“The Record Store Book” Salon at the private home of Tami Zweig Macala in Santa Barbara

This past Sunday, March 29. I was invited to a salon at the home of Tami Zweig Macala in Santa Barbara, CA. Also invited was author David Kukoff, who just released his first novel, “Children of the Canyon” — also under Rare Birds Books — my publisher. It was my first introduction to a salon, so naturally I had to get a good definition of the type of event: A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. (Wikipedia) Awesome, right?! I hope for more of these in the future.

In an intimate setting, David and I both spoke about our respective books and then received questions from our lovely audience. I made it a point to talk about the human-interest aspect of “The Record Store Book,” because the book is not only about vinyl records — each store owner has a story about how they came to be business owners and how they have survived this economy.

David’s book, a fiction novel, is loosely based on his upbringing in Laurel Canyon — “L.A.’s fabled neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end,” according to  his web site. I got a copy because I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but mainly because David is amazing!

It was great afternoon, and I am so grateful to my friends who came out to support me and witness me holding my book for the very first time! It was overwhelming and emotional — in good ways!

Afterwards, I followed my publisher, Tyson Cornell, to his car to sign 3 to 4 boxes of book from his trunk! It was so perfect and grassroots! I loved everything about this day!

 

Here are some photos taken that day:

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Lauren Warfield

 

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Posters to promote The Record Store Book

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Record Collector gives ‘The Record Store Book’ a shout-out

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“The Record Store Book” got a mention in the April issue of Record Collector

The writer calls the book an “unbelievably superb coffee table book of Los Angeles Record Stores.”

Check it out here.

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311

311 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 15, 2014.

311 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 15, 2014.

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May 15, 2014

Tia Anita’s 82nd cumpleaños.

Opening acts:  Birds of Tokyo, Big Data,  Young the Giants.

First time seeing Young the Giants and 311. Only heard some of Big Data’s set from afar with a beer in my hand (after vodka and Gatorade, aka faderade, in a Solo cup), and chatting with homies.

It was a poor showing, which I blamed on the hot weather and the fact that the headliner has played SB routinely.

Also, because the three openers only a have a handful of radio hits that were on heavy rotation at KJEE — the sponsors of the festival.

Before I go on critiquing shit, I have to say 311 was bomb and although in their 40s still have fun on stage and play songs that spark memories of good times.

OK, back to some bashing — kind of.

I have to compare this year’s KJEE summer roundup to the last couple of years’ artists and headliners. I went to and them and it went as follows—2012 was Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, GARBAGE, and Silversun Pickups. Obviously, Garbage should have been the top bill on this one.

This effing concert was epic just to see two bitchen female lead singers, Shirley Manson and Alisa Xayalith. Both ladies and their bands were fantastic and happy to have had the pleasure of seeing them live. Good shit.

Unfortunately, we got there late and didn’t see Grouplove, but I got to see them later when they opened up for No Doubts’ random 2-week residency at the Universal Amphiteater in Universal City, Calif. I say random because they had just released “Push and Shove,” but didn’t tour or really pimp the anywhere else aside from those amazing, fantastic, so-lucky-I-fucking-went show on a Monday after Thanksgiving 2012. Damns, I digress.

So Summer Roundup 2013. That was New Politics, Atlas Genius and Blink-motherfuckin-182. I’m pretty sure my drunkass cried at this show because Blink was so badass.

I have seen them before — opened up for No Doubt, too, as a matter of fact — but they were the size of ants. (It was a free concert at the ghetto, far-as-fuck amphitheater that was the size of a city. Think Rose Bowl). So for whatever reason, Blink touched me this night at the Roundup. I definitely had a moment. I clearly remember “I Miss You.”

Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in the background of the morgue
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
We’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

Yah, you listen to that live while you’re drunk and stoned and not shed a tear.

And there it is. Summer Roundup 2014 was great and I’m totes glad I went for 311 alone. It was my first concert to start my SB Bowl 2014 season. There’s more to follow, including Slighth Stoopid, Rebelution and Iration, Jurassic 5 and Dilated People, Arcade Fire and mother fuckin Jack Johnson!!! Hopefully, they’ll be adding more shows. The couple that I would like to see but haven’t got tickets or because I wont be around are Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Maxwell and Foreigner.

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Oprah and I, with my friend Carla

Oprah and I, with my friend Carla

Carla and I met Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at about 11 p.m.. We took this photo at 11:11 p.m. — a magical time. And to hammer in the magic, she threw up the No. 1 — 1’s all around!
The photo was taken during the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Oprah had just accepted the Montecito Lifetime Award for her “body of work.”

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February 12, 2014 · 7:22 pm

Jason Mraz at the SB Bowl

September 2, 2013

Labor Day

Just saw Jason Mraz for the first time in Santa Barbara, Calif., for a benefit concert to benefit Life Rolls On, which is an organization that helps people surf the ocean who may not otherwise.

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Jessie Bauller (SP)? Who created Life Rolls On because 17 years ago he caught a wave badly became a parapalegic and tied to a wheelchair. Thanks to countless volunteers and musicians like Jason Mraz, Life Rolls On allows a ride on a wave for people who can no longer do it on their own.

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Bauller came on stage and thanked volunteers, his friend Mraz and especially his girlfriend. People who have benefited from Life Rolls On also were in the audience enjoying the hot, hot Santa Barbara weather.

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Every age was present today. Newborns, teens and their parents, and us 30 year olds dancing by ourselves.

It was a perfect night with brass instruments,

and Mraz constantly with his guitar – except for the one time he played drums. He sat behind the backbone of the stage and left the usual drummer sing a song he wrote about employment. It was bluesy and he played the hell out of a silver guitar.

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If you weren’t a Mraz fan you ould have easily missed one of his, if not thee first hit, “The Remedy.” A whole new backdrop was set behind the lyrics – – but those words still came through, and still mean much to this writer.

I won’t worry my life away – – hayyyyyyyyy -ohhhohhhh” sing it as you please, and Mraz encouraged that anytime he could. He liked sing-alongs, and hand dance-athons as well. Jazz hands appeared a substantial amount this fine evening. May make this an anthem. He gets it, why can’t we all. Let it be.

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LYRICS

Well, I saw fireworks from the freeway
And behind closed eyes, I cannot make them go away
’Cause you were born on the fourth of July, freedom ring
Well, something on the surface it stinks

I said, something on the surface
It kind of makes me nervous
To say that you deserve this
And what kind of God would serve this
We will cure this dirty old disease

Well, if you you’ve got the poison, I’ve got the remedy
The remedy is the experience, this is a dangerous liaison
I says the comedy is that it’s serious
This is a strange enough new play on words

I said, the tragedy is that you’re going to spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well, it all amounts to nothing in the end

I won’t worry my life away
Say, I won’t worry my life away

Well, I heard two men, talking on the radio
In a crossfire kind of new reality show
Uncovering the ways to plan the next big attack
Or they were counting down the ways to stab
The brother in the be right back after this
The unavoidable kiss, with a minty fresh death-breath
Is sure to outlast this catastrophe dance with me

Well, if youve got the poison and baby I’m your remedy
The remedy is the experience, this is a dangerous liaison
I says the comedy is that it’s serious
This is a strange enough new play on words

I said, the tragedy is that you’re going to spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well, it all amounts to nothing in the end

Oh, Lord
I won’t, I won’t worry my life away
Say, I, I won’t worry my life away

When I fall in love now
I take my time, there’s no need to hurry
When I’m making up my mind
You can turn off the sun, but I’m still going to shine
And I’ll tell you why

Because the remedy is always the experience
And it’s a dangerous liaison
I says the comedy is that it’s serious
And is a play on words

I said, the tragedy is that you’re going to spend
The rest of your nights with the light on
So shine the light on all of your friends
Well, it all amounts to nothing in the end

Oh, Lord
I won’t, I won’t worry my life away
Say, I, I won’t worry my life away

Not today, I wont, I wont, I wont
Worry this life away
Oh, ain’t worrying this no more
I said I wont, I wont, I wont
Worry this life away tonight, tonight
’Cause we got to feel more, oh

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