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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, 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 serves as Music Section editor and 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, and his Local Five/Live Five column debuted in 2019.

Articles by Jay Allen Sanford

Simeon Flick jives, Omar Musisco solos, Landis St. parties, Joshua Taylor crowdfunds, and Ricky has Pure Fun

Simeon Flick writes folky, jazzy, alternative, R&B, alt-country, and pop-rock music. “After January 6, 2021, it was once again time to confront some overripe socio-political jive,” says the singer-songwriter of his upcoming eight-song digital-only album ...

September 29, 2022
Flogging Molly plays, Pierce the Veil returns, Switchfoot carols, Tom Brosseau notes, and Billy Gibbons marries Dani & Tim

Flogging Molly’s first new album in five years, Anthem, reunites the band with engineer Steve Albini. A video is streaming online for the album single “The Croppy Boy ’98,” and they released a lyric video ...

September 22, 2022
Tolan Shaw heartbeat, Homeless Sexuals demos, Gabe Serbian coffee, Zach Goode homecoming, Ritchie Brubaker RIP

“My new song ‘Meet You’ was inspired by the news of becoming a father for the first time,” says Tolan Shaw. “I recorded my daughter Dela’s heartbeat at a doctor’s appointment within the first month, ...

September 15, 2022
Sic Waiting, Tamar Berk, P.O.D., End Of the Line, Meidai

Having experienced studio fires, bus breakdowns, stolen gear, death, and despondency, Oceanside’s Sic Waiting calls itself “a force in the scene that will not go away. Kinda like a bad rash.” Their album A Fine ...

September 7, 2022
On the record with Strange Bouquets, Greyboy Allstars, Bella Kaye, Lindsay White, Jefferson Jay

A new collaborative project called Strange Bouquets, featuring Rory Morison from Drug Hunt, just released a single and music video for “Mirrors,” previewing an upcoming self-titled album. Says Morison, “A solo record always seemed too ...

September 1, 2022
New music & videos from Ash Easton, Wild Wild Wets, Zach Phillips, Peter Bolland, Earthless

“I play original Americana, blues rock-style music, as well as cover songs,” says Ash Easton, who learned her craft performing at local breweries, wineries, bars, and restaurants. Easton’s highly-trained and wide-ranging vocal style was inspired ...

August 25, 2022
All Garrison Bailey needs is 250 square feet and Google

“My last album was seven years ago, and money was always an issue,” says Garrison Bailey (Groove Kitties). “I also had moved to Pennsylvania for five years, and music was put on the back burner ...

August 18, 2022
What you can expect from Bobby Bray, Flogging Molly, Mike Pope, Lexington Field, and Beach Punx Fest

Bobby Bray (INUS) recently contributed to Fender’s Technique of the Week series. “They had me do a technique for beginners…muted pick tapping on multiple strings at once, in a percussive manner. It’s actually a thing ...

August 18, 2022
Warmly transcending a degree of nostalgia

“There’s a lot of analog warmth to this album which will only be emphasized all the more on vinyl,” says occasional Bauhaus bassist David J of the vinyl release of A Free Society, from his ...

August 11, 2022
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