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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

You said somethin’ / You said somethin’ / You said somethin’ / That was really important

The truth is I have nothing to complain about. I’d like to, but today . . . nada.

Last night when I cut this Idelic Hour episode I noticed it was 2/22. Made me think of shooting craps with my dad. The old man loved the sharp pocket knives and the “hard four.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Does it hurt to fall in love so easy / Does it hurt to fall in love so fast / Does it hurt you to find out / Thirty-second hand

Is it such a big task / Such a big task / Are you too proud to ask / Remember last one was your last

It’s too early to run to momma / It’s too late to run like hell / I guess I would tell ya / ‘Cause I don’t want to ask / That this one be your last

And this one child is killing you / This one’s your last chance / To make this last one really the last / Oh are you too proud to ask / Is it such a big task / Remember last one was your last

Hope you all had a nice Valentine’s. Mine is always about love songs of all types.

When I owned restaurants in the ’90s I would create a mixtape with the goal that Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” would play shortly after a romantic dinner. After decades of Valentine’s listening, I still believe that Green’s magic is the greatest love song of all time. 

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

There’s a world out there I’m running from / Full of plastic cards and chewing gum / The best of you, the worst of me / Leaves everything the same

I can’t take the light face to face / I spent my whole life moving in place / To live and die by a blinking star / Due north, only where you are

On a Spanish dune / We’ll turn to the moon / I’m here for now and I’m calling out

After this week’s “biblical” downpour in LA, I’m happy to report your humble Idelic host has not washed away. I just checked the garage and it seems my vinyl is also intact.

It’s a bit chilly for LA but to recap, it’s a clear beautiful morning in the canyon. We have electricity, internet, and therefore music. Some excellent coffee so…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

We hear them sayin’

How you get a rude and a reckless? / Don’t you be so crude and feckless / You been drinking brew for breakfast / Rudie can’t fail (no, no)

We reply

I know that my life make you nervous / But I tell you I can’t live in service / Like the doctor who was born for a purpose / Rudie can’t fail (ok)

I went to the market to realize my soul / What I need I just don’t have (oh no) / First they curse, then they press me ’til I hurt / They say, Rudie can’t fail

First you must cure your temper / Then find a job in a paper / You need someone for a savior / Rudie can’t fail

I’d say thank god it’s Friday, but I missed my TVD deadline. It’s a slightly chilly but clear Saturday morning in the canyon. It’s “Grammy Week,” filled with a number of events and parties. A week of industry schmoozing that really kicks the people who work in the music bizz into gear.

Of course technology (aka streaming) has changed many things, but happily some things remain the same. As I’ve said many times over many years, my journey is about great songs and the cool people I’ve met. If this week has any indication, 2024 will be filled with both of them.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I wake up early in the morning / And I’m up until the dawn / And it’s only getting harder / For me to carry on / So I’ll Go to California / And I hope I get there soon / I’ll just sit next to the ocean / Underneath the yellow moon

Indeed there is nothing like a full moon over the city of Los Angeles. Last night’s hung low and wise. This morning was chilly but here comes the sun, and a couple of warm low hanging suns.

Cool bands are in today. The Smile, Ty Segall, Ekkstacy, Future Islands, Bill Ryder-Jones, and BRMC dropping cool vinyl. Justice and Tame Impala bring an electro clash, psyche-pop platter to the party. I can’t believe January is all but dust. Jonesing for longer days so…

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Your daddy, he’s an outlaw and a wanderer by trade / He’ll teach you how to pick and choose, and how to throw the blade / He oversees his kingdom, so no stranger does intrude / His voice, it trembles as he calls out for another plate of food

One more cup of coffee for the road / One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go / To the valley below

Out of my head this morning. Up to wee hours battling tech issues on my computer. I’ve always dreamed of getting back to cutting the Idelic hour at a radio station. I loved that feeling of broadcasting, completely alone at a radio station in the middle of the night. Dropping records for imaginary truckers on speed or lovers driving fearlessly into the desert night.

What that has to do with my broken laptop? Dunno? But to have resiliency in 2024 means something. Especially when it come to music and the business of it.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

You know I’m just a man / like any other man / Perfect is a thing I’ll never be / Awwww but it’s gonna be alright mmmm / It’s gonna be alright, listen to me / It’s gonna be alright / Wait and see / Wait and see

Week #2 of 2024. We’re still in good spirits, but I still have to say this cold and wind…yikes. Thank god for heating pads, hot coffee, and my old cashmere sweats my dad gave me. Year after year Kenny seemed to gift me the same sweats. I’d smile, try not to roll my eyes, graciously accept, and stash deep in my closet. So grateful for the warmth of an old friendly sweater this morning.

Oh yes and sweet music. Love and Other Crimes found its way onto my holiday turntable and “Wait and See” has become a bit of a mantra for me this new year. I love thinking about that famous first encounter between Sinatra and Hazlewood, bringing Lee into Reprise Records. Hazlewood thinks he’s gonna work with Frank. The Chairman walks in with Nancy says, “You kids go and make some records.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Like tattooed sailors who sailed all their lives / They will never sail again / Just imagine this, every trail in the south / Could be traded and judged by you and me / Like a crippled man who spends his whole live searching for one good friend / Sadly after all the time he find you’re still your own best best

Cause even tough dogs get beaten eventually

Listen hard, / All my artist friends who are crying / They won’t be crying any more / And we won’t respect a cop who gets a pay check for busting up an American union picket line / Together we grow up so fast like the fighters of 49 / Like Willie Hopkins and Gold Earl Jones / They won’t get forgotten by me in time

Even good dogs get beaten eventually

Top week of 2024. We’re in good spirits but I have to say it’s been very cold, dark, and windy in our canyon.

