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Alleged former rapper Marky Mark Wahlberg appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman this week to plug his flick The Other Guys, where he ended up telling the host about a wild encounter when he took his wife and four kids to Sea World recently ---

“We have a tour guide so she’s like, ‘You have a special treat today, we’ll be able to take you behind the tank and you’ll be able to see the octopus…’ So this women pulls out this gigantic octopus, the thing latches on to my son’s arm. It’s got my wife, (it’s) wrapped completely around the lady, and another guy’s just standing there. They can’t get this octopus off.”

“My son is freaking out but no sound is coming out of his mouth. So finally we rip the thing off of him. He’s got all these suction marks that look like about 30 little hickeys (bruises). The lady can’t get out, she’s yelling for help… He (the aquarium manager) said it’s never been that aggressive.”

“We haven’t filed yet but if you could recommend a good lawyer… Once the woman who handles the octopus starts freaking out I knew there was a problem. She couldn’t even get away from the thing. She had to have help come running in. Once I got my kid out of there I said, ‘Let’s go!’ I left the lady there. That’s her problem.”




What, you thought Hot Topic department stores were getting out of the music biz, after too many 'tween mall "happenings" went bezerker over here-today-gone-later-today "celebs" like Miley Cyrus' brother? 

Enter local-based Slacker, which calls itself "The world's first Personal Radio company offering Your Radio Everywhere." Slacker enables people to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, at home on Slacker-enabled SONY TV and Blu-ray players or on the go with all leading smartphones. Mobile applications are currently available for Android, iPhone, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones.

Slacker, Inc. has announced a partnership with Hot Topic, Inc. that combines the music of emerging and well-known artists with the fashions they inspire. Slacker Personal Radio web listeners can simply click the Buy Merchandise icon while playing an artist to view and purchase artist-related merchandise, ranging from t-shirts, to hoodies, to DVDs and vinyl records, from ShockHound, a Hot Topic subsidiary.

Web listeners can purchase merchandise from thousands of artists across all genres. In addition to concert t-shirts, ShockHound has nearly two dozen merchandise categories, which include an extensive catalog of artist-inspired hats, jackets, pins, backpacks, posters and much more. Similar to buying a t-shirt at a performance, nearly all artists get a portion of their merchandise purchases. Hot Topic and ShockHound feature a broad selection of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, accessories and gift items for music fans at nearly 700 physical stores and two online stores.

"Partnering with ShockHound and Hot Topic to offer the apparel and accessories of our listeners' favorite music is an exciting extension of the Slacker Personal Radio experience," said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. "With this update we are bridging the gap between the music Slacker listeners love and the fashions inspired by the artists."

Slacker Personal Radio, available for free online at www.Slacker.com, enables listeners to create their own Personal Radio stations based on any artist or mix of artists, or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations ranging from Alternative Rock to Comedy and everything in between. Personalization options include rating songs or artists, playing more popular vs. more eclectic music and listening to newer vs. classic songs.



Rosey at www.sddialedin.com reports on the new Casbah website she helped put together. "Some people are still missing some things after all this time."

"When you go to CasbahMusic.com there are several pull down menus. The one you should care most about is Schedule (though the grammar police told me that technically it should say Calendar)."

"When you pull down the menus, Extended lets you look at the calendar with pop up bios, photos, and occasional links to photos and videos."

"Simple lets you just look at the basic calendar with clickable band links."

"You should always check the Outside Casbah and Newest Added, too. Outside Casbah is where you'll find Casbah produced shows at other venues, like House of Blues, the Belly Up, The Loft at UCSD Price Center, The San Diego Woman's Club and more."

"There are anywhere from 3 to 15 shows added in a week, and there's no regular day when the calendar is updated. The shows confirm and they go on the calendar."


Rob Halford recently spoke with Circle Six Magazine about his new song "The Mower" and his forthcoming album, Halford IV. During the chat Rob explained that the fans shouldn't expect a repeat of the last Halford album, "Resurrection". Here is that part of the interview:

It's kind of unusual really. It's just a bit of mix of everything. I suppose, really, where I am in my life and my musical career and everything else. I've done so much and I've covered so much territory, I think this is just me enjoying myself. It's a little bit of everything. Some of it's kind of surprising. And some of it is what you would expect from me. I suppose at the stage now where it's nice to be a musician, I don't have anything left to prove if there's anything to prove…you know what I'm saying?

