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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/places/casbah/">the Casbah on September 24, with http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/new-kinetics/">New Kinetics, Neon Cough, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/sundrop-electric/">Sundrop Electric, and one more to be announced, plus -- in the Atari Lounge -- http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/kevin-martin/">Kevin Martin (http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/get-back-loretta/">Get Back Loretta ) and more.
A second all-age edition at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/places/lestats/">Lestat's on October 6 will feature http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/tolan-shaw/">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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/shambles/">the Shambles and http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/manual-scan/">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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/jack-tempchin/">Jack Tempchin, the mad mods of http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/loons/">the Loons, Scottish crooner http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/colin-clyne/">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, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/children-of-nova/">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."
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 Tomorrows Remedy
12) Bart Mendoza & Jeff Berkley with The Rarities (featuring Cathryn Beeks) - The Patron Saints of Couldve 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 Im 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
1) Kelsea Rae Little It Hasnt 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)
BONUS: STARING AT THE SUN VOLUMES 1-9 TRACKLISTS
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
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
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)
MORE ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO READER'S LOCAL MUSIC DATABASE
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.
Most of the 3,200 local album entries include cover art, track lists, credits, and even links to reviews on the Reader site.
http://media.sdreader.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2012/Feb/08/supportlocal.jpg" /> You'd be amazed at what you can dig up in your Local Music Database!
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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/musician-interviews/">Musician Interviews: Over 400
Locale most seen in the http://www.sandiegoreader.com/photos/galleries/overheard-san-diego/">Overheard in San Diego comic strip: the Casbah (109 times since 1996), followed by Balboa Park (51 appearances).
In addition, the Reader's http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/updates/">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/">http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/updates/
You can send me your own http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/updates/">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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/">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/">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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/">Jam Session, just click the link to do so on the Reader's Music Homepage at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/">http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/ .
http://media.sdreader.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2012/Feb/08/wannaplay.jpg" /> 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.
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">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).
Event listings would go to http://www.sandiegoreader.com/submit_clubdj/">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/">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 http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/">Jam Session, just click the link to do so on the Reader's Music Homepage at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/">http://www.sandiegoreader.com/music/ , or click link at the bottom of your band page!
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.
http://media.sdreader.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2012/Feb/08/jayreader10.jpg" /> 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">http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Allen-Sanford/1132560467 , or https://twitter.com/@jayallensanford">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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