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King Crimson – Live in Toronto – November 20, 2015

March 1st, 2016 · No Comments

This is an excellent recording and if you are a fan of the group you definitely should download it immediately. As advertised, this is a novel formation of the band with three drummers – the effect of which is somewhat reminiscent of Clear Light (not the Clearlight of “Forever Blowing Bubbles” but the late 1960s […]

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hollow moon rings like bell, bell summons gods

February 18th, 2016 · No Comments

Went to a concert last night by Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain of monome at the Machine Project in Silver Lake, an intimate performance venue. Probably a couple dozen audients in attendance. Brian worked an assortment of monome electronics and sang (briefly); Kelli played ukulele, sang, and also played electronics. Kelli is a ceramicist, and several […]

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Capsule Review – “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

May 25th, 2015 · No Comments

I recently finished reading Neil Stephenson’s book, “Seveneves.” I’ve been a Stephenson fan for awhile, the first book of his that I read was the three-volume “Baroque Cycle,” which I thought was a real tour de force. It made me loop back and read some of his earlier oeuvre such as “Snowcrash” and “Cryptonomicon.” I […]

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An Encomium to Blue Cheer

March 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I was a disaffected adolescent in my last year of middle school when three power trios burst upon the scene: Cream (with “Sunshine of Your Love”), Jimi Hendrix (with “Foxy Lady”), and Blue Cheer (with “Summertime Blues”). The first two would go on to achieve massive success; the last, to vanish, basically unknown. Yet, at […]

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Kraftwerk at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, March 18, 2014

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I saw the Kraftwerk concert at Disney Hall on Tuesday March 18th with my nephew Alexey. It was amazing! The sonics inside of the venue were possibly the best I’ve ever heard for loud, amplified music. Back in the old days there were stacks of speakers on the side of the stage, racks of amplifiers, […]

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Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Holiday Show at Disney Hall – December 20, 2012

December 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

I took my daughter, niece and her husband to see this show at the Disney Concert Hall.  I did so in a moment of post-modern irony since it is difficult to imagine anything more retrograde.  The performance was miserable, only serving to reinforce the worst imaginable cultural and racial stereotypes of happy islanders busy serving […]

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Lindsey Stirling at the Roxy – November 12, 2012

November 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I stumbled across a couple of her videos on YouTube and was impressed.  While her choice of material left something to be desired, her musicianship was excellent and she had a good sense of staging and theatrics.  I also fully support artists who have rebuked the business model of signing with a major (or even […]

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Eight Miles High and When You Touch Down – Hopefully, Never!

May 28th, 2012 · 5 Comments

DAVID KRONEMYER: “Eight Miles High” is one of the greatest songs of all time.  It influenced me significantly and from what I can discern from multiple sources had major social-cultural impact also.  It doesn’t help that I idolize the Byrds and McGuinn is one of my musical heroes ever since I can remember walking around […]

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Buffalo Springfield at the Wiltern – June 5, 2011

June 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

We attended the Buffalo Springfield concert yesterday evening at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.  I vividly remember seeing them some 43 years ago and always have been a big fan, so I was excited about going to the show.  It was sold out and I was far from the oldest person there.  It was […]

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

June 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The whole point of going to a movie is to see things you’ve never seen before; to be shocked, scared, informed, entertained, or simply to experience a new perspective, a different way of looking at the world. We have come to expect such unusual depictions – even peculiar ones – from the director Werner Herzog. […]

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