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Famous Former Neighbors Song Contest!

Last year, the song “Overheard in San Diego” by Cathryn Beeks and Sven Erik Seaholm became that comic strip’s heavily-promoted and oft-played theme song at www.sandiegoreader.com.




Record and submit an MP3 song called and about Famous Former Neighbors at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/famous-song


All entries will be playable on the Reader website – public votes a winner on March 24.


Winning performer gets their name and URL published with every FFN comic strip in 2010, website spotlights, and a gig showcase at the Ruby Room!!


Winner will be announced at the OVERHEARD AND FAMOUS IN SAN DIEGO ART GALLERY RECEPTION on March 29 at the Ruby Room, where the winner will be invited to perform on an all-star bill that includes Bart Mendoza, True Stories, Wendy Bailey, Cathryn Beeks and more!!


Winner keeps all song (and bragging) rights – we just want to be able to post it all over the Reader website, along with your name and links to your performer pages!

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Listen to the Overheard in San Diego theme song! Press illo to play the Overheard song!

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

If you wanna see a list of over 1,900 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


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Rappers Parker Edison and Jay Smith, aka the Numberman, teamed up in 2007 to form Parker and the Numberman, with a debut EP The Talented Tenth named after the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois. “We like to mix the fluid lyricism of Charles Bukowski with the street corner observations of NWA,” says Smith.

The group’s video for their song “What About Your Block” was recently accepted into the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, which oddly enough happens in L.A. from February 25 through March 4. “We paid $300 to enter, and then you buy a package to get your project seen. We'd like to raise $2,500 for the Gold package, so we can have booth space, VIP passes, a page on the Festival website, and hotel fare.”

To that end, Parker and the Numberman’s gig at the Wit’s End on Saturday, February 6, is a Festival fundraiser. “I was thinking about wearing a tuxedo, ‘cause I usually wear jeans. Rapping in a tux would be a bit special. We’re also planning on selling schwag bags with one-of-a-kind P&T t-shirts in them. We’ll probably also get a donation bucket, write ‘Hollywood or Bust’ on the side, and pass it around like church deacons.”

What if they don’t raise enough for the Gold package? “We’ll have to settle for the Silver or Bronze. I think the Bronze package gets you a table with a chair. With the Silver package, you get two chairs. And some ice water.”

http://www.myspace.com/parkerthenumberman http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/parker-and-the-numberman/


<p>AntiMusic.com reports: We Are The Fallen unleashed their first single, "Bury Me Alive," exclusively via the digital domain on February 2nd.

The fivesome is comprised of the original members Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O'Brien (Disturbed, Static-X) rounds out We Are The Fallen. Check out a free download for the acoustic "Bury Me Alive" here

The group is already preparing to give fans a live taste of the reportoire fueling their upcoming Universal Republic debut album, due out later in the year - hitting the road in support of Finnish rock stalwarts H.I.M. The extensive, 28 city tour launches in Philadelphia, PA, on March 26th, hurtling through multiple major cities such as Boston, MA, on March 28th, Cleveland, OH, on April 1st, Chicago IL, on April 9th, Los Angeles, CA, on April 23rd, and winding down in New York City on May 7th. - more on this story

http://www.sexualfables.com/images/Lady-Godiva-Posters.jpg SAN DIEGO MUSIC "SCENE" MENTIONED IN THE NEW YORKER

"...Christmas Island, from the growing San Diego lo-fi scene, crafts scenester beach-party tunes."

Quotes like above in the new New Yorker are puzzling - San Diego finally getting national acclaim for something as inconsequential and ultimately fleeting as its paint-by-number "lo-fi scene" is like how Lady Godiva, reportedly one of history's greatest beauties and a prodigious tax-battler and renters-rights activist, is only famous for that one horsey ride....just sayin'.... 

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

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fan_reach/pt?eid=3309778_13060946&url=http://www.myspace.com/tommygraf Wednesday 2/3 - The Onyx Room is where we'll be every other Wednesday - 8:00 The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, 9:00 Holding Air Hostage, 10:00 The Otisturbine, 11:00 Tommy Graf - Pretty incredible line up this week, don't miss it!  NO COVER!

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fan_reach/pt?eid=3309778_13060946&url=http://www.myspace.com/colincline Thursday 2/4 - Winstons in OB for Happy Hour, acoustic music and catching up with Kate.  5:00 Colin Clyne, 5:30 Juls, 6:00 Speaking Idly, 6:30 Crystal Pollard , 7:00 Charlie Imes, 7:30 Billy Anne Crews - NO COVER

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fan_reach/pt?eid=3309778_13060946&url=http://www.myspace.com/allegrasings Friday 2/5 - Homegrown Live at Anthology continues the first Friday of each month.  This Friday you'll hear Allegra, The Donnis Trio and Guava Belly from 10pm to midnight, LIVE on 102.1 KPRI - or you can be in Little Italy for all the fun! Check out www.anthologysd.com  for tickets.


