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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The summer of 2015 has brought our family a strange turn of events. Maybe we should dub it, “The Year Of The Cat.” First we lost our beloved kitty, LuLu. Then we’ve adopted two small adorable kitties. Now both those cats are sick as fuck!

Little Mochi is in an oxygen tent with pneumonia while Princess Nori slowly recovers from a flu. These “cat dilemmas” coming into our lives reminds me—really, you never know how it’s gonna go.

Well morning comes and you’re still with her /
And the bus and the tourists are gone /And you’ve thrown away your choice you’ve lost your ticket /So you have to stay on /But the drumbeat strains of the night remain /In the rhythm of the new-born day /You know sometime you’re bound to leave her /But for now you’re going to stay /In the year of the cat /Year of the cat…

When I started listening to songs for this week’s playlist I was in a serious mood. I searched to fill the hour with a vibey and somewhat somber string of songs. Surfing a number of blogs I found a nice group of new albums and also pulled a stack of deep cuts to choose from. At some point it seemed natural the reach for Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat.” By habit I always try to avoid “classic rock” radio hits but this song, I should say “true gem,” was singing in my head.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

“…You spotted snakes with double tongue /Thorny hedgehog, be not seen /Newts and blind-worms, do no wrong /Come Not near our fairy queen…”

Quoting Shakespeare…that make me feel smart.

I’ve always been attracted to A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. On a recent trip to London I strolled by the Globe and wondered what kind of mischief those Elizabethans got into on a warm summer’s eve—has much really changed over the last four hundred years?

Well, maybe the way we listen to our rock ‘n’ roll. One thing is for sure—this July 2015 marks the spot where Apple Computer makes its big push into streaming and world radio.

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TVD Live Shots: HONEYHONEY at the
El Rey Theatre, 7/1

PHOTOS: JULIA LOFSTRAND | Although devoid of a country radio station, LA has always fostered a thriving scene for twang-leaning artists and singer-songwriters. From the Laurel Canyon days of the 1960s to the current Beachwood Canyon scene, HONEYHONEY wonderfully carry this torch.

We were delighted to co-present along with our friends at LA’s Goldenvoice, the duo of Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo at the El Rey on July 1. Suzanne and Ben are an unexpected tour de force with banjo driven songs like “Ohio”—which instigated an audience sing along—to the plaintive heart tugger, “You and I.”

The duo’s chemistry and the ease of their musical exchange on stage is that of seasoned performers and masters of their craft. HONEYHONEY is currently on tour supporting their new album, 3and we heartily endorse lending an ear. (Live, and on vinyl.)

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Oh, my god I feel It in the air /Telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare /Honey, I’m on fire, I feel it everywhere /Nothing scares me anymore

I’d have to admit I’ve had a case of the “summertime blues” for much of this week. No good reason for it, but indeed I’ve felt antsy in the office—the fucking car is falling apart and the office AC is broken down. All around me it says it’s too hot to work! Even a magic rainbow couldn’t calm me down Tuesday evening, so I went into my steamy garage and pulled out a few crates and looked for records that had summertime blues in mind.

Before I knew it, I was carefree (or careless).

Pay this ramble no mind, here is this week’s Idelic Hour for the July 4th weekend—a weird holiday summer weekend, this 2015. Friday’s our day off? Most everyone is fucking off as well. You know this.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

River gonna take me / Sing me sweet and sleepy / Sing me sweet and sleepy / All the way back back home / It’s a far gone lullaby / Sung many years ago / Mama, mama, many worlds I’ve come / Since I first left home / Going home, going home / By the waterside I will rest my bones / Listen to the river sing sweet songs / To rock my soul

Came home from Europe Monday evening to a bad sight. Our beloved old kitty Lu Lu was in horrible shape. When Susan took poor Lu to the vet the next morning, the news was devastating. Sadly our Lu Lu didn’t make it back home. OMFG! We lost our kitty?! I mean, my wife lost her fucking cat! Fuck me. BUMMER!