You know when you start off you've got an agenda and you've got a plan and everything…and I've had such a wonderful career that I'm really just enjoying myself. So this record goes from some really early blues ideas – right up to the kind of…extreme moments on "The Mower" and everything in between. - Read the full interview here



Rihanna was drawn to duet with Eminem on his powerful new track "Love the Way You Lie" - because she "connected" with the song's references to an abusive relationship. more



Three Mile Pilot Return With New Album

Antimusic reports: Three Mile Pilot will release their first new album in 13 years on September 28th. Here's the announcement:

Are we really here? Is this really happening? When we say that we never thought this day would come, we REALLY mean it. The rumor of a new Three Mile Pilot album has been circulating for over a decade, further fueling the mystery and mythology that has swirled around the San Diego trio since the 1997 release of what was thought to be their swan song, the enormously influential Another Desert, Another Sea.

First, a brief history of Three Mile Pilot: Formed in the early '90s, the group released a debut album to a fair amount of acclaim, followed by Chief Assassin To The Sinister, an album that garnered the attention of Geffen Records, with whom they signed for all of one album. After enduring the major label wringer, the group released Another Desert, their most emotionally resonant and commercially successful record to date. Shortly after, bassist Armistead "Zach Smith" Burwell Smith IV formed Pinback with Rob Crow, and singer-guitarist Pall Jenkins began a new project with Three Mile Pilot keyboardist Tobias Nathanial. Both projects were meant to coexist with 3MP, however, both Pinback and The Black Heart Procession became unexpectedly popular. Next thing you know, it was 2009 and not a peep had been heard from 3MP in a dozen years.

That brings us to the aptly-named The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten, the first Three Mile Pilot album in 13 years, and the first to be written, performed, recorded and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home studios. As such it is the most uncompromising album since their inception - it also just happens to be their most accessible.

While Pinback and The Black Heart Procession were obviously influenced by 3MP in their early days, the inverse can now be heard, with many of the songs on The Inevitable Past bearing the unmistakable and inevitable stamps of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. This circular influence is what makes the album so brilliant; instead of a proper hiatus, 3MP's progression was charted vicariously through its members' other groups. As such, The Inevitable Past makes good on the promising glimpses heard through a long but breathless wait. Yes, we are really here! - more on this story

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I'm very excited about this new feature of the Reader's local music database - since we update daily, the music homepage at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/ now has a new section, This Just In, linking the newest revisions and additions.

Recent Band & Performer Updates

Three Mile Pilot

Their first new album in thirteen years, the Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, is their first full-length to be written, performed, recorded, and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home studios.

The Shambles

Bassist/guitarist Kenny Howes is moving to Dallas, so the band is seeking a replacement player. Howes is also leaving his job as Sales director at Rickenbacker International.

Pierce the Veil

After less than a month on sale, the proggy metal band's new album Selfish Machines has already racked up over 700,000 downloads.


On Wednesday July 21, Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz jammed with Augustana onstage before getting behind the microphone to perform with his own band at Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA.

Kenseth Thibideau

Kenseth Thibideau of Sleeping People has a new solo CD coming out this month, Repetition.

Fight Fair

The pop punkers are on their first Vans Warped Tour, carrying SoCal trinkets like surfboards and beach balls onto the stage each night. Their new album California Kicks was written in San Francisco, but recorded in San Diego with producers Mike Green and Brian Grider.

Sara Petite

Her new album Doghouse Rose just debuted at number 33 on the Top 40 Americana Album Chart.

Heavy Glow

The band's song "Grinning in the Dark" was heard on the new Fox TV cop show the Good Guys, and the July issue of Classic Rock magazine comes with a CD sampler that includes their song "Hot Mess."

And that's just over a couple of days this week! I hope you can help spread the word - I think we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date local music site on the web, with over 2,200 custom built performer pages, more than 7,000 individual musician histories, and over 2,500 local albums, most with covers and track lists and even Reader reviews.


So how are we doing???



Cattle Decapitation will headline a fall tour dubbed the "The California Blood Tour." Support will be provided by Devourment, Knights Of The Abyss, Burning The Masses, and Son Of Aurelius. more


Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has never been accused of being short of words. That comes in handy with the announcement that his autobiography Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir will be released on August 3rd in the U.S.

