WOULDN’T IT BE NICE? Los Rios Rock School’s Recreation of the Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Friday, October 9th, 2020 —Since Pet Sounds was released in 1966, this sophisticated album by the Beach Boys has evolved into what many consider to be one of the most influential albums in rock and roll history. 

All photos by Alex Kluft

In 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were struggling to figure out what to do with this rock and roll deal, so the nominees for Album of the Year included were Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Maurice Jarre for Dr. Zhivago and The Beatles for Revolver.

Pet Sounds was not included in the Grammys, but in the fullness of time the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences inducted Pet Sounds into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. And many music historians place Pet Sounds at or near the top of the most influential rock and roll albums of all time.

There’s a long Wikipedia listing for Pet Sounds detailing the influence of the album over the decades, genres and eras but this is one of the best bits: “Paul McCartney later credited Pet Sounds as an influence on his increasingly melodic bass-playing style and cited “God Only Knows” as ‘the greatest song ever written.’”

Pet Sounds has resonated from 1966 across the decades and into the 21st Century – all the way to Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano – where a team of talented teens – and their mature mentors – challenged their talents to re-create Pet Sounds.

In May of 2019 student-musicians from Los Rios went into the studio to re-create Pet Sounds in a single day of recording – an ambitious project to re-create a famously complicated project that took months of recording and engineering by Brian Wilson and his Merry Men.

The session was filmed by Alejandro Herrera and that can be seen here:

When the contenders for Grammy Award Nominations for 2020 were announced they included:

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Los Rios Rock School – ‘Pet Sounds’

Producers: Clint Haycraft, Phil Allen, Erin Blagdon,

Spencer Askin, Tyler Marolf, and Chris Bates

And

Best Music Film

Los Rios Rock School – ‘Pet Sounds’

Director: Alejandro Herrera

Producers: Clint Haycraft, Phil Allen, Erin Blagdon,

Spencer Askin, Tyler Marolf, Chris Bates, and Justin Norman

And there was much rejoicing. Here is a Zoom of the reaction:

Mark Linett is a record producer and audio engineer who has worked with Brian Wilson, Rickie Lee Jones, Los Lobos, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Randy Newman and has won three Grammy Awards. 

“As the guy who has worked with Pet Sounds and the Beach Boys’ recordings more than anyone, I wanted to congratulate everyone involved in the Pet Sounds recordings by the school’s students. the renditions are all great and several reminded both myself and my partner Alan Boyd of the excitement we felt when hearing the Pet Sounds album for the first time.”

The final nominees for The Grammy Awards will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 by 15-time GRAMMY-winning Alicia Keys and Chair of the Board of Trustees Harvey Mason Jr. in a nominations press conference.

And then the envelopes. According to Grammy.com: “On Jan. 31, 2021, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards will be happening, rain or shine, COVID-19 vaccine or not. Because the show is still months away, whether or not there will be a live audience or red carpet will be determined and revealed closer to the big day, as the health and safety of artists, guests, crew and staff is always front of mind during every GRAMMYs.”

A bunch of kids could win a Grammy or two for re-creating music made when their parents were teenagers. It’s a quick train ride and an Uber – or maybe a limo? – from San Juan Capistrano to the Staples Center in Los Angeles and maybe some of the talented teens and mature mentors from Los Rios Rock School will take that ride – and maybe come away with some metal.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

You can read the whole story and hear some of the songs here: https://www.losriosrockschool.com/good-vibrations-working-together-in-harmony/

                                                                   

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NEW MUSIC: Musician Dylan Garcia Pays Tribute to Tom Petty & Latinx Heroes With Surf-Rock Version of I Won’t Back Down

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 — Surf Rocker Dylan Garcia will release his new single I Wont Back Down on Friday, October 9, 2020, 11 years to the day Garcia was released from a mental institution.  The track is a cover of Tom Petty’s hit song released in April 1989 as the lead single from his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was co-written by Petty and Jeff Lynne, also his writing partner for the album.

Dylan Garcia

I Wont Back Down was at the center of a legal controversy last year when the family of the late Tom Petty filed a legal notice against the Trump campaign for the illegal use of the song at a Tulsa, Oklahoma rally.  

“I’ve made no secret of my past mental heath struggles and will continue to use my platform to raise awareness.  This release was also inspired to put a spotlight on those who, like me, never backed down.  October 9th is an important day for me. The timing of this song is incredible and speaks redemption of coming back from one of my darkest times. From all the battles in my life, this song always gave me hope” said Garcia from his recording studio in Oxnard, California.   

