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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.

 

Dustin Brown

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GOOD VIBRATIONS ~ The Students of Los Rios Rock School Re-create Pet Sounds

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Los Angeles, CA —  “Ambitious” is the word most often used to describe the Beach Boys 1966 album Pet Sounds. So it was equally ambitious for a bunch of south Orange County musical teenagers to take to the studio at the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano and attempt to recreate the emotional, many-layered brilliance of Pet Sounds.

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Established in 2010, Los Rios Rock School now has a faculty of 12 teachers and 190 families/students from all over Orange County. According to founder Tyler Marolf: “We have an 8000-square-foot performance-based lesson facility. Our school truly transforms young humans into unbelievable team mates, musicians and friends.”
Clinton Haycraft is the Director of Curriculum at Los Rios Rock School. When asked, “Why Pet Sounds?” Haycraft said: “Pet Sounds is not your typical Los Rios Rock School album. It doesn’t give the kids a whole lot of opportunity to show off as individuals. There are no shredding guitar solos, no belted high notes or raspy screams, no heavy drum fills. It demands another brand of musicianship – one that emphasizes dynamics, nuance, blending, and tone.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

In 1966, Brian Wilson worked on Pet Sounds for many many months. It took a month just to lay down the background vocals for Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Los Rios Rock School did not have the time and money for that.

Los Rios ran rehearsals weekly for three months with Justin Norman rehearsing the band in one room while Erin Blagdon worked with the voices in the other – and Clinton Haycraft hovering between both rooms, “Eventually we brought the singers to the stage and everyone rehearsed together,” Haycraft said. “Having six instrumental players and 13 vocalists all amplified on stage together and trying to make sure they all heard themselves and each other was the most difficult logistical aspect of rehearsals.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

All the rehearsal led to one long, productive day laying down all the tracks at Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana.

Anna Moellenhoff is an 18-year-old from San Juan Capistrano who first joined up with Los Rios Rock School in 2017. She sang lead on That’s Not Me. “My experience through this project was very exciting and sometimes difficult. During those times when it was difficult, I was learning how to control my voice and not overpower the rest of the track. It took time but I loved every step of the way because it made me into a better singer.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Lily Kelso is an 18-year-old aspiring musician from Laguna Beach who has been involved with Los Rios Rock School since 2018: “One of the things that stuck out to me most was how the group dynamic changed over time. We started out with a hodgepodge of kids and many of us either didn’t know each other or hadn’t spent much time together. This quickly changed. Over the course of many rehearsals and a lot of hard work, we all became really good friends. The coolest part about getting closer with everyone was to see it reflected in the music. Bit by bit songs started coming together as we learned more unified vowels, got used to “the beach boys sound,” and found our rhythm with the band. The process was slow but extremely rewarding.

After all that rehearsing and prep and concentrated studio time, how does Pet Sounds sound, as recorded by the students of Los Rios Rock School?

Here’s a link. What do you think?

LRRS Performs The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds”

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The New Experience in the Studio at Horse Latitudes

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, May 16th, 2020 —The New Experience is back in the studio. Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt are preparing to launch a live stream. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio.

Mike said, “You’ve got to check them out. They play fresh, they play great. Check it out. See them live or check out the live streaming show.”


The Hollywood Press Corps sent out a few questions and Brandino took some time to answer our questions. The Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What’s a good way that can help people stay positive? Brandino: Be Nice Be strong Be Well. HPC: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the Corona Virus is over?
Brandino: Play a big paying gig I got bills !!

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to next concert from the New Experience!

Dustin Brown

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WATCH TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG FOR A DANCE BREAK WITH SOUL MUSIC LEGEND BILLY PAUL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT 10 P.M.

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG gives viewers a soul music break from social-distancing with the story of Grammy Award-winning crooner, Billy Paul, this Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7:00 p.m. on the West Coast.

Billy Paul

Born in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Billy Paul grew up in a neighborhood that served as a hotbed for flourishing jazz artists. After a chance meeting with Kenny Gamble in the late 1960s, his mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound. Paul also served as a figure in the ‘60s Civil Rights movement. When “Me and Mrs. Jones” catapulted the crooner to international fame in 1972, the price tag of success came with a heavy cost. Paul struggled with substance abuse and had difficulty finding mainstream success throughout the rest of his career, despite releasing a string of solid chart singles throughout the 70’s. Paul passed away in 2016 and in this episode, his wife of 50 years, Gamble & Huff and others come together to pay tribute to one of the great ‘unsung’ singers of his time.

UNSUNG continues its storytelling of influential artists continue with upcoming episodes featuring vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob. UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.

Dustin Brown

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The 2020 Project at the Seven Grand ~ March 19th

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Brandino has put together a power trio that’s set to play the iconic Seven Grand nightclub in downtown Los Angeles on March 19th. Brandino, known for his career as Aretha Franklin’s bass player, will join jazz piano player Andy Langham and Oscar Seaton on drums. Andy is a member of Poncho Sanchez’s Latin Jazz Band and can been seen touring all over the world with Poncho. He has toured with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Natalie Cole, Christopher Cross, John Heard and many others. Oscar Seaton regularly appears on albums from best-selling artists like Lionel Richie and Lee Ritenhour.  He’s worked with award winners David Sanborn, Boz Scaggs and George Benson.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Dustin Brown

Andy Langham on piano

Oscar Seaton on drums

Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. In addition to playing with Aretha Franklin and James Brown, Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige.
This will be an amazing night of jazz, funk and soul in one of Los Angeles’ hottest and coolest bars.

