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Following last month's comprehensive new local band compilation from Ship Records, Against the Current (see this week's Blurt column) is the tenth volume of the long running Staring at the Sun series, with two local release parties, preceded by a special edition of Tim Pyles' FM94/9 show The Local 94/9 on September 23, showcasing songs from the album.

The first release show (21-up, free admission) happens at the Casbah on September 24, with New Kinetics, Neon Cough, Sundrop Electric, and one more to be announced, plus -- in the Atari Lounge -- Kevin Martin (Get Back Loretta ) and more.

A second all-age edition at Lestat's on October 6 will feature Tolan Shaw, with an additional lineup to be announced shortly. Proceeds from the $5 admission will be donated to a local animal shelter.

Staring at the Sun has been a semi-annual San Diego tradition for over a decade. "Copies are sent to radio, TV and press, both here and internationally," says Blindspot Records mainman Mendoza, who also fronts the Shambles and Manual Scan. "We generate a fair amount of media coverage for the bands, particularly with DJ Tim Pyles [FM94.9]."

Given away free, volume 10 features cartoon cover art by Chynna Clugston Flores, tying into Mendoza's long association with the comic industry. "I worked for Diamond Comics Distribution [in San Diego] and wrote a few things for [Hillcrest based] Rock 'n' Roll Comics, but my main claim to fame in comics is as a background character in an issue of Ed Brubaker's Lowlife comic book."

In addition, "I've attended Comic-Con in San Diego since I was a kid...the coolest connection of many for me was befriending Dan Clowes and having him do the infamous Manual Scan sketch." (seen below).


Staring at the Sun 10 includes 44 tracks by locals such as Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin, the mad mods of the Loons, Scottish crooner Colin Clyne, electronica act We Are Sirens, folk pop star Lee Coulter, Celtic fiddler Patric Petrie, punk combo Coda Reactor, Neon Cough, Kevin Martin, New Kinetics, and more.

The album also includes the winner of the first annual Staring at the Sun contest on DJ Tim Pyles FM94.9 program, The Local 94/9, Children of Nova, with their tune "“Erratic."”

Celeb guest stars can be found amongst the tracks, including Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey who contributes to the Taz Taylor Band'’s "“Straight Up,"” and legendary blues rock rhythm section Double Trouble, who back Scott West on the track paying tribute to their former bandleader, "“Stevie Ray."”

Disc 1

1) Sundrop Electric – “The Spark”

2) Wendy Bailey and True Stories– “Tow The Line”

3) Kevin Martin – “TV News”

4) Neon Cough – “Way Out West”

5) East of Sweden – “Faceless Crowd”

6) We Are Sirens - “On The Wall”

7) So Long Davey – “Making Out”

8) Children of Nova – “Erratic”

9) The Treaties featuring Joanie Mendenhall –“0 – 1 -2”

10) The Social Club – “Picture Club”

11) Tolan Shaw – “Tomorrow’s Remedy”

12) Bart Mendoza & Jeff Berkley with The Rarities (featuring Cathryn Beeks) - “The Patron Saints of Could’ve Been”

13) Jack Tempchin – “Waiting”

14) Lee Coulter – “The Rendevous”

15) Colin Clyne – “Into My Garden”

16) Josh Damigo – “Every Night”

17) Dave Humphries – “Tell Her I’m Gone”

18) The Wayne Riker Collective – “110 Yard Dash”

19) The Taz Taylor Band– “Straight Up”

20) Coda Reactor – “Brain Rape”

21) Death On Mars – “Nico”

22) Skid Roper – “One Way Ticket to Palookaville”

Disc 2

1) Kelsea Rae Little – “It Hasn’t Gone Away”

2) The Mosaic Quartet – “Superhero”

3) Michael McGraw – “Here I Go Again”

4) New Kinetics – “Fox Hound”

5) The Loons - "Diamonds, Garbage and Gold"

6) Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs – “Oh Misery”

7) Rich McGee –“NY Vertigo”

8) Michael Inzunza – “Bellflower”

9) The Spring Collection – Rolling Hills and Winding Roads

10) Untogether – “Disconnect”

11) Scott West featuring Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton (Double Trouble) – “Stevie Ray” (Live at SXSW)

12) The Trunks - “Anticip/8”

13) The Comeuppance – “Inside”

14) Roni Lee – One More Chance”

15) Michael Tiernan – “Easy”

16) Skelpin featuring Patric Petrie – “Polkas II”

17) Mark Jackson - “Lost Time On The Old Highway”

18) Country Rockin Rebels – “Riverside”

19) Chuck Schiele – “16 Seconds”

20) Barry Scott – “A Message To Me”

21) The Jim Ryan Project – “Home”

22) Folding Mr. Lincoln – “It Happened Just The Other Day” (Live)


We went through the Reader's Local Music Database -- which now numbers over 3,200 local acts, 1,000+ playable MP3s, 8,100 musicians and over 3,200 albums -- and pulled the bands and track lists from the first nine volumes of SATS. Collected all in one place, it represents an impressive selection of local performers that covers just about every imaginable style and taste!


Staring at the Sun 1

Dragonfly: Angel Heart / Tell No Lies

Dark Globe: Diatribe TV Mix/Weinitrain

Miles from Nowhere: Andy Is A Prophet/ Lost

Contra Guerra (w/ Jackie Starr): Paradise/Sitting In My Room

Feral Children (Dizzy): Prism Heaven/10-30-38 f)

The Low Down: Closer To The Sun / Out The Door

David Moye: Tweakin/A Mind Of It's Own

Friends of Ghosts: The White Man Is The Devil

The Shambles: Medley Of Heart & Soul / Original Tangent / Stuck On The Inside


Staring at the Sun 2

The Shambles- Thin Lines

Whirl - You Almost Killed Me

Deadbolt - Mrs. Valdez

Eldergardens- The Sea

CLA - Punch And Judy

Jon Kanis - It Is And It Isn't

Gregory Page - Down The Moon

David Moye - Buckets Of Satan

Spun Ruby - You Take All The Time

Slow Children - Quicksand

Ghetto Schiest - McBain

Pocket Venus - No We Didn't

Deadbolt - Edie

Whirl - Calling All Around The World

Eldergardens- Fourth Disorder

CLA - World Is Round

Spun Ruby - As Close As Close Can Be

Jon Kanis - Waste Of Time

Dark Globe - Caribou Man


Staring at the Sun 3

Ray Brandes- Popular

Feral Children (Dizzy)- Schmatte

Feed -Weekend Expedition

Luper - The Breather

Monument - Forget the Past

Gregory Page - Last Train

The Shambles - Innocence Becomes You

The Rugburns - I Love You

The Sleepwalkers- Set Me Free

CLA - Spocks Brain

Jon Kanis - LP In A Bottle

Shovel Lover - Lying Dogs Sleep

Sublimaz - Daffodils And Daisies

Sugar Twin Reverb - Severed In Texas

Dark Globe - Grudge

Medicine Hat - Lay Of The Land

Richard Blitz - Follow Your Heart

Carolyn Des Pres - Dying For You

William Aura - Moving On

Deadbolt - Listen To The Messages


Staring at the Sun 4 -- Loudspeaker Records/Slamm Magazine/91X

Volume #4 of this local band compilation has some fabulous selections, including the Crawdaddys' "There She Goes Again"(1978) with guest star Dan McClain, later to be known as Country Dick of the Beat Farmers. However, just the comic book­style cover illustration by Mark Scarbosa makes the CD worth having, featuring tentacled, bug-eyed aliens advancing along Kettner Boulevard and choking the throat of a spiky-haired punk caught in front of the Casbah while planes go down near the Coronado Bridge in the background.

Dizzy - Rock N Roll Gaud

Milan - Field Of Rain

Avant Guardians (David Moye) - Happy Sappy Crap

Loam (w/ Frank Lee Drennan) - Telephone

Ray Brandes - Monkey Planet

The Dragons - Pain Killer

Gregory Page - Cocktails And Cold Hearts

The Shambles - Nadie Te Quiere Ya

Mark De Cerbo - Green Grass Girls (Alt. Version)

Static Halo – Flutter (Demo)

Jon Kanis (w/ Mike Kenneally) - Forget That I Even Mentioned It

Waxing Pathetic - Sometimes

Alan Parry - I've Got My Eye On You

Grimblewedge - Bent Reverend

Sons Of Edison featuring Richard “Blitz” Livoni- I Don't Want To Let You Go

Big Time Operator - Bim Bam Baby

Jackie Starr - We're Camping

Broken Dial Radio - This Is The Beginning

The Shirlies - Loopy

The Crawdaddys - There She Goes Again

Dizzy – Untitled


Staring at the Sun 5

Vinyl Radio - Come On and Dance

Anna Troy – Ain’t No Man

The Shambles – More Than This

Superdoo – Hilary

Mark DeCerbo & Four Eyes - Cool With Me

Scott Wilson – Coffeehouse 101

Berkley Hart – Sink or Swim

Marie Haddad – Wishing Well

Heathen Kings of Olde – Reverend of Sin

The Buzzkill Romantics – Oh Heartache!

