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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

One thought on “HERMETO PASCOAL!

  1. Thank you so much for giving a shout out to Hermeto. He’s definitely a world class talent that gets far too little respect in the States. He’s been one of my most favorite musicians for a long time. The original Brazilian LPs of his that I own are some of my most prized possessions. I was lucky enough to see him perform live in Chicago about 4 years ago. Again, this concert was one of the best I’ve ever seen. I don’t scour YouTube as much as I should, so I really appreciate seeing this videos here. If you like these vids, definitely check out these Hermeto LPs-

    “Slaves Mass” (How many albums can you name that have a credit for “playing” live pigs? Also, check out the awesome picture of Hermeto on the back cover cradling one such pig.)
    “Lagoa Da Canoa Municipio De Arapiraca”
    “Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo”
    “So Nao Toca Quem Nao Quer”

    To give you just a hint of what you’re in for if you listen to these albums- traditional Brazilian sounds from the rainforest, modal jazz, Frank Zappa, Sun Ra, samba, funk, rock, outside/avant garde jazz, and much more all rolled into one. He’s almost a musical genre unto himself. I could go on and on. Just check out his albums, OK?

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