 Artist of the Week:  Don't miss Allegra, The Donnis Trio and Guava Belly at Anthology this Friday night.  I'll be hooking up a few of you with the guest list this week so keep an eye out for my announcements on Facebook.

Link of the Week:  Since I've decided that 2010 is the year I start a healthier lifestyle I've been trying new things and am SO HAPPY I discovered Holistic Traditions Acupuncture in La Jolla. I've been twice now and am feeling better already, not only physically but mentally.  Sara Sas is incredible and I have to thank Regina Leonard for the tmp.  Check them out at www.holistictraditions.com - I'll keep you posted on my progress...

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fan_reach/pt?eid=3309778_13060946&url=http://www.stevecovault.com/ListenLocal.html Steve Covault has posted photos of our first Music Mixer at The Onyx Room in his Listen Local Gallery (yes, we have our own Gallery!) so go forth and check them out!  The next mixer is February 28th.  If you'd like to bring your stuff, drop me a line!


 Axe Sacks are here!  In my continued effort to pay the bills, I've created Axe Sacks, Casual Wear for your instruments.  They are silky, sexy, fully lined back packs for your guitar with plenty of pockets for picks, pens, cell phones, etc.  I customize size, fabric and color to your specific needs. Also available the Bass Sack, Sax Sack, Fiddle Sack, um... you get the idea. $20 to $60 depending on size. Standard Axe Sack (shown) is $50.00.  Great Valentines day gift, get more info here.

The Acoustic Alliance takes place at Brick by Brick on Sunday, February 21st and will feature 3 songs each from Charlie Reicksick, Coco and Lafe, Jeffrey Joe Morin, Craig Furnivall, Chad Cavanaugh, Regina Leonard, Aaron Kimball, The Cat Family, Benjamin Myers, Rusty King, Bass Hamza, and Summer Mencher, plus intermission entertainment by Three Degrees Off Center beginning at 6pm.  This show is good times!

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fan_reach/pt?eid=3309778_13060946&url=http://www.listenlocalsd.com/Songwriter-Sleepover-.html The Songwriter Sleepover happens the weekend of May 21st at Lake Jennings in Lakeside and you won't want to miss it.  Camping, songwriting, playing and relaxing by the lake.  $20 includes camping on Friday and Saturday night, wood, water and S'mores.  Limited space and it's filling up fast, folks.  There are only 12 spots left so reserve yours today!


 The Game is coming around again.  March 2nd we'll meet at Desi N Friends and we'll all play songs to the title "SAVE THE DAY."  Get writing!


Two legendary groups with San Diego connections return!


Feb. 5 / The Nashville Ramblers

Feb. 19 / Ron Silva & The Monarchs


Two legendary groups with San Diego connections are making appearances at The Tower Bar this February:


The Nashville Ramblers (Feb. 5) / Ron Silva & The Monarchs (Feb. 19).


Nashville Ramblers, led by Carl Rusk (guitar) with Tom Ward (bass) and Ron Silva (drums) stage a rare reunion show at The Tower Bar on Feb. 5. Their song “The Trains,” first released in 1986, is now considered a power-pop classic and was included in the Children of Nuggets box set from Rhino Records. Meanwhile the trio has also spent time as members of other noted combos such as The Crawdaddys, The Gravedigger Five and Mystery Machine.


Then on Feb. 19, Silva and Ward return with the recently reunited, Bay Area based, rhythm & blues combo, Ron Silva and the Monarchs. This time out, Silva is frontman and the group features another San Diego ex-pat, Nick Rossi (ex- Loved Ones) on guitar. First established in the early '90s, this band is a monster! If you like your R&B, gritty, sixties styled and incredibly danceable – this is the band for you!


The Nashville Ramblers

Friday, February 5, 2010


Ron Silva & The Monarchs

Friday, February 19, 2010


The Tower Bar

4557 University Avenue

San Diego, CA 92105-1918

(619) 284-0158

9 PM, $5

+ guest DJs Tony The Tyger and Action Andy






LOCAL SINGER MAKES TOP 10 ON CHINA'S POP IDOL TV SHOW - Over 100 Million Viewers Cheering On Nikki Nova of Liquid Blue!

Nikki Nova, a vocalist with Liquid Blue, has beat out some of the best singers from around the world to reach the Top 10 in MN Idol, which was broadcast on live TV to over 100 million viewers over the last week of January, 2010.

Nikki's achievement is all the more impressive when you consider she does not speak any form of Chinese but has sung throughout the competition in a dialect called "Minnan," out-performing a host of native speakers. One judge describes her performance, "like having Celine Dion sing a Minnan song on stage." The Minnan dialect is most popular in Southern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia.

The seven-strong indie-rock-dance group Liquid Blue is officially the "World's Most Traveled Band," having performed in over 100 countries across six continents. And now, one of their "Blue Girls" has become the first American to reach the Top 10 of Asia's version of American Idol. They were the first band from the U.S. to sign to a Chinese record label.

Liquid Blue was "certified green" by the County of San Diego in 2009 and is likely the very first certified GREEN act in America. They performed at the Beijing Olympics CCTV Kickoff Concert in 2008.

Liquid Blue's music is a mixture of dance and rock, featuring eastern Indian instruments such as tablas, sitars, and kanuns. They recently released the single tracks "Dominate" and "Earth Passport."

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“The Jumping Turtle is not going out of business,” says owner Matt Hall, despite having lost his most recent appeal to keep the City of San Marcos from revoking his venues' entertainment permit ... (more Jumping Turtle )


With songs like "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Love Look Away," the cover art makes this seem like a transvestite musical.

Walking OUTLET store, maybe...

"With a name like Burpo, he's GOT to be good..."

"Hon, we're gonna need a bigger can of Raid!" Is there no end to bugs who wanna be Beatles?

Ethel Merman's disco album - you can't make this sh-t up, people.

Brady kids go solo, sometime after Peter's voice stopped breaking but before Marsha found a bra that fits.

"Is that a gun, or are you just happy to see me?" What, no post-coital cuddle??

Everybody has that one wacky Uncle....

If ever an album cover needed to take its own advice...

Uh, so you're saying this music makes cats scream?

Wow, how'd they get a picture of Shakira's feet???

Betcha didn't know that old school acid jazz artists cooked up their own acid?

Good gawd, is...is this album's title being squeezed out of someone's butthole?!

WHAT is this a "Sound Track" TO?!

Doesn't look like SHE's enjoying the Sounds of sax..."No sax tonight, dear, I have a headache..."

PREVIOUS WTFs - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/bands/2010/feb/02/worst-album-covers-ever-strange-bizarre-and-butt-c/



First off, thanks to everyone who made it out to The Casbah last Thursday for our 501(c)(3) event. We raised $2,000 and are extremely grateful to Tim Mays and The Casbah, Martian Horses, Joel P West, Jamuel Saxon and all of you who came out to support. This money will help us buy a case of disposable cameras, prepare for a big Art/Music event on June 12th and launch our Membership Program this spring.

If you didn't make it out that night, or you have blurry memories from the crazy dance party Jamuel Saxon and friends provided, click here for some footage.


More exciting news! Sezio will launch a weekly, hour-long radio program this Friday on Legit Radio. Focusing on hometown and national talent, Sezio's hour-long program will feature a mix of music, cocktails, weekend events and special guests. We're stoked to be working with Chris Cantore, Dave Brown and all of
the great folks behind the Legit community. So tune in this Friday at 2pm to LegitRadio.com.


Following their December release of Homes & Houses, Oceanside-based Longstay has taken a weekly residency at Beauty Bar for the month of January. We caught up with the soulful rock quartet to investigate their beginnings, new record and the online maze they constructed to download their digital treasures.
Longstay plays their last residency night at Beauty Bar tonight! Check out their feature here.



Calling all collectors of vinyl records! San Diego-based Revolver Boutique has lost its lease on its warehouse and is now liquidating one of the nation’s largest collection of vinyl records – one million pieces in stock – all up for immediate sale.

“We lost our warehouse and must liquidate this enormous vinyl record collection,” said Gabe Galvez with Revolver Boutique. “This is a great addition to any record collector’s collection and it is available below cost.”

The diverse collection of music covers everything from rock and jazz to even classical and pop music. Most of the record inventory covers the span of the 1950s to the 1980s, but the album collection for sale pretty much has something available for every music lover.

“We are willing to take options on medium size to large size orders of these albums,” Galvez said. “We are even willing to work with the buyer to help sort the albums or even help move them. No appropriate offer will be rejected.”


Revolver Boutique acquired the record collection in the takeover of San Diego-based vintage clothing and music store Thrift Trader. Thrift Trader was an active purchaser of vintage vinyl records in the greater San Diego area and stored the extensive collection in a local warehouse.

“They were buying 10,000 or more vinyl records per month,” Galvez said. “It’s easy to see how this diverse collection of records grew to more than one million albums very quickly.”

For more information on the extensive collection of more than one million vinyl records, or to make an offer to acquire the inventory, please contact Gabe Galvez with Revolver Boutique at 619-507-5946 or via email at gabe.galvez@revolverboutiques.com.

For more information on Revolver Boutique, please check out their brand new website at http://www.revolverboutiques.com
Revolver Boutique
Phone: (619) 507-5946
Email: Gabe Galvez - gabe.galvez@revolverboutiques.com

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A trailer has been posted for the upcoming Blink 182 documentary titled The Blinkumentary. The film was put together by Handsome Randsome and aims to document the band's 2009 tour and the events leading up to it. check it out here

This is the third documentary to feature the band - the earlier films were:

 - Riding in Vans with Boys

 - Blink 182: The Urethra Chronicles



face="Arial">AntiMusic.com reports: Newly christened Grammy winner Jason Mraz has spent the past thirteen years performing everywhere from local coffee shops to stadiums with his Taylor guitars. Along the way, Mraz has released three studio albums, several EP's and live albums including the recently released Beautiful Mess - Live on Earth DVD/CD. Mraz's live shows have garnered critical acclaim around the world and his albums have earned multiple Grammy nominations. Late last year, his hit single, "I'm Yours", set a music industry record for the most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

In early December, Mraz visited the Taylor factory to meet with the company's design team and to complete work on his own Taylor model, the Jason Mraz Signature Model (JMSM).

The JMSM is based on Mraz's go-to guitar, a Taylor nylon-string NS72ce, a guitar he says "nurtured a whole album's worth of songs" and in performances, "gave me a way to communicate with the audience without a guitar standing in my way. It felt like it was part of me, it was a part of the energy that I wanted to put out there."

Crafted from a back and sides of Indian rosewood and a top of Western Red cedar, the JMSM includes key design touches provided by Mraz. The fretboard inlay, in Mexican cypress, features the phrase "Be Love" set below a design that features a triangle within a circle, which mirrors a forearm tattoo he got in July 2009.

"I chose this symbol simply because I want to be whole in mind, body and soul," Mraz explains. "I think that's a divine trinity there. What is 'Be Love' but cutting out the middle man. You don't have to have a certain someone to be loved. You don't have to have certain conditions to have love in your life. You can just be love. So, it's basically a practice of unconditional love, a practice of unabashed generosity." - more on this story

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http://farm1.static.flickr.com/165/392780389_bd96fc98bf.jpg ALBUM LEAF HITTING THE ROAD WITH SEA WOLF

Sea Wolf burst into 2010 in the Twilight: New Moon movie, with their song, "The Violet Hour." This followed the release of the band's sophomore album, White Water, White Bloom, on Dangerbird Records, as well as a national headline tour.

On February 3, Sea Wolf will team up with The Album Leaf for a West Coast run that will stretch as far north as Vancouver and culminate with a hometown show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Sea Wolf's orchestral pop narratives will serve as a perfect primer for The Album Leaf's dreamy and cinematic soundscapes. Alex Brown Church, aka Sea Wolf, will also be guest hosting MTV2's "Subterranean" in the coming months.

Heralded by Amazon.com as one of the Top 100 albums of 2009 and described by the Austin-American Statesman as "an eclectic brand of indie-folk in the vein of the Decemberists," White Water, White Bloom, is a masterful marriage of vivid storytelling and intricate instrumentation. Relix exclaimed: "Church and his fellow musicians craft an overwhelming sonic landscape that is almost visually palpable."

The Album Leaf officially began in 1998 as the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, who had performed in several other local bands, including Swing Kids, the Locust, and GoGoGo Airheart.

When the band formed, LaValle had been playing guitar in the post-rock instrumental band Tristeza. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he began playing drums for San Diego band Gogogo Airheart during downtime in the fall of 1998.

LaValle played his first official Album Leaf show at the Che Cafe in the winter of 1999. Band members for this show consisted of Rafter Roberts(of Rafter), James Lehner (of Tristeza), Leilani Clark (of the Straight A’s, also with LaValle), and Benjamin White (of Gogogo Airheart).

The band won Best Electronic at the 2008 and 2009 San Diego Music Awards.


http://www.reelinintheyears.com/images/SmallFacescvr4web.jpg SAN DIEGO'S REELIN' IN THE YEARS CHRONICLES THE BRITISH INVASION

Dusty Springfield - Once Upon A Time 1964-1969

Small Faces - All Or Nothing 1965-1968

Herman's Hermits - Listen People 1964-1969

Gerry & The Pacemakers - It's Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965

The Invasion Arrives March 23, 2010

Over forty-five years after the Beatles sparked the legendary 'British Invasion' that forever changed the face of popular music, Reelin' In The Years Productions, in association with Voyage Digital Media, is proud to announce the release of the initial four DVDs in the new British Invasion series. The four titles are Dusty Springfield - Once Upon A Time 1964-1969, Small Faces - All Or Nothing 1965-1968, Gerry & The Pacemakers - It's Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965 and Herman's Hermits - Listen People 1964-1969. Distributed by Naxos of America Inc., all four DVDs will be available separately and as a deluxe boxset featuring a bonus fifth disc with over 2 hours of additional content.

Produced by Reelin' In The Years Productions, each DVD features complete 1960's television performances filmed at the time the songs were hits and while the artists were at the height of their careers. Interspersed between the performances, original band members and others who helped create their classic music, talk about each song and recount special moments in the history of the group. In addition, all performances have been transferred from the original master tapes and include best-possible video and remastered audio. Each DVD also includes a 24-page booklet with insights and essays by noted rock historians as well as previously unseen photos and memorabilia. The series, originally released only in the UK in September of 2009, has received both commercial success and critical acclaim, with four-star reviews and inclusion in many year-end “Best Of 2009" lists in the British music press.

Reelin' In the Years is the San Diego-based company that has produced some of the most highly-regarded anthology DVD series including the four-volume, GRAMMY-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the award winning Jazz Icons series. As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.

Notes about each of the four individual releases:

http://www.reelinintheyears.com/images/dustycvr4web.jpg DUSTY SPRINGFIELD - Once Upon A Time 1964 - 1969

Features 20 definitive complete television performances by Britain's greatest pop diva including “You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," “Son Of A Preacher Man," “Wishin' And Hopin'" and “I Only Want To Be With You." Dusty's story is told through new interviews with Burt Bacharach, Madeline Bell (who sang back-up for Dusty in the '60s), Simon Bell (Dusty's back-up singer from the '70s to the '90s), and a newly discovered interview from 1978 with Dusty herself. Bonus features include Dusty's complete 1965 and 1966 New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert appearances as well as a duet with Burt Bacharach on “A House Is Not A Home." Annie Randall, Dusty's biographer, wrote the accompanying essay.

SMALL FACES - All Or Nothing 1965 - 1968

In the mid-1960's the Small Faces challenged the Who, Kinks, Rolling Stones and even the Beatles for UK chart domination. This is the band's first official anthology and features 27 complete performances capturing every aspect of their brief but brilliant run including early Mod/R&B classics such as “What'cha Gonna Do About It", “Sha La La La Lee" and “All Or Nothing", timeless rockers like “Tin Soldier" and later psychedelic treasures including “Itchycoo Park", and “Green Circles." Nine songs are included from the band's masterwork Ogden's Nut Gone Flake including “Lazy Sunday", “Song Of A Baker", the title track and the six song “Happiness Stan" suite. Also included are interviews filmed exclusively for the DVD with original members Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and Jimmy Winston as well as archival interviews with the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. The 24-page booklet includes an informative essay by pop historian Ken Sharp as well as rare in-studio photographs by famed engineer Eddie Kramer.

http://www.reelinintheyears.com/images/gerrycvr4web.jpg GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS - It's Gonna Be All Right 1963 - 1965

The first band ever to have their first three singles top the British charts, Gerry & The Pacemakers rivaled the Beatles in the early years of the British Invasion. Their first official anthology DVD features 17 classic complete performances including the smash hits “How Do You Do It?," “I Like It" and “You'll Never walk Alone" as well as the timeless classics “Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and “Ferry Cross The Mersey." Also included is an interview with Garry Marsden that was conducted exclusively for the DVD at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club. Bill Harry, founder/publisher of Mersey Beat, the music paper that originally chronicled the Liverpool scene, also tells the band's story both on screen and in his accompanying liner notes.

http://www.reelinintheyears.com/images/Hermanscvr4web.jpg HERMAN'S HERMITS - Listen People 1964-1969

The DVD is their first official anthology chronicling their meteoric rise melding a traditional British music hall influence with good time rock 'n roll. Among the 22 full-length performances are all of their biggest hits including “I'm Into Something Good," “Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," “I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and their later evocative masterpieces “No Milk Today," and “Listen People." The Herman's Hermits' story is told by original members Peter Noone, Keith Hopwood, Karl Green and Barry Whitwam as well as in the accompanying essay by GRAMMY-winning music historian Rob Bowman. A complete concert filmed in 1966 for Australian television is included as a bonus feature.

jim16peckcostello (David Peck with Elvis Costello, courtesy Reelin' In the Years)

David Peck's Reelin' in the Years Productions maintains an archive of over 10,000 filmed musical performances, as well as representing others with footage to license for broadcast or video releases. VH1 probably couldn't make shows like I Love the '70s and Behind the Music without Peck's ever-growing database of footage.

