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  1. Friday, August 21, 2015

    LA is a city on the planet and the NYT is on it! 

    terrible tweetheres the problem with the New York Times, they have this foolish desire to cover Los Angeles.

    actually that desire isn’t terrible unto it self, but what’s dumb is they take new yorkers and move them to LA and have them write about it AS IF THERE ARE NO ACTUAL LOCALS WHO COULD DO IT BETTER.

    case in point, adam nagourney, who is the NYT’s LA bureau chief, who today blocked me on Twitter (?!) because I called him out on his shitty non-story about some new Sunset Strip hotels and his shittier tweet to hype it (above).

    the thesis of his far-too-long piece is OMG THEY SHUT DOWN THE HOUSE OF BLUES WHICH JUST HAPPENS TO BE ON THE SUNSET STRIP and guess what, guys, THEYRE BUILDING A LUXURY HOTEL !!!!11!1

    anyone who has lived in LA for more than a handful of years knows that the House of Blues was not a go-to club. it was a place you reluctantly went to because Bad Religion or Social D or GWAR was going to play there. Maybe you’d take some out of towners there to see Steel Panther or the Gospel Brunch.

    on the raaaaare occasion someone actually good would be there, but for the two dozen or so times that I’ve been there my favorite show was probably when Britney Spears did a 15 minute comeback lipsync secret show there billed as the M+Ms.

    at it’s heart, House of Blues was a corporate chain that eventually got bought by the most corporate of all chains, Live Nation, who is a wolf in sheep’s clothing called Ticketmaster.

    dudeONLY the NYT would try to make us shed a tear over a mediocre club owned by Ticketmaster being razed to build a high rise hotel.

    by the way, none of this has to do with The Doors, who played in LOTS of places in LA a half century ago, and yes one of the venues they rocked was The Whiskey which is a curvy mile away. Big whoop. (also the strip hasnt been “gritty” in decades.)

    If a local journalist would have written about it instead of someone who parachuted  in a couple of years ago, it might have been about how a) no one really loved that club anyways b) how after seeing the renovation of the Riot Hyatt into the Andaz across the street from the HOB and the ongoing success of the Mondrian next door or the Standard two blocks away OF COURSE a ticket corporation like Ticketmaster who actually doesn’t care about music would turn their club into a luxury hotel and c) this is more proof that the Sunset Strip is less about music (that trend has been moving east to Echo Park and DTLA since before poor adam moved west) and more about luxe.

    instead NY Adam interviews a nearby hotelier who claims the sky is now falling (because omg competition) and the Roxy’s Nic Adler who rightfully says this is a non story. BUT WHY WOULD YOU EVER BELIEVE THE SON OF THE MAN WHO HELPED PUT ROCK ON THE MAP ON THE SUNSET STRIP?!

    instead let’s publish another trend piece about LA that people in LA will laugh about because as Curbed LA wrote perfectly earlier this yearNew York Times stories about Los Angeles are amazing because they’re like seeing the city through the eyes of a dorky time traveler from 1992.”

    add one more to the list, boys, but be careful, nyc adam might omg block you from the twitters.

    blocked

     

  2. Monday, July 13, 2015

    amy is terrific. 

    Amy Winehouse Movie Posteri love movies. especially music documentaries.

    this year we have already seen one kurt cobain doc and another on the way.

    kurt is probably my all time favorite dead rock star and even though montage of heck was good, “amy” is great.

    one of the big differences is amy winehouse was being photographed and videotaped constantly through her whole ascent to superstardom

    which is ironic because it is clear that she had zero interest in being famous.

    kurt could pretend that fame wasnt of primary interest to him, but he did want it, he flirted with it and eventually signed with a huge label and made music videos and did all the things to be famous.

    amy was different. she sang jazz. how you gonna be famous singing jazz? even punk rockers have their day now and then but jazz singers – in the 21st century? ha!

    but there she was. in the spotlight. in love. always in love. and then in trouble. so much trouble.

    i loved this movie because it made us fall for her in ways i never did when she was alive.

    id seen her at sxsw and was not impressed. i watched her on tv now and then and was interested in her persona and her struggle. but i never really understood her story nor her music until last night at the academy screening of her new biopic.

    this was a talented girl who, like many geniuses, had zero awareness to real life.

    one of the funniest moments was when she was being filmed during a grammy ceremony and she heard the list of nominees and the title of their albums was shocked that justin timberlake’s was called “what goes around comes around”.

    amy winehouse really knew that little about pop music? and she had that much disdain? despite being in the center of it?

    it reminded me of Weezer’s “El Scorcho” where Rivers sings “I asked you to go to the Green Day concert / You said you never heard of them / (how cool is that?) / How cool is that? So I went to your room and read your diary.”

    Amy is the video diary of the rise and fall of the best jazz singer of the new century.

    and how love and fame and drugs and booze and the inability of parents and friends and even a record label cant stop imminent destruction.

    it’s so weird to me that this story gets repeated so often in rock music and nothing can be done.

    theres no guru? theres no rehab facility that works? theres no system? we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that the hangers on want to make money so they will keep pushing the stars onto the stage until they literally die?

    i cried, sass cried, everyone cried. then they clapped at the end, then they clapped again. painfully good movie that hopefully influences some people.

  3. Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    van halen to tour this summer, and conclude in hollywood 

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    Van Halen 2015 Tour Dates:
    7/5 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    7/7 – Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest
    7/9 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
    7/11 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
    7/14 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    7/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    7/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
    7/20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    7/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
    7/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
    7/30 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
    8/1 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
    8/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
    8/5 – London, ON @ Western Fair District
    8/7 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
    8/9 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    8/11 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center
    8/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
    8/23 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park
    8/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
    8/27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
    8/29 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
    8/31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    9/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
    9/4 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    9/6 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
    9/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater
    9/11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    9/13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    9/15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    9/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    9/21 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
    9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
    9/25 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    9/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
    9/30 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    10/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

  4. Thursday, March 19, 2015

    sinead o’conner says she wont sing her biggest hit any more 

    sineadbecause she doesn’t feel it any more emotionally. the controversial singer explained why on her Facebook yesterday:

    OK, the time has come for me to cease singing Nothing Compares 2U. The first principle of the manner in which I’m trained as a singer (Bel Canto) is we never sing a song we don’t emotionally identify with. After twenty-five years of singing it, nine months or so ago I finally ran out of anything I could use in order to bring some emotion to it. I don’t want audiences to be disappointed coming along to a show and then not hearing it, so am letting you know here that you won’t. If I were to sing it just to please people, I wouldn’t be doing my job right, because my job is to be emotionally available. I’d be lying. You’d be getting a lie. My job is to give you honesty. I’m trained in honesty. I can’t act. It just isn’t in my training. I have ceased singing other songs over the years for the same reason.

    i appreciate her idealism and i love her new songs. she’s an amazing artist.

    but she’s dead wrong here.

    one of the goals in art is to push oneself. a wise man once said life is the conflict between doing what you think you have to do with what you really want to do.

    when you’re a musician who has been performing for over almost three decades and most people could only name two or three of your songs AND YOU DONT WANT TO PERFORM YOUR MOST POPULAR TUNE you’re not pushing yourself.

    yes we want emotional performances. no one appreciates acting. but if you can’t get to the place where you can emotionally sing a beautiful song like that, my belief is you are avoiding the route to that emotion because it is TOO emotional.

    tap into that, sweet lady, and you will discover a goldmine.

    stop resisting.

    sing your song.

    be the great example, not a quitter.

  5. Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    me and jeanine saw Stevie Wonder last night in DTLA 

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    it was produced by the Grammys who are gonna air it Monday and pretty much everyone was there

     

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    Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, Ed Shereen, Jennifer Hudson, India Arie

    Craig Robinson, Mary Wells, Jill Scott, Gary Clark Jr., Gladys Knight, Pharrell, Babyface

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    Beyonce kicked it off with a big crowdpleasing song that was amazing

     

    id never seen her live before and she was amazing

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    it got me thinking that maybe Kanye is right and she deserves unlimited Grammys

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    it was a tough ticket to get and im stoked i got to go with jeanine cuz she loved it

    and knew a lot of his songs and the songs meant a lot to her.

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    oh yeah Maya Rudolph was also there, and Janelle Monae, and A Band Called Perry, and Tyler Perry

    and Jamie Foxx and Andrea Bocelli who i never knew was blind

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    Ed Shereen was the whitest guy there and the biggest surprise, he was fantastic

    Tony Bennet followed Beyonce, which was an impossible trick, but he was soooo damn good.

    At the end they let Stevie sing and it was wonderful.

    Even his daughter sang and she was great too.

    Perfect night all around. so glad I went. Will go to more shows more often, i promise.

  6. Monday, January 12, 2015

    things ive seen at the Forum 

    Louis CK

    the LA Kings with Wayne Gretzkey
    the LA Lakers with Magic and Kareem
    AC/DC with Yngwie Malmsteen opening
    Eric Clapton with Phil Collins on drums and Robert Cray opening
    Bob Seger with The Georgia Satellites opening
    Roger Waters, Radio KAOS
    The Grateful Dead
    Nirvana
    Duran Duran with The Village People and Adam Ant opening
    Marilyn Manson with Hole and Monster Magnet opening
    The Cure
    David Lee Roth
    The Cars, Hearbeat City tour
    Weezer with Against Me! opening
    Tom Petty, Southern Accents tour
    Beastie Boys, Hello Nasty
    Eminem
    Motley Crue
    AC/DC, Runaway Train tour
    Prince
    Aerosmith with Skid Row opening
    Aerosmith with Slash opening
    Kiss with Def Lepard opening
    and last night, Louis C.K.

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  10. Monday, September 8, 2014

    weirdly it was a really tough weekend 

    10694947_10152665945373057_1399432498_ndrove and drove and drove.

    uber has figured out how to take most of the profit away from the drivers while making themselves billionaires.

    i guess thats the american dream?

    pretty girls flirted with me. people told me secrets. and if someone overheard a conversation i had they woulda sworn someone proposed to me and i said yes.

    you should never dare me, america. im sorta down for whatever.

    growing up where i did, truth or dare was an olympic sport. there was no shame, nor should there be. truth? nothing in here is true? dare? what can you dare a former xbi agent to do that life hasnt already run us through four five times before we were 23?

    within the same hour two wonderful young ladies admitted their secret shames to me. talk about the stars aligning. its interesting how other peoples secrets that haunt them often dont mean anything alarming to me.

    like if boy george finally came out to his parents. wouldnt his parents say, do you think we didnt know?

    thats what i said, twice, because i have not read the book about what to say after someone pours their heart out to you. other than the truth: its no big deal, bb. is there anything else you want to reveal? no? that was really it? thats whats eating at you? you didnt kill anyone? youre not really a man? you didnt secretly poison puppies at the pound?

    we are all gonna die and st. peter is gonna be at the pearly gates and now joan rivers is gonna be there too and peter is gonna have a long list of things we did that were super bad and joan is gonna ask why we wore what we wore when we did it.

    and hopefully they will feel about our sins the way i feel about yours: those are all normal stumbles on this dark cobblestone path called life.

    your heart meant well and you did what you thought was the right move at the right time.

    no go in peace, nirvana is tuning up in the secret spot.