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).

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

New music in San Diego announced

Including but not limited to Cigarettes After Sex, The National, and Nick Murphy

Any musician will tell you what a challenge it is to cover Steely Dan in concert. Not just the mathematical precision of the arrangements and the individual styles of the various guest guitarists, but because ...

Freshmen be advised, Birdy's a sophomore

Al Howard skips the "organic" cliché and describes how it happened

“We’re all releasing our albums at the Casbah in a 3D release party,” says Shawn P. Rohlf (7th Day Buskers) of the May 27 event he’s staging with Jeff Berkley and Veronica May. “My new ...

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This week we have FutureCastle, Halsey, San Cisco, and more

If concept albums are a dicey proposition in the age of digital singles, then a thematic mini-rock opera built from cover tunes may seem the height of commercial folly. Try telling that to Rare Futures ...

Guitar Center refugee

Of corporate greed and Bossfight's "Green"

“It’s about the greed that exists within corporations, specifically venture capitalists, and it has deep personal meaning,” says Bossfight guitarist David Settimi of the band’s new single “Green.” Settimi spent nearly 20 years working for ...

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New shows announced for Circa Wave, Michelle Branch, Fallout Boy, lots more

The final date of Circa Waves’s headline tour supporting their sophomore album Different Creatures hits the Casbah on June 14. The Liverpool lads have beefed up their somewhat twee sound, thanks in no small part ...

Brian Karscig helps launch Instagram of music

"I had a great video of my friend drunkenly eating cupcakes at a party."

“My business partner Nick Venti and I set out to make a music social app called BLKBOX that allows friends to share music and images with the moments of their lives,” says Brian Karscig (Louis ...

No man is an island or sky except maybe Daniel Isle Sky

“I didn’t smoke and didn’t drink enough to keep up with my bandmates.”

In the early days of Daniel Isle Sky’s music career, which essentially started by playing piano for church functions, he still managed to make time to earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Soon, however, he ...

New shows in San Diego

Black Lips, Dopapod, Blues Traveler, more...

Brooklyn synthpop duo Great Good Fine Ok met one evening in 2013, and the song they wrote together the next morning, “You’re the One for Me,” went on to hit number one on Hype Machine ...

San Diego record roundup (May)

Mayor Taco Ghost couldn't wait for April to be through

Experimental pop group Mayor Taco Ghost and drone/doom vocal duo Vas Hermeticum both released new albums at the Black Cat on April 29. Acoustic songstress Elise Trouw will celebrate both her 18th birthday and the ...

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