Feels like the weather could get crazy in 2024. Hopefully the rock ‘n’ roll will follow suit. For the first Idelic Hour of each passing year I generally just musically “dust myself off” to get a set of old favs that stumble onto my turntable and mix it with some discoveries I’ve made of the past month or so.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Until it all explodes / I’ll dream of you and cry

You can’t control the way you feel / You’d rather run away and hide / I bet it hurts way more to heal / When you’re so tangled up inside

Why oh why / Can’t I say goodbye

Halfway through the month of Sagittarius, and it’s week three of my “year end count around” for ’23. It’s not time to say goodbye, but it is time to bid farewell to the music of 2023. TVD is going on holiday break, so here it is.

Again, my annual “Golden Shower of Idelic Hits” is more a year end “count around” than count down. I put the set together in no order. The “playlist” is really just a big shout out to these artists for helping 2023 be as cool year for rock ‘n’ roll as it could. I mean on one hand, what a crazy fucked year—and world—but as I listen to the output of these last 3 Idelic hours what comes to mind is:

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The Idelic “Golden Showers of 2023 Hits” continues: Sufjan Stevens, PJ Harvey, Steve Mason, Jana Horn, Corey Hanson, Susanne Sundfør, Paper Idol, Jessie Ware, Water From Your Eyes, Lil Yachty, yeule, Corinne Bailey Rae…

Sleaford Mods, The Dare, A. Savage, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mannequin Pussy, Trash Day, Queens Of The Stone Age, Shame.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’ve been hit by the bus of love / That falling brick of you, yeah / Baby, when there’s tears in your eyes / You don’t have to lie / You don’t need to hide from me / I don’t want you to say anything

I see myself in you / I see myself in you / I see myself in you

You cut me like a deck of cards / You broke for the fire escape / Baby, we’re running out of time (running out of time) / I can be that guy / Who you cower behind (who you cower behind) / I don’t want you to say anything

I see myself in you / I see myself in you

Yep, it’s that week when all bloggers gather up their pebbles and present their favorites for the year. My annual “Golden Shower of Idelic Hits” is more a year end “count around” than count down.

This said, I do group them by show. Why hold the suspense? This episode is my top 20 of 2023 favorites. I put the set together in no order, other than my #1 closes the set.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Freddie’s dead / That’s what I said / Let the man rap a plan said he’d see him home / But his hope was a rope and he should’ve known / It’s hard to understand / There was love in this man / I’m sure all would agree / That his misery was his woman and things / Now Freddie’s dead / That’s what I said

Everybody’s misused him / Ripped him up and abused him / Another junkie plan / Pushin’ dope for the man / A terrible blow but that’s how it goes / Freddie’s dead on the corner now / If you wanna be a junkie, wow / Remember Freddie’s dead

2023 is not quite done for new songs, but for this Idelic “free form jock” I’m starting to gather up pebbles for my year end countdown of 2023 favorites.

Traditionally “blogger/critics/best-ofs” come after turkey week, so while our canyon still shines blue and clear, I’m dropping an old school themed “free form” FM radio set. Originally my muse was an old Undertones song from the ’70s punk era, but I was driving to a gig and I heard the voice of Jim Ladd on Sirius radio. Jim was shaken—he had just found out that night that this would be his last “Deep Tracks” set on Sirus.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Taking it all the right way / Keeping it in the back / Taking it all the right way / Never no turning back, never need no / Never no turning back

Flying just a sweet place / Coming inside and safe / Flying just a sweet place / Never been known to fail, never been no / Never been known to fail

What to do “après that big day?” “Après Halloween,” “après album release,” “après ski?”

I’m not saying 2023 is over for new music, but I feel it’s time to relax and dig into some old soul tunes. Some obscure, some comfort food.

Of course, congrats to all artists releasing new music. Dig in.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Out in the streets / The modern vampire prowls / He’s been spreading disease / All around

There’s an epidemic / If you don’t believe me / You ought to take a look / At the eyes of your friends

When someone tempts you / You can’t refuse / It’s getting colder and you know / You got nothing to lose / You need it / Know you got nothing to lose / You need it

As days shorten, the sunsets in our canyon seem to disappear at slightly different angles. The moon has been full and bright as evenings give off a different hue of light.

Halloween’s coming. Here’s a set of songs fit for that late October dusk.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m guilty of murder / Of innocent men / Innocent women, innocent children / Thousands of ’em / My planes, my guns / My money, my soldiers / My blood on my hands / It’s all my fault

I must not think bad thoughts / I must not think bad thoughts / I must not think bad thoughts

Last week’s “news of the world” had me take a pause from even sharing music. Friday the 13th, a gorgeous Indian summer day, spooky season upon us… and my turntables were empty?

It could last long. Pretty shocking that California has banned Skittles and Mountain Dew. I’m sure they’re still selling them at the Houston Astrodome.

I heard the Stones played a club last night? They’ve been known to do that now and again. Bravo to Mick and Keith.

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