March 10, 2009 |
Chris Cornell "Scream" (Interscope Records) Baseball fans might remember the downfall of Rick Ankiel. The phenom pitcher led the St. Louis Cardinals to the National League division series in 2000, only to throw five wild pitches in one inning. He had mysteriously lost his ability to throw strikes, eventually ending his pitching career. Timbaland is having a Rick Ankiel moment. Throughout the '90s and into the 2000s, the producer had the most revolutionary ideas of anyone in hip-hop and pop music.
December 21, 2003
In your holiday guide to boxed sets ("Money for Something," Dec. 14), Robert Hilburn's "Dylan Option 2" is much better than the Columbia set of 15 discs, but it is hard to do without "John Wesley Harding." I just happened to be listening to this album the day before I saw Hilburn's column. It has some great songs. If I were to select 15 discs for a "Customized Dylan Set," how could I leave off an album that has one of Dylan's best, "All Along the Watchtower," the Hendrix version of which is right at the top of my all-time-favorite rock songs?
November 6, 1997 |
Joined by the musicians who backed him last month at Farm-Aid, Beck, right, will showcase his folk and country roots when he plays an acoustic show Nov. 19 at the El Rey Theatre. Tickets go on sale Saturday. . . . Oasis will be at the Universal Amphitheatre on Jan. 27. Tickets will be available Saturday. . . . Meshell Ndegeocello will preview a new band and new material Dec. 8-9 at LunaPark. Tickets are on sale now. . . .
December 8, 1994 |
John Wesley Harding, wise-guy British folk singer type, will be cracking musical jokes aplenty, temporarily turning the venerable Ventura Theatre into a laughing academy when he performs tonight. Usually just a guy and his guitar, Harding will be aided and abetted this time by award-winning bass player, Rob Wasserman. Native American activist, John Trudell will open. What would you expect from a guy who names most of his albums after Frank Capra movies?
March 3, 1994 |
The Scene: A no-expletives-deleted gathering at the Arena nightclub in Hollywood for "Banned Together," the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California's Grammy night "celebration of artistic free expression" and benefit. The fete marks the second year of the ACLU's Generation X outreach. "At most of our events, we don't get many young people," explains ACLU executive director Ramona Ripston.
June 1, 1991 |
John Wesley Harding stands widely accused of being a lesser version of Elvis Costello. Thursday night at the Coach House, he blithely pleaded guilty. The young British rocker launched his encore segment with Costello's "Miracle Man," lending new meaning to the song's pointed refrain, "Why do you have to say that there's always someone who can do it better than I can?" The delivery was raw, but it lacked the bitterness and gumption of a sarcastic self-defense. Harding seemed to be saying that the criticism doesn't bother him, that it hardly matters.