January 30, 2015

L.A. previews January 30-February 5: Karma To Burn, 45 Grave, Rosenboom/Pineda/Templeton/Noice/Rowden/Mull, Azar Lawrence, Elliott Caine, Acre Foot, Scott Amendola-Nels Cline.

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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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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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