Peck told staff writer Dave Good about how the Reader played a role in his Grammy-winning career as a music video archivist.

“I was in Off the Record one night. I was 18 at the time. The guy who worked there turned me on to all these great Stones videos. This was ’84, when video collectors were underground. There was no YouTube; there was nothing. Collecting videos was a swapping thing. So he turned me on to this great rare stuff — the Stones playing with Muddy Waters — and that’s when I got the bug and started collecting.”

“In ’86, John D’Agostino, who was then writing for the Reader, wrote an article about me as a collector, and it kinda went from there. I started doing research and consulting on projects. By ’98, I started representing video libraries, and now I have amassed the world’s largest library of music footage.”

Peck once told me a great story about locally-shot footage that includes longtime local DJ Jim McIness.

Reelin' holds a piece of historical footage featuring McInnes, which it has licensed for use to VH1. "I got ahold of a piece of film that was shot at a backyard party here in San Diego , around 1981," he says. "Weird Al Yankovic was there, before he really broke big, when he was still doing 'Another One Rides the Bus' on [syndicated radio show] Dr. Demento. Jim is playing with him, and he's playing Weird Al's accordion and somebody comes by and spills beer on the thing. Weird Al got really upset with him, because it was a brand new accordion! And Jim is just shrugging his shoulders, like, 'hey, it's just an accordion, not a Les Paul,' but Weird Al wasn't laughing. Shows which one of them actually had the sense of humor, huh?"

jim17 McInnes explained to me in a phone interview "What happened was that my friend tried to pour a beer in my mouth while my hands were occupied trying to play accordion for the first time, and it spilled into the [instrument's] bellows. [Weird] Al was a good sport about it - he'd just had the accordion cleaned!"


http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/4248/2129955850100752951S500x500Q85.jpgTOM DELONGE'S sd HOUSE JUST GOT A LOT CHEAPER - Mark Hoppus says the neighbors are a-holes


 reports: Tom DeLonge, frontman for blink-182, has cut the price on his Rancho Santa Fe home to just under $5 million, about 25% less than what he spent on the house, renovations and décor.

The single-story house, first listed for $6.25 million in 2007, sits on 1.1 acres in a gated golf community of Rancho Santa Fe, about 25 miles north of San Diego. The guitarist and vocalist paid $5.5 million for the house in 2005 with his wife, Jennifer, an interior designer who redecorated the home. The five-bedroom, five-bath house of 6,500 square feet was built in 2003 and comes with a pool. The DeLonges are looking for a bigger property for their family, according to their agent, Laura Barry of Barry Estates.

Album cover I guess it makes sense that rockers as rich as the guys in blink 182 can afford to deep discount. "I guess this is growing up..." and all that, dontcha know.

So it's kind of a hoot to discover that in 2007, three years before Tom DeLonge opted out of homeownership in Rancho Santa Fe, the debut album by +44 with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker included a track dissing Hoppus' former neighbors in oh-so-upscale neighborhood.

His rage against the Rancho is mainly directed at the neighborhood's homeowners association. Hoppus told newstimeslive.com “There's a song called ‘Lillian’ on the record that's about people that try to control other people's lives...And there's a place in San Diego called Rancho Santa Fe, which is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in my life. It's country sides, rolling hills, there's trees everywhere. It's this gorgeous place, and it's filled with some of the most backstabbing, evil, just bitter, bitter people in the world."

"The homeowners association is very strict and it's strange because everybody who lives there is very wealthy…They're just bitter and it's a sour, sour community. The woman who started the homeowners association there is a woman named Lillian. So it's kind of about people trying to control one another.”

