April 17, 2014

Reviews of Ozzy guitarists Part 1: Black Label Society, "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" (E One).

Bible-worn%20%28200x199%29.jpgjackdaniels%20%28150x200%29.jpg Watta blizzard of Ozz. In the wake of "13," the much-panted-over Black Sabbath reunion album, the last three months have seen product from no fewer than FOUR Ozzy Osbourne guitarists.

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L.A. previews April 18-24: Chris Speed, Ravi Coltrane, Acre Foot, Cosmosquad, Bandalabra, Revolver Golden Gods, Chick Corea-Bela Fleck, Dillinger Escape Plan.

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March 25, 2014

Live review: Kraftwerk at Disney Hall, March 21.

Hard to believe that everybody used to get frigid vibes from Kraftwerk's '70s proto-techno. In today's Auto-Tuned world, they exude a Beach Boys level of warmth.

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March 24, 2014

Live review: Garretson & Gorodetsky, "What Must the Hummingbird See?" at Automata, March 23.

Put a couple of wide-open musicians together, you never know where it's gonna go.

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March 8, 2014

Record review: Behemoth, "The Satanist" (Metal Blade)

Tradition holds that Lucifer/Satan got tossed from heaven for the sin of pride. Why? say most Satanists. Pride's no sin.

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February 28, 2014

Conversation: The Spring Quartet (Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese) at Royce Hall, February 22.

I didn't attend this one, but Deb went with a friend, so we talked about it.

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February 12, 2014

Event: Launch party for "Black SoCal" Venice Biennale art exhibition at Fais Do-Do, February 9.

Minority art tends to get stuck between bus stops, Lyn Kienholz thinks. Inspired by L.A.'s 2011 "Dig This!" exhibition, the president of the California/International Arts Foundation started to wonder what might happen if attendees of the prestigious 2015 Venice Biennale could glom the often underexposed visuals produced hereabouts.

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February 7, 2014

Combination: "The Grapes of Wrath" and Kris Kristofferson at the Cinerama Dome, January 31.

A fella from the Modern School of Film talked to archetypal outlaw country songwriter Kris Kristofferson after a screening of director John Ford's 1940 commie manifesto "The Grapes of Wrath." That seemed like a good idea.

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January 24, 2014

RIP: Yusef Lateef, 1920-2013.

The voice at the other end of the line was stern, and I was knocked back. First, I couldn't believe that the great jazzman Yusef Lateef was calling me unsolicited at L.A. Weekly from Amherst, Massachusetts, where he taught. Second, I had to accept the fact that he was giving me a D in jazz criticism.

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December 19, 2013

List: Albums I liked in 2013.

Occasionally somebody asks why I don't do year-end lists anymore. Okay, shut up for a year.

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