasi%20shirt.JPG
Jazz, hip-hop and the L.A. uprisings of 1965, 1992 and 201?.

Continue »

July 8, 2015

Culture clash: Fireworks vs. music at Los Angeles Coliseum, July 4.

torn%20flag.jpg
American sport acts as a healthy yet zesty outlet for our aggression.

Continue »

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)

bubbles.jpg
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.

Continue »

June 23, 2015

Snapshots: Warped Tour at Ventura Fairgrounds, June 21.

warped15a.jpg
Never got to a Warped Tour event before; had not been young enough.

Continue »

June 22, 2015

Live review: Partch at REDCAT, June 19.

kithara%20skull.jpg
Words vs. music: As the Wicked Witch said, these things must be done delicately, and here they kinda weren't.

Continue »

June 11, 2015

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

ornette%20bw.jpg
Ornette Coleman was a musician, a magician and an oracle.
(With a poem by Richard Meltzer and thoughts from friends.)

Continue »

June 3, 2015

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

nesmith.jpg
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.

Continue »