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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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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Still a bit under the clouds this week. I was actually in bed watching March Madness basketball when I heard the news—Chuck Berry has “bought the farm.” Hearing the news, I wasn’t shocked or sad. I just immediately flashed to my childhood.

In those days we still had drive-in movies. Parents would dump all the kids in the car and hit the asphalt for a double-header of B flicks. Two of the films that became influences on me from that era were Woodstock and a film called Let The Good Times Roll.

At age 10, I simply loved ’50s revivals. I would bug mom to take me to Madison Square Garden to see concerts stacked with the likes of Chuck, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Johnny Maestro, and others!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

How “mad” can a guy get? Today I find I find myself stumbling into St. Patrick’s Day and on “the floor” for the first Friday of March Madness. Anywhere there’s a jerk off, a bar and a beer, you’ll likely find a drunk wearing a green paper hat.

Growing up in New York City, St. Patrick’s Day was notoriously dangerous. Our apartment was near the parade and because we rode the 86th street crosstown bus, mom always kept us home. We could only watch the mayhem from our lobby or 12th floor windows. It was a different era when ethnic nationalities in the city proudly paraded their traditions. The Irish wore green and got shit faced in the street. On that day, “the green” proudly stumbled with pride and taught us New Yorkers the extent of what being drunk was all about.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST MARCH 18, 2016 | Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m gonna die of loneliness, I know / I’m gonna die of loneliness, for sure / No, baby, tell me why don’t you? / Oh, now, baby, tell me why don’t you / aw, make me some of your famous Bar-B-Q? / My dearest friend / You’ll soon begin to love again / To love again… (Devendra Banhart vs. Billy Gibbons, a musical conversation)

We woke up today still groggy from sleep lost from daylight savings and St. Patty’s Day. We find ourselves “Springbreakers” in the heart of March Madness. It was dark! Literally dark.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m gonna make a mistake / I’m gonna do it on purpose / I’m gonna waste my time / Cuz I’m full as a tick / And I’m scratching at the surface / And what I find is mine / And when the day is done, and I look back / And the fact is I had fun, fumbling around / All the advice I shunned, and I ran / Where they told me not to run, but I sure / Had fun, so / I’m gonna fuck it up again / I’m gonna do another detour / Unpave my path / And if you wanna make sense / Whatcha looking at me for / I’m no good at math

We all make mistakes. This said, when I hear the name Pricewaterhouse, “fuck ups” don’t come to mind. Aren’t they paid specifically to NOT to fuck up? Recently, I thought we’d seen everything… guess again.

As they say behind Donald’s wall, “Oscar no bueno.”

It’s unlikely anyone can shed a warm light on last weekend’s Oscar debacle. All said and done, I must admit the idea of a “mistake” or “mistaken identity” has a Shakespearean tragic twist…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I fell deep, through the holes of your eyes / and what I found resembles dark signs / The kind of hell I’m in ain’t enough to keep me down / the kind of hell I’m in just ain’t enough / just ain’t enough to keep me down

Still I cry and I cry and I cry / cause there is no turning back / I said I cry and I cry and I cry / cause there is no turning back

We’re deep into the wintery canyon this year. Last weekend we had more rain that anyone has seen in decades. Before TVD could even post last week’s Idelic Hour, our house went black. Nada power. Hey, it’s not like anyone was gonna call me and to say “Fuck man, I love that song…” Still, it would have been nice to have phone reception—ie: review texts! No hot water or heat for a cold rainy weekend day? Aagghh!

Nope, it was just hard, cold rain. It ended (or just I say came back on) and we carried on through President’s Day. Speaking of—who is celebrating the fucking president this year?

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