Blurt: San Diego Music News

Wanted Noise: second generation pop-punk spawn

"When I got here it seemed all I found was DJs and bands playing electronic music."

“It’s hard to be a band that has the punk-style influence and exist in Hawaii,” says Jin Salamack, singer/bassist of Wanted Noise. “I got island fever. I love it to death, but if you’re a ...

Barefoot Hockey Goalie injects the humor

"Playing the same old ‘my baby left me’ blues gets so boring."

“The band is stretched out, due to life, work, and families, so we don’t get to gig much anymore,” says Barefoot Hockey Goalie bassist Matthew Pray. “I currently reside in Chino and run a martial ...

Piano-tuner blues

Bud Fisher recounts the raccoon in the upright story and other tales

Bud Fisher has been tuning pianos on the professional level since 1984, when he made the transition from full-time musician to keyboard technician. “I still play, but not as well as when it was my ...

Music publishers' police on duty

ASCAP, BMI, and, "like, four of five of these scum suckers out there."

Called scum suckers and worse. In January it was announced that ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) had sued Jolt’n Joes in La Mesa and the Ramona Mainstage because they hosted musicians without ...

Melvins' walk with love and death

"Heat? The cops usually leave me alone."

Here comes Buzz Osborne, leader of the Melvins, back with drummer Dale Crover and Redd Kross’ Steven McDonald on bass. On July 5th they hit the Casbah, far enough from the beach for Osborne, who ...

Local musicians could've done better at San Diego County Fair

Outsiders clinched two of three top spots in battle-of-bands competition

There’s good news and not-so-good news for local musicians regarding talent shows. Local alt-rockers Creature Canyon say they will use the $2000 second-place prize they won in the San Diego County Fair’s June 16 battle-of-the ...

Sweet release

July's local record roundup

Multicultural dub-rockers Marujah will play their new full-length on June 30 at Del Oro Mine Company. “The title Marujah Rising came to me when I realized I was going to make an album with one ...

Gilbert Castellanos establishes Young Lions Jazz Conservatory

“My plan is to go all year long, and it’s going to be a little more intense."

“I’ve always had the idea to start my own school,” says trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, who recently resigned as the artistic director of the International Academy of Jazz in order to establish the Young Lions Jazz ...

How Bird Park Summer Concerts made it to 15

"That skyline view with the stage looking over the city and the bridge...”

The first concert at Bird Park was held in 2002. The Tami Thomas Big Band performed. At the time, Bird Park Summer Concerts founder Nellie Harris Ritter asked Jay Turner (head of North Park Main ...

It's a rap shop, not a thug thing

“Being unaffiliated, people feel safer here," says Jay Wat

Singer/songwriter Justin Watson, known to most local rappers as producer Jay Wat, says the fact he didn’t grow up around San Diego was a good thing. “I’m from Detroit, so I have a neutral presence,” ...

Rock en español? Naw, Rock en ingles.

"I was really inspired by Tijuana No!" says Latinized Hawk Auburn guitarman

When XETV Channel 6 went off the air last month, guitarist Raul Gonzales was one of some 60 employees who lost their jobs; he was a programming engineer in the station’s master control studio in ...

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