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“I recreate the look and songs from 1968 to 1974,” says Elvis impersonator James King Kruk. Based in Oceanside, the former English teacher makes his sole living playing the King, as a feature act and in theatrical stage productions that have traveled nationwide and overseas.


“My favorite venue was Ford’s Theater in Washington. Try as I might, I never could find a way into the balcony where Abraham Lincoln was shot; it’s locked up, of course. My dream was to sit up there during the play in a stovepipe hat and freak the audience out.”


Sometimes, the audience freaks HIM out. “In Florida, quite a few people were older, and they wore assisted listening devices. Now, hearing aids make a very high-pitched squeak when they’re too close to each other. So, during the quieter parts of the show, you could hear this very loud high-pitched squealing, coming from all over the audience.”


Currently married with three kids, Kruk feels that, when it comes to romance, it really is good to be the King. “I did all right with women in my day, but hell, when you’re dressed as Elvis, that’s a powerful aphrodisiac. I won over my wife by singing for her!” He often brings the family along when performing at various Elvis competitions, where prizes can be up to $25,000.


“When the family’s with me, I’m usually more tired than the other contestants, who can sleep until noon. No matter what time I go to bed my, two year-old gets me up at seven a.m. The kids love the contests, though, and it’s exciting for them. Except when Daddy doesn’t win. Then they cry.”


Kruk says he still listens to Elvis music every day. “I’m really digging the Promised Land album from 1975 right now…it was recorded at Stax in Memphis, and the musicians are extra funky.” Backed by North County band City Limits, his setlists include one that recreates the entire 1968 Comeback Special, and another that parallels the 1973 satellite TV broadcast Aloha from Hawaii. “I’m also an ordained minister who can perform weddings as Elvis,” says Kruk, who charges around $600 to serve as musical minister.


More budget conscious Elvis fans can always arrange a personal phone call from Kruk, as Elvis, for themselves or someone else, for a mere $10. “I can’t always connect with the person, so I’ll leave a message for the same ten bucks.”

(This week's new Blurt column has more on Kruk - see Saved by Elvis )

Kruk disbanded his former group Fake Booby Judy to become, for a time, one of Poland’s top Elvis impersonators.

“The Elvis show happened from a karaoke contest in Krakow [around 2004],” says Kruk, who was teaching English in Poland at the time. “I went up on stage and the crowd went crazy, like I was really Elvis. They made me sing every Elvis CD they had, and the crowd loved it. I was shocked! I won the karaoke contest that night.… The prize was some Russian champagne.”

Though popular, Kruk says Poles didn’t pay much for his Elvis act.

“The most I got was 200 Polish zloty for a 45-minute gig. That was around $70 U.S. Now, it’s worth something like $120.”

Before settling in San Diego with his Polish-born wife, Kruk spent two years touring the U.S. as Elvis in Steve Martin’s stage play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, about Albert Einstein meeting Pablo Picasso in a bar before they become famous.

“Elvis shows up as a time-traveling deus ex machina, to juxtapose the impact of fame and genius. I was paid $1500 a week, plus $600 weekly per diem for food and hotels.”

Comedian Steve Martin authored the play, but didn’t appear in it. “He was around for rehearsals and for some shows, though,” says Kruk. “He had the cast over for dinner when the tour stopped in L.A., which was cool. Some cast were swooning and telling him his greatest movies. I told him mine was The Muppet Movie. He was not amused.”

In 2009, Kruk placed fourth at Pechanga’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute contest. “But then I rallied and won first place at the [Del Mar] Fair, beating the second and third place contestants from Pechanga. One of the three male judges at Pechanga obviously didn’t like me, as he consistently scored me ten points lower than the other two.”

The Pechanga competition is part of a national yearly contest run by the Presley estate with a $25,000 top prize, while the Fair’s one-off contest paid Kruk $1,000 for his win.

“My act at the Fair was a little different. At Ultimate, you have to be more true to what Elvis would have performed wearing a specific stage outfit. For example, if you wear an Aloha From Hawaii Eagle jumpsuit, you can’t perform songs he didn’t do during that era. At the Fair, you have a little more freedom, so I could wear the fringe jumpsuit from the ‘70s and still sing songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s.”

Both Elvis contests attracted impersonators from all over the country, as well as L.A. Elvis George Thomas (third place in Del Mar) and locals like Kruk and Paul Monroe (whom Kruk outscored at Pechanga). “San Diego is tough. Paul and I don’t gig as often as we’d like. People still sometimes hire terrible Elvises without looking into whether they have rank and standing among Elvis impersonators”

Now that Kruk has achieved championship cred, he’s hoping gigs – and the attendant paycheck - will increase. “I can now say I’m the best in southern California, as I defeated all the best from the area, so I’m officially on the national Elvis map.”


Zipbuds, an earbud system incorporating tangle-resistant, zipper-integrated, braided nylon cabling, were created by San Diego's own Digital Group Audio (DGA). The buds are designed for on-the-go listening, whether exercising at the gym, studying, road tripping, laying out at the pool, or traveling because they allow music lovers to enjoy unrivaled sound quality and a secure and comfortable fit without the hassle of constant cable untangling.

DGA, best known for "Perfecting Portable Sound(TM)", recently debuted Zipbuds as its second product in a line-up of audio/video portable electronics.

"We are thrilled that we were able to launch Zipbuds in time for the busy holiday season," said Erik Groset, president of DGA. "There are a lot of earbud options on the market, but Zipbuds offer consumers unmatched sound quality and tangle-resistant, zipper-integrated cabling, which are ideal for the active music listener on your holiday shopping list."

Zipbuds come in a variety of colors, including black, blue with white, pink with white, black with blue and black with pink, and ship with Sport Ear Clips for use when exercising. Zipbuds are available worldwide on the Zipbuds website, Amazon and DGA Store (MSRP: $39.99).


RIP - on Thursday, December 9, the jazz legend lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, just days after receiving a 2011 Grammy Award nomination, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for his newest recording 4B. He will be sorely missed ---

Moody is perhaps best known for his signature song, “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation on the chord progressions in “I’m in the Mood for Love.”

Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Moody took up the alto sax at 16, switching to tenor saxophone a few years later. In 1946, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band, beginning an association that afforded young Moody worldwide exposure and ample opportunity to shape his improvisational genius.

In 1947, Moody recorded with Milt Jackson for Dial Records. One year later, he debuted his own band, James Moody and His Bop Men. In 1963, he rejoined Gillespie and performed off and on with the trumpeter’s quintet for the remainder of the decade.

In Las Vegas, beginning in 1973, he did a seven-year stint with the Las Vegas Hilton Orchestra, doing shows for Bill Cosby, Ann-Margaret, John Davidson, Glen Campbell, Liberace, Elvis Presley, the Osmonds, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, Charlie Rich, and Lou Rawls, to name a few. In 1985, he received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Jazz Instrumental Performance" for his playing on Manhattan Transfer’s album Vocalese.

Moody’s own debut album Something Special was released in 1986. His follow-up record, Moving Forward, showcased his hearty vocals on “What Do You Do” and his interpretive woodwind wizardry on tunes like “Giant Steps” and “Autumn Leaves.”

Moody moved to San Diego in 1989, where he married Linda Moody in San Carlos.

His 1995 album Young at Heart paid tribute to songs associated with Frank Sinatra. In 2001, his song “Moody’s Mood for Love” made the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.

Still living in San Carlos in 2009, Moody has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, including a 2009 nod for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (“Bebop” from Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival by the Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars).

Battling pancreatic cancer in February 2010, Moody underwent an operation at the UCSD Thornton Hospital to have his gall bladder removed, as well as a double bypass performed on his digestive system. Later that year, he released a new album, 4B. earning a 2011 Grammy Award nomination, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

He died this afternoon, age 85 -----


Benny marchantTuesday 12/7 - LBLG at HOB every week, no cover and all ages!  7:00 Christian Taylor 7:30 Thea Tochihara 8:00 Bumbershoot 9:00 Benny Marchant 10:00 Jon Kayden

Jacqueline grace 1 Wednesday 12/8 - The Stage at 5th and F downtown, great food and music 7:00 Adrian Bourgeois 7:40 Ricky Berger 8:20 Paul Hanna 9:00 J Grace 10:00 Defamation League  NO COVER

Celia st croix Thursday 12/9 - Wintson in OB happy hour acoustic jam.... FUN!  5:00 Kurt Young 6:00 Perry Witt 6:30 solo 7:00 Celia St. Croix 7:30 open  NO COVER email me [email protected] to reserve a spot



Defamation leagueThis week's awesome Artist is Defamation League, hear them this Wednesday at The Stage at 10pm sharp.  

Olive petrucciOur Artist Spotlight interviews are on HOLD for a few weeks while Tracy rests and relaxes after bringing baby Olive into the world.  Congrats to the Petruccis, pictured is Luke with baby Olive. 

Cdale tribueLast Thursday Christopher Dale hijacked my Winstons gig and surprised me with a Tribute Show....WHAT?!  Some of my favorite artists EVER played my songs, it was a truly amazing night and I'll never be able to thank everyone enough.  Especially that Christopher Dale kid.  And Dennis Andersen who shot these photos.  And Richard Pollard who thankfully, recorded it all.   

There are still a few seats left
for the next Acoustic Alliance on January 23rd.  Standing Room Only tickets can be purchased the night of the show, however, seats are going fast.  Get all the details and check out the line up.  You DO NOT want to miss this one.

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Listen Local Living Room happens again on 1/22 as we proudly present our favorites, The Troubadours of Divine Bliss along with Jenn Grinels and The Groove Kitties- unplugged.  This show will sell out as there is only room for 20 more, get your tickets NOW!

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Tori Roze and The Hot Mess release the new CD at The Ruby Room on Dec. 11th, don't miss the show.  Check out the video for Tick Tock!





New video "In the Night" on Pitchfork

Mp3 of "Secret Girl" Released on Altered Zones, new mixtape on International Tapes

Debuting on Pitchfork.TV, Gary Wilson's video for "In the Night" was shot late at night in October in Jacob Riis Park in Queens, just minutes after Gary appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Kyle McKeveny, Director, described the concept as, "Gary Wilson returns to his past in this nostalgia filled night walk amidst strange and familiar objects. Wherever he goes his memories follow suit." According to one of the extras, "While on the shoot, we also took the new promo photos, ate pizza, and I learned that Gary does not eat vegetables.  I don't think he eats meat either.  Fortunately we had plenty of cheese pizza for him."

Link for Vimeo. Link for Youtube.

These last few months have certainly been exciting for Gary, as he debuted his third LP, Electric Endicott , to rave reviews from Blurt, A.V. Club, and others who embraced his refreshingly honest (and sometimes creepy) lyrics mixed with his unique blend of avant-garde jazz, funk, soul and AM-Gold. In October, Gary was invited by his fan Questlove to play with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, filmed the video for "In the Night", and played a set of Halloween shows on the West Coast.

For more Gary Wilson goodies, check out a mixtape of Gary made of his influences on International Tapes, here, and the single "Secret Girl" on Altered Zones, here.

For a rare in-depth interview he gave the Reader, check out Return of a Local Cult Hero.



By Bart Mendoza: Does San Diego have a lot of soul? You be the judge from these clips, featuring locals covering Motown classics, opening with a bonus piece of genius.

1)      Michael Jackson at The Stingaree
A social experiment in crowd control, this is an amazing clip shot in downtown San Diego, in front of the Stingaree. A small group of people create mass hysteria by purposely starting a rumor that Michael Jackson is in the nightspot. Watch the mayhem unfold…
2)      Michael Jackson – Thriller by The Sea World Sea Lions
Not actually Motown, but close enough, this is silly, pure fun, complete with an appearance by an otter.
3)      Martha & The Vandella’s – “Dancing in the Streets” by the Anthology House Band
A nice version from, literally, Anthology’s house band…
4)      Jackson 5 “Medley” - Cathy Nguyen and Andrew Garcia
A live, charming little acoustic guitar and voice clip…
5)      The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman” by Heavy Love at The Kensington Club
A well shot version of (also the Beatles/Carpenters) hit tune, complete with horn section
6)      Stevie Wonder – “I Wish” by Aire Play
Local variety/dance band with a live take on this tune, opening with a cool sax solo…
7)      Smokey Robinson – “Tracks of My Tears” by Blues Lyne
This acoustic duo is getting zero love from the Farmer’s Market crowd, but this is a passionate version.
8)      The Temptations – “Just My Imagination” by Time Out
Live from the 2008 Chargers Blood Drive
9)      The Temptations – “Get Ready” by Live Wire
Clearly this band knows how to work a crowd – looks like everyone is having a great time…
10)   The Temptations – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by Smokestaxx
As covered by The Rolling Stones, here is a slightly less intense version…


Thirty-years ago today, the music industry and the world lost one of its greatest ambassadors for free peace and harmony, John Lennon. If you too have Beatles on the brain today, you may wanna check out these offbeat Lennon-related apps ---

Beatles Album Trivia (Free) - Beatles Album Trivia will test your knowledge of the albums of the Beatles music catalog. Given a song title you must guess the Beatles album on which the song resides. Beat the clock to earn a higher score. Compete with other Beatles fans around the world by posting your score on the global leader board.

        The Beatles Lyrics Studio ($0.99) - The Beatles Lyrics Studio features lyrics and videos of The Beatles's coolest tracks. Learn every word of The Beatles's best songs, and sing along with their videos. Use The Beatles Lyrics Studio to find official authorized and licensed lyrics, powered by LyricFind, for all their hottest songs.

        Lennonisms (Free) - Lennonisms is an app where you can read some famous quotes from former Beatles member John Lennon. Now you can share quotes via email, SMS or Twitter.To load up a different quote, either press the 'Next quote' button or shake your phone.

  • The Lennon Prophecy (eBook) - Offering a new interpretation of the hidden messages and symbols that have ornamented Beatles mythology for years, this examination of the Beatles' recordings and album artwork theorizes that John Lennon's murder was eerily foretold.


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/


 8-28-65 – the Beatles: For the Beatles' one and only local appearance, at Balboa Stadium, radio station KCBQ declared that Saturday "Beatle Day" and gave out pins saying so to attendees. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar


 UNEXPECTED BEATLES ART - The Fab Four turn up in the oddest places... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar






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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...


  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/BADFINGER 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/


LEGO ALBUM COVER RECREATIONS! Those wacky kidsters at toyzone.com put together this great tribute to OCD Legoholics everywhere... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar **************************************************
A message from Danielle:

DLPM is preparing to film our next music video for the song Maybe I Was Wrong - Track 11 off the new album, Run With It - and we want all of your beautiful faces to be in the big finale scene to be shot on Monday, January 2, 2011 in San Diego.

The video will be directed by Craig Wilson of Mental Eclectic (The Sammus Theory, Pure), and will be shot by three time Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, Mario Ortiz. The video will head straight to MTV, Fuse, VH1, etc. upon radio-release of the single, Summer 2011.

To sign up, please send us an email with your first and last name, and your email address. Please put "DLPM VIDEO" in the subject heading. We will confirm with a response, followed by more info. This invitation is not exclusive to DLPM fans. Any friends or family you have who'd like to participate are more than welcome. All they need to do is sign up via email as described above.

The producers of the video have put together a Fan Video of the song with the lyrics. You can click here to hear the song and read the lyrics. If you can relate to the story, please comment and let us know your thoughts either on our Facebook or Twitter profiles.




11-1-64 – the Rolling Stones made their first San Diego appearance, playing an evening show at Balboa Park Bowl, having appeared that afternoon at Long Beach’s Civic Auditorium, aka Long Beach Arena. Tickets cost $3.50, with the show starting at 5:00 p.m. Various local acts opened, including Joel Scott Hill and the Invaders, Rosie & the Originals, and famed garage band The Misfits.


The show's promoter Danny Millsap, who ran a local record store, told the Reader in an April 1998 article that he paid the Stones $400. “I remember paying Rosie and the Originals $500,” he recalled of booking the popular local group known for their hit song “Angel Baby” (later recorded by John Lennon).


Only around 300 people were in the San Diego audience that Sunday, despite the Stones having drawn around 13,000 earlier that day in Long Beach., and 5,000 the night before at San Bernardino’s Swing Auditorium. On Friday, they had headlined the famed TAMI show at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, alongside James Brown, Chuck Berry, and the Beach Boys. Reportedly, the gates were essentially abandoned and anyone in BalboaPark who happened to wander by was welcome to walk inside and checkout the show.


“We figured what the Hell,” says Millsap. “We had made everything we were going to. Might as well let everyone enjoy themselves…I think I lost about 500 bucks on that show. It was no big deal. The kids had a good time.”


Danny Millsap’s son David, a high school junior at the time, recalls “Because the crowd was so small, you could actually hear what the Stones were playing…they sounded better that night than any time I’ve heard them since.”


Local opening act The Misfits featured future Moby Grape singer/bassist Bob Mosley. “We played a lot of places around town,” he recalled in a 2005 interview, “but [the Stones show] was the biggest thing we’d done.”


At the time, the Misfits were signed to Imperial Records, whose roster included Ricky Nelson and Fats Domino. Their single “This Little Piggy,” released just before the Stones show, was appearing in Top 30 surveys for radio station KDEO - which hosted the Stones concert - as well as at KCBQ and KGB.


A backstage photo of the Stones mingling with various locals is reproduced above, featuring (top row from left) Ron Armstrong, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Earl Steely, Mick Jagger, Joey Page, Charlie Watts and Bob Mosley; (bottom row from left) Joel Scott Hill (later of Canned Heat), an unidentified photographer, Harold Kirby (bassist with Hill's band), and Eddy Dunn.


Misfits members depicted are drummer Ron Armstrong, rhythm guitarist Earl Steely, bassist Bob Mosley, and lead guitarist Eddy Dunn. Armstrong would later join Jamul. Page was an area singer seen frequently on the Shindig TV show - the photo was taken by Misfits manager (and swimming pool salesman) Bob Herrington.


Another opening act, Joel Scott Hill and the Invaders, featured drummer Willie Kellog, who recalled that day and meeting the Stones backstage for an April 1998 Reader article. “They were just these frail looking little guys with gray skin. They don’t get much sun over there in England, you know…they weren’t talking to anyone. Mick Jagger was sitting in a corner by himself…he was p-ssed off about money or something. He was afraid they weren’t going to get paid. They didn’t sell many tickets.”


As for the Stones’ set, Kellog says “We were laughin’ at those guys. Jagger was doin’ all this jerky sh-t, singin’ the blues with that heavy English accent. That band was hitting a lot of clams, man. There was just a lot of wangin’ and dangin’ going on up there.”


Joel Scott Hill and the Invaders later became the house band at a popular Hollywood club called theAction.


The Misfits split in 1965, after guitarist Earl Steely married and refused to tour. Bob Mosley joined Moby Grape, but hit on hard times after that band dissolved amidst years of lawsuits. “I was living in the bushes alongside a San Diego freeway in 1996,” he recalled in 2005, “when a friend picked me up and told me Judge Garcia in San Francisco had agreed to give the Moby Grape name back to the band, instead of the corporate suits.” The partially reformed Grape occasionally performs and records today.


The day after the San Diego show, the Rolling Stones recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood for the first time. They taped the songs "Pain in My Heart," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "Hitch Hike," "Heart of Stone," and "Down Home Girl."


The Reader's 4-2-98 issue includes a feature about the Stones' first San Diego date: http://edtweb23dev366.edthosting.com/dblake/trippinwithwillie/pdfs/wk_article.pdf


ALSO SEE: www.myspace.com/ronarmstrongmusic



 11-11-69 - The Rolling Stones played an almost completely undocumented and unknown concert in San Diego. Local rock historian Bart Mendoza has the scoop:

Music-history books and websites report that the Rolling Stones visited San Diego ten times to date, but tour posters and handbills have turned up that shed light on a little-known 11th concert a matinee on November 11, 1969. San Francisco music archive Wolfgang’s Vault has a Randy Tuten–designed, 14” X 22” Rolling Stones concert poster for November 10, 1969, at the San Diego International Sports Arena. The poster is amended at the bottom, “By Popular Demand, Second Show, 2:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 11.” Indicating the rarity of these advertisements, an Oakland Coliseum poster for November 9 sells for $289; the San Diego edition, which uses the same image, will set you back $2115.

 According to Sports Arena general manager Ernie Hahn, the arena doesn’t have records regarding the show, though he can confirm seeing the show on promoter Bill Graham’s database. While the November 10, 15-song set has been extensively bootlegged, nothing from a possible second show has surfaced.

The confusion likely stems from the fact that the Stones played at the coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 11, 1969. However, on this tour, they did play more than one show in several cities, and it’s only a one-hour-and-ten-minute flight from San Diego to Phoenix.

The dates of November 10 and 11 converged for the Stones and San Diego 36 years later. On November 11, 2005, the band made a tour stop at Petco Park. The previous day, Keith Richards and Toots Hibbert headed to Santee’s Strate Sound Studios to work with engineer Alan Sanderson.

“I was told not to let anybody know it was happening and not to mention it after it was done,” said Sanderson, who had worked with the Stones on their 1997 Bridges to Babylon album. “My contact in the organization looked me up, asking if I had any studio time. I didn’t, but quickly moved the existing client and started sweating bullets. It took two days to set up.

“We did one track with Toots — ‘Pressure Drop,’” I think that track is on every album of his, a different version each time,” Sanderson joked.

Sanderson continues his Stones-related work, reporting, “Last year I recorded and edited demos with Keith in New York, at his house, and in an old library in Massachusetts. And I recently completed archiving the recordings from the last three years of their live shows.”


am105 6-13-72 - Rolling Stones: Only recently have viewing-copies of Robert Frank's long-suppressed documentary "[Expletive]sucker Blues" surfaced. The movie famously chronicles the Stones' infamous 1972 tour, timed to promote "Exile On Main Street" [released April 12] and the group's first time playing North America since the deadly 1969 Altamont concert. In the film, one scene takes place at the San Diego International Sports Arena date

Backstage, Mick Jagger can be seen deciding what to wear over his purple jumpsuit - a silver lame' jacket, black leather coat or raspberry polka dot shirt, his three main sartorial accessories for the tour. He ends up shrugging his shoulders to don a plain denim jacket that looks small even on his thin frame, muttering "I don't care, it's only San Diego ." The set was reportedly fair - it's one of the few occasions they've performed "Honky Tonk Woman" live. The real show was happening outside, in the Arena parking lot.

The Bill Graham-produced event had, like the Stones themselves, sold out. Unreserved seating cost $6.50, among the year's highest ticket prices (even aside from the free parking) in an era when Pink Floyd, Traffic and Chicago tickets cost local patrons $4 - $5.

Around three hundred apparently ticketless youths milled around the Arena parking lot as someone, perhaps several someones, worked their way through the crowd, selling dozens of counterfeit tickets for anywhere from $10 to $20 each. The actual tickets had been imprinted on a beige fiber cardstock with slightly raised ink - the counterfeits were offset printed with thick raised ink, fairly convincing except printed on a yellow-orange cardstock. Had the color been closer to the genuine tickets, most of the counterfeits might have gone unnoticed.

Hapless scam victims were refused admission and soon the crowd of angry, ripped off Stones fans and rowdy ticketless bystanders were moving threateningly en masse for the row of entrances. Guards (one of whom later characterized the scene as "a riot") were overwhelmed, dozens of people stormed the gates and ran into the hall and police were helpless do anything other than summon medical aid for a handful of mildly injured gatekeepers.

When it was reported that most rioters appeared underage, a Juvenile Delinquency and Crime Commission was set up to investigate whether local rock concerts in general and Stones concerts in particular should be restricted to only adult patrons (no city measure ever materialized). The scene was eerily repeated in July at a Montreal Stones show, where 3,000 victims of ticket forgers rioted in the streets. At the same concert, one of the band's equipment trucks was dynamited by French separatists, making the San Diego date seem more rowdy than riotous by comparison.

Surviving counterfeit tickets from the Sports Arena show are highly prized collector's items, sold and traded with certificates of authenticity signed by purported experts in rock and roll memorabilia. One eBay auction in late 2003 for an untorn San Diego 6-13-72 bootleg ticket, "certified authentic" (an authentic counterfeit?), attracted over 3,800 hits, drawing 65 bids and closing at $251.00, plus $7.50 insured shipping.


5-22-79 – the New Barbarians at San Diego Sports Arena: This was the final U.S. (and second-to-final ever) public concert by Keith Richards's short-lived "community service" band, formed to work off a drug bust.

The stellar lineup included Richards, Ron Wood, jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, and Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan. Three weeks earlier, Richards had skipped out on a Milwaukee show, causing patrons to stage a riot, but all were present and accounted for at the Sports Arena.

The high-ticket garage band slammed through Wood solo songs, as well as tunes by Dylan, Chuck Berry, Johnny Paycheck, and of course several Stones standards (though "Honky Tonk Woman" went MIA, despite being played on most of the other 19 Barbarian dates). Wood sang lead for Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," evoking his old Faces version of the tune (the Stones also covered it), while Richards tickled the ivories for Tammy Wynette's "Apartment Number 9" (?!).

Famed album photographer Henry Diltz (Morrison Hotel, etc.) shot pictures in San Diego, and the band taped the gig (as did at least two bootleggers), but the New Barbarians didn't appear on official record until last year, when Wood released a double CD archiving a 1979 Maryland show.


In honor of the Rolling Stones upcoming, likely final, world tour, and the annual free Christmas eve Stones tribute at the Casbah that is Exile on Kettner, here are 13 San Diego artists performing a Jagger / Richards classic.
1)      The Midnight Ramblers – “Start Me Up” “Tumbling Dice” “Brown Sugar” “Satisfaction”
Live on TV set from this tribute band
2)      Wild Child – “Paint it Black” (live at the Del Mar Fair July 5, 2009)
Kind of odd for a Doors tribute band to do a Stones classic…
3)      Adam Lambert – “Satisfaction”
This is just horrible…just when you think he’s out of clichés…Makes Gary Lewis & The Playboys sound like Motorhead…
4)      The Bass Clef Experiment – “As Tears Go By” (Live @ Balboa Park)
A nice instrumental version, with lead cello…
5)      The Jones Revival – “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (live at Beaumont’s)
Looks like a good party…
6)      Live Wire – “Start Me Up”
Another live set…
7)      Rick and Rob – “You Can’t Always Get what You Want”
Basic acoustic workout…
8)      The Big Fellas – “Sympathy For The Devil”
More live magic…
9)      The Hollywood Stones – “Dead Flowers” “She’s So Cold” etc live at Tio Leo’s
10)   Rick and Rob – “You Can’t Always Get what You Want”
A basic acoustic workout…
11)   Jumping Jack Flash – “Gimme Shelter” The Belly Up Tavern
12)   Exile on Kettner Blvd. – “Waiting on a Friend”
A San Diego institution, this night of Stones classics is the perfect way to spend Christmas eve…
13)   The Hi-Five – "The Last Time" (Live at Larry’s Beach Club / Oceanside)
Stones / San Diego Bonus:
1)      The Rolling Stones – “Jumping Jack Flash” San Diego 1994
2)      The Rolling Stones – “As Tears Go By” Live Petco Park 12 11 2005
3)      Ministry – “Under my Thumb” House of Blues April 7, 2008
4)      The Rolling Stones – “Carol” San Diego 1969
Audio only on this gem…
FREE | The Best Christmas Eve Party In San Diego!


 THE DAY NIRVANA PLAYED OFF THE RECORD: 10-24-91 - Detailed feature on Nirvana playing a tiny local record store, just as their first album was hitting the charts, featuring interviews with OTR staffers, rare video footage of the event, and more... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/03/the-day-nirvana-played-at-off-the-record

concert2 THE DAY JIMI HENDRIX CAME TO TOWN - 5-24-69: From my extensive interviews with Hendrix bassist Noel Redding, here's the inside scoop on a legendary (and highly bootlegeed) local concert... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/03/the-day-jimi-hendrix-came-to-town


THE DAY BEACH BOY BRIAN WILSON GOT BUSTED IN BALBOA PARK: In June 1978, Brian Wilson - without telling his wife or fellow bandmembers - decided (inexplicably) to escape his life entirely and hitchhike to Mexico. He wound up in San Diego a few days later, mentally fogged, barefoot, and unwashed. “He was on a binge," according to Stephen Love, brother of Beach Boy Mike Love and sometime-band manager..... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/18/the-day-beach-boy-brian-wilson-got-busted

THE DAY THE MONKEES TURNED DEL MAR INTO CLARKSVILLE: 9-11-66 - Del Mar was renamed “Clarksville” for the day, as part of a promotion for the Monkees TV show, which would debut the following night. The Sunday event marked the first time the foursome ever performed music in public.... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/16/day-the-monkees-turned-del-mar-into-clarksville


WHY MEXICANS HATED ELVIS: May 1959: While Elvis Presley’s popularity in the U.S. was arguably at its all-time peak, Mexico was in the midst of a huge anti-Elvis backlash. Tijuana tabloids called him a racist and homosexual, after the singer reportedly told gossip columnist Federico de León "I'd rather kiss three black girls than a Mexican." A Mexican woman in the same column was quoted saying "I'd rather kiss three dogs than one Elvis Presley”..... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2007/sep/13/why-mexicans-hated-elvis-plus-celeb-sighting/



     Pinback returns to the road for a handful of very special New Year celebration shows, including New Year's Eve at The Knitting Factory in Reno, NV! On the road, Pinback continues to support 2007's Autumn of the Seraphs, their fourth full-length album.  The group kicks off the short NYE trek from December 30th until January 2.  After a short break, they pick up again with two dates for The Rob and Zach Show to perform This Is a Pinback and Blue Screen Life in their entirety! Look for their long-awaited new album to be released on Temporary Residence Limited in 2011!

Dec 30 @ Harlow's, Sacramento, CA
Dec 31 @ Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
Jan 1 @ Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Jan 2 @ Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, Ca
Jan 10 @ Casbah, San Diego, CA (performing This Is A Pinback in its entirety!)
Jan 11 @ Casbah, San Diego, CA (performing Blue Screen Life in its entirety!)



FanFaire Foundation Ushers In Holiday Season With Messiah Sing-Along Concert December 3

FanFaire Foundation's holiday Messiah Sing-along concert launches community outreach program and gives audience unique opportunity to experience making music with full orchestra and winners of Inaugural Soloists' Competition.

FanFaire Foundation, a San Diego County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public appreciation of music and science, will usher in the holiday season with a Sing-Along concert of Handel's popular oratorio "Messiah."

http://ipreferparis.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b0bd69e201053610a5e7970b-800wi The Sing-Along Concert will will be held at the acoustically superb Neurosciences Institute Auditorium in La Jolla, CA on Friday December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Greater San Diego Community Orchestra directed by Dr. Angela Yeung, the Foundation’s recently appointed Ambassador for Community Outreach, using Mozart’s orchestration which augmented the original instrumentation from 2 oboes, one bassoon, 2 trumpets, timpani,strings and basso continuo to pairs of flutes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings.

The solo arias will be sung by the winners of the recently held Inaugural Soloists Competition led by soprano Cindy Choi who won the $500 Grand Prize for Best Soloist. The other winners include Ruth Kiefer, Kara Masek, Vincent Martin and Eric Van Heyningen.

http://michaeldamian.com/MessiahFlyer2006b.jpg The event formally launches the organization's Community Outreach Program which is designed in part to bring throughout the year varieties of life-enriching musical experiences to people of all ages in San Diego County, and to encourage significant community involvement such as that exemplified by the Messiah Sing-Along Concert and the search for concert soloists through a competition open to all interested members of the community.

Being a sing-along, this concert will be unlike others in that the conductor will be facing the audience at all times. Dr. Yeung will conduct both audience and orchestra members some of whom (strings) will be on stage while others (winds) will be positioned at various locations in the hall. It will be a different, life-enriching, and fun event.

Audience members may bring their own score or rent one at the door. Tickets, priced at $10, may be purchased online (http://fanfairefoundation.org/tickets.html) or at the door (cash only) one hour before performance.


 RUMINATIONS - Stories, Thoughts, and Ideas About God You Can Chew On by Lulu M. Flatt

“Are you craving God? Chew on this!”


This self help/inspirational collection of short, powerfully written allegories, parables and insights, is designed to bring you closer to God in a thought-provoking, often-humorous and reader-friendly way. As it states in the promo blurb, “Through the creative use of language and metaphor, you will not only be inspired, but challenged to think of God and your relationship to Him in ways you might not have thought of before.”


Author Lulu M. Flatt is an accomplished artist known for her Japanese manga-influenced artwork, which has graced many a fanzine. Longtime attendees of the San Diego Comic-Con (now known as Comic-Con International) have seen her artwork on various programming and directional signs posted all over the convention halls. She holds a BS in marketing and communications with professional certification in graphic design.


“Americans are starving spiritually” says Lulu, “and only God can alleviate their hunger. But most people cannot swallow God whole; they have to chew on Him awhile before they decide if He is good. I also believe that all people -- especially Americans – need God now more than ever before, given the current economic crisis this country is experiencing.”


It’s that contemporary new-millennium approach that works in the book’s best favor. Aside from the expected encouragement and inspiration, the stories provide up-to-date ways to look at God that have just as much or more relevance in 2010/2011 as they would have 100 years ago, or in Biblical times. The parables and insights would be just as powerful and useful whether wielded by a coach, a counselor, a spiritual advisor, public speakers (AA or NA for instance), or even a company CEO or military commanding officer.


Classic stories of literature are visited. For instance, Stone Soup, the old folk story about hungry travelers who trick a village into feeding them by claiming they can make soup from stones, only to cite a recipe calling for all manner of other foodstuffs, with the stones themselves superfluous to the end result.


In Lulu’s hands, the story instead shifts into being about sharing, rather than taking.


Advice on praying includes a methodology Lulu calls “K.I.S.S.” which -- unlike rumors of the same-named band naming itself for Knights in Satan’s Service – means “Keep it simple and sincere.”


“This book was completely inspired by direct experience, dreams, insights, and revelations,” says Lulu. “[It] reveals how I think and feel about God on a deeply personal level.”


Brief and browse-friendly chapters include The Space of Cheese (concerning the treat at the end of the maze we all run through), Enlightenment Gives Me a Headache (words with a Priest, a Rabbi, a Zen master, and the Dalai Lama), the Boy With Pointed Feet (overcoming physical handicaps via the inspiration of the cross), Baggage Claims (keeping your emotional baggage light), Passion Fruit (via the spiritual tree of life that turns up in most all the world’s religions), and God or Godzilla, which tackles the dichotomy between the vengeful/fearful Old Testament and the hopeful/forgiving New Testament.


Lulu M Flatt A former San Diegan and current resident of Palm Desert, Lulu M. Flatt has been a non-denominational ecumenical Christian since 1992. While coping with severe challenges that she says “sought to undermine my new-found faith,” she suffered a nervous breakdown in 1998. That’s when she moved back to her hometown in Palm Desert, to recover and to write about God, hoping to benefit others by her words.


From breakdown to breakthrough, Lulu says “You could say that I came out of ‘nowhere’ to write this book, and as Dr. Robert H. Schuller so aptly put it on the back of his book My Journey, ‘You can go anywhere from nowhere.’”


Lulu’s previous publications include a monthly entertainment magazine, Night Owls, which featured celebrity news, reviews, and interviews. Ruminations - Stories, Thought, and Ideas About God You Can Chew On is available in hardcover, softcover, and via e-Book links below.

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 Immersing Deep Into Jazz—and Heroin

Captivating tale of addiction and redemption to be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in San Diego November 12-15

From critically acclaimed musician and writer Don Alberts comes an engaging novel about dreams, ambitions, mistakes, and realizations. Released through Xlibris, The Rushing: Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time follows one man’s journey through fame and its consequences.

Childhood for Louis Parker was pretty normal. He lived in a blissful home with his mother, stepfather, and half-brother, where love and comfort were always offered. Even as a young boy, Louis exuded a special passion for music with his fondness in playing the piano. His teenage life was even more colorful. Dating several girls and riding around town in his Ford convertible was what life was all about, and enlisting in the navy reserve unit during the Korean war was a such a noble act for a happy-go-lucky person as him.

Always the dreamer and the risk-taker, Louis’ life is now slowly led to the side of danger. With a love for music at hand, he gradually finds himself under the spotlight and into stardom. He has made himself to become a mythic icon in the world of jazz music. But along with the promises of fame are the temptations of drugs. How badly does he want to grasp his dream?

The Rushing: Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time offers readers a glimpse into the tough sub-culture of drugs and jazz music in the 1960s and the “Crooked Road to the Big Time.” Through the depths of heroin addiction, jazz music, tough rehabilitation and self-discovery, readers will be inspired by one man’s struggle to make it back and survive.

This book will be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in San Diego, on November 12-15, 2010. For more information, log on to Xlibris.com.

A jazz musician through most of his life, Don Alberts took up writing soon after leaving San Jose State College, where he studied with concert pianist Thomas Ryan and majored in music composition and English. Ultimately, writing and music became his bittersweet joy. He continued to develop his skills, spending more and more time writing and playing music at night. In 1990, under the pen name Whitney Louis, he completed his first full-length novel, Beyond the Grand Matoeba.

He has written ten volumes of original jazz compositions. Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 have won the ASCAP jazz composers award for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. His other books include Small Unrested Desires: Short Stories and Poetry, Absolute Time: Poetry, Ancient Warrior: Selected Poems from 1995 to 2005, Play Melancholy Baby: Crime Fiction, The Rushing: Crime Fiction, Bad Boys Fan Club Photo Book: Photo Book, and Don Alberts Original Jazz Compositions Manuscript Workbook.

Alberts has taught jazz composition at the Jazz School in Berkeley California and has published a course book. He has recorded six CDs with his own groups. All CDs are available at http://www.cdbaby.com. He now lives in San Bruno and frequently plays piano at clubs in San Francisco.

THE RUSHING * by Don Alberts
Manbaby and the Crooked Road to the Big Time
Publication Date: May 17, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4500-9320-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 255 pages; 978-1-4500-9321-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-9322-4




“You can learn a lot about funding from David Bowie, and about branding from Dave Matthews,” says local drummer and author Lee Silber. His new book Rock to Riches, co-written with Andrew Chapman, is a tutorial on what he describes as “Building your own business the rock and roll way. Learning important business lessons about multiple income streaming from Jimmy Buffett is much more interesting and fun than trying to learn from [wealthy investor] Warren Buffett.”

According to Silber, “If you look at the most successful recording artists, many are also astute business people. Madonna, Kiss, and Garth Brooks have all been smart with their money, and not afraid to market themselves and profit from their efforts.”

The San Diego native - an avid surfer - started his first business at age eleven, repainting his neighbors’ mailboxes, later launching a successful chain of surf shops with his two brothers called Waves and Wheels Surfcenters. His first book, The Guide to Dating in San Diego, was followed by thirteen more books, with Rock to Riches being the first of a two-volume deal with Capital Books.

“The thing I stress most is being systematic and getting organized. I’ve learned a lot about being organized, despite my natural, right-brain tendency to want to hang onto everything I have ever owned or borrowed, and keep it out where I can see it.”

“The way I operate now, and what I teach, is that if it’s not on a list, it doesn’t exist.”

Silber's co-author is Andrew Chapman. "Andrew and I met a LONG time ago at a booksigning I was doing at the Barnes and Noble in Encinitas," says Silber. "We hit it off right away since he is also an author and a musician. In fact, we are teaming up on another book right now for Career Press. The idea for Rock To Riches was Andrew's, but because of my prior success in publishing and enthusiasm for the topic, we teamed up."

Regarding their joint writing methods, Silber says "Nobody would ever be able to tell, but Andrew and I wrote entire chapters by ourselves. I can barely remember which is which when reading it now. We worked to our strengths. You also may never be able to tell (but I thought I'd mention it) that Andrew prefers KISS, head-banger music, and more or the modern bands while I like everything from the seventies. I also went WAY back to pull examples from early rock stars, too."

The book is published by Capital Books, based on the east coast. "Our goal for the Rock to Riches book is to sell out of the first printing as fast as possible. That's why I am so thrilled you may be able to get us some much needed exposure in the Reader, the only paper local musicians really read."

The book's Abbey Road-inspired cover certainly conjures up the notion of rock star riches (tho not even Sir Paul McCartney was rich enough to buy back the Beatles' publishing). Says Silber, "In the [book cover] photo, my wife is John Lennon, I'm Ringo, and Andrew Chapman is George Harrison."


“I moved to San Diego in the 1980s and intended to earn a living as a musician,” says author RJ McDonnell, whose just-released novel Rock & Roll Homicide is set amidst the local music scene. “However, I shattered my wrist a few months after my arrival and my plans changed.”

The book concerns Little Italy native Jason Duffy, a musician-turned-private eye investigating the death of a local singer. “Jason’s client is the widow of the deceased rock star,” says McDonnell. “She suspects that the record company, based in downtown San Diego, was involved in her husband’s death…he also investigates the band members, as well as a roadie and a groupie.”

Suspects among the murdered singer’s band include an alcoholic drug addict drummer on the verge of being booted from the group, a bassist who camouflages his rock star status by living in a lower middle-class neighborhood, and a lead guitarist who wrote half of the band’s songs and lives well beyond his means.

The investigation takes Duffy to a Mission Beach bar that resembles London’s West End in PB, a T.G.I. Fridays in El Cajon, Jake’s restaurant in Del Mar, and a Steve Poltz concert at the Belly Up. He also makes trips to Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff by the Sea, Alpine, and Southeast San Diego.”

“My depiction of San Diego as home to a record label featuring an emerging headline act is my way of acknowledging the quality of music originating in San Diego,” says McDonnell, who resided locally for 26 years but now lives in Pennsylvania. “My love for music and belief in the San Diego music scene has never changed.”

Rock & Roll Homicide by RJ McDonnell is retail priced at $25.95 and is available on Amazon and at www.rockandrollhomicide.com.




Singer/songwriters Eve Selis and Mattie Mills have written a book, Forty Schmorty; Life Keeps Happening. “During the process of writing the book,” says Selis, “Mattie was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45, and I became pregnant at age 43.”

“Mattie and I helped each other get through this journey,” says Selis. “She went through her chemotherapy with courage and the knowledge that she was going to kick cancer’s ass, not the other way around. I felt powerless over the disease, but knew our friendship would help us conquer anything.” Selis’ sister is a breast cancer survivor.

“As for my pregnancy, our friendship provided support…Mattie had two children in her forties, and had her fourth child at age 45. She was a great inspiration and help to me, because it had been so long since my first pregnancy…my daughter is thirteen years old.”

In addition to their book, the duo blogs about their experiences at FortySchmorty.com, which offers merchandise including BBQ aprons, tote bags, and string thongs, all emblazoned with the FortySchmorty logo. Selis recommends the latter as a gift for men, to purchase for their forty-something wives.

“Most males have been very curious and said that they’d love to read our book, just to get a better idea of what’s inside a women’s mind. It definitely helps answer a lot of questions men have when their wives are going through difficult or challenging times.” In addition to the book, blog, and website, related FortySchmorty podcasts are available from iTunes.




“My first paying sale was a story called ‘Cookies Have No Souls,’ for Space Squid Magazine,” says Buzzbombs guitarist Ryan C. Thomas (aka “Johnny Fuego”), whose side gig is as a horror and sci-fi author. “Up until that sale, all my stories were freebies for webzines or fiction magazine that paid, like, $5 a story.”

The executive editor for North County’s Ranch & Coast Magazine says his first novel The Summer I Died, published by Canada’s Coscom Entertainment (mainly known for comic books), pits rural teens against a razor-happy killer with a man-eating dog. “It’s my attempt to do a written version of a slasher film.” Thomas’ short stories have been published in anthologies like DreamGoblin and Twisted Cat Tales.

The Summer I Died concerns Roger, a nebbish comic book geek of the new Millennium variety, ie less Comic Book Guy and more Kevin Smith but still likely to cut in front of you in line to meet Scott Bakula. Gun totin’ dope smokin’ buddy “Tooth” would like to drag his friend-slash-pet-nerd into a more adventurous and thrill-filled life, far from the four color bubble our hero Roger has so far immersed himself in. As bad luck would have it, he does just that ------

The Summer I died is available at Amazon and at www.ryancthomas.com.



Author Ian Shirley is by definition what you’d call a rock ‘n’ roll writer, and he would be even if most of his works didn’t concern rock music in some form or other. The same way you can’t help but hear ‘50s doo-wop in your head when you read Christine, or the Sex Pistols whilst you read anything by Richard Meltzer, Shirley’s books seem to come with their own internal aural soundtrack.

In the case of his newly released sci-fi novel Heavy Mental, Shirley actually recorded a song, “Spy on Love,” essentially soundtracking a bit of peep show-inspired naughtiness from his rockin’ opus – you can find that MP3 here.

Dig that ‘70s porn wah-wah!! You can almost smell the chlorine urinals and feel the sticky floors, huh?

Heavy Mental concerns a metal singer named Brett Ray, who finds himself whisked off to another world/reality/dimension/dreamscape/acid peak, ala Adam Strange or John Carter, only instead of becoming a People’s Hero he becomes an accused pigf-cker -------

Far less dunderheaded than heavy metal/cartoon rocker spoofs like Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse or Britain’s Bad News, Heavy Mental is loaded with nods to the lores and legends of rock, displaying an encyclopedic fondness of the genre and sprinkled with enough witty musical in-jokes to read like a transcript of the best episode of Mystery Science Theater ever dreamed up ------ think "Hitchhiker's Guide To The [Hawkwind]Universe" meets an imaginary Ramones In Space cartoon...by Ralph Bakshi. On acid. G-o-o-o-o-o-d acid.........

ment2 Shirley is the author of the definitive books on Bauhaus and the Residents, and he’s written for Mojo, Record Collector, and other pop cultures mags - his first sci-fi novel Shadowplay was published in 1998.

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Shirley also authored Can Rock & Roll Save the World, an exhaustive history of comic books and comic strips which have crossed over into the world of rock and roll, and vice versa (a subject of particular interest for me, having perpetrated some of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics covered in his colorful art-heavy book).

Heavy Mental was released in October '08, and is available at Amazon, and at www.safpublishing.co.uk.





“I’m a very big fan of Roger Zelazny’s work, and I’ve read all the Amber Chronicles,” says singer/songwriter Eben Brooks, who just finished shooting an elaborate video for his song “Champs Élysées,” inspired by Zelazny’s sci-fi classic Courts of Chaos. “We chose Lestat’s to shoot at, because the writer and director wrote a script that fits perfectly with their setup and décor. Lestat’s has great stone gargoyles!”


Brooks explains the video story: “In Courts of Chaos, from the original Chronicles of Amber, there’s a scene where the protagonist is worried that one of the cornerstones of reality has been destroyed…the only way to save the universe is to create a new cornerstone. While he’s doing that, he lets his mind wander as he creates this new ‘pattern,’ to anchor reality once again. I read that passage, and the imagery was so powerful that I found myself thinking about it a great deal over the next several weeks.”

eben13 He says he’s influenced by sci-fi songwriting. “I’ve always been a big fan of Jethro Tull, who tend to weave fantasy and sci-fi elements into their songs. Hawkwind writes music heavily influenced by Michael Moorcock, and there’s always Led Zeppelin’s work based on Tolkien.”

Around a dozen people scheduled to appear in the video were no-shows. “An hour after shooting was to begin, we were frantically calling people to come to Lestat’s. Even the makeup and wardrobe girl ended up on camera, because of the lack of people.” The video for “Champs Élysées” – which opens on one of Lestat’s stone gargoyles - can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsTT2sJDnB8.

eben12 (Eben's virtual sci-fi alter-ego)


Formerly with the Celtic folk band The Wild Oats (1991 – 2002), Eben Brooks has been playing monthly at Lestat’s since 2000.



Local firm Trusonic, a provider of Internet-delivered music and messaging services for retailers, announced an alliance with American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ) as an endorsed and preferred vendor, approved to provide an extensive catalog of music and messaging capabilities via the Trusonic Media Player to all members of the U.S. Dairy Queen® system.

Trusonic will program various music play-lists or formats to accommodate varying shopper demographics across different regions.

"The Trusonic platform delivers the ability to provide approved music and messaging to each of our independently owned and operated locations," said Chris Schwanz, ADQ National Accounts Program Manager. " The extensive music catalog and messaging control at a price accessible to our entire U.S. system made Trusonic a terrific choice for the DQ system and our franchisees."

Under the Agreement, Trusonic becomes the only sanctioned provider to DQ franchisees that has the ability to provide daily updates via the Internet to music and messaging.

Lorne Abony, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Mood Media Corporation, parent of Trusonic, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with a retailer the size and stature of the Dairy Queen system. Today's announcement is further evidence of both the strong appeal of Trusonic's service to national brands, and the flexibility of the platform to handle franchisee-owned businesses."

Trusonic provides custom music and messaging to retail, hospitality and general business environments in over 100 countries. Many of the largest chains and boutique brands in the world trust Trusonic to enhance their brand image at their locations. Trusonic has the largest library of major label and indie music from which to create custom music programming for its clients. Trusonic delivers and validates through reports the delivery of over 1 billion in-store and on-hold messages annually, and installs complete audio solutions including the Trusonic Media Player through its national network of sales and service locations.

****************************** GARY WILSON ON JIMMY FALLON SHOW 10-27 Local cult icon Gary Wilson sent over these pics of his guest stint with the Roots on the Jimmy Fallon Show 10-27 -- GaryWilson10-27-10a GaryWilson10-27-10b GaryWilson10-27-10c GaryWilson10-27-10d GaryWilson10-27-10e GaryWilson10-27-10f GaryWilson10-27-10g GaryWilson10-27-10h ************************************


It looks like Ratt are not presently going round and round. Robbie Crane told Metal Sludge, "As far as I'm concerned there is no Ratt to be 'fired' from, as Ratt is on an indefinite hiatus as we've finished the Infestation tour in Japan last week. Warren has dates with his and Dee Snider's Christmas band, Stephen has 4 to 6 months of solo dates, Carlos is working with Rudy and Vinny on an awesome new project and I'm touring with Lynch Mob over the next couple of months." more

For the complete story of all their breakups and lawsuits against each other, see Ratt Doesn't Want You to Read This Blog


On Thursday night, Slayer guitarist Kerry King joined his former band Megadeth on stage at the Hollywood Amphitheater for the first time in 26 years. King, who formed Slayer in 1981, performed "Rattlehead" with Megadeth, of which he was briefly a member in 1984.

The reunion comes thanks to a fragile reconciliation recently forged by King and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. Though the two duked it out in the press for years, they've expressed mutual admiration in recent interviews and even hit the road together for a four-show Canadian Carnage trek in 2009.

Local Grace Digital Audio Unveils Tabletop Internet Radio

The first tabletop Internet radio that allows 1-button control of your Pandora music directly from the front of the radio, the remote control, or the free iPhone® remote app

Grace Digital Audio, who specializes in Wi-Fi connected home audio solutions, is launching a new all-in-one advanced tabletop radio featuring Pandora. Grace’s Model# GDI-IR2550p is a tabletop radio that incorporates the same features that Pandora listeners use on computers and smart phones, including 1-button access to the thumbs up/down song selection and play/pause functions. Listeners can also skip, play, pause, and even bookmark songs directly from the remote and front control panel.

Grace Digital’s Wi-Fi Internet Radio featuring Pandora additionally provides over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts, and on-demand content including NPR / NPR on-demand, FOX News, CNN, BBC, CBS, iheartradio, NOAA Weather Reports, Live365, KROQ, and Sirius Premium Internet radio. For customers who desire to listen to their digital music collection wirelessly anywhere in their home, Grace’s GDI-IR2550p will also connect and play music direct from your iTunes library stored on your PC or MAC.

Grace Digital’s CMO, Greg Fadul, thinks functionality is what sets Grace’s new Wi-Fi radio apart from the competition. “In the transition of bringing Pandora radio from the computer to the tabletop, most Internet radios lose the simple functions that the computer provided. “We’ve created a stylish Wi-Fi enabled tabletop radio with high-grade audio that reflects the same simple and easy-to-use functions of Pandora that are available on the computer.”

Grace’s GDI-IR2550p is available at www.gracedigitalaudio.com and www.amazon.com for $169.99.

Based in San Diego, Grace Digital Audio designs and manufactures Internet radios featuring Pandora, outdoor speakers, USB archival solutions, media players, wireless speakers and other indoor/outdoor audio products. Learn more at www.gracedigitalaudio.com .


http://inlinethumb64.webshots.com/8575/2475335330103947755S425x425Q85.jpg HALFORD'S 12-18 SAN DIEGO SHOW TO INCLUDE SLAYER SPINOFF BAND PHILM

Part-time Hillcrest resident and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is back on tour with his solo band Halford to promote their newest release Halford IV - Made Of Metal. They're on tour with Ozzy Osbourne this fall, and have announced a headlining performance (minus Ozzy) on Sat. December 18 in San Diego, CA at 4th & B.  Dave Lombardo from Slayer's new band PHILM has been confirmed as an opening act, one of only five dates to include them!

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video ‘Made Of Metal’ created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010, now available at www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal.  The single 'Made Of Metal' digital download available at iTunes and www.HalfordMusic.com.  

"It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances.  Halford IV - Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels.  I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans."

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Village Voice reports: One detail stood out when fuzz-pop band Dum Dum Girls - featuring almost-famous former neighbor Kristin Gundred, formerly of Grand Ole Party - played a thunderous set opening for Vampire Weekend at Radio City Music Hall last month: Frankie Rose wasn't there. The noise-pop go-to drummer had apparently quit the band to focus on her own project, Frankie Rose and the Outs, who stop at Coco 66 this week on a tour promoting their new self-titled debut, a tight set of tunes rife with reverb and ghostly harmonies.


The record is Rose's latest step in her pursuit of perfectly washed-out dream pop; her Dum Dum departure wouldn't be terribly notable if this weren't the third fast-rising band she has ditched in as many years. The others are Vivian Girls, who Rose co-founded in 2006, and Crystal Stilts, who she joined in 2007, both popular indie-pop outfits that made her a venerable fixture on the fuzzed-out circuit. 

She also points out that the bands she's played in are merely Pitchfork-famous, and don't make much money—at least not yet. (Read more - Frankie Rose Isn't Going Anywhere )

Kristin Gundred - who is married to Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles - moved to L.A. in early 2009, where she co-founded the Dum Dum Girls.

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Tim Lambesis launches Modern Rebellion with commitment to donate profits to non-profit Trees Of Glory.

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying has formed a new clothing company called Modern Rebellion. The company has launched an official website and merch store through 3rd Degree Merch.

The mission of the clothing line is to spread a positive message of charity and to often put one’s personal needs second to those of others. With that mindset Modern Rebellion will be giving profits to Trees Of Glory, a non-profit dedicated to providing clean water for Children in Duber, Ethiopia.

Says Lambesis, “For many of us growing up, rebellion was a way to fight against what we felt were pointless and oppressive rules. Times have changed. Today we often submit to popular thinking without notice and believe that our greatest purpose is to serve ourselves. The truest form of rebellion left is to reject this mindset and live for something more.”

“That is why I have partnered in starting Modern Rebellion. What I profit from this endeavor goes to support orphanages that I have personally visited and benefits a group of people much more deserving than myself. Beyond that, I think the apparel and designs themselves create a style that well represents my personal taste.”

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The University of California, San Diego is known for its Nobel laureates and cutting-edge research, but the campus also has become a hot spot for concerts and a variety of live musical performances, especially at the Rimac Arena (pictured above).

Concert bookings on campus have dramatically increased over the years and several alumni such as Bill Silva of Bill Silva Entertainment, Marc Geiger of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and Jaime Sarachit of the Recording Academy/Grammy Awards have successful careers in the music industry through their experience organizing concerts at UC San Diego.

“I worked for the University Centers Marketing and Programming Office and booked more than 100 shows in three years,” said Brooks Roach, who graduated from UC San Diego in 1998 and now works at The Agency Group, one of the world’s largest booking agencies. “Through my contacts and professional development at UC San Diego, I was able to secure internships for agencies and now I am doing what I love working in the music industry.”

Alumni such as Silva and Geiger are just a few of the many UC San Diego graduates who are members of the UCSD Alumni Entertainment Alliance which is comprised of alumni working at all levels in television, film, music, theater, gaming, performing arts and media.

UC San Diego’s University Events Office works with the university’s Associated Students organization to provide programming for students including a growing number of live music events, according to Martin Wollesen director of the University Events Office. “We have gone from having 20 concerts a year to 250—the assortment of shows has spiked. On the west coast other schools are looking at UC San Diego as a model since we’ve been able to grow the number of live shows so well.”

One of the university’s most revered traditions for students is the Sun God Festival, an annual concert established in 1984 that has evolved into one of the largest student-organized music festivals in the United States. In 2010, a record 20,000 UC San Diego students, alumni and guests attended the event which featured three stages, comedic acts, a dance tent and the popular hip-hop artist, Drake.

With the support of the University Events Office, Associated Students hosts music festivals every fall and winter and Sun God every spring. On Oct. 15, hip-hop artist Big Boi of Outkast, the rock band, Mutemath among others will play this year’s Fall Fest. In addition to general campus concert bookings, each of UC San Diego’s six colleges has its own annual music festival.

Roach said that campus’ various concerts and music festivals have created a sense of school spirit for UC San Diego students.

“We don’t have a football team,” he said. “But the campus comes together for a lot of events like Sun God that create really memorable experiences and give students a sense of pride to be a student at UC San Diego.”

The Che Café and Porter’s Pub were among the first concert venues at UC San Diego, now music acts can be caught at the Price Center, RIMAC Arena and The Loft, a night club, restaurant and performance lounge. UC San Diego’s ArtPower! program, which provides multidisciplinary art programs for students and the San Diego community, also sponsors classical, jazz and contemporary performances.

The exciting new increase of concerts has enhanced UC San Diego’s nightlife and helped create an identity for the university’s students, according to Wollesen. “New venues, such as The Loft have really brought so much activity to campus and the additional programming has engaged a lot of students and enhanced student life at UC San Diego.”

Many students have been a driving force in the growing concert trend and organizing live shows has become ingrained in UC San Diego’s culture, according to Alex Kushner, a 2004 alumnus and campus events manager for the University Events Office.

Kushner got his start as a concert organizer for the campus’ annual Fall Fest. “In 2004, I had just booked Queens of the Stone Age when the single ‘No One Knows’ came out and then the band exploded,” he said. In his current position, Kushner books bands for RIMAC Arena and has helped bring acts, such as Phoenix and the Pixies to campus. Bands such as Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation are slated to perform in the arena this fall.

In 2008, the campus opened the doors to the Conrad Prebys Music Center. The facility’s crown jewel—a world-class, 400-seat concert hall designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects in collaboration with Cyril M. Harris, Ph.D., one of the most respected acoustical engineers in the world—is considered one of the finest small concert halls in the world.

Since moving to the Conrad Prebys Music Center last year, UC San Diego's Department of Music has vastly expanded its concert offerings to 150 for the 2010-2011 academic year. The music center is part of an emerging pedestrian friendly village at the heart of campus centered around the Price Center. The area is designed to provide a lively cluster of restaurants, shops and evening attractions such as music department concerts. The Loft at the Price Center provides a wide variety of provocative performances, art films, various arts openings and special events.

Kushner said through RIMAC, UC San Diego has formed stronger relationships with a lot of booking industries, such as Nederlander Concerts and Live Nation and students can look forward seeing more popular artists perform at the venue.

Although concerts at RIMAC, The Loft and Porter’s Pub are open to the public, because they are located on the campus of UC San Diego, there is often reserved seating and discount pricing for students.




HALFORD SOLO: Metal Injection has an exclusive first-listen stream of Rob Halford's new single, "Undisputed," which comes off the Metal God's forthcoming release, Halford IV - Made Of Metal, out September 28th in the U.S. Listen here

In other Halford news, they have scheduled an in-store autograph session at Best Buy in Northridge. Details here

TOM WAITS: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, has announced famous former neighbor Tom Waits is among its nominees for the 2011 induction ceremony. The list includes five first-time nominees and 10 previously nominated artists.

First-timers include Bon Jovi, Donovan, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits. Nominees who have gone through this process before range from Dr. John to the Beastie Boys, Chic to The J. Geils Band, as well as LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Laura Nyro, Darlene Love, Chuck Willis, and Joe Tex.

The final list of 2011 inductees will be announced toward the end of this year. The induction ceremony will be held on March 14 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2010 included The Stooges, Genesis, The Hollies, ABBA and Jimmy Cliff.

MEGADETH: Jim Florentine of VH1's That Metal Show is set to emcee the Jagermeister Fall Music Tour featuring the 1991 original Clash of the Titans lineup of Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

The tour will feature complete performances of Slayer's much lauded Seasons in the Abyss album from 1990, Megadeth's landmark 1990 album Rust in Peace, and the return of Anthrax's singer Joey Belladonna.

The tour kicked off September 24th and will play 20 venues across the nation, 14 of which will be hosted by Florentine. - more on this story

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has postponed their headline shows scheduled amidst their run with Stone Temple Pilots on their U.S. tour, due to a recent announcement by Stone Temple Pilots to re-route a portion of their tour. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will do the same, and pick back up in October.

The trio recently returned from an extensive overseas run and completed two headline shows on the West Coast before joining Stone Temple Pilots in Houston. Their Little Rock headline show originally scheduled for September 24 will now take place October 17 with their Dallas headline performance now happening October 24 at Trees. They will pick back up with STP on October 8 in Tampa when that tour resumes following a brief postponement. - more on this story

SWITCHFOOT: The upcoming Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion will include Switchfoot covering a track.

JASON MRAZ: Life Is Good, a live digital EP available October 5, was recorded earlier this month on Jason Mraz’s tour. It will feature live versions of four new songs, as well as a live version of “Coyotes” from Mraz’s last studio album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. Mraz and his band recorded the EP on the first three dates of his current tour, in Bangor, Maine, Utica, NY, and at the Life Is Good Festival in Canton, MA.



Someone sent Antiquiet what is allegedly the long-awaited new blink-182 single, "Up All Night." Have a listen here.


Pearl Jam frontman and former San Diego surfer Eddie Vedder wed longtime girlfriend, model Jill McCormick, in Hawaii Saturday. more


Adam Lambert has dismissed allegations he grappled with a photographer during a scuffle in Florida on Thursday - calling the incident "harmless" more



Stone Temple Pilots have scrapped a trio of Texas shows, sparking rumors of trouble on tour. Jam! reports that the news, announced by the El Paso Times newspaper on Tuesday, comes less than two days after the rockers hit the stage in Houston, Texas an hour late and frontman Scott Weiland rambled on about his drug addiction and marriage breakdown. Their cancelled San Diego show at Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena at SDSU) has been rescheduled for October 16. more


blink-182's Travis Barker has teamed up with Chicago's The Cool Kids to release the song "Jump Down".

The release includes a special embeddable widget that allows fans to enter their email address, download the track, and get a pair of 3D glasses mailed to their house, if they share the widget with friends. The 3D glasses will come in handy for the video premiere of the "Jump Down", slated for October 11th. Done strictly for the fans, the entire "Jump Down" project is completely free.

Itching to see the video before it hits the web? Catch it at the "Jump Down" video launch party, Thursday, Oct. 7th at the Music Box in LA. The party features live performances by Travis Barker and The Cool Kids, themselves.
- Get the song here


Megadeth hits the road again this week for the 20-city U.S. Jagermeister Fall Music Tour. The tour features 1991's original American "Clash of the Titans" lineup: Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Megadeth's lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine has posted a new video here where he talks about what you can expect from the band on the tour, including details about what is sure to be an epic set list.

Rumors are still circulating that another Big Four show - with the three bands joined by hard rock heroes Metallica - may be in the works. - dates


On Wednesday, September 29th, Switchfoot will play a special concert at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS which is set to be webcast

All proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development. A recent robbery severely impacted the Foundation's music studio.

Formed in 1983, the Foundation is dedicated to developing the lives of youth, leaders and the underprivileged in Jackson and around the world and advancing racial reconciliation. - more on this story



This is not your average MP3 giveaway. Always keeping things interesting, Travis Barker teamed up with Chicago’s The Cool Kids to release the (obviously) beat heavy, grumbly, p-funk bass, synth-happy “Jump Down”, premiering yesterday.
The release includes a special embeddable
widget that allows fans to enter their email address, download the track, and get a pair of 3D glasses mailed to their house, if they share the widget with friends. The 3D glasses will come in handy for the video premiere of the “Jump Down”, slated for October 11th. Glasses will also be included with every order from the equally as fresh,
Karmaloop.com. Done strictly for the fans, the entire "Jump Down" project is completely free.
Itching to see the video before it hits the web? Catch it at the “Jump Down” video launch party,
Thursday, Oct. 7th at the Music Box in LA. Hosted by Sneaker Pimps, the party features live performances by Travis Barker and The Cool Kids, themselves.



Big news for Blink-182 fans: FUSE launched A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus September 16th at 7pm ET and we have a little sneak peak for you to check out.

Hosted by musician (blink 182 and +44) and producer Mark Hoppus, along with his co-host, comedian Amy Schumer, this one-hour, innovative weekly show will cover everything in the world of music with a humorous twist. Get a taste here

Every week, Hoppus will offer a place for music fans to discover and indulge their passions through interviews with artists and celebrities and musical performances by mainstream and emerging bands. - more on this story


Rob Halford has premiered a new animated video online for the song "Made Of Metal." The track comes from the new album from the Judas Priest frontman's solo band Halford.

That album, "Halford IV - Made Of Metal" is set for release on September 28, 2010 but you check out the video - here.



Jason Mraz opens up about his visit to Ghana with Free The Slaves and shares how a YouTube musician's "Freedom Song" shows the power of what music can do in a great new online video. It's pretty powerful stuff, check it out here.

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By Bart Mendoza: Longtime local heroes Iron Butterfly are getting a Lifetime Achievement award at tonight's San Diego Music Awards show at Humphrey's. Bassist Lee Dorman will accept the award, Mayor Sanders and longtime local DJ Jim McInnes will present it. As for other band members showing up and/or performing, no confirmations yet.

Many bands have had more hits than Iron Butterfly, but few have had the cultural impact. From the quasi-classical intro to the extended drum solo, the group’s influence still resonates. Here is a baker’s dozen clips related to Iron Butterfly, proving the point.

1)  The song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” has appeared in lots of TV shows and movies, but none is better than this scene from the Simpsons. Not sure why the image is reversed, but this is the full skit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4QnVoH8omw

2)  Iron Butterfly performing “In The Time of Our Lives” in the 1970 movie, Musical Mutiny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfRDfDIO6Ck

3)  Nas and Will.I.Am sampled “In A Gadda Da Vida” for the hit song “Hip hop is Dead” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAKxjTRV6ms

4)  An incredible, for all the wrong reasons, seventies era disco version of “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” from European hitmakers, Boney M.

5)  Ever wonder what Iron Butterfly would be like in concert if they were made of Lego’s? Here you go!

6)  A short, but nifty, ukulele version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBBOymHPozY

7)  A nice promo clip for the Iron Butterfly song “EZ Rider” – including a bit with the band in front of a Billboard advertising their headline show at the Los Angeles Forum!

8)  Jan 31, 1969 Silent footage of Led Zeppelin and headliner Iron Butterfly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4yTZqvrQdY

9)  Iron Butterfly – Unconcious Power, live in Europe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJhIb60MrwM&feature=fvsr

10) The ultimate Iron Butterfly TV appearance would be on “Playboy After Dark” complete with Hugh Hefner cameo! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xtf0w_iron-butterfly_music

11) A nicely shot 2004 festival gig, featuring “Butterfly Bleu” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JcGr3C69sA&feature=related

12) Iron Butterfly at the 2009 San Diego County Fair, with “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – so long it’s split up into two videos – the keyboard intro alone clocks in at over three minutes!

13) Ron Bushy’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” drum solo has inspired a legion of drummers to take up the challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsGT3U9TUzw

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14)The Incredible Bongo Band – “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – just music for this link, but this is so “groovy” it should’ve shown up on an Austin Powers soundtrack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfDzOGCizmI

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This week's new Reader contains the 1000th comic strip I've done for the paper - wow, suddenly my drawing hand is tired!

As you may or may not know, I depend on tipsters to email me stuff they've overheard around town, for me to draw in the Overheard in San Diego comics. Whoever sends me a tip that gets illustrated gets to keep the original artwork for that week's comic strip - at this point, I've given away the majority of Overheard artwork (which made it hard to come up with recent art to display in gallery showings!)

If you're interested in becoming a regular tipster, the things we look for are:

1) The strip should somehow be music related, and it must definitely be local-centric
2) A locale setting that'd be fun to draw (club with unique decor, an iconic local landmark or building, lots of interesting looking people, etc)
3) Dialogue that comes across as either funny, head-scratching, utterly inexplicable, or so perfectly suited to its locale and/or the speakers that it's almost like illustrating a cliche
4) "Guest stars" that are well-known locals or visiting celebs

If you think you have good bits of overheard chatter, feel free to email directly to me at [email protected] -

Overheard in San Diego and Famous Former Neighbors are anomalies in the comic strip world – they’re based on real people, places, and events. Overheard made its debut in early 1996. Originally, I was only the writer – Scott Pentzer drew the first few Overheards, and then Paradise was aboard for around two years.

When Paradise could no longer work on it, I was stuck with the unenviable task of either finding another artist or drawing the thing myself. I hadn’t drawn a comic strip since some crude gag strips I’d done in high school for the school paper and yearbook.

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When I realized that drawing it myself meant I no longer had to split the paycheck, I decided – at the age of 38 – to become a cartoonist. My crash course involved consuming and all but memorizing several highly recommended books on the art of comics, including/especially Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and Comics & Sequential Art by Will Eisner. After studying those two industry bibles, and a series of How To Draw books by Tarzan artist Burne Hogarth, my first solo Overheard comic debuted in 1998.

No, I will not reproduce it here – believe me, you wouldn’t be impressed. I’m frankly still amazed the Reader didn’t fire me. The pressure of a weekly deadline, coupled with my weak art skills, kept me chained to the drawing board over the next few months. I recycled a lot of Paradise's backgrounds and setups, as I studied how to render art in a style similar to his.

Once I finally got the hang of using a brush with a bit of flair, rather than the rapidograph technical pen that made my drawings look like woodcuts, the Overheard comics grew from barely competent to halfway decent to, I hope today, not at all terrible.

I particularly enjoy drawing iconic locales around town, tho - as you'll see below - I completely rely on good photo references to work up from.

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LOCALS ART ---- a few locals who've appeared in the Reader comix ---

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More later!

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ADAM HAS A HEART-ON FOR FREDDIE: Gibson.com reports - In a recent NPR piece about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's legacy, former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert praised the gifts of the late singer. "He was completely over the top in the best possible way," Lambert said. "Music, most of the time, is about sexuality, whether you are straight, gay or in between. It's about love and sex.

Lambert said that it makes him unhappy that few of his contemporaries embrace Freddie's style.

"There's definitely something missing in today's music scene," he said. "We don't have a lot of men on stage doing flamboyant or theatrical. We have a lot of female pop stars doing it, but where are the guys? Where's the classic pop-rock showman?" - more on this story


WEILAND'S XMAS SPIRIT: ExploreMusic reports - Last year Stone Temple Pilots/ex-Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland surprised fans by releasing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as a single (see story here). Now he apparently wants to do a full Christmas album. ExploreMusic's Alan Cross sat down with Weiland to talk about the launching of English Laundry apparel in Canada – and more specifically his own clothing line. Other than Rock and Roll fashion, the two talked about the future of the Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Scott's next project: a Christmas album. more


MEGAHEROES: Activision has released a new video game trailer highlighting Megadeth's involvement in the upcoming release of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, which is due out on September 28. Check it out here


ALMOST SWITCHFOOT: AntiMusic reports - Switchfoot are apparently hungry for the road. They just finished a summer run with the Goo Goo Dolls but they are turning right back around and heading out on the road again this fall. This time they'll be touring with The Almost.

The tour will kick off October 1st in Lynchberg, VA. The band will also perform at Celebrate Freedom Atlanta, the largest free one-day concert in Atlanta, on September 4th, and the Austin City Limits Festival on October 10th.

"The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)," the band's current single, is one of eight songs included on the new Switchfoot iTunes Session, which was released yesterday.
- more on this story


RIHANNA CAN'T MAKE UP HER MIND? AceShowbiz reports - Amid confusion when the first offering from Rihanna's new album will arrive and whether it is "Only Girl" or "Cheers", All Access brought a new report. The publication scheduled to debut the Barbadian singer's new single on September 14 and listed it under the title "Only Girl (In the World)". more


DID CANNON MISFIRE? Billboard reports - While Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon continue dodging questions about whether they're expecting a child, sources close to the couple have confirmed to the Juice that Carey is indeed pregnant. more



Wired UK has a story about a company that will press the cremated remains of your body into a vinyl record. Your body will be part of a vinyl pressing of 30 records and you can put up to 25 minutes of music on the record. Somewhere in Norway a kvlt kid in a black metal band is hearing dollar signs.

The company, And Vinyly, was founded by techno pioneer and Subhead band and label founder Jason Leach. As ghoulish as this might sound the story, not to mention the idea itself, it’s a great piece that’s worthy of your time.

http://www.sportsflicks.com/images/DVDimages/surf/highwater.jpg LOCALS FEATURED IN NEW SURF MOVIE

The new surf film Highwater chronicles the Triple Crown at a notable milestone, the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters' 35th anniversary.  

Local musico Al Guerra supervised the film’s soundtrack, which includes songs from locals Billy Shaddox, Ryan Ferguson, Slightly Stoopid, Steve Summers, Switchfoot, as well as Matt Costa, Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mother Hips, Wolfmother, and Xavier Rudd. The filmmakers are also known for their earlier movies, Step Into Liquie and Dust to Glory.


<EM>Highwater</EM> makes its local public debut on Friday, September 3, at the AMC Fashion Valley theater.

From the start, Pipeline Masters contests drew attention from national media, including the likes of the New York Times and CBS. ABC's Wide World of Sports covered the event for nearly a decade, and a network popularity poll ranked the event only behind Olympic figure skating and ski jumping. More and more surfers journeyed forth to the North Shore, attendance grew, tourists and enthusiasts followed.

Women’s Surfing has also grown considerably over the past decade and the Triple Crown offers a women’s title, showcasing the world's top pro female surfers concurrently with the men's Series. The Roxy Pro at Haleiwa and the Billabong Pro offer prizes of over $120,000.  These two events determine the women's ASP World Champion and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion, as well as the WCT lineups for the next season’s circuit.

The Triple Crown has also grown into a major corporate party, attracting the top surf industry corporations:  Van’s , Rip Curl, Billabong, Quicksilver, Roxy, Red Bull, Foster’s and virtually every action sports apparel manufacturer on earth; exemplifying the growing clout and mess of the surfing industry and it’s lure.

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Antimusic reports: Blues diva Candye Kane, recent cancer survivor and 2010 nominee for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, becomes the final name player added to the upcoming tribute album Whole Lotta Love: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.

The voluptuous and curvaceous Candye appears courtesy of her size-positive original recording "You Need A Great Big Woman," as showcased on the Lifetime network and "The Maury Povich Show." This guitar-laden swing rocker features the incomparable Ms. Kane belting out the benefits of loving a large and luscious lady like herself. A sample of the song is now available at the official "Whole Lotta Love" MySpace page.

Candye is one of but few women on the roster, which consists largely of members of such hard rock bands as Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Twisted Sister, Danger Danger and L.A. Guns performing songs about plus-sized women like her. Despite her minimal association with the genre, she does recall an encounter she once had with Kiss bassist Gene Simmons (who has publicly acknowledged his own appreciation of full-bodied women).

"Even though I'm honored to be included here, I'm not normally in the company of rockers," admits Kane. "I think the closest I got was back in the '80s when Gene Simmons hit on me! This was when I was recording my first album and he was producing some Japanese band (EZO) in the same studio. I turned him down, so I'm probably one of the few women who can say that! Back then I was more into country music so I said, 'Maybe if you were Dwight Yoakam!' I'm sure he wasn't accustomed to hearing that!" - more on this story


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http://inlinethumb28.webshots.com/10395/2623266670100752951S200x200Q85.jpgSTP SINGER FALLS OFF STAGE WHILE VOCALS CONTINUE - LIP SYNCHING, OR ???

Antiquiet reports: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland fell off the stage at a concert on Wednesday night. As if that isn't bad enough, fan filmed video of the incident has caused some to speculate that Weiland might be lip synching in concert.

Skwerl from Antiquiet posted the video and had these comments about it: "At last night's show at the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, Scott Weiland took a really hard spill into a hole during Crackerman. Like, a really bad one. Skip to 1:25 in the video to see (and hear) for yourself.

"He's down there for awhile as the crew tries to help him out. And yet, the vocal performance doesn't falter in the slightest, and continues on sounding exactly like my copy of Core the entire time, as if not a breeze had swayed the frontman."

STP appears at Viejas Arena, Thursday, September 16 -- as for the video of him falling off the stage while his vocals continue unaffected,  Watch it here and judge for yourself

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Gibson.com reports: Travis Barker has recruited some big name stars for his new solo project. But these big names don't rock. The blink-182 drummer is preparing to release a new solo album. But fans expecting the pop punk of Barker's day-job band will be in for a surprise. Keeping with the tone of his more hip-hop oriented side projects, Transplants and Expensive Taste, Barker has recruited some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop.

Collaborators will include Eminem (fresh off his own chart-topping album, Recovery), Lil Wayne and the ubiquitous Snoop Dogg. Also making guest appearances are Drake, T.I., The Game, Pharrell Williams, RZA, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, The Cool Kids and Clipse.

Fans of Blink 182 needn't worry, though. The band has a host of European dates still on the slate, including Chiemsee Rocks in Germany, the Paris Rock En Seine Festival, and the Reading Festival in England. - more on this story


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http://takelessons.com/images/logo.png Headquartered in San Diego, TakeLessons is a full-service music and voice lessons provider. With lessons taught by TakeLessons-certified instructors in over 2,800 cities nationwide, the company was founded in 2004 as an internet-based operation, designed to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions. TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers, as well as at-work lessons programs for corporate clients and their employees.

Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early education and child care provider in North America, and TakeLessons have partnered to provide at school or in-home music lessons to children ages 5-12 at select schools within the Learning Care Group umbrella of brands, including The Children's Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, La Petite Academy and Tutor Time Child Care/Learning Centers.

"We recognize there is an artist inside of everyone," said Steven Cox, TakeLessons' Founder and CEO. "The opportunity to take music lessons ( http://www.takelessons.com ) at an early age not only equips children with music skills, but also with self confidence and a higher likelihood of academic success."

Whether music students want to be the next American Idol, be a real-life guitar hero or become the modern-day Mozart, they will have the opportunity to foster these skills. Beginning September 1st, TakeLessons instructors will be providing voice lessons ( http://takelessons.com/category/singing-lessons ), guitar lessons ( http://takelessons.com/category/guitar-lessons )and piano lessons ( http://takelessons.com/category/piano-lessons ) onsite in over 75 participating Learning Care Group, Inc. locations, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio and Seattle with plans to expand into other locations.

"Research continues to demonstrate a strong correlation between quality music learning programs and academic achievement," said Amy Hellebuyck, Marketing Communications Manager for Learning Care Group ( http://www.learningcaregroup.com ), Inc. "Our partnership with TakeLessons is one more way we inspire and impact lifelong learning for our students."

Top 3 Benefits of TakeLessons Learning Programs 1. Safety First: Instructors are interviewed by professional recruiting specialists before they are hired. Criminal background checks are conducted annually. 2. Talented Teachers: Music instructors are selected based on educational and professional backgrounds. Many have played with famous musicians, been on television and still perform live. 3. Comprehensive User Experience: Personal online accounts assist parents and students with goal setting, scheduling, lesson tracking, payments and more.

TakeLessons Student on NBC News

Demonstration of how to play piano

TakeLessons was recently featured on NBC San Diego's Morning News. The segment aired on March 5, 2009 and featured Steven Cox, CEO of TakeLessons and TakeLessons student, Kyle Riley who played a beautiful self-composed piece on his keyboard.

Learning Care Group operates approximately 1,050 schools (corporate and franchise) across 36 states, the District of Columbia and internationally, and has a system-wide capacity to serve 160,000 children.


All the green grass in the world isn't gonna make this dork crew look any cooler - hey, in the lower right corner, isn't that "Newman" from Seinfeld?!

"Let's get that photo I took of the pervert stalker hiding in the bushes and make it our album cover...."

Sears must've been having a sale on those suits!

You laugh, but you should hear this soulful mama belting out "These Boots Were Made For Walking" and "Hard Day's Night"! You'll laugh even harder...

And this is AFTER he pimped his ride!

What makes this so WTF isn't the clothes - it's the medieval dungeon they look so comfortable in...

And OTHER skiing songs?!?!?! That first one killed the dude!!

Where oh where to start - the guy's giant pointy elf shoes? The mysterious brown liquid seeping out from between the girl's legs and onto the floor? The Beep Beep poster with inexplicable ocean motif? The hemorroid donut mounted on a wall with garden trellis?

If Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business, guess who just declared bankruptcy?

Gene Simmons' Family Jewels - in an alternate HELL DIMENSION! Why do they make their women dress as couches that someone threw up on?

Previous WTF Album Covers: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2010/may/31/worst-album-covers-ever-strange-bizarre-and-butt-c/


Because who can get any work done with all THIS going on????



If you wanna see a list of over 2,100 San Diego bands, 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 LOCAL MUSICIAN'S NAME (around 4,900 musicos listed!) and bring up bios of every notable band they've ever been in! Try it here with Rob Crow ---

AND, if that wasn't cool 'nuff, click on an instrument, say like this here link to "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 soon!!!! JAS














http://www.fashionfunky.com/upload/2008/09/30/fire.gifSCOTT WILSON: FLAME-ON, CRAIGSLIST!! (BUT DON'T TOUCH MY EMMY) -










Thanks to everyone who came out to the Overheard and Famous in San Diego art gallery opening on Monday, March 29th at the Ruby Room! Bunches of photos and video clips at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2010/oct/04/ucsd-music-events-jump-from-20-per-year-to-over-20/

http://media.sdreader.com/img/bands/leadart/Outta_Control.jpg OWES IT ALL TO THE MAN WITH NO NAME....



Get Uked to It (or San Diego Gets Uked) - 15 San Diego artists have their songs covered on Ukelele





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Al Kooper

Legendary keyboardist Al Kooper has played with Dylan, the Stones, George Harrison and countless others, but he still has time to beef about local music reporters like Buddy Blue and a certain Reader columnist... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar



Rollingstone.com has added Anya Marina to their "breaking artist" profiles - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar



 8-28-65 – the Beatles: For the Beatles' one and only local appearance, at Balboa Stadium, radio station KCBQ declared that Saturday "Beatle Day" and gave out pins saying so to attendees. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar


 UNEXPECTED BEATLES ART - The Fab Four turn up in the oddest places... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar






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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

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LENNON OR McCARTNEY??  --We asked 25 local performers about their fave Beatle (and why), and got some surprising (and frequently revealing) answers...


  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/BADFINGER 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 Dream Is OverTHE 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/


LEGO ALBUM COVER RECREATIONS! Those wacky kidsters at toyzone.com put together this great tribute to OCD Legoholics everywhere... http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/jan/29/the-return-of-black-heart-procession-plus-anya-mar ***********************************************


Exclusive preview and new interview with one of the creators/performers behind the new internet Trek series - click for more ---http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2009/oct/04/happy-rons-hormonal-harem---loving-san-diegos-musi/#

READER EXCLUSIVE - For the first time anywhere on the web, here's the promo trailer for Star Trek: The Continuing Mission, episode six: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/audioclips/66/



The Twilight Zone made it's TV debut 50 years ago, on 10-2-59 - we asked local musicos to tell us their own favorite Zone episodes --- (more "What's Your Favorite Twilight Zone?" )



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...




THE KOMPLETE KISS KOMIX KRONICLES - Comprehensive collection of stuff I’ve done about working with Kiss on a comic book series in San Diego, 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, San Diego's 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...


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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...


 Down the Slippery Slope - Arrested For the Crime of Viewing Manga

On March 30, 2004, when Dwight Whorley found the Japanese website of Fractal Underground Studio via Yahoo and clicked on a couple of the thumbnail images... ( http://comipress.com/special/miscellaneous/down-the-slippery-slope-the-crime-of-viewing-manga )


"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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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

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