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 20 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). His column Just Announced, previewing upcoming local concerts, debuted in early 2017.

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

Re-imagining cinema soundtracks

Morricone Youth, Nina Nesbitt, Exploded View, Mutual Benefit

Although they’re usually considered a quintessential NYC art-rock band specializing in re-imagining cinema soundtracks, Morricone Youth actually has roots in mostly long-gone San Diego groups such as Rust, Creedle, aMiniature, Crash Worship, and one of ...

Naughty antics

“I just thought they had a lot of talent for being so young"

Local teen band Ignant Benches is already enjoying some lucky breaks, thanks to the producer of their first professional recordings, Brian Karscig, whose group Louis XIV was once named one of 10 Artists To Watch ...

Lou Curtiss kept the music alive

RIP Folk Arts Rare Records co-founder

He championed young Tom Waits and countless others

Soft and dangerous

In This Moment, Shortly, Birdtalker, Todd Rundgren

Few metal bands take their theatrics as seriously as LA’s In This Moment, who have been known to wear costumes themed to the music, with masked guests onstage enacting bits of scene-setting that make performances ...

July's local record roundup

“There’s not going to be as many big, jammy guitar solos"

The Donkeys will play a two-night record release party at the Casbah on July 6 and 7 for their album Sun Damaged Youth, produced by Jason Quever, who worked on their debut full-length and covered ...

Less whimsical and more muscular

Ceramic Animal, Dale Watson, Mat Kearney, Monster Magnet

To call Ceramic Animal mere psych-rock is to unfairly relegate them to the same paisley parking lot spinners who never figured out that Their Satanic Majesties Request was just the Stones mocking them and their ...

People who like rock, dancing, and fun

"We never considered ourselves broken up, just not all in the same city"

“Our last album came out before Youtube was invented,” says Dan Nordheim, guitarist-keyboardist for the Blanks. “We got our start in Michigan, during the garage rock revival of the early-to-mid 2000s, and released a few ...

Don't Get To Know Jeffrey Joe Morin

All-star tribute concert and album release July 17

Locals gather to pay tribute to local mentor

Styx returns to rock opera

Plus Alan Parsons, Greensky Bluegrass, the Lil Smokies, and Ghost

A little over 20 years ago, when a bunch of Hit Parader contributors pooled writeups for a 20 Best Debut Albums of All Time feature, I took a lot of flack for doing mine on ...

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