I was with my musician pal Solomon King at Arcadia Blues Club recently chatting about Train his excellent upcoming record of "new school blues," which includes some modern riffs on traditional Blues...and beyond.
I never thought Nico would make me feel 14 again. That's exactly what happened last week when I caught Tammy Lang's performance of Chelsea Madchen, a fabulous show in which she eerily reincarnates the Warhol superstar Nico.
If you wandered into the Bootleg Theater in Silverlake last Thursday night just before 9, you would have seen about 50 mostly middle-aged people sitting at bar tables laughing and drinking, interrupted suddenly by six musicians.
I first heard the Garland Jeffreys' tune "Roller Coaster Town" on my local radio station WFUV and I was instantly taken. It led me to dig deeper into his new album, The King of in Between, and I found it was just as good a ride from beginning to end.
Warhol's Screen Tests show the artist's gaze at its blankest. Auditioning factory stars and starlets, in front of a locked or unlocked frame, these harshly lit studies function as portraits of the sitters.