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Jonathan Gold, Rock Writer and Musician

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Jonathan Gold brandished his rock writing chops when I was starting to do reviews for L.A. Weekly, Downtown News, etc. A total inspiration. Sometimes I'd mentally sentence-diagram his leads, inspired by fresh ways to turn a phrase.

I found this example in a 1991 journal... from an L.A Times review:

“It’s not an inconsiderable skill, causing a head-banger’s head to bang, pushing a band along at that sort of chunka-chunka tempo that allows the forehead to oscillate at a rate that feels more natural than forced, something like a speedy oil derrick or those bobble-headed Dodger Dolls you sometimes still see in the backs of old Chevelles.”

That was the lead! He’d move from there into the review proper, describing whatever metal band it was.

Then there were his subjects: punk rock and hardcore, metal and hair metal, rap and gangsta rap… all when these were mostly ignored. You wanted to get his take on even the most obviously cash-in act. What he came up with was always effing amusing!

Before this, I knew him from his own crazy bands. Tank Burial and Overman (both with musician Russel Jessum). I did readings or music performances with my own bands on the same bill. He’d saw away on the electric cello with a mysterious black eye-patch. A total blast.

MusicVerse 2014

While about half of the HelterSkelley / JSPR Instagram posts are related to Urbanology, another large share reflect our obsession with music. 

This speedy Filpagram video -- 15 seconds! -- recaps just a few of those events and experiences from 2014. They include concerts from Tame Impala and Paul McCartney to the Punk Rock BBQs at Liquid Kitty where Jack Skelley's band Lawndale is the house band! Plus some of the songs on heavy rotation on HelterSkelley's Soundcloud and ipod. Video music is Andrew Weatherall remix of "Soon" by My Bloody Valentine.