"Lubricate your mind . . . "
HOST: Barry Smolin
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.mrsmolin.com
DESCRIPTION: Head Room is a wide-open venue for exploratory rock and roll, be it vintage pioneers such as the Grateful Dead, contemporary jam-rock, new music from myriad experimental, improvisational, accidental, avant-freak, wyrd-folk, and psychedelic cabaret artists or any other aural anomalies emanating from the nethersphere. Special emphasis is given to interesting offbeat local acts currently making the scene in Los Angeles.
BIO: Barry Smolin was the host and producer of The Music Never Stops from March 1995 to March 2012.
Long fascinated with improvisational music, Smolin viewed his new role as an opportunity to help the show grow into something bigger than a specialty show for Deadheads. Rather, he envisioned the program becoming a nexus for all things psychedelic. The evolution has proven fruitful. In 2000, The Music Never Stops received the Jammy Award(psychedelic music award) for "Best Radio Show," and in 2004 the program was nominated for an L.A. Weekly Music Award in the "Best Radio Show" category.
His new show, Head Room is both a continuation and and expansion of the aesthetic laid down on TMNS.
In addition to his avocation as radio personality, Smolin wears a variety of other hats as well. His primary fulltime gig is as a high school English teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is also an active musician, performing and recording his own music under the moniker Mr. Smolin. Furthermore, Smolin is a dedicated writer of experimental poetry, fiction and drama, seeking out methods of forging language that communicates the deepest layers of consciousness. As a journalist, Smolin has written articles on a variety of subjects for such publications as the L.A. Times, NY Arts, Relix, Dupree's Diamond News, The Sondheim Review, Rolling Stone.com, and Jambands.com. He has also provided liner notes for numerous recordings over the past 10 years. Smolin also wrote the Foreword to the book Dumb Luck, a retrospective of the work of artist Gary Baseman, published by Chronicle Books in April 2004.
He is constantly--though unconsciously--sabotaging his ultimate desire to remain anonymous.