“Be prepared for the unexpected” was the fortune received by Patti Smith and two of her band mates during lunch on Friday. And it appropriately described the night at the Wiltern, my first time seeing the legendary “Godmother of Punk” perform in all her glory. Smith blended together two hours of story and song, and [...]
October 14th, 2012 · No Comments
June 12th, 2012 · No Comments
Patti Smith’s records will be on the shelves of people who change the world. Maybe that defines my destiny in some way. Fact is, I almost puked before this interview. I ran to the bathroom gagging, which was weird. It’s hard to believe in things, and really to experience an honest moment of sweaty arm-pit truth. This interview by Daiana Feuer.
May 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Gil Scott-Heron passed away today. He was a poet, songwriter, orator and author sharing record labels if not actual records with American giants like Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Bruce Springsteen and Blackalicious. He celebrated the 39th anniversary of “Whitey On The Moon” during the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. He spoke to Dan Collins in October 2009.
October 11th, 2009 · No Comments
The girls in the Raincoats have covered the Monks, but didn’t originally know the Monks possibly because they were so much like the Monks—formed perfectly from nothing and destined to disappear too quickly and leave anyone who discovered them later wondering how they’d ever happened in the first place. They play their first-ever Los Angeles show on October 11 at the Part Time Punks fest. This interview by Kevin Ferguson.
September 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments
She laid her poetry upon us like a mystic laying hands on pilgrims, reminding us we are slobbering, laughing, dreaming and alive, however painful that can get. And pain seeps through songs like “Pissing in a River” and “Beneath the Southern Cross,” but still something as trite and often blankly appealed to as hope overrides all of that. Even in “Free Money,” where the protagonist clearly can’t afford any of the things they dream about, waxes poetic about the sweetness of those dreams.
July 2nd, 2009 · No Comments
L.A. RECORD is proud to co-present Allison and Tiffany Anders’ annual Don’t Knock The Rock music documentary festival, which starts tonight and runs every Thursday at Cinefamily at 611 N. Fairfax Ave. in July and August. Get the complete schedule and musical line-up—plus clips of all the films!—below! THUR., JULY 2 at 8 PM: Chicano [...]