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Ringo Starr Promotes a Very Good Selfie Cause

It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.

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Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:

For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…

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MSG Aims to Make LA’s Forum Fabulous Again

For all those concertgoers who live west of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, this is a BIG press conference. Later today, MSG will officially confirm the details of its “first business venture west of the Mississippi.” From Randy Lewis‘ LA Times report:

“There are plenty of venues in the LA market,” Madison Square Garden Co. executive chairman James L. Dolan told The Times on Friday, “but none of this size that can accommodate artists like the Eagles, with multiple-day runs where the venue is completely tuned into the concerts that are going to be put on.”

The inaugural booking signals the intense interest in the project by Eagles manager Irving Azoff, who also manages Christina Aguilera, Van Halen and Steely Dan. Azoff, former executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and previously CEO of Ticketmaster before it merged with Live Nation, has a long professional and personal association with Dolan.

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Nic Harcourt Returns to LA Radio Morning Airwaves

It was on December 1, 2008 that Jason Bentley officially took over for Nic Harcourt as KCRW music director and host of the 89.9 FM station’s signature weekday program Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Harcourt segued in the fall of 2011 to CSUN’s 88.5 FM, where he began hosting Saturday show Connections Made by Guitar Center this spring. The Valley-side Harcourt progression is now complete and once again, it is his pal at the LA Times, Randy Lewis, who has the details:

“There’s no doubt there’s a whole generation of millennials, or whatever you wish to call them, who barely listen to radio or didn’t grow up listening to it at all,” Harcourt, 55, said a few days before jumping October 19 into a program that will have him behind the microphone from 6 to 11 a.m. every weekday. “They have friends who are turning them onto new music — it’s a completely different situation. It might be a little better here in LA because kids have to be driven everywhere and their parents have the radio on.”

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Nic Harcourt Amps Up KCSN-FM Radio Show

Beginning this weekend, Nic Harcourt will have a couple of additional co-hosts of sorts for his 88.5 FM Saturday afternoon program – The Guitar Center and Filter magazine. The focus will also shift more specifically to spotlighting emerging, unsigned talent.

Per a report by LA Times music writer Randy Lewis, the association with LA’s leading musical instruments purveyor means the show title will change from Connections with Nic Harcourt to Connections Made by Guitar Center. The tweaked program will also be syndicated and made available via guitarcenter.com:

“There is more good music being made today than ever before,” Harcourt said in a statement. He came to KCSN last year from KCRW-FM (89.9), where he had once been music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. “If you don’t have the time to troll through the vast array of music blogs, YouTube and social spaces, Connections is a place where we’ll do it for you.”

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Clive Davis Ready for Another AAA-List Grammy Weekend Bash

It’s been nearly ten years since super-agent Swifty Lazar hosted his final, epic Oscar weekend bash. Thankfully, Lazar’s Grammy Awards counterpart Clive Davis is still going strong at age 79, set to welcome the crème de la Grammy crème on Saturday for another Beverly Hilton jam.

LA Times reporter Randy Lewis caught up with Davis earlier this week at one of the famed pink bungalows at the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. Davis ran through the 2012 guest list, A to J, while pointing to another A-artist as a beacon in the record industry stormy night:

He’s particularly gratified by the success over the past year of British soul singer Adele, even though he wasn’t involved in the commercial and artistic breakthrough of her “21″ album, which has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Canned KLOS DJ Jim Ladd Lands at Sirius

There is sometimes life after unkind FM layoff. Jim Ladd, who was graciously afforded the opportunity of a farewell show by KFI AM 640 after being unceremoniously dumped from LA FM station KLOS 95.5, will soon return to spin classic rock for a wider, national audience.

Ladd is getting a nightly show starting in January on SiriusXM’s Channel 27, Deep Tracks. It makes total sense; Ladd is a brand name and has the chops to cultivate a broader, loyal coast-to-coast following. Per today’s announcement:

“I will be playing everything I want, from Pink Floyd to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, from The Doors to Moby Grape, freely and with no play lists. As I have always done throughout my career, I will be choosing all my own music, creating thematic sets, inviting the biggest rock stars in the world, many of whom I am proud to call my friends, to join me in the studio, and commenting on the world around us by using the most compelling music of our time.”

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Trio of U2 Believers Powers Relaunch of KCSN-FM

When a public radio station rechristened this summer as the home of “smart rock” hopes for good publicity, it really can’t do much better than glowing words of endorsement from Paul McGuinness. The manager of U2 is front and center in Randy LewisLA Times write-up about Cal State Northridge’s KCSN, praising the efforts of new program director Sky Daniels to transform the formerly automated classical music outfit into a non-profit champion of emerging pop and rock n’roll artists.

Daniels was an early supporter of U2 while the music director at WLUP in Chicago and later joined the band’s record company. He is now working at 88.5 FM on the LA dial with two other early Bono boosters–former KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Nic Harcourt and ex-LA Times critic Robert Hilburn:

Hilburn covered U2′s first Los Angeles concert in 1981, singling it out from a wave of overseas arrivals at the time: “The band with the most commercial potential here may be U2, a gutsy and richly talented Irish quartet,” he wrote.

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FBLA Goes to the Party: 7th Python Screening

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At a discreet screening room on Sunset, a select group gathered to watch The 7th Python, the new documentary from Frozen Pictures. The film, a portrait of rock legend Neil Innes, of Bonzo Dog Band and The Rutles fame, is the work of Burt Kearns, Brett Hudson, animator Bonnie Rose, editor Dan Brown, and producer Sean Connors. Crowd reaction was strongly approving of the film, which is touching, hilarious and inventive.

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Hanging out were Weird Al Yankovich, Emo Philips, Martin Lewis, Allyson Holloway, tv producers Peter Brennan and Lisa Lew. Chelsea Lately writer Steve Rosenfield assured us that Chelsea Handler herself is really funny. We’re so relieved. LA Timesman Randy Lewis said his story for the Calendar section would run on Saturday.

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Innes, here with a fan, will be at the Monday screening of All You Need is Cash as part of the Mods and Rockers film fest of the American Cinematheque.

LAT in 90 Seconds

rwinton.jpgStories That Make Reporters Happy: We can practically hear Richard Winton’s British giggles of glee while he was writing this piece about drug dealers who accidentally called 911. Particularly at the kicker: “It was the second bizarre crime in Pomona in recent days. Last week, a man who allegedly used a chain and pickup truck to yank a 1,500-pound automated teller machine from the Pomona Ranch Market was foiled in his escape attempt when his prosthetic leg fell off.”

peacockbc.jpgDeal or No Deal … It Doesn’t Much Matter: NBC sees it’s lowest weekly audience in Nielsen history.

aisan.jpgUnclear on the Concept: Randy Lewis criticizes American Idol for lacking depth. Next week he takes a giraffe to task for failing at limbo.