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TVD Live Shots: Girlschool 2018,
2/2–2/4

PHOTOS: JULIA LOFSTRAND | Artists, and musicians in particular, have always been at the forefront of using their mediums as a means for change and tools to fight oppression. In the midst of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, a large ominous cloud hangs over us in the shape of a question mark, punctuating the sentence, “What’s next?” How do we keep these conversations going and funnel them into actual change?

In its third year, the three-day Girlschool festival spearheaded by Anna Bulbrook (the Airborne Toxic Event, band member; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Beyoncé, Vampire Weekend, recording violinist) served as a vision of that future. It’s a level and an inclusive playing field where artists mix with fans, parents bring their kids, and all are welcome—men, women, non-binary, and all gender identifying persons.

The Girlschool festival has indeed expanded to be a platform for not only women, but for all types of disenfranchised groups and communities, and the panels this year skewed more political with topics focused on activism. In addition to artists and journalists, panels featured an array of unique voices—from civil rights activist Ashlee Marie Preston, poet Shauna Barbosa, and a keynote talk by punk rock pioneer and Sleater-Kinney founding member, Carrie Brownstein.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The leader’s wife takes a government car / In the dark to meet her minister / But the leader never leaves his door ajar / As he swings his whip from the Boer War

He wore a leather mask for his dinner guests / Totally nude and with deep respect / Proposed a toast to the votes he gets / The feeling of power and the thought of sex!

Now the girl let the fat man touch her / Vodka fumes and the feel of a vulture / The driver waited in the embassy car / The fat man’s trap was set for capture / So the girl let the thin man touch her / Mixing questions, drunken laughter / The Ministry car was waiting there / A minister knows his own affairs

The People must have something good to read on a Sunday…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Skip a life completely / Stuff it in a cup / She said “money is like us in time / It lies, but can’t stand up” / Down for you is up / Linger on your pale blue eyes / Linger on your pale blue eyes

The other night I woke up and walked outside onto our deck. It was a clear and relatively warm winter’s night. The canyon was alive and the moon above all was magical. I basked briefly in richness of the moonlight. Thoughts of time, space, and old friends crossed my mind. I was alone, but not quite. The fullness of life was not lost on me. This was no ordinary moon but a “super blue blood moon!” Its light felt like it gently ran through my eyes and into my bloodstream.

Moons and music can be magical. I truly believe that—and why the fuck not? Nothing feels ordinary today or in 2018. You can get an ordinary cold or walk across an ordinary street or have an ordinary opinion. But it has to be a “super blood gonzo hi-tech” moon. And it is.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

(I’ve got to say that these chilly California winter nights make for a quick and loose Idelic Hour session—and for shorter intros, ha!)

I’ve been fucking zooming into 2018 and this week I needed deep breaths and a prayer or two to keep one foot in front of another. All is good, but 2018 feels like some serious shit.

As we all know the Gov shut down this past week. Hold on—the fucking Government of the United States shut down? Sounds pretty punk rock to me? (Well, maybe not.) Hey let’s have inspiration, not negativity, own the day.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s mid January and I’m buzzing—so much to jump-start in the new year. Sidel is on the hustle for sure.

Also my mother is visiting. Seems crazy to have mom out at the top of the year, but why not? After all, it’s frigid back east, so what better time to visit our beautiful canyon. The soundtrack of all that is going on is a continued, steady flow of new releases.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I’d be without you

A few days ago my wife informed me that Monday is the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Is this true? It seems like the year is just getting going and a bit early for a holiday. Well, who’s complaining and who’s taking the day off?

Our country desperately needs a day to reflect on the life and preachings of Dr. King. And then there’s Rosa Parks. What courage to say “enough!”

Which brings me to this week’s Idelic muse: “Rosa, god chose ya.” It feels like her divine intervention was a must. Sometimes someone needs to step up, take a stand, and say “I’m tired of this bullshit.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

2018 is a blank canvas.

I for one am going to let it rock!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Don’t call me home, little sister / Before the night is done / My love and I are fleeing / Running into the sun. / Turn to fly, go away / Little bird, please don’t stay / Fare thee well. / Take up all your jewels and gold, / Bury them away in the earth. / Let your memory reduce them to dust / But don’t forget the knife that was thrust. / Turn to fly, go away / Little bird, please don’t stay / Fare thee well.

Today is my sister Evan’s birthday. We are two days less than a year apart, and for the last 48 hours I’ve been teasing her. It’s a tradition that has lasted a half century, and who knows beyond.

This week our little “now not so private” brother and sister joke, combined with events in Alabama, has made me feel upbeat this morning. In the light of 2017 I’ll take anything I can get. So happy birthday sis, and thanks for always leading the way, except for B Days that is.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

2017’s best of “Idelic Hits” #’s 1-20 | Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, The Clientele, Childish Gambino, Aldous Harding, Randy Newman, Protomartyr, Father John Misty, The Jesus & The Mary Chain, Queens of The Stone Age/Ty Segall, Culture Abuse, Together Pangea/Orwells, War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Wolf Alice, King Krule, Phoebe Bridgers, Psychic Temple, St. Vincent, Everything Is Recorded

The other day a respected colleague told me that he felt I was a bit “lost.” Indeed in 2017 I can take that point to heart. After all I’ve been the music business for over twenty-five years, the last seven of which I’ve ended my week by posting a carefully curated playlist of songs in the form of an FM style radio hour. Each week I enthusiastically followed that post by singling out one newly released song. Every Friday for the last seven years I’ve proclaimed those records as “finds,” or as I like to call them “Idelic Hits.”

Why? I’ve clearly lost my mind. My wife gave up years ago trying to convince me that I was spending too much listening to and posting music. Why be so passionate about new music? After all, don’t we live in a world with an attention span of fifteen seconds? I have to say I often do feel a bit lost. Music has always lead the way for me. Buying records used to be an obsession. Now I’d rather share a song than buy one. I’m clearly not treading the road on “bloody red shoes.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

2017’s Best of “Idelic Hits” 40-21 | Resistance Radio/Sharon Van Etten, Corey Becker, Laura Marling, Sean Rowe, Susanne Sundfor, Peter Perrett, Bedouine, Arthur Ahbez, The Weather Station, Mac Demarco, Resistance Radio/The Shins, Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival, JD McPherson, Waxahatchee, Liminanas & Anton Newcombe, Alex Cameron, Ariel Pink, Chicano Batman, Starcrawler, Ron Gallo

Throughout the Thanksgiving week I listened intently to all of the new releases I had compiled through the course of making episodes of The Idelic Hour in 2017. As I lent a thoughtful ear I could not avoid a “where’s the meat?” feeling. It’s been no surprise that in this town 2017 has been more about Spotify numbers than a soulful chorus or a memorable hook…but still?

Compared to all of the years I’ve been compiling year-end “best of” lists, 2017 is unparalleled. I dare to say it, but 2017 is the weakest year for music in my entire lifetime.

I know, and I’m fucking old!

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TVD Live Shots: Fall Out Boy, Blackbear, Jaden Smith at The Forum, 11/17

Fall Out Boy’s North American Mania tour rolled into the Forum in Los Angeles on Friday (11/17). Opening acts included hip hop artist Blackbear and rapper/actor Jaden Smith. The tour is in support of Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio album, Mania, which was originally set to be released in September. However, over the summer the band announced they would be pushing the date back because they felt rushed, and that the album was not ready.

Fall Out Boy was formed in a suburb of Chicago in 2001. Members include frontman and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, drummer Andy Hurley, bassist Pete Wentz, and Joe Trohman on lead guitar. Earlier this year the band also launched the Fall Out Boy Fund, as a way to give back to the city of Chicago. They started by donating money to Back to the Roots, a group that brings gardening and food education to elementary school children in the area.

They opened their set with “The Phoenix,” and continued with catchy and infectious hit after hit, including “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” and “I Don’t Care.” The band made use of a runway that stretched through the entire length of the arena—flames erupted behind them and streamers were shot out of cannons into the air. They played three songs and a drum solo on top of two large platforms that rose above the audience, the crowd cheering, dancing, and singing along with every word.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Cubscouts are screaming, / Needing icescreaming and all the pleasures of June / I’m in a parked car. / Flowers seem friendly and people in hall ways feel walls. / Now it is night time maybe we’e cruising avoiding the anti-cruise. / Oh I don’t really know where we are. / If things get real promise to take me somewhere else, / By the time fear takes me over will we still be rolling and feeling oblivion.

(I’ve always loved a great British lyric to take me to a far away imaginary place.)

On another note, last week Jon from The Vinyl District reminded me that due to the holiday schedule I only had four Idelic Hours to go before year’s end. My reply was something to the effect of… “I know.”

For some years now, bloggers have been creating their “Year End” lists earlier and earlier in the year. The standard rule of thumb these days might be the week after Thanksgiving. In this day and age someone always knows better than me.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole / Just strap your guitar and we’ll play some rock n roll / But the money’s is good / Just get a grip on yourself

It dawned on me a few weeks ago that 1977 was 40 years ago. It’s rather obvious, but for some reason it’s just finally sunken in. Honestly I’m in a bit of shock. ’77 was the year when punk rock and I came of age. I was 15 at the time—obsessed with punk rock 45 singles and pretty much bought every record of the era. Punk was more than just music. I listened to every lyric and read every “zine,” and I BELIEVED in every note and every word. I took down all my rock and Bruce Lee posters and replaced them with British punk posters I used to buy from Bleecker Bob’s—the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks lined my walls.

I remember explicitly embracing the concept of being 15 and being PUNK. I knew I had missed the ’60s, but “77”—that was my movement and I held it tight. I went to every punk rock show of note in New York City that year and the two after. When I visited San Francisco for six weeks that summer I went to the Mabuhay Gardens and saw The Nuns, Crime, The Screamers, Weirdos, the Dils, and The Avengers. I flipped tables, tossed chairs, and showed the SF punks how us New Yorkers throw a bottle at a band.

“No, you don’t throw it at the band, you throw it against the wall to the side!”

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TVD Live Shots: The Drums, Methyl Ethel at the Fonda Theatre, 11/2

The Drums supported by Aussie rockers Methyl Ethel played three nights at the The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Drums are an American indie pop/rock band based in New York City, founded in 2009 by current frontman Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham. Earlier in 2017 Graham announced his departure from the group on good terms. Their forth album, Abysmal Thoughts, was released a few months later.

At the first of the three Fonda shows on Thursday, Pierce wore a jumpsuit that proudly displayed his most recent album title. Rightfully so, as he wrote and produced the entire thing himself. He danced and spun across the stage, reaching out into the enthusiastic young crowd again and again.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

This is how the world will be / Everywhere I go it rains on me / Forty monkeys drowning in a boiling sea / Everywhere I go it rains on me / I went down into the valley to pray / Everywhere I go it rains on me / I got drunk and I stayed all day / Everywhere I go it rains on me

On last week’s show I played a bunch of records about “darkness,” and spoke about voices in the wind. I’ve said it before and still I have to say it again—I kinda like talking about the weather. Some days that’s the best we can muster.

After the excitement of Tuesday night, trick o’ treating with a pack of boys and watching the LA Dodgers make it to a game seven of the World Series, Wednesday was a bummer. Los Angeleno families were let down hard by the World Series outcome. It’s not just that the Dodgers lost, it was a dreadfully boring and hopeless defeat we suffered through. We even hear a Dodgers player’s house had been burglarized during the game. Thursday I woke horribly drained, negative, and grumpy.

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