Of Note

The Ed Kornhauser shuffle

He’s been on the San Diego jazz scene for 14 years

“It’s something I’ve been putting off for years,” confessed pianist Ed Kornhauser, referring to the completion of sessions for his first album as a leader. It features all original music. “I’ve been writing music as ...

Sullivan King, Yakz, and Grabbitz: what gamers play

Fans say it sort of sounds like Pac-Man chomping on the ghosts

It seems that local concert promoters are nodding ‘yes’ in unison with my basshead brethren lately, and following the lead of video gamers. On January 24, Sullivan King, Yakz, and Grabbitz will perform their dubstep ...

Lil Yachty sails into town

Keeping that “surreal Willy Wonka” vibe

“I miss the old Yachty, the ‘bubblegum trap’ Yachty,” said fan Jhueller, “the never, switch up-Yachty.” “I’ve got songs that sample Mario Bros., Charlie Brown, the Rugrats theme, the music that plays when you turn ...

SAYMYNAME: The Godfather of Hardtrap

“I thought that remixing a child’s song like Barney could harm my career”

On December 11, I called BASSMNT to see if they’d permit our preschooler to access their club in two weeks; nobody answered and I left a message. Our preschooler and his playground homies love SAYMYNAME, ...

Comethazine’s SoundCloud bait-and-switch

Many SoundClouders didn’t know sound_clout_xxx was an impostor

Comethazine was part of a digital bait-and-switch occurrence last year, which some say helped boost the career of the 21-year-old rapper known as Frank Childress to his family and squad back home in Illinois. In ...

Fanboy film shot at Ken Club, Whistle Stop, Black Cat

What are the things that we can use that would cost other people money but would not cost us any money?

Besides managing the Casbah, Ben Johnson has played in local bands (the Long and Short Of It, Hostile Combover, Grammatical B), and he’s authored a couple of books (A Shadow Cast In Dust and Blood ...

Swedish Models focus efforts in the studio

“It was like a brotherhood kind of mess.”

Circa 2007, members of Ocean Beach-based rock acts Vinyl Radio and Cape May united to start a new project — the Swedish Models. According to guitarist Andrew Bernhardt, the band was a collection of “thrashy ...

Local guitarist debuts as new Black Crowes member

Joining Crowes for 30th anniversary reunion tour

The Black Crowes played their first show in six years on Monday, November 11 in New York City, with the founding Robinson brothers now backed by an all-new flock of Crowes including local Earthless guitarist ...

Who is 1788-L?

Alphanumeric gut-rattling zombie music

In early 2018, when 1788-L dropped its dubstep bangers on the Soundcloud music app, fans couldn’t click the water drop and subwoofer emoticons quick enough to keep up with the unknown-producers’ 140-bpm (beats per minute) ...

Jarabe Mexicano, Bob Marley, and the guts to protest

“I’m just saying there’s an injustice here that has yet to be rectified.”

A couple years back, Jarabe Mexicano was approached by producers who had heard their rendition of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up.” In their live set, the song snippet served as a transitional element. Their ...

Scratching and beat juggling like Grandmaster Flash

Blondie rapped about Flash’s turntable prowess in the 1980's "Rapture"

My dad never understood how I broke his turntable attempting to mimic parts of “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5. The 1981 song was ...