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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m back from a fun and dusty week in the desert. As I strolled the polo fields of Coachella it was hard not to think about those last images of Woodstock—hippies wandering through fields of garbage to heavy Hendrix riffs. I believe that was the symbolic end of the ’60s generation.

Losing Prince has also been hard. The Artist’s departure weighed heavy on my dear wife’s heart—almost as hard as the death of our sweet kitty, Lu Lu.

How could I knock poor Susan? Although I’m not the biggest fan of “The Artist,” I liked him. He was truly on top of the ’80s and I dare say, so was I.

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TVD Live: Laurence Juber at Stax of Wax Records, 4/24

Last Sunday, April 24th, the two-time Grammy winner and lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings, Laurence Juber performed a solo acoustic set at Malibu’s new all-vinyl record shop, Stax of Wax.

The store itself is definitely worth checking out for vinyl afficianados- and is Malibu’s only vinyl shop! Curated by Sig Sigworth, Concord’s Senior VP of Catalog Management & Development, the store carries over 900 titles, including new releases, reissues, and box sets in a wide range of genres, as well as t-shirts and books. Juber himself also had copies of his last full length vinyl LP for sale—the moody masterpiece Under an Indigo Sky, released in 2013 on Solid Air Records, featuring a mix of classic pop/jazz standards.

Juber’s performance among the laid-back vibe of the beautifully arranged record shop was both intimate and virtuosic, a rare treat for guitar god fans and music lovers alike. Juber was voted the “Fingerstyle Guitarist Of The Year,” with the China Post calling him “one of the world’s most remarkable acoustic guitarists,” and he certainly lived up to the hype.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Today marks the sixth Friday that I’ve dropped an Idelic Hour on the first week of Coachella. A lot has changed, but the essentials of a week in the desert seeing music with other folks is still fairly intact. (Yes, I know backstage is not as fun and the stealing a golf cart is no longer…)

Back in 2010 sharing a Coachella playlist to hip a friend and music heads used to be somewhat exciting. The ego rush of facilitation—music discovery—used to be exciting and righteous. Now…we’re in a “post streaming depression.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This week Obama came to Hollywood while the Sunset Strip was lined with Guns N’ Roses billboards. I had to wonder if the “funky Prez” is down with the G&R? Maybe the Prez came for the band’s surprise appearance at the Troubadour? I missed it, but I’ll see the band perform at Coachella. It’s interesting, but not as interesting as seeing what happens when or if Deep Purple take the stage at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

For those not too stoned in the ’70s to notice, this was the band who first wore black and played heavy guitar riffs. I can only speak for growing up in New York City, but if you were a guilty as sin, juvenile ’70s drug store cowboy, this was your fucking band. (By the way, can you image if Tommy Bolin played in Guns? Wow!)

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m not sure if the Idelic Hour has ever fallen on April Fools Day. Although I’m not much of a practical joker, I dig what’s it like to play, know, or feel like the fool. I sure have seen my share of fools strolling around this town.

Back in my garage flipping through crates, I was not surprised to have gathered quite a stack of oldies, and days before thinking about a final playlist for this week’s Idelic Hour. Indeed, “the giants” prevailed. Sinatra, Elvis, Aretha, The Stones, Etta, Ike & Tina, and Muddy all have fucking amazing appetites for songs about fools.

I have to say that Ike and Tina are the “king and queen” of foolish song. I can almost hear old Ike calling me out, “Yo fool, Sidel—you got my song on your jukebox?!”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Snow started falling, / I could hear the angel calling / We rolled on the ground, he stretched out his wings. / The boy flew away and he started to sing. / He sang, “Break it up, oh, I don’t understand. / Break it up, I can’t comprehend. / Break it up, oh, I want to feel you. / Break it up, don’t look at me.

The sky was raging, the boy disappeared, / I fell on my knee / Atmosphere broke up, the boy reappeared. / I cried, “Take me please!”

Good Friday—yep, that’s where we’re at. Being what I call a “Schmohawk” (a smart mix of Jewish and spiritual Native American Indian) what the fuck do I know?” So, today is good. OK…I will try and make that happen. Why not? It’s spring break for the kids in Canyon, so I’ll give myself a break too.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m gonna die of loneliness, I know / I’m gonna die of loneliness, for sure / No, baby, tell me why don’t you? / Oh, now, baby, tell me why don’t you / aw, make me some of your famous Bar-B-Q? / My dearest friend / You’ll soon begin to love again / To love again… (Devendra Banhart vs. Billy Gibbons, a musical conversation)

We woke up today still groggy from sleep lost from daylight savings and St. Patty’s Day. We find ourselves “Springbreakers” in the heart of March Madness. It was dark! Literally dark.

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TVD Live Shots: LP at
the Echo, 3/7

LP, also known as Laura Pergolizzi, had been working as a songwriter in New York City for years before she made the move to Los Angeles. It was around that time she started to put more attention and focus into playing her own material. 

The first time I heard LP was four years ago. It was my friend Oliver’s birthday AND we were sitting on the bus after a show. He mentioned that he had also been playing drums for “this bad-ass chick”  back in LA, and they recently finished recording a live EP. As soon as I heard the tracks my jaw dropped to the floor and I thought, “Wow, this woman really is something special…”

The title track from this live EP, “Into the Wild” ended up landing in a Citibank commercial. This exposure and success helped push her career forward and two years later she released her first full length album, Forever For Now. Most recently LP has released another five song EP, in preparation for a second full length release on Vagrant Records. She is also preforming every Monday in March for a residency at the Echo in Los Angeles.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

So go and live a little / Bone turns brittle / And skin withers before your eyes / Make sure you give a little / Before you go to the great unknown sky

Some will beg for forgiveness / From Someone above / For something they did / To someone they love / Some scream like a baby / Some go out crying / Some bid the world goodbye / And welcome to die

Who doesn’t love a song that time seems to have forgotten? Well, most people! Personally I’m always looking for a gem hidden in plain view. I’m not sure if Sturgill Simpson or Damien Jurado are modern-day Jake Holmes, but these are the cats I dig in on.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

“The Lilliputians are men six inches in height but possessing all the pretension and self-importance of full-sized men. They are mean and nasty, vicious, morally corrupt, hypocritical and deceitful, jealous and envious, filled with greed and ingratitude — they are, in fact, completely human.”

Navigating the music business often feels like Gulliver’s Travels. This week, there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t felt tied down like Swift’s hero with “putians” (as I like to call them) pricking me with thorns and babbling one absurdity after another. At times it’s hard to ignore the state of the music biz but I’m forging forward toward like-minded people and artists who are too busy playing to get “tied down.”

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