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October 3, 2007 |
Randy Van Horne, whose Randy Van Horne Singers performed the theme songs for "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons," "The Huckleberry Hound Show" and several other popular television cartoons of the 1960s, has died. He was 83. Van Horne died of cancer Sept. 26 at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his son, Mark. In the late 1940s, Van Horne began his career in Los Angeles as a studio musician.
June 9, 1995 |
Frequenting the cocktail lounges in your neighborhood is a good start, but what to do when you get back to your bache lor/bachelorette pad? Dust off your turntable. The best--and cheapest--way to amass a good lounge music collection is by rummaging through bins of 50-cent records at garage sales and thrift stores, says collector Kevin "Mr. Fabulous" Trantow. The up-and-coming hepcat can afford to take musical risks at that rate.
October 20, 2006 |
Start talking with Colin Larkin, editor of the "Encyclopedia of Popular Music," and free association kicks in. Anything, anyone, might come up. Dave "Baby" Cortez, for example. And that's exactly what Larkin intends. "The whole point of the EPM is to enthuse people," says Larkin, whose own obsession with pop over half a century has evolved into a full-time business. The fourth edition of the reference work, now expanded to 10 volumes encompassing 3.
July 24, 2005 |
At first, filmmaker Gus Van Sant was so affected by Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide that he wanted to make a biopic on the Seattle grunge musician's life. What he made instead -- "Last Days," which opened Friday in Los Angeles -- isn't one per se. Indeed, "Last Days" is best described as an impressionistic art/experimental film -- a mood piece -- that attempts to get inside the confused and agitated state of a rock musician named Blake, just before his suicide.
September 16, 2002 |
Once, on a street in Mexico City, David Harrington, the Kronos Quartet's first violinist, encountered a one-armed street musician playing standard melodies by blowing on the edge of an ivy leaf. It is an eerie sound, unlike any other, and you never forget it. Harrington knew instantly, he told the audience at UCLA's Royce Hall on Friday night, that one day Kronos had to play with Carlos Garcia.
April 14, 2002 |
**** KRONOS QUARTET "Nuevo" Nonesuch Sometimes, it takes outsiders to find fresh perspectives on a musical culture that natives take for granted. On this brilliant album, Argentine rock producer Gustavo Santaolalla teams with Kronos, the experimental U.S. string quartet, to create a revealing, impressionistic portrait of Mexican music, from the corrido to the classical. Though the 14 tracks span a century, the album's innovative interpretations earn its title, which means "new."