Author: David Cotner

THE AVANT GARDIST | Ambient music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius performs in Ojai

Oct. 26, 1934. That’s the birthday of composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius. A founding father of both krautrock and ambient music since the 1960s — both solo and with everyone from Brian Eno to singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole to Kluster, his group with the late Dieter Moebius — Roedelius is making a rare stop in Ojai during a six-week, 18-date tour of North America that would be grueling for a musician half his age. That’s the thing about the avant garde. No one ever died young because of the lifestyle. Communicating with Roedelius recently by email (while he traveled across the country),...

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ALONE TIME | David Wilcox and the virtues of solitude

It’s helpful to remember that when you hear the phrase “singer-songwriter,” there’s really only one person attached to that particular concept. Take David Wilcox, for example. One of the rising stars of singer-songwriter consciousness in the ’80s, his insightful songs display a wryness and wit that’s easily underestimated when you bathe in the silky goodness of his warm and welcoming baritone while you listen. It’s a voice that lilts as much as it lulls. He’s great at bantering when he performs — seemingly rambling between the mundane and the profound and then back again, picking the beautiful open-tuned acoustic...

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ON THE RECORD: JJ Frank: A Window in Time

JJ Frank, the Ventura duo of Jeff Jones and Frank Sunseri, offers up A Window in Time, a new collection of very mellow songs perfectly suited to walking along the beach or otherwise enjoying a lazy day just nosing through one favorite spot after another. Perennial professional musicians, their colleagues on the record will be immediately familiar to local music lovers. There are Steve Miles on guitar and keyboards, Blazing Haley’s Chris Story on drums, Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s Kurt Griffey guesting on guitar during “Hurricane,” Samantha Perkins stopping in to play synths on “How Will They Ever Know,” Karl...

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HOLE IN THE WALL | The unmaking and remaking of The Garage in Ventura

You can always tell the quality of a bar by its stripper poles. That’s how The Garage used to be. It used to be lousy with stripper poles. It also used to be just another dark hole to crawl out of or into. Forty years ago, it was The Petty Pub, named for owner Terry Petty. Latterly known as DJ’s, it was notorious for its fights and stabbings, experiencing almost as many police calls as last calls. Twenty years ago, when it was called the Scandia West Nightclub, the City Council voted 7-0 against granting it a dance and...

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PRISONERS OF WAR | A continuing struggle against demoralization with Stäläg 13

Oxnard. 1983. Cast your mind back. Scores of homes damaged or destroyed by 7-foot waves from Faria to Mandalay Beach. The Dow at 1040. The Titan II Two-Step of the Cold War. There was no future in punk rock. That was its initial rallying cry, operating ironically in parallel to its do-it-yourself ethos. Ironically, because why do anything if they’re just going to drop The Bomb tomorrow? So who could have realistically expected Stäläg 13, one of the original four Nardcore bands, to have survived long after its founding in 1983? Not only survived, but thrived, fueled by the...

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