Archive for January, 2008

Ten Movies in Movies

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I decided to throw out a random list of 10 movies within movies, a genre that holds some pretty awesome titles…and some crappy ones too. 1. Sunset Blvd. Well, while not technically a movie within a movie, it has elements. For one thing, you have an elderly veteran screen actress playing an elderly veteran screen […]

Messiaen’s Trip

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

In the twilight of the Concrete Frequency series (one more concert to go), Esa-Pekka Salonen made a very interesting statement. As conductor David Robertson and company were concerned for two weeks about cities and the art they produce, Salonen returned to the podium with a piece that provided the primal nature world in all its sonic splendor, Messiaen’s […]

Concrete Frequency 3

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Concrete Frequency is no doubt a fresh and invigorating series in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s history. Even more than the Minimalist Jukebox series, this one has really brought together a much more disparate palette of works surrounding the idea of the city. We had representatives from hip hop, graffiti, rock, jazz, film, funk, and on […]

Concrete Frequency 2

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The second program in the Concrete Frequency series was nothing like the first…or perhaps from another perspective, a flipside of the proverbial coin. Those who were there (myself included) were treated to a dozen singer/songwriters who performed two songs a piece. They were encouraged to spend some time to explain their song meanings, which Franklin […]


Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Apparently Stereogum broke this new track from Hello, Blue Roses, a new Dan Bejar project that I blogged about recently. A very simple song appropriately called Sunny Skies. The album comes out Jan. 22. Sunny Skies – Hello, Blue Roses I don’t know much about these guys…but the song is pretty good, with the delay […]