Month: September 2007

~ WORTH THE DRIVE ~

Mark Ronson In this day and age, the most celebrated producer-artists are usually of the hip-hop variety — guys like Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Pharrell, etc. But thus far, 2007 has been all about a skinny white dude from London with an ear for 1960s soul named Mark Ronson. First, he manned the boards for Back To Black, the album on which he culled from classic girl groups and made British singer Amy Winehouse an international star. Then, he put out Version, an eclectic collaboration with a variety of artists performing remixed covers of tracks from the Smiths to Radiohead. His first album since 2003’s Here Comes the Fuzz, which featured everyone from Rivers Cuomo and Jack White to Ghostface Killah and Sean Paul, the record has received widespread acclaim for Ronson’s ability to fuse old sounds with new swagger. Stepping out from behind the engineering console, Ronson is rapidly becoming as recognizable as the artists he supports, and his performance at the El Rey Theater on Oct. 3 should be one of the funkiest shows to hit Los Angeles this season. El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)...

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~ FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your first assignment is to practice feeling that everywhere you go you are standing on holy ground. Capitalize that phrase in your imagination — \\\”I AM STANDING ON HOLY GROUND\\\” — as you move through the world. Your second assignment, which may at first seem unrelated, is to kick your evil twin\\\’s ass. Do it tenderly and compassionately, with full awareness that both you and your evil twin are standing on holy ground. But don\\\’t stop kicking until you convince your evil twin to take greater responsibility for his or her personal share of the world\\\’s darkness. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): \\\”Which kind of person are you?\\\” asks editor Paul Somerson. \\\”Are you a spineless lickspittle wage-slave cog toiling away to make someone else wealthy, destined to lead a bleak anonymous Wal-Mart life of relative poverty? Or are you someone with guts and brains who wants to get out from under the thumb of capricious, unappreciative bosses, create something new and reap financial rewards?\\\” Personally, I think he\\\’s engaging in a bit of hype. There\\\’s lots of fine territory to stake out in-between the extremes he describes. Still, it\\\’s a good idea to push and prod you with his provocative question. You\\\’re in a phase when you have more potential than usual to change your livelihood for the better. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): \\\”If love...

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