I am a jaded, cynical bastard. I'll be the first to admit. But my cynicism is not the usual pretentious, disgruntled angst that rages in many others that never got their "Shot in life." No, my cynicism is focused on the realities of what I love...music and all things music related. From bands, to the records, to the labels, to my own attempts at making music I have spent most of my adult life obsessing and pursuing a phantom dream. The dream of creating something people would like. That would move people. Something that would change the world and at the same time loving others that are already... Read More
Three Decades of Jazz
Hollywood-this year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Playboy Jazz Festival presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
Organizers of the festival, aware of this milestone, went all out in announcing the line-up for the highly anticipated event of the summer.
The first order of business was to invite guests to the grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills for the recent Press Conference. The guests consisted of media, Public Relations representatives, music industry representatives as well as musicians who... Read More
In memory of Sammy…
The year is 1929…vaudeville is hopping!!!! The Nineteenth Amendment had just been passed nine years before. World War I has ended. The ‘roaring twenties’ are coming to an end. But for one little boy from Harlem, New York, a new era was dawning in the entertainment world.
The curtains go up!!!! Little Sammy Davis, Jr. makes his debut. What a thrilling time!!! Little Sammy will go on to perform for more than five decades! In 1933 he played a part in the movie, Rufus Jones for President. He also was Sportin’ Life in the 1959 movie, Porgy & Bess. The... Read More
2) Don't watch it.
3) Have a drinking game where everytime Simmons' partner looks away in disgust, toss back some tequila.4) I already watched Gene Simmons have sex in person when I walked into my grandparents' bedroom by mistake.5) That was Gene Simmons in that video?? I thought that was Regis in a bad wig!!!6) Have a barf bag handy.7) If I wanted to watch Gene Simmons have sex, I'd go to the monkey exhibit during mating season.8) No Number 8 --writer' can't believe Gene Simmons still has sex.9) Watch the Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson sex tape instead.10) Watch it... Read More
Nina Simone crooned "I wish I knew How it would feel to be free" from the airwaves of a progressive radio station. She was speaking in literal and figurative terms. Many were the restrictions in effect to curtail the freedom and liberty of many minorities until the 1970's and thereafter.
When Nina sang this song she spoke of the inability for some to enjoy specific theatres, restaurants, country club settings, shopping centers, swimming facilities, and other places of recreation. She also spoke of psychological, social, geographical, and emotional limitations to freedom placed on... Read More
Count Smokula is a 496-year-old undead Smokesylvanian musician and member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He has appeared in a promo for America's Got Talent and also appeared on Who Wants to Be a Superhero. He has been featured on The Tom Green webcast and pictured in the USA Today. He regularly hosts burlesque events and he can write songs about people he just met. I asked him about all of these things and he responded in his thick Smokesylvanian accent.
What is Smokulism?
Smokulism is the voild vide faith as revealed unto The Count on the sleepless night of August 18, 1997,... Read More
Rising rapper LOOSE LOGIC brings his Positive Hip-Hop sounds to Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, 200 Main St., Huntington Beach, Thursday, March 6 and Thursday, March 20. Showtime: 10 p.m. and Tickets $5.00.
2007 was a breakout year for LOOSE LOGIC, called “an up-and-coming rapper” (LOS ANGELES TIMES) as one of SoCal’s fastest-rising Hip-Hop artists. ‘Logic won “Best Hip-Hop/Urban Artist Of The Year” at the recent All Access Magazine Music Awards, November 3rd at Hollywood venue, The Knitting Factory. This comes on the heels of the rapper winning “Best Urban (Rap) Artist of the Year” at... Read More
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