Full Circle

  • Jesse Davis: Still Singin’ and Swingin’ After All These Years

    One of the true legends of San Diego’s music community, Jesse Davis has had an amazing life in music. A sophisticated vocalist and showman he has been a staple of San Diego’s clubs and lounges since he arrived in 1970. His career has seen him release dozens of recordings, most recently the album It’s About […]


    I caught wind that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the release of Love’s seminal record Forever Changes, an occasion that I couldn’t let pass without a tribute listen to the revered 1967 album. I was mesmerized all over again by the range of materials: acidic rock guitar, marching rhythms, sad Mariachi horn sorties and […]

  • Tom Petty: A Fever Dream Come True

    It’s October 20th, 2017, and it seems insane and cosmically cruel that Tom Petty is not around celebrating his 67th birthday with his family and friends. That tragic fact brings tears to my eyes. More than likely it has a similar effect on you. It’s a mathematical inevitability that our cultural heroes born in the […]

  • Aloha Walter and Donald: Piercing the Veil Through the Zen of Steely Dan

    Crassness is contagious. Fortunately, so is intelligence—which is why listening to Steely Dan is good for you…if you don’t find 80 percent of Gaucho to be hilarious, don’t vex yourself with The Larry Sanders Show. — Ian MacDonald, The People’s Music Crack the code, solve the crime. — Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks   […]

  • 60 Years of Jazz in Monterey

    The longest running Jazz Festival in the world celebrates its 60th birthday this month in beautiful Monterey, California. If you love live music and especially jazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival should be near the top of your bucket list. For three long days some of the best jazz musicians from around the world gather at […]

  • JERRY RUBIN: DiD iT! A Walking Contradiction—From Yippie to Yuppie

    It is damn near impossible not to be a reactionary in the modern-day world; depending upon what sort of historical/hysterical constructs you embrace. And it is arguable in our current state of world affairs that a reactionary and a revolutionary are opposite sides of the same coin. One group wishes to revert to a previously […]

  • Telling-a-Vision circa ’67—Part 4

    The medium is the message. — Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. — Bill Hicks (1961–1994) If there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms… We are all like victims, tied to the stake, signaling through […]

  • West Coast Iron Works Celebrates 50 Years

    They began as a sign of the times – a small, high school rock ‘n roll band in the late 1960s. Before long the West Coast Iron Works had become a highly polished, award-winning ensemble, performing throughout Southern California, with regular appearances on KOGO’s Corner (hosted by Regis Philbin). Now, 50 years later, the Iron […]

  • I’d Love to Turn You On: A Brief History of Psychedelics

    There’s the known. And there’s the unknown. And what separates the two is the door. And that’s what I want to be. I want to be the door. — Jim Morrison (1943–1971) And the lonely voice of youth cries: What is truth? — Johnny Cash (1932–2003) If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing […]