Patrick O’Heffernan

LA/LA Land: Dive bars. You never know in LA

The land that is now Los Angeles County was originally claimed by Rodriquez Cabrillo in 1542, but it was not really settled until 11 Spanish families known as “Los Pobladores” arrived on Sept. 4, 1781 and began displacing the native Tongva and Chumaz peoples to build what they called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula”.  Mercifully, over the ...

Violet Days Made in My Head and we feel it all over. Album review.

Violet Days’ music  has always been addictive.  This Swedish collaborative project made up of singer-songwriter/artist Lina Hansson and renowned producer Kris Eriksson knows exactly how to create earworms that stay with you.  Happily, Violet Days just released their debut EP, Made in My Head, produced by Eriksson. It may have been made their heads, but it joyfully inhabits my dance muscles and ear...

LA/LA Land : Fire and Music in California; status report

We learned the brutal lesson this week that fire has no respect for fame or talent.  The two fires ripping across Southern and Northern California have leveled the lives of the famous, the up and coming, and the heroic. With the Woolsey Fire only 47% contained as I write this and the Camp Fire gobbling up another 5000 acres last night, it is far too early to take account of the devastation.  But o...

LA/LA Land : The Gibson Showroom is back! Buy more guitars.

Earlier this year I wrote about the malaise in the guitar industry and that one result was that Gibson Guitar Brands, maker of the iconic guitars like the Les Paul and Epiphone and Baldwin Pianos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. An immediate local impact of that was the closure of the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Beverley Hills, which doubled as a private music space for invitation- only industry eve...

Fragile by Sam Ravenna – a top of the playlist debut album.

(Los Angeles) I couldn’t resist Sam Ravenna’s new album, Fragile which  picks up where his last releases left off, but is more diverse musically – making it even more interesting.   Fourteen perfectly crafted songs that seamlessly blends hip hop, electro funk, jazz, R&B  into music that not easy listening, but definitely easy to listen to. Released October 19, Fragile represents Ravenna’s use ...

LA/LA Land: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dia de Los Muertos: scary season in LA.

Today is Halloween and I have taken down my Day of the Dead calaveras skulls and put up my Halloween jack-o-lanterns and bought more candy than I can eat in a decade, knowing that in my kid-concentrated neighborhood it will be gone tomorrow.  I attended my first Halloween event last night, a Rocky Horror Picture Show Jam at the famous Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, featuring my friend Militia Vox (...

LA/LA Land -The Day of the Dead continues and its Halloween!

This weekend huge Día de Los Muertos celebrations will take place  across Southern California, especially in Los Angeles, the second largest Spanish–speaking city in the world and a former Mexican pueblo.    I will be at the 40,000+ person Día de Los Muertos: Coatlicue (Aztec mother of gods) celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery down the street from Paramount Studios, and will report on it...

Nancy Sanchez’s Angel Baby video: a musical touchstone for America

(Los Angeles) It is hard to make me cry at a music video, and even harder to make me introspective. I see so many of them and so many of those I see are very good, but they don’t touch my crying nerve and they don’t stop me in my psychic tracks.  Now one has. “Angel Baby”,  just released by Nancy Sanchez makes me cry and has set off a wave of introspection about myself and my country that is unsto...

A conversation with Nurit Siegel Smith, new Executive Director of the Music Forward Foundation of the House of Blues

(Los Angeles) Nurit Siegel Smith is the new Executive Director of the Music Forward Foundation of the House of Blues, which contributes over a million dollars a year to music industry education.  Smith assumes leadership as Music Forward embarks on its 25th year. She is stepping into some pretty big shoes — over the past quarter century, Music Forward – formerly known as the House of Blues F...

LA/LA Land: Tequila! Beer! Dead people! The holiday season is here in LA.

While the rest of the country prepares for Halloween, the season of the departed has already begun in Los Angeles with events leading up to Dia de Los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – a major celebration in the Southland.  If you have seen the Disney movie Coco, you know about DDLM. If not,  it is the Mexican holiday honoring ancestors typically celebrated in graveyards with altars, family ga...

Lisa Sniderman, AKA Aoede the Muse, talks about her memoirs

(Los Angeles). One of the strongest women I know, and one who is renowned throughout the indie music community as “Aoede The Muse,”  is Lisa Sniderman.  She is an award-winning pop-folk singer, songwriter, artist, playwright, and author. Lisa has just released a memoir, A Light in the Darkness,  about a decade of creating music, plays, and performances in face of a debilitating disease...

A conversation with Dream Pop star Whitney Tai.

(Los Angeles) Whitney Tai is a singer-songwriter who creates dream pop by walking on the razor edge of pop and indie, staying aloft with talent, honesty and integrity.  She is otherworldly but also totally authentic – what you hear is what she is. Tai lost her mother to cancer when she was 10 years old, surfacing health issues including severe anxiety and depression. But her mother’s memory inspir...

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