Saturday, July 19, 2014

"If I Was Blogtrollin', Would You Blogtroll Too?"

Wondering Sound's Kevin Whitehead Has a profile of the L.A. free jazz master here. The Beast also heard that the maestro will be playing a concert at Culver City's Mayme Clayton Library in November. Reportedly, Bobby has an awesome band, including the keyboardist for the original lineup of his Mo'tet, ex-Mother of Invention Don Preston.

The Beast has two new articles up on the Los Angeles Magazine site, one about The Go-Go's and one about the late Charlie Haden, who just passed away on July 11. If this isn't a testimony to the diversity of L.A. music, we don't know what is.

Here are some more Haden-related remembrances, plus some other interesting stuff from around the Web:


(Dangerous Minds)


(Do the Math)


(The Daily Beast)

(Gary Fukushima)

(Search & Restore)

(American Songwriter)

(Tiny Mix Tapes)

(The Jake Feinberg Show)

(Chicago Reader)
(Pitchfork Media)

(NY Times)



(Washington Post)


(Rolling Stone)

(Pitchfork Media)


(Open Culture)

(Something Else!)

(The Quietus)


(Electric Fling)

(NPR's Tiny Desk)

Saturday, July 12, 2014


The Haden Family Band, circa 1939
(Little Charlie is sitting on piano)

CARL HADEN: Honey, say good morning to all the little boys and girls. Say hello, all you little boys and girls.


CARL HADEN: Say "I'm just fine."


CARL HADEN: Just fine, and say "I've got a brand new song to sing for you this morning."

LITTLE COWBOY CHARLIE: I've got a brand new song to sing.

CARL HADEN: "This morning."


CARL HADEN: There you are. All right. Little Charlie has had so many many requests to sing that dandy little song, "Row Us Over the Tide," and then Momma's going to take him out and get his big bottle of soda pop. So you sing real loud and nice here and a nice yodel. Allright.

LITTLE COWBOY CHARLIE: (Singing) 'Row us over the tide. Row us over the tide. Row us over the tide.'

CARL HADEN: Yodel round.

LITTLE COWBOY CHARLIE: (Yodeling) 'Olay-yeee-ooo, olay-yeee-ooo-eee'

[From 1939 Haden Family Radio Broadcast]

"In California, it's very difficult to get in tune because of the climate. When I was two years old and singing on the radio with my family, my dad kept a switch on the wall. He never used it, but he always told me, 'Charlie, don't ever go flat or go sharp.'"

Friday, June 20, 2014

Solsticin' [UPDATED]

Hey there kitty-kats, it's been awhile! Still working on IT and finished the first chapter. In the meantime, we just posted a new installment of out "Ultimate L.A. Record Collection" series over at Los Angeles magazine. Some more random nuggets:

ITEM! The new lineup for the 2014 Angel City Jazz Festival has been announced, and probably the biggest coup is the appearance of free-jazz hellion Anthony Braxton. Braxton also just celebrated a birthday, and our friend and colleague Anthony Miller -- with whom the Beast collaborated on a memorable "joint post" -- has written a brief but potent appreciation of the controversial saxophonist.

ITEM! Saturday, June 21st is Make Music Los Angeles day (co-organized by our blog bud Leroy "The Jazzcat" Downs). There are 150 FREE concerts around the city celebrating the Summer Solstice and quite a few jazz acts on the bill, including Carl Burnett, Randall WillisDwight Trible, James LearyHamilton Price, Rose GalesJacques Lesure and 87-year-old Central Avenue sax legend Cecil "Big Jay" McNeely.

ITEM! The Nels Cline Singers have a new video out from their most recent album Macroscope:

ITEM! After its successful Horace Tapscott tribute back in March, the Mayme Clayton Library will be staging the second of its jazz-salon series next month. The featured performer will be guitarist and head of UCLA's Jazz Studies program Kenny Burrell. Better get on those tickets, as the last salon was sold out!

ITEM! Since he flew in from Europe especially to play the Tapscott tribute (and blew The Beast and our friend away with his complex and virtuosic solos), pianist Bobby West had decided to stick around his hometown for a few gigs. You can catch the cat they once called "Little Ramsey" in two places next weekend: June 27th at H.O.M.E. and June 29th at Fais Do-Do. As you can see in the below video, this man is not to be missed!

ITEM! Leimert Park's World Stage is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, and part of the festivities involve a concert honoring one of its founders, the late, mercurial timekeeper "Smilin' Billy" Higgins. Check out the killer lineup:

ITEM! Our blog bud Sean O'Connell has finally published his first book on Los Angeles' Central Avenue Jazz scene. On Sunday, June 29, O'Connell will be hosting a book-release party at Little Tokyo's Blue Whale jazz club. The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet will finish out the evening with a set.

