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TVD Live: Waters at
the Roxy, 1/22

PHOTOS: MANNY HEBRON | There’s one thing that’s almost as exciting as seeing a great show, and it’s seeing a band in the early stages of being great—where you know that they’re really good now but after 200 shows, they’ll be amazing. This is Waters, a stellar work in progress with infinite potential and we were thrilled to be there to see the very beginnings of what could possibly be our new favorite band.

The best thing going on in alternative rock right now is that it is indefinable—there are synths, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, tambourines, sleigh bells, mellotrons…banjos—you name it…alternative means anything. Alternative rock I think has been burst wide open and made nebulous due to its age and of course technology. If you’re between the ages of let’s say 18 and 35 (which most new young bands are) chances are that you grew up listening to everything—The Beatles (we hope), The Notorious B.I.G, LCD Soundsystem, Dave Matthews, Jay Z, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Fiona Apple, Spoon, N’ Sync etc. Having influences and access (thank you internet) to all genres and styles of music have made lots of indefinable sounds, all lumped under “alternative rock.” Enter Waters

I didn’t know anything about Waters going into this show except that they were from San Francisco and that I really loved the record, so I was surprised to see band with an acoustic guitar up front in an “alternative rock band.” Their sound is jammy, catchy, it jangles and it rocks. I can’t really describe it , except for being Waters. One of my favorite things is that they wear their hometown on their sleeve, possessing a wonderful air of San Francisco charm—the charm of peace and love that is ever-present in the place that birthed the summer of love and where hippies once ruled, and in a sense still do, but that’s for another article.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Starting the year with a three-day holiday weekend was just what I needed—a tiny bit of space to get my head around 2015. Events did unfold however. Sadness spread up in the canyon with the news that former CSN&Y drummer Dallas Taylor had passed at 66.

Legendary canyon party boy turned rehab guru to the rock elite, everybody knew ol’ Dallas. I ran into him a couple of months ago and I told him that I had spun the live audio of “Long Time Gone” with Tom Jones on the Idelic Hour, and teased him about being a much more soulful player than he ever got credit for. He chuckled, saying he always wanted to see the footage of that performance. Dallas, your legend will live on.

To go along with the Dallas news, I also read somewhere online that in a matter of days a huge asteroid will zoom by, narrowly missing the Earth (and I dare say our canyon!) It didn’t seem like anyone else noticed that news, but it did get me thinking—what if I did know an asteroid was heading our way?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

To my friends far and wide, welcome to 2015’s first episode of the Idelic Hour. It’s been a month since I gave much thought to an Idelic hour playlist. For me it’s been like taking a break from writing in a journal. Today—through songs—I’m not only breaking into a new year, I’m breaking backing back into my psyche.

So, now that I think about it, how do I really feel about 2015? Sadly, at this moment I feel bothered, stressed, and a bit tired of it all. Luckily I began “listening” and digging through the crates early in the week.

As it seems to be every January, I feel the need to simply begin again. By week’s end, my playlist for IH #1 2015, simply put, is my musical start to the new year. With very little music being released in January, “breaking the ice” on an Idelic session is always interesting. After December, a month of compiling all that was great in 2014, I feel compelled to leave much of 2014 behind.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

The Idelic Hour returns with a new edition next Friday. —Ed.

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s back to business here in Hollywood and now that the last, long weekend of Summer is toast, I feel it’s time for some “vision.” I spent a good amount of my extra long weekend making lists and thinking about things that need to go down for the rest of the year.

Personally, I’m gonna focus on a plan for the rest of 2014. For this I created a playlist to shed some light on this upcoming Fall season.

Creating the playlist for this week, something dawned on me when Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light” randomly came on the radio. Todd was an interesting artist in the early ’70s, and in hindsight, he was an extremely cool and thoughtful pop act—a New Yorker who recorded most of his pop hits, “Hello It’s Me” and “Light” included, just a half mile down the way here in the Canyon.

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TVD Live: Ryan Adams at the Wiltern, 12/17

PHOTOS: CHAD ELDER | We attended night 1 of 2 of Ryan Adams’ Los Angeles shows at the Wiltern—technically a hometown show for the New Yorker via North Carolinian who resides here in LA and set up his PaxAm music making shop at the famous Sunset Sound here in town.

I’ll take a few obligatory sentences to briefly touch on Ryan Adams’ prolific, and what some would call, tumultuous career. Adams has grown up as an artist and person in the public eye, lauded as the next big thing from a very early age and watched with scrutiny by the industry and media under a microscope through business battles, drug addiction, and personal and artistic struggles.

With his newest self-titled album, Adams has come to a point of zen where all the dots connect. Adams has become the Tom Petty of this generation, the triple threat—masterful songwriter, monster player, and master showman—and in my opinion made the record that Tom Petty should have. We’ll pause for blasphemy.

Ryan Adams has also been known for being unpredictable—some of his darker, personal demon-filled shows were either a disaster or incredible, and it seems it’s now that the fury, fire, and hot temper has been channeled into the music.

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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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