August 20, 2012 |
L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election. The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss. What's your goal with this record? Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down.
April 6, 2012 |
Late last year, Joachim Cooder began feeling that life as a sideman wasn't enough. Cooder is the son of one of the most lauded names in L.A. rock - singer-guitarist Ry Cooder. For years he played drums for his father, Mavis Staples,Dr. John and the Cuban collective Buena Vista Social Club while composing for indie films like "Lars and the Real Girl. " His life was the archetype of a successful behind-the-scenes musical mercenary . But late last year during a hobbyist's stint as an apprentice chef at the downtown L.A. pop-up restaurant Le Comptoir, he began to suspect that new challenges might be good for him musically as well.
December 4, 2011
1940 I work for the Los Angeles City Directory, a book of names, addresses, and job descriptions. I am one of many. Our job is to go out and collect the facts and bring them back. Other people take our work and put it in the Book, but we do the important part. Los Angeles is a big city, and the City Directory is a big book. "How would you like to be listed in the Directory?" I show people what it is. They're afraid you'll ask embarrassing questions like "Do you have a toilet?"
December 4, 2011 |
Let's start with the hands, Ry Cooder's hands. They're large, expressive: hands you could see wrapped around a guitar neck, or in the act of making things. They move when he speaks, creating shapes in the air that take form and dissipate, all in the space of a few words. On a Friday afternoon at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Cooder is using those hands to help recount the saga of "El Chavez Ravine," a 1953 Chevy pickup he commissioned to be rebuilt in 2007 in the style of a vintage ice cream truck and covered with an elaborate mural, by the artist Vincent Valdez, depicting the eviction of Mexican American families from the neighborhood that is now home to Dodger Stadium.
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July 27, 2011 |
Gil Bernal, a tenor saxophonist who during his long career played a variety of styles with artists such as Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder , has died. He was 80. Bernal died of congestive heart failure July 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his family said. Adept at playing pop, jazz or blues, Bernal sang and played with Hampton's big band and had memorable sax parts on such 1950s songs as Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and the Robins' "Smokey Joe's Cafe.
May 20, 2010 |
Soul great Otis Redding's 1966 performances at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood were a revelation in many respects for Southland music fans who caught those shows, which are the focal point of "Otis Redding — Live on the Sunset Strip" double CD released this week. The set expands on a 10-song single LP originally released two years after Redding's performances, and about a year after his death in 1967 at age 26 in a plane crash. The new CDs capture the electricity of the music, presenting them for the first time in complete performances as Whisky fans heard them.