Hoppus seems pretty bitter and sour himself, judging from the tune's lyrics:

"The place I used to live, made me feel like a tourist - I couldn't coexist with the cold and suspicious - When the last remaining left was starting to filter - It seemed the perfect time to step into the future

Your heart is no grave to be perfectly honest - Your mouth's a smoking gun -And you smile while your twisting the knife in my stomach - Until everything is gone - Take all you can from me I've got weak constitution - I'm led so easily So easily

I left it all behind, in the dead of last winter - I left it all behind, but the question still lingers - So long forgotten friends, no, you don't know the difference - Between love and submission, and I'm not that obedient

http://o_rockeiro.blig.ig.com.br/imagens/simpsons_blink182_bart.jpg I expect the next +44 album will include a tirade against Hoppus' Porsche mechanic ("Fixed my air with faulty parts, now my leather interior smells like farts").


In a recent Modcam, Tom DeLonge revealed the tracklist for the new Angels and Airwaves album LOVE, according to AbsolutePunk.

The site reports that album will be offered as a free download and will be followed up with a physical release that contains 30 extra minutes of music used in the LOVE movie.

Track Listing 1. The Flight of Apollo 2. It Hurts So Badly 3. Young London 4. Epic Holiday 5. Clevor Love 6. Triumphant 7. Hush 8. Dear God 9. Hallucinations 10. Atomic 11. Seque (sunshine) - AbsolutePunk


Antimusic reports: Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan is not only hard at work on new music of his own; he's busy inking bands to be on a brand new label. The eclectic label will feature a diverse roster ranging from underground punk legends The Germs to 60s psychedelic rockers The Strawberry Alarm Clock as well as The Electric Prunes, Starchildren, Fancy Space People and YaHoWha 13.

The announcement was made in the following blog entry on Wednesday:

 A quick update on the Pumpkins recordings for Teargarden By Kaleidyscope: We have 5 songs mixed and another song is tracked and ready to be mixed. Song number 2 should be ready for download within the next 2 weeks. I will let you know when we have a solid date.

Billy and I are happy to announce the birth of our record label! The name of the label will be made public soon. (We need to make sure that we have the name rights before we can announce it.) We are very excited to be collaborating with amazing artists that have made a huge impact on the underground music world... From the psychedelic garage rock of the 60's and the punk rock insanity of the 70's and 80's to the post-punk Pleiadian power-pop that is now. - more on this story


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



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Mo 2/15: Patrick Dempsey, Lake Bell, Greg Giraldo (R 2/11/10)
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Th 2/18: Robin Thicke
Fr 2/19: Lauren Conrad, Wale


Mo 2/1: Jim Parsons, They Might Be Giants (R 12/11/09)
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Here's a sneak peek at the cover art for the full-color Runaways issue of Rock 'N' Roll Comics, which will be released to tie in to the Runaways movie --- www.myspace.com/rocknrollcomics

Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics: The Runaways with Joan Jett and Lita Ford

Writer: Spike Steffenhagen, Jay Allen Sanford

Artists: Joe Paradise, Larry Nadolsky


Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics presents the Runaways, the ‘70s jailbait rockers whose story is wild and crazy enough to merit both a feature film starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning and an even more revealing no-punches-pulled comic book bio! Three complete full-color stories chronicle the rise and fall of the Runaways themselves, as well as going far beyond the bio-pic to also cover the solo careers of band stars Joan Jett and Lita Ford. 


Scripted by rock ‘n’ roll historian Spike Steffenhagen (Kiss: Comic From the Elder) and San Diego Reader columnist Jay Allen Sanford, this lovingly illustrated edition features art by Joe Paradise (Overheard in San Diego) and Larry Nadolsky (Deposit Man). Unauthorized and proud of it!


Here's a sneak preview of the story and art -----








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Shipping in Autumn 2010 from Bluewater Productions

ROCK 'N' ROLL COMICS - The Led Zeppelin Experience:

The Led Zeppelin saga is one of the wildest in rock history, and this graphic novel pulls no punches in dramatizing the backstage, behind-the-scenes story. From their early days as the New Yardbirds on through their rise to superstardom (and controversy), all five issues of the original Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series are collected in one rockin’ volume, with art by Scott Pentzer (Razor), Marshall Ross (Deepest Dimension), David Neer (Sports Superstars), Francois Escalmel (Frank Zappa: Viva La Bizarre), and others. The collection also includes update material, bringing the saga up to 2010.



Here's the first look at the cover art for the 300 page graphic novel Rock 'N' Roll Cartoon History: The Sixties, shipping summer 2010 from Bluewater Productions. www.bluewaterprod.com  --  www.myspace.com/rocknrollcomics 



Photo of Todd Loren Presents THE RETURN OF ROCK 'N' ROLL COMICS!

