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RIP: Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay

Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay was shot last night in Queens (see “Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting”), so I worked into the wee hours. As we started digging up videos and stuff, getting materials together, I realized just how integral Run-DMC had...

The Matador

American Airlines #126 has begun its descent into Newark, NJ. I can’t believe that just this morning I was looking down from Parker Mesa, some one thousand or more feet above Malibu and the sparkling blue Pacific. And soon, I’ll be emerging from the...

Summerland

Last night at dinner someone asked me, “What do want to do with your life, Benjamin?” I paused a beat and answered, “Rock.” But then, more honestly, answered, “Yunno’, I don’t really know. I’m in sort of a transitional...

The “This Is What It’s Like To Live In L.A.” Thing

What can I tell you? I’m in corporate-wanker/marathon-trainee mode this week, not rock star mode, which is far less cool than, say, touring or recording. Yeah, I have my guitar with me, but I haven’t played it since Sunday (and then, with little...

Moonlight On A Fog-Filled Valley

Departed EWR Saturday 8am ET. Slept through taxi and takeoff. Touched down at LAX Saturday 11am PT. Went to lunch, then took a beautiful hike through Topanga Canyon to Eagle Rock. We hadn’t summited five minutes when we heard a commotion, and ran to find a woman...