Over many years I’ve learned about chicks and their pets. Loosing a pet is no laughing matter. Our life here in the canyon has (for now) been turned upside down. Needless to say, this hour of music and in fact everything the Sidels do this week has Lu Lu Sidel in mind.

Lu was a special kind of cool cat. It took me many years to gain her trust. On a first encounter she was truly one of the most unfriendly creatures I have ever met. Some called her a “weird cat,” but lil’ miss Lu was part of us, she was our cat. She greeted me late nights with her “stare” while I roamed our pad. I’m taken by how much I’ll miss our nighttime encounters.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: HONEYHONEY at the
El Rey Theatre, 7/1

“I believe that the better you take care of music, the better it will take care of you. I see the sacrifices that a lot of people make in the music “business” and the value that is created only when people express what they are truly passionate about…”

That’s HONEYHONEY’s Ben Jaffe from Wednesday’s First Date feature with the duo. We’re delighted to be co-sponsoring the band’s homecoming Los Angeles date with promoters Goldenvoice (they of Coachella, Firefly, FYF, Hangout and a host of other festivals you’ve most likely attended) at the El Rey Theatre this coming Wednesday, July 1. And in the spirit of taking care of the music and taking care of you—we’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to join us and of course HONEYHONEY for a very special night of music, indeed. First however, some official-type background:

“The third full-length effort from L.A.-based duo HONEYHONEY, 3 is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, light and dark, danger and magic. Working with Dave Cobb (the producer behind Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music), lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twist their gritty, harmony-driven brand of Southern-flavored rock & roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys, girls with gold in their spit.

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TVD Live: Bootstraps, Motopony, Jon DeRosa at the Troubadour, 6/18

PHOTOS: CHAD ELDER | Setting the tone for the evening at the Troubadour last Thursday was Los Angeles new comer Jon DeRosa.

My favorite part of this show and DeRosa’s music in general is that it’s unexpected. We all judge a book by its cover and from staring at DeRosa on stage you start to wonder if he is a lost member of the Source Family or if he just rode in on a Harley from Sturges. But as the band starts, DeRosa’s music conjures the crooning spirits of yesteryear such as Perry Como and Roy Orbison—enveloped by ghostly orchestration with David Lynch as puppet master. Definitely NOT what is anticipated by the book’s cover.

The music is both vintage and futuristic and although categorized as “pop,” DeRosa is in a genre all his own and it’s spellbinding. DeRosa held the audience’s captive attention for six beautiful songs, the same way a spiritual leader would command the attention of his congregation. Highlights include the dreamy, “Fool’s Razor” and gorgeous duet “Dancing in a Dream,” which on DeRosa’s album Black Halo features Carina Round. DeRosa closed his set with the eerier “High & Lonely,” gently taking the audience to another realm—not quote earth and not quite space—but somewhere in between.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from London!

Today marks two weeks that I’ve been in Europe. First on holiday in Spain, now this week working in London and Paris. Although I would still say there is no place like home in the canyon, I could easily live in Spain for a month of any year. The atmosphere is laid back like California and the food and climate suit us Sidels just fine.

Yesterday I made the rounds in London and ended a gorgeous English summer afternoon at Hyde Park for a big Strokes/Beck show. I really enjoy working with The Strokes. Not only do I firmly believe they are one of the few great rock bands of this new century, I find them to have a family vibe. They are cool and nice people—artists as opposed to posers—and I feel most at home around artists.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON JANUARY 23, 2015 | 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!

Or AM I in Laurel Canyon? Now you see me now you don’t. Hey—after all, school’s out. (Remember that feeling on the very last day of school? I can barely taste it but I’m sure as hell gonna try.)

For “fucking off” for the summer, I’ve created a little hour of music to blast off to. My Idelic muse was the romantic plan I held as a young man—to graduate college and make my way to Pamplona, Spain to “run with bulls.” Then to eventually settle in Barcelona to make art and exist like my heroes, Picasso, Pollack, Hemingway, and Morrison. Never did make it to Pamploma…

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