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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Subject:Cancelled after one episode -- a look back at very short-lived television shows
Time:5:06 pm.
Cancelled after one episode -- a look back at very short-lived television shows



Whether we watch or not and whether we watch it a little or a lot, we can all hopefully admit that most television series g on way too long... not these ones! All were cancelled after their debut episode.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Subject:California Fool's Gold's Guide to Ice Skating in Los Angeles
Time:9:41 am.
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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Subject:Midnight Movies and Canonical Classics -- A Guide to Los Angeles's Revival Cinemas
Time:10:20 am.
Midnight Movies and Canonical Classics -- A Guide to Los Angeles's Revival Cinemas



A guide to Los Angeles's repertory cinema scene. See 'em on the big screen.
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Monday, December 8th, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Time:1:43 pm.
One album wonders: The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols



This week's one album wonder, the Sex Pistols
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Monday, December 1st, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: David McComb's Love of Will
Time:8:42 am.
One album wonders: David McComb's Love of Will

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Subject:Happy 30th, Criterion -- May your next 30 be even better
Time:1:07 pm.
Happy 30th, Criterion -- May your next 30 be even better

Criterion turned 30 this year and has released a book of artwork. Maybe now they can release some African and South American films.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: World of Twist's Quality Street
Time:8:21 am.
One album wonders: World of Twist's Quality Street



In this week's installment of one album wonders, World of Twist's Quality Street
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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: Shop Assistants' Shop Assistants
Time:7:53 am.
This week's "one album wonder," Shop Assistants.

One album wonders: Shop Assistants' Shop Assistants
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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: The Open Mind's The Open Mind
Time:10:28 pm.
One album wonders: The Open Mind's The Open Mind

This week's one album wonder, The Open Mind -- a heavy psych band who released their sole LP, the eponymous The Open Mind in 1969.
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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: John's Children's Orgasm
Time:10:32 am.
One album wonders: John's Children's Orgasm

This week's one album wonder, John's Children, a band who released just one album titled Orgasm, although its release was delayed for three years. Today they're best remembered, when remembered at all, for having been the first band in which Marc Bolan played but they're far more fun than their reputation as talentless provocateurs would suggest.
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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Subject:One album wonders: Diane Hildebrand's Early Morning Blues and Greens at the Amoeblog
Time:11:57 pm.
DIANE HILDEBRAND - EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS (1967)



Diane Hildebrand - Early Morning Blues and Greens



It's surprisingly hard to find much information online about singer-songwriter Diane Hildebrand, who was a professional songwriter who penned numbers for none other than The Monkees and released a single, wonderful solo album in the 1960s.







Hildebrand was apparently about eighteen when one of her compositions, "I'm On My Way," was sung by singer Barbara Dane on an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour titled "The Captive Hour." Her first credit was 1964’s “He Walks Like a Man” for singer Jody Miller — a song which though only a modest hit in the US was nevertheless released in French, German, and Italian cover versions.





A story about Hildebrand from a 1968 edition of Monkees Monthly



Whilst working as a staff writer at Screen Gems Music Publishing (and Colgems), Hildebrand and Jack Keller co-wrote several songs for the ABC series and band, The Monkees, including “Early Morning Blues and Greens,” “Your Auntie Grizelda,”and “Goin’ Down.” Hildebrand also wrote (with Dominic Frontiere) "Felicidad" and "Paint Me a Picture" which, along with "I'm On My Way," were all featured on another ABC series, The Flying Nun.






Hildebrand recorded just one solo album, Early Morning Blues and Greens, in 1967. It was recorded at Ami Hadani and Tom Hidley's T.T.G. Studios in Hollywood, then-new and previously used by only The Animals and The Mothers of Invention. Hildebrand's album was released by Elektra and seems to have relied on a lot of in-house talend including engineer Bruce Botnick, famed for his work with Love and The Doors, co-producers David Anderle and Russ Miller, and "presenter" Jac Holzman. Musicians who participated in the album's recording include David Dawson, Fred Myrow, James Decker, Malcolm Elsensohn, Russell White, Sheridon Stokes, Tony McCashen, and Hildebrand's boyfriend, Colin Cameron, who then-lived with her in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood.








