About David Allen

A journalist since 1987, David Allen has been writing a column for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin since 1997 and blogging since 2007. He's a native of Illinois and lives in Claremont. Otherwise his commute to Ontario would take days. E-mail David here. Read recent columns here

What we liked in 2009

We polled the music obsessives in the Bulletin newsroom for this list of our favorite discs of 2009:

David Allen, columnist: Regina Spektor, “Far”; Wussy, “Wussy”; Ray Davies, “The Kinks Choral Collection”; original soundtrack, “(500) Days of Summer”; Loudon Wainwright III, “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.”
Will Bigham, reporter: Cass McCombs, “Catacombs.”

Wendy Leung, reporter: The Dead Weather, “Horehound”; Peter Bjorn and John, “Living Thing”; DJ Quik & Kurupt, “BlaQKout”; David Gray, “Draw the Line.”

Liset Marquez, reporter: The xx, “xx”; the Avett Brothers, “I and Love and You”; The Horrors, “Primary Colours”; Fever Ray, “Fever Ray”; Zero 7, “Yeah Ghost”; Bat for Lashes, “Two Suns.”
Canan Tasci, reporter: Mayer Hawthorne, “A Strange Arrangement”; Grizzly Bear, “Veckatimest”; various artists, “Dark Was The Night”; Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur.”

John Valenzuela, photographer: Neon Indian, “Psychic Chasms”; BlakRoc, “BlakRoc”; The Grouch & Eligh, “Say G and E!”; the xx, “xx”; NASA, “The Spirit of Apollo”; Dirty Projectors, “Bitte Orca”; 88 Keys, “The Death of Adam.”
Wes Woods, reporter/music writer: Raekwon, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II”; Brother Ali, “Us”; the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “It’s Blitz!”; Beastie Boys, “Paul’s Boutique” reissue; UGK, “UGK 4 Life”; Kid Cudi, “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”; Jay Dilla, “Jay Stay Paid”; Animal Collective, “Merriweather Post Pavilion”; Phoenix, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”; Grizzly Bear, “Veckatimest”; the xx, “xx.”

What we’re listening to

A bunch of us in the Bulletin newsroom are big music fans and often trade music. We thought you might want to hear now and then what we listen to. Here’s what we’re currently playing:

David Allen, columnist: Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, “Bing and Satchmo”; The Go-Betweens, “That Striped Sunlight Sound”; Van Morrison, “Best of Vol. 3.”

Will Bigham, reporter: The Smithereens, “Especially for You”; Freedy Johnston, “The Trouble Tree”; Ice Cube, “Death Certificate.”

Liset Marquez, reporter: Bat for Lashes, “Two Suns”; Wilco, “Wilco (The Album)”; The Dead Weather, “Horehound.”

John Valenzuela, photographer: The Dead Weather, “Horehound”; K’naan, “Troubadour”; 88-Keys, “Death of Adam.”

Wes Woods II, reporter: Nas “The Lost Tapes,” Cowboy Junkies “Trinity Revisited,” M.O.P. “Warriorz.”

Wilco at the Fox Theater June 20

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for Wilco at the Fox Theater in Pomona, the biggest act at the venue so far. Tickets are general admission with a $30 face value.

There’s apresale today with the password ASHES.

To avoid service charges, you can buy tickets next week, perhaps as early as Monday, at the Glass House Record Store. They’re expected to go fast.

As a friend put it: “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Pomona!”

First Fox Theater concerts announced

Pomona’s 1931-era Fox Theater reopens in late April after a $10 million makeover to restore much of its lustre and prep the space for a variety of uses, including concerts.

The model is places like the Wiltern, El Rey and Orpheum theaters in L.A., where mid-level artists can perform, as well as big-time artists who like a more intimate venue with an ornate flair.

Ticketmaster has announced two concerts so far:

* May 21: Gogol Bordello, the gypsy-punk band.

* May 28: The Jagermeister Music Tour, featuring the punk band Pennywise and the alt-rock act Pepper.

Welcome to Music Now

This is a new music-themed blog about the 909, to which multiple Daily Bulletin newsroom staffers will contribute.

Who’s playing where and when, especially at our major venues like Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena and Pomona’s Glass House and Fox Theater, will be the major focus. We’ll throw other stuff at you as well, including links to our interviews with performers, and we’re kicking around the idea of an occasional What the Newsroom is Listening To roundup — we’ve got eclectic tastes here.

Let us know what you think of Music Now as it develops and what you’d like to see.