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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s the American in me that makes me watch the blood running out of the bullethole in his head. / It’s the American in me that makes me watch tv see on the news, listen what the man said. / He said, “ask not what you can do for your country what’s your country been doing to you / Ask not what you can do for your country what’s your country been doing to your mind?”

It’s the American in me that makes me says it an honor to die in a war that’s just a politicians lie / It’s the American in me that makes me watch tv see how they burn the sla they say / “Ask not what you can do for your country what’s your country been doing to you? / Ask not what you can do for your country what’s your country been doing to you?” / In the USA! in the USA in the USA!

Pretty surreal week in the USA. I don’t recall ever watching a Presidential Inauguration, let along checking it, to confirm it was going down. Having a con man on steroids in the White House has literally put reality and country as we know it into suspension.

Our recent presidency had most Americans wondering just how our country can continue. The dudes on Vice News called Wednesday’s DC event “strange and surreal.” No doubt, but if it’s all the same to me, I’d like to get back to the good old USA.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Another night back at a gaff plot / With some wrongens I’d just met / We’re getting on it in the kitchen / As we chain smoke cigarettes / And we chew each other’s ears off / As we put the world to rights / And we chat shit about conspiracies / And climate change all night / But soon the birds have started singing / In the trees out in the streets / And my jaw is sore from swinging / I’ve been chewing on me cheeks / And as the session depression / Seeps into my head / The anxiety inside of me / Says, “It’s time to go to bed” / But some geezers left a livener / On the side and fell a kip / And I get greedy and decide to / Sniff it, then I try to slip / But it hits me double lively / And the night comes to an end / As another line of tranquilliser / Paralyses me again

I hope this finds all my Idelic pals safe and well. A warm desert wind is blowing through our canyon today. Let’s hope it takes sickness and hostilities with it.

An old friend once described a new year as a blank canvas. The artist and his paints have the opportunity to create a masterpiece. Easier said than done in 2021, but the poet and musician can still hold a planet’s dreams in their voices.

While surrounding myself with my family, friends, music, and the people who create the cool sounds, I for one am gonna “carry on” my dream of hope by sharing songs.

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The woman from the supermarket / Ran to call the cops / “He must be high on something, ” someone said / Though it never made The New York Times / In The Daily News, the caption read, / “Save the life of my child!” / Cried the desperate mother…

Yesterday was pretty stressful. How do we handle Corona protocol? Even Presidents, movie stars, and pro-hoopers get it. I hear we need to try to stay calm, keep extra clean, and for now keep your distance.

In the meantime, The Idelic Hour is here to provide a touch of comfort for those who need an hour of great curated tunes to free their mind. I find old songs are sometimes better friends than people.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Listen, the snow is falling o’er town / Listen, the snow is falling ev’rywhere / Between Empire State Building / And between Trafalgar Square / Listen, the snow is falling o’er town

Listen, the snow is falling o’er town / Listen, the snow is falling ev’rywhere / Between your bed and mine / Between your head and my mind / Listen, the snow is falling o’er town

Between Tokyo and Paris / Between London and Dallas / Between your love and mine / Listen, the snow is falling ev’rywhere

Seeing that Christmas and New Years fall on the next two Fridays, these few lines and this episode of The Idelic Hour wraps me for 2020. As covid rages through LA, it’s hard to really say “it’s not over until it’s over,” but if I could sum up 2020 in one word…that would be:

“UGH!”

Well, as the Brits say, “Carry on….”

A decade ago when I started cutting my weekly Idelic Hours I would never have guessed the “work” that I put into the shows would be such a “sanity-saver” during a world crisis. Love to all who listened and thanks to Jon Meyers and TVD for providing a home for my obsession with sharing music.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

To play for all of you / It’s a dream come true / No matter where we are / Travelin’ near and far / All the love on the road and the places we go

Throw my voice into the canyon / Hope I touch someone inside / I could never have imagined / Better light down on these purple mountains that I see

Happy Friday fellow Sagittarians. We are optimistic, lovers of freedom, often funny, fair-minded, honest (to a fault), and intellectual. We dig spontaneity, conversation, and lots of friends. Most of all we like to have FUN!

Fun has been in bleak scarcity in 2020. I find “fun” relevant to my obsession with new music and sharing The Idelic Hour. Since I made my first purchase in a record shop (Jethro Tull’s Benefit, Houses Of the Holy, and The Stones’ Hot Rocks) music discovery has been at the heart of my joy, friendships, and work.

