October 28, 2013 |
Twenty or so years ago, Lou Reed - who died Sunday of liver failure at 71 - published a book called “Beyond Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics” that casts in stark relief the promise and the pretension of thinking about rock lyrics as poetry. Reed, of course, always considered himself in such terms, tracing a lineage to the story writer and poet Delmore Schwartz , who had been his teacher at Syracuse University, creating with the Velvet Underground (and later, in solo efforts such as “Berlin,” “Street Hassle,” “New York” and “Songs for Drella” )
October 27, 1985 |
"FLIP YOUR WIG." Husker Du. SST. When this Minneapolis trio released its double album opus, "Zen Arcade" two years ago, many critics felt that this one-time speed-punk band had reached its artistic pinnacle. With the release of the equally titanic "Flip Your Wig," it's obvious that Husker Du has just begun to tap its resources. With two excellent songwriters in guitarist-vocalist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart, this is a great band in the making, playing the real rock of the '80s.
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October 17, 1998 |
Diners at Cha Cha Cha on Ventura Boulevard in Encino are in for the usual double entrancement tonight. While Caribbean-style food hypnotizes their palates with spice, the soft reggae of Fire & Brimstone, pulsing like a heartbeat through the restaurant's clang and chatter, will set their non-digestive inner places throbbing with well-being.
November 14, 2006 |
Aki Takahashi, who made a rare Los Angeles appearance at REDCAT on Sunday night, is an elegant pianist with an incandescent tone and the patience of a saint. When she brings into being an exquisite, weightless chord and allows it to slowly die out, radiant overtones linger amazingly long in the air like an unforgettable supernatural scent. She is -- no surprise -- a friend of meditative, abstract, poetic composers in her native Japan and the world over. But she has her quirks.
April 1, 2010 |
"Here's another one from my KROQ listening on the way from the airport," Brad Mehldau said with a smirk from the Largo at the Coronet stage on Tuesday night. "Good tune, though," he added before launching into an almost obscenely grand and beautiful cover of Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song." Even though Mehldau's way with reinventing rock songs has been well documented, such an introduction wasn't entirely expected at a warm-up show before a tour in support of "Highway Rider," a lush double-album of intricate compositions that floats between the worlds of jazz, classical and pop for one of the most striking jazz releases of the year.
November 4, 2011 |
Bad notes, old song in 'Janie Jones' In "Janie Jones," the guitar-slinging pre-teen girl with the long black hair is 15-year-old Abigail Breslin, a little tougher-looking since her "Little Miss Sunshine" debut but sporting the same appealing mixture of pluck and vulnerability. She's not served well by this music-filled road drama, however. Dumped by her ex-groupie single mom (Elisabeth Shue) into the hands of the father she never knew — a fading alcoholic rocker named Ethan (Alessandro Nivola)