The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

We’ve long said that Jon Sidel’s weekly freeform radio podcasts at TVD, The Idelic Hour, are a highlight every week. So we thought we’d highlight a few ourselves this week from this past year to illustrate what we’re all so high on. (Legally.) —Ed.

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

If you even remotely follow The Idelic Hour, you would know I do my fair share of “seasonal” playlists. This week’s Idelic “Summer’s Gone” playlist marks the 4th time since June I’ve saluted the weather. How could I resist? After spending a few days on the east coast I found myself day dreaming of late Summer days gone by.

There is something about the sunsets, even the smell of the flowers and plants, that makes me feel… well, “emotional” for lack of a better word.



Without question the one band the comes to mind for an end of Summer playlist is The Doors. Let’s face it—these dudes from the beach came out after sunbathers were long gone. Morrison’s classic “Summer’s Almost Gone” was not only the muse for this playlist but my muse for all September listening since I bought a cassette of “Live at the Matrix” from a bootlegger in the Tower Records parking lot in the summer of 1979.

What ever happened those parking lot transactions? I believe it was now famous pop songwriter John Shanks, who turned me onto this bootlegger. We were just kids both starting our rock n roll journeys.


So, I guess the Summer of 2011 and 70’s bootleggers have had their day. This playlist is dedicated to them and it’s a taste of a few of some of my favorite new albums of Summer 2011 and some gems from days of old. Here’s to new friends, days of Summer, and old bootleggers.

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