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March 30, 2014 |
Screams rang out Saturday night across the Los Angeles Sports Arena as Taiwanese band Mayday brought its brand of Asian stadium rock to an all-Chinese audience for a show celebrating its 15th anniversary. "We don't usually do anything on our anniversary, but this year, it seems like things are different - because you guys all came," said Chin-Hang Shih, the lead guitarist, to screams and cheers. With matching outfits and a yellow submarine gracing the cover of their press kit, the members of Mayday are sometimes described as the Beatles of Asia.
March 7, 2014 |
There aren't a lot of university radio stations that that can claim a Beatle among their fans, but Cal State Northridge-based public station KCSN-FM (88.5) just became one. “Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record,” station program director Sky Daniels tells Pop & Hiss. “He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his 'friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.' " The impromptu phone call turned into an hourlong discussion about the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” McCartney's latest project (composing music for an animated film)
March 1, 2014 |
I'm lucky -- good storytelling isn't only my passion, it's my career. My other passion is music, and it probably won't surprise you that some of my favorite songwriters are wonderful storytellers. One of this week's story soundtracks was written by one of the best narrative songwriters in pop-rock history, Ray Davies of the Kinks. Sometimes he gives us a mini-screenplay, like in “Come Dancing” (see Thursday's Great Read, below). In that song, the arc of the narrator's childhood is viewed through his older sister's dates, and dreams, at the Palais dance hall.
February 27, 2014 |
The ante is upped measurably for the latest all-star benefit show staged by the Wild Honey Foundation: a varied assemblage of singers and musicians, mostly Los Angeles-based, who will perform two of the Beatles' most highly regarded albums, “Revolver” and “Abbey Road,” on Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a venue nearly quadruple the size of the site of last year's show. “This is the biggest show we've ever done,” said organizer Paul Rock. “The Wilshire Ebell holds about 1,200, which is giant for us. Last year's show was at the El Portal [in North Hollywood]
February 9, 2014 |
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent's dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William F. Buckley Jr. Boston Globe Sept.
February 9, 2014 |
Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show. " You'll almost surely see clips of them on the news this weekend, or on tribute shows, japing with the press, smiling those cheerful smiles, singing "All My Loving" - and you'll probably think, "Oh, they were so cute. " That's today's conventional wisdom: The Beatles were cute and unthreatening. The Rolling Stones - now, there was your threat. And the Who, smashing their instruments. And numerous others, against whom the Beatles were supposedly a dish of vanilla ice cream.