Orange County has been a fertile breeding ground for musicians of many stripes since the beginning of electricity. We at Heard Mentality would like to ask you—the good-looking, intelligent readers of this blog—for your opinions on this important matter [see headline]. Let us know who you think deserves to be on this auspicious list; and if you wish to explain why they merit inclusion, by all means shout it out loud in the comments box. [Note: We're including Long Beach musicians in this poll, because we regularly cover that city in the paper.]
We'll start this thing with 5 of our choices.
The Mars Volta: rejuvenating ambitious prog rock for the youth and making bank with it; plus, awesome afros.
Snoop Dogg: uniquely laid-back flow, charming way with un-PC lyrics, g-funk/gangsta-rap icon.
DJ Nobody: from soul-jazz-inflected hip-hop to aquatic psych-pop to producing backpacker-rap classics for Busdriver to his new bliss-hop unit Blank Blue, this cat has the Midas touch.
Free the Robots: wildly inventive instrumental hip-hop with unusual and cleverly deployed sample sources; just may be the future of sampladelia.
Heru Avenger: unjustly obscure psychedelic-jazz-funk-electronic-prog fusion project led by guitar hero John Basil. Builds upon the most out-there work of Miles Davis, Heldon, Hawkwind and other immortals.
And here are some selections from our clubs editor Erin DeWitt:
-Gwen Stefani/No Doubt
-Long Beach Dub Allstars (some members went on to form Long Beach Shortbus)
-Reel Big Fish
Now it's your turn, dear readers. Ready, set, opine!