3 p.m., April 24
150 Free Unused Band Names, Massive Local Music Database, Tower Bar Rebuilt, more
Free for all who wish to use, here’s a list of band names I’ve been dreaming up, all so far unused (as far as I know). I designed many for maximum internet search possibilities and cult tie-in potential – if anyone ends up getting rich and/or famous using any of my band names, I expect you to at least buy me a large pizza, and maybe a Porsche.
Oh yeah, I design band logos too, so maybe hire me for that.... — Jay Allen Sanford, March 2009
Watchers From the Blind
Same To You Bud
Why You I Oughtta
George LeRoy Tirebiter
The Hell You Say
Schwing Kings of Bling
Manos Hand of Fate
Zoey Loves Zeus
The Steekin Badgers
There’s No Need To Fear
The Saggy Baggies
My Fellow Terrariums
Things Won’t Leave
Not Wearing Pants
Eye See Eeew
He’s Dead Jim
Giant Rats of
Orion Slave Traders
Way 2 Bigg
Bees, She Sees
Lionel and the Security Blankets
Thank You Mask Man
So Far So What
The Whoop Woops
I Said Goode Daye
Tara La Bouvier
Tents On Fire
Bitten by Barnabas
Jay Men Forever
Beware of Torgo
Milk Me Dammit
Wish You Were Beer
It Takes Beef
I Got a Rock
Who Killed Todd Loren?
Themes of Josette
The Shaft Workers
Servants of Sexploitation
The Hairy Poms
See Thru U (abbreviated as C/U)
Put That Thing Away
Joel VS Mike
Miss B. Natural
The Friendly Giants
The Fraidy Scats
The Pullout Nows
Nobody For President
The Golden Hind
Bunches of Hooey
Fleas on Feet
Demons of Demi
The Tube Grooves
Groovy Groo Bees
The Dwarf Crushers
More Science High
The Vulcan Itch
Clams Got Legs
Highway Bloody Hwy
Duz Not Die
Takeout Wrenched Ankle
Gallery of Night
Buddy Buddha Breath
The Beta Rays
Return of Mr. Hand
Faster Phoebe and the Fallouts
Wot the Hey
V.A. Jay Jay
Gamma Made Me Green
Busted by Boo
The Tumblin’ Tombstones
Stewie Luvs Rupert
Pigga Fuggen Name
NEW COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL MUSIC DATABASE IS LAUNCHED
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*****************************************
Folding Mr. Lincoln’s release party for their debut album Within My Reach happens March 21 at Rebecca’s coffeehouse in South Park, and the band will play two shows at next month’s Adams Avenue folk and roots fest. “Nancy [Mestyanek, vocals/percussion] and I have expanded the band to a five-piece,” says bandleader Harry Mestyanek. “We’ll play the album live, with guest singers Cathryn Beeks, Randi Driscoll, and guest guitarist Jon Lawton.” The band’s singing fiddler Alicia Previn is the daughter of noted symphony conductor Andre Previn.
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Jeff Berkley (of Berkley Hart) at Berkley Sound, Within My Reach will be available at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, through Verizon, and at foldingmisterlincoln.com.
U.K. transplant Taz Taylor releases his new album Straight Up on March 27, featuring his self-named band’s new singer Keith Slack, formerly of the Michael Schenker Group (who replaces another MSG vet, Graham Bonnet). Guest players include Don Airey (Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne).
Cotton Fever’s release party for their album Tall Tales of the West happens March 28 at Two Roses Tattoo on Logan Avenue.
Realcide release their new CD/LP on March 29.
Bobby Fantasy’s new album (recorded at Jason Hee’s studio) is being prepared for release; he appears March 29 at O’Connells.
The new CD from fusion jazz guitarist Patrick Yandall, A New Day, debuts March 29, with a release party at Humphrey’s. Yandall informs, “I’ll have a guest keyboardist, Kevin Flournoy, an amazing player and producer who tours the world with the Pointer Sisters and Harvey Mason.” The Samoan-born, Michigan-bred Yandall appears regularly at local casinos, a sometimes thankless gig. “A manager at one place — who’s not there anymore — told me to tell the band to turn down, since the people were there for the food and not to listen to us. Makes you feel really special.” A New Day will be available at Amazon, CD Baby, and at patrickyandall.com.
A.J. Croce releases Cage of Muses March 31.
The gigaholics of Likewize are holding a release party for their debut album Real Livin’ on April 3, at 710 Beach Club. “I moved out to San Diego because I’m in the Navy and had orders to the USS Nimitz about three years ago,” says bassist Matt Albrecht, who currently serves a shore command at the 32nd street base.
Albrecht says the local music scene differs from where he grew up near Austin, Texas. “Instead of beach and reggae music, in Austin you’ll see country rock. The biggest difference is the most popular bands in Austin are local original bands, and in San Diego it’s the cover and tribute bands.” Real Livin’ (self-released by Likewize) contains ten tracks and will be available via MySpace, iTunes, likewizemusic.net, and CDs sold at shows.
Nickel Creek fiddler-gone-solo Sara Watkins releases her self-titled debut, produced by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, on April 7.
As I Lay Dying release a three-DVD set, This Is Who We Are, on April 14, which includes performances taped at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos.
The Drabs are nearly done with a new album containing ten songs, some of which can be heard when they play March 21 at the Beauty Bar.
Locals with upcoming record release info, please send details thru the Reader link or to me at [email protected] -******************************************
TOWER BAR REBUILD NEARING COMPLETION!
From the Tower Bar's MySpace blog, March 21:
The “Euclid tower” was a spire that loomed as a local icon for nearly seven decades until 1999, when the city of San Diego ordered it torn down because it was leaning precariously.
With $225,000 in city redevelopment funds, a South Bay firm was contracted to build an aluminum-alloy replacement of the original wooden tower, designed in 1930s art-deco style to resemble New York's Empire State Building.
The replica was trucked in sections from Chula Vista and hoisted by crane to its rightful perch atop the namesake Tower Bar on University Avenue just east of Euclid Avenue.
The tower's history is almost as colorful as the spire eventually became. Erected in 1932, it rose 110 feet above what was then a hamburger drive-in at the end of the former trolley line from downtown San Diego.
“Three years ago,” says recording engineer Christian Cummings, “seventy-five percent of my income came from producing records and twenty-five percent from mixing. Now, it's the opposite. The personal computer has revolutionized the world of recording.” Cummings, who also plays with Crash Encore, says that performers who record at home aren’t necessarily qualified to produce and mix. “Software like Pro Tools can be learned by reading and trying, but then there are recording techniques like mic placement, EQ, compression, and all the other sonic factors outside the computer. Those skills can only be learned by listening, studying, practicing, ear training, and style development…the recording techniques used by George Martin and the Beatles differ greatly from what Kiss did with Bob Ezrin, or even what Kings of Leon do.” Despite the decline of studio recording, Cummings feels he’ll still earn money mixing. “New technology cost me work, but it also allows me to offer my final mixes at a cheaper price…services that once required $30,000 worth of equipment can mostly be accomplished now with $5,000 worth of gear.” He says his current fees run “Between $10,000 and nothing. To put that into perspective, platinum multi-Grammy winning mixers can charge $10,000 per song…now, we can mix a whole album within a day, maybe costing the client $500.” Christian Cummings began performing live at age 15 in Hollywood. By his early 20s, he'd already shared the stage with everyone from the Foo Fighters to Snoop Dogg, as well as performing in hiw own bands, Tailgunner and Crash Encore. After graduating SDSU, he joined up with local mainman Bryan Stratman at Capricorn Studios, to hone his skills as a recordist. Cummings teaches occasional recording workshops at the Signature Sound recording studio. "This might sound strange based on the current trends," he says, "but I have no intention of covering much on Pro Tools, besides answering basic questions. The reason being is that Pro Tools is a piece of logical software that can be explained via textbooks in a very quantitative fashion." "Despite what your local music retailer would like you to believe, the quality of your gear is only a very small part of the overall equation. Learning to trust your ears, use your equipment properly, and playing your parts well will get you much closer to where you want to be." "However," he says, "all technology aside, songwriting trumps recording 99 times out of 100. If you write and play a great song, even a bad recording of it will be great.” (A few of Cummings' recordings) The Calling. The songs are from the musical concept trilogy 03. “I’m talking to scriptwriters and producers about bringing the story to the big screen,” says former Dream Theater frontman Charlie Dominici, who fronts the self-named band. “The three CDs have a storyline that’s perfect for a movie, and the soundtrack is already done.”
Photography by Veronique Broquet
Download "The Calling"
MORE NEW MUSIC STORIES THIS WEEK:
by Jay Allen Sanford
In the 2001 film Rock Star, former rapper and underwear model Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg fronts a tribute band that pays sonic homage to his favorite hard rockers, Steel Dragon. He takes the gig so seriously that he gets into an onstage fistfight with his guitarist. "There's no solo after the break," shouts the alleged singer. "That's not how the song goes!" POW, right in the kisser ... More
Captures Hinder at 4th & B - The four-camera shoot features hundreds of screaming, slam-dancing fans... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/dec/23/hinder-4th-b-gig-goes-global-plus-this-weeks-backs/
FRANK ZAPPA COMICS AND STORIES - Here's a full length Famous Former Neighbors comic, unfolding the life story of San Diego's most famous and acclaimed musical alum... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/nov/10/frank-zappa-comics-and-stories
STAR WARS ROCKS – LOCALS WHO FEEL THE FORCE
WORST AMUSEMENT PARK ATTRACTIONS EVER - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2008/dec/23/hinder-4th-b-gig-goes-global-plus-this-weeks-backs/
Worst Musical Halloween Costumes Ever - from Donny and Marie to the Monkees, Kiss, the Village People, Michael Jackson, and more.... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/13/worst-musical-halloween-costumes-ever
Midnight Movie Culture in San Diego - Didja know that the first ever live costumed performance during a screening of Phantom of the Paradise took place at the Ken Cinema on July 29, 1983? Here's part one of a five-part history of local midnight movies .... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/27/midnight-movies-a-local-history-part-1-the-80s
Why Jackson Browne Hates Former Reader Contrib Richard Meltzer - The first time Jackson Browne was profiled Rolling Stone [June 22, 1972], writer Richard Meltzer talked about hanging out with Browne and Velvet Underground icon Nico, who Browne had a serious crush on. Members of Nico’s mostly-gay and/or transvestite entourage were said to have unnerved “innocent” Browne with homosexual advances, and Meltzer went on to call the singer "one hell of a prototype sex symbol for the gay rock underground," pissing off Browne mightily.... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/29/why-jackson-browne-hates-former-reader-contrib
ZZ Top: An Illustrated Rock Tale: the ZZ Top story, in words and artwork! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/oct/03/zz-top-an-illustrated-rock-tale
Tales of the Palms Hotel - from 1978 thru around 1983, I lived at the floppiest of downtown flophouses, the Palms on 12th and Island. This biographical history of those years includes rare photos and tales like the time Chuck Norris came to the Hotel to film a scene for the 1979 movie A Force Of One. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/oct/04/tales-of-the-palms-hotel-in-downtown-san-diego-70s
The Day I Sold My Albums - vinyl adventures of an album hoarder! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/oct/21/the-day-i-sold-my-albums-to-off-the-record
Rockin' Tattos - Locals talkin' rockin' tats! Parlor by parlor coverage... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/oct/27/rockin-tattoos-locals-talkin-rockin-tats
Tijuana Bathrooms - Everybody's Gotta Go Sometime - C'mon along as I explore the bathrooms of our neighbor to the south - bring your own TP! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/oct/06/an-excrement-job-tales-of-tijuana-bathrooms
Beginning with their debut award-winning album, "Wreck 'n' Sow," the duo set a precedent of excellence that they've lived up to with each subsequent award-winning album. The duo is currently at work on their 5th studio album, entitled "Las Vegas", and we can't wait to get our hands on it.
Berkley Hart is best known for having also created their own personal "house concert revolution" by encouraging and helping friends and fans to host their own house concerts, using Berkley Hart as their first show, and having them back annually.
Chris Trapper may not be a household name yet, but you've heard this Grammy Nominee's songs in films such as August Rush, The Devil Wears Prada, and There's Something About Mary. As the principal songwriter and singer for nationally acclaimed alt-rock trio The Push Stars, Trapper has also been making quite a name on his own, having recorded and released 5 critically-acclaimed solo albums. His words and music can best be described as an interesting blend of 1950's pop, 1990's rock and old-timey jazz with the ever-present understory of Chris' distinctive bari-tenor. It's intricate power-pop with a compelling knack for telling everyday stories. (www.christrapper.com)
Lisa Sanders is a singer/songwriter whose life of joys and sorrows is laid out for all to share through the beautiful and heartfelt songs that she writes and sings. A multiple San Diego Music Award winner, Lisa has gone from knowing the highs of artistic success to the lows of living in her car, and come back again to tell the tales. Lisa has shared the stage and opened for such music legends as B.B. King, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks and Sting and we're pleased to welcome her to the Oasis to sing for you the songs of her soul. (www.lisasanders.com)
Gregory Page has quickly emerged as the artist-in-residence at the Oasis, as he makes his 3rd appearance in our young history... but that's ok. A multiple San Diego Music Award-winner and a nationally known and respected singer/songwriter, Gregory Page is an amazing performer whose songs have a beautifully simple complexity that will take you to places and times like few others can. If the San Diego music scene is a treasure chest of riches (and it is), then Gregory Page is one of the crown jewels. (www.gregorypage.com)
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