‘Catch A Wave’ Named One of the 10 Best Books About L.A.’s Music History


This from the L.A. Weekly, Aug 22, 2016:

So much great music has come out of the Los Angeles area, created by geniuses, cartoon characters and everything in between, that it’s no surprise there are just as many great books chronicling that music’s history.

Whether it be Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, Sunset Strip through the decades, or straight biographies and memoirs from important figures in the scene, a multitude of words have been written about the many and varied musical happenings in this region by many talented writers. Here are 10 of the best, alphabetized by title.

10 Great Books About L.A. Music
Rodale Books
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson by Peter Ames Carlin
The thing about John C. Reilly’s portrayal of the fictional rocker Dewey Cox in the film Walk Hard is that, when Cox went through his Brian Wilson stage, “an army of didgeridoos” and all, it was only mildly exaggerated. Wilson’s abuse from his father, his descent into depression, his swan-dive into drugs, the turmoil he caused within The Beach Boys as he tried to make his increasingly ambitious and eccentric visions into reality — it all happened, and Ames Carlin details it wonderfully here, with the colorful L.A. of the 1960s (and later) serving as a glorious backdrop.

Watch Out for Bears & Allergy Medicine


What starts as a nature video tracking a bear in the wild becomes an ad for allergy medicine, which becomes hilarious, then terrifying, then…your guess is as good as mine.

Hit play and prepare to watch for 10:39. That’s longish in terms of internet videos but trust me: you won’t be able to stop.

Discussion topic: What the fuck is going on?


And a scarecrow shall lead them

Last September the Chipotle burrito chain released this haunting little cartoon about a scarecrow’s moral crisis in the midst of the corporate/chemical farming industry. Poignant, sad, a little bit silly, “Scarecrow” made no mention of the restaurants or its products until the last few seconds of a 3:23-minute film. It’s fantastic and if you haven’t you should watch it right here, right now:

Given the dual motivations of moral indignation and commercial opportunity — and the divesting of temporary controlling owners McDonald’s, Inc. the Chipotle owners just kicked their campaign against the agricultural behemoths up a notch or six with an even bigger film-and-sorta-advertising project called “Farmed and Dangerous,” a satirical, multi-part adventure series set inside the management of Animoil, a large-scale agribiz whose petroleum-based cow feed pellets can have, um, explosive effects on their diners.

Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” et. al) stars, hilariously. Here’s the trailer for the series.

The four-part, two-hour series premieres on Hulu on February 17.
And here’s today’s NYT story on “Farmed and Dangerous.”

Classic Letterman: At the McDonalds’ drive-thru: “The food’s always ready. Are YOU ready?”

From I think the first episode of the CBS/Late Show iteration of David Letterman’s show. . .back when he still had that anarchic spark in his eye. Only one of a thousand reasons why the guy’s one of the great innovators of modern American television.

Ted Nugent songs or yoga positions?


1. Downward Dog
2. Great White Buffalo
3. Kiss My Ass
4. Standing Straddle Forward Bend
5. Warrior III
6. Weekend Warriors
7. Legs Up the Wall
8. Spirit of the Wild
9. Elephant’s Trunk
10. Strangle Hold
11. Cobra
12. Tooth, Fang and Claw
13. Wild Thing
14. Upward Plank
15. My Love is Like a Tire Iron





Yoga: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14
Ted: 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15