CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992
Somewhere lost in the shuffle of the NEA debates and arguments over what art the government should fund and even if the government should fund art, is the following fact: The Bush Administration, while cutting the overall military budget, has upped the budget for 91 military bands from $194.1 million to $195.2 million. These 91 bands receive $20 million more than the entire NEA budget. These 91 bands are actually getting an increase in budget while bases that have provided the economic backbone for many areas are closed.
September 28, 1986
The real reason bands like Billy & the Beaters, Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and other bands of equal caliber are ignored by the record companies is so simple and stupid that nobody wants to admit it ("Bar Bands Make the Rounds," by Don Snowden, Sept. 21): No matter that the type of music played by these bands is very popular all over the country in almost every bar in the country, the simple truth is the people who hold the power at the record labels just don't like this kind of music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997
Re: "Students March to Beat the Bands," Nov. 10. It is always enlightening to read about the great things teenagers are doing, but sadly programs like marching band are the first to feel the sting of budget cuts. The article mentions the opportunity for middle school students to look up to older musicians. Unfortunately, it is the programs in the feeder schools that get cut first. Having a background in music myself, I understand the importance of these feeder programs. It should be mentioned that this budget struggle is constant and vital to the continuance of the great bands that the Los Angeles area is so lucky to have.
September 29, 1989 |
On a sun-drenched USC field, under orders, they stand in a torture drill like unflinching flamingos. Then comes the running of laps while toting pounds of polished brass. Nearby, perched on a platform 20 feet above the lawn, their leader, Arthur Bartner, flies into overdrive, arms waving, hips boomeranging, voice exploding into a microphone: We are in this thing together! We've got one or two guys out there who are not with the program! I'm just not going to accept that! Everyone, again!
November 9, 2012 |
Marc Rose and Med Abrous, owners of Hollywood's the Spare Room bar, like to support L.A. artists and high-minded causes. The Echo Park band Spirit Vine enjoys getting outside its Eastside comfort zone once in a while. And Paul Beahan, owner of the L.A. indie record label Manimal, just loves "freakin' people out. " Fine, you say. But what's any of this got to do with bowling, male facial hair or testicular cancer prevention? Glad you asked. This month, those mix-and-match imperatives are rubbing shoulders in the "Manimal for Movember" live-music benefit at the Spare Room, the neo-Gilded Age gaming parlor and cocktail lounge that threw open its doors in January 2011 on the mezzanine level of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
July 19, 2012 |
(This story has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.) Converse Rubber Tracks, the musical/marketing concept that the shoe company launched in 2011 with a full-service recording studio in Brooklyn, is coming to Los Angeles in the form of a pop-up studio, and the first roster of bands chosen to participate has been announced. The studio will be popping up at Swing House Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood and will offer no-strings-attached music-making time for young bands and solo artists, who are invited to record a song that will be distributed via Converse's Rubber Tracks website, but which the artists retain the ownership rights to. Those selected for this installment are Holladay, Nola Darling, Rocky Business, Marz Lovejoy, Vince Staples, Def Sound and Coultrain.