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Stories by Brian Carver

DJ Skizz, Dirtbag Surfers, and Scatter Brain the Acid Atheist

Artist: DJ SkizzSong: “Wut Iz” Heard by: John Garcia, Chula VistaI thought it was well done. It was mixed really well. It had good beats and good rhythms. It was pretty classic stuff — ’90s ...

The Kneehighs, Thrillrazr, and Hershel Abram

Artist: The KneehighsSong: “Eyes Wide Open” Heard by: Angel Martinez, Southeast San DiegoIt was a pretty smooth track. It had a nice beat. I haven’t heard that type of music before. It’s kind of like ...

Double Standard, AJIZZAREALISM, and Greg Gibson

Artist: Double StandardSong: “Rock and Roll Is Evil” Heard by: Matt Ward, Normal HeightsIt had a late-’70s kind of rock sound. I kept thinking of a lot of bands like Diamond Head, Motörhead — the ...

Roosevelt, Noise Gate, and Scatter Brain and Acid Atheist

Artist: RooseveltSong: “Miracles and City Lights” (from sdreader.com/mp3)Heard by: Matt Silengo, North ParkI thought it had a really good sound to it. I couldn’t really make out the lyrics to know exactly what was being ...

Lead Burns Red, Pedalay the Boss, and Jackpot Junkies

Artist: Lead Burns RedSong: “Nomad” (from sandiegoreader.com/mp3)Heard by: Julian Yanez, Ocean BeachIt starts off strong, starts out hard. I liked the intensity. It kind of slows down with the breakdown, but overall, it’s a good ...

Misc. Ailments, Otro Mundo, and Napoleon Complex

Artist: Misc. AilmentsSong: “Brand New Day” (from sandiegoreader.com/mp3)Heard by: Ryan Aragon, Phoenix, AZIt was definitely something different. To me, it had a Latin beat mixed with alternative music. It almost had an Incubus feel to ...

The Touchies, the Odd Get Even, and Lil' Pizzas

Artist: The TouchiesSong: “Ur Friendz Suck”Heard by: Jimmy Wigdahl, San DiegoIt’s your average punk song. It has three chords. It’s something that you listen to that’s fast and makes you want to run around in ...

A Shift to the Left, Hocus, Self-Made Men

Artist: A Shift to the LeftSong: “Like a Fox” Heard by: Don White, University CityEarly in life, jazz was described to me as “play a wrong note and it’s a wrong note; play the wrong ...

Conceptus, Monkeys in Space, City Limits

Artist: ConceptusSong: “Which Way” (from myspace.com/conceptus)Heard by: Lorenzo Ochoa, North ParkIt reminded me of the Mamas and the Papas. It seems influenced or inspired by them. It has a soft melody to it. The guitar ...

Behind the Wagon, Helen Earth Band, Steam Powered Giraffe

Artist: Behind the WagonSong: “Have Some Fun Tonight” (from the CD 11 Songs by…)Heard by: Beth Borwell, Austin, TXI thought it was a little cheesy. They sound like a random 1990s band that made it ...

Hillstreet Stranglers, Ryan Hiller, Josh Damigo

Artist: Hillstreet StranglersSong: “Madame Methlab” (from the Imaginary Baggage EP)Heard by: Andrew Smith, North ParkThey’re pretty good. I like that type of music — punk rock. I go to a lot of the local punk ...

Trouble in the Wind, Tim and the 23's, AntiQuark

Artist: Trouble in the WindSong: “Mr. Whiskey” (from the CD All My Hopes on a Sailing Boat)Heard by: Elliott, North ParkWhen I thought the song was over, it kept going. I’d probably like this song ...

Heavy Guilt, Bloodstone and Princess, Monkstrap

Artist: The Heavy GuiltSong: “Clove” (from the CD Lift Us Up From This)Heard by: Mike Motz, San CarlosIt’s not exactly the style of music I listen to. It almost seems like a cliché. It’s rock. ...

Fever Sleeves, Pleasure Device, and Hocus

Artist: Fever SleevesSong: “Maximum Castles” (from the CD Soft Pipes, Play On)Heard by: Andy Parish, City HeightsI liked it a lot. It was a little mathy but in a good way, a little screamy but ...

Derren Raser, Trophy Wife, and Verso

Artist: Derren RaserSong: “Home in This Direction” (from the CD Home in This Direction)Heard by: Jason B., Normal HeightsThe song had a lot of warmth and immediacy to it. It was almost like he was ...

Civil Unrest, Misc. Ailments, and Sir Splendid

Artist: Civil UnrestSong: “Delusion of Truth” (from the CD Ravaging the Purity)Heard by: Mike Adams, South BayIt’s pretty good; I’d like to hear more of them. It’s close to generic metal, but it’s better than ...

Cityzen, Underhill Vortex, and V Child

Artist: CityzenSong: RestlessHeard by: Beau Goldner, North ParkI liked it right off the bat. It sounded pretty good. It kind of reminded me of an ’80s or early-’90s style of rock…maybe even like Danzig. I ...

Tiawnee, I Vomited a Rainbow, and Hello Drama

Artist: Tiawnee feat. Mr. SplifSong: “School Girl Crush” (from the CD Young Love)Heard By: William, San Diego Personally, I can respect hip-hop and rap music, but that song didn’t really have a lot of composition ...

Jaymz Dare, Joey Harris, and Revenge Club

Artist: Jaymz DareSong: “Rock Paper Scissors” (from his self-titled CD)Heard by: Aaron Rubin, San DiegoIt was awful. It wanted it to sound like Soft Cell, but it didn’t achieve it. This is a great example ...

Toxicana, You Feel Like Rain, and Dead as Dillinger

Artist: ToxicanaSong: Vicious Cycle (from the CD Pandemia)Heard by: Rafael Gonzalez, San DiegoBasically, the music was pretty good, the lyrics made sense, and there was a good coordination between the music and lyrics — everything ...

Astra, Boomsnake, Dakotafish

Artist: BoomsnakeSong: “Busy” (from the CD Give and Take)Heard by: Jon Carmack, Mission Bay It was pretty good. It started off with a nice, raw acoustic sound, and then the full band kicked in midway ...

Nautical Disaster, Jimmy Powers vs. Verbz, and Aepnia

Artist: Nautical DisasterSong: “Your Lying Stars” (from the CD Interceptor)Heard by: Lucas Blankartz, North ParkI thought it was a pretty decent song. It started out really bass-heavy and sounded very spacey and dark. It sounds ...

Shamey Jays, Even Keel, and Berkley Hart

Artist: The Shamey JaysSong: “My Machine Kicks Your Machine’s Ass” (from the CD Your Pretty Packages)Heard By: Sarah Nelson, DowntownIt was fun. It’s something that I’d want to listen to while I’m doing something like ...

Mutantspaceboy, Josh Damigo, and the Turtle Project

Artist: MutantspaceboySong: “Lost in Time” (from the CD Mutantspaceboy)Heard By: Rob Scheuch, Mission HillsI thought it was very different. It was mostly synthesizers. It started out really slow and then progressively picked up and got ...

Manic Diffusion, the Ambassador, and Necrolepsy

Artist: Manic DiffusionSong: “Mr. Badd Guy” (from the CD Orange Rhymes)Heard By: Lincoln Lee, Fashion Valley I thought it was good. It’s not my type of genre, but I liked the solos, the riffs, and ...

Po County, Eclipse79, and SO3

Artist: Po County featuring Big Money BlueSong: “Po County Livin’ It Up (Slamming)” (from their two-song CDR)Heard By: Richard Medlen, San Diego It was good; it had a great beat to it. It was something ...

Israel Bissel, Jasmine, and Strike the Design

Artist: Israel BissellSong: “Angel Wings” (from the CD Disillusioned Hero)Heard By: Bryan Whitman, North ParkI thought it had a good instrumental. I liked that they used a lot of wind instruments — they used more ...

Sicarus, Feeling of Hate, and K.A.L.M.

Artist: SicarusSong: “Strength of All” (from the CD Strength of All)Heard By: Scoops, City Heights It totally sucked. It was like three different bands that weren’t really good that were playing the same song in ...

Endoxi, Somato Sensory, Bombay Status

Artist: EndoxiSong: “I’m Bipolar” (from the CD New Blood, Old Soul)Heard By: Taylor Nelson, Chula Vista Basically, the high point to me was the fact that they used real instruments — real drums, real bass, ...

Derek Papa, Pillbox Remedy, and Plow

Artist: PlowSong: “Sunday Sadir” (from their self-titled CD)Heard By: Adrian Keenan, Ocean BeachI thought it was really interesting — a kind of old, folksy-sounding song. It was very reminiscent of the late-1800s or so. It ...

Matt Commerce, Wayne Riker, Janell Rock

Artist: Janell RockSong: “The Black Cat Cries” (from the CD Performer)Heard By: Silvia Flores, College Area I liked the bass in the beginning. Instead of just keeping the rhythm, it actually played the melody. The ...

Kellis, Marasol, Social Green

Artist: KellisSong: “When You Love Someone” (from the Doodles EP)Heard By: Bill Wesley, South Park I thought it sounded a lot like Johnny Cash — sort of old-school country-western but with a better recording. His ...

Da Bears, Modern Rifles, Hotel St. George

Artist: Da BearsSong: “Regal Beagle” (from the CD Classics Never Die/Cowardly Cobra)Heard By: Justine Marzoni, Imperial Beach I really liked it. It reminds me of Of Montreal; it was dance-y and happy. I liked the ...

Zank, Jack, and Ron

Artist: ZankSong: “Sorry” (from the CD Without a Bridge)Heard By: Abe Sanchez, Rosarito, Mexico It’s not bad. It’s something I’d definitely listen to on the radio, but I don’t know if I’d go out and ...

Jesse Johnson, Philip Treas, Extinct Animals

Artist: Jesse JohnsonSong: “Spread the Love” (from the CD Cause and Effect)Heard By: Peter Milmoe, New York City I thought he had a great voice. The song had a lot of movement, but it was ...

Lillian Palmer, Mod Amish, and Behind the Wagon

Artist: Lillian Palmer Song: “Swinging on the Moon” (from the CD Like a Lover) Heard By: Gonzalo Dremoniz, Normal Heights Overall, it’s cookin’. It’s very tight and swingin’. It’s everything I like about “proper” jazz. ...

Pac 10, Jodi V, Elijah Emanuel

Artist: Pac 10Song: “You Could Be Next” (from the CD Franchise Players)Heard By: Jason Kjolsing, Mira Mesa I thought it was interesting subject matter. It was about how George Bush messed up the country and ...

Bless 619, Avitia, Writer

Artist: Bless 619Song: “Diego Rivera” (from the CD Diego Rivera)Heard By: Anthony Lukens, Golden Hill The beats are pretty good, but I didn’t really dig on the emcee until he said, “There’s so much drama ...

Fiffin Market, Nathan James, XIV

Artist: Fiffin Market Song: “The Wild Rover” (from the CD Lost at Sea) Heard By: Chase Edwards, North Park I liked it. It made me want to drink beer. It reminds me of the Dropkick ...

The Bigfellas, Styles Free, Pushin Rope

Artist: The Bigfellas Song: “California King” (from the CD Chubbed Up) Heard By: Gil Ronduen, Paradise Hills It was folky. When it first started off with the piano, it sounded like the intro to a ...

Peter Pupping Band, the Shake Ups, Lindsey Hail

Artist: The Peter Pupping Band Song: “Sea Journey” (from the CD Sea Journey) Heard By: Richard Gutierrez, Pomona, CA It was basically a mix of styles. It was all instrumental with mostly a Latin feel. ...

Plane Without a Pilot, Podunk Nowhere, Mannyfesto & Stel

Artist:Plane Without a Pilot Song: “What I Would Do” (from the CD It’s about Time) Heard By: Tony Diprima, Mission Bay The first thing I heard was a “pang” cymbal, which bummed me out. It’s ...

Chill, Throwback, and Makeup Music

Artist: Slightly Stoopid Song: “The Fruits” (from the CD Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid Heard By: Marlon Hendred, Mission Hills I thought it was pretty good, but it’s not like I ...

Strange, Okay, Not Too Pretentious

Artist: A Scribe amidst the Lions Song: “Wet Bird” (from the CD Sunken Cities) Heard By: Richie Lauridsen, Golden Hill It’s not my cup of tea; however, the band is technically proficient. That song kind ...

Strolling Music

Artist: Lanterns Song: “Knives Gleam” (from myspace.com/wearelanterns) Heard By: Katie Zangaro, North Park It had a light and easy enough sound to where anyone can get into them. I would consider it indie rock. It ...

Ready for War

Artist: Nature of the Beast Song: “Ready for War” (from the CD Homeland Security) Heard By: Robert Bagaygay, Mission Valley I was really liking the beat. It went back to the old school with the ...

Not for Velvet Underground Fans

Artist: Charles Musket Song: “Tapes” (from myspace.com/charlesmusket) Heard By: Jason Campanile, Boulevard It started off strong. It had a really catchy melody. I saw what they were going for, and I don’t think they made ...

Like Lil Jon Took Some Ecstasy

Artist: Trend Setters Song: “No Friends” (from the CD Cali Crunk Vol. 1) Heard By: Graham Goodenough, College Area It was generic, standard, recent hip-hop that’s got that Southern beat — kind of slowed down ...

A Californian Song and New Grunge

Artist: The Paddle Boat Song: “A Little Time” (from myspace.com/thepaddleboat) Heard By: Michael Dunford, Mission Hills I thought it was good. I think it’s a very appropriate song. What I mean by that is the ...

Youth Group Version of Experimental

Artist: Marcelo Radulovich Song: “Turn on the Phone” (from the CD Mercurio) Heard By: Tracey McDonough, Point Loma Marcelo Radulovich — you need to choose a sound because you are going all over the place. ...

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