The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON 4/17/15 | 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?

Back in LA, it was an amazing week for rocking and rolling here. Yesterday alone, I crossed paths with Peter Murphy, The Replacements, Mark “big time” Kates, and Tame Impala. Say all you want about cooperate rock, but Coachella surely brings many out west.

Enjoy this roc ’em soc ’em hour of music to put pedal to the metal and bust out to Indio. Meet me on the pitch, this is where I’ll be:

AC/DC, Allah-Las, Antemasque, Belle & Sebastian, Benjamin Booker, Brant Bjork, Built To Spill, Glass Animals, Hot Natured, Jack White, Jon Hopkins, Keys N Krates, Mac Demarco, MK, OFF!!, Ratatat, Sturgill Simpson, Swans, and Tame Impala.

See ya’ out there.

The Idelic Hit of the Week:
Young Fathers – Rain or Shine

A classic Californian novel for a classic weekend in the desert.

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