It should not come as a surprise that I put great effort and take great pride in posting my year-end top Idelic Hits. More than that, I want you to listen and take my word on taste. I want to just do my part in trying to fill the air with my optimism and joy. Great new records have come out in 2020 and there is hope.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Walking down the street / Or walking on the moon / What’s it matter / Now to my cocoon? / Step into the sunshine / Man, it feels good / Birds and bees jamming / A theme for the neighborhood

Are we alright again? / Are we around the bend? / Am I lucky or brave? / Are you stronger today? / Are we alright again? / Yeah, I think we’re alright

I hope this finds you warm and well. I gather last Thanksgiving weekend either found you in seclusion or super spreading. I choose seclusion with Susan and Jonah. I watched a touch of sport, took a bike ride or two, and listened exclusively to my favorite new records of 2020.

Per what is now tradition, this first week of December is when all the press and blogs start releasing their “best of” lists. Before streaming… (hmmm, maybe we should call it “B.S.”—ha!) this used to take place in mid-December, but due to the race to be “first out,” most lists have begun to debut.

Now included with the “best of lists” phenomenon is the incredible and fascinating “data” Spotify emails each and every user. I gotta say, between the Idelic Hour and my Spotify listening data, I’m incredibly high on myself—totally feeling the thousands of hours I spend listening to my extremely cool taste. Not to mention the thousand or so new songs I’ve discovered. (I mean, who the fuck do I think I am? The nerve of me to think I discover music?)

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon and happy Friday!

Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac / Diamond in the back, sunroof top / Diggin’ the scene / With a gangsta lean / Gangsta whitewalls / TV antennas in the back / You may not have a car at all / But remember brothers and sisters / You can still stand tall / Just be thankful for what you got…

Heading into Thanksgiving week everything is as “fine” as can be in this canyon.

Throughout the decade or so that I’ve been creating the Idelic Hour, the show has been following the new album release cycle for artists and their labels. Now with a singles based streaming paradigm and the pandemic, the landscape of new music is and will be shifting.

Fuck man, gone are the days when I would make the rounds to the 4 or 5 local record shops in my neighborhood to ask when the new Led Zeppelin record would be in. I’m actually very grateful that as a kid in New York City I fully experienced record shopping at its height.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon—happy Friday the 13th!

I’m not looking for another as I wander in my time / Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme / You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me / It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea / But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie / Your eyes are soft with sorrow / Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

Everything is as fine as it can be here in the canyon. The weather has actually been beautiful, but short days and cold nights. Well, cold by our California standards. Warm blankets have fueled me through dark, dreamy nights.

As for the work week, I surround myself with musicians and those in “the bizz” who would help them. As I started to reach for my record collection and assemble this week’s set, I felt void of inspiration. The only thing I could think about was the lack of motivation Jonah has for his online schooling and homework.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Me, I’m fresh on your pages / Secret thinker sometimes listening aloud / Life lies dumb on its heroes / Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud / Someone like you should not be allowed / To start any fires

Now your smile is spreading thin / Seems you’re trying not to lose / Since I’m not supposed to win / All you’ve got to do is win…

Last night I cut The Idelic Hour, watched the news, and went to bed with Georgia on my mind. As a cool breeze descends on southern California, we’ll be sad to see our Indian summer go. With prospects of a dark and cold winter ahead of us, today holds a ray of hope and sunshine coming from our television sets.

I started digging through crates of records for this week’s Idelic Hour on Wednesday as I woke up and contemplated the state of our country and especially what Stephen Malkmus calls “Middle America.” Our country’s “split” is sobering. Here are some songs that will help ease the nation toward middle ground

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

What amounts to a dream anymore? / A crude device; a veil on our eyes / A simple plan we’d be different from the rest / And never resign to a typical life

Common fears start to multiply / We realize, we’re paralyzed / Where’d it go, all that precious time? / Did we even try to stem the tide?

Before I start I want to let you all know the Sidels are doing just “fine” today. As I mention time and time again, The Idelic Hour is my creative outlet. Collecting, gathering, compiling and listening to these records truly gives me “soul satisfaction,” even in, or may I say especially in light of this horrible Covid/election year. So hear I lay, dumping all my emotions, problems, fears, anxieties and joys while sharing an hour of music with friends.

