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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I ought to get going, I shouldn’t stay here / And love you more than I do / ‘Cause you’re so much younger than I am / Come up the years, come up the years / And love me, love me, love me…

This week was Paul Kanter’s turn to “buy the farm.” Not too many people I know are fans of the Jefferson Airplane, but there is no doubt Paul and his band mates were at the heart of the psychedelic revolution.

In truth, at his moment in history when being young was “IT,” this guy was a fucking rock star. The Airplane had everything—talent, style, sex-appeal, and the one of the biggest hits of 1967 as millions of teenagers turned on to the sounds of San Fransisco psyche. It truly was a moment in time when music lead to a revolution. So for 2016, let’s pay tribute to yet another.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s actually been pretty mellow week. We all caught a cold, watched football, ate Mexican food, and I of course listened to records. It really hasn’t been all too bad. I guess the biggest thing that happened is I finally started listening to an assortment of bands—as opposed to my recent steady diet of classic ’60s and ’70s Bowie.

It caught my eye that gospel singer Otis Clay had passed earlier in the month. The news had me digging back through stacks of rocking blues and old northern soul 45s. Thanks to the internet—All Music and Wiki—listening and rediscovering old records is a fun and relaxing pastime that never fails to warm my soul.

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NAMM-in’ it up, 2016

It was that time again: time to dust off the leather jacket and the ear plugs to make the pilgrimage to gear Valhalla—NAMM, the annual cacophonous convention celebrating and showcasing the music industry’s latest wares—everything from your standard rock accoutrements of electric guitars, basses, drums, amps, cables, and mics… to the wild and weird, including bouzoukis, accordions, and synthesizers surrounded by succulents.

By synthesizers surrounded by succulents, I really just mean the Moog booth. The Bob Moog Foundation had a killer selection of vintage modular synths and rare prototypes on display, including an original 1967 RA Moog modular and an Aries modular synthesizer.

It was basically like the hippest Echo Park succulent AND synthesizer aficionado invited you into their apartment to scope their rare gear collection among desert decor.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s fair to say the “dead” of winter has begun. Today it’s even in dark and cold in sunny LA. “Hear” we are I guess—pretty much ground zero for new music in 2016. Along with the classic ephemeral rock star, the most impressive sight of early 2016 has been the line up of Primavera Festival.

Wow, set in the heart of one of the coolest cities on earth, a serious dream line up for Idelic Hour fans .

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Thanks for checking in on me. It’s 2016 and gratefully I am still here beaming you my little “radio hour.” Courtesy of two space heaters and a number of milk crates filled with vinyl, I’m snuggled in a Laurel Canyon garage office with a full heart.

Those of you familiar with these past five years of blog installments won’t be surprised to know that from time to time I have contemplated what it would be like living on a planet without David Bowie.

Susan was crying when she woke me Monday. It happened. The man sometimes known as David Jones, The Thin White Duke, Milton Keynes, Mr. Showbiz , Rhoda Borrocks—but mostly known as Bowie—has left his human form. Could Ziggy have really broken up the band?

In truth I am not sad yet. Instead I am totally consuming myself with David’s songs. The Bowie catalogue is likely my all time favorite, and with the biggest week of Bowiemania ever, maybe it’s an easy statement to make. Pretty much everyone has something special to say on their favorite social network. I loved what ex-’80s NY DJ turned reality TV producer Fenton Bailey shared.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

The Idelic Hour returns for 2016 next Friday. —Ed.

Greetings from Laurel Canyon! It was back to school this week in the Canyon. Yep, believe it or not the LA school district has the kids back at it on August 18th. Our guy, Jonah hit 2nd grade and isn’t looking back.

I could never imagine going back to class before Labor Day. The last couple of weeks in August is dreamy back east. I guess, this summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about summer. Fuck, it’s not that I’m lazy…I just get a bit tired.

Indeed this past couple of weeks I’ve had my fair dose of days by the sea, happily “hooked” music, family, and yeah—fishing too. This week my focus was to “rock on.” I’ve putting together a playlist featuring “bits of all that’s been cool these last couple of weeks.” New songs from Beach House, Lana Del Rey, Health, La Luz, Deerhunter, Ultimate Painting, Frank Carter, and my young pals The Garden, mixed with a few “favorite things.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

My list that started out as the top 40 reasons to love new music in 2015 turned in 64 artists, but who is counting or listening or reading—or gives a fuck?

Well, I do and that’s where my rock ‘n’ roll journey continues into 2016. Wishing all my friends and happy holidays and a peaceful and rocking new year. —sidel

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

hit: \ˈhit\
verb
1. 
bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully. “the woman hit the mugger with her umbrella”
2. cause harm or distress to. “the area has been badly hit by business closures”

noun
1. 
an instance of striking or being struck. “few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car”
2.
 an instance of striking the target aimed at. “one of the bombers had scored a direct hit”

Idelic hit: noun
a moment in time where an artist, song, or moment holds the torch for rock ‘n’ roll.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

A recent conversation with a respected music fan and friend brought up a topic that turned my stomach. Has the recent turn of media culture—the smart phone—marked the beginning of the end?

“Endz” are defiantly on my mind. My last Idelic episode was an hour of songs about “the last.” Is it just the end of the year, or is the end of civilization at hand? THE END OF CIVILIZATION…wow, what a fucking eerie concept!

As we head into the holidays, this dark concept is sticking in my gut. Idiot creeps are everywhere and damage is being done. As our desert rockers head home from bloody Paris, mayhem strikes San Bernardino. San Berdoo? Fuckkkk dude that’s a scary place! There are biker gangs and tweakers out there. And fucking cops who don’t fuck around!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Never mind the forecast ’cause the sky has lost control
 / Cause the fury and the broken thunders / 
Come to match my ragin’ soul / 
And now I don’t believe I want to see the whole morning

Going down the stoney end
 / I never wanted to go down the stoney end / 
Mama let me start all over / 
Cradle me, Mama, cradle me again…

George Harrison once sang “all things must pass,” and this week’s hour-long mix has an end to a chapter in mind. As I have repeated many times, my rock ‘n’ roll journey has been about great people and cool songs. This playlist was made to ease my soul.

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