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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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TVD Live: The Stone Foxes at the Bootleg, 10/30

PHOTOS: PETE RAPPAPORT | The very first show I saw San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes live was in 2010 at SXSW. This was their very first time playing the festival and it involved crowd surfing, dancing, sweating, a band member jumping off of 12-15 feet of amps—the jump being taped which ended in a phone call and a scolding from Mom.

It’s nice to know sometimes that some things never change and the Stone Foxes stormed into night number one of their three night residency with as much energy, piss and vinegar, and sheer bombast as that band playing Austin for the first time.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em there is one thing for certain, this band knows how to put on a show. Lead by front man and master showman Shannon Koehler, the Stone Foxes can uncross the arms and induce a hip swizzle in even the most pessimistic of patrons.

This hand is made up of three guitar players, two drummers, a fiddle player, two bass players, and a keys guy—yet there are only six band members. Improbable, you say? Well, the solution to this riddle is that each member plays multiple instruments that they interchange throughout the set. Each player has his own style which makes the music exciting and makes it hard to put in a single genre pocket (in a good way).

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, but today I’m spooked! Ghosts and weird forces fill the air and the internet. I’m frustrated. Is it my brain or simply my hard drive?

Yes, I am haunted because The Idelic Hour is being haunted. There has been a ghost in the system. Now, for the second week in a row my makeshift radio studio is in disrepair. Last week I couldn’t get the show off to Jon at TVD.com, and this week as ghouls and goblins invaded the canyon, I managed to get a mangled version of the show together, and out.

Yeah man, this week has been “heavy on the head.” Weird news, and in fact weird people “beaming” through mobile devices has made me a moody dude. Often I use music to calm my mind when unsettling vibes come my way. This week’s Idelic Hour is fairly the opposite—it’s an hour playlist of mostly moody singers.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Noche de Agave, An intimate night with Lissie at the Paramount, Saturday, 11/1

Los Angeles has an incredibly diverse culture and the city has warmly embraced some of its more prominent traditions, one of our favorites being “Dia De Los Muertos,” or the Day of the Dead.

The Mexican tradition focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for, remember, and celebrate the lives of the deceased. One of downtown Los Angeles’ historical theatres, the newly renovated Paramount in the heart of the Boyle Heights Community will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos with their Noche de Agave, event on Saturday, November 1st.

The event will feature revered holiday traditions with face painting, flower crowns, and traditional Mexican food. The night also features live music from headliner and stunner Lissie, George Stanford, and KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox holding down the ones and twos. The event is all ages as well.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON 6/6/14
Greetings from New York City!

Today finds me back in my hometown of New York City. It always seems to take a couple of days to acclimate to “The Big Apple.”

People have been saying the city isn’t the same since the Gap opened on St. Marks Place in 1988. Post “gentrification,” I think the greatest change has been walking the streets armed with a state of the art PDS. Many of the buildings remain the same but, wow, my mind is spinning.

It’s nice to feel New York on a Spring Day. It’s less harsh around town since my recent visits. I had a fun dinner with my dad. First I’ve seen the “mad man” since he turned 80. To be honest the last year has been pretty tough and I’ve been very worried. Dad’s response to the severe climate was uncool. It was great to see Kenny smile and talk about horse racing again.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

There’s something about the quality of the darkness. Certainly tonight could not be as dark as the darkest nights of winter?

The second half of October is a magical time in California. While the east coast has the color of the changing seasons, the west coast has the “light.” Maybe it’s just me getting used to the transition from the westerly summertime sunsets to a quicker nightfall, but the nights this time of year seem darker.

And as all hallows rolls into the canyon, the psychedelic creatures of the night begin to emerge. It’s a wonderful time to have a party of the psychedelic kind, and for the next two weekends southern California is hosting two Psych Fests.

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