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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Find Your Summer

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

For the last several days, I have been in and out of Philadelphia, working on the show that never ends, 10 Things You Don’t Know About. We started about 80 days ago and are over 40 shooting days in, with a  ong way to go. I get off easy compared with the people on the production end. I really don’t know how they do it.

The weather has been moving us around a bit. Suddenly, we were faced with three days off. When we got word of this massive 72 hours away from waking up at the crack of dawn — and going full-on until wrap — I think some of us just didn’t know what to do with so much time. I love having “problems” like this.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Henry Rollins: The Ramones Rescued Rock and Roll

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Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:15 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

Tommy Ramone passed away on July 11. He, Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny are all gone now. Losing the Ramones was a slow process, as prolonged as it was painful.

Sometimes, I would be in some ruined backstage area on a multimonth tour and feel strengthened knowing they were most likely out there somewhere, lighting up the place. I remember when I found out the band had retired. I was alone in a small room and it was like something had been removed from the world. I wondered if everything would be OK the next day.

A few years later, members of The Ramones started to die. They were too young to go, I thought. It was very tough. For many people, their records are close friends, the shows memorable nights of their lives. They met so many of their fans over the years, the loss was often extremely personal.

Just my personal opinion: The Ramones rescued and recharged rock & roll.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Diving Off the Jersey Shore

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Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

A few days ago I was at the Jersey Shore. It was evening, and I had a few hours for sleep before my 0430 wake-up call, for a dive class that would allow me to go deeper than I was certified for.

I had just finished a long day of location shooting out in the sun and was wondering how I was going to hold up for three deep dives with people I had never met.

We pulled into the parking lot of my hotel and witnessed a fascinating scene. If you have ever watched an episode of Jersey Shore, you are acquainted with the cast. The males: Very strong, capably violent, dull-faced and empty-eyed. The females: Scantily clad, loud, dangerous. They don’t speak so much as yell, threaten and laugh. They seem to be having a great time.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Fanatics! This Show Hits a Great Balance of Things

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Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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RADIO BROADCAST #275
07–06–14


Fanatics! I don’t know if it’s just me but it seems that summer is flying by. Soon, we’ll be in August. Just so you know, we have some great shows planned for that month.

I am in Philadelphia today. The heat is intense. Somehow, on a Thursday, I have a day off. Our schedule has been getting knocked around by the weather.

I hope you have been digging our shows so far in these warmer months. The most important part of this brief bit of writing, is of course, to let you in on all the fantastic music The Big Three have lined up for you. We are the Southern California Sonic Alliance and on the case.

I am going to assume that you are well aware of the amazing series of live recordings released by the Miles Davis estate, the Bootleg Series? SO happening. For our show we have selected a track from Vol. 3. This is pretty mind-blowing stuff. Miles always had great bands as you know. This line up is incredible. If you don’t have this release, I would recommend you fix that!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Freedom Rock

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Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

Congratulations on your upcoming three-day weekend. I hope it feels long enough, and that you have time to do watcha wanna.

As I grew older, perceived time gave way to real time. Perhaps you experienced this? When I was young, I had an excess of time. I didn’t really, but I rarely thought of it in finite terms. Summer vacation was a cool, almost surreal eternity. Night after humid night passed, melting into a prolonged, introspective, revelatory period of self-absorption and development. I did not keep track of time. What an amazing thing that was, to be able to do that. Suddenly, as if slapped out of a dream, it would be Labor Day weekend — over. For me, school started the following Monday. The first day back at Gulag Archipelago High was a total, morale-crushing heartbreak. I hated that fuckin’ place.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Henry Rollins: War, Continued

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

This morning, I woke up in a small hotel room in Gordonsville, Tennessee. Outside my door: Taco Bell, Subway, McDonald's and Waffle House. I packed my gear and headed down to the lobby for another day of shooting 10 Things You Don't Know About. Scheduled for today was a tour of the Center Hill Dam and an interview with an engineer who is working on a massive repair project there.

I sit down outside the breakfast room, which is serving eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, death. A husband and wife walk by me. She is wearing a shirt with the Ichthys "Jesus fish" on the front. She was wearing the same shirt when we pulled in the night before. They sit down and start eating, putting it away, as if it's the end of food. The husband - who is solid and up there in age but still dark-haired - gets to talking with an elderly man. They discuss local highways and construction. Somehow they transition from estimated drive times to San Antonio to, of all things, the Vietnam War. Both are veterans of it.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Money Talks

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Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]
Recently I had some experiences that, days later, I am still tripping on.

A few days ago, I spent several hours at the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles. As you can imagine, there is a lot of money in this place.

The staff who escorted me, the television crew and all of our gear were friendly and actually quite glad to have us there. At the same time, security was tight and the level of vigilance was high and unwavering.

At one point, I found myself standing in front of a massive vault that housed huge metal containers of American currency, bundled into bricks. The containers were stacked on top of each other. I couldn't help but laugh. I don't know what the funny part was, I think my laughter was some kind of default. I had simply never seen anything like that in my life. The smell of the money was overwhelming, at times almost nauseating.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Existing at Great Expense

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Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

Since the first time I saw photos of desert-dwelling people in National Geographic as a boy, I have been fascinated by people who choose to live in hot-as- or cold-as-hell locations. Watching Lawrence of Arabia at some point in my youth only made me more interested. All that sand - it didn't look real. Same thing when watching footage of people in the middle of some subzero oblivion: It seemed like an adventure tinged with death.

Jack London's short story To Build a Fire depicts an unnamed man who dies of exposure to the cold, his demise witnessed only by a dog, who eventually leaves the body and heads back to camp. It made a great impact on me. Still, it wasn't as interesting to me as hot environments. It could very well be that I thought Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif looked so badass.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Henry Rollins: My So-Called Aquatic Life

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Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

The show that I'm working on, 10 Things You Don't Know About, has taken me to some very inspiring locations this season. Some of the activities I am tasked with reside outside my meager skill set. I do whatever it takes to get the shot. I figure I am lucky to have a job, so if part of the employment requires me to grow, so be it.

There was something I read in my high school yearbook, junior year. One of the seniors had put under his photo, "If you're not going to be smart, you will have to be tough." I found this rather grim pronouncement to have the knock of truth. I had no idea how much.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Henry Rollins: Jim Crow America

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Thu, May 29, 2014 at 3:45 AM
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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

Right now, I am in Big Rapids, Michigan. Before I got here, I had no idea there was such a place. I have been here for a few days now, filming for the show 10 Things You Don't Know About. We have been tasked with early call times, long drives and, thankfully, interesting work.

When I first started visiting Michigan in the early 1980s, I was always taken by how wide open some parts were. I associate the state with The Stooges, MC5 and Ted Nugent. Before shows, I would walk around and try to imagine what they were seeing and feeling when they were writing their music.

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