After the release of Early Morning Blues and Greens, a promo single, “Early Morning Blues And Greens” b/w “Come Looking For Me,” was released the in 1968 but doesn’t seem to have actually been much promoted. It was followed by “Jan’s Blues” b/w Early Morning Blues and Greens” which though excellent, seems to have somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. Someone at Elektra must've believed in it in Hildebrand as the album was re-released in 1968 and '69. It was finally released on compact disc in 2006 by Collectors' Choice Music.






After her single solo release Hildebrand returned to writing for others, providingsongs for country-rockers The Lewis And Clarke Expedition and Stone Country (both of them also one-album-wonders), Texas’s The Fountain of Youth, and hot-rodders The Hondells. Hildebrand’s continued collaboration with Kelly produced “Easy Come, Easy Go,” which was a hit for Bobby Sherman in 1970, and "Apple Bend" for Johnny Tillotson, which was not. In the mid-1970s, she was still composing, writing songs for "When We're Singin'" for The Partridge Family in 1974 and (with Jackie Mills) the theme for The Ghost Busters in 1975. After that trail goes cold and Hildebrand, who seems to have always shied away from the limelight, seems to have left her Hollywood life behind.








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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Subject:California Fool's Gold - Exploring Westlake, garden spot of the Old Westside
Time:10:23 pm.

INTRODUCTION TO WESTLAKE






Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's oil paint map of Westlake




Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's oil paint map of Westlake



Los Angeles's Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara. In fact, the neighborhood and Pico-Union are together home to the largest population of Central Americans in the entire US. After Koreatown, Westlake is the second most-densely populated neighborhood within the most-densely populated urban area in the country. Given these distinctions, it's somewhat surprising the more people don't talk or write about the neighborhood. Most observations about Westlake that I've heard are limited to disparagements of its grime, crime, and criminalized. I've known people who live there to stretch boundaries to that they can refer to it as Koreatown (if they're west of Alvarado) or Downtown if they're east. Representing Westlake seems to be almost unheard of, which is a shame, because it actually has quite a lot going for it. To read the rest of this story, click here.





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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Subject:Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle -- another pub lost in the Southland
Time:5:38 pm.
Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle -- another pub lost in the Southland

The Cat & Fiddle is closing and we barely have any pubs in the Southland as it is. Help save these critically endangered specimens while you can!
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Subject:Happy Discovery Day -- Real Geographic Discoveries of the Modern Age
Time:9:11 am.
Happy Discovery Day -- Real Geographic Discoveries of the Modern Age

A post for Columbus Day -- Columbus didn't actually discover anything and by most accounts he was a pretty unlikeable guy. However, the era of exploration was full of actual discoveries as adventurers stumbled across lands previously uninhabited by people.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Subject:Vive les minets - French Dandyism in the 1960s
Time:7:49 pm.
Vive les minets - French Dandyism in the 1960s

Jacques Dutronc's "Les play boys" came out in October, 1966, in which he sang "J'ai pas peur des petits minets. Qui mangent leur ronron au Drugstore." Just who were these minets of whom Dutronc professed to have no fear?
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Subject:9 songs about cats
Time:2:50 pm.
9 songs about cats at the Amoeblog

There are too many lame listicles of supposedly great cat songs. Here are nine songs about cats to which Alan has given the stamp of approval.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Subject:California Fool's Gold Episode Guide
Time:8:42 pm.
California Fool's Gold Episode Guide

An episode guide to California's Fool's Gold -- my internet hommage to Huell Howser
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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Subject:Yet More One Album Wonders
Time:9:39 pm.
Yet More One Album Wonders at the Amoeblog

My fourth installment of One Album Wonders -- bands from the Golden Age of the LP who utterly avoided the sophomore slump
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Subject:The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time
Time:4:41 pm.
The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

Will Scotland secede from the UK? Is there somewhere I can go to hear just Scottish pop bands? What are the best Scottish bands of all time, then? These questions and more are answered here.
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Subject:Open Streets and Urbanization: Exploring Downtown Orange County
Time:9:48 pm.


I explored the route of Orange County's upcoming first open streets event as well as some of the issues involved in the urbanization of the region and its changing character.
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