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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Cubscouts are screaming, / Needing icescreaming and all the pleasures of June / I’m in a parked car. / Flowers seem friendly and people in hall ways feel walls. / Now it is night time maybe we’e cruising avoiding the anti-cruise. / Oh I don’t really know where we are. / If things get real promise to take me somewhere else, / By the time fear takes me over will we still be rolling and feeling oblivion.

(I’ve always loved a great British lyric to take me to a far away imaginary place.)

On another note, last week Jon from The Vinyl District reminded me that due to the holiday schedule I only had four Idelic Hours to go before year’s end. My reply was something to the effect of… “I know.”

For some years now, bloggers have been creating their “Year End” lists earlier and earlier in the year. The standard rule of thumb these days might be the week after Thanksgiving. In this day and age someone always knows better than me.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole / Just strap your guitar and we’ll play some rock n roll / But the money’s is good / Just get a grip on yourself

It dawned on me a few weeks ago that 1977 was 40 years ago. It’s rather obvious, but for some reason it’s just finally sunken in. Honestly I’m in a bit of shock. ’77 was the year when punk rock and I came of age. I was 15 at the time—obsessed with punk rock 45 singles and pretty much bought every record of the era. Punk was more than just music. I listened to every lyric and read every “zine,” and I BELIEVED in every note and every word. I took down all my rock and Bruce Lee posters and replaced them with British punk posters I used to buy from Bleecker Bob’s—the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks lined my walls.

I remember explicitly embracing the concept of being 15 and being PUNK. I knew I had missed the ’60s, but “77”—that was my movement and I held it tight. I went to every punk rock show of note in New York City that year and the two after. When I visited San Francisco for six weeks that summer I went to the Mabuhay Gardens and saw The Nuns, Crime, The Screamers, Weirdos, the Dils, and The Avengers. I flipped tables, tossed chairs, and showed the SF punks how us New Yorkers throw a bottle at a band.

“No, you don’t throw it at the band, you throw it against the wall to the side!”

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TVD Live Shots: The Drums, Methyl Ethel at the Fonda Theatre, 11/2

The Drums supported by Aussie rockers Methyl Ethel played three nights at the The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Drums are an American indie pop/rock band based in New York City, founded in 2009 by current frontman Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham. Earlier in 2017 Graham announced his departure from the group on good terms. Their forth album, Abysmal Thoughts, was released a few months later.

At the first of the three Fonda shows on Thursday, Pierce wore a jumpsuit that proudly displayed his most recent album title. Rightfully so, as he wrote and produced the entire thing himself. He danced and spun across the stage, reaching out into the enthusiastic young crowd again and again.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This is how the world will be / Everywhere I go it rains on me / Forty monkeys drowning in a boiling sea / Everywhere I go it rains on me / I went down into the valley to pray / Everywhere I go it rains on me / I got drunk and I stayed all day / Everywhere I go it rains on me

On last week’s show I played a bunch of records about “darkness,” and spoke about voices in the wind. I’ve said it before and still I have to say it again—I kinda like talking about the weather. Some days that’s the best we can muster.

After the excitement of Tuesday night, trick o’ treating with a pack of boys and watching the LA Dodgers make it to a game seven of the World Series, Wednesday was a bummer. Los Angeleno families were let down hard by the World Series outcome. It’s not just that the Dodgers lost, it was a dreadfully boring and hopeless defeat we suffered through. We even hear a Dodgers player’s house had been burglarized during the game. Thursday I woke horribly drained, negative, and grumpy.

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TVD Live Shots: The Interrupters, SWMRS, Sharp Shock at the
Fonda Theatre, 10/28

The Interrupters is a ska punk band from Los Angeles, formed in 2011. Members include Aimee Interrupter on lead vocals, and brothers Kevin Bivona on guitar, Jesse Bivona on drums, and Justin Bivona on bass. Their second album, Say It Out Loud, was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, and was released on Hellcat Records earlier this year.

Last weekend The Interrupters played to a full house at the Fonda Theatre, supported by openers SWMRS and Sharp Shock. Obviously a hometown show, the audience was filled with dedicated fans, family, and friends of the band who danced and sang along to every word. They took a minute to pause and thank the crowd for coming and to remind everyone that we were all here to celebrate music and its ability to unite and connect people. The Interrupters will continue touring this fall in South America opening for Green Day.

