Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bob Lee's classic interview with Brian Wilson makes note of the Beach Boy's relationship with rocker and documentary subject Chris Montez

Bob Lee, a writer at the forefront of the Los Angeles rock 'n' roll journalist pack, met up with one of the greats recently and showed why he's tops in the music writing field. Lots of journos and muso crits have lined up to interview Brian Wilson lately but few used the time to create a classic article that adds new information and insight to a well-thumbed history.

That's what Bob Lee does with his short-but-deep piece in LAist. And it's not only the type of left field question that will pop a pop genius out of his psychotropic reverie:

Do you have a favorite chord?
A favorite chord? You mean in music? Uh, E!

Check out Bob Lee's interview with Brian Wilson here.

Our pals at Frozen Pictures are chuffed about this exchange:

I noticed that another guy from Hawthorne named Chris Montez, who did "Let's Dance", is having a documentary made about his life this year. You knew him?
Yeah, I met him in high school.

Was he involved in music at that time?
Not at the time, no. But later, I heard his record and I flipped. I loved it.

Have you seen Chris at any time recently?
No, not in forty-some years.

We heard God Only Knows on the radio this morning. While driving on the PCH!

Sad about MAD

From satires of Britney Spears to Barack Obama, MAD magazine has made something of a cultural comeback in recent years. So we're sad to report that starting with issue No. 500, to be published in April, the monthly satire mag will become a quarterly. It will expand to 56 pages from 48. The changes were announced by DC Comics, the Warner Brothers Entertainment unit that publishes Mad.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

In wake of Israel's Gaza attacks, Wohlgelernter's interview with Jon Voight becomes a hot topic again

Israel's recent retaliation in the Gaza Strip has directed worldwide attention to Elli Wohlgelernter-- recently announced as Tabloid Baby's 2008 Journalist of The Year-- and his videotaped interview with an unlikely Hollywood Zionist.

The journalist known to Internet viewers as "Our Man Elli in Israel "was honored by the Tabloid Baby site for his tireless, influential and groundbreaking coverage of the Israel Baseball League and its surrounding hoopla and mischief, but as a correspondent for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, he also covers politics and war.

In May, Elli interviewed actor Jon Voight, who stands out in his industry as a conservative, pro-Israel hawk, touching on the issues of Hamas and the rocket attacks directed at Israel from Gaza. The interview was posted on YouTube in the Spring, and has been subject of a surge in viewership after Israel's raids this week.

By this morning, the clip had logged more than 100,000 views.

The YouTube rankings at the turn of the New Year reflect its prominence:

#100 - Most Discussed (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#20 - Most Responded (Today) - Israel
#7 - Most Responded (Today) - News & Politics - Israel
#72 - Most Responded (This Week) - Israel
#23 - Most Responded (This Week) - News & Politics - Israel
#53 - Most Viewed (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#36 - Top Favorited (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#24 - Top Rated (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel

More fuel for Elli's Pulitzer, we'd say.