February 4, 2016

L.A. previews Feb. 5-11: Hay-Liebig, Garretson & Gorodetsky, Alex Cline, Henry Butler, Black Sabbath, Supersuckers.

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Bible passage of the month: How to choose a king.

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The proper way to choose a king is not by caucuses, conventions and elections; it is by ascertaining the will of the Almighty.

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January 28, 2016

List: Top ways Volkswagen's "Beth" commercial castrates men.

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Once upon a time, Kiss had a hit called "Beth." Forty years later, we can't escape the tune, harnessed to sell Volkswagens on TV. Males: If you identify with the song or the gutless dad in the commercial, and especially if you buy a VW, here are some of the ways you have identified yourself as a royal pussy.

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January 21, 2016

List: Four reasons David Bowie's "Blackstar" and Charles Lloyd's "I Long To See You" are frequently bought together on Amazon.

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Released a week apart, "Blackstar" by David Bowie and "I Long To See You" by Charles Lloyd & the Marvels don't scan as twins.

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January 13, 2016

Personal timeline: David Bowie.

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Why are my eyes watering after Bowie stepped off the wheel? Now I remember . . .

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January 1, 2016

Scene: Music in Oaxaca.

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Went to Oaxaca with my bodyguards, and some things besides mosquitoes got in our ears.

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December 23, 2015

Music: Unforced jollity.

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Three songs that feel right to me.

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December 18, 2015

Quick observation: Mike Stern Band at Catalina's, December 13.

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It was about time I caught up with guitarist Mike Stern, and I'm not saying I succeeded, cuz the man moves fast and I had only a minute.

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December 10, 2015

Ponderation: Why music disappoints me.

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While swilling cheap tequila and listening to records the other night, I wrote myself a note: "My heroes aren't good enough."

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November 27, 2015

Record review: Pope Francis, "Wake Up!" (Believe Digital)

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Released on Black Friday, the debut album by white-clad black-metal upstart Pope Francis stands to turn the genre on its head. The ways are legion.

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