ITEM! David Lee's long out-of-print book The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field has just been reissued by Wolsak & Wynn Publishers with a cool new cover.

ITEM! Could there be a resurgence of jazz-related movies? Adding to Sundance faves Low Down (with John Hawkes and Elle Fanning) and Whiplash (with J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller), actor Don Cheadle should be given some serious respect for his consistent and very vocal one-man crusade to star, co-write and make his directorial debut on Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic he's been working on for years. (He's been a good example of how to master social media in order to generate press, interest, and funding in jazz-related projects.) His IndieGoGo campaign, launched just two weeks ago, has already made $147,671 towards a $325,000 goal. Check out various short videos Cheadle has made to help promote his effort here.

ITEM! The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound has announced its first concert of the summer at its Kings Road environs. This Saturday, June 28, iconoclastic cellist Charles Curtis will perform the L.A. premieres of Occam 5 by electronic music pioneer Éliane Radigue and Glacier by sound artist Alvin Lucier. (Back in the day, Curtis participated in bands such as King Missile, Dogbowl, Bongwater and experimental noise overlords Borbetomagus.) You can buy tickets here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

USOLA #6 & 7

The Beast has posted the latest two entries in our United Sounds of Los Angeles series over at Los Angeles magazine. Read #6 here and #7 here.

Friday, May 2, 2014

5/2 Microfest: Mak Grgic @ All Saints Beverly Hills....5/2-5/4 Philip Glass Ensemble @ UCLA Royce Hall....5/2 & 5/3 Fred Hersch Trio @ Segerstrom CFA....5/3 Miguel Atwood-Ferguson 34th Birthday Concert @ the blue whale....5/3 Billy Childs + Moira Smiley present the Music of Laura Nyro @ South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival....5/4 Brandon Coleman Group @ the blue whale....5/4 Onaje Murray @ Hal's Bar & Grill....5/5 & 5/6 The Bad Plus @ The Mint....5/6 Bonnie Barnett Band + Gongfarmer @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts....5/7 Brad Dutz Quartet @ Jazz at the CAP....5/7 Leni Stern @ The Baked Potato....5/8 An Evening with the Nels Cline Singers @ Largo at the Coronet....5/8 Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor w/ David Byrne, Alexis Taylor, Money Mark et al @ The Greek Theatre....5/9 Lisa Terry and Collective Spirit @ LACMA....5/9 & 5/10 Anthony Wilson Band @ the blue whale....5/10 Microfest: The Formalist Quartet @ Boston Court....5/11 Ariel Pink @ The Echo....5/14 Bennie Maupin Ensemble @ West L.A. College....5/14 Justo Almario + Marcos Ariel @ the blue whale...5/14 Branford Marsalis @ Haugh PAC....5/16 Jacques Lesure Quartet @ LACMA....5/17 Michael Session Sextet @ Seabird Jazz Lounge...5/18 Microfest: Dr. Vicki Ray + Aron Kallay @ Villa Aurora....5/18 Chuck Dukowski Sextet @ Save Music in Chinatown Benefit....5/19 Allen Toussaint @ The Lyric Theatre....5/22 The Decisive Instant / Sun Ra Centennial Celebration @ Grand Star Jazz....5/23 Phil Ranelin 75th Birthday Celebration @ Barbara Morrison PAC....5/23 Azar Lawrence Quartet @ LACMA....5/23-5/25 Kenny Burrell Quintet @ Catalina's....5/25 Jazz Vespers presents Dwight Trible @ All Saints Pasadena....5/26 Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog @ Largo at the Coronet....5/26 Monday West Coast Get Down w/ Miles Mosley & Friends @ The Viper Room....5/30 Rodriguez @ The Greek Theatre....5/31 Azar Lawrence Quartet @ Seabird Jazz Lounge....5/31 Excursions: next, Nine+, The Natives & NotQuiteFree @ MADHaus

Monday, April 28, 2014


The Beast has a new installment of our series The United Sounds of Los Angeles over at the Los Angeles Magazine site; you can check it out here.

In the print edition of the May issue, our blog bud Sean J. O'Connell profiles South L.A. saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his new record.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Square (Flat) Circle

Over at the Los Angeles Magazine site, the Beast has two new entries in our United Sounds of Los Angeles series. Check out Part 3 here and Part 4 here. We also haven't done some blogtrollin' in awhile, so here's a smattering of interesting links:


(Pitchfork Media)

(Indiana Public Radio)


(Wax Poetics)

(Bullett Media)

(Fail Better
(Twisted Sifter
(RedDog Music)
(The Atlantic)
(Dangerous Minds)
(Bored Panda)
(The New Yorker)
(The Jazzcat)