The surf rock version of I Wont Back Down was produced by Garcia and Jayden Secor, featuring an original hip hop drum beat and surf rock reggae flow. The track will drop October 9th on all digital platforms including Spotify & Apple Music. 

Dylan Garcia was born and raised in Oxnard California. He is the oldest in a family of five. His father Abel Garcia Jr. is a major inspiration as well as his late grandfather, Abel Garcia Sr. a decorated Korean War Hero. In 2012 the family discovered by DNA tests that he was 98.9% Ojibwe Native. 

Dylan doing a virtual interview

Garcia started his artistic journey by writing poetry at age 12. While in high school, his friends were in rock bands. They were doing what he really wanted to do: play music. However, he was pushed into playing baseball and football. He soon began bodyboarding. Little did he know surfing culture was going to be a major influence in his music career. By the age of 19, he purchased his first guitar while at the University. Songwriting came organically as the next step.

He received nominations to attend West Point and The Air Force Academy, but life had other plans. Garcia played baseball at Ventura College until he received a shoulder injury and had reconstructive surgery.

Garcia transferred to UC Irvine as a sophomore, lived in Newport Beach and surfed every day. Getting his heart broken was a great motivation to play guitar and write music. His life consisted of going to school, working two jobs, surfing and teaching himself how to play the guitar. Being from a Native American and Latino family and being the first one to graduate from college was a very big deal.

In 2009, Garcia began his professional music career working with legendary Grammy winning producer Ronnie King (Pepper, Steel Pulse, Tupac, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dog, Pennywise, Rancid.) He has also worked with David Elecciri Jr., lead guitarist of Grammy Nominated reggae band Steel Pulse as well as with five time Latin Grammy Producer Kenny O’Brien. Incidentally, it was Kenny O’Brien who compared his style with Bob Dylan and the name stuck.

Dylan Garcia

Also, in 2009, Garcia was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. This crisis sent him into a mental institution only to emerge and give his most iconic performance to date at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. This is one of the reasons Dylan wants to give a voice to Mental Health awareness and help erase the stigma associated with it.

Dylan Garcia’s discography includes: Just Another Day, Unpredictable, and Game of Life as well as their music videos. His record It’s All Good is licensed in Australia. 

Dylan Garcia supports N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Health) for their efforts to help not only those with mental illness, but to educate families.

Link to listen to I Won’t Back Down audio

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The New Experience Celebrates Brandino’s Birthday at Horse Latitudes Music Studio

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA —Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 —The New Experience got together for a rehearsal and to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Robby Krieger, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt were all ready to kick out the jams after being in self-isolation for the last six months. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio. Mike had the band sounding like a million bucks.

Birthday boy Brandino turned 66! But he looks 46! OK?! All photos by Dustin Brown

The most iconic jam of the night was when Robby launched into the Donnie Hathaway song, “Valdez in the Country”. Such a cool tune. You know the New Experience is fired up when you hear them play “Valdez.”

Robby brought some spirits to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Robby, Franklin and Ed all raised a glass to Brandino. Robby doesn’t drink alcohol, but everyone else really enjoyed the celebration. It was all about Brandino on Wednesday night. A lot of fun. Everyone washed their hands.

The New Experience is looking forward to a time when the bars and music venues open back up. It looks like 2021 is going to be a busy year for the New Experience.

 

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Roozbeh Farahanipour’s Mary and Robbs Westwood Cafe

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 — Mary and Robbs is a neighbourhood coffee shop in Westwood. The new owner, Roozbeh Faranipour, just opened the cafe for sidewalk dining. Mary and Robbs has a reputation for serving gourmet American bistro fare. Mary and Robbs has the best breakfast in Westwood Village. Roozbeh is well known in the Westwood community. He is the owner of the Delphi Greek restaurant which is a few doors down from Mary and Robbs. Roozbeh is the president of the West Lost Angeles Chamber of Commerce and president of the L.A. chapter of the California Restaurant Association. 

I stopped by Mary and Robbs for breakfast this last Tuesday. It was standing room only in the outdoor dining area. Roozbeh was very busy making sure everything was just right. I got a chance to speak to David Hekmat.David has owned Mary and Robbs for 41 years. He bought the restaurant from the previous owner in 1979! David picked Roozbeh to run Mary and Robbs and keep all the traditions, the staff and the same menu. Roozbeh told me that the Pulled Pork Sandwich is is his favourite item on the menu and that I’ll have to come back sometime and try it. For vegetarian options, Mary and Robbs offers the Beyond Burger. I can wait to try both of them!

