28 July 2014

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LA Playlist (The Watch Don't Listen Edition)

LA Playlist (The Watch Don’t Listen Edition)

Some videos for your consumption while you digest the news of the day: 1) The “Nifty” Video Gay Stormtroopers.  Just watch it here.  That three minute clip has more genuine romance, conflict and political commentary than all three prequels combined.  But, I thought all the Stormtroopers were supposed to be clones of each other?  And...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“Zelda 25th Anniversary” “Hey!  Listen!” — Navi, the fairy Who says LA’s lost its old school glamour?  This Summer, at the Pantages Theater, the people who run the join took time out of their busy “showing Wicked all the time” schedule and held a gala orchestral premiere of The Legend of Zelda: 25th Anniversary symphony...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“Romance Without Finance” from Charlie Parker “Romance without finance is a nui-sance…” A little Alto Sax today on the Playlist.  I’m spending the holidays in Chicago, a town that has a seen a few Charlie Parkers in its day.  My boyfriend and I are currently juggling money questions, as any couple entering the super cereal...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“The Twin Peaks Archive” from Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch “Where I come from, the birds sing a pretty song, and there’s always music in the air.” Pour some coffee. Go to DavidLynch.com. Get some work done. Twin Peaks was the first TV show to chill the fuck out. A lot of shows and movies...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“Nobody’s Dirty Business” and “The Plank” by The Devil Makes Three. My friend Drew has recently given me a thorough schooling on modern bluegrass music.  Across two of those mixes, the clear Non-Avett Brothers leader here is The Devil Makes Three.  The key to bluegrass here is the tickling of the ear.  It must fall...
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LA Playlist

“West Coast Time” by The Gregory Brothers When comedians move their work into a territory that’s not as wacky, the results can be tricky. For me, Adam Sandler got more charming in Punch-Drunk Love. However, Jim Carrey becomes less charming to me. Not that he’s bad is serious films, but he’s just got less pizazz....
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“Christmas with the Devil” by Judith Owen   Judith Owen is a fixture of Los Angeles to me.  For the past decade, she’s performed Christmas shows at little LA theatres with her husband, veteran comedy star Harry Shearer (Simpsons, all Christopher Guest movies).  While Ms. Owen plays piano and sings, Harry plays the upright bass,...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“Restless Feeling” by Nick Lowe If you haven’t heard Nick Lowe’s complicated, blustery-in-a-good-way heavy-hearter “The Beast in Me,” then you will be most pleasantly surprised by the man’s newest album “The Old Magic.”  Rare.  Very very rare, is the only word I have for this album.  I almost never listen to a whole album.  I...
LA PLAYLIST

LA PLAYLIST

“HEARTBREAKER BABY” by MSTRKRFT feat. Justin Bieber & Ludacris I’ve previously listed the traditional version of MSTRKRFT’s “Heartbreaker” feat. the warm-feeling-inducing John Legend in the playlist.  Today is a mashup of that song with the previously thought evil boy wonder Justin Bieber.  The new technical term for a mashup is “VS” (as imagine this pairing...
LA Playlist

LA Playlist

“DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY” by Petula Clark Petula Clark of the “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go…Downtown” Petula Clarks is a diamond on today’s playlist.  Here she is with “Don’t Sleep in the Subway,” another song that’s just her telling a friend in New York City not...
LA Playlist: "Wolfman"

LA Playlist: “Wolfman”

“WOLFMAN” by The Real Tuesday Weld Books, in their ever-defiant bid to live, have begun bleeding into new forms of media to promote themselves– and it’s working.  Did anybody ever see the 3 minute “trailer” for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”?  It’s here! Author Glen Duncan continues to pair himself with...
LA Playlist: "Cupid"

LA Playlist: “Cupid”

“CUPID” by Amy Winehouse One of the cleverer series of covers was done for the album “Rhythms Del Mundo.”  Modern celeb singers take old pop standards and give them a vacationing calypso beat.  One of the most successful was the late Ms. Winehouse’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” It’s a song pulsing with life and...