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Bill Ray: Drums www.billraydrums.com



IT'S DONE!!!! And growing every hour....

If you wanna see a list of over 1,3000 San Diego performers, with links to full profiles, photos, discographies, articles, MP3s, etc, checkout http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/search/

Believe it or not, you can click on ANY MUSICIAN'S NAME, and bring up a list of every notable band they've ever been in!

AND, if that wasn't cool 'nuff, click on an instrument, like "drums" - BAM, a list of EVERY DRUMMER IN SAN DIEGO!!!

We've been working on this massively cross-linked Local Music Database for over two years now, covering a century of San Diego history --- if you're a local performer who wants to add or edit a page, go to http://www.sandiegoreader.com/band/edit/

More anon!!!! JAS

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Intransitaudio Intransitaudio

  • Where: 710 Beach Club
  • When: 9:00 p.m.
  • Why: Cuz I like their brand of groove-centered jams, akin to '70s progressive rock but with underpinnings of modern electronica.





Singer/songwriter Christopher Sluka’s first two albums were released in Japan by Meldac Records, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, while his third album was recorded for CGD, an Italian branch of Time-Warner. “After that, all my music has come out through my own Steel Flower Music label,” says Sluka, “which has different distribution deals throughout the world.”


 In 1994, Sluka bought PB’s Javanican Coffee House, soon opening a Mission Beach branch where he also regularly performed. He recently sold the operation to local drummer Patrick Watson, a.k.a. Max Slyder.


 “I had the coffee biz for 15 years, with many ups and downs,” says Sluka. “During the last few years, I was inspired to make a new album, and the coffee house was in need of more and more attention. Something had to give.”


Other time demands include his job as Assistant Chief Instructor for National Air College, Montgomery Field, where he’s an FAA Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor, with a commercial pilot’s license and over 3,000 hours of flight time.


“I have yet to fly myself to a distant gig,” he says, “if only because I haven’t acquired an airplane large enough to carry all the heavy equipment. Still working on that one.”

“I think I have performed well in the air, though, but it wasn’t music. You’d have to ask her.”


  Sluka’s eighth album Solo Flight was released last month. He appears April 11 at the Welcome Café in Redondo Beach.




The first meeting of the San Diego Pro Tools User Group was held March 24 at Studio West on Via Frontera.


Album cover “Over 50 attended, and within a few days we already had 150 members,” says studio manager Astra Kelly. “The goal is provide a community for home studio owners and industry pros who use Pro Tools, to swap technical tips and creative ideas.”




The group’s inaugural topic was ‘What’s New and Great in Pro Tools 8,’ the most recent version of the program. “We plan on having guest speakers at each meeting,” says Kelly. “Potentially on the next bill is prolific engineer and producer Eric ‘ET’ Thorngren [Bob Marley, Talking Heads].”




There’s no fee to join the group, though Studio West offers paid Pro Tools courses at its Recording Arts Center. “The bassist from B-Side Players, Damian DeRobbio, took some classes,” according to Kelly, “and [bassist] Traa Daniels from P.O.D. has registered for some courses as well.”




Isn’t teaching Pro Tools hastening the recording studio’s own obsolescence?


“Actually, it provides us with a revenue stream, because it exposes the studio to potential customers who may not otherwise visit the facility. It also educates people who are using Pro Tools at home about the importance of using a real fully-equipped studio and an experienced engineer for certain aspects of the recording process.”




Studio West also records dialogue inserts for the NBC series Kings and a UK show called Bullrun. “The biggest difference is that, when you record music in studio, the creative process is happening right then and there. When doing dialogue for film or TV, the actor is coming back into the studio to fix portions of audio. The creative process happened on the set, so them coming in for an hour or so after the fact is sometimes awkward, since they have to conjure up the same emotions and attitude they had while shooting.”



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Merch Girl Merch Girl by Jay Allen Sanford, Published April 1

“Someday I hope to have my own independent record label,” says Aileen Burns, who has spent the past four years touring with the Plain White T’s as their “merch girl.” “My responsibilities include picking designs... More Merch Girl

Out of Austin Out of Austin by Jay Allen Sanford, Published April 1

In the days following the South by Southwest music convention, several of the two dozen or so local bands who performed around Austin reported on their experiences. Drew Andrews: “It’s hard to describe the insanity ... More Out of Austin




UNANSWERABLE QUESTION OF THE DAY: If dope smoke doesn't damage the brain, why do people think Cheech & Chong are funny? If stoners weren't easily entertained, we'd never heard of Jerry Garcia, Seth Rogan, Harold & Kumar, Zardoz, Sid & Marty Krofft OR Screaming Yellow Zonkers...

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1361450_13060946&url=http://www.myspace.com/cathrynbeeksordeal CATHRYN BEEKS' WEEKLY LISTEN LOCAL HOTSHEET

Wednesday 4/1 - The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal plays this Wednesday at Portugalia.  Every Wed. Tori Roze hosts a night of female fronted entertainment and we're proud to be part of the fun this week, April 1st.  Dont' be a fool, join us at 9pm along with Melissa Eisler and Nicole Torres in Ocean Beach, baby.

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http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=402638768 Link of the Week:  Portugalia Wednesdays rock!  If you like veggie friendly apps and female fronted rock, then you need to be in OB every Wednesday for Tori Roze's kick ass shows.

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=352530699 Sign up as a free member at AuditionForFame.com and use the services to upload a video doing what you do.  AuditionForFame.com is a place that independent entertainers can get the exposure they are looking for and sell CD's, DVD's, T Shirts, etc.  Sign up as a free member and try them out.

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=389979147 North by North Park has a new name.  Now known as North Park Music Thing - San Diego Music Conference & Festival (if that link doesn't work today check in again tomorrow!) the event covers 3 days from Friday, August 7 thru Sunday, August 9, 2009.  Artists that are interested in showcasing at NPMT need to submit music to the conference via our special submission page at http:/www.sonicbids.com/NPMT.

The deadline for submissions is on June 15th.  If you did not attend in 2008, this event is similar to what is done annually in Austin at South by Southwest. There are musicians workshops, demo reviews and this year, there will be 20+ stages with over 150 artists showcasing their music.  Early bird NPMT registration rate is $25 for two days of music and workshops.  Advance registration to attend will begin next week, on Wednesday, April 1, online only, via the  event website at: http://www.northparkmusicthing.com. 

As they prepare for 2009, they are open to all suggestions, criticism and comments. If you have any ideas - good or bad -- that might help make NPMT an even better experience for everyone, drop them a line. 

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://www.shindy.tv/ Shindy.TV has been hosting and filming live music at The Bondi Bar on various Wednesdays.  They're also out and about covering music related events and generally helping to expose San Diego's rad music scene.  On April 29th and a few Wednesdays in May, Brad from Shindy will be hanging out with me Backstage at The Bitter End where he'll be "auditioning" bands for future episodes of Volume, Shindy.tv's live music features.  Stay tuned for details!

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://www.gregorypage.com Gregory Page, one of SD's most accomplished singer-songwriters will be performing his last North American show before leaving on a 3 month concert tour of Australia, where he will be performing with Jason Mraz, Bushwalla and Steve Poltz.  Catch Gregory Page on Saturday, 4/4 at 8pm at Swedenborg Hall.

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://www.myspace.com/thetornadomagnets Don't miss the release of Tornado Magnet's new CD "Double Wide" at The Beauty Bar this Tuesday, 3/31.

http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/fan_reach/pt?eid=1668003_13060946&url=http://www.listenlocalsd.com/EventsExtras.html Huge thanks to everyone who participated in The Couch Sessions last night... it was magical.  The Oasis is the perfect home for our more intimate acoustic shows and we're lucky enough to be there again on May 3rd for THE GAME.  The title is COME TO FIND OUT.  Write a song to that title and get ready for some fun.  Possible prizes for this game, stay tuned for details in an upcoming Music Mail.

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That's it for this week, see you at a show!


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    Tu 3/31: Bill O'Reilly, Marianne Faithfull
    We 4/1: Marg Helgenberger, Francisco Palacios, Ray LaMontagne
    Th 4/2: Michael J. Fox, the Fray
    Fr 4/3: Denis Leary, Diana Krall

    Mo 4/6: Stupid Pet Tricks, Paul Rudd, Razorlight (R 3/10/09)
    Tu 4/7: Will Ferrell, Cursive (R 3/13/09)
    We 4/8: Julia Roberts, Bell X1 (R 3/17/09)
    Th 4/9: Russell Brand, Jack Hanna (R 3/9/09)
    Tu 4/0: Jon Stewart, U2 (R 3/5/09)


    Tu 3/31: Amy Poehler, Paul Walker, Fall Out Boy
    We 4/1: Michael Caine, Dennis Rodman, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
    Th 4/2: Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift
    Fr 4/3: Miley Cyrus


    Tu 3/31: Isabella Rossellini, Linda Cardellini
    We 4/1: Jennifer Tilly, Heidi Newfield
    Th 4/2: Brittany Murphy, Christopher Gorham
    Fr 4/3: Zooey Deschanel, Lance Krall


    Tu 3/31: Glenn Close, Kristen Wiig, Gomez
    We 4/1: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Stevie Nicks, Nick Thune
    Th 4/2: Seth Rogen, Leighton Meester, Dr. Dog
    Fr 4/3: Lauren Graham, Judah Friedlander, Cold War Kids


    Tu 3/31: Adrianne Palicki, Robin Thicke
    We 4/1: Adam Scott, Renee Gauthier, Cold War Kids
    Th 4/2: Nico Stai
    Fr 4/3: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Mo 4/6: Little Boots (R 3/4/09)
    Tu 4/7: Robert Francis (R 3/5/09)
    We 4/8: N.A.S.A. (R 3/6/09)
    Th 4/9: Robin Thicke (R 3/10/09)
    Fr 4/10: Patton Oswalt, M83 (R 3/11/09)


    Tu 3/31: Seth Rogen
    We 4/1: Peter Orszag
    Th 4/2: Tom Zoellner

    THE COLBERT REPORT, Comedy Central

    Tu 3/31: David Plotz
    We 4/1: Dambisa Moyo
    Th 4/2: Biz Stone


    Tu 3/31: The latest "Dancing with the Stars" castoff, Will Arnett, Michelle Rodriguez
    We 4/1: Amy Poehler, Jordana Brewster, Les Claypool
    Th 4/2: Vin Diesel, Anna Faris, Eli Young Band
    Fr 4/3: Paul Walker, Lily Allen

    Mo 4/6: Rerun TBA
    Tu 4/7: Portia de Rossi, Melissa Rycroft, Motley Crue (R 3/20/09)
    We 4/8: Andy Samberg, Ashley Scott, MSTRKRFT (R 3/18/09)
    Th 4/9: "Dancing with the Stars" castoff Denise Richards, Zach Braff, Cheryl Hines, Charlie Wilson sits in with the band (R 3/24/09)
    Fr 4/10: Amy Poehler, Jordana Brewster, Les Claypool (R 4/1/09)


    "Before It Was The Gaslamp: Balboa's Last Stand" - Cover story 6-21-07: In the late 70s/early 80s, I worked at downtown San Diego's grindhouse all-night movie theaters, for the owner of the Pussycat Theatre chain, Vince Miranda - this detailed feature recalls those dayz, the death of the Balboa Theatre, etc.

    More Before It Was the Gaslamp


    "Battle Of The Peeps" - feature article about a weird gig I had in the mid-'80s, running a strip club called Jolar, for the nation's second biggest pornographer, Harry Mohney (Deja Vu Showgirls founder).

    More Battle of the Peeps - An Insider History of San Diego Porn Shops

    "Field Of Screens" - Cover story 7-6-06: Complete theater-by-theater history of San Diego drive-ins thru the years, including a few which screened X-rated fare for awhile.

    More Drive-In Theaters in San Diego: Complete Illustrated History 1947 thru 2008


    "Pussycat Theaters - When 'Cathouses Ruled California" -- for the first time, the detailed inside story of the west coast Pussycat Theater chain of adult moviehouses, which peaked in the '70s but later died out. Told by those who actually ran the theaters!

    More Pussycat Theater History: When Cathouses Ruled CA

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    FAMOUS FORMER NEIGHBORS - Over 100 comic strips online, with mini-bios of famous San Diegans: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/photos/galleries/famous-former-neighbors/

    SAN DIEGO READER MUSIC MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/sandiegoreadermusic

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