Reporting from the Wilderness of Record Store Day 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:03 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry You'd think from the way the gaggle of vinyl enthusiasts at Record Surplus in Santa Monica,Calif., were talking, they were war veterans. One bedraggled employee told a cluster of patrons on the hunt for prime goods that one guest had camped out at 5 a.m. to obtain a copy of Pixies' Indie Cindy. Over at Soundsations in Westchester, a clerk named Steve (no last name given) regaled us about a woman who got cheated out of a... READ MORE

Concert Review - Whitehorse

Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Whitehorse images by Melissa Bobbitt The Hotel Cafe was gently invaded from the North on an unsuspecting Saturday. Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland took their musical collaboration known as Whitehorse and steamrolled the mellow Hollywood venue. Their intricate layering of yelps, fuzzy slide guitar and pots-and-pans percussion smothered the locale like a cartoon ACME anvil. Some in the audience were left seeing stars (a flotilla of middle-aged women toward the back who kept prattling,... READ MORE

Questionable Christmas Classics

Monday, December 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Ah, the holidays! The perfect time of year to be among friends and family, singing time-honored songs of yuletide and celebration. But before Gramps and Little Timmy join in the harmonies, take a second look at these memorable wintertime hits. Parental guidance suggested? The obvious one: "Baby, It's Cold Outside." This feminist's alarms go off every time I hear this one. It's playful, to be certain, but with lines like, "Say, what's in this drink?"... READ MORE