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Cultural Picks for September

Please try to expand your musical taste palette. San Diego is a very diverse place with lots of great musical acts in many different genres. You haven't offered us much of anything besides Rock shows. Check the calendar for the Belly Up Tavern. There are 3 great shows (in my opinion) worthy of mention at the end of the month. Bebel Gilberto, The Greyboy Allstars, and The GZA are all internationally famous acts.

September 4, 2012 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's Talk: Why Do We Hate Modern Classical Music?

I think a lot more people would like "modern" classical music if it sound a little more like this piece:

December 2, 2010 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hip According To Cannonball

Hip according to Tower of Power:

October 4, 2010 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shepard Fairey's Mural In Hillcrest Gets Tagged - PHOTOS

The whole Shepard Fairey plagiarism controversy kind of reminds me of some of my favorite hip hop/trip hop producers. Producers and bands such as Dj Shadow, Dj Premier, Dan the Automator, The Beatsie Boys, and Portishead borrow heavily from recording artists of the past. Since I didn't grow up in the sixties and seventies, and my parents were Manillow and Neil Diamond fans, it's because of the sampled based music of these bands and dj's that i have gone back and become huge fans of the artists they sampled in their works. I have discovered amazing music by soul jazz, funk, and rare groove artists like Jimmy Smith, Galt McDermott, The Meters, Groove Holmes, Reuben Wilson, Ronnie Foster, Grant Green, and David Axelrod to name a few.

I guess it's all about how you look at the relationship between new borrowing artists and the great artists they sampled or borrowed from. In a way they are recycling and teaching about great art and music. That is, if they give the original artists the credit they deserve...

August 17, 2010 at 1:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )