Ian Anderson 3 p.m., Dec. 12
Dago Braves with Lil Wayne Tonight, plus Cathryn Beeks Weekly Hotsheet, Cover Me Badd Recreating Beatles Rooftop Gig Downtown, more
Top secret gig in top secret locale, plus Overheard in San Diego - THE MUSICAL!
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Local rappers The Dago Braves are playing their biggest show tonight/Tuesday, at Cox Arena, with Lil Wayne and Gym Class Heroes.
Their topical lyrics address subjects like the changing political climate, biracial and multiracial culture, life on the Rez, life outside of the Rez, and music and life in general.
Being both African American and Native American, the duo express the struggles and advantages of being born between races. Their music reflects their local life experiences by fusing the original native rhythms of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation with the distinct hip hop beats of the San Diego rap scene.
The Dago Braves are fronted by cousins Terrence "Poodeezy" Brown and Mike "Odoe" Allen. "We are both three-quarters black and a quarter Native American," says Brown. "Our grandma is full-blooded [Native American]."
“Everyone has their hustle,” says Brown, “[and] the casino is our hustle. It’s what’s bringing the tribal family back together. Until we had the casino the tribal family was spread in every direction just trying to get by. Now we’re together and we’re doing alright.”
Last Fall, the Dago Braves won a Native American Music Award for Best Rap Hip Hop Recording, for their debut CD Native American Hustle. They also played the award show afterparty, and were seen walking the red carpet at the Do Something Awards (which is the official pre-party to the Teen Choice Awards).
Brown says the lyrics on Dago Braves’ first album are positive, not gangster. "Our lyrics come from our firsthand experiences; we try and keep it real. If we say we're driving in a Benz, we're really driving in a Benz. There's no lyin'."
Native American Hustle features local producers including Da Batkave, Grimmie Recs, Steve Vicious and Dave Moss.
Their recently released sophomore album Kumeyaay Cool Guyz includes locals Da Batkave, DJ Rek, J. Elliot Ness (our vote for Best Rapper name of the Month), and Haze Banger.
“Having the respect of our community means more to us than anything,” says Mike "Odoe" Allen. “It is a huge honor for us and we’re so thankful for the acknowledgement.”
“With their successes,” says Sycuan’s Paula Gould, “they're beginning to put the San Diego rap scene on the national platform. The goal; to make San Diego, and all its talent, a music force to be reckoned with, in much the same way the East Bay was in the ‘90s and the way Atlanta is now.”
Lil Wayne's Cox Arena set will stream live online tonight. His new rock single "Prom Queen" is debuting during the concert, and it will also appear on his MySpace page - the song is from his upcoming rock album Rebirth. more
Da Batkave, Tonex, Grimmie Recs, Steve Vicious, Dave Moss, DJ Rek, J. Elliot Ness, Haze Banger, Baby Bash, Lil' Wayne, N.E.R.D., Pitbull, Tech N9ne, Young Jeezy
WHERE IS THE READER'S HIP-HOP COVERAGE? - “Rap isn’t synonymous with hip-hop,” I’m told by DJ EVS (real name Evan McGinnis), of the three-piece Mission Infinite. “I think KRS-One [a social/political rapper, co-founder of Boogie Down Productions] defined it best: ‘Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.’ Rap is the style of how you compose your words, the rhyming and rhythm. Kind of like scat. Hip-hop is how you talk, how you wear your clothes, more of the lifestyle”.....
RACIST ROCK: DO THE WHITE THING - a History of SoCal Racist Rock - White power rock music provides the rallying call which unites racists and Nazi-inclined Skinheads who hope to develop a common culture - or at least present the appearance of one. Racist rock expouses hostile ideology, directed against non-whites, particularly anyone of Negro or Jewish descent; the lyrics are angry, nihilistic, and all about advocating intolerance, if not actual violence, against minorities....
CATHRYN BEEKS’ WEEKLY LISTEN LOCAL HOTSHEET
Tuesday 1/27 - Bare Back Grill downtown at 5th and E with Lindsay White! Good food and music with 7:00 Victoria Rose, 7:30 Jeffrey Joe Morin, 8:00 Megan Combs, 8:30 Sam Bybee, 9:00 Folding Mr. Lincoln, 9:30 Lindsay White - NO COVER
Christopher Dale's birthday show is this Wednesday, January 28th, at the Handlery Hotel and will feature sets from his friends... join us in the celebrating!
Cowboy Jack Johnson presents: The Hank Show (Hank Williams, Sr. tribute band) and BAND IN BLACK (Johnny Cash tribute band) at 4th & B. "A double show of vintage replica country music from the 1940’s to 1960’s with authentic singing style, costumes and instrumentation. From ‘Hey, Good Lookin’ and Your Cheatin’ Heart to ‘Folsom Prison’ and ‘Ring of Fire'. Tell yer friends!
Wednesday, February 4th:
Backstage at The Bitter End with 8:00 Victoria Rose, 8:30
Melissa Vaughan, 9:00 Mark Jackson Band, 10:00 Dave
Perskie and Session 73, 11:00 Jacqueline Grace
Artist of the Week: Victoria Rose is a highly acclaimed 7 string classical guitarist who plays a plethora of your favorite songs with a style all her own... don't miss her this Tuesday, Jan 27th, at Bare Back Grill at 7pm.
Link of the Week: We're proud to announce that TakeLessons.com is a new Listen Local partner, offering voice and instrument lessons and helping teachers find students, too. Visit the site and let them know Cathryn Beeks and Listen Local sent you!
www.myspace.com/cathrynbeeksordeal : As for Cathryn's own current events, she says "I'm going to be more proactive about promoting my own band,The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal. Next weekend we begin work on the new album at Berkley Sound and we have some great shows coming up...Pretty exciting stuff happening... join The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal's mailing list and be part of the family!"
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SECRET LOCATION: maybe Westfield's Horton Plaza at Broadway Circle, downtown San Diego
SECRET DATE: probably 40 years after January 30, 1969
SECRET STARTING TIMES: rhymes with "moon" (plus 8pm for those who won’t ditch work)
SECRET REASON WHY: Because when someone breaks into your friends’ rehearsal space and steals thousands of dollars worth of equipment, you learn Beatles songs and take to the skies.*****************************************************
ROOKIE CARD GETS BACK IN THE
BEATLES ROOFTOP CONCERT RECREATED IN
(DJ Dave Mason popping in; and a visit from the Blue Meanies)The crowd on the rooftop grew exponentially as the afternoon wore on – consider that the day's equipment had to be hauled up to the roof by ropes and you can see it was an effort to reach that summit, but smiles were the order of the day. Smiles were visible even on the faces of drivers on Adams Avenue who slowed or stopped to watch. Ironically while The Beatles were shut down fairly quickly by the police during their rooftop performance, in this case it took authorities several hours to arrive. However, under threat of fines and equipment confiscation, the afternoon ended, though not before a final rendition of “Get Back.” The best part about the day? Take your pick. The camaraderie of the crowd, the sing-a-longs, or maybe the neighborhood introductions made amongst those who came out to take in the music. From the mother who brought out a table and chairs from her shop to have her kids watch the bands to the elderly couple that rode up on bicycles, there was a wonderful cross section of area residents and visitors. (courtesy http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/news/1125upontheroof.html) *************************************
DAVE HUMPHRIES: 4-TIME APPLE REJECT!February 1964: the Beatles taught the world to play. “Do You Wanna Know A Secret” and “Love Me Do” dominated the U.S. charts in the wake of the group’s U.S. landing. British songwriter Dave Humphries remembers it well – he was there. Humphries moved to San Diego in 1996, but at one time the native of Durham City in northeast England was known as someone on the periphery of the Beatles story and as “the man rejected by Apple Records [four times] more than anyone else alive.” Humphries’ appearance at the 2003 Beatlefair allowed him to meet and play with another figure from the Beatles’ past, Tony Sheridan, for whom the fab four played on their first-ever recording “My Bonnie,” credited to Tony Sheridan And the Silver Beetles. While Sheridan was at BeatleFair, Humphries talked him into co-writing and recording a song in Mission Hills, “38 Days,” which appears on a CD self-released by Humphries. This recording was made easier due to Sheridan’s longtime keyboard player Wolfgang Grasekamp living in La Mesa, another recent transplant to San Diego.
(Humphries with the Beatles' original recording frontman, Tony Sheridan)Humphries also tried to get one-time Beatles drummer Pete Best to participate in the “38 Days” recording, since Best was in town at the same time for a BeatleFair. Local rumor has reported Best’s reaction to the invitation to be “Show me the money.” Pete Best’s agent reports that he’s paid $4,000 to appear anywhere and upwards of $6,000 to $10,000 if he’s to actually perform. Being booted from the Beatles seems to finally be paying off. Dave Humphries' album 38 Days earned him a nomination at the 2006 San Diego Music Awards. The disc includes two tracks featuring Tony Sheridan on guitar. His newest record, And So It Goes..., from Blindspot Records, was produced by Mike Kamoo (the Stereotypes) and Wolfgang Grasekamp at Kamoo's Earthling Studios. Kamoo makes a guest appearance on the album, as do Bart Mendoza (the Shambles), Todd Hidden (ex-Rockola member), and Tony Sheridan on 5 of the 11 tracks. The album received airplay on BBC Radio Merseyside's Juke Box Jury on March 29, 2008, in a show hosted by Spencer Leigh, documentary writer and author of the Merseybeat book Let's Go Down to the Cellar. Humphries' shares his recollection of the night John Lennon died, 28 years ago next week, on December 8, 1980: "It was just like another normal December morning in Durham, northeast England, cloudy and a little cold. I heard my dad go off to work and before long would hear my mother shout up the stairs, 'Are you getting up?' But today she didn't do that, today it was 'John Lennon has been shot.'" "A sick feeling consumed me. I didn't know how to handle this. Of course we'd had deaths in the family, but this was different, it felt as if my youth had been torn away. My hero was gone, a man whom I felt I had known personally since 1963, a man I admired, a man who together with his three mates inspired me, made me laugh out loud, made me pick up the guitar, a man murdered by a bastard with a gun. I recall the BBC showed Help! that night. I didn't watch, didn't see any of the news reports, couldn't; I don't know now how I got through the days or nights. I tried to avoid friends, couldn't discuss it -- just felt raw. It was months before I could listen to John's voice without filling up and breaking down. John, who gave so much to the world, murdered for what?" ************************************************** WHY AL KOOPER HATES LOCAL WRITERS (BUT LOVES SAN DIEGO)
Here’s Kooper’s commentary, which is, as he requested, presented exactly as he wrote it ---- AL KOOPER: “I was born an insomniac. Tests later revealed that when I eventually fell asleep, I would immediately descend into the deepest sleep there is; one that takes normal folks 3 to 6 hours to reach; the filet mignon of bedtime. I usually only sleep two to four hours each evening.” “On the evening of December 8th, I was living in London in the UK and had just returned from George Harrison's home, where I was helping to record Somewhere In England, his latest album-in-progress. I had a bit of a nap on the two hour drive home in fellow musician Ray Cooper's Rolls Royce, so I was kinda up for the night. The TV usually went blank at midnight and I would switch the radio on routinely so that I had company in the wee hours.” “The news in London because of the time change came about 2:30 AM. It started with news that John had been shot.” “I was aghast. It quickly followed that he was dead. Stunned, I went back and forth optioning calling George as I'm sure I was one of a handful of Brits who HAD this info. I couldn’t be the one to tell him, I reasoned. He's gonna need that sleep he's getting now, I surmised knowing the British media.” “At 9 AM, I called Ray Cooper who was co-producer of the album, and after a lengthy chat, we decided to go ahead with the session - that it might keep George from dwelling in sadness all day. Armed with a few bottles of excellent wine, we arrived there about noon. A gaggle of reporters greeted us at the main gate standing in the English rain. We sidestepped their enqueries, locked the gate and drove up to the house.” “George was white. He hugged us both and we began the days work. We stopped three times during the next ten hours. Phone calls from Ringo, Paul & Yoko. He began rewriting lyrics to a track we had just cut the day before. In ensuing days, McCartney put backing vocals on, joining George & Ringo on that track and oh yes, the insomniac Wurlizer pianist from New York who was one of the first to purchase 'She Loves You' approximately 16 years before.” “That track soon evolved into an honest musical tribute to John, and became a #1 single in the US scant months later. By ten PM, he was exhausted and a bit inebriated. He thanked us both for coming and headed for the arms of Morpheus. Ray & I headed back to London, glad we had done what we could for George that day.” “I shall never forget that 24 hour period as long as I live.” ************************************************
THE BEATLES [MUSIC] IN
THE BEATLES [FOR REAL!] IN
UNEXPECTED BEATLES ART - The Fab Four turn up in the oddest places...******************************************* **********************************************
LOCAL LENNON DOCUMENTARY: JOHN LENNON - WHY WE LISTENA locally-produced documentary about Lennon has been created in association with Southwestern College. It’s told through the insights of four local musicians known for making music highly influenced by the Beatles in general, and by Lennon in particular: Peter Bolland (of the Coyote Problem), Bart Mendoza (the Shambles, Manual Scan), producer Sven-Erik Seaholm and singer/songwriter Michael Tiernan. Broken here into four parts, it includes audio and video footage of Lennon. Part 1: Part 2 Part 3: Part 4: ********************************************** MAHARISHI COMIX & STORIES: MEATLESS MAHARISHI MEETS THE BEATLES, or YOGI MAKES A BOO-BOO Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is dead. 2-5-2008 - BBC reports: The Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who is credited with setting the Beatles and other stars on the path to spiritual enlightenment, has died. The Maharishi, thought to have been 91 years old, died in his sleep on Tuesday evening, February 5th, at his home in the Netherlands. Sometimes called the Giggling Guru and the Meatless Maharishi, he introduced the Transcendental Meditation movement to the West in 1959, with the intention of creating individual peace and enlightenment. By the time of his death, it had grown into a multi-million dollar empire. Here are some Maharishi Comics & Stories from the locally-produced Beatles Experience comic book series, with caption narration paraphrased from published John Lennon interviews. ****************************************
Weird Beatles Merchandise - WTF were these licensors (and bootleggers) thinking... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/feb/06/my-brunch-with-yoko-plus-weird-beatles
My Brunch With Yoko - Brunch with a Beatle bride... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/feb/06/my-brunch-with-yoko-plus-weird-beatles
Yoko Ono Comics and Stories - When Johnny Met Yoko, with dialogue and captions paraphrased from published Lennon interviews. Plus John Lennon: A Life in the Day... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/feb/06/my-brunch-with-yoko-plus-weird-beatles
"Lennon or McCartney?" --We asked 25 local performers about their fave Beatle (and why), and got some surprising (and frequently revealing) answers...http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/dec/13/we-asked-25-local-musicos-lennon-or-mccartney
CELEBRITY HOUSE HUNTING IN SAN DIEGO - Real estate broker Jeff Paiste has squired several famous musicians around San Diego in their search for decent digs to lease or rent, including Bread frontman David Gates and the late George Harrison.... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/13/celebrity-house-hunting-in-san-diego
"Joey Molland Interview" - Badfinger's last man standing, Joey Molland, reveals more about the tragic story of Badfinger, as well as meeting and working with John Lennon, George Harrison, and Todd Rundgren, plus the Concert for Bangladesh, and more. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/aug/21/x-jam-cancellation-controversy-plus-how-i-snuck-in/
"The Day John Lennon Was Shot" - Local celebs share their recollections of December 8, 1980, plus guest essays from Al Kooper (who was recording with George Harrison that day) and others.... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/25/john-lennon-12-8-1980-we-ask-local-celebs-where-we/
MORE BLOG ENTRIES:
"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! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/aug/07/pussycat-theater-history-when-cathouses-ruled-ca-n/
"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.
"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).
"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.
THE KOMPLETE KISS KOMIX KRONICLES - Comprehensive collection of stuff I’ve done about working with Kiss on a comic book series, along with a bunch of never-before-seen artifacts from the Kiss Komix archives AND an article by Kiss comic author Spike Steffenhagen, offering his own very-different take, ala Rashomon, on the same events I describe in my essay...
ROCK 'N' ROLL COMICS: THE INSIDE STORY - In 1989, local Revolutionary Comics ("Unauthorized And Proud Of It") launched Rock 'N' Roll Comics, featuring unlicensed biographies of rock stars, most of which I wrote. Some performers, like Frank Zappa and Kiss, were supportive, while others like New Kids On The Block considered our comics akin to bootlegs and sued. In June 1992, publisher Todd Loren was found dead in his San Diego condo, brutally murdered...
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK VS REVOLUTIONARY COMICS - The inside story of how a hugely successful boy band tried to sue local-based Rock 'N' Roll Comics over an unauthorized biography of the group, sparking a court case that established, for the very first time, first amendment rights for comic books. Illustrated by comic superstar Stuart Immonen (Superman, etc.)...
OVER A MILLION CARNAL COMICS ARE IN PRINT - Here's how and why we made some of the top-selling erotic comics of all time, right here in San Diego, including what Gene Simmons has to do with it all, backstage tales of porn stars, and more confessions of a comic pornographer...
COMICS AND CENSORSHIP - DON'T BE AFRAID, IT'S ONLY A COMIC BOOK - A local-centric history of comic book censorship, and the fight for the rights of comic creators...
TWILIGHT ZONE AND STAR TREK WRITER GEORGE CLAYTON JOHNSON PRESENTS - The inside story of a local horror comic book series featuring Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, plus sci-fi king Larry Niven, Zap Comix co-founder Spain Rodriguez, Matthew Alice artist Rick Geary, Vampire Lestat painter Daerick Gross, yours truly JAS, and many more...
THE BIRTH OF IMAGE COMICS: INSIDE STORY OF A LOCAL PUBLISHING POWERHOUSE - Illustrated tale revealing how Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and local comic artist Jim Lee (the Punisher, etc.) conspired to create the ultimate creator-owned comic books...
THE ROCKETEER AND OTHER FAMOUS '80S COMICS BEGAN RIGHT HERE IN SAN DIEGO - Here's a detailed history of local Pacific Comics, who recruited comic superstars like Jack Kirby to create one of the first successful indie comic book lines. Pioneers in the fight for comic creators' rights and royalties, former employees and operators reveal how they did it, and what went so terribly wrong...
Like this blog? Here are some related links:
OVERHEARD IN SAN DIEGO - Several years' worth of this comic strip, which debuted in the Reader in 1996: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/photos/galleries/overheard-san-diego/
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
JAY ALLEN SANFORD MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/jayallensanford