Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford

Jay Allen Sanford co-created the comic book line Rock 'N' Roll Comics for Revolutionary Comics, publishers of the Beatles Experience 8-issue series (among the titles reprinted in graphic novel form by Bluewater Productions, beginning in 2010), and his publishing company Re-Visionary Press is known for its line of Carnal Comics — True Stories of Adult Film Stars; the titles were among the top-selling independent comic books of the '90s. He also created the comic strip "Rock Tales," which began in Rip Magazine before beginning a 15-plus year run in Spin magazine. Since selling off his publishing interests in 2000, he likes to scribble and type stuff every day, and rumor has it that people actually pay him to do this, including MTV/VH1, for whom he writes TV shows and specials like Pop Up Video, 100 Most Metal Moments, etc.

For the San Diego Reader, he writes cover stories and musician interviews, as well as contributing each week to the Blurt music column for over 17 years. He draws two comic strips created specifically for the Reader: Overheard in San Diego (debuted 1996 and collected in book form in 2013) and Famous Former Neighbors (since 2004).

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Reggae boom

San Diego reggae bands land on Billboard charts

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Radio Moscow, dialed in

San Diego psych-rock trio plays this year's Desert Daze

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Add some Phantoms to your day

Local quartet will punk-up ’70s-inspired glam rock at Casbah's Anti-Monday

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Blackwater crash recovery

When one band stalls another starts for Syren Franco

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Fall record releases from San Diego bands

Our monthly record-release roundup looks at what's coming in October

Punk rockers Just In Case will release Prior Knowledge via Rdub Recordings on September 27, with a single for “Profiles” now available. The debut self-titled full-length from Oceanside prog-reggae quintet Fluid Foundation premieres October 8 ...

Poison Headache's feel-good Phil

“I can appreciate daddy long legs because they kill bigger and worse spiders, so we’re cool.”

"It’s aggressive and energetic music,” says Wovenwar’s Phil Sgrosso of his new side band Poison Headache. “Something your parents would think is total crap, but that’s sort of the point.” The busy singer/guitarist/bassist has had ...

The price of music promo

Singer Debora Galan finds out it's not All About Love

Debora Galan’s new full-length All About Love was originally planned for release as an EP in 2013. However, “I had to make changes in the production team after investing considerable funds and re-do some of ...

Ypsitucky — goes with everything but hip-hop and reggae

El Monte Slim finds a fiddle, a new name, and a new twang

‘We came together while playing in El Monte Slim, and when that was put on hold almost two years ago, we just decided to keep it going with Heather Vorwerck on fiddle full-time,” says Ypsitucky ...

Allison's shock factor

Allison Adams Tucker punks-up her jazz show

“Wanderlust was created to be a musical travel postcard of sounds and images from around the world in six languages,” says Allison Adams Tucker of her third full-length, which debuts September 16 at North Park’s ...

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