Must Have Music for Your Christmas List

  • 11/26/2013
  • Reporters Desk

By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude

KELP!  Andy Hill, Renee Safier

Andy Hill and Renee Safier, along with co-conspirator producer Marty Rifken released a new album, KELP! this year. The cover art is a send up to the Beatles iconic album, HELP!

The title song, “KELP,” starts with Marty Rifken’s bodacious slide on pedal guitar, followed by some beautiful boogie that has you up and jumping. Musically, this song is absolutely wicked. When the lyrics kick in, I’m on the floor rolling with laughter when Hill sings:

I wouldn’t say you’re a bad lover at all. I wouldn’t say you used me as a means to an end. I just want to know why when you made love to me. You were calling the names of my friends….You left me wiggling like a big green glob of Kelp on the beach…

The next track, Safier sings the lead in the country tune, “Quit Playing Hard To Get.” In it, Safier plays the part of the woman wondering why she likes a guy that acts questionably with the lyrics:

The morning is much clearer, though the evening’s not as fun as the few we shared with you, Yeah, you, the gorgeous dumbass, with one hand on a whiskey and the other on the thigh of…. Honey, I’d quit playing hard to get tomorrow, if tonight you quit playing so hard to want…

All 11 tracks on KELP! are fun from beginning to end, from performance to production. The performance is beyond reproach, each track beautifully executed.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier can be seen, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.,  every Wednesday at The Buffalo Fire Department in Torrance and from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the El Dorado Bar & Grill.

To purchase KELP! Or to find out more about Andy and Renee go to

Details: (310) 320-2332
Venue: Buffalo Fire Department
Location: 1261 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance

Details: (562) 421-4590
Venue: El Dorado Bar & Grill
Location: 3014 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach

I Like it Like That, Robert Wuagneux

Listening to I Like it Like That is like turning on the radio and hearing one of your favorite songs, except you’ve never heard it before.

Robert Wuagneux (Pronounced One -You) does that to you. Though an adjunct professor at Castleton State College in Castleton Vt., Robert is also a lifelong singer with a passion for pop and doo wop. He spent his youth busking in Spain and other places around the world, honing his craft before landing in Miami’s hot music scene in the late 1970s.

“Doody Doody/I Want Ya” is a rockin’ story about one couple that spent a lifetime together in love. This song just hits you right between the eyes with its driving rhythm followed by piano and organ. Then, there’s Robert’s voice…

Robert has a voice like Jay Black of Jay and The Americans. Part of the boomer generation his voice is that of a 20 year old. I know, I rode the countrysides of Vermont with Robert. Who was singing perfect high harmony’s to himself over the speakers while we listened to his rough mix of his next CD.

Robert, coming from the old school of rhythm and blues singers, caught the tail end of the doo wop scene. His doo wop vocal style became a part of his skill sets along with 50s rock ’n’ roll and jazz music.

Robert’s CD exudes a relentless, upbeat positivity. After working with Robert and watching him perform on numerous occasions, I know this isn’t just an act.

On Skirts Go Flyin’ – I Like It like That, is pure 50s rock ’n’ roll from one end of the track to the other. It is an original sounding, fresh take on a true American form of 50s rock ’n’ roll of American music.

The fourth track, “Strange Voodoo,” is a huge OMG moment. “Strange Voodoo” opens with the saxophone followed by a very jazzy piano alongside this very exciting rhythm. The track was pure sex.

This was followed by “Falling Down,” a hard rocking, punkish kind of song that’s very cool to pogo to. On this album, there’s just too many cherries to pick. After one listen, you’ll want a copy for yourself.


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