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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Well the old world may be dead / Our parents can’t understand / But I still love my parents / And I still love the old world / Oh, I had a New York girlfriend / And she couldn’t understand how I could / Still love my parents and still love the old world / So I told her: / I want to keep my place in the old world / Keep my place in the arcane / Cause I still love my parents and I still love the old world

Well, the truth is I still love my parents. In fact I hope my kid will always love me too—and occasionally return a text.

This weekend Goldenvoice and LA native Sean Carlson host the annual FYF Festival. I’ve always been proud of the fact that Sean, the FYF festival creator, was once a short-lived intern for me at V2 Records. The truth is Sean didn’t do the greatest job—the kid was going places too fast to work at a record label.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Hot thoughts all in my mind and all of the time, yeah / I’ll tell it to your soul / I want you to know / Hot thoughts all in, all in my mind all of the time / Took time off from my kingdom / Took a break from the walk / Took time off from my kingdom / Raise up my creatures / Diamonds from space / Pure…

A trusted friend told me that his key to happiness was to express gratitude for all the things in life you’ve lost. Lovers, jobs, guitars, and cars—thanks for sharing yourselves over the years.

Oh well, on occasion I miss a random “bit.” Like those big brown tortoise rimmed shades I use to wear back when I was in a band. It’s true, along with Jim Morrison I always wanted to look like Ian Hunter. How fucking cool was Ian? I would be grateful to have seen Mott, but I only got to see Hunter and Ronson. Those two were way cooler than the summer of 2017.  “Holy smokes!”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Summertime, if I was getting paid / For getting drunk and getting laid / I’d grab a phone, call you up and say / “Quit your job, ’cause I got it made”

Anytime / Baby, let’s go / Everyday should be a holiday

Summer nights man, they are special. That lazy feeling that comes over you when the skin finally cools and sun begins to fade. Last night I went from a 95 degree baseball field in the deep valley to the Santa Monica Pier.

It was a classic southern California summer’s eve. Brings me back to my first summer in LA in 1985. I was stunned by the comfortable evenings and how Californians ease into the season. It’s likely those summer nights in ’85 that swayed me to stay here and identify as a Californian.

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TVD Live Shots: Glam Skanks at the Redwood Bar, 7/1

Glam Skanks are creating quite a buzz around Los Angeles. They recently returned home to LA after a very successful UK tour in support of Adam Ant. I went to catch up with them at their intimate homecoming show at the Redwood Bar. It was a high-energy evening filled with glitter, glam-rock, and girl power. These ladies rock HARD and their show is amazing. Really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them. It is undoubtably, bright.

First in the evening was Scant Regard. Scant Regard is the solo project of mastermind guitarist Will Crewdson who has also played with Adam Ant, Rachel Stamp, and Bow Wow Wow. His set blew my mind. It was a punk-rock spaghetti-electro-western soundtrack I never wanted to end.

The Schizophonics played a set as well. They are an explosive trio from San Diego. I haven’t enjoyed a live set as much as theirs in a very long time. Trust me on this one. Go. See. Their. Show.

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TVD Live Shots:
Day Wave at the El Rey Theatre, 6/28

WORD AND IMAGES: MIRANDA CHIECHI | The red velvet curtains of El Rey Theatre parted and Jackson Phillips, frontman of Day Wave, stepped up to the mic. His dreamlike, pop rock sounds were obviously already known to the audience as they started to cheer and sing along.

This was Day Wave’s homecoming show for the city of Los Angeles, having been the band’s first show here since moving to the city. Day Wave performed the songs on their debut album released just last month, The Days We Had, as well as a cover of “Ceremony” by Joy Division, which naturally, the crowd went crazy for.

One thing is for sure and that’s that Day Wave’s experimental, punk, dreamlike pop sound is here to stay.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Cottage Grove!

Today I woke up at Sweet Springs Family Farm in central Oregon. When I first arrived Wednesday I entered the property as I would a home in the canyon—walking in through the facade and observing my AirBNB accommodations much like a hotel room. It wasn’t until the next morning, after a very strong pot of coffee, did I begin to explore my surroundings.

This isn’t my first time on a farm. Around 15 or so years ago I lived with a real deal farmer from Kansas. She convinced me to visit her family for a few days—I think she had to beg them not to put me to work in the fields. I was game and they would have me, except I couldn’t drive a tractor. (On a real farm everyone works at least six days a week.)

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

My makeup is dry and it cracks round my chin / I’m drowning my sorrows in whiskey and gin / The lion-tamer’s whip doesn’t crack anymore / The lions they won’t fight and the tigers won’t roar / La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

So let’s all drink to the death of a clown / Won’t someone help me to break up this crown? / Let’s all drink to the death of a clown / La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la / Let’s all drink to the death of a clown

The old fortune teller lies dead on the floor / Nobody needs fortunes told anymore / The trainer of insects is crouched on his knees / And frantically looking for runaway fleas / La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

Last Sunday I dropped my eight year old son off at the bus for his first trip to sleepaway camp. It’s an exciting rite of passage. That morning both Jonah and Susan were in quite a state. It was like a Super Bowl Sunday with the entire Sidel family blasting onto the Rose Bowl field, confetti bombs blowing in the wind! Mom was trying make sure every detail was packed while Jonah was jumping out of his boots waiting for the whistle and the opening kick off.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I need a shelter / I need a friend / Someone to hold me / To lend a hand

Grateful to be home sipping bulletproof coffee on a beautiful canyon morning. I’m listening to a fresh Idelic Hour set cut last night thinking I’ve been a bit out of sorts on the show of late. It started weeks ago when my computer started to run at a snail’s pace. After I installed a new hard drive, I couldn’t get some of the software I used to make the show work. Then I hit the road for Europe. I did manage to get a show out of my Paris hotel, but due to several factors (one being jet lag) the set did not include any new records. I’ll call that show a postcard from abroad.

Since getting back from Europe life has been challenging. I started my trip with a sore shoulder and by last weekend I couldn’t throw a baseball. Later on I got into a freak accident and snapped the tendon in my left middle finger. I can no longer throw or catch a baseball! Typing and driving are a drag. In short, I have the “broken finger blues.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Paris!

How do you think it feels / When you’re speeding and lonely / Come here baby / How do you think it feels / When all you can say is: If only / If only I had a little / If only I had some change / If only, if only, only / How do you think it feels / And when do you think it stops? / How do you think it feels / When you’ve been up for five days / Come down here Mamma / Hunting around always – ooh / ‘Cause you’re afraid of sleeping / How do…

As we all know, Paris is truly an amazing place. It can be difficult to navigate, but if you can manage to get the cover of “friends,” the city is a treat.

It’s been ten days since I stepped off a jet in London. There have been moments when I’ve felt lost, but in truth I’ve been on a mini tour/promo run with folk singer Sean Rowe. London by rail to Brussels, then by car to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, and now the great city of Paris. Folk shows in old churches mixed with a few hootenannys in small clubs along the way, I’ve felt a personal obligation to shake my jetlag and blast an Idelic Hour from my journey.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It makes a long time man feel bad / Yeah, it makes a feel so bad / Sometimes I hear you call my name / In the dead of the night, yeah

Yep, some days I feel like a “long time man.” Well, that’s because maybe I am, or soon to be. I’m not a prisoner, as referred to in the old prison song, but there’s a saying, “the road narrows.”

Today marks several occasions and “road signs,” a couple of which I will not write about. I have my superstitions. All I will say is one is a miraculous accomplishment and the other one is a bit touch and go. One thing I will mention with great joy, today in this canyon and much of LA—it’s the last day of school!

Yep, school’s out! FUCK YEAH to that!

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