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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Try, try, try just a little bit harder / So I can love, love, love her, I tell myself / Well, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I won’t lose, lose, lose her to nobody else. / Hey! Well, I don’t care how long it’s gonna take you now, / But if it’s a dream I don’t want / No I don’t really want it / If it’s a dream I don’t want nobody to wake me. / Yeah, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I can give, give, give, give her every bit of my soul. / Yeah, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I can show, show, show her love with no control. / Hey! I’ve waited so long for someone so fine / I ain’t gonna lose my chance, no I don’t wanna lose it, / Ain’t gonna lose my chance to make you mine, all mine. / All right, get it! Yeah!

Today is the day. The anniversary of that boring Friday before Memorial Day weekend of 2004. A day when I really just wanted to hide by myself here in the canyon. My big plan for the holiday weekend was to buy a new reclining deck chair and read a book by the pool.

Target had just opened up on La Brea and quite honestly I had never been to Target. I figured they might carry outdoor furniture. I’m not sure what the odds were that I would walk by the bowl section that late sunny afternoon.

Well, I never did find a pool chair at Target. I did bump into a friend, a special woman—and now we share a life, hopes, and dreams.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Hollywood… Where the women / Is the women / And the man / Is the man / I want to get up and go / With my funky ass jams / All the way back / To the brotherland / Take me back / I want to go back / Hollywood…

Yeah, man. I’m “all the way back.” Back home to LA, the “brotherland” of Hollywood Homies. I had a good trip last week. Spent quality family time in Williamsburg with my young, fashionable daughter and met up with as many music peeps as my trip would allow.

Over the weekend I traveled to Toronto to participate in Canadian Music Week. It had been over fifteen years since I had been to this fair city and I have to say on a warm spring weekend, this is my kind of town. Tons of skyscrapers have sprung up to create a super dense and modern landscape.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from New York City!

Finally made it to old New York for the first time this year. Figured I’d dodge the bitter winter of 2015 and indeed things are thawing out. It’s strange not to find the “big apple” green in May, but this city is in a mad rush and it feels like summer, along with the spring “bloom,” will be here in a matter of days.

For the first few days of my trip I stayed with my twenty year old daughter in Williamsburg. It was great to get to cohabitate with my young and fashionable Zoe. Funny, it seemed everyone in this crazy city was in such a rush except us. It was fun. We took my 81 year dad out for a belated Birthday dinner. The generations of Sidels strolling down first Ave must be quite a sight.

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TVD Live: OK Go and Kitten at the Wiltern,
5/2

PHOTOS: JULIA LOFSTRAND | Los Angeles often gives the term “tough crowd” its definition—not Saturday night at the Wiltern. On Saturday night, when most people were placing bets on Mayweather versus Pacquiao, a few thousand very excited OK Go fans were eager to be entertained.

It was a mixed bag of very loyal fans. From date night to girls’ night, goth-lite to the boy next door, in a range of all ages, the eclectic crowd represented the array of fans the four-piece band had collected through their seventeen year career. At the drop of the lights, a montage of iconic pop culture movie and TV scenes, cut together to repeat the words “OK” and “Go!” introduced the gentleman pop-rockers.

Band still unseen, OK Go opened with the crowd pleasing “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Mimicking the cover of their 2014 album, Hungry Ghost, headshots of each member was flashed on a large translucent screen that stood in front of stage. A light show of zig-zags and checker boards revealed silhouette glimpses of the band behind it. Every song was greeted with a new element; the screen dropped to fully expose the band. Singing through what seemed to be a “selfie-mic” (a microphone with a camera attached to the end), the face of lead vocalist Damian Kulash was displayed on double screens acting as a backdrop. Lights and lasers continue to run freely behind the band. By the third song, “Writings On the Wall,” a storm of confetti filled the room.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As I like to say in the morning, “Wakey bakey.” “May day, may day!”

Today is May 1. I don’t care what the temp is or where you are in this hemisphere, it’s springtime—time to psychologically wake from winter’s mindset. “Let it bloom” is the mindset behind this week’s Idelic Hour playlist.

