TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Since we’ve crossed into the millennium, time seems to roll on so fast. Before you know it, summer will be upon us. Just as I got used to the idea of May, Memorial Day weekend is here. “TGIFF.” Thank god it’s fucking Friday! I can certainly use a long weekend.


No one here seems to have much going on over this holiday. A bunch of my band friends are headed to Spain to play Primavera. Friends in New York and London are dealing with rain and sleet. For Memorial Day, I will be saying a prayer for ol’ Ray Manzarek. “Cancel our subscriptions to the resurrection.” I can’t help but wonder if Ray and Jim have connected on the “other side.”

My next Idelic Hour will surely be dedicated to the meaning of The Doors.

In the meantime I am about to cross a milestone, well almost. This is the 99th episode of the Idelic Hour. As I have mentioned recently, I’ve felt the need to be “reliable” to the music. It’s this reliability that has led me across the country to state of Ohio for this week’s inspiration.

Last weekend I drove around the Canyon listening to the wonderful new album from Ohio natives, The National. Matt Berninger’s warm and familiar voice soothed my soul. Ah, at last an album that seems to slow time down.

On Monday, Pitchfork gave the album an excellent review at one point stating, “Most people attribute the National’s escalating popularity to their reliability…” It made me think “reliability” deserves an Idelic Hour of music.

Why not Ohio? When the word comes to mind, I think of Republicans, guns, motorcycle gangs—but most of all, cool rock ‘n roll.

Let’s plug in and explore Idelic “Ohio”.

The Idelic Hit of the Week:
Kingswood – Ohio

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