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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

In my soul / My blood and my bones / I have wrapped your cold bodies around me / The face on you / The smell of you / Will always be with me

Each of these my three babies / I was not willing to leave / Though I tried, I blasphemed and denied / I know they will be returned to me

Each of these my babies / Have brought you closer to me / No longer mad like a horse / I’m still wild but not lost / From the thing that I’ve chosen to be

Thought for today’s Idelic Hour: although this deep winter quarantine that started over the holidays finds us healthy, our mental state is “taxed.” At some points of the day we’re productive and smiling, at other moments we’re like kites on a windy day.

This episode #4 comes at the tail end of a long January. Thanks to my daughter Zoe for being an inspiration and adding once again to this week’s playlist.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

You said, it’s time to get your clothes on / And you said, it’s time to leave the planet / And you said, don’t even bring your wallet / And you said, it’s time to leave the planet

You said that I could bring my guitar / And you said, it’s time to leave the planet / You said that I could bring my guitar / And you said, it’s time to leave the planet

January has always been a tricky month for creating the Idelic Hour. The beginning of the year’s clean slate of music is after all… empty. After a small flurry of early January releases the landscape seems to have chilled.

The arctic breeze going through most backyards has not quite effected ours—sunny, clear, and 72 today. This said, there seems to be a “cold realization” that the winter of 2022 might be harder than we had hoped for. God help us to find coconut coffee cream and to fight inflation.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Now Alice needed money. I put ten dollars on the breeze.
As the wind died away, she sank way below her knees.
And as a hurricane passed by, she clutched the money from the sky.
She must have been at least a fathom high.
She works the forty second beat, on forty second street,
With all her golden ambitions, and dead rhinestones in her feet.
And when a stranger said she sucked, she just smiled, believing luck,
As she climbed into his truck, to make a buck.
Oh my god, she’s running ’round the trees,
Said she couldn’t touch them because they’re so real.
Alice you remind me of Manhattan;
The seedy and the snaz, the shoeboys and the satins.
Like a throne made of gilt that too many johns have sat in.
Oh, I got my eyes on you.

It’s the second Friday of ’22, and I’m happy to report for the second Friday in a row I awoke with cool vibes and sunny skies.

I was up late last night writing a letter for my son Jonah’s high school application, and of course I was listening to old and new records, reflecting on the past and what lies ahead in 2022.

I’ve declared ’22 that is the year to “GET OVER IT,” and consequently I’m working every day to get over fucking myself. Lol! So when I heard Ronnie Spector passed I looked at the cup half full and I thank my lucky stars to have lived and breathed some of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll in both New York and LA.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Well, all the people / Have got their problems / That ain’t nothing new

With the help of the good Lord / We can all pull on through / We can all pull on through

Get there in the end / Sometimes it’ll take you right up / And sometimes down again

It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy / It ain’t easy to get to Heaven / When you’re going down

Jonah Sidel turned 13 on Tuesday. Welcome to the first Friday and Idelic Hour of 2022! An old trusted friend once referred to the new year as a blank canvas. I always dug the reference. What would Jackson Pollock or Jean-Michel think when they set their gaze upon a clean gesso’d slate?

These last winter months have been mostly cold and rainy, but there have been moments of warm sunshine and calm. Despite the “bug” spreading everywhere and our family bickering with cabin fever, today I feel GREAT—truly grateful for a cup half full.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Well it’s a wrap for 2021. As I said earlier, not the greatest year in rock ‘n’ roll, but let’s not give up on new music and stick to our wax.

Thanks to Jon and everyone at The Vinyl District for keeping the platform going. Love and props to all my pals who reached out over the last month to send love and support.

I wanna dedicate this set of the my favorites songs of 2021 to my dad Kenny. Have a safe and Happy Holiday. Let’s find a way to have fun in ’22!

