March 5, 2015

Live language: Go: Organic Orchestra, Wildflowers Duo at Electric Lodge, February 27.

Stream of notebookness.

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February 27, 2015

L.A. previews February 27-March 5: Azar Lawrence, Slumgum, Spy Car, Organic Orchestra, Stanley Clarke, Elliott Caine, Michael Vlatkovich, Peter Erskine, Rock Against M.S., Brad Dutz, Bill Frisell.

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February 24, 2015

Record review: Black Star Riders, "The Killer Instinct" (Nuclear Blast)

Begorra, they did it again.

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February 12, 2015

Record review: Marilyn Manson, "The Pale Emperor" (Loma Vista)

I wonder why the New York Times last month dubbed Marilyn Manson's new "The Pale Emperor" "the biggest leap" and why his upstart label head called it "fresh"?

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January 26, 2015

R.I.P.: Kyle C. Kyle, drummer and friend.


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January 17, 2015

Personal timeline: Kim Fowley.

Here are some things I remember about him.

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January 14, 2015

List: Top 8 reasons Katy Perry is performing with Lenny Kravitz at Super Bowl XLIX.


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December 26, 2014

Etymology: Fulsome in the extreme.

Several web commentators have flinched when Flo, the white-uniformed commercial mascot for Progressive Insurance, described her employer's breadth of coverage as "a most fulsome bounty." The use of "fulsome" was designed to excite mirth, not to say jollity or hilarity. Yet the word has become an occasion for deadly conflict.

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December 18, 2014

Tourism: The Watts Towers.

The Watts Towers are a musical place.

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December 11, 2014

Live review: Vijay Iyer at Royce Hall, December 5.

The memory of Vijay Iyer heaving his whole multipurpose piano toolbox into the improvisational pit live with Wadada Leo Smith (and on many recordings) made his restraint with a string quartet and a small orchestra all the more striking.

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