Here's a sneak peek at the first promo art for the locally-produced Rock 'N' Roll Comics: Hard Rock Heroes, a 400 page graphic novel shipping from Bluewater Productions in early 2010, as well as the 240 page Beatles Experience comic, the Pink Floyd Experience, Led Zeppelin Experience, the Elvis Presley Experience,  and more -
First, here's the first look at the Elvis Presley Experience cover art:
And here's the scoop and a first look at the cover of the Pink Floyd Experience:

The Pink Floyd Experience: All five issues of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series The Pink Floyd Experience have been out of print and in demand for over fifteen years. As showcased in Pink Floyd’s own official box CD set Shine On, the Floyd comics chronicle rock’s most enigmatic psychedelic warriors, from their early dayz with stoner icon Syd Barrett, through their split (and later reformation). With art by Marvel and DC star Ken Landgraf (Wolverine, Hawkman, Nightwing & Flamebird, etc.), the collection also includes update material, bringing the saga up to 2010.

Hard Rock Heroes: What goes together better than comics and rock music? With almost 300 pages of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics, Hard Rock Heroes goes WAY beyond Behind the Music, to tell the real life, behind-the-scenes stories of rock’s most heavy hitters. Creators include Stuart Immonen (Superman: End of the Century), Ken Landgraf (Wolverine), Jay Allen Sanford (Overheard in San Diego..), Todd Loren (Beatles Experience), Scott Pentzer (Razor), Mike Sagara (Ninja High School), and many others.


Hard Rock Heroes is a book-length pictorial history, covering bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poison, Megadeth, Pantera, Anthrax, Motorhead, Sammy Hagar, and more. The cinematic stories are realistically drawn, researched from countless photo and video archives, with an encyclopedic eye toward visual accuracy, dramatic flair, and journalistic depth.


 Also includes the never-before published “missing” Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics #8 from 1990, on Skid Row. The lack of an eighth issue has vexed collectors and catalogers for years – exactly 20 years later, the story can finally be told, and collectors can finally own ALL the Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics!


As a bonus treat, Hard Rock Heroes also features the Motley Crue comic story from their official box CD set Music To Crash Your Car To II, released in 2004 and written and drawn by original Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics creators Lyndal Ferguson and Larry Nadolsky. Shipping February 2010.


 (colors: Christie Maconnell)


tod17 "Great ideas, like the marriage of rock 'n' roll and comics, have the half-life of Uranium and will always be popular," says series co-creator Jay Allen Sanford, who has worked on over 200 reality-based comic books and thousands of similar cartoon strips for the San Diego Reader, as well as for magazines like Rip, Spin, and Oui. "The folks at Bluewater clearly have their fingers on the same pop culture pulse that enabled the original Rock 'N' Roll Comics to become one of the top-selling indie comics of the '90s. Truth is often stranger than fiction...and certainly much more interesting!" 



The Beatles are bigger than ever, now available online for the first time digitally, on the Vegas stage in “Love,” and in the new Beatles: Rock Band video game. Now comes the most comprehensive and encyclopedic illustrated Beatles story ever, the Beatles Experience! Over 200 pages, dramatizing one of the most compelling tales in pop culture history, drawn from thousands of photos and interviews, meticulously researched and featuring stunning art by Mike Sagara (Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics) and Stuart Immonen (Legion of Super Heroes, Ultimate X-Men).


Covering the Beatles’ lives from birth and beyond their breakup, dramatized in dialogue and scene recreations more akin to a film bio than a mere documentary, the Beatles Experience also includes a Chronolog timeline going down each page, with encyclopedia background and footnotes detailing related events happening at the same time in the world, in music, and in the Beatles’ own tumultuous and extraordinary lives. 




 The Led Zeppelin Experience:

The Led Zeppelin saga is one of the wildest in rock history, and this graphic novel pulls no punches in dramatizing the backstage, behind-the-scenes story. From their early days as the New Yardbirds on through their rise to superstardom (and controversy), all five issues of the original Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series are collected in one rockin’ volume, with art by Scott Pentzer (Razor), Marshall Ross (Deepest Dimension), David Neer (Sports Superstars), Francois Escalmel (Frank Zappa: Viva La Bizarre), and others. The collection also includes update material, bringing the saga up to 2010.



www.rocknrollcomics.com  ---  www.myspace.com/rocknrollcomics



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


<p>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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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/

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chendri887 Feb. 7, 2010 @ 2:22 p.m.

Man, that's so "pop punk." Writing an "angry song" about living in Rancho Santa Fe. None of Black Flag's members wrote songs about that abandoned church they lived in during the late 1970s, if I remember correctly. I guess the "homeowner's association" for that community was pretty cool, though.

I love your album covers. You've got a great collection.


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