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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Yep, this is it…the last Idelic Hour of 2014. I really have nothing too special to say or play.

For me, this final show is more of a fade out (call it “flake out”) into what happens next. In the mix, some artists I may have overlooked in 2014, a few of my favorite Idelic Hits, and sadly a number of songs by artists—I’ll call them rock ‘n’ roll heroes—who “bought the farm” this past year.

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TVD Video Premiere: Gary Calamar, “The
Anti-Social, Young American Christmas Lovers Brigade”

Tis the season for tidings and joy and we here at TVDLA are thrilled to exclusively share a rock ‘n’roll Holiday treat, “The Anti Social Young American Christmas Lover’s Brigade” by Gary Calamar.

“I set out to write a Christmas song but wanted to give it some edge. So I came up with this sub-culture of punky, gothy kids who hate everything—except Christmas. I was inspired by The Kinks “Village Green Preservation Society, T-Rex’s “Children Of The Revolution,” and David Bowie’s “Young Americans.” My 12-year-old daughter Zoe does some lovely background vocals and I also got help from James Combs and Steven Stern who produced the track. It’s dedicated to the infamous Kim Fowley and the Spirit of Rock and Roll!”

This song comes of the heels of Gary Calamar’s debut EP, “You Are What You Listen To,” released this fall on Atlantic Records. Many of you are probably familiar with Gary’s name and voice from his Sunday night radio show on KCRW and his music supervision work on award-winning shows such as True Blood, Dexter, House, and Six Feet Under.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

What has 2014 brought us musically? Maybe we can say it was “the year of the …?”

Looking back at the last couple of weeks and plowing through my weekly posts and favorite albums, I have culled together my year-end list which I’m affectionately calling “the polar vortex of Idelic Hits.” The only thing I can tell you about this list is that it’s way fucking cooler than Rolling Stone’s list.

I guess more than anything, 2014 might be the year of the question. Will we see the end of the CD and MP3? Was it the year that pop ate itself? Is rock ‘n’ roll for old people? Where did rap music go? Is there such a thing as a record collection?

I do know a few things did happen—and many of them were “happenings.” Festivals were essential in 2014 and if you didn’t attend a number of different kinds both great and small, then you likely missed what really went on. But looking up and down my list, I really see more of my own taste buds than what went down in 2014. I guess each of us had our own year musically. Is this where streaming is taking us? Likely not.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As I say, what’s the use of being a blogger if you can’t publicly boost your favorite artists and songs of the year? This ritual used to happen at the end of the year—but fuck that. The gold rush of people declaring “what rules” started as soon as Thanksgiving leftovers were made into turkey soup.

Today, I’m not sure what the music of 2014 said to us. Maybe I’ll have resolution next week when I bring you my Top 25 Idelic Hits. In the meantime, here are my top 50 thru 26 Idelic Hits of 2014:

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TVD Live: Will Dailey direct to vinyl in-store at The Record Parlour, 11/21

PHOTOS: KELSEY HENG | The Record Parlour is small but graciously stocked establishment that along with the record store is a museum for music geeks. The walls are adorned with unexpected and subtle gems like a framed photo of Dean Martin with an autographed cocktail napkin, a very early one page “fill in the blank” music publishing agreement, a bust of Elvis, an old cigarette machine, an enlarged painting of Bowie’s Diamond Dogs cover, a ceramic Joker lamp, and plenty of other eccentric delights to occupy the eyes.

The event kicked off with a DJ spinning vinyl that he picked out of crates from song to song while Will Dailey fans and friends congregated and enjoyed some crate digging and libations until just after 8pm when Will Dailey and crew ripped into their blistering set. The most comprehensive way to describe Will is an “absolute pro.” Will is an artist’s artist, a brilliant songwriter, master showman and beast of a guitar player.

The Record Parlour, although small boasts a real stage with a PA and is equipped with just enough backline (and some stellar vintage gear) to host an entire band. Will Dailey kicked his set off with “Sunken Ship,” the first single from his latest album National Throat and followed that with eight stellar tracks of older fan favorites, including this nerd’s personal favorite, the Wilco-esque, “Down the Drain,” and newer songs from National Throat rearranged for the live setting.

Will rocked up the banjo driven, “Higher Education” with no banjo and haunted the audience with the dream inducing “Castle of Pretending” with his perfect falsetto. The band also, to the crowd’s delight, dropped in a clever and stellar cover of Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s been a long year and finally a cool, Fall breeze has reached our warm canyon—our little sliver of the polar vortex. Thanksgiving week is upon us. This week’s Hollywood farmer’s market will likely feel like a nightclub. Funny, I bet I’ll run into some former ’80s clubbers on the prowl for yams.