Rock on! xo

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Let’s face it. This fall has been a tough go of late for both The Idelic Hour and The Vinyl District dudes. We lost loved ones, had to space out, and missed a few beats.

For the growing number of new vinyl fans, the lines have cued around the block. All said and done, we have no choice but to carry and rock on. And so did many a fellow musician who choose to release digital single after single.

For me 2021 was a year of searching to survive in every area of life. Finding new meaningful music was at times like looking for water in the hills of Simi Valley. In the end I found 50 new silver pieces to share. 25 today and 25 Friday next. Hope you enjoy.

Rock on!

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The Best of Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

We’re only making plans for Nigel  / We only want what’s best for him / We’re only making plans for Nigel / Nigel just needs this helping hand / And if young Nigel says he’s happy / He must be happy / He must be happy in his work…

Written by bassist Colin Moulding of the British new wave band XTC, “Making Plans for Nigel” is a New Wave classic. The song comes from the point of view of a parent. To be honest I can’t really remember making too many “life plans” in my early 20s.

This said, I did make “nightlife plans” daily and I dare say notoriously. As I’m putting together this week’s set I’m procrastinating thinking about how, as we’ve grown older, we tend to always be making serious plans. Ugggh…what a revelation. “What’s your plan?” Every day, with everything.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

On a clear day / Rise and look around you / And you’ll see who you are

On a clear day / How it will astound you / That the glow of your feelings outshines every star

You feel part of every mountain / Sea and shore / You can hear from far and near / A world you’ve never heard before

There comes a time when we must travel our paths alone. This mix of songs is dedicated to all who have bid farewell to close companions this year.

Strength and positive vibes to all.

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The Best of Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

The hand that wrote this letter / Sweeps the pillow clean / So rest your head and read a treasured dream / I care for no one else but you / I tear my soul to cease the pain / I think maybe you feel the same / What can we do? / I’m not quite sure what we’re supposed to do / So I’ve been writing just for you

As we slip into Spring there are a few things I’m grateful for. Certainly the vaccine and good ol’ Joe Biden.

Life in our city of angels feels like it’s slowly returning. Jonah had his first day back at school. Wednesday evening I took him for a pitching lesson. Watching my son hurl fastballs during a warm and peaceful Spring sunset was a slice of heaven. I know there will be setbacks and bumps ahead, but enjoying the simple things in life is not only what it’s all about, it’s all I have.

So I’m going to enjoy Spring. It reminds me of “girls.” From a guy’s perspective, seeing Jonah is now off to the mall with “new friends,” I thought I’d dig through my crates and pull some of my faves of the past. Odes to Laura, Gloria, Hermione, Stephanie, Caroline, Emily, Maggie, Cindy, Bertha, Delilah, and of course Carol.

“Oh Carol, don’t let him steal your heart away…”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

She didn’t know how to live in a town that was rough / It didn’t take long before she knew she’d had enough / Walking home in her wrapped up world / She survived but she’s feeling old / And she found all things cold

Strange little girl / Where are you going? / Strange little girl / Where are you going? / Do you know where you could be going?

Walking home in her wrapped up world / She survived but she’s feeling old / ‘Cause she found all things cold

“Witches displeased by their own perfume?” “Butterfly laughter?” October is the season of the witch; some days of grey and cold, some of warm sun.

This week’s playlist is a nod to those strange “lil’ ones” that no man will truly understand, with a certain little girl who holds a special place in my heart.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m on the outside looking inside / What do I see? / Much confusion, disillusion / All around me

I talk to the wind / My words are all carried away / I talk to the wind / The wind does not hear / The wind cannot hear

Spent last weekend bombing back and forth to Vegas. First time I’ve seen my dad for a few years. Ol’ Kenny got to see young Jonah crush a baseball. The two seemed to enjoy their brief encounter. It made the long drive worth it. Hours of Idelic songs, traffic lights and pavement. By the time we reached LA, wind gusts were blowing close to 40 mph.