Shortly after the release was announced, the book shot up to #1 in the Books/Rock category and the #1 Best Seller in the Books/Heavy Metal category at Amazon.com

For fans across the pond, the UK version is said to have a different cover and will be titled, ' Mustaine: A Life In Metal', when it hits stores on September 30th. The UK version also carries the tagline, "Hello Me... Meet The Real Me". - the official word on this release

Dave Mustaine


AceShowBiz reports that famous former neighbor Rihanna has been forced to scrap another date on her U.S. tour due to poor ticket sales. Her show at Indiana's Verizon Wireless Music Center on August 3 has been called off - more

face="Arial,Helvetica">Antimusic.com recently posted a story about 11-year-old Broadway star Shannon Tavarez's cancer fight and her search for a bone marrow donor. Now Rihanna is urging her fans to help. Here is the announcement:

At just eleven-years-old Shannon Tavarez already had a promising Broadway career performing four shows a week as Young Nala in DISNEY'S The Lion King. Shannon juggled a full day of school before rushing to the Minskoff Theatre - - she was living her dream. Now, just over two months later, Shannon's dream is simply to grow up and return to her normal life. In April, Shannon was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. The talented young star was performing on stage when the symptoms first hit. Her lower back and legs suddenly started hurting making it difficult for her to perform or even walk. "When I found out, it hit me really hard, like someone was throwing a ball at me. It was shocking and I thought, why me?" said Shannon. Now, Shannon lives at Schneider Children's Hospital in Long Island where she receives daily chemotherapy treatments. A bone marrow transplant from a stranger may be her only chance at survival.

When Rihanna heard about Shannon's plight, she had to do something. "Being a performer myself I know what it's like to be given the opportunity of a lifetime at a young age and I would have been destroyed if that was taken away from me," said Rihanna. "Shannon deserves to live and share her beautiful voice with the world."

The superstar, an avid advocate for children, has a long history of working with DKMS, whose mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. "When I listened to Shannon's voice, I got really sad. Her voice is so beautiful. She should be performing on Broadway, but she is confined to her bed, fighting for her life. Shannon needs to find abone marrow donor to survive. I urge all my fans to register with DKMS," said Rihanna.
- more on this story



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

“I wasn’t expecting to start a Craigslist flame war” says singer/songwriter Scott Wilson of his recent online classified ads. “I’ve been posting for filmmakers to collaborate on music videos. A bunch of people started attacking my resume, some accusing me of being a liar and others who said I’m not even who I say I am...there was some reference to my Emmy Award as an ‘imaginary statue.’”


Wilson’s day job as a video editor earned him a 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special, for his work on the 2001 performance documentary Sting…All This Time.


“They were p*ssed off [on Craigslist] because I couldn’t afford to pay them,” says Wilson, who has edited TV shows like Rock Star: INXS, various MTV and VH1 specials, and DVDs featuring Metallica and Queensryche. “Even people who believed my resume, there was some problem with my status as a broke musician, as opposed to a successful video editor. In reality, I was looking for students or aspiring filmmakers to collaborate with, who wanted to create in the spirit of love instead of profit.  If you prove yourself, the profit will come.”  


Amidst the negative and frequently foul-mouthed posts (“You couldn’t print them”), Wilson says “One guy came to my defense and said that these people make the San Diego video industry look like a bunch of amateurs.”


He’s decided to stop referencing his Emmy while seeking video collaborators, since people tend to associate that with deep pockets. “I could take a picture of the Award, but it’s in my storage room, packed in a box. People kept wanting to touch it.


Wilson ended up self-shooting his newest video for the song “Shade of Eden,” currently only available as a free MP3 at www.sandiegoreader.com. “I used a small Flip UltraHD camera to film performance shots at Santee Lakes and at Mast Park nearby, on Carlton Oaks…I’m still looking for people who want to do videos for my songs. I would reciprocate by editing the best video that I could possibly make, in order to showcase their talent.”


“As long as they don’t want to touch my Emmy.”

http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/43752/2603337570103652431S425x425Q85.jpg Wilson cites his main musical influences as the Beatles (“seventh chords”), Nirvana (“grooves”), and Yes (“harmonies”), but nowadays the founding member of the Gandhi Method -- and former bassist for Cathryn Beeks -- would just as soon plug into a video-editing board as an amp.

This filmmaking savvy served Wilson well when it came time to shoot a video for the song “Coffeehouse 101” from his 2005 CD Kaleidoscope’s End. “We ended up with around 50 performers in [my] video, many of them local, each one lip-synching a different line from the song,” says Wilson.

Footage was shot at Lestat’s, Twiggs, the Hot Monkey Love Café, and other local spots. Cameo appearances include Gregory Page, Dave Howard, Bart Mendoza (the Shambles), Mark DeCerbo (Rockola, the Steely Damned), and a who’s who of local talent that even the most plugged-in of scenesters would be hard pressed to fully identify. “I couldn’t time it right to get the Locust in there,” says Wilson, “but I [taped] most everybody else I sought out.”

“Some people -- for instance, Robin Henkel and Carlos Olmeda -- were very comfortable with the camera. Some weren’t, and I include myself in that bunch. Everyone brings their own personalities to the table, and people relate to the camera in such different ways that it becomes sort of a sociological experiment in overcoming embarrassment.”

