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Dave Soyars

About Dave Soyars

Dave Soyars is a freelance dilettante who is willing to try almost anything once. He knows a lot about very little but at least a little about almost everything.

Movie Review: “Doobious Sources”

In this day and age, with the gap between genuine news and misinformation thinning daily, the idea of a movie that satirizes this phenomenon is a welcome one, whether for comic diversion or pointed warning about its potential implications. A quick look … Continue reading

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Hello Again, Aldebaran: The Long-Awaited Reissue of Judy Henske & Jerry Yester’s 1969 Masterpiece

Few music fans, whether they were alive at the time or not, would dispute that the late 60s were a magical time for LA music. Between The Byrds, Love, Beach Boys, Doors, and countless others, not to mention classic venues … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Wiener-Dog

  “Wiener Dog” is a movie about a sweet-faced, open-hearted dachshund who weaves her charming way through the lives of people at four different stages of life, all of whom treat her with love and affection, which she returns unconditionally. … Continue reading

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Baseball has begun! And Skirball is here to help you celebrate.

As of this writing, the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to lose a regular season baseball game in 2016, or in fact give up a single run. The way I see it, they’re well on their way to the first … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Knight of Cups

Many years ago, I had a friend tell me that Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger” was his favorite song, because he could so relate to it. His take was that it was about having a rich, varied life, but one that was totally out of the control of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Forsaken

Fans of the traditional western will find plenty to like about Forsaken, the new western by Jon Cassar (best-known for TV’s 24). There’s the beautiful scenery, shot on location in Alberta, Canada. There’s a hero (Kiefer Sutherland) returning to his home town  … Continue reading

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Movie review – Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South

Are you a fan of cute penguins? Slice of life stories about work crews coping with difficult conditions? Concerned about global warming? Interested in the only continent on earth with no permanent residents, municipalities or borders? If you answered yes to any … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Levitated Mass

Early on in Levitated Mass, the new documentary film by Doug Pray, about the monolithic sculpture of the same name by sculptor/’earth artist’ Michael Heizer, one of the early donors to the project proclaims that “nothing [looks] less like art than … Continue reading

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Review – The Antlers: Familiars (and live at the Troubadour 7/13/14)

Brooklyn’s Antlers started out in the same modest way many aspiring young bands do these days – in a home studio where lead singer/guitarist Peter Silberman wrote his first songs, influenced by other low-fi artists such as The Microphones (whose song “Antlers” … Continue reading

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Love’s ‘Black Beauty’: Unreleased no longer!

In this day and age in which even CDs are largely treated as a relic from another era, it takes a unique obsession to specialize in vinyl LPs.  The folks at High Moon Records are just that obsessed, not only choosing to release … Continue reading

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