Are we just “dust in the wind?” At times, maybe so. In the meantime I choose to allow myself the joy of baseball and rock ‘n’ roll. I had such a “breezy” time cutting this show’s “fall ball” records.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Take my hand and take my heart / I shiver when you’re near / Deliver me from everything that drives me, oh my dear

Accelerate your pain / White knuckles on the wheel again / Shut your mouth, let’s move on out of here / Just try and keep it light / Or someone may get hurt tonight / Don’t talk that way, don’t talk that way, don’t talk that way

Hold it there a second / Let me dump this stupid pride / I’m ready for you sweetheart / Now my mind is open wide

Cutting it short to hit the road. I’ve got the Sidels packed in the car, and it’s off to Vegas to play baseball and see family.

I hope to bank some fond memories and give my grumpy old man a big hug and as much love as I can muster.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Load up on guns, bring your friends / It’s fun to lose and to pretend / She’s over-bored and self-assured / Oh no, I know a dirty word

Hello, hello, hello, how low / Hello, hello, hello, how low / Hello, hello, hello, how low / Hello, hello, hello

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous / Here we are now, entertain us / I feel stupid and contagious / Here we are now, entertain us / A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido / Yeah, hey

Hello, hello, hello. I saw an article last week celebrating “the inside story” of Nirvana’s Nevermind at 30. It brought back a flurry of memories, most centered around Small’s, my bar in Hollywood (circa 1989-91).

Okay, forgive my boast, but if there was an epicenter for grunge rock, that would be Small’s in Hollywood. We played the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” advance cassette weeks before the video release. That summer, I’d often play the song twice in a row to satisfy the many rockers who came to the bar specifically to hear “the new song from a group called Nirvana.”

Smalls hosted every major band of the era, save Nirvana. (I wouldn’t call Kurt much of a social animal.) Aside from the shy Kurt & Co., everyone was there drinking at the bar or doing drugs with the owner in my office across the street.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I’m a teenage Jesus superstar without a mighty cross to bear / And when mom complains about my hair / I say hey mom I just don’t care

I’m in hell and the angels cry cause I’m trying to sell my soul / And when mom complains about my clothes / I say hey mom leave me alone

Come on little girl, it’s gonna be alright / Come on little girl, it’s gonna be alright / I got one thing on my mind girl / I got one thing on my mind and I don’t care

I’m a teenage Jesus superstar

Summer’s official end came this week. Yesterday a daunting red sunset filled a smoky sky. For those who follow the stars, Mercury went into retrograde. I guess keeping my stars in line has been on my mind. I always loved the idea of “a star”—movie star, rock star, film star.

East River Pipe sang, “You’re a superstar in France.” The Vaselines’ line, “I’m a teenage Jesus superstar”—a pretty bold statement from the Scottish teenagers. Many decades of rock ‘n’ rollers crying out with the same claim.

“You just don’t understand.”

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Now it is 1984 / Knock-knock at your front door / It’s the suede denim secret police / They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp / You’d look nice as a drawstring lamp / Don’t you worry, it’s only a shower / For your clothes, here’s a pretty flower

Die on organic poison gas / Serpent’s egg’s already hatched / You will croak, you little clown / When you mess with President Brown / When you mess with President Brown

California Über Alles / California Über Alles / Über Alles California / Über Alles California

In light of 2021, it’s hard to imagine knocking ex-California “Gov” Jerry Brown. Jello Biafra’s politics have always been absurd, but I cherish the two Dead Kennedys shows I saw upon moving here in the early ’80s. At times I’ve felt the passion and fury of those shows. Tuesday’s recall election brought memories back of that large pack of Nazi skinheads confronting Fishbone (DK’s opener). Mayhem broke loose and all us there (DKs, Goldenvoice, and friends) ran from backstage to stand our ground.

That’s kinda what happened last Tuesday. It’s not like I rant about politics online but…FUCK YOU!!!!

“NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF!”

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