Entries for December 2018

  • Lester Bangs’ 70th Birthday Bash: Whatever happened to “Don’t trust anyone over 30?”

    The other night I dreamt of knives continental drift divide Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs… –REM, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” So you have this brilliant writer. Sure, he has some problems. He has problems with the bottle and some chemical […]

  • December 2018 Calendar

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  • Recording the Band, Part 4 (final chapter)

    I Hear Voices The concept of “scratch” vocals is almost certainly a direct result of how completely unusable they can be, considering all of the leakage from the drums, amps and guitars that usually finds its way into their tracks. Even if that bleed could be considered acceptable, missing a note or forgetting a line […]

  • BARBWIRE: Long Hard Ride

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    Billed as San Diego’s prime country band, Barbwire is a group of veteran musicians who, since coming together in 2008, have snagged recognition and awards without doing anything particularly new. What they have done is stick to the basics, avoiding the temptation to get too deep into either the topics or sounds that better fit […]

  • Tenacious TARYN DONATH Rips It Up… Tears It Up!

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    Taryn Donath knew early on that music would resonate in her life. Her challenge was to figure out how to express it. With a supportive family that musically came from “the opposite side of the spectrum,” she definitely had her work cut out for her. Formal training proved non-productive and after four years of piano […]

  • DEAD ROCK WEST: More Love

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    Dead Rock West are well established as one of the most creative of LA’s modern country bands, with four albums to date that include a great collection of Everly Brothers songs and other discs that make the most of the talents of singer/ songwriters Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennan. The band is able to […]