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

New look for “King Without a Crown” writer & more just announced concerts

Matisyahu, The Faint, the Lemonheads, Billie Eilish

Matthew Paul Miller, aka Matisyahu, earned a lot of early press for being the first widely known Hasidic Jewish reggae performer to incorporate rapping and beat-boxing into his music. You could run down a calculator ...

Syncopated soulful groove of the Suffers & more Just Announced concerts

The Suffers, Hot Flash Heat Wave, Jack Tempchin, The Church

Houston’s The Suffers were still trying to match their funky 1970s “Workin’ at the Car Wash” R&B sound to contemporary reggae and dub music when their first singles and debut Make Some Room EP dropped ...

Will 13 Point Brewing make Lemon Grove the new La Mesa?

Brewery will also focus on live original music

“I think the last show I played in Lemon Grove was a place called the Pelican Pub a million years ago and, prior to that, an all ages venue called Mesopotamia,” says Manganista singer-percussionist Matt ...

San Diego singer alleges Gene Simmons groping, sparks new war with Ace Frehley

Former Sleazybeats singer puts the kibosh on Kiss reunion

Former Sleazybeats singer puts the kibosh on Kiss reunion

Record roundup with Avenue Army, Donnis Trio, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Sisster, Roger!, Winterhawk, Gary Wilson and more

Notes from the San Diego band new release bin

70s/80s cult DIY outsider Gary Wilson has enjoyed a renewed career since being discovered working at the local Jolar porn shop and having his eccentric but adventurous back catalogue reissued. Now a hot touring attraction ...

Party like it’s 1965

Gene Evaro Jr., Driver Era, Turnover, Reptaliens, Mdou Moctar

Rarely has an artist summed up both their sound and philosophy as succinctly as Gene Evaro Jr. does on his album, song, and video for “Like It’s 1965.” Nearly everything he says, does, sings, and ...

Ryan Bingham: snarky desert troubadour

Plus Bad Suns, Little People, Bryan Ferry

Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham may not be breaking any new ground in the roots music field, but it is called roots; you’re not supposed to dig ‘em up. Maintaining sagebrush authenticity isn’t a problem for ...

Honkabilly queen Rosie Flores & more local newsmakers

...and Buck-O-Nine, Hostile Comb-Over, Silent, Switchfoot, Loons, Tom Delonge, more

Over a decade after their last album, 2007’s Sustain, ska-punk rockers Buck-O-Nine will drop a new full-length in April via Cleopatra Records. The band has been in semi-retirement, with only occasional performances and one-off releases ...

Sunflower Sutra

Bassist Sean Hicke steps forward

“I’ve always written a ton of music, but I didn’t really have enough time to lead my own groups until recently,” says jazz bassist Sean Hicke, who just released his debut solo album Sunflower Sutra. ...

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