Ted Burke

Ted Burke, a student at Mesa College in 1972, was recommended to the Reader by his professor, as was fellow Mesa student Steve Esmedina. Burke wrote music reviews and features for the Reader. He was included in the 1996 anthology Small Rain: Eight Poets from San Diego, published by D.G. Wills Books. Burke continues to write fiction and prose, does local readings, contributes to several online forums, and maintains a website of his work. He also plays a mean blues harmonica.

Articles by Ted Burke

Strange Storm out of Brooklyn

The Darrin James Band's latest is blues-rock tempered to our times

Strange Storm, the third album from the Brooklyn-based Darrin James Band, is truth-telling of the bitterest sort, ten tracks naming the slights we do each other, intended and otherwise. Following suit, Darrin James, principle songwriter ...

Sluka releases his Introversions

San Diego's "gothic cavalier" finds his bright side, sort of

Christopher Sluka, a San Diego resident and a singer/songwriter/musician most commonly cast as a goth rocker, has released an album, Introversions, that seems to be an effort to expand his horizons beyond a half-melodic philosophy ...

Once in a Blue Moon no soothing tonic

Robert Nix's latest adds muscle-tone to art-rock

Robert Nix is a Canadian composer and multi-instrumentalist whose recent album, Once in a Blue Moon, highlights a man adding muscle-tone to the business of art-rock. Acquainted with absurdity and valuing the artist impulse to ...

Bryan Deister — jack of all trades, master of none

Art-rock hopeful's sprawling Spines of the Heart reviewed

Publicity materials for Bryan Deister assert that he's a student at Berklee School of Music and that he has extensive experience in studying and performing music of all sorts, be it classical, jazz, straight-ahead rock, ...

The Lost Poets do depression right

Insubordian Pt. 11's thick murk is where grunge might have gone

The Lost Poets are a faux-anonymous duo from Sweden consisting of David Rosengren (vocals, guitar) and Petter Ossian Strömberg (drums), and their specialty is striving to make the shriekiest, most downcast, most turgid and grinding ...

Reader writers tell funny stories about dead colleague, Steve Esmedina

Blubbo's world

Esmo’s phone manner was so hugger-mugger that I could be sitting four feet away and could not make out a single word. For all I could tell, he might have been laying fifty on a pony.

I Feel a Jam Coming On

Mesa College classmate, fellow cub music writer

Every time I invited Steve Esmedina to hang out at my place in the Clairemont–Pacific Beach area in the early ’70s when I first met him, he’d stare at me through curiously squinted eyes, smirking. ...

A Moby Grape Survivor

Two related incidents to begin with.

Moby Grape's move to Santa Cruz was an attempt to get away from the meth and smack that were going down heavy in San Francisco

"Let's hear it for Yoko in her first San Diego appearance."

And her last

Lennon's going to be here," he shouted to his friend. "I just heard it. John Lennon's gonna be here. Hot damn!" He fidgeted in his seat, took a glance at the Padre game being played ...

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