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December 10, 2010
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October 29, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the versions of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of "Achtung Baby," coming in November. (The most deluxe of these, the Uber-Deluxe package, which costs upward of $400, also comes with a pair of sunglasses like those singer Bono wore in his guise of the Fly.)
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January 27, 2011
Musician, songwriter and producer Daniel Lanois has produced albums for the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. His newest project, Black Dub, also features New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade on drums and Trixie Whitley, daughter of the famous bluesman Chris Whitley, on vocals. The band's unique method of live improvisation has made its shows a sought-after experience. El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $25. (323) 936-6400. http://www.theelrey.com.
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January 27, 2011
Musician, songwriter and producer Daniel Lanois has produced albums for the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. His newest project, Black Dub, also features New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade on drums and Trixie Whitley, daughter of the famous bluesman Chris Whitley, on vocals. The band's unique method of live improvisation has made its shows a sought-after experience. El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $25. (323) 936-6400. http://www.theelrey.com.
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September 19, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
WOODSIDE, Calif. —It's a pronounced climb up a winding road to the hilltop restaurant where Neil Young and Daniel Lanois have ensconced themselves for an afternoon to talk about their singular new collaboration, "Le Noise. " Sitting on an enclosed deck 2,000 feet above the San Francisco Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, this pair of newfound musical kindred spirits can gaze out into a dense grove of towering coastal redwoods. The air is thick with the rich scent of natural mulch and moss; the remote quiet is broken only occasionally, if jarringly, by the roar of a passing motorcycle.
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October 4, 2002 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Singer-songwriters Daniel Lanois and Elliott Smith each struck emotionally honest chords during a Tuesday benefit concert at the Echo nightclub in Echo Park. But the Canadian uber-producer evoked moods with atmospheric music, while the American cult hero squeezed hearts with plaintive confessions.
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June 23, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As Daniel Lanois' music buzzed and throbbed, leaped and lilted Monday at the Coach House, members of the capacity crowd seemed to realize as one that they were witnessing a special talent, a man whose sound and vision transcends categorization. With a paisley bandanna crowning his long, braided hair, his loose-fitting shirt opened to the navel, Lanois hunched over his guitar, eliciting cerebral, psychedelic sheets of sound from his instrument.
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June 19, 1993 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The worlds of contemporary and traditional music often seem at odds, like religions with diametrically opposed value systems whose adherents will defend their respective dogmas to the death. True believers from both camps often seem defensive in their zeal, as purveyors of new sounds and ideas struggle to attain perceived legitimacy, and adherents of roots music sometimes wrestle with an aura of irrelevance.
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May 31, 2003 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Daniel Lanois leads the way down a curving staircase into a dimly lighted chamber of his old Silver Lake mansion. Instruments and electronic equipment, including his first polyphonic synthesizer, hibernate in the gloom, and the walls are festooned with large sheets of paper. "It's mostly lyrics," Lanois says, pointing to the hanging pages. " 'Tears of a Thousand Rains.' I have a beautiful steel guitar instrumental that these lyrics belong to, so I'll probably use that for my next record.
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March 29, 2008 | John Payne, Special to The Times
Artful and highly informative views of a life behind and inside the music, Daniel Lanois' new film "Here Is What Is" and self-released album of the same title had their Los Angeles premieres with a screening and live performance at the Vista Theatre on Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2010
Soul Mining Daniel Lanois Faber and Faber; 230 pp., $26
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
WOODSIDE, Calif. —It's a pronounced climb up a winding road to the hilltop restaurant where Neil Young and Daniel Lanois have ensconced themselves for an afternoon to talk about their singular new collaboration, "Le Noise. " Sitting on an enclosed deck 2,000 feet above the San Francisco Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, this pair of newfound musical kindred spirits can gaze out into a dense grove of towering coastal redwoods. The air is thick with the rich scent of natural mulch and moss; the remote quiet is broken only occasionally, if jarringly, by the roar of a passing motorcycle.
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February 11, 2010
You've surely heard Daniel Lanois' handiwork as a producer behind excellent, canonical work from U2. But have you really heard Daniel Lanois? His new quartet, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, features ace skinsman Brian Blade, bassist Daryl Johnson and singer (and sister) Trixie Whitley, who together conjure a fiery sense of soul. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $12. www.clubspaceland .com .
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January 20, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Bono and his band of merry men are not ones to miss a window of hope. And so on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration -- just hours after the Irish rock ambassadors entertained the president-elect with their MLK Day anthem and their unofficial post-9/11 elegy at the Lincoln Memorial -- U2 unveiled a new single. Way to claim your spot on the "Yes, We Can" caravan, boys! "Get on Your Boots" is a first taste from the band's new long-player, "No Line on the Horizon," which hits the global marketplace Feb. 15. Pundits already are splitting hairs about "GOYB" -- does it sound like Elvis Costello circa "Pump It Up" or the Temptations classic "Ball of Confusion"?
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March 29, 2008 | John Payne, Special to The Times
Artful and highly informative views of a life behind and inside the music, Daniel Lanois' new film "Here Is What Is" and self-released album of the same title had their Los Angeles premieres with a screening and live performance at the Vista Theatre on Thursday.
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October 24, 2005 | Dean Kuipers, Special to The Times
For all the quiet introspection of his new album, "Belladonna," mega-producer and ambient-music master Daniel Lanois came to the Avalon Hollywood on Saturday with something loud to say. In an exuberant collaboration with Chicago post-rock instrumentalist group Tortoise, Lanois swung from skronk-fusion guitar leads to towering, distorted pedal-steel landscapes to coffeehouse ballads to rock spiritualism, singing, chopping at his guitar and keeping the energy way out front.
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October 3, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If Emmylou Harris singing with Gram Parsons some 25 years ago made for a post-hippie George and Tammy, what does Harris singing with Daniel Lanois make? A scintillating Sunday evening at the Coach House is the immediate answer.
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May 31, 2003 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Daniel Lanois leads the way down a curving staircase into a dimly lighted chamber of his old Silver Lake mansion. Instruments and electronic equipment, including his first polyphonic synthesizer, hibernate in the gloom, and the walls are festooned with large sheets of paper. "It's mostly lyrics," Lanois says, pointing to the hanging pages. " 'Tears of a Thousand Rains.' I have a beautiful steel guitar instrumental that these lyrics belong to, so I'll probably use that for my next record.
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