December 18, 2014

L.A. previews December 19-25: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dan Schnelle-Josh Nelson, Tannenburn, Jay Christ.

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Tourism: The Watts Towers.

The Watts Towers are a musical place.

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December 12, 2014

L.A. previews December 12-18: Sunnie Paxson, Larry Goldings, Charlie Hunter-Scott Amendola, Cyrus Chestnut-James Carter, Billy Childs, Elliott Caine, John Daversa, Nick Rosen, Steve Coleman, Intronaut.

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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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December 2, 2014

Notebook: Spot at Café NELA, November 30.

There's no place for middle-aged angst.

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November 25, 2014

Ponderation: Bob Dylan & The Band, "The Basement Tapes Complete" (Columbia/Legacy)

Q: Why would anyone want to listen to rehearsal tapes? A: If the rehearsals are Bob Dylan's. But not necessarily then, either.

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November 17, 2014

Record review: Exhausted Prayer, "Ruined."

Listen to Exhausted Prayer blind, and you might think you can instantly peg this brand of metal. Must be from the icy forests of Norway, right? No, the smoggy freeways of Los Angeles County. Satanic church burners? No, atheist stoners. Ritualistic blood slurpers? No, mostly long-haired vegans. But their grimness? Universal.

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November 13, 2014

Record review: Machine Head, "Bloodstone & Diamonds" (Nuclear Blast)

robb%20flynn.jpg Robb Flynn must have a lot to prove, because he sure does prove a lot, again and again.

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October 28, 2014

Review and interview: Electric Wizard, ancient and present.

A new classic album of sludgy riffology; an old interview and live observation from 2002 that finally sees the light/dark.

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October 16, 2014

DVD review: Ozzy Osbourne, "Memoirs of a Madman" (Epic/Legacy)

A career obituary?

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