Entries for June 2018

  • C’mon Baby Take a Chance with Us: Breaking Down the Doors

    Let’s reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages Celebrate symbols in deep elder forests [Have you forgotten the lessons of the ancient war] Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood Do you know we are ruled by […]


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    I take the CD, DUDE: A Guitar CD, 12 Notes & the Truth, from the jewel case and pop it into the CD player. The disk is by Mike Slayen, who has been making a name for himself as one of the finer classical guitarists in southern California. So I prep myself for a nice […]

  • The Ordinary Miracle of Meditation

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    There’s an inherent paradox in meditation: it is at the same time easy and hard. It’s hard because ever since birth we’ve falsely identified with our thoughts and that’s a hard habit to break. But meditation’s easy because once you learn a few simple techniques you’re able to slip beneath the thought-stream into an indefinable […]

  • Ted “T” Herring: Blind DJ’s world was filled with light

    A college campus on a Saturday night can be a desolate outpost to most people, but to Ted “T” Herring it was his window to the world. Known to the public only as “T,” Herring hosted his “Every Shade of Blue” radio broadcast on the campus of San Diego City College for nearly every Saturday […]

  • SCOT TABER: Patternalia

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    Scot Taber plays acoustic flamenco, Spanish, Brazilian jazz guitar, and related modes; he is a comfortable master of his craft who has been heard on solo discs since 2002 and in combos with Arturo Gaibay and, more recently, in Paper Moon with Daniel Dever and Joe Amato. His latest album is Patternalia, which collects a […]

  • A Letter from Woody Guthrie to Fred Scratcher (aka Fred Gerlach), part two

    Dearest Fred (continued), I guess I’m really trying to say that Leadbelly hated this brand and breed of a full-blooded imitator just about as bad as I’ve always hated them. My worst pain so far in my trip through this revoluting life-span of mine has been set off and caused by these armies of blind […]

  • Yael & Vlady: Heart and Soul of Big Boss Bubeleh

    Café Europa is a bar and restaurant tucked away between a car wash and a VFW hall on Pacific Beach’s Turquoise Street, a seldom discussed passage that forms the official border between La Jolla and the funkier beach communities to the south. Its relative geographical obscurity is fitting, in that the Café has tried to […]