Live: Rocco DeLuca and the Burden at the Troubadour

by Casey Dolan Take a note on a guitar. A G below middle C, for example. Add the fifth, the open D string. Add the octave, the open G string. Now pump either an early 60s Gibson Firebird or, here’s a thought, a Dobro (!) through a vintage 50s Fender tweed amp (a Champ, anyone?), letting those adorable 6V6… Read More Live: Rocco DeLuca and the Burden at the Troubadour

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On Second Thought: “The Doors” (Elektra, 1967)

This is the inauguration of what will become a regular weekly column on iRoM: “On Second Thought.” The intention is to call into question certain sacred cows in the history of popular music, separating the myth from the reality and debunking the accepted wisdom. We encourage readers to respond. by Dave Gebroe “Break on through… Read More On Second Thought: “The Doors” (Elektra, 1967)

State of Mind: The LA Times and the Business of Culture

by Casey Dolan It’s almost too obvious what must be said about the recent promotions at the Los Angeles Times in Calendar. The media news and job resource website, http://www.mediabistro.com/, says “It’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it,” but even a cursory examination of the dual appointments of Sallie Hofmeister and Craig Turner should raise some… Read More State of Mind: The LA Times and the Business of Culture

You Too Can Have U2 For Free

by Casey Dolan Fans of the Irish band U2 can hear an exclusive preview of their new album, “No Line on the Horizon,” streaming for free on http://www.myspace.com/u2, the official MySpace Music profile site, starting today. The album will be released on March 3 and also be available for purchase from MySpace Music: http://www.myspace.com/music. “No Line on the… Read More You Too Can Have U2 For Free

Jon Hassell and the Art of Suggestion

by Casey Dolan Jon Hassell has built a lauded career by playing short enigmatic statements on his trumpet, incorporating music from various cultures and gradually enhancing his compositions with a greater use of electronics. The result is rarely a concrete musical statement, but rather a collection of intimations, or, perhaps, intimacies. From his groundbreaking work… Read More Jon Hassell and the Art of Suggestion

Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist

The following was submitted by a prominent Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/musician who wishes to remain anonymous. It offers novel solutions for the insufferable lounge gigs that an Indian pianist has to endure. — CD Every night find a rationale to play, including wild fantasies and vendettas. Re-harmonize as much as possible all the time, to the exclusion of… Read More Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead…Reborn

by Casey Dolan Conrad Keely sits behind a desk sketching. His alert brown eyes dart up, absorbing what bandmates Jason Reece and Kevin Allen are saying regarding the upcoming album for …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. The academic Keely provides a deep foil for Reece, who displays a voluptuous, convivial athleticism. Reece is talkative despite… Read More …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead…Reborn