So with this in 2020 I must point out that tonight is the full moon of Mercury in retrograde on the All Hollow’s Eve. With the election looming on Tuesday there is just a lot of weird shit in the air. No exception here. This week’s events were in fact spooky weird. We had an power outage, computer failure, our dishwasher broke, doors need replacing, and worst of all of our Mercury in retro nightmares came to pass as our son Jonah broke his leg skateboarding Monday afternoon.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Now my hair gets longer as the beat gets stronger / Wanna tell Chuck Berry my news / I get my kicks outta guitar licks / And I’ve sold my steel-toed shoes

As October gives way to shorter and cooler days, old Joe Biden reminded us last night, “It’s gonna be a dark winter.” Mercury is in retrograde and they say it’s an opportune time to “clean your desk.” I’m taking this as a metaphor and taking it to heart.

During Covid I’ve been meditating. During my sessions it’s dawned on me that the time has come to let the past go, and I’m talking all things! As a record collector, it literally pains me to part with any rock ‘n’ roll relic, but this was the week. I parted with my ’59 Les Paul Jr and my well worn pair of 32-year-old custom engineer boots.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

It’s hard to be human / When another’s touch can end your life / What’s real has lost feeling / I miss your kiss our long goodbyes

O’ Earth O’ Earth I return to thee / I return to where my body once lied / O ‘ Earth O ‘Earth I return to thee / I return to where my innocence died

Hard days and dreamy nights as an October Indian summer breeze blows gently through our canyon. Been a fairly distracting week in our house. Keeping up our pad, a kid in middle school, the music buisness, Dodgers win the pennant—and of course the presidential election—all can weigh hard and heavy on a day.

Speaking of a hard day, I TiVo’d and revisited A Hard Day’s Night recently. The movie and charm of The Beatles is pure magic. The film and lead track inspired this playlist of “not so hard, hard” songs. Hope it can get you through your days.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m the man on the mountain, come on up / I’m the plowman in the valley with a face full of mud / Yes, I’m fumbling and I know my car don’t start / Yes, I’m stumbling and I know I play a bad guitar

Give me little drink / From your loving cup / Just one drink and I’ll fall down drunk yeah

Listening back to this week’s Idelic Hour, I’m happy to report that I’m “happy” about something. If it’s the fact that I can make a playlist of very diverse songs and enjoy the listen… well, that’s what I’m gonna put in my “peace-pipe” this week.

I have to tip my hat to Eddie Van Halen and those of you out there who are his fans. In the mid ’70s my dad moved to San Francisco, and in my obsessive search for punk rock I came upon the Mabuhay Gardens in downtown SF. I loved seeing bands like The Nuns, Crime, The Dils and LA’s Weirdos, Zeros, and Berlin Brats.

When I came to LA I went to The Starwood and the scene was magic, but the band, Quiet Riot, although fun, was far from punk. It was there in the parking lot on Santa Monica Boulevard that I was handed a flyer for Van Halen.

There was a real buzz about Van Halen and soon enough there was an album on a record store shelf. I bought it straight off and although I knew it was great, spandex and fast Jackson guitar solos were never for me. This said, I loved seeing David Lee Roth partying at The Zero and a monster area show at the LA Forum.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

If we were just strangers then we would fall in love again / Abandon extreme wealth and casual cruelty / And now I can see why everyone acts weird to me / Abandon extreme wealth and casual cruelty

A ghost that creeps around a crystal surface underground / A light shows flowers crushed inside / At most the blooms get high / And stay there frozen under…

Today I’m feeling like I’m driving deeper into a groundhog hole. I almost can’t believe yesterday was Thursday. This might be the quickest week I’ve ever experienced. Is the planet just starting to spin out of control? Last week I sarcastically mentioned “what’s next?” Today I’d rather not know.

As I try to keep it “real” and in the in moment, my Idelic weekly muse turns to bullies—and the tough guys and dolls who stand up to them.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

And when / I was the line / You were a light / Shining like some planet / You call home

Talking aloud / What’s it about / The ending or beginning of a word

That was with me all along / I let go, you held strong / Are we all not lost in song / Feeding back until we’re found

“What’s going to happen next?” has been a serious question of concern in 2020 (shit taking, con-man, president aside). Dude, thinking ahead to tomorrow has become something that can really suck.

Tuesday I had a blow out on the 134 freeway. I had just enough time to say something to myself like, “Oh shit!, fuck me, fuckkkkkk!” And then… OK what do I do next?

Thank you GOD, Triple AAA, and my man in the tow truck. I was saved from disaster.

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