August 7, 2012 |
Various artists "122 BPM: The Birth of House Music" Still Records Three Stars Like many micro-genres that become movements, the descriptor of "house music" has lost a lot of its meaning. Today, kids at raves take it to mean almost any kind of four-on-the-floor dance tune built with synthesized instruments. But the now-omnipresent genre came from a specific time, place and culture, and the lovingly assembled "122 BPM: The Birth of House Music" should help clear the air. Over three CDs, this compilation and album-length mixtape from Still Music's Jerome Derradji tells of the invention of a new dance music template -- one forged in the Chicago black middle class by kids influenced by the '80s New Wave movement.
November 8, 2013 |
James Keach, who produced and acted in “Walk the Line,” has bought a condominium in Santa Monica for $4.4 million. The remodeled unit has high ceilings, multiple terraces and patios, a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,817 square feet of living space. The complex, built in 1990, features a swimming pool and gym. There are ocean and courtyard views. Keach, 65, is executive producer of an upcoming documentary on country music legend Glen Campbell.
September 12, 2013 |
After returning to "MacArthur Park" earlier this year, Jimmy Webb returns to record stores with a new album featuring some high-profile duets. Many of these songs have become part of the fabric of popular music of the late 20th century through the original versions by artists such as Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), Joe Cocker (“The Moon's a Harsh Mistress”), Linda Ronstadt (“Adios,” “Shattered”) and Glen Campbell (“Where's the Playground, Susie,” “Honey Come Back”)
June 14, 2013 |
Before becoming a widely lauded songwriter, Jimmy Webb was just another aspiring musician living in a dingy Los Angeles apartment. The Oklahoma transplant would wander from his low-rent flat in Silver Lake to a place that would inspire one of his most indelible hits, MacArthur Park. There, between Wilshire and 7th, he'd wait for his girlfriend to get off work from her job nearby. "I used to eat lunch in the park," said Webb, 66. "It was a place you could be away from the dreariness of a really bottom-scale apartment.
April 17, 1998 |
Most pop music in the '90s is Frankenstein-like body snatching. Artists ranging from ubiquitous Eagles-copying country singers to Jackson 5 revivalists Hanson to alt-rock darling Beck, with his Cubist pastiches from folk, rock, hip-hop and blues, retrieve bits of the past and try to zap them to back life. While Glen Campbell's music is subject to raiding like the rest ("Wichita Lineman" has been covered by R.E.M.
April 12, 1992
This casualness about the order of events is not entirely harmless. It permits nonsensical claims about causality. A recent example is Quayle's assertion that Bush's 1990 breaking of his "no new taxes" promise was due to the Persian Gulf War. In fact, Bush's proposals were made before Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. JAMES B. ELLERN, EL SEGUNDO
January 4, 2011 |
Most remakes of classic films are shadows of the originals. But Joel and Ethan Coen's version of the western "True Grit" ? with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as the plucky Mattie Ross and Matt Damon as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf ? has won over critics, audiences and even Kim Darby, who played the resolute Mattie in the 1969 original for which John Wayne won his only Oscar as the irascible Cogburn. "It's a wonderful movie," said Darby, now 63. "It's top drawer.
August 12, 2013 |
Too often when veteran artists revisit career-defining hits late in life it's more of a marketing move than an artistic exploration. Not in this case. Since revealing two years ago that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the singer-guitarist and former TV show host released his well-received "Ghost on the Canvas" album and went on the road one last time for a farewell tour. Recently his family revealed that his disease has progressed to the point where he can no longer perform.
January 14, 1995
Whatever happened to the Los Angeles Open? For more than 75 years, the people of this city and the Junior Chamber of Commerce have presented this historical golf tournament. In the name of civic goodwill, the members of the Riviera Country Club and the surrounding residents put up with monumental disruptions and inconvenience. However, by continuing to insist that "Los Angeles" be dropped from the tournament title, Nissan's positive contributions and intentions will be seriously diminished.
January 15, 1993 |
Children's music, country style: Seems as if everybody's doing it these days, even a certain eight-foot-high fowl with yellow feathers. Golden Music's "Sesame Country" album is the latest entry in the country for kids mode. It's a compilation of down-home tunes from past "Sesame Street" shows featuring familiar Muppet fuzzies and furries trading quips and chords with Crystal Gayle, Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker.