peaktrough in Hollywood

A field trip to the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is both a peak and a nadir in any musician’s routine. Here are some photos to thrill and depress you.

Flier seeking members to form The Biggest Band In The World

Flier for a band called “Cockeyed Optimist”

Flier for a band called 'Cockeyed Optimist'

Bronze reliefs of Dimebag Darrel and Miles Davis on the wall of fame, together at last.

Dimebag Darrel and Miles Davis, together at last.

Flier for a band called “Race Card”. Bad band names are profoundly depressing.

Flier for a band called 'Race Card'

2 replies on “peaktrough in Hollywood”

When I think of music in Los Angeles, I always think of the wrong things. I think of kids who came all the way west to pay to play Cococut T’zers and homogenizing their style into a kind of Los Angeles bar band sound that always sounds a bit dated. On the other hand, I think of folks writing music for movies, and feeling insulted, somehow, because the people for whom they write want the music to be a universal prop for a wide audience film.

I know I should think instead of mariachi guys who light up the sky every Thursday at La Fonda, or
guys out in Shadow Hills who make music for the creative commons on their home computers,
but I always think about notes in Guitar Center or the weekly alternative that say “must appreciate Alice in Chains”.

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