The Eggs Benedict is a specialty here. Mary and Robbs uses a family recipe. I saw some the diners eating the Eggs Benedict and the Omelette s. They looked so good. Mary and Robbs is now offering delivery. You can call the restaurant at (310) 478-3822. They are also using Uber Eats, Postmates, GrubHub, and Doordash. 

I stopped by Mary and Robbs early. I wanted to try the basic breakfast with eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast. It was so good. I would describe the food as gourmet diner food. The staff here is very consistent and they use the very best ingredients. The bacon was crispy, the eggs were cooked perfectly. I’m so excited to have a destination breakfast spot. It’s great that a community leader like Roozbeh has taken over Mary and Robbs traditions. The staff is enthusiastic and ready to get back to work. Once the pandemic ends, we’ll all be able to sit in the comfy booths and dine at the lunch counter. 

The Hollywood Press Corps highly recommends Mary and Robbs. Stop by when you’re on the Westside of Los Angeles.

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ACTRESS CELESTE SULLY SHINES IN NETFLIX’S BREAKOUT HIT 1BR

Los Angeles, California (September 16, 2020) – A group of crazies tries its hand at social engineering in 1BR, a claustrophobic thriller set in a Los Angeles apartment complex. The film which is now available on Netflix stars actress Celeste Sully, in the role of Lisa, the loyal friend who is the voice of reason to Sarah, played by Nicole Brydon Bloom. 1BR was written and directed by David Marmor and also star Naomi Grossman, Giles Matthey, Alan Blumenfeld, Taylor Nichols and Andrea Gabriel.

Celeste Sully (center) in 1BR

Daily Variety raved: Lisa (Celeste Sully) demonstrates how not to get pushed around by the bosses.” In a time of isolation and social distancing this film has hit a nerve with audiences and has been trending on the top 10 on Netflix since its debut.

Celeste Sully

Sully, the daughter of an Afro/Indo Guyanese mother and an Irish/German father, understands the importance of utilizing her career as a platform for change. Born and raised in Chicago, Celeste is a Method Actor trained by Tony Greco and is a former Division I Basketball Player at Lindsey Wilson College. After graduating with a degree in Biology, Celeste relocated to Los Angeles and has since worked in television, film, commercials and print.

Celeste Sully’s television and film credits include: Second Generation Wayans (Tiffany) acting opposite Tatyana Ali, George O. Gore II, Craig and Damien Dante Wayans and Deray Davis. She was also featured in Toni Braxton’s Biopic: Unbreak My Heart, directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, and starring Debbie Morgan, Lex Scott Davis, Tiffany Hines and Skye P. Marshall.

Check out 1BR on Netflix!

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Brandino’s Birthday at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Burbank, CA — Wednesday, September 16, 2020 — We had an outdoor patio party for Brandino’s birthday on Wednesday, September, 16th. Brandino turned 66! He looks good for 66! The year 2020 has had many challenges but Brandino has been maintaining his physical therapy schedule and is in top physical shape. Brandino is a nine time Grammy winning Producer, Composer, Arranger and bassist. Brandino recorded the song “Singularity” with Robby Krieger in 2010. Brandino worked on Michael Jackson’s album entitled, “Michael”. He played bass on the song “War Toads” by the Doors. Brandino was Aretha Franklin’s road bass player for 22 years. He’s played with so many legends on stage and in the studio. He’s worked with James Brown, Ty Dolla Sign, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder. Too many to mention. Brandino recently started playing the square neck dobro and is in the studio working on a new project. 

The roll call for the celebs that showed up was short this year but we had a few legends in attendance. Founding member of N.W.A., Kim Nazel, stopped by. He goes by the name Arabian Prince. Kim is a rapper, producer, singer, songwriter and DJ. He chatted with Kelly Keys. Kelly is a hip hop video and video game music producer. Ed Roth, keyboard player for the Robby Krieger band and the New Experience came through and said a socially distanced, “Happy Birthday!” Eduardo has a new album out called, “Cant Find My Way Home” featuring Robby Krieger. Check it out on Spotify.

Longtime Brandino friend and fellow Local 47 member, Jay Leach, stopped by and said Happy Birthday. Michael O’Neill is the guitarist for Barbara Streisand and an amazing jazz guitar player. Musician, Wayne Lindsey, was chatting with Brandino. Wayne is a musician, producer, arranger and  songwriter. Wayne has worked in the studio and on the stage with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Mike Albert is an American guitarist. Mike stopped by, stayed six feet away from everyone on the patio and paid his respects. Mike has played with Frank Zappa, Don Felder from the Eagles and he toured with Megadeth. 

The manager of the Seven Grand, Rick Taub, stopped by. Rick is  a big fan of Brandino’s. He was saying the Seven Grand is looking at January to reopen if things with the pandemic keep improving. 

Events photographer, Sanaz Danesh, stopped by and said happy birthday to Brandino and took some photos.

Brandino’s sister, Cheryl, made everyone feel welcome and brought out the beautiful birthday cake. Celebrity guitar tech, Sammy Sanchez, said happy birthday to Brandino. Music Publisher, Adrian Noriega, had dinner on the patio and chatted with people while trying to remain six feet away. Brandino’s neighbour’s, Boyd and Mary LaCrosse stopped by. Brandino says that Boyd saved his life.

Boyd and Mary LaCosse

We didn’t sing Happy Birthday this year or take a big group photo. We all had a lot of fun. This was the first event I’ve been to in six months. I was really nervous but had a great time and felt like I was still in my pandemic safety bubble. 

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“Tintin Match” launches globally for Android and iOS on Monday, August 31st!

Follow Tintin on his thrilling mobile adventure and experience the exciting mysteries that take him from familiar streets to foreign cities – at your own convenience on your own mobile device and free to play!
Following the successful beta-launch on Google Play, 5th Planet Games in cooperation with Moulinsart are proud to announce the release of Tintin Match, an exciting and fun match 3 mobile game that launches globally on Android and iOS on Monday, August 31st.


Tintin Match is a story-driven, match-3 switcher game where you progress through colorful puzzles built around the universe of Tintin. As you follow the famous reporter on his adventures, you will take on puzzle challenges to unlock and collect iconic Tintin locations and characters known from the books. 


The Crab with the Golden Claws is the first adventure you’ll encounter in the game: The day starts like any other for Tintin and Snowy, but a mystery is always around the corner! Snowy gets his snout stuck inside a crab tin, Thompson & Thomson are investigating counterfeit money, and a stranger gets kidnapped before he can deliver a letter to Tintin. Could all those threads lead to a much bigger mystery?

In order to unravel the mystery perplexing Tintin, you are going to have to beat a selection of hand-crafted match 3 puzzles, each of them sure to challenge the problem solver in you! Obstacle in the way? A piece out of reach? Turns running out? Bring out your best strategies and achieve three stars on the first attempt!


The game has been developed by the 5th Planet Games Berlin Studio in collaboration with Moulinsart, 5th Planet Games is headed by renowned puzzle game expert Moritz Voss; a former technology lead at King, the now Activision-owned, Swedish company behind some of the most successful puzzle games ever published, like Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga. 
Moulinsart actively contributed to the artistic realization of the interface, the “sprites” and the characters of the game with the support of his studios.

Henrik Nielsen, CEO of 5th Planet Games, is looking forward to launching the astonishing new Tintin game on mobile, and credits Moritz Voss’s leadership as a driving factor. “Moritz Voss has excelled in the match 3-genre several times before and we are confident that this game will be THE best game we have ever brought to market”.


Nick Rodwell, Managing Director of Moulinsart, the company behind Tintin, whose Studios actively contributed to the artistic development of this game agrees: “We’re very excited about this opportunity to introduce Tintin to mobile gamers around the world. To let players take on the role of the everyday-man-detective and solve puzzles and mysteries on their own, through a fun and familiar game mechanic, is a great way to expand the Tintin universe. We very much hope that it will be a huge hit among fans of both Tintin and puzzle games throughout the world”.


The rapid rise of smartphone gaming has changed the industry. Match-3 games like Tintin Match are the most prominent subgenre on the US iPhone gaming market, accounting for 21% of the total revenue; according to mobile game insight and analytics firm GameRefinery.

Tintin Match is a game for all players starting aged 9. The game is free to play and available on both Google Play and Apple App Store August 31st. There is also a plan to release it on Chinese Android stores later.