Back when I was in a band I tried to write a song about “cooking.” Years down the road, it’s no surprise that the general public finds cooking food sexy. The sounds of a sharp knives and classic rock in a kitchen, the smell of fresh organic veggies and herbs…bliss…

Personally, I prefer cooking breakfast. Has anyone seen the Jon Favreau film Chef? There’s a scene where Favreau cooks for his son. It’s breakfast to perfection and it’s so well filmed. Man, I totally related to cooking a perfect breakfast.

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Hey, Shopkeeper: LA’s The Record Parlour

We’re thrilled to be able to talk to one of our favorite local crate digging establishments in Hollywood, The Record Parlour. Just over a year old, not only does the shop have an incredible collection in house, they can find you just about any title you have your heart set on—they found for me the Pointer Sisters’ Steppin in under 24 hours—and they possess one of the things LA is best known for—vibe.

Stepping into The Record Parlour is like stepping back into time, or stepping into the dream world of any music gear geek. They have on display loads of vintage amps, microphones, and my personal favorite, a Fender Rhodes—most of the pieces in, or getting into working condition.

The store has been building a name for themselves for putting on some of the most exciting and unique in-store shows and showcases in town, from pop-up shows with bands like Vintage Trouble to the event we are honored to be a part of this Friday, November 21—Will Dailey playing live with his band, with the entire performance being recorded and transferred directly to vinyl.

Please introduce yourself. Who are you and what do you do at The Record Parlour?

We are Chris Honetschlaeger, founder of The Record Parlour in Hollywood and Chadwick Hemus, store manager and partner.

How long has the store been open?

We first opened our doors in August of 2013.

But I heard that record sales are in decline—what made you want to open a record store?!

The “vinyl format” was more interesting to me than unreliable record sales figures from dubious sources. Double-digit growth in new record players and triple digit growth at vinyl pressing plants were a better indicator of the market opportunity for me. The Record Parlour is growing steadily month over month since opening and our store focuses on original releases versus new releases.

What is the last record your store sold?

We just sold 20 Zappa records to one guy about 15 minutes ago using Instagram.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

When I dove into this week’s Idelic playlist, I was not sure what this episode was about. As I write, it’s become clear—these songs and the bands that make them—are about me. Ha yes, it’s my form of a diary and this is what’s going on.

I’ve been to a ton of shows and dealing with a ton of people. Yes, my “rock ‘n’ roll journey” continues. There was some good news, sad news, and the in-between. Another friend (actually two) have died too young.

I could be sad, yet those feelings were washed away when I sat with my old friend Tom and his dad who just turned 98 years old. Fuck man, Florence and Allan Surgal are still a happy couple at 97 and 98 years old. That is as psychedelic as seeing Tame Impala from the fifth row as I did just the other night.

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TVD presents Will Dailey at The Record Parlour,
a direct to vinyl in-store performance, 11/21

As we’ve noted from time to time, we tend to be a pale or sun deprived bunch here at TVD HQ, but when the opportunity presented itself to be a part of a very special event at LA’s The Record Parlour, we decided to throw on a clean pair of socks and emerge from the cave to present a very special in-store performance from an artist who’s no stranger to TVD, Will Dailey.

What’s so special about this event aside from featuring an incredible artist at one of our favorite establishments to crate dig? This performance will be recorded live—directly to vinyl.

How this works is that during the performance, the analog disc cutting head engages the master lacquer used for pressing records and is not stopped until the entire side is complete. What’s the big deal, don’t artists record live all the time? Yes, of course they do, but with digital recording there is room for edits and to remix (not the DJ remix, but the mix of the sound being fed through the microphones).

With this process there is absolutely no editing. Once it’s grooved into the wax—that’s it. (No pressure, Mr. Dailey.) This is one of the few establishments aside from Third Man Records in the country that does this.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

My wife told me there was a big astrological change yesterday. I gather the heavens have sorted themselves out and now we can “get on with it” with a tiny bit more clarity than we had last month. I’m not sure why, but I feel this.

My struggle with the technical abilities of my Mac (and thus the modern world) continue—a weird, self-imposed headache. It’s interesting to think what happens to your world when all of your “programs” from 2010 update for 2014.

Father John Misty is an artist who thinks and sings about shit like this. In 2012, Misty gave us my “Idelic” song of the year with “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” and this week Misty burst back on the scene to debut a stunning new anthem which is now this week’s Idelic muse:

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