The Grams – Sixteen Seconds

The Coyote Problem – You’re Never Alone

Citizen Band – Boomerang Lover

Barbara Nesbitt - Fly Away

Will Edwards – City Walls

Podunk Nowhere – Junkie Love

The Spring Collection – A Little Bit of Me

Blizzard – Day Like Today

Bonus Video: Scott Wilson – Coffeehouse 101, featuring cameo appearances from over 50 San Diego musicians and media personalities


Staring at the Sun 6

Circa Now -Tonight

Simeon Flick -Choice

The Infants –Josie’s Got A Brand New Man

Down With Leo -Glasses in Wintertime

The Grams -Love

Blizzard –Home

Echo Revolution -Safety First

Lee Coulter -Booty Voodoo

The Reverie (Seth Torma) -Lemonade

John Miller – Waiting

Mark DeCerbo & Four Eyes -Omission

The Modlins - For The Good Of The Armor

The Anna Troy Band -31968

The Shambles –Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Bear?

The Mark Jackson Band -Open Wide

Dave Humphries -Runaway For The Day

Action Andy & His Haunted Honky-Tonkers -One Tortured Soul

Chris Leyva - Beautiful Sky

Secret Apollo - My Solo Album

Jon Kanis - Make It


Staring at the Sun 7

Circa Now – Waterfront

Lualta – This is a Vengeance

The Anna Troy Band – I Can’t Don’t Want To Faster

Wendy Bailey – I Swear, I Say

Echo Revolution – Knapsack

The Shakeups – Can’t Stop The Feeling

The Modlins – For The Good of The Armor

Christopher Cash – Morning Star

Steve Poltz – I Believe

Folding Mr. Lincoln – Missing Her Pretty Green Eyes

Dave Humphries – Heartbroken Angel

Rev 89 – Queen of The Scene

The Shambles – Mod Radio UK

The Spring Collection – Our Wildest Dreams

Brooklyn – Clipped Wing

Fuzz Huzzi – Hollywood

Coco Lafe – Reservation Billboards

Laura Kuebel - Nowhere

Bad Science Fiction –Love Factory

Danielle Lo Presti & The Masses – 22 Mountains

Chris Leyva – Mexico

Patric Petrie – Black Is The Color


Staring at the Sun 8

SO3 – “MIA”

Vinyl Film – “Can’t Stop This Feeling”

The Riders – “Katie May I”

Echo Revolution – “Deadstick”

Anna Troy – “Wait Another Day”

The Farmers – “Your Own Way”

Lualta – “Bottom of the Bottle”

The Shambles – “Clouds All Day” (Live on FM94.9’s The Pyles Session)

Wendy Bailey – “Harmless”

The Shamey Jays – “Your Pretty Packages”

Zank Bennett – “Sorry”

Tori Roze – “Sweet Drank”

Dave Humphries – “Rollin’ Up To Heaven”

Circa Now – “100 Watts”

Red Flag – “Glass Spider”

XIV – “Concrete Flowers”

Skelpin – “The View”

John Miller – “We Will Find A Way”

Chuck Schiele – “Never Let You Go”

Mercy Vox – “Believe”

Four Eyes – “You’re Not My Girl”

Chris Leyva – “Night For Lovers”


Staring at the Sun 9

Volume 9 features twenty-two bands and performers, including Neon Cough, 321 Stereo, Skid Roper, Red Fox Tails, Gregory Page, Lights On, Echo Revolution, Colin Clyne, Death on Mars, Marie Haddad, SO3, and more.

"The cover is drawn by Lee Kohse of local BloodFire Studios," says Blindspot Records mainman Bart Mendoza, "with characters from his Kindergoth comic."

This Life Scandal – The Great Bank Robbery

Neon Cough – Goodbye July

321 Stereo - Take Me Up

Red Fox Tails – Skate Deck

Death on Mars - These Feelings

Echo Revolution – Soul Work

Old Tiger – I Got It Figured Out

Scott Mathiasen – Borrowed Time

Lights On – Silverlake Girl

Wendy Bailey & True Stories – Nothing Left to Say

S03 – Johnny on the Underground

The Very – Pretty Little Things

Marie Haddad – Boxing

Gregory Page – That’s You

Colin Clyne – Pockets and Envelopes

Berkley Hart – I Still Dream of California

Werner West (Scott West & Justin Werner) – Cowboys & Aliens

Kevin Berker – Beautiful Mess

Country Rockin’ Rebels – Street of Lonesome Heartache

Skid Roper – The Return of Rodan

The Cardiac Kidz – Mary Young

Bonus Archive Track:
The Sleazybeats – Phil Spector’s Birthday (1997 Recording)



Since summer 2007, staffers have been loading our Local Music Database every single day, seven days a week, with band histories, images, articles, playable MP3s and videos, reviews, discographies, interviews, photos, album art, lyrics, influences, RIYL lists, and more.

