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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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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

So how hard can it be (how hard) / To share your love with me? / How hard can it be / To rise with me each morning / How long it feels like / We will live forever / But I fear / That time can hide the years / Like we were never here / So hold on tightly my dear

Before we disappear / Before we disappear

I wouldn’t exactly call Chris Cornell a good friend. The last time I saw him was at the old A&M, now Hansen, studios. I walked in and we had a rare laugh. Chris had been telling producer Brendan O’Brien he didn’t know me. Upon my entry with a laugh he called out, “Oh shit, Sidel—I do know you!” and gave me a big hug and a smile.

The weeks prior to that encounter I was doing double duty. While putting together my Idelic Hour playlist, I was combing through old singles looking for ideas for Chris’ upcoming album of covers. One or two of the song ideas I sent along to Brendan got cut, and most of the records I sent only made it onto that month’s episodes.

At “A&M” we sat and listened to Chris’s covers and I blabbed about obscure soul producers, my love for Jerry Ragavoy, and lyrical themes like “I’d rather have a cheatin’ man than no man at all.” That hour at A&M I was very “idelic.” The encounter will likely pop into my head when I hear Soundgarden for quite some time to come.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This week’s playlist ponders, “If only I could just get over the hump.” Oh man, some days feel like such a climb—just getting over that fucking wall. It’s likely god’s joke. After all, what happens when you do?

That’s probably what John Kay must be thinking each year when The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts some lame ass ’80s band. Who could be cooler than the band who “popped a lot of pills” and made the music for Easy Rider?

You know I’ve smoked a lot of grass / O’Lord, I’ve popped a lot of pills / But I mever touched nothin’ / That my spirit could kill / You know, I’ve seen a lot of people walkin’ ’round / With tombstones in their eyes / But the pusher don’t care / Ah, if you live or if you die

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

My love must be a kind of blind love / I can’t see anyone but you / Sha bop sha bop / Sha bop sha bop / Sha bop sha bop / Sha bop sha bop / Sha bop sha bop / Are the stars out tonight / I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright / I only have eyes for you dear / Sha bop sha bop

Love has to be greatest muse of all time. I’m not sure if love gave birth to song or vice versa. The topic must be the first playlist of all time: Serial # 001. I believe I intuitively create a “lover’s set” at the “change” of each season.

This Spring’s lovers playlist was inspired by a couple of new covers that dropped on the internet this week. First my ears catch Kevin Morby’s Flamingos cover, and then Beck’s warm rendition of Elvis’s classic tipped the scales for a set soaked in a dreamy, romantic vibes.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Blind man running through the light of the night / With an answer in his hand, / Come on down to the river of sight / And you can really understand, / Red lights flashing through the window in the rain, / Can you hear the sirens moan? / White cane lying in a gutter in the lane, / If you’re walking home alone.

Don’t let it bring you down / It’s only castles burning, / Just find someone who’s turning / And you will come around.

When I started DJing on the “radio,” I loved the idea of visualizing a muse to play for. My first theme was driving through the desert at night. Along these past seven or eight years, I’ve based most of my Idelic Hour playlists off some kind of a theme—it’s often a hunch or just a loose concept that briefly enters my conscious being.

Making these radio hours has been an interesting mental exercise. I’ve always wanted the sets to be unpredictable, loose, and spontaneous. In the beginning on KCRW I was far from this, but part of my growth as a “selector” has been to understand what this hour of music means and how to manage it.

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TVD Live: Desert Generator at Pappy
and Harriet’s, 4/8

It is widely believed by fans of stoner rock that the Mojave Desert in Eastern California is exceptional. Underground bands like Kyuss, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man and more put the desert on the map and turned stories of generator parties in the middle of nowhere into urban mythology. At the perfectly out-of-the-way Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, Desert Generator was the ideal crossroads of looking back at the past was while celebrating present and looking to the future of stoner rock.

Desert Generator is the brainchild of Brant Bjork, former drummer of stoner rock legends Kyuss and Fu Manchu, and an accomplished solo artist in his own right. It’s a weekend to harken back to the golden years—good vibes, good tunes, a good buzz, and people showing off their bitchin’ custom vans.

The weekend kicked off on Friday, with a special show called “Stoned & Dusted,” which, in some ways, was a way for people in 2017 to experience the true generator parties of the past. A limited number of tickets were sold to keep the crowd size down, and attendees were bussed to an undisclosed location to experience Nick Oliveri, Yawning Man, Brant Bjork, and Fu Manchu in an open-air, intimate setting.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Moons and Junes and ferries wheels / The dizzy dancing way you feel / As every fairy tale comes real / I’ve looked at love that way / But now it’s just another show / You leave ’em laughing when you go / And if you care, don’t let them know / Don’t give yourself away / I’ve looked at love from both sides now / From give and take and still somehow / It’s love’s illusions I recall / I really…

For as many Aprils as I’ve been doing the Idelic Hour I’ve been play-listing and dedicating sets to two subjects: the weather—coming from the east coast, I miss the rain of April showers. After all who doesn’t talk about the weather?

And yes, there is Coachella—my great and enduring enthusiasm for the mother of all American festivals! Deep below its roots is the original Lollapalooza and below it, ’80s seeds like the LA street scene and my club Power Tools. I’ve often said that the festival is what’s cool about Southern California in one weekend.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Miami Beach!

Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum / You came along and everything started’in to hum / Still it’s a real good bet / The best is yet to come…

This city has never been my scene. It’s here that my dad Kenny has decided to retire, so knowing I’d been down south last weekend, we cashed in some “miles” and pulled together a last-minute trip to bring young Jonah down to see his Granddad.

Traveling to Florida during spring break is something I haven’t done since I was a boy Jonah’s age. At times all of us have gotten a touch cranky. I had actually planned on taking a week off the show fearing a wonky internet and family distractions, but last night’s dinner in Little Havana was inspiring and I wanted to send heartfelt and grateful vibes into the universe.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Postcard from Fairhope, Alabama:

Dear Dad,

Wow! Happy Birthday! 83—what a trip. I’m grateful to be part of it.

The gulf coast is pretty cool. I like the trees and really enjoy talking to the people. It’s a bit windy and cooler than I expected, but that suits me fine.

As long the rock ‘n’ roll is soulful and I can score a dozen of them BBQ’d oysters, it’s a grand deal. I’ve been working with a singer named Jimmy. Just getting to know him, but it’s safe to say he’s a soulful dude and a real southerner.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Never liked nobody / That’s been mean to me / I’ve got a heart full of stone / And I hate the misery / Then you came along / Into my life / Destroying my mind / Mounting up the toil and strife / But I’m a fool for you / I’m a fool for you / But I’m a fool for you

Tomorrow is April Fools—an obvious and wonderful muse for which to make a playlist of music. Although 16th Century Shakespearean England was likely the era of “the fool,” we sure sung about a “chain” of them in the late ’60s. Now, in this here millennial, another “chain of fools” is on parade—so let those tunes fly.

I don’t have much to say other than I really enjoyed listening to the records on this week’s playlist. Maybe this is because I’ve been meditating of late. Nothing too radical. Five or ten minutes of clearing my thoughts each morning. Hey, sometimes when you clear shit out—new ideas, people, places, and things can enter. I guess today’s new thought is don’t be a fool and enjoy shit while you can. Am I just playing a little April Fools prank on myself? Why not?

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