About Tintin:
TINTIN might be the hero everyone would like to be, but is also surely the friend everybody would like to have. A friend who would do anything for the ones he cares about. Today, The Adventures of Tintin still resonates vibrantly: They inspire artists, writers, movie and theatre directors alike. Tintin embodies the universal values in which each and everyone can rely. Tintin is a unique mix, combining exciting stories, a “ligne claire” drawing style and universal themes.
Tintin is famous all over the world. Distributed worldwide, Tintin’s adventures are devoured with the same enthusiasm since its debut back in 1929 in the pages of Le Petit Vingtième. Who could have envisioned such a success? Definitely not its creator, Hergé (Georges Remi), autodidact comic book artist who was lucky enough to publish his work during his teenage years in the pages of Belgium’s scout magazines.


About 5th Planet Games:
5th Planet Games is a mobile games developer and publisher located in Copenhagen and Berlin. We work with strong IPs as the Adventures of Tintin and premium sports brands such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Nyjah Huston (pro Skateboarder). We are proud to expand the world of the succesful Vikings TV series, the legendary game Doodle Jump and our own, Nordic childrens IP Hugo. For more information see www.5thplanetgames.com


About Moulinsart:
MOULINSART is the worldwide exclusive owner of all exploitation rights of HERGÉ’s work, including the copyrights, as well as the reproduction rights and the adaptation rights.
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Fitness and Health Expert Alice Bradley’s Regimen Inspires Many

 

 Alice Bradley has been a professional model for about 15 years mainly in print and live events. She is  currently furthering her career involving her expertise in health & fitness as a coach, she is also am owner and designer to her  very own AB Active Wear- 
Also known as Ms. Sherman Oaks on the pageantry circuit, she recently released her first self published/written book on Amazon Kindle at https://tinyurl.com/aliceebook. The book offers information on the basics of working out, nutrition, positive affirmations, and her active wear line. 
The 2 platforms she uses daily to push her brands are
Her goal is to build her AB Active Wear, book more modeling projects and media spots such as podcasts, radio, events as well as inspire people to have healthier eating habits and fitness routines during this difficult time. 
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World Television premiere of prolific filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s The Beast Beneath starring Genre stars Brinke Stevens & Mel Novak

The much anticipated world television premiere of prolific filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s (Angry Asian Murder Hornets, 5G Zombies), new creature feature The Beast Beneath starring genre stars Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre, Nightmare Sisters) & Mel Novak ( Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), is this Friday August 7th at 10pm Central Standard time (CST) on WGUD-TV’s extremely popular After Hours Cinema show hosted by noted film historian Lee Turner. This broadcast will feature a scene exclusively in 3D.

The Beast Beneath poster

Brinke Stevens

Synopsis: A record Earthquake rocks a small, resort town after a 2000 year old prehistoric blood thirsty beast is unleashed to feast on the local community. It’s up to Aaron (Eric Prochnau, Meathook Massacre 6) and his brilliant scientist sister (Stevens) to crack the case and put a stop to the mayhem before time runs out, all while the cunning  town Mayor George Reid (Novak) tries to cover up the monster’s bloody tracks.

Brinke Stevens and Dustin Ferguson

“I wanted to take this opportunity to create a throwback to the 1970’s made-for-TV Creature Feature I love so dearly. Films like ‘Rattlers’, ‘The Savage Bees’ and even the drive-in hits ‘Bog’, and ‘Blood Beach’ served as big inspirations for this. I only hope I managed to do that era justice,” said Ferguson.

Mel Novak

Lee Turner

Mel Novak

The film is produced by SCS Entertainment in conjunction with After Hours Cinema. Alana Evans, Sheri Davis, Mike Ferguson, Jennifer Nangle, D.T. Carney and Turner round out the cast.
Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo and hair and makeup by Celina Seward
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Sparkle Soojian Sparkles in Showbiz

Sparkle Soojian,  stars in award- winning filmmaker Michael S.Rodriguez new horror anthology TV series Strange Files on  Avail TV,  is competing to be the cover girl for this year’s Ms. Health & Fitness.

Besides starring in horror films and hosting tv shows, she’s been a certified personal trainer for over a decade. If chosen as the cover girl, she will take some of that 20k cash prize and give back to her community which she will document on her talk show. You get one free daily vote until July 30th. You can also purchase additional votes which will not only go towards Sparkle but also the Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation,  her favorite charity.

Follow her on Instagram @sparklesoojian for her weekly workout tips which are great to try at home during quarantine! To vote for Sparkle click the link below! https://mshealthandfitness.com/2020/sparkle-soojian

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