La/La Land

LA/LA Land: Fire burns more than buildings in California: lessons from two music stories

As my local news this week filled with video of mudslides damaging homes in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara – including Oprah’s and Ellen’s –  and taking lives, I was reminded personally of the damage the fires that paved the way for the mudslides did to music in California. The wildfires this fall and winter in both Northern and Southern California caused over a $1 billion in damages an...[Read More]

LA/LA Land: Family values in the center of Hollywood.

The center of Hollywood is not the famous intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street, at least not for musicians.  It is actually a small alley off of Selma Ave between Sunset and Hollywood Blvds.  This is where you will find the entrance to the Hotel Café, which is neither a hotel nor a café.  It is the one venue in LA that every upcoming local and touring musician really, really wants to pla...[Read More]

La/La Land : Producer Eugene Toale tours us through BedrockLA studios and the magic art of making music.

No one really knows how many recording studios or record producers operate in Los Angeles. The Southern California studio list of The Music Connection Directory of Music runs for 6 pages of small type.  Many are very famous with walls full of gold and platinum records; others are rented spaces with foam sound proofing and a computer and microphone.  But one studio that is unique for its history, v...[Read More]

La La Land: Flying (literally) with a Gothic Rocker

Recently I had Christopher Sluka on my radio show, the  founder and lead guitarist of the Gothic influenced hard rock dance music band SLUKA, his song “Number One”  from the most recent album Colorful Radiations just hit #13 on the rock charts.  I had a great time talking with him about his past performing in the New York Club scene with artists like Tears For Fears, INXS, and Simple M...[Read More]

LA/LA Land : Honoring the dead LA Style – with music.

One of LA’s most popular music festivals was held last weekend in a cemetery.  Not just any cemetery, but the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, final resting place of Johnny  and De De Ramone, Neslon Eddy, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and many other stars of stage, screen and music.   There among the gravestones, crypts and monuments, 40,000 people gathered to hear music from four stages, sample tequila ...[Read More]

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