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"Shade of Eden" video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAMkv1... ***********************

Ratt Drummer Trashes Band's Former 'Rich Kid' Guitarist
MetalSucks reports: The music website recently spoke with Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer about a number of topics including his new autobiography Tales of a Ratt, the band's new album Infestation, and the sometimes tenuous personal relationships between its members and the resulting problems in the band. He particularly singled out Warren DeMartini in the excerpt below:

Blotzer: I've always been the kind of person that shows up on time and does my job. Some people that are in the band, or used to be, don't treat Ratt with that type of respect. We have a great thing going with this new album and the public's interest – but people take it for granted. I never have.

Metal Sucks: You talk about getting offers for weekend shows a few years back, and certain people in Ratt not wanting to do them.

Blotzer: Yeah, that was so annoying! Warren wouldn't want to do them because he didn't want to deal with a layover at some airport. That's the kind of shit I deal with. He's a rich kid, so he didn't care about the cash as much.

Metal Sucks: Earlier in our call, you sounded very uneasy about Ratt's current situation.

Blotzer: I just see some of the things that were problems coming up again. I don't get it. I'm never not thinking about this band falling apart, because of the way Ratt operates. It's not me, dude. It's my 2 business partners. Even now with the album's success, there are power struggles within the band. I just want to tell them, "Come on guys — let's just go out there and kick ass!" But they make it more complicated. All I have to say is that if everything falls apart again for us; I'll just write an amendment to the book with all of this new shit. Hopefully people wake up, and get their shit together. I just want to go out there and play. - Read the full interview here



42 years ago – July 4 through 6, 1968 – the Velvet Underground debuted one of their most oft-discussed but seldom heard lost tracks, “Sweet Rock and Roll.” The band played three nights at the converted skating rink on Front and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />G Street known as the Hippodrome, accompanied on the final two evenings by Quicksilver Messenger Service.

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The performances were recorded on 4-track tape, according to guitarist Sterling Morrison in a 1986 interview for Spanish television. “After tuning, we started with ‘Waiting For the Man’ and it didn’t sound so bad…then came ‘Sweet Rock and Roll,’ which was never recorded and never played again. We wanted that tape, it sounded so great, so there was no point in recording it. I think we did it a time or two after that, but it was nothing compared to this first one."


"I remember the chords and some words, ‘Sweet rock ‘n’ roll is good to your soul.’ We used that as a preamble to ‘Sister Ray,’ it kind of just goes along and then hits the chords, which were very heavy. It was good. It was heavy, serious. Cale played keyboard on ‘Sweet Rock and Roll,’ and that was really what carried it.”


 Famous former neighbor Lester Bangs wrote of the tune’s Hippodrome debut in a 1971 article for Creem Magazine. “The Velvets launched into a new song that was one of the most incredible musical experiences of my concert career. Lou announced it as ‘Sister Ray, Part Two,’ but it sounded nothing like the previous song. It was built on the most dolorous riff imaginable, just a few scales rising and falling mournfully, somewhat like ‘Venus In Furs’ but less creaky, more deliberate and eloquent.”


“The lyrics, many of which Lou made up as he went along, seemed like fantasy from an urban inferno: ‘Sweet Sister Ray went to a movie / The floor was painted red and the walls were green / Ooohh, she cried / This is the strangest movie I’ve ever seen …Ohhhh, sweet rock and roll - it’ll cleanse your soul.’ That’s classic, and no other group in America could have (or would have) written and sung those words.”


So why hasn’t the tape of “Sweet Rock and Roll” at the Hippodrome ever surfaced?


Richie Unterberger’s book White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day by Day quotes Sterling Morrison saying “That was a great performance … [but] the tape was stolen that very night. Stolen within seconds, actually. As soon as it ended, it vanished, never to reappear on earth.”


The Velvet Underground had played the Hippodrome just a few weeks earlier (the gig for which the above concert poster was created)


Disgusted with the RIAA's lawsuits against music lovers, San Diego based rock / punk band The Experiments has released their new album, What Kind Of Animal? for free under the Creative Commons license. Anyone is free to download, distribute, re-mix or otherwise use the songs for non-commercial purposes.

"It's ridiculous that a single mom gets fined $1.9 million for downloading 24 songs. It's criminal, and the RIAA are a criminal organization," said the band's bass player, Dave Blood. "So, we say, take our songs for free. You deserve them."

