New Release: Lulu Jam’s Temporada Alta

After a seven year recording hiatus, Chilean electro-pop group Lulú Jam! have a new album out called Temporada Alta. The path of my discovery of Lulú Jam! is, I think, kind of amusing in that reveals something about the changing landscape at the intersection of technology and recording. I moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and one … Continue reading New Release: Lulu Jam’s Temporada Alta

One Album Wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967) This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Montreal Snapshot

Note: I visited Montreal for the first time last summer (2014) and immediately started writing a Where Fools Fear to Tread piece but put it on the shelf for various reasons. Now that I’m back from visiting England and Scotland, I thought that perhaps it was high time to finish it, so here it is. … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Montreal Snapshot

One Album Wonders: Opal’s Happy Nightmare Baby

OPAL - HAPPY NIGHTMARE BABY (1987) Opal was an American band associated with the Paisley Underground and whose guiding force was David Roback, a guitarist and songwriter from Pacific Palisades. Roback graduated from high school in 1975 and in 1981 formed The Sidewalks who, renamed Rain Parade, were seminal within the Paisley Underground scene. Roback quit Rain Parade in 1983 after the release of their … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Opal’s Happy Nightmare Baby

There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

The other night (24 June), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and outgoing (in both senses of the word) city council member Tom LaBonge arranged to have the gates of the Silver Lake Reservoir unlocked for a few hours and thus the South Dam was briefly opened to the public. Despite the … Continue reading There It Is, Revitalize It — Visiting the Silver Lake Reservoir

One Album Wonders Northside’s Chicken Rhythms

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog NORTHSIDE - CHICKEN RHYTHMS (1991) My introduction to the quartet named Northside came in my second year of college, I believe, a few years after the release of their only album, Chicken Rhythms. As a teenage fan of all things Madchester, I'd heard of them, of course, but it … Continue reading One Album Wonders Northside’s Chicken Rhythms

A look at The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe on the anniversary of its debut

NBC's The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe was the first of two radio dramas featuring Raymond Chandler's most enduring literary creation, hardboiled Los Angeles detective, Philip Marlowe. The program was popular Van Heflin but short-lived, a summer replacement which kept a time slot warm and whose star after its conclusion returned to film. It was followed one year … Continue reading A look at The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe on the anniversary of its debut

One Album Wonders: The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under the Sun!!!

Real life siblings Priscilla, Albeth, and Sherrell began cutting records as The Paris Sisters in 1954. In the fifteen years that followed, they only released on full-length studio LP and in their final year as a recording unit. The San Francisco trio did appear on more than 25 singles, however, and are best remembered for … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under the Sun!!!

An introduction to Crime Classics on the anniversary of its debut

Crime Classics was a CBS radio series which following a 1952 audition aired from 15 June 15 1953 to 30 June 1954. To quote its own introduction it was “A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time.” It's one of the finest programs of its sort. Crime Classics was … Continue reading An introduction to Crime Classics on the anniversary of its debut

One Album Wonders: The La’s

In 2000, Pearl Jam treated their audience to a cover of The La’s’ “Timeless Melody.” Eddie Vedder, addressing the Mancunian audience characteristically mumbled, “Hey! There’s a good, uh — fuckin’ good? -- a great band who made one great record and they’re called The La’s and I think they’re from your town… I believe. A … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The La’s