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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

cheat /CHēt/ verb
1. to defraud; swindle
2. to deceive; influence by fraud
3. to elude; escape: to cheat death
4. to practice fraud or deceit
5. to violate rules or agreements: to cheat at cards
6. to take an examination in a dishonest way, as by having improper access to answers
7. to be sexually unfaithful (often followed by on)

You’ve heard of the great rock ‘n’ roll swindle? How about the great swindle of ’17? Turning on the news would be very scary save for the fact that we now have VICE News. Who would have thought our rich, Ivy league party pals would make it cool to watch the downfall of the United States?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

See the drunkard of the village falling on the street. / Can’t tell his ankles from the rest of his feet. / He loves his old laughing lady ’cause her taste is so sweet. / But his laughing lady’s loving ain’t the kind he can keep.

There’s a fever on the freeway, blacks out the night. / There’s a slipping on the stairway, just don’t feel right / And there’s a rumbling in the bedroom and a flashing of light / There’s the old laughing lady, everything is all right.

Grammy week Friday is always a challenge for me. Dig this, although I want the year’s best music to honored, the “view” for me is alienating. I guess being in the music business and having “Idelic” taste does not go hand in hand with having a blast at a Grammy party. I do show up, make a claim, be beautiful, and hand out a few business cards.

Who uses business cards in 2017?

Then there is the weird twist to the Grammy Awards show itself. As a former committee member, I know a huge focus is creating TV with high ratings to draw advertisers. In comparison to the film industry’s Academy Awards, the Grammys lean toward cheesy pop culture and Twitter feeds. This would be unforgivable except that proceeds from the show fund NARAS, who in turn fund Music Cares. That’s a cool thing—Music Cares really helps artists in need. But what about the awards? Why can’t our musical institutions reward talent, beauty, elegance, and grace. Doesn’t anyone have dignity in the world these days? Grandmas do, but Grannies are old.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Another Friday is in the books and by next week the first month of 2017 will have flown the coup. It feels like the beginning of something. I think the scary question is, “the beginning of what?” To quote Young Fathers’ new song from Trainspotting 2, “Only God Knows.”

So, with this said, all that remains is really tons and tons of stuff. Ha ha! This week I’ve been working hard and listening to music. I realized I’ve managed to not get overwhelmed with politics, Facebook, and the news on TV—and that’s a cool thang.

For this week’s Idelic Hour I focused on skinny chicks and mud—I kinda dig both. Fuck man, after all it rained like hell here in canyon this week. It was likely the biggest storm in last ten years. The power went off for almost eight hours.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Stayed in bed all mornin’ just to pass the time.
 / There’s somethin’ wrong here, there can be no denyin’.
 / One of us is changin’, or maybe we’ve just stopped tryin’.

And it’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,
 / Though we really did try to make it.
 / Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide,
 / And I just can’t fake it, oh, no, no.

It used to be so easy, livin’ here with you.
 / You were light and breezy, an’ I knew just what to do. / 
Now you look so unhappy, and I feel like a fool.

And it’s too late, baby now, it’s too late, / 
Though we really did try to make it. / 
Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide, / 
And I just can’t fake it, oh, no, no.

There’ll be good times again for me and you, / 
But we just can’t stay together; don’t you feel it too?
 / Still I’m glad for what we had and how I once loved you.

And it’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,
 / Though we really did try to make it. (we can’t make it) / 
Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide, / 
And I just can’t fake it, oh, no, no, no, no, no, no.

It’s too late baby, it’s too late now darling

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

In every dream home a heartache / And every step I take / Takes me further from heaven / Is there a heaven? / I’d like to think so / Standards of living / They’re rising daily / But home oh sweet home / It’s only a saying

Now that we’ve said hello to 2017, let say hello to today—full moon Friday. Mercury in retrograde! Greetings from Laurel Canyon—oh, and by the way, this here canyon is closed. Yes, and in addition to the bittersweet farewell to our lovable and funky prez, it poured and rained and poured. Then a house slid into Laurel Canyon. Talk about your morning drive becoming a metaphor for the future…

Our canyon is closed. Were not cut off from the rest of the world or the city, but maybe that might not be such a bad thing.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I remember when / we had a lot of things to do / impressed by all the words we read / and the heroes that we knew. / Climb on your, your dream, / a dream of our own making / to find a place that we could later lose / to whatever time would bring.

We were seventeen / and the caveman was affecting you, / moving you to greater things / (in a lesser way) you had to prove. / The clock struck summertime / You were going round in circles now. / Wishing you were 17

Hi ’17.

Well, here we are standing, waiting, wondering what you will bring us. We kind feel like it’s a game of musical chairs. Any clues on who will last until the end of you?

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

For a year in music, 2016 was well… sad. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t all suck, but 2016 is a year that will go down in history for things “stranger” than music. What we did have were some great melancholy albums and only a few breakout newcomers. From my turntable, here are the standouts.

It’s too late to articulate it / That empty feeling / You share the fate as the people you hate / You build yourself up against others’ feelings / And it left you feeling empty as a car coasting downhill / I have become such a negative person / It was all just an act / It was all so easily stripped away / But if we learn how to live like this / Maybe we can learn how to start again / Like A child who’s never done wrong / Who hasn’t taken that first step

Almost out of thin air, indie rocker Will Toledo emerged under the awkward moniker Car Seat Headrest with anthem after anthem for a generation of Millennials who have seemingly gone MIA. Maybe they’re too loaded to climb out of their sleeping bags at Bonnaroo, but I’m predicting (hoping) young artists have more to say in 2017 than they did in ’16.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

They took the whole Cherokee nation / Put us on this reservation / Took away our ways of life / The tomahawk and the bow and knife / Took away our native tongue / And taught their English to our young / And all the beads we made by hand / Are nowadays made in Japan…

So much has been said about the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Well, I should say so many posts have been made on Facebook. Honestly I really don’t know much of the facts. What I do know is state troopers are standing down Native Americans.

Our Native Americans are people who used to live free, worship, and respect the land, plants and animals. This “land” is our country and they should be treated as sacred, let alone as scabs. Sadly with “the Donald” coming into power, there’s even more to think about than a 21st century Wounded Knee.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This week has been very different from the last. For the most part I’ve kept 2016 close to the canyon (home), but on Monday it was time I took a road trip. So “southbound” I flew. First back to “FLA” to visit my dad in Miami, then Wednesday it was off to the Gulf Coast—a flight to Pensacola, then an hour drive to Mobile, Alabama.

Aside from driving through in the summer of ’76 as a teenager, I’ve never been to Alabama. This year I met a few brilliant people from down here and we’ve been happily working together creating a “home-brew”—a 21st century Alabama music company. I’ve found the warmth and enthusiasm of my new “Bama” friends is refreshing and there’s plenty of cheap oysters and gas. The coffee is surprisingly good too.
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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, You were talking so brave and so sweet, Giving me head on the unmade bed, While the limousines wait in the street.

Those were the reasons and that was New York, We were running for the money and the flesh. And that was called love for the workers in song, Probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe, You just turned your back on the crowd, You got away, I never once heard you say, I need you, I don’t need you, I need you, I don’t need you, And all of that jiving around.

Stunned, I really can’t remember a week like this since I started doing the The Idelic Hour. I guess I can only compare this week to that of 9/11, the LA Riots, and the Northridge Earthquake.

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