I was reading a recent review of the Roxy Music catalog on 180 gram vinyl. The reviver said Manifesto was underrated. I listened to it from start to finish and thought about 1979 and about what records I was digging in the spring of that year. This Ferry ballad popped into mind:

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Today it finally feels like winter here in the Canyon. Cold and grey, yet it’s so fucking dry up here. From such a warm winter, it’s gonna be “brown” spring.

The big news today is that the Armenians are on the march. Their protest to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the genocide Armenians suffered at the hands of the Turks in 1915 will likely shut the city down today. I can dig it and will gladly work from my garage office in the Canyon.

As it is, I’ve been super tired because this week it was my turn to volunteer to help direct traffic at Jonah’s school. They call it a “Kiss & Ride.” It’s cool, but we need to get up at 5:45pm to make it to school early.

Genocide vs. Kiss & Ride?

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TVD Live: Christine
and the Queens at the Echo, 4/15

PHOTOS: MANNY HEBRON | There was a buzz of French accents circulating The Echo Wednesday night. The Los Angeles hipster-French (and faux French) community, complete with striped sailor tops à la Godard’s new wave film Breathless, was in full attendance to support their newest electro pop sweetheart, Christine and the Queens.

The alter-ego of 26 year-old Heloise Letissier, Christine and the Queens took the stage ready to make her L.A. debut. Christine is in a fitted black suit flanked by two featured dancers—with their intricate choreography, it would be wrong to simply call them “back up.”

A crescendo of synth and bass fills the venue. The melody holds a sophistication that draws from the French noir classics. A pulsating rhythm leans ever so slightly behind the beat creating a sleek groove. There is energy of excitement to her playful interaction with the audience but an effortlessly cool vibe in Christine’s vocals. Her performance of “iT,” also the opening track to her English debut EP, “Saint Claude,” released the day prior via Neon Gold and Atlantic Records in the US, was sung as an arrangement of both English and French, like much of the record.

The runaway hit, “Tilted,” also acts as the centerpiece of the evening’s show. A quaint mid-tempo pop tune that is catchy as hell without being derivative, the song’s bouncy choreography quickly became a Christine and the Queens signature. Featuring detailed movements with isolated gestures and graceful weight shifting nuances.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Indio, California!

Driving through the desert, blasting rock ‘n’ roll is righteous. Kem Nunn’s novel, Tapping The Source comes to mind:

“…As he listened the train sounds grew faint and disappeared and someone shut off the music so there was just the silence, that special kind of silence that comes to the desert, and he knew that if he waited there would come a time, stars fading, slim band of light creeping on the horizon, when the silence would grow until it was unbearable, until it was as if the land itself were about to break it, to give up some secret of its own…”

Day dreaming of bad dudes with surfboards strapped to the roof of a dusty car pulling into desert gas station… I know I’m trippin’, or should I say California dreaming—and why not?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As many musicians, trainspotters, scensters, and music fans make their way into the Indio desert, it may not come as a surprise that this week’s Idelic Hour toasts none other than the grandaddy of the current boom of “PC” American music festivals. As I say every year, Coachella is an example of what makes southern California so very cool. Well, that’s my”salty” opinion.

It’s not beyond me that with all of the streaming services, playlists, and advanced social networking, this week’s Idelic Hour may appear redundant. Well, who cares? By design, festival organizers have created a rock ‘n’ rock experience that is different for each and every fan in attendance. What I’m celebrating is MY Coachella 2015.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

An open letter to Vincent Gallo:

Dear Vinny,

I was driving down Nicholas Canyon this morning listening to your album. It was one of those perfect Californian mornings in the canyon—clear and cool. In fact, it’s both Passover and Good Friday. I thought of tonight’s Passover the Sidels are having this evening in Long Beach. How strange my family is and how far we’ve all come. Filling the air in my car was your song “Honey Bunny.”

I thought it would be a cute way start my radio hour and well, it did more than that. It made me reminisce. The first thing I thought about was you and how and much I dig your album and, of course, your charming smile…or should I say shit eating grin.

You made me think of old microphones and hollow body jazz guitars, of running into you on many occasions, but one in particular—with Zoe on a sunny Spring day just north of little Italy.

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