RADIO BROADCAST #214
Fanatics. I hope this finds you well. I am in the Washington D.C. area, working on some television stuff. We have a tremendous mix of music here that I hope you will like.
Thank you so much for the letters you have sent in over the last several days. This show is all ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
Thavius Beck might be the least geeky self-proclaimed geek I've ever met. After all, we meet up on a Friday afternoon at Amoeba Records, right before the ... More >>
Starting June 9th, LACMA, in collaboration with Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of James Bond film franchise launches its new exhibit "...Is James Bond." The exhibit features the opening sequences for all twenty two Bond films. ... More >>
Judy Chicago, Lloyd Hamrol and Eric Orr's Disappearing Environments in 1968When Judy Chicago staged Disappearing Environments in a brand new Century City shopping mall in 1968, she was a young California minimalist, using color and space as weapons to prod an otherwise exuberant consumer cult ... More >>
See also: Is Lana Del Rey The Kreayshawn Of Moody, Electro-Tinged "Indie"?
Why have singer-songwriter Lizzy Grant and her press people taken to depicting her as a "Lolita in the hood" and a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra"? Perhaps she doesn't feel she is very interesting.
At least, not interesting enough ... More >>
David BaileyJohn Barry (with then-wife Jane Birkin)
Oscar-winning composer for James Bond films, John Barry died today. He was 77. As the man behind the sound of the swinging Sixties 007 era and beyond, he presented the big band extravaganzas for the Bond films. He won Oscars for his work on ... More >>
British journalist Simon Goddard's Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia Of Morrissey And The Smiths was recently released in the US. And seeing as how we were once his neighbors (maybe still are, occasionally, even if he disses us in interviews), West Coast Sound combed through the book's more-than 5 ... More >>
Gwyneth Paltrow sings! (see #10).
In celebration of this amazing revelation, we've compiled this handy list of Ten Notable Screen Stars Gone Songbird, starting, of course with:
1. William Shatner. Who can forget Shatner's much-parodied musical career, especially after Rhino Records' inclu ... More >>
Last week when Radiohead played their surprise Haiti benefit at the Henry Fonda Theater, those of us lucky enough to get onto the guest list (we still donated $$, for the record) received confirmation via email. In the email was a document containing the entire guest list, which for a Radiohead show ... More >>
If you've seen last year's hit film (500) Days of Summer, you know that music plays a central role in the story; as in most relationships, songs are connectors that glue a couple together, that reveal something important about personality and taste.
For Scott Neustadter, who co-wrote the acclaim ... More >>
The estimable LA-based music blog Aquarium Drunkard has posted a totally boss summer mixtape that you should all download asap. It's a smart mix of old (Otis Redding, Orange Juice, the Kinks) and new (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Little Joy, Atlas Sound), and was compiled by NYC/LA mi ... More >>
By Annie Zaleski
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The ... More >>
The main thing that the major labels have going for them, and why even the most battle-scarred of them has more "value" than budding minor labels, is due to their combined back catalog. During the fat times of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the labels weren't just selling records but buying other labels ... More >>
As is always the case with a Howe Gelb experience, last night's Giant Sand gig at the Echo was not without its quirks. A buzzy cable was as annoying as a horsefly in a pup tent. Gelb's dinky keyboard wouldn't stay situated on the even dinkier piano stand, so the longtime Arizona songwriter (who go ... More >>