October 22, 2016 admin 0Comment

The electric guitar — from the Resonator of the 1920s and Charlie Christian’s jazz playing in the 1930s, through Les Paul and the heyday of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page — unfolds in the pages of “Play It Loud.” The book, subtitled “An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar,” tells its story through both technical developments and the inventors and musicians who made it all happen. We spoke to one of the authors — longtime Phoenix-based music writer Alan Di Perna — about Bob Dylan’s relationship to the instrument. The other author is Brad…

October 14, 2016 admin 0Comment

As a psychotherapist who specializes in emotions, I have come to realize that some men channel their need for love, intimacy, soothing, care, and comfort into sexual desire. Here are some examples:  Dylan wants sex when he feels sad because he likes the comfort the physical holding provides. Dylan, like most people, wants to be held when he is sad. In fact, the need to be held when we feel sad is biologically programmed into our brains. Jonathan wants sex when he’s lonely. He believes it is weak to let someone know that he’s lonely and wants company. Alternatively, he…

October 12, 2016 admin 0Comment

When I was 10 years old, my best friend screened “Creepshow,” George Romero and Stephen King’s 1982 satirical horror anthology, as the centerpiece of his sleepover birthday. At 10 minutes before lights down, I faked choking on a slice of pizza and called my parents to drive me home. Neither my best friend nor other guests called me a chicken or anything, because they’d already worn out that name several sleepovers ago. Everybody knew I didn’t do horror movies, not even funny ones. Not then, not since. The only difference is that, as a kid, I felt like I needed a…

October 7, 2016 admin 0Comment

It seems like everything in the new music economy is a complex game of good news and bad news. Maybe that makes it no different from the old music economy, which was hardly perfect and sometimes led to musicians being caught in restrictive contracts with labels and managers. In any case, the new developments surrounding Nelly show just how strange things have become. The story starts out fairly routinely: The St. Louis rapper, best known for songs like “Hot in Herre,” “Just a Dream” and “Pimp Juice,” has run up a federal tax bill of $2.4 million, along with about $150,000 in…

September 26, 2016 admin 0Comment

“War Dogs” kind of sneaks up on the viewer, which is a weird thing to say about a movie that stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as the slimiest characters of their entire careers and was directed by Todd Phillips, the guy who made the “Hangover” trilogy. Not only is “War Dogs” a surprisingly well-told tale in the classic American rags-to-riches-to-rags mode. It’s also a mordant morality fable with a genuine heart of darkness. (Plus, it has one hell of a soundtrack, matching its moods to an array of classic rock and hip-hop tunes in the Martin Scorsese vein.) The film may lure…

September 23, 2016 admin 0Comment

A story as well-known as Chesley Sullenberger’s is difficult to approach: How do you make a movie about a man who did his job well and subsequently became a national hero? When the script for “Untitled Story About Captain Sullenberger and the Hudson River” came across Clint Eastwood’s desk, the director claims that he initially balked at the idea. But what surprised the veteran director about the script was how much of the behind-the-scenes drama he hadn’t heard. “I didn’t know the investigative board was trying to paint the picture that he had done the wrong thing,” Eastwood told The Guardian….

September 16, 2016 admin 0Comment

If you’re a cinephile visiting Los Angeles, you’ll have a crowded itinerary, but make time for an evening at the New Beverly Cinema. In previous lives, the theater was a candy factory and vaudeville house, but now the theater, owned by Quentin Tarantino, is a mecca for fans of celluloid and camp that pairs silver screen gems every evening. When I visited the New Beverly, I caught a Curtis Hanson double feature. New Bev patrons will confirm that it can be easy to bow out after the first flick, but that wasn’t the case with Hanson’s work. The audience was…

September 13, 2016 admin 0Comment

Young Thug may not be a household name, but for rap fans who spend any amount of time on the internet, he’s become impossible to ignore. The 25-year-old Atlanta native, born Jeffery Williams, remains unclassifiable despite the industry’s best attempts to find a natural spot for him. Thugger first came to prominence under another internet rap sensation, the cult hero Gucci Mane. The two collaborated while he was still a part of Gucci’s 1017 Brick Squad imprint, and although they’re no longer labelmates, they continue to be friends today. After Brick Squad, Thug moved to Cash Money offshoot Rich Gang,…

September 3, 2016 admin 0Comment

To accompany the release of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born To Run” is the companion album “Chapter & Verse.” The record consists of a dozen of his well-known songs, as well as five previously unreleased tracks from his early years, before the E Street Band. It’s a very specific collection, closely tied into the book, but aside from the early tracks, there’s not much here that makes it essential. The early tracks are definitely interesting, and unless you’re a diehard collector, it’s unlikely you’ve done more than hear these in passing. Having the tracks cleaned up and available for posterity is a…

August 17, 2016 admin 0Comment

Pride begins first and foremost with the ability to see oneself. Self-perception can be challenging for any human being. If you carry inside of you an identity or an experience that is disparaged or shamed by others, the challenge is magnified. Many people, not just queer people, know a lot about these dynamics. But not seeing your true self creates a problem. If being seen by others is a prerequisite for a relationship of trust, being able to see yourself is certainly a prerequisite for self-trust, which is fundamental to a consciously chosen ethical life. New York Times columnist Charles M….