SWMRS played a killer set. They warmed the crowd up by starting a mosh pit, and also came dressed ready to celebrate Halloween. SWMRS are a young punk rock band from the Bay Area. Members include Joey Armstrong, Cole Becker, Max Becker, and Seb Mueller. Their latest release, Drive North, was remastered and re-released when the band signed with Fueled By Ramen in 2016.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Be careful ‘Cause I’m an ax Victim / Hung up on these silver strings / Like Wings / Like time machines… / Like voices in the winds

Voices in the winds? I’ll say. The weather here in the canyon this week has been classic pre trick o’ treat—dry, windy and hot as fuck. Dirt, ash, and fairy dust fill the air. Blood boils and cauldrons brew toward Hallow’s Eve. We are, after all, in the city of angels and it’s the season that kicks up the magic around these parts. And the nights become dark. Darker than dark.

Although I’m obviously feeling the magic today, I’ve sidestepped this year’s Halloween hype. Is it me or has it been a bit low-key year this year? Maybe the shadow of 2017 is softening the “boo” out of trick o’ treat?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

At my house I’ve got no shackles / You can come and look if you want to / In the halls you’ll see the mantles / Where the light shines dim all around you / And the streets are paved with gold and if / Someone asks you, you can call my name

Staying positive and keeping one foot in front of the other has been my mantra this week.

I have to also stay watching The Yankees hasn’t hurt my old New York “bones” either. I know, I know—The Dodgers are “the Canyon” team of choice, but as a child I grew up rooting for the “pin-stripes” in October. In fact, I’m one of the few folks you’ll meet who stormed Yankee Stadium’s field after the Bronx Bombers won the 1977 World Series.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I saw a tweet that Connie Hawkins died the other day. Having grown up in New York City on an asphalt basketball court, the news set me back. It seems every week in 2017 has come with some bitter news. Why would a Friday the 13th in 2017 be any different?

Last week’s passing of Icarus Line guitarist Alvin DeGuzman at age 38 was depressing too. This week’s news was not really as sad as it was nostalgic. This week’s Idelic Hour goes out to those of us who played hoop before there were leather Nikes. When it came to the slam dunking on the school yard in New York City, Connie Hawkins was ground zero. My “yard.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

So future boy where are you from my time machine crashed over yonder / Syphillis is a bitch but contracting HIV is much worse. / Why are you pushing info into me, / I have no need for it, I’m from the stars. / I thought you’d like to know the scoop / I’m taking babies back with me, yeah. / I’m taking them back home / so they can see there’s a much better place. / I’ve got a sister with an open mind and my friends are all junkies / But there still my friends, as long as they don’t use monkeys, / We enjoy the heat of stolen days in the summer of ’93. / Well the future boy said I’ve got friends but you know sometimes / it all depends on how tall they are against yourself. / I am the future boy / My friends have all gone and left me / so I decided to come here and see myself as a baby, / but it looks like I? stuck here this time, oh shit, /I’m gonna miss my friends. / No you’re still the future boy, / Yes I’m still the future boy / We’ll build you a time machine to get back home. / Still the future boy. / Well I’m still the future boy

Fall has always been a time of new bands and new music. This week’s Idelic Hour plays like a 2017 fall preview from the golden age of college rock. Maybe this weekend some of us will take a night to a see a band or catch a cool flick. I woke up thinking of those dreamy days when friends grabbed electric guitars, got loaded, and had some fun.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I wandered home though the silent streets / And fell into a fitfull sleep / Escape to realms beyond the night / Dream can’t you show me the light? / I stand atop a spiral stair / An oracle confronts me there / He leads me on light years away / Through astral nights, galactic days / I see the works of gifted hands / That grace this strange and wondrous land / I see the hand of man arise / With hungry mind and open eyes / They left the planet long ago / The elder race still learn and grow / Their power grows with purpose strong / To claim the home where they belong / Oh, to tear the Temples down… / Oh, to change…

Last week I found myself in Montreal, Canada doing my “thing,” visiting a young rock ‘n’ roll group and some friends in the French and French Canadian music biz. At times I found myself among a crossfire of animated French conversations.

Occasionally I would hear someone at the table blare out my name in French, “Jean Sidel!” In those moments I took the time to sit back and soak it all in, snap a photo, and enjoy this stop on my rock ‘n’ roll journey.

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