(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 — The New Experience made an appearance at the downtown LA hotspot ~ Seven Grand this last Thursday night on July 1st. The New Experience is a crowd pleaser at the Seven Grand and Thursday night was no exception.
Franklin Vanderbilt III plays drums for the New Experience. Frankie was on fire laying down the beat of downtown LA. Ed Roth plays keyboards and organ. Ed has a heavy jazz influence on the New Experience. Ed has played with many legends over the years.
The band was tight and the crowd was digging the music. Brandino played an amazing evening of blues, rock and jazz on the bass. On guitar for the New Experience is the amazing Robby Krieger from the Doors. Robby seemed relaxed and played a great two sets of music.
The New Experience really seems to be gaining from their time together as a band. It was a great night of music. The Hollywood Press Corps had Ellen Zuckerman and Jay Ross shooting photos at the event. All photos are by Ellen Zuckerman unless indicated.
Photos by Jay Ross
Downtown Los Angeles residents couldn’t wait to get out and see live music after being locked down for 16 months due to the pandemic. Seven Grand is a super cool whiskey bar in downtown LA that has a space for shooting pool and live music. The NEW experience got in a few of the classics like Booker T and the MG’s Green Onions and the jazz standard ~ Valdez.
Frankie and Brandino layed down a nice groove and Robby Krieger was playing so nice. The late night downtown crowd had a great time and really enjoyed the band. We really look forward to the next concert from the new Experience. Stayed tuned to the Hollywood Press Corps for future concerts!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Monday, June 14th, 2021 — The Hollywood Press Corps recently caught up with Brandino. Brandino has been working on various projects for TV during the pandemic. Now that things are opening back up again, Brandino has several projects and concert dates that he’s ready to announce. The first big announcement is that the New Experience will be performing at the Seven Grand on July 1st. Brandino, Ed Roth, Franklin Vanderbilt and Robby Krieger are raring to go. This will be a fun show. We had a few questions for Brandino as he gets ready for the new gigs.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): July 1st at the Seven Grand 2021! The New Experience is back! Hello Brandino! What have you been up to for the last 16 month?
Brandino: The New Experience is back baby! The last time we played together was March 13th, 2020 at the Baked Potato. The amazing Ed Roth on keyboards, Franklin Vanderbilt on drums, Robby Krieger on guitar and of course Brandino on bass! I’ve been busy writing music for TV. I was in the music studio with Tyrone Griffin Sr., Ty Dolla Sign’s father, recording a new jazz track with a bebop feel.
HPC: How has life been during the pandemic?
Brandino: Life is good, but it’s like being in jail. I recently got a new puppy, Roscoe. He is enormous. Like a tree trunk. Me and Billie are getting used to him.
HPC: What have you done during the pandemic to improve yourself?
Brandino: I am always playing and studying music. I bought a dobro at the start of the pandemic. That’s a lap steel guitar that you play with a steel slide. I play dobro, lap steel, 6 string acoustic guitar, electric bass and seven string bass. I also play 5 string concert bass, and 5 string cello.
Here’s a link to Brandino Sound Box. This Grammy awarded project has been remastered.
Personnel on Sound Box is as follows: Andy Laham piano, Oscar Seaton drums, Brandino upright bass, Michael O’neill guitar, Mike Thompson guitar, Keith Fiddmont saxophone, Kamasi Washington tenor sax, Rodney Taylor on sax.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next update from the New Experience and Brandino.
“Black City Nights” is the first release from the upcoming Always You “Bloom Off the Rose” LP, which will arrive on July 16, 2021, through record labels Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian.
The glamorous music video “Black City Nights” from Always You is directed by Nathan Castiel. It is produced by Jerry Paper, mixed by Kenny Gilmore, and mastered by Josh Bonati. Nathan Castiel is an American filmmaker of Mexican and Moroccan-Israeli descent, and is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Jerry Paper is an American songwriter and producer who has been releasing music since 2009. Dawna Lee Heising and Jerry Paper are featured in the music video. The superstar sax solo is by Marta Tiesenga. Hair is styled by Allison DeMoss.
Formerly known as Ablebody, Anton and Christoph Hochheim now perform under the name Always You. Christoph says the video is about “loneliness and what people do to escape it, as well as the hopefulness that keeps us pushing through.”
The new trailer for Shoot From the Hip 3: Rage Of the Phantom is out!
Here’s what the show is about…Welcome detective Marvin Smith. The one and only “Swivel” Hips Smith.
Although new on the force, Detective Smith was hand picked by the archdiocese of Strand City to help police authorities and specifically detective ‘Juice’ Jones take down nefarious cartel leader “MUG LUSTER” and his mysterious boss ‘MR. FELIX’ (genre star Mel Novak from Bruce Lee’s Game of Game of Death, and Eye for an Eye opposite Chuck Norris). Even though Jones is simple minded, he seems to have an uncanny knack for action, kung fu and saving the girl!
Smith, Jones and feisty new partner detective Dixie Reynolds (Natasha Coppola-Shalom, Nicholas Cage’s niece, member of the legendary Coppola Family), embark on a mission of mercy to save Strand city, and possibly the world in each and every threat that they face, including the mysterious and powerful vigilante “The Phantom”. Can this cop caper trio defeat Mr. Felix and his hoard, or will the infamous “Phantom” beat them to the punch in helping the helpless, defending the defenseless and to defeating the defeatless.
After Jessica is abducted by a new evil force, detective Smith and Jones go on a dangerous mission to find her, only to uncover the underground “Shadow Palm” cult has abducted her and many other beautiful women.
(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.
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 Soundsdetailing 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 21stCentury – 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
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 BrianWilson, 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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.