Christopher Jordan Dorner's infamous manifesto identifies around 40 Southern California law enforcement officers he believes have wronged him. Indeed, those passages burn most of the rambling post's 6,000 words. But Dorner also cites films, TV shows, celebrities, athletes and newsmen he likes, inclu ... More >>
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day where we celebrate the birth and countless contributions the good Reverend Doctor made in the name of civil rights and equality in this country. Among Dr. King's most memorable works were his inspiring speeches. It's easy to forget that in a pre-internet/mass med ... More >>
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What do Sheila E., Prince and Wendy & Lisa all have in common? Aside from working together as Prince & the Revolution and playing "When Doves Cry" more times than anyone but cover band Purple Reign, all of their fathers are jazz musicians. The only active jazz dad of that group, Pete Escoved ... More >>
Southern Californian baby boomers got a nostalgic musical fix earlier this month when The Beach Boys, cruised into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for their 50th Anniversary Tour. On Friday, June 15, their Spanish-speaking counterparts will get their own trip down memoria lane, when--in a ... More >>
These days, reggae evokes images of hippies, dreadlocks, good ganja and good vibes, but the genre, which developed from ska, mento and R&B music in the 1960s, wasn't always a college dorm room staple. Maybe it was Eric Clapton's 1974 cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" that helped white p ... More >>
The United States is finally showing signs of recovering from the malaise that's plagued it for the past four (or so) years, and yet I haven't heard a significant voice in music dedicate a body of work to the alarming social inequities. It seems like people would rather listen to mindless pop mus ... More >>
Lou Reed in 1973. If this was fat in the '70s, it's no wonder we're all considered obese now.The online music-journalism archive Rock's Backpages is 10 years old this month. If you've never heard of the site, it's probably because a) you're not a music geek or b) you don't want to have to pay to ... More >>
Aloe Blacc and the Grand Scheme
Oct. 12, 2011
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
If I were to tell you that the coolness of Aloe Blacc's delivery would've made Marvin Gaye do a double take you'd say I was delusional. Maybe so, but the sheer audacity of the previous statement is a testament to Blacc's skill ... More >>
UPDATED, MARCH 22, 3:03 P.M.: Cris Brown allegedly had a violent outburst after his Good Morning America appearance this morning. Brown got upset during his interview with co-host Robin Roberts when she asked three times about his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown t ... More >>
The Hype:If you're a fan of San Diego's vibrant music scene, you probably recognize these guys as the B-Side Players. Lead vocalist/guitarist SOLRAK, bassist Omar Lopez, drummer Luis Cuenca and trombonist/ percussionist Mike Benge often double as a similar group called Chula Vista ... More >>
I was on the treadmill last night when Rocket from the Crypt's "Summer Survivor" came on the ol' iPod. It's an upbeat ditty that appears to be about people taking over San Diego beaches. Some of my favorite lines include "wet t-shirt/in piss/sun block/with shit I don't care," "bougeouis vikings/dead ... More >>
With only minutes to go until the afternoon sun leaks through my bedroom windows, I should probably be doing something productive like getting ready for work, finishing up an article or at least mowing the lawn or something. But I'm not, it's my day off. And luckily, it couldn't have come at a bette ... More >>
Set aside your negative bias toward Yes—and while you're at it, lose your knee-jerk hatred of prog rock. Yes fuckin' rock—albeit in a long-winded, redonkulously complex manner. And Chris Squire's bass playing? Completely slaughters Les Claypool's. Ask Squarepusher. He'll vouch for me.
As thos ... More >>
Welcome to Heard Mentality's newest regular feature, Video Savant.
It will appear every Tuesday, if all goes according to plan and YouTube keeps delivering the audio/visual goods.
Video Savant's concept is simple: I scour the vast cyber tundra (mostly the beneficent expanses of YouTube) for unus ... More >>
By Jeff Shaw at our sister paper, Citypages.
Love is a many-splendored thing and all, but it's also dependent upon a relationship's context -- and so is the associated music. You don't want Al Green's "Let's Get Married" to stream through the car speakers during your third date, you don't want your ... More >>
From my web ed. brother in Minneapolis, Jeff Shaw:
On the Dreamer's day, we offer up five divergent songs about Martin Luther King and the holiday that bears his name. They are upbeat and somber, they are angry and hopeful, they are old and new.
5. Ray Charles, "Abraham, Martin and John"
First re ... More >>