"What Kind Of Animal?" is the band's 5th release. It is a complete DIY (Do It Yourself) project, with the band writing, performing, recording, and mixing the songs themselves. It can be downloaded at the band's website, TheExperiments.com.

"We recorded it in this big wood shop that some friends let us use. We pushed the band saw and drill press aside, and set up the drums in the middle of the room. It sounded great in there," said singer / guitar player Dan Bonn. "We did the vocals in Dan's bathroom, and mixed it in his spare bedroom," added Blood.

The Experiments have played their style of rock and punk in San Diego and clubs across the USA since 1994. Influenced by The Who, The Ramones, Cheap Trick and others, the band has toured the US and played in iconic clubs like NYC's CBGB and Chicago's Thurston's.


By Bart Mendoza: Politics makes for strange bedfellows? That’s nothing compared to the music biz. Here’s ten interesting pairings of San Diegans with musicians from elsewhere.


1)       Jason Mraz with Elmo & Friends – “Outdoors”

Hands down the coolest TV team up by a San Diego musician, ever. This clip almost didn’t happen as Big Birds backstage rider was considered excessive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqF7yD10Bo

2)       Stephen Bishop & Marilyn McCoo – “On & On / Save It For Rainy Day”

This is the direct opposite of the Mraz video, but then McCoo is no match for Elmo…


3)       JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – “After Midnight”

Escondido’s finest with Slowhand. So casual it almost feels like a back yard barbecue…


4)       Jewel & Jessica Simpson – “Who Will Save Your Soul”

Without a doubt, Jessica Simpson is the closest thing to the Velvet Underground in music today…


5)       Frankie Laine & Johnny Ray – “Up Above My Head”

A clip from Frankie Laine’s show features a dueling hits medley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcPKHLXpm7I

6)       Nathan East & Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine”

Fair enough, it’s a cliche Bon Jovi tune, but he’s playing before more people at this one gig than many bands will play to in their lifetimes…


Bonus: Here’s the ultimate Nathan East band, with Eric Clapton, Mark Knofpler (Dire Straits) & Elton John: “Layla” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E13R0MAfC9E

7)       Blink-182 & Robert Smith (The Cure) – “ All of This”

December 6, 2004 @ Wembley Arena,  London, UK


8)       Louis XIV & The Killers (and Friends) – “Helter Skelter”

A live musical free for all somewhere in Australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjh6b5J9PME

9)       Ratt & Michael Schenker – “Round & Round”

This is a rough audience clip but it’s notable for two things – the bassist’s interesting stage shuffle and Schenker’s fist bump with Dimartini. Oh yeah, killer solo too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhOJhXw6wOU

10)    Alison Brown & The Indigo Girls – “Closer to Fine”

Rough sound, but a key tune…



Bonus - 11)    Dave Humphries & Tony Sheridan – “Music In A Friends House”

Full disclosure, I was involved with this production, but  it’s kind of cool that Beatles compatriot Sheridan hung out and recorded this track in La Mesa, as documented here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ289Y-VVFw


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Rock Radio reports: Scott Weiland recorded his vocal tracks for the new Stone Temple Pilots album in a different studio from the band because he doesn't like people being around while he works, he's revealed.

And that shyness is what got him into drugs in the early 90s, the singer adds. Weiland tells Canoe.ca: "They recorded the master tracks and I'd take the file over to my studio and sing. It was a lot easier – I don't like having a lot of people in the room when I'm cutting vocals. I like to be in my own comfort zone."

He described his condition as "social fright" rather than "stage fright" and that's what led him down the road of taking drugs to feel better – a road which caused the original split of STP, then, two years ago, his departure from Velvet Revolver. - more on this story



Carlsbad metal-core band Destroy the Runner has announced an "indefinite hiatus." According to a group statement, "We have sought to maintain musical integrity and honesty within all facets of our functioning, and unfortunately are not able to do so at this point in time..."

"Keep on the lookout for a softer, more experimental project with Nick Maldonado [guitar], Duane Reed [guitar, vocals], Marc Kohlbry [drums], Jeremiah Crespo [bass] and several others called Other Mountains. Also check out Chapter 14 with Chad Ackerman [vocals] and Tanner Sparks [bass, vocals]. And for the super heavy fans, be on the lookout for a very heavy, experimental band with Nick , Duane (vocals), Kyle (from Thieves and Liars), and our guitar tech Jason that is yet to be named."

Destroy the Runner singer Chad Ackerman told the Reader about one of his band's worst gigs. "In Cheyenne, Wyoming, we had a huge guarantee, and we were on tour with Lower Definition at the time. We were told that the show had been promoted for months. Keep in mind that we were in Cheyenne, haha. We all had hotel rooms that the promoter booked, an open bar, free meal at the restaurant, and a huge guest list."

"Two people showed up to the show! There were seriously two people. Ha! We felt so bad that everyone on the tour decided to close the open bar, and we played whatever songs the two kids wanted to hear. I think all the bands gave the kids free shirts too. That was pretty bad, though."

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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 coming soon -

The night before the opening reception, I heard my name on KPRI radio as I drove into San Diego, while randomly flipping stations. It was Cathryn Beeks on the Homegrown Hour, talking about the show - and then she played the Overheard in San Diego theme song!! I almost drove off the road - thanks, Cathryn!!

After people checked out the 60 or so comic strip art boards, Wendy Bailey and True Stories rocked the stage, later returning with guest Bart Mendoza (The Shambles) to play some stuff learned just for the occasion, including one of my favorite songs by one of my fave bands, "I Got a Line On You" by Spirit.
The Reverend Stickman, Carly-plus-one, me -- in case we've never met, howaya? --- and fellow cartoonatic Christie Maconnell, the Rock 'N' Roll Comics colorist who put up the strip display.

Happy Ron Hill played his "Famous Former Neighbors" song (which seems to imply that I think my "sh-t don't stink," heh heh), and Cathryn Beeks was joined by co-writer Sven-Erik Seaholm to mock me in song once again, with their "Overheard in San Diego" theme song.

 Happy Ron, Bart Mendoza, and Carlos Olmeda, Collage Menage, Neener, Carnal Comics writer Jamie Ralph Gardner, videographers Duane and Susan, and random passersby...

The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal and Marcia Claire were awesome, as was Collage Menage, with guest singer Jenene Lambert, who also played their own "Famous Former Neighbors" song - they came in second place in the Reader's FFN song contest.

http://inlinethumb18.webshots.com/39697/2003639320100752951S600x600Q85.jpgBTW, we had six song entries - Ziva Gottesman & Dan Galant, Steve and the Pescadero Pickers, Speaking Idly, Happy Ron, Ed Cormier, and Collage Menage.

The winner? Steve and the Pescadero Pickers !! Their tune tells of the summer that Bob "Gilligan" Denver moved next door to Steve in OB -----

Due to some confusion -- no doubt compounded by me being on vacation all week --- bandleader Steve wasn't notified in time to play it at the show, but you can checkitout - and all the song submissions, along with their final vote stats - at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/audioclips/sets/famous-former-neighbors/

There was quite a fiery debate on the website about this contest, among listeners and some of the contestants themselves -- http://www.sandiegoreader.com/polls/2010/mar/vote-your-favorite-former-famous-neighbors-theme-s/results/

All in all, it was terrific to see the Reader comic strips getting their own spotlight showcase - my thanks to the Ruby Room for letting me plaster my scribbles all over their walls and letting my friends and I play all night in their colorful sandbox! Thanks also to the artists who came out to do live art demonstrations, and you can checkout a selection of comic strips from the show all thru April at the RRoom --

Thanks also to my associates at the Reader who spearheaded fun stuff like the song contest ---- 

Now, it's back to being an obscure underemployed cartoonatic and itinerate writer-slash-blogger - surely, it's all downhill from here...




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

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HAPPY RON HILL "Famous Former Neighbors"

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“We play hip-hop with a twist,” says Tim Beaman (aka Timmy B) of the trio OCT/Outta Control, who all moved to San Diego from Detroit six years ago in hopes of kickstarting their recording and performing career.

“We do the unexpected, like starting off a set with a crazy electric guitar solo and setting a sick Beastie Boy-style party vibe. We make music that reflects our life, which is pretty much a never ending struggle AND a big party, all at the same time. We don’t have sick cars or money, so we don’t rap about that.”  

The band cites surprising inspirations, such as the Prince formerly known as Fresh, Will Smith. “He’s one of the sickest MCs in the game,” says Beaman. “If you don’t think so, check out his song ‘Freak This.’ We actually live our lives by that saying.”

Another big inspiration is a man whose name they don’t even know.

We were in L.A. trying to get into record label offices to hand out our demo, even though we knew it wasn’t going to work. After getting thrown out of Capitol Records, we talked to the guy who threw us out for a while. He told us that he had thrown out 50 Cent and Kanye when they were still unsigned. After talking for a few minutes, he looked at us and said ‘If you’re good at what you do, don’t quit. It’ll happen for you too.’”

Outta Control has released three albums, as well as contributing to last year’s SDMA-nominated hip-hop compilation Best of Daygo City.


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


By Bart Mendoza: It’s true, ukeleles get little respect in the music world. But with their portability and ease of use it’s easy to see the four stringed instruments appeal. 