Over 3,200 local acts, 1,000+ playable MP3s, 8,100 musicians and over 3,200 albums -- ALL this massive data is electronically cross referenced, providing an interactive encyclopedia covering the San Diego music scene from the turn of the 20th Century through about an hour ago.

The complete list can be browsed A to Z, or searched by Name, Genre, or Instrument - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/search

Most of the 3,200 local album entries include cover art, track lists, credits, and even links to reviews on the Reader site.

Image You'd be amazed at what you can dig up in your Local Music Database!

Say you need a drummer - click "drummer" and see an alphabetical list of nearly 500 local beatmen!! http://www.sandiegoreader.com/instruments/drums/

A few random stats from the current Database (which includes bands and performers who may not still be together or active):

Number of local jazz performers: 316

Local musicians named Chris: 135 (plus 19 Christophers and 14 Christians)

Local mandolin players: 70

Full feature-length Musician Interviews: Over 400

Locale most seen in the Overheard in San Diego comic strip: the Casbah (109 times since 1996), followed by Balboa Park (51 appearances).


In addition, the Reader's This Just In breaking music news page is updated multiple times every single day, one of the most viewed pages on the entire website (I've lost track of how many competing local websites and publications later build their own stories off the Reader's This Just In posts - hi, San Diego CityBeat!): http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/updates/

You can send me your own This Just In breaking news at [email protected], and I'll post to that page of the website ASAP! That's also a great way to start up a Reader article about your musical endeavors, especially if you're offering us a scoop so-far unreported elsewhere (hint hint).

Our Local Music Blog Jam Session features several contributing writers who post multiple new stories every single day, including concert previews and reviews, musician interviews, new releases and tour news, lineup changes, and pretty much anything newsy happening in the local music scene - http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/

If you’d like to receive and participate in the Reader’s weekly Local Music Newsletter Soundbite, or receive via email our thrice-daily Local Music Blog Jam Session, just click the link to do so on the Reader's Music Homepage at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/ .


Image SO: Wanna play along on your 'puter? Would YOU like to be included in the Local Music Database, or do you know someone or something we're missing and should include?

If you're in a band or a solo performer based in San Diego County (or with a majority of members based in SD), or if you want to contribute to new or existing pages, here's how to join the ongoing interactive adventure.

To set up a new page or Wiki-edit an existing page, start at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/band/edit/

Setting up a band page is free, and it puts that performer in the running for the daily mainpage spotlights, "Concert of the Week" profiles, and - perhaps most importantly - it provides direct access to the events department, so when upcoming gig info is submitted, the listing goes right into our database and onto the website and in the paper.

Once you set up your Reader page, to add or change text, photos, album info, embedded video, and graphics, etc, please send via http://www.sandiegoreader.com/band/edit

It takes up to a few days for new pages and/or edits to appear online, and all content submitted is subject to approval and verification (all Reader website TOS/Terms of Service rules apply).

If you want to add MP3s to your page, please send to http://www.sandiegoreader.com/mp3/upload

Event listings would go to http://www.sandiegoreader.com/submit_clubdj/ . It may take a day or two for event submissions or revisions to show up on the website.

The most updated show listings can be found at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/shows/ . Yes, all this info is cross-referenced in the entire Local Music Database, so anybody looking at your band page will also be able to see upcoming gig info, along with all the other data and material.

If you’d like to receive and participate in the Reader’s weekly Local Music Newsletter Soundbite, or the thrice-daily Local Music Blog Jam Session, just click the link to do so on the Reader's Music Homepage at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/ , or click link at the bottom of your band page!

The most direct route TO your band page is through http://www.sandiegoreader.com/accounts/profile/

Review CDs should be sent to the Reader office, marked “Attn. Hometown CDs” -- 1703 India Street, 92101.

If you have ideas for Reader stories that you want to talk to a staff writer about, the columnists can be contacted directly via their staff page - just enter contrib name in the Search bar.

Image I cover music, movies, events, and pop culture, and related story pitches can be sent my way via [email protected] , http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Allen-Sanford/1132560467 , or https://twitter.com/@jayallensanford (tho, for MUSIC stories, any of my Blurt associates like Dave Good, Chad Deal, Dorian Hargrove, Barnaby Monk, Bart Mendoza, or Bobby Bray can likely assist and advise you, we're all on Team Reader).

Best in all endeavors,

Jay Allen Sanford

San Diego Reader: Local Music Database


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