Brandino at the Seven Grand. Photo by Sanaz Danesh

Check out the Seven Grand here

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The Show starts at 10:00pm and the cats will be playing until 1:00am. Come hang out in downtown Los Angeles at the Seven Grand!

Dustin Brown

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Rock Against MS at the Palace Theater ~ March 21st, 2020

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) —Hollywood, CA — Legendary Guitar Player’s Steve Stevens, Orianthi, Steve Lukather, Wayne Kramer and MORE – will rock the stage at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show on Saturday, March 21st, 2020.

Steve Stevens from Billy Idol and Michael Jackson’s band

Steve Lukather will dazzle on guitar at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS

The Queen of Sketch Comedy🎭 DEBRA WILSON (MADtv/Star Wars Jedi:Fallen Order) to Host the 8th Annual Rock Against MS🎗- Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre! ~*~*~* TIX HERE: 🧡🧡#DebraWilson #MADtv #StarWarsJedi #RockAgainstMS #unselfish #HelpingPeopleNow #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #MultipleSclerosis #MS #palacetheatrela

Returning for hosting duties is MADtv alumni – impressionist and actress Debra Wilson. Wilson will be sharing the hosting duties with the rocker of all comedy, Joe Sib who is hot off the Metallica Tour – They will unfold an evening of comedy, music and art in benefit of the Rock Against MS Foundation – #HelpingPeopleNOW.

Wayne Kramer from MC5

Guitar 🎸Goddess ORIANTHI will ROCK AGAINST MS! Saturday, March 21st @ the Palace Theater in DTLA! ⚡️TIX HERE⚡️: Rock Against MS orianthi Orianthi’s fans Orianthi Panagaris Fanpage The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #IamOrianthi #Orianthi #RockAgainstMS #DTLA #DTLAnightlife #PalaceTheatreLA

Bass playing legend JAMES LOMENZO will ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre #JamesLomenzo #BassMonster #Megadeth #BLS #RockAgainstMS #HelpingPeopleNow #PalaceTheatreLA The Palace #DTLA #DTLAnightlife

Kicking off the night is the hottest Celebrity Orange Carpet featuring the biggest and brightest actors, TV Stars, Rockstars and Comedians – Including a star studded tribute to some of the artists that we lost in 2019 in a high-energy celebration of their most beloved songs.

This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers, aptly name The ROCK HOUSE. The ROCK HOUSE is a crucial component that will allow us to fulfill our mission and with your help we can build this much needed resource center,” explains Nancy B. Sayle, Founder. “The ROCK HOUSE will allow us to provide classes, community programs, basic care and expanded resources free of charge to those whose lives have been affected by MS.”

Artist Norton Wisdom

The evening will have famed performance artist Norton Wisdom performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the music notes.

LIVE COMEDY ALERT: Bringing his own brand of comedy…..Standup, impressionist, actor and total  freak” CRAIG GASS to ROCK AGAINST MS – Saturday, March 21st at The Palace Theatre in the DTLA! Craig Gass Rock Against MS 8th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONERT The Rock Against MS Annual Benefit Concert & Award Show #CraigGass #Comedian #StandupComedian #DTLA #PalaceTheatreLA #DTLAnightlife

VENUE:
The Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

PRE-SALE TIX:
General – $35
VIP w/M&G Package – $150
Day Of Show Add $10

SHOWTIMES:
Doors for All 6:00/ Celebrity Orange Carpet 6:30/ VIP Tix Holders Early Theatre Access M&G 6:00 / Public Theatre entry 7:00/ Show 8:00

BUY ONLINE NOW:
Purchase – http://rockagainstms2020.eventbrite.com
** Please email to reserve Wheelchair seating at info@rockagainstMS.org

SPONSORS:
Metal Blade Records, 95.5 KLOS, Earthly Body, Dulce Vida Tequila, American Born Whiskey, American Born Moonshine, Schecter Guitars, Evans, Promark, D’addario, SIR Studios, Stella Rosa Wine, Tour Bus Live, The Palace Theatre, Victorio’sRestaurant, Archie’s Vegan Ice Cream

For more show information go to: www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation, www.rockagainstms.org, www.richardpryor.com

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The New Experience at WEEDCon 2020

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD — The Brandino and Momo Show rolled into WEEDCon 2020 with the New Experience. Featuring Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino on bass, Ed Roth on keyboard and Dale Alexander on drums. The band played to a crowd that learned about various weed products. WEEDCon Wonderland and the WEEDCon Buyers Cup is a weed industry event. It features distributors, brands, farms and dispensary buyers for two days. There was business to business networking and an education expo. Everyone was excited to see Robby Krieger and his band there. Check out the link of the Brandino and Mom Show here;

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The World’s Big Sleep Out Los Angeles

On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads. 

Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.

                       

Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.

”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org

MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.