 Long a favorite for fans of Hawaiian music and century old pop tunes, the current resurgence in popularity has seen many modern era tunes showing up in uke players set lists.


Here are 15 songs originally performed by San Diego based artists, recast for ukelele.


Local custom ukelele maker Owen Burke: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2008/apr/09/blurt4


1)      As I Lay Dying / “Through Struggle”

By vik733 – my vote for most unexpected cover version, ever:


2)      Blink 182 / “Rock Show”

The Sebi Next Door:


3)      Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper  / “Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with My Two Headed Love Child

By Henrique – he portrays both Mojo and Skid in this video!:


4)      Nickel Creek / “Doubting Thomas”

By Abe Schmidt:


5)      Boxcar Racer / “Letter To God”

By one man band, Hammelino:


6)      John Stewart (The  Monkees / Anne Murray) / “Daydream Believer”

This version has lyrics by Japanese music icon Kiyoshiro Imawano:


7)       Unwritten Law / “Save Me”

Performed by Phoebe Henry:


8)      Steve Poltz (Jewel) / “You Were Meant For Me”
Sung by Janica Salaz:


9)      Jack Tempchin (The Eagles) / “Peaceful Easy Feeling“

performed by the Second City Ukelele Players Association:


10)   Stephen Bishop / “It Might Be You”

by Keone Pax:


11)   Iron Butterfly / “In A Gadda Da Vida”

Performed by Fritz Herman – dig the drum solo:-):


12)   Cascades / “Rhythm of The Falling Rain”

Performed by Tonma


13)   Jason Mraz / “I’m Yours”

Performed by a group of students:


14)   Ratt / “Round & Round”

Rearranged by The Awkward Sounds of Scott & Skiz:


15)   Kingston Trio / “Scotch & Soda”




Noisecreep reports: On May 17, 1995, a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber in San Diego, Shawn Timothy Nelson, snapped and stole an M60 Patton tank from a nearby National Guard Armory. He drove down the highway, crushing cars, fire hydrants and an RV before he was stopped and killed by police.

The headline-grabbing story forms the basis of Megadeth
's new video for 'The Right to Go Insane,' the second single from the band's acclaimed 2009 disc Endgame. In the clip, which surprisingly features no performance footage, frontman Dave Mustaine is filmed sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and playing crash-up derby through the streets.

Video footage from the cockpit shows Mustaine singing and laughing, while shots from a surveillance helicopter depict a missile gunsight tracking him as he pillages.

No word from the family of Shawn Timothy Nelson, who was killed by police on live TV after the stolen tank got stick on a highway divider, on what they think of famous neighbor Mustaine having so much fun with their tragic true-life story.    (more Megadeth, 'The Right to Go Insane' -- Video Premiere )

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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://images.starpulse.com/Photos/Previews/Jim-Croce-r01.jpg 14 Things You Might Not Know About Jim Croce!


By Bart Mendoza: In honor of the release of a new book on Jim Croce’s music, Anthology, here are a more than ten things that you might have overlooked about the music icon. The book includes music & lyrics + stories behind 40 tunes! Penned by Ingrid Croce, published by Hal Leonard) For more info, please visit  www.jimcroce.com

I also highly recommend the Jim Croce’ DVD Anthology, Have You Heard:


1)      Jim Croce is now the third San Diego related artist to be portrayed on film or TV. In the 4th episode of ABC-TV’s, Life on Mars (2008), he is played by Don Puglisi, in conversation with the show’s star during a brief scene set in a night club.

2)      Jim Croce’s album, Life & Times, has been immortalized at the Sleeveface site: http://www.sleeveface.com/?p=288 – from the site: “One or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion” – Amazing!

3)      The Muppet Show aired a touching clip of “Time in A Bottle” – An old scientist grown younger until… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF8ZgguyQ3Y

4)      And… here’s The Muppets version “Working at the Car Wash Blues,” starring Gonzo and a bunch of chickens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Gw5e1AnMc

5)      Frank Sinatra released a single of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” which hit #83 in 1974. Dean Martin then used the same arrangement of the song for his version. Here’s a Glen Miller Big Band arrangement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA3Eq8r8fGs

6)      Glen Campbell recorded a version of “Time In A Bottle” for the BBC in 1975. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC8bygMhrvs

7)      In 1977, Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia Brady) sang a version of “I’ll Just Have to Say I Love You In  A Song” on the TV’s The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

8)      Croce’s character, Leroy Brown, next showed up in the Queen song, “Bring Back that Leroy Brown.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vHZU_HcXDo

9)      “I’ll Just Have to Say I Love You In A Song” was covered by Cilla Black.

10)  “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” was covered by Jerry Reed. Here’s his version of “I Got A Name” , with a very nice introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ts0qwRBx4c

11)  “Lovers Cross” was covered by Melanie.

12)  His songs have appeared in TV shows such as Eli Stone ("You Don't Mess Around With Jim")/ 2008), The West Wing ("Time in a Bottle" / 2003), The Greatest American Hero ("You Don't Mess Around With Jim" / 1981)

13)  His songs have appeared in movies such as Home Alone 3 ("Bad Bad Leroy Brown"/ 1997) and The Ice Storm ("I Got a Name").

14)  Jim Croce appeared on several TV shows including In Concert,  Rock Concert and twice on NBC’s the Tonight Show: Aug. 15 1972 (other guests included Danny Thomas and the comedy duo Burns & Schrieber) and May 30 1973 (other guests included Karen Valentine)


Dethklok, Zappa Band Contributor Mike Keneally Announces Select Shows

Antimusic reports: Mike Keneally is set to launch his first full-band tour in nearly five years, bringing his ever-evolving, remarkably inventive musical vision to the Northeast US in early May for five shows in support of his latest Exowax Recordings release, Scambot 1.

From Keneally's well-documented recorded work as a guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist in Frank Zappa's last touring band, to his recordings and performances with Robert Fripp, Dethklok, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Andy Partridge and many others, he's earned a reputation as someone who can bring an intense, original musical voice to any situation. His extensive and wildly diverse original catalog of 19 albums and counting defies traditional classification, and concertgoers are regularly left awestruck by his band's high-wire-act execution of the eclectic material.

In a unique twist, this tour's Mike Keneally Band members also comprise the opening act, the band of Keneally's longtime bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok), whose intricate jazz/rock compositions and tasteful playing earned his sophomore album Thanks In Advance widespread acclaim.

The sneakily-titled "They're Both The Same Band" Northeast Tour 2010 features Keneally, Beller, drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), and guitarists Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor, Byrd York) and Griff Peters (Billie Myers, Anika Paris). - more on this story

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I have SO many problems with this bizarre Land of the Lost relic.

First, what's up with asking the kiddies to help that Sleestak EAT poor lil' Dopey?! "He craves raw, bloody meat and does not know which rope is attached to Dopey. Which is the right one?" And why's the Sleestak a toy, while the Dino is drawn?

"Puzzle" 1 instructs "Look into this sacred cave, then cover it. How many Sleestak can you remember having seen?" Fair 'nuff, that's a KIND of a puzzle. But then look at the effin answer key -- "Any humans who gaze upon our god will die." Geez, Muhammad much?

Plus, written as if by Sleestak, the answer key indicates that THIS IS A SLEESTAK-CREATED PUZZLE! Notice the possessive apostrophe in the puzzle title, "Sleestak's...."...No wonder they wanna trick kids into killing Dopey...

"Puzzle" 2 - not really a puzzle. "Grumpy the dinosaur surprised Will, Holly and Chaka while they were out on a walk. Can you solve the puzzle of how Will and Holly will escape?" Well, clearly, we can see that some mirror thingly blinds Grumpy. BUT...

"How will WILL AND HOLLY escape?" WTF, what about Chaka?! Those sick fukken Sleetak puzzlemakers made a snuff film, and this clip shows Chaka seconds before getting bit in two...and, BTW, how stoopid are Will and Holly that they can still be "surprised" by a thirty foot tall dinosaur, AND NOT A FREAKIN' TREE IN SIGHT!

So let's refer to the answer key as to how the two mentally challenged humans escape..."Hit Chaka with a rock, breaking his leg, then run." I say again - WTF?! The dumbass duo is supposed to sacrifice Chaka to the dino?!

And if the answers are written by Sleestak, why are they such Chaka haters - or do they simply wanna eat "raw and bloody meat" offa Will and Holly themselves, while Grumpy polishes off the hairy Oompa Loompa?

The answer to number 3? "Dopey is slower than even a Sleestak. He should fall easily to the wicked eviscerating claws."

Sid and Marty Krofft - the Owsleys of Saturday morning TV ---


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


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 -----







The government is handing out Trillions.  Now you can too!  Help spread the wealth and holiday cheer by forwarding this Trillion Dollar gift to all of your friends! Print and pass it on!


Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to print out Trillion Dollar Bills and share the wealth!

Want another Trillion Dollar gift for your friends?  Get the Trillion Dollar Bailout game!  The perfect stocking stuffer only $7.99.  Check it out!!!!



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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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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