Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Morrissey

Posted by Amoebite, March 22, 2009 09:54pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella LineupMorrissey Keychain

Day #6 - Artist #6 - Morrissey:

The man, the myth, the legend, the Morrissey.

Talking about Morrissey is like talking about the Pope. It doesn't matter if I say something good or bad, I'm still going to piss somebody off. there's a third group of people I'm going to potentially piss off for comparing Morrissey to the Pope. No, I'm not comparing the two men to each other. The only similarity is that when talking about the two, one considers them either a deity or a joke. There's not much middle ground. So I'm going to be Morrissey's Switzerland. I will provide watches, cheese, chocolate and bank accounts...but no opinions.
Morrissey street art
But what I do want to mention is an interesting phenomenon that first introduced me to Morrissey. When I was in high school, my friends and I were jamming out to Metallica, Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Tool albums, so throwing on a Morrissey record was not much of an option. If I was caught with a Morrissey record in my zippered CD wallet (remember those?), I would have been excommunicated (no pun intended) from the group that hung out in the "D-Wing" at Fred C. Beyer High School. Because of that, I didn't discover Morrissey or the Smiths until a little later in life. 

Arthur Verocai @ The Luckman 3/15

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 22, 2009 09:32pm | Post a Comment

Arthur Verocai's
solo album from 1972 is a must have for everyone. It’s on my personal “Five albums that I would like to have with me on a desert island” list. Verocai’s recent performance on March 15, 2009 was his first ever in Los Angeles. To be honest, even for me, a big fan of Verocai’s music, and despite knowing that this might be a once in a lifetime chance to see this man perform, I almost skipped it. I have been disappointed by the past performances put together by Mochilla, a collection of artists and deejays responsible for bringing acts such as Mulatu Ashtake, Azymuth, Tony Allen and other tasty record geek namedrops to Los Angeles over the last few years. The artists are usually paired with Los Angeles based musicians, who are very talented but not always cohesive. The past performances relied on the musicians' ability to improvise rather than their ability to interpret the artist’s compositions. As a fan of the song, I felt that the songs got lost in the solos and improvisation.

However, on this night, everything was perfect. Verocai was backed by an impressive line-up of L.A and Brazilian musicians, including Mamao Conti from Azymuth, Carlos Dafe (a great and underated singer who sang on Verocai 1972 masterpiece) and Airto Moreira, who has played with Miles Davis, Return To Forever and Weather Report. Verocai’s compositions are, to me, part Gil Evans, part Brian Wilson and part Lo Borges. Each composition flowed smoothly, taking on a life beyond the original recordings. The result was an hour and a half of beautifully arranged Brazilian pop that had me wishing Milton Nacimento could get the same treatment the next time he comes to town. Verocai's strength comes not only from his compositions but also from his arrangements. This allowed the audience to witness the brilliance of both his music and the musicians backing him up. This was probably one of my favorite concerts in quite some time. His music was appreciated by fans and newcomers alike.

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This Week At The New Beverly!

Posted by phil blankenship, March 22, 2009 06:23pm | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly!

The March / April calendar is now online:

March 24-31:
Legendary actor & cult movie icon Sid Haig will appear at the theater as we present some of his favorite movies as well as some of his own films.

Read the LA CityBeat article here.

Sunday & Monday March 22 & 23

Das Boot
(1981) The 1997-Released Director's Cut
dir. Wolfgang Petersen, starring Jürgen Prochnow
Sun: 5:00 only; Mon: 8:00 only

Sorry To Tell You This, But Old Age Begins at 27

Posted by Whitmore, March 22, 2009 02:16pm | Post a Comment
Yeah, you may look pretty good, maybe even damn near perfect … downright delicious, but I bet that chunk of gray pork in your head is already showing signs of some serious sluggishness, if not just complete, profound rot.
In a recent study of more than 2,000 people between the ages of 18 to 60 published in the latest edition of the journal Neurobiology of Aging, scientists found that on average cognitive abilities were best and sharpest at age 22. The study conducted at the Salthouse Cognitive Aging Lab at the University of Virginia has shown that cognitive abilities may decline much earlier than previously thought. Head of the study, Professor Timothy Salthouse, found indications that there was a marked decline in brain functions like reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualization by the age of 27. Other tests also show memory performance begins faltering around 37 years of age. However, and this is slightly odd, the study finds that with more long term accumulated knowledge, vocabularies actually increased until about the age of 60. For example, my mom can say “you’re full of shit” in six different languages.

In Salthouse's study, participants were asked to solve puzzles, recall story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols -- similar testing is used to detect dementia. Salthouse states the difference between this study and comparable research is that other tests could not uncover signs of cognitive decline; older testing methods did not account for prior test experience. Common knowledge-type tests tend to give middle-aged participants an advantage.
Whew! This study eased many of my worries. In my youth I once showed some promise, but then in my late 20’s something inexplicably flattened my quasi-whiz kid, semi-demi-brilliant, slightly better then OK, B-minus intellect. Now I know I was just an innocent victim of natural brain chemistry decline … outstanding!

'BS' Doesn't Stand for 'Battlestar': Battlestar Galactica Finale

Posted by Charles Reece, March 22, 2009 12:44am | Post a Comment
spoiler alert.

You know how after a catastrophic accident or tragedy some religiously inclined individual looks at it as a miracle that something even worse didn't happen? Say, some burglar botches a job, not realizing the family is still home, and winds up murdering all of them except the young daughter he didn't see hiding in the closet. Afterwards, some bozo will inevitably suggest God's light must be shining down on the little girl, since she was so lucky to have survived. Maybe I'm a glass-half-empty kind of guy, but I'd say what's being conveniently ignored there is that her entire family was slaughtered, indicating there ain't anything moral giving much of a shit about her wellbeing. Or, if you don't like hypotheticals, take the Hulkster's use of Divine Intervention to comfort his son, Nick, during the latter's stay in jail for a drunken crash that rendered his "best friend" and passenger, John Graziano, a tomato:

Well, I don't know what type of person John was or what he did to get himself in this situation. I know he was pretty aggressive and used yell at people and used to do stuff. And for some reason God laid some heavy shit on that kid.  I don't know what he was into .... John was a negative person.

Forsooth, God's Will is deep and mysterious! So say we all! Thus, how might the 30 or so thousand survivors of Caprica find a little bit of meaning in their civiliation's destruction at the hands of the Cylons? Well, by realizing it's all part of God's plan (that is, the one, true God, not "the gods" the humans always swear by). See, with old Yahweh not being much of a utilitarian, it was necessary to kill so many to get a few to Earth, as a way to help our ancestors along in their development.  This is the Divine Scenarist's way of getting humanity to realize its full potential as what Caprica 6 refers to as another iteration of the civilization that gets too big for its britches and will destroy itself with nukes.

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