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  • November 4, 2014

    I know last week I promised a review of the Year Of No Light show in Glendale (at The Complex) but – much like the Frost/Hecker show at Los Globos two days prior – the band elected to play in almost complete darkness. Which meant I couldn’t get many photos. As I don’t know the group’s oeuvre all that well, posting three foggy/dark […]

  • October 30, 2013

    It was 75 years ago tonight that Orson Welles’ infamous “War Of The Worlds” radio drama aired over the CBS radio network. For the uninformed, this adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel gained notoriety in the days and weeks following its broadcast because it supposedly inspired widespread outrage and panic by listeners who believed the events described in the program were real. As some listeners […]

  • August 8, 2013

    My buddy Dan has been composing music for TV and film for the past decade, creating brilliant spots for companies like Droid, Facebook, IBM, Mercedes, BofA…wasn’t there a Honey Nut Cherrios ad a long time ago? Or a Reese’s ad? That was my favorite because I’m both physically and emotionally addicted to Reese’s. Anyway, Dan’s one of the hardest workers of anybody I know, […]

  • July 27, 2013

    Aaron Snow of Connecticut-based space rockers Landing wrote this morning to alert me to some recent goings on in the Constitution State. Did you know that 2013 marks the band’s 15th anniversary? Aaron and his wife originally formed the band way back in 1998 with Dick Baldwin and Daron Gardner. Though the full-band lineup has changed in recent years, the core has remained intact […]

  • April 22, 2013

    • So, listening to Bardo Pond cover “Maggot Brain,” the only thing that I’m disappointed by is how they didn’t ask Isobel to deliver the Eddie Hazel introduction like the original. That would have been really cool. Alas, they’ve got her playing flute, which is surprisingly effective. I imagine at some point I’ll make it to the B-Side, but for now I’m content to […]

  • March 18, 2013

    The Internet has been engaged in a lot of tributes to Jason Molina today. If you haven’t heard, the talented singer/songwriter passed away Saturday night at the age of 39. The cause of death was described as natural causes on both the Secretly Canadian and Magnolia Electric Co. websites. Henry over at Chunklet was a bit more blunt, writing that Molina “died from a […]

  • February 11, 2013

    It seems like just a few months ago I was breaking the news that the infamous, much-sought-after Hendrickson Road House album was being reissued on CD by Wooden Hill. That was eighteen months ago. The liner notes of the CD included a lots of quotes from the interview I conducted with Sue Randall (aka Sue Akins) as well as many of the photographs she […]

  • November 27, 2012

    I’m driving to Vegas Friday night. I always take the same route. Typically what happens is I leave right from work and take the Ventura Freeway to I-210 East to I-15 North, which will take me all the way to…well…Flamingo Road? Is that usually the right exit? I don’t remember, because I rarely stay at the same hotel twice. Whether my destination is […]

  • August 22, 2012

    Ah, The People’s List. An ad campaign for Converse sneakers as created by thousands of kids who read Pitchfork daily and treat it as gospel. 27,000 voices (88% male! mostly aged 21-25!) banded together to create a list of the top 200 albums of the last fifteen years. Also-known-as the fifteen years Pitchfork has been around trying to influence society’s taste in music. Sponsored […]

  • July 10, 2012

    Across the Internet today, a number of tributes to Dennis Flemion have been penned. The founding member (with his younger brother Jimmy) of the independent rock band The Frogs was identified yesterday as the swimmer who disappeared on Wind Lake in Racine, Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. All those other remembrances were written by people who knew Dennis better than I, and if you’re looking […]