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Five minutes into Justin Timberlake's new jam "Spaceship Coupe," something strange and surprising happens. The song keeps going. Though the singer has already run through the requisite verses, choruses and instrumental breaks, Timberlake and his...
Tags: Timbaland, Bob Dylan, Frank Ocean, Radio, Chris Cornell
Hector Gonzalez straps a five-string bass guitar over his belly inside a music studio on a dreary stretch of Monterey Park. He plays as a smooth, prerecorded tenor joins a funky accordion through his headphones. Trying to bite a bullet, or sometimes...
Jimmy Castor Wrote hit song 'Troglodyte (Cave Man)' Jimmy Castor, a funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter best known for "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" and "It's Just Begun," died Monday of apparent heart failure at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 71,...
Pop & HissRemembering Jimmy Castor, who died on Monday. His funk music in the 1970s was odd and inspired, and hip hop and electronic dance music producers sampled it generously....
Pop & HissTributes and medleys mean it must be time for award season. An ode to rap innovator Grandmaster Flash gave the Recording Academy a chance to toss a bunch of hip-hop stars on stage at the Grammy nominations to cover the......
Culture MonsterCarl Stone, the Los Angeles composer, was a pioneer sampler in the 1970s, crafting passages from classical music, jazz and rock into musical works that enchant like Alexander Calder sculptures. Although he was sampling before Kanye West was born, Stone...
Pop & HissThe Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is among 25 recordings selected for the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." and the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St." also are among the new Grammy Hall of Fame...
Pop & HissThe name Rodger Clayton might ring unfamiliar to the 35-and-under set, but his death from a heart attack Sunday marks the untimely loss of one of the pioneers of Los Angeles hip-hop. A founder of the legendary mobile disco crew......
Pop & HissZombies are the new vampires. AMC has scored record ratings for "The Walking Dead" and the ghost of Richard Nixon is being summoned to fight zombies. Zombies are on the march. But Nocando and Nobody aren't followers. The genesis of......
SXSW 2011: Keynote speaker Bob Geldof compares Web music to 'the half-witted mutterings of the village idiot'Pop & HissThe irony of some of keynote speaker Sir Bob Geldof’s remarks on Thursday morning at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, were palpable. As thousands of musicians of all sounds, shapes and sizes converged on the festival......
Pop & HissDecades before Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Eminem or Lil Wayne made names for themselves in mainstream hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kool Herc introduced the movement to the first adopters, who spread the genre to the masses via not only......
Special to the Los Angeles TimesPreaching With Sacred Fire An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas W.W. Norton: 976 pp., $45 The Anthology of Rap Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois Yale University Press:...
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