One album wonders: John’s Children’s Orgasm

[A version of this article originally appeared at the Amoeblog] JOHN'S CHILDREN - ORGASM (recorded 1967, released 1971) Today the band John's Children, when remembered at all, are best remembered for two things: one, for having briefly included within their ranks a pre-T. Rex Marc Bolan and two, for their calculatedly outrageousness and provocative live performances. Both overshadow the fact … Continue reading One album wonders: John’s Children’s Orgasm

One album wonders: Diane Hildebrand’s Early Morning Blues and Greens

DIANE HILDEBRAND - EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS (1967)  It's surprisingly hard to find much information online about singer-songwriter Diane Hildebrand, who was a professional songwriter who penned numbers for none other than The Monkees and released a single, wonderful solo album in the 1960s. Hildebrand was apparently about eighteen when one of her compositions, "I'm On My … Continue reading One album wonders: Diane Hildebrand’s Early Morning Blues and Greens

California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

INTRODUCTION TO WESTLAKE Los Angeles's Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara. In fact, the neighborhood and Pico-Union are together home to the largest population of Central Americans in the entire US. After Koreatown, Westlake is the … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside

Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle -- another pub lost in the Southland... Somewhere I don't want to be If in the bar of your dreams every centimeter of wall (and ceiling) space is covered with banks of televisions flashing seizure-inducing commercials unblinkingly stared at by backwards-capped man-children guzzling plastic pitchers of thin macrobrew … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Happy Discovery Day — Real Geographic Discoveries of the Modern Age

I will not make the argument that Columbus's arrival in the New World was insignificant merely because he was an absolutely awful person or because he didn't actually discover anything (which he himself maintained, claiming until his death that he'd merely found a different route to Asia). But think about this before you dismiss -- … Continue reading Happy Discovery Day — Real Geographic Discoveries of the Modern Age

Pop-Up Broadway: Exploring L.A.’s Original Great Street

Mayor Garcetti's first executive direction was the launch of the Great Streets program. The first batch of said streets are located throughout almost every region of the city, but especially within the San Fernando Valley, where four of the fifteen streets are located. None of the streets in question are located in Downtown Los Angeles, … Continue reading Pop-Up Broadway: Exploring L.A.’s Original Great Street

Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Minet

As a fan of fashion, youth subculture, and the 1960s, at some point I was bound to be made aware of the French minet subculture. Obviously, since I'm writing about it, that momentous occasion has arrived at some point in my past. I can't remember when or where it occurred (the internet is a safe bet) … Continue reading Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Minet

9 songs about cats

Although LOLCat Bible literalists believe differently, people of science generally hold the view that cats first domesticated humans at least as early as 7500 BCE, when the inhabitants of a neolithic village on Cyprus gave a feline (not native to the island) a ceremonial burial. What we know call the domestic cat was more truly feral when it … Continue reading 9 songs about cats

California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

I thought that it might be useful to publish an "episode guide" of my California Fool's Gold series of explorations. When I explore a new community, I usually rely upon the vox populi which is why anyone may vote for what communities they'd like to become the subject of future articles by clicking here for Los Angeles … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold Episode Guide… and links to related series

Yet More One Album Wonders